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Swing into January with The Chairman's Charity Concert

Posted on 16 Dec 2015

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Cornerstone is delighted to host, once again, the Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council’s annual charity concert on Saturday 16 January.

The star of this year's gig is local band ‘SwingTime’. This 18-piece swing orchestra will play the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and other great bands of the Swing Era. Formed by internationally renowned saxophonist George Haslam, many of the musicians hail from Oxfordshire, and have become a force on the local music scene.

All profits from the evening will go to The South Oxfordshire District Council Chairman's chosen charities, Dementia UK and The Rainbow Trust.

Dementia UK offer support through Admiral Nurses, a specialist dementia Nurse, who give practical and emotional support to families and also the person with dementia, whilst The Rainbow Trust supports children from the age of 0 to 18 with life threatening or terminal illness. They support the whole family 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

It is hoped that the evening will raise a large amount of money for the charities, with a raffle also taking place on the night to boost funds. Cornerstone Centre Director Emma Dolman said: 'The Chairman’s Charity Concert promises a fabulous night to remember. We are proud to be host to it every year and it's a highlight of our season. We are looking forward to welcoming the return of SwingTime who performed at the 2013 Chairman's Charity Concert to great delight.'

Emma continues: “We are hoping that SwingTime and this year's concert presenter, BBC Radio Oxford's Bill Rennells, will help us raise lots of money for the Chairman’s chosen charities. Expect superb performances from the big band swing songbook performed expertly by a sumptuous orchestra, fantastic female vocals and some special guest musicians.”