Shakespeare’s Guildhall trust announces first fund raiser of 2019

Ella McCready of the Ella McCready Trio which will perform at the The Guildhall of St George on Apri

Ella McCready of the Ella McCready Trio which will perform at the The Guildhall of St George on April 29. Picture: Ella McCready Trio - Credit: Archant

An organisation which hopes to safeguard the future of Britain's oldest working theatre, the Guildhall of St George in King's Lynn and has unveiled the line-up for its first fund raiser of 2019.

Springwood High School Big Band. Picture: Kevin Elfleet.

Springwood High School Big Band. Picture: Kevin Elfleet. - Credit: Archant

The Shakespeare's Guildhall Trust (SGT), which is campaigning to raise £100,000 to realise its vision transform the historic Guildhall into a theatre with an international reputation is preparing to host a night of live music and performance.

Taking place on Monday, April 29, the evening will feature performances from the Ella McCready Trio supported by the Springwood High School Big Band under their conductor Eddie Seales and will be hosted by award winning actor and SGT member Tim FitzHigham.

Made up of Ella McCready on vocals, Ivan McCready, on cello and Ian MacGregor on piano, the Ella MacCready Trio will perform a varied repertoire of contemporary covers including jazz, rock and folk songs as well as classical music, highlighting each member's respective experience.

Supporting the trio will be the Springwood High School Big band, formerly known as The Swing Band, the group changed its name a few years ago to reflect a change in its repertoire which broadened from swing to include pop, funk and rock 'n' roll.

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A regular fixture at Festival Too the band have also played the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Snape Maltings and Sandringham Flower Show.

Amanda Arterton, SGT trustee said supporting local talent was a the heart of the trust's vision: 'Many artistes (who grew up in King's Lynn) and are now working professionally all over the UK and abroad have pledged their support to the Trust, which shows a huge love and respect for the unique Guildhall Theatre.

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'The Trust is very proud to have such talented musicians performing in our first fundraising event for us, and hope and expect that Kings Lynn will do them proud by coming out and filling the Guildhall to those very special Rafters!'

Ivor Rowlands, chairman of SGT, said: 'Shakespeare's Guildhall Trust is very proud to have all this talent on stage together on one night, for one very good cause.'

Tickets for the event can be purchased via the Corn Exchange Box Office on 01553 764864.

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