Welcome to an Evening of Jazz and Cabaret
Returning for the 16th year, this annual variety night of fun, frivolity and fundraising is back once again on Sunday 16 September at the Norwich Playhouse for a night of big band music with renown and upcoming vocalists.
It’s Jazz, it’s Cabaret, it’s also an intoxicating mix of big band, comedy and magic, and much more. Keeping the beat are the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band, well-known throughout Norfolk and in 2018 celebrating 30 years of performances throughout the UK.
Joining them will be award-winning jazz vocalist Lee Gibson, Norfolk’s ‘Mr Entertainer’ Olly Day, Buble-style crooner Gary Winter, big band regulars The Moonglow Sisters with their tribute to The Andrews Sisters, and a young singer with a bright future Kayleigh Gare.
The profits will go to Norfolk-based Keeping Abreast, who support women who have undergone breast cancer surgery and are now considering or undergoing reconstruction, and London-based national research charity Breast Cancer Now.
The show is generously sponsored for the 13th consecutive year by Newsmakers, the dynamic PR and Reputation Management agency, with generous support from Barkers Print, TPDS, Posterity-IT, and Allens Pianos of Great Yarmouth.
A Message from Chris
Chris Bailey tragically lost his mum to breast cancer when he was just 13 years old. She was 35 at the time. Heartbreakingly, his sister was later diagnosed with breast cancer too. As she was preparing for surgery in 1998, Chris decided to do something to support her – and honour their mum – by hosting a small fundraising barbecue at her home.
They raised £800 at the barbecue and, spurred on to reach the magical £1,000 mark, they decided to follow it up with a charity ball. Since that day the fundraising events have continued in earnest and Chris has raised over £67,000 for Breast Cancer Now and £7,000 for Keeping Abreast.
Maddy Bravery of Breast Cancer Now said “Thankfully, his sister is now in remission but Chris’ charity work continues. We’re so proud of them both.”
“Without Chris’ inspirational support, and the support of all our brilliant fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to continue the vital research that we do here. Together we can hopefully create a world free from breast cancer.”
Chris says, “Each event is special and it gives me great joy when I forward the proceeds to Breast Cancer Now or Keeping Abreast. Each donation is in memory of a wonderful woman who passed away over 44 years ago.”
I am very grateful for the multitude of artists who have performed at the Norwich Playhouse each September since the first show in 2003. Many have returned again and again, always without receiving any fees – and to the right is the roll of honour!