Sara made a huge impression in September 2017 with a programme mainly of Cole Porter songs. We are delighted to welcome her back in 2018. Here are two very different sides of her talent:

Sara Dowling’s website:


Nicola Farnon is a singer and propulsive bass player whose Trio was a big success at the 2017 Writtle Jazz & Blues Festival. "We were like putty in her hands. She has the unique talent to make it appear that each song that she sings is just for you, and that it is the very first time that she has ever sung it. She is the ultimate professional, with a charismatic personality that is rare in all but the top artists."

Nicola Farnon's website:


In December 2018, we welcome bandleader Pete Long with his ten-piece band The Ellingtones - personnel to be confirmed. Meantime, a clip of Pete's Echoes of Ellington Orchestra in concert at The Queen's College, Taunton in 2015.

Pete Long's website:


In May 2018, Clark Tracey brought us a fine group of young musicians including trumpeter Alexandra Ridout winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award. Here she is in the finals playing Jerome Kern's Yesterdays.

Alexandra Ridout's website:


Reed player Michael McQuaid who played for us with Keith Nichols Hot Five Quintet in June, here playing with his own quintet Vitality Five featuring David Horniblow, Martin Wheatley, Andrew Oliver and Nicholas Ball live on BBC Radio 3 on 24 January 2017.

Michael McQuaid's website: