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. Dates for the remainder of the 2019 season through to Easter 2021 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 will be releasing a CD of live recordings taken from the majority of concerts from the year 2017-2018 in time for Summer 2019. 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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Early Morning Train

St Louis Blues

Midnight Newsroom

James Bond Theme



November Rain

When the Saints

High on a Hill

Upcoming Concerts

Sunday 23rd June, 2019 at 5pm - Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore Churchyard (Open Air Concert)

(Ticket info: Jill Griffiths 01277-822224 or Peter Mason 01277-822369)

Sunday 14 July, 2019 at 3pm - St Mary’s Woodham Ferrers

(Ticket info: maysons@talktalk.net or 07773 644326)

Saturday 7th September, 2019 at 7pm - St Laurence Upminster

(Ticket info: parish.office@upminsterparish.co.uk or 01708 220696)

Saturday 28th March, 2020 at 7pm - Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore

(Ticket info: hattcj@gmail.com)

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

(Ticket info: hornettk@hotmail.com)

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

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

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

(Ticket info tbc)

Watch this space for more updates

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