Big band sound

Chris Dean.
Chris Dean.

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra celebrate the magic of the big band sound at Rugby’s Benn Hall on September 25.

They have entertained audiences all over Europe for nearly half a century, performing a musical repertoire which ranges from the big band standards of Glenn Miller and Count Basie to the classic songs of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

A serial winner of the Best Big Band in the Land title, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra formed in 1967 with a mission to keep the sound of big band swing alive.

The orchestra enjoyed a rapid rise to the top, selling out venues across the country and playing at London’s top venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

When Lawrence retired 20 years ago, he passed the baton to Chris Dean, the orchestra’s former lead trombonist.

The show starts at 7pm and tickets, priced £18 or £16 concessions, can be booked online at or at the box office on (01788) 533719.