Ilford big band night to raise money for Mayor’s Appeal

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 February 2016

Denmark Street Big Band

Denmark Street Big Band


The sound of swing is to fill a golf club as a big band pull out all the stops for good causes.

The Denmark Street Big Bang, along with vocalist Paul Wood, is to take centre stage at Ilford Golf Club, Wanstead Park Road, Ilford, on Sunday, February 21, for the Mayor’s Appeal.

Audiences can expect “the sound of the boogie woogie and the jitterbug” and Frank Sinatra classics such as New York New York, says saxophonist and conductor Frank White.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said the 78-year-old, who has just returned from a tour in France.

“It should be a very nice evening out and it’s all for a very good cause.”

The musician, who has been playing saxophone for more than he can “care to remember”, will be joined by his wife Redbridge Mayor Cllr Barbara White, a singer and multi-instrumentalist.

Money raised at the event will go towards seven charities chosen by the mayor, including Citizens Advice Bureau Redbridge, Redbridge Faith Forum (RFF) and the Redbridge Equalities and Community Council (RECC).

Frank, who has been playing since he was bout 12-year-old, said: “It’s not just about the music – it’s a social evening, Barabara will be singing and the biggest thing is that it’s the Mayor’s charity and the profits will go to the charity.”

The polished performer, who has played at the Royal Opera House, said audiences were getting a “good deal”.

“It will be a lovely evening – there will be food in a very nice, ambient atmosphere.

“It’s a very good band and for a band of that quality it’s a good deal. They’re doing it just for expenses and especially to support Barbara.”

Other charities being supported by the Mayor’s Appeal include Carerstrust, Guide Dogs UK Redbridge Training Centre, Hopes and Dreams and PDSA Pet Aid Hospital.

Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start. Tickets cost £25 and there will be a finger buffet and a bar. To book call 020 8708 2297 or email

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