One of York’s most popular musical events is looming as York Swings Against Cancer returns to the big stage at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Sunday October 1.
After selling out for the last three years organisers Martin Lettin and Ian Surgenor have added a matinee performance, and to further entertain music lovers York Swings will be the second part of an ambitious Proms-style weekend.
The day before, on September 30, the YAC Promotions team is staging the very first York Musicals Against Cancer, all to raise funds for local charity York Against Cancer.
Martin said: “We’ve gone for it this year after feedback from last year’s “Swings” show. It doesn’t cost anything extra to put the additional show on as we are all volunteering our services, as are the staff at the theatre, and if we manage to increase our ticket sales with the additional show, that means more proceeds to the charity.”
This year’s Swings show will once again feature Sam Johnson and his Big Band and artists from the York music scene singing various Big Band numbers. Sam said: “This year we are going back to purely Rat Pack and Vegas scene classics following last year’s mix of old classics and swing revamps of modern-day hits.”
A major coup this year is support from Malton singer turned West End star Scott Garnham, who will guest-perform a few songs on the Sunday.
Scott recently finished an 18-month tour of Billy Elliot, playing Billy’s brother, and was previously part of other West End hits including Les Miserables. Scott is returning to a theatre where he first performed back in 2001 and is more than happy to help out for such an amazing cause.
This year’s goal is to surpass last year’s total of £3,800 with the matinee and York Musicals Against Cancer, which is being organised by York Stage Musicals Artistic Director Nik Briggs and Rowntree Players Producer/Director Howard Ella on behalf of YAC Promotions.
This show will feature many classic songs from the world of musical theatre and will also feature dancing choreographed by York based Attitude Dance Club’s Lesley Hill. This production will also feature a matinee.
Tickets for each show cost £15 apiece from www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk . All profits to York Against Cancer.
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