The David Pickthall Big Band

About the Band

Past members of the Brentwood School Big Band meet several times a year under the leadership of its director 1983-2014 to give concerts for charity, as The David Pickthall Big Band. From this large number of musicians bands of various sizes can be formed, from a trio through to the full 25-piece band. There is a string section and vocalists for the bigger concerts. Concerts have been at (among others) All Saints’ Churchyard Norton Mandeville, the Brentwood Theatre, St Peter’s Church South Weald, St Mary’s West Hanningfield, Christchurch Warley, St Laurence Upminster, St Laurence Blackmore and Ingatestone Parish Church. Chelmsford Cathedral was the venue for a collaboration between the DPBB and the Choirs of Chelmsford Cathedral, performing a concert of the music of Duke Ellington in early March 2017 and a celebration of Count Basie in May 2018.

Concerts planned for the 2020 season through to 2021 and beyond can be found further down this page, under a selection of recordings from the many CDs made by the band in its earlier incarnation as the Brentwood School Big Band - all released on the Cantoris label 1989-2013.

We released a CD of DPBB live recordings taken from the majority of concerts from the year 2017-2018 in September 2019 at our concert in St Laurence Upminster, and this may also be streamed/purchased on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music and Apple Music from 14th September: search for “The David Pickthall Big Band - Live”.

Should a charity wish to inquire as to the possibility of a concert, please contact us: dpbigband@gmail.com is the mirror account of this page and can be used as an alternative to the button below. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram

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The David Pickthall Big Band in Braintree, April 2019, playing 'Pyjamaman' by David Knight (1986 - 2019, Drummer)

MacArthur Park


Early Morning Train

St Louis Blues

Midnight Newsroom

James Bond Theme



November Rain

When the Saints

High on a Hill

Upcoming Concerts

Saturday 28th March, 2020 at 7.30pm - Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore CANCELLED (POSTPONED)

Sunday 24th May, 2020 at 7pm - Chelmsford Cathedral

(Ticket info: Cathedral Office Tel: 01245 294492) CANCELLED (POSTPONED)

Saturday 13th June, 2020 at 7.30pm - Wickham Bishops Village Hall

(Ticket info: hornettk@hotmail.com) CANCELLED (POSTPONED)

Saturday 26th September, 2020 at 7pm - All Saints, Epping Upland

(Ticket info: c.durstonwyatt@btinternet.com)

Saturday 24th October, 2020 at 7pm - St Laurence Church, Upminster

(Ticket info: www.upminsterparish.co.uk)

Saturday 9th January, 2021 at 7pm - All Saints, Rettendon

(Ticket info: traceybenson31@aol.com)

Saturday 6th February, 2021 at 7pm - St Nicholas, Fyfield

(Ticket info: lesley.wallis@hotmail.co.uk)

Saturday 6th March, 2021 at 7pm - St Paul’s, Braintree

(Ticket info: twelveacres@hotmail.com)

Easter Saturday 3rd April, 2021 at 7pm - Ingatestone Parish Church

(Ticket info to follow)

Sunday 20th June, 2021 at 5pm - Blackmore Priory Church (outdoor concert)

(Ticket info: hattcj@gmail.com)

Saturday 18th September, 2021 at 7pm - West Hanningfield, St Mary & Edward

(Ticket info: peterhuckett2@gmail.com)

Saturday 15th January, 2022 at 7pm - Brentwood, St Thomas of Canterbury

(Ticket info to follow)

Saturday 19th March, 2022 at 7.30pm - Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore (FoSL)

(Ticket info to follow)

Saturday 10th September, 2022 at 7pm - Witham United Reformed Church

(Ticket info: kgmoscrop@gmail.com)

Saturday 10th October, 2022 at 7pm - All Saints, Epping Upland

(Ticket info: c.durstonwyatt@btinternet.com)

Watch this space for more updates

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