Music for medicine at fundraising jazz evening

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The League of Friends of the Princess Royal Hospital are hosting a jazz evening at Ditchling Village Hall on Friday December 2, to raise money to upgrade post natal facilities.

Mike Lavelle, a retired Princess Royal surgeon, has been playing jazz in Sussex for over 30 years, and also makes musical instruments, including cellos, violins and violas, in his spare time.

Also performing are brilliant Canadian trumpeter Martijn van Galen; David Brown - one of the busiest saxophonists in Sussex; Derek Roberts, a drummer who plays in a number of big bands; and Nat Thomas-Atkin on bass, still at school but keen to pursue a career as a bass player.

Abi Flynn, a young, highly talented singer from Brighton, will be with the group, drawing on a repertoire of some of her favourite artists, including Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Notcutts, the garden centre in Ditchling, are providing sponsorship for the event.

Mike Lavelle explained that they hoped to create a nightclub type setting for the evening, with a cabaret style layout and easy-listening music. On the bill will be music by American jazz legends such as Horace Silver and Clifford Brown, and tunes such as Jerome Kern’s ‘All the Things you are’.

Tickets (£15) available from Ditchling Post Office, the Princess Royal Hospital coffee shop, or from Mike Lavelle (01444) 831475.

Contributed by League of Friends of Princess Royal Hospital

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