Welcome to an Evening of Jazz and Cabaret
It’s Jazz, it’s Cabaret, it’s also an intoxicating mix of music hall, mind-reading, comedy and magic – a rich vein of variety to tickle most tastes in a night of fun, frivolity and fundraising. Back for the 15th year, this show raises funds for two breast cancer charities.
Lighting up the stage will be the Welsh wizard of the keys Geoff Eales, Norfolk’s top all-round entertainer Olly Day and jazz & blues man Albert Cooper, one of the regions most glamorous harmony trios The Voxettes, the versatile Rachel Duffield and The Simon Brown Trio. Making their debuts in this year’s show will be vocalists David Rees & Julie Hewitt with their tribute to 20th century Paris, acclaimed jazz singer Brigitte Beraha and mind-reader Chris North.
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 £65,000 for Breast Cancer Now and £5,000 for Keeping Abreast.
Kirsty Berrigan 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 a cheque to either Breast Cancer Now or Keeping Abreast. Each donation is in memory to a wonderful woman who passed away over 40 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!