Don’t forget to get your tickets for Sunday’s Swing Session at the Congress Theatre!

Sadly, this year the 17-piece orchestra will be without their founder and leader, Paul Davis, who lost his battle against cancer and died at his home last week.  The Friends are immensely proud to have been able to sponsor this concert throughout its fourteen year history and, of course, have benefitted hugely from the proceeds which have swelled the coffers for expenditure in the Devonshire Park Theatre.

Paul was passionate about this event and during the last weeks of his life made sure that arrangements were in place to enable this concert to go ahead without him.  It will be a fitting and lasting memorial to this talented, popular and much-loved local band leader.    As our former Chairman, Harry Lederman, is reported as saying, “Paul was a very talented musician, excelling at the piano and trombone as well as arranging all the music for the concerts.  He was also a perfect gentleman who was loved and respected by all who knew him.”

Paul and his wife of twenty-nine years, Jacquie Toye, were staunch supporters of the Friends – not only through these Big Band concerts, but Paul’s Trio performed at lunches and our planned event in July when Paul and Jacquie were to share reminiscences of their lives in show business was a sell-out.  Sadly, we will never have a chance to hear these tales!

Paul Davis Trio

The Paul Davis Trio performing for The Friends at the Langham Hotel in April 2015

Detail from wall of photographs behind the trio: Paul & Jacquie

Detail from wall of photographs behind the trio: Paul & Jacquie

The Paul Davis Easybeat Orchestra does, however, live on and we will have the opportunity to hear them play at our Summer Fête on the Western Lawns on Saturday 20 August.

Tickets for the concert on Sunday  June 26 are available from the Box Office on 01323 412000 or on line from www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk and there is a £2 reduction for members of the FDPT.   Do come along to lend your support.