Tour diary 2: Swing Into Christmas England 2023

Published: 20 Dec 2023

Hello from the road!

The Swing Into Christmas tour is in full swing, and we are travelling all around the country across December to spread some festive cheer!

The December leg of the tour commenced in the charming Cheltenham Town Hall. Arriving via minibuses, trains, vans, and cars, we kicked off what promised to be a slightly tiring yet very exciting week. Cheltenham Town Hall was looking very festive, and starting the week there was a delightful way to set the tone.

Down for the Count Orchestra on tour - Swing Into Christmas 2023

Down for the Count Orchestra on tour - Swing Into Christmas 2023

The following day took us on a drive to Bath, where we took the stage at The Forum for our biggest selling show to date! Witnessing a sea of enthusiastic faces was fantastic, and we are thrilled to be returning next Christmas - tickets are already on sale if you fancy setting your Christmas plans early! We then had some post-show celebratory drinks at our favourite spot - the Travelodge bar (of course!) before getting some rest for a longer drive the next morning. 

Down for the Count Orchestra on tour - Swing Into Christmas 2023

Our next destination was Worthing, which was a first for our 30-piece Orchestra. Although we had previously visited Worthing in January with our All-Stars band, this marked the first orchestral performance. The journey, true to tour life, encountered a minor hiccup when one of our minibuses found itself stuck in unexpectedly soft ground during a garden centre pit stop. With a collaborative effort from our crew and the garden centre staff, we eventually got back on the road and made it in time for soundcheck! 

Down for the Count Orchestra on tour - Swing Into Christmas 2023

Down for the Count Orchestra on tour - Swing Into Christmas 2023

The night in Worthing at the Assembly Hall was nothing short of spectacular, and we're already anticipating our return to the same venue with our All-Stars in summer 2024 and then the Orchestra in December - keep an eye out for updates!

Down for the Count Orchestra on tour - Swing Into Christmas 2023

Leaving the wet and windy Worthing behind, we embarked on an early morning drive to Southampton for a double show day at Turner Sims. Performing for two enthusiastic, sold-out audiences at one of our cherished venues was a privilege. We can’t wait for our return in the spring for our 6-date Orchestra tour, Songs from the Golden Age of Swing. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has secured tickets already!

The week's grand finale unfolded in Oxford at Olivier Hall, nestled within the beautiful St. Edward’s School. It was a spectacular conclusion, and it was a pleasure to return to such a friendly and welcoming venue. 

Down for the Count Orchestra on tour - Swing Into Christmas 2023

Stay tuned for more tales of life on the road!

 


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