The most wonderful time of the year…

And so our music-making this term came to a festive conclusion last night, in the company of the University Big Band, directed by Ian Swatman.The annual Christmas Swingalong always draws a packed crowd, and last night was no exception, audience spilling out onto the balcony around the hall to enjoy a lively seasonal programme with jazz-infused takes on traditional repertoire. Third-year singer Dottie Grenfell joined the band for renditions including The Man With The Bag and Santa Baby; the Brass Band provided the accompaniment for communal carols to the give the Big Band a breather, and the event came to a conclusion with Dottie leading everyone in White Christmas.

The enthusiastic audience flooded out into the foyer afterwards to the strains of a jazz trio with pianist and alumnus Chris Manley (a neat touch). Congratulations to everyone involved, the foyer was buzzing afterwards (nothing to do with the mulled wine and mince pies, of course…) and Colyer-Fergusson was brimful of Christmas cheer.

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  1. Once again, a delightful concert with excellent Big Band music so expertly led by Ian, humour (also by Ian) and with audience participation led by Susan. This is an event that we have been fortunate to attend for a few years now and something that we would be loathe to miss.

    If it’s over-subscribed, would the students and associated performing “oldies” cope with a second night? We’re confident that both nights would be well attended. Oh and, by the way, we’d be happy to pay for our seats, especially as we couldn’t contribute to the unexpected leaving collection finding ourselves without any cash!

    So, please keep up the good work, Susan and Ian. It’s a truly fine showcase for the students of Kent Uni. Many, many thanks to all concerned.
    Jeff and Pauline Perkins

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