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Saturday 13 May 2017, 7.30pm

Amey Theatre

Abingdon School

Park Road


OX14 1DE

Some of Oxfordshire's finest singers, dancers and musicians came together for a unique, one-off evening of entertainment at the Amey Theatre. Download a flyer here!


** In a change to the line-up listed in some printed publicity material, Out of the Blue have been replaced by The Tim Whitehead / Pete Oxley Quartet **

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The Tim Whitehead/Pete Oxley Quartet

The Tim Whitehead / Pete Oxley Quartet

The Tim Whitehead / Pete Oxley Quartet are made up of award winning and critically acclaimed jazz musicians Tim Whitehead (Saxophones), Pete Oxley (Guitar), Raph Mizraki (Acoustic and Electric Bass) and Paul Cavaciuti (Drums). We are thrilled that such busy musicians have been able to fit us into their performing schedule!

Tim Whitehead – Saxophones

During his career Tim has played extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, performing with some of the greatest names in jazz – John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen to name but a few – both as a solo artist and with his own bands. As a composer he has written numerous critically acclaimed albums, including Personal Standards (1999, BBC Music Magazine Jazz Album of the Year) and Colour Beginnings (2009, shortlisted for the Parliamentary All Party Jazz Awards 2011 Album of the Year, The British Composer Awards and Jazz Album of the Year 2011) amongst many others. He has been instrumental in forming the musicians’ co-operative WayOutWest, Jazz Umbrella and was an active member of the Musicians’ Union.

Pete Oxley ~ Guitar

Pete began his musical career in Paris in the mid ‘80s before relocating to the UK in 1997. Shortly afterwards he opened The Spin jazz club in Oxford which in 2012 won the Parliamentary jazz award as ‘The Best Jazz Venue In The UK’. Pete regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Chris Garrick, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, Art Themen, John Etheridge and his own band Curious Paradise. He has now released 16 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his original compositions. As a composer, Pete was recently selected as one of only a handful of British jazz musicians to have his compositions included in the definitive ‘European Real Book’ (Sher Music).

Raph Mizraki ~ Acoustic & electric basses

Raph has a hugely varied musical career behind him, ranging from high-level Medieval music (a former member of the Dufay Collective) to the funkiest of felonious funk! Although a genuine multi-instrumentalist, he is now specialising in bass and as such has credits with all sorts, but relevant to jazz, has worked with, among many others: Jamie Culham, Ross Stanley, John Etheridge, Mornington Lockett and Dave O’Higins.

Paul Cavaciuti ~ Drums

Paul is an internationally renowned performer, composer and music educator. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and of the Institute for Music and Health in New York. As a performer, he has played, toured and recorded with some of the top names in British and American music, including Jim Mullen, David Gordon, Tony Woods, Theo Travis, Mornington Lockett, Nigel Price, Chris Garrick, Chris Allard, Tim Whitehead, Jacqui Dankworth, The Hot Orange Big Band, Sheryl Bailey, The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), and the London Chamber Orchestra. His playing has been described as “inspired” (Jazz Journal International) and “outstanding and virtuosic” (Musician Magazine).

Lin Marsh

The Lin Marsh Singers

We are delighted to welcome the interntationally renowned composer and singing teacher Lin Marsh to lead a Singing for Performance workshop during the day of 13th May.

Participants from the workshop will show off the skills they have learnt from Lin - you're sure to be impressed!

Find out more about Lin by visiting her page on Faber Music.

Marsh Tompsett School of Dance

The Marsh Tompsett School of Dance

Marsh Tompsett School of Dance is an environment where children of all ages and abilities can access high quality training. With an emphasis on originality and creativity, students are encouraged to reach their potential in a fun and friendly atmosphere where dance is taught with energy, enthusiasm and pace.

Thirty students from the school will be demonstrating their skills ahead of their forthcoming dance exams.

You can find out more about the school by visiting their website.

Oxford Drum Troupe logo

Oxford Drum Troupe

Founded in 1998, Oxford Drum Troupe play vibrant and pulsating rhythms from West Africa. Playing various African instruments, most commmonly the drum called the "djembe", Oxford Drum Troupe perform traditional rhythms from Senegal, Guinea, Mali and the Ivory Coast.

If you would like further information regarding Oxford Drum Troupe please contact us via e-mail at -

Richard Soames

Richard Soames

Richard Soames is an actor, writer, comedian and improviser. In 2015 he took his debut solo show to The Edinburgh Festival, where it received critical acclaim before transferring to London’s Kings Place Theatre. He also co-wrote and performed in The Foster’s Best Newcomer Award Nominated show The Story Beast which played a sell-out run at The Soho Theatre in January 2016. Richard is one quarter of BBC Radio 4, Chortle-Award nominated sketch group The Beta Males. He also plays Lord Fear in Knightmare Live and in 2016 played Feste in Grassroots London’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at The Leicester Square Theatre. Richard is a UK cast member of the award-winning improv show Monkey Toast and has guested with Austentatious and Grand Theft Impro. His radio and TV credits include various roles on Michael McIntyre's Big Show, Radio 4's Sketchorama, the BBC3 short Made for Each Other and Forget Me Not, an award-winning short film which received its UK premiere at the London Comedy Film Festival.

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