100 Years Of Big Band – Len Phillips Swing Orchestra with Matt Ford & Nicola Emmanuelle

100 Years Of Big Band – Len Phillips Swing Orchestra with Matt Ford & Nicola Emmanuelle

Sunday 20th March, 2022


Ashcroft Theatre


Len Phillips Swing Orchestra with Matt Ford & Nicola Emmanuelle

Celebrating a century of swing, beginning with Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans and the Paul Whiteman Orchestrawe trace the development of big bands through the golden age of Duke EllingtonCount BasieBenny Goodman and Glenn Miller to the contemporary tracks of Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. Paying homage to the great big band singers, Frank SinatraElla FitzgeraldNat “King” Cole and Peggy Lee along the way, feet will be tapping to the sheer power of a 17 piece swing orchestra.

Heard regularly on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM, the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra is Britain’s most popular big band. Their lockdown livestream series attracted over 100,000 views and included the very first streamed big band concert from London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios. Matthew Ford is perhaps best known for his work with the John Wilson Orchestra, including 6 appearances at the BBC Proms. Playing the part of Ella Fitzgerald in the West End show The Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas, Nicola Emmanuelle is one of the most outstanding singers in Britain today.


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It was a joy to be up close and personal with the Len Phillips band

Len Goodman

Venue Info

Ashcroft Theatre

With increased capacity of over 800 seats the Ashcroft Theatre will present seasons of plays and musicals as well as being home to local community performances and events.  Seasons of live cinema broadcasts will also feature in the programme.

On Monday 16 September 2019, Dame Judi Dench formally re-dedicated the Ashcroft Theatre at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls to her friend and Croydon-born fellow actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. The award-winning actress unveiled the People’s Picture, a giant commemorative mosaic by artist Helen Marshall.


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Dame Judi Dench unveils Dame Peggy Ashcroft mural