Holiday Report – ‘30th Festival of Jazz, Swing and Cabaret’

Hello everyone! 🙂

I’ve had a nice weekend in Chichester with my parents. We attended the ‘30th Festival of Jazz, Swing and Cabaret’ at Richardson’s South Downs Holiday Village with Tony Jacobs. This was a relaxing weekend of concerts featuring some of the best jazz and swing music from the 1920s; 30s and 40s.

This was from Friday the 8th to Monday the 11th of April 2016. There were various activities including concerts happening on each of the days on Friday; Saturday and Sunday. Although we didn’t get to see every activity, we enjoyed attending the three concerts that were on each night of the weekend.

On Friday night, there was singer Elaine Delmar who sang songs from Gershwin & Porter with the Brian De Trio. On Saturday night, there was the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra with Tony Jacobs, Catherine Sykes and the Swingtime Jivers. On Sunday night, there was ‘The American Song Book’ with Tony Jacobs; Louise Cookman and the Jim Barry Quintet.

Saturday night was the highlight for me that weekend. I enjoyed the Swingtime Jivers do ‘The Charleston’ as that put me in mind of the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘Black Orchid’ for me. Catherine Sykes sang the song ‘Anything Goes’, which is a favourite of John Barrowman from his music albums as seen in ‘The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’.

I enjoyed Tony Jacobs’ rendition of ‘Nagasaki’, which put me in mind of Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster singing the song in the ITV series ‘Jeeves and Wooster’. ‘Honky Tonk Blues’ from ‘Boogie Woogie’ was also performed that night and that was in the ITV series of ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ too.

I also enjoyed Tony Jacobs and Catherine Sykes doing a duet of the song ‘Cheek to Cheek’. That song was performed by Fred Astaire in the 1935 film ‘Top Hat’ with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in it.

For the rest of the weekend, my parents and I enjoyed exploring Wittering close to where we were staying on Saturday. We also enjoyed visiting a bus trip to the town of Chichester itself on Sunday.

It was a nice, relaxing weekend for me and my parents where we enjoyed plenty of jazz and swing time music. It was a shame when it all ended on Monday, but I did enjoy my time at the Southdowns Holiday Village in Chichester. The weather wasn’t great, but I wouldn’t mind going again someday.

Thanks for reading!

Tim. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Holiday Report – ‘30th Festival of Jazz, Swing and Cabaret’

  1. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi Tim

    Sounds like you had a great weekend away; the lineup for the days’ entertainments seems really good; a good variety, and great music. What more could you ask for?

    The bus trip and the exploring of where you were staying sounds really nice too. I’m glad you and your parents had a nice time, it does sound like it would have a lot of fun; relaxing, and entertaining. Excellent to hear, Tim.

    Thanks for your fun update; it was nice to read.


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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Leigh.

    Glad you enjoyed my holiday report for the jazz weekend I had.

    It was a great weekend with some days’ entertainment. My Dad certainly enjoyed it and so did my Mum. Saturday was definitely the highlight for me on that day, as I enjoyed the dances by the Swingtime Jivers and some of the songs and duets performed by Catherine Sykes and Tony Jacobs.

    Yes it was nice to get out and about exploring the area where we were staying on Saturday and going down to Chichester on the Sunday by bus. It wasn’t raining so much when we went out, but it was cold and breezy at times.

    Thanks for reading this, Leigh. Glad you found it fun to read.

    Tim. 🙂


  3. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi Tim

    I am glad you and your parents had a good time. It does sound like it would have been a lot of fun. The dances and singing would have been a really nice escape back into the age of Swing and Jazz.

    Shame the weather wasn’t so nice as it could have been for your trip out, but I’m sure you all had a great time, and a nice change.


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