A Night of Swing and Strings for Ark

A night of Swing and Strings will entertain and delight music lovers, and raise vital funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity's mission to help and support cancer patients and their families.

Clive Fortune Big Band and Basingstoke Area Youth String Orchestra (BAYSO) will be combining their talented musical forces to deliver ‘A Night of Swing & Strings’.

All profits from the concert, on Saturday, March 21, will go to Ark, which is raising £5million to fund supportive care and services, complementary therapies, and an enhanced environment in a NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital.

Band founder and leader Clive Fortune is the brains behind the concert, which is being generously sponsored by The Kempshott Kourier community magazine.

Clive, whose band has supported many charities in recent years, said: “I have been keen to organise a charity concert featuring the big band sound and strings for some time, so I am delighted that, with the support of all concerned, this wonderful evening is happening.

“Clive Fortune Big Band was delighted to support Ark in 2016, when we performed in a Mayor’s Charity Concert at The Anvil, and we are now looking forward to raising further funds at this every special night in March.”

Founded in 2009, Clive Fortune Big Band perform a wide repertoire of big band classics and jazz standards. The band is a popular feature on the Basingstoke and Hampshire music circuit.

BAYSO, under the leadership of conductor Paul Timms, is supported by Hampshire Music Service, and receives funding support from Hampshire County Council.

BAYSO play a variety of music from classical to contemporary. As well as performing in the main Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestra concerts, BAYSO have taken part at the Basingstoke Music Festival and have performed with other Hampshire string orchestras in concerts at The Anvil.

Tickets for the March 21 concert, which will get underway at Aldworth School, Western Way, Basingstoke, at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) are £10 for adults, £5 for under-16s, and under-fives can get in for free. There will be a bar at the concert.

Tickets are available by clicking on https://bit.ly/392u71K by emailing info@clivefortunebigband,org.uk, or calling 07818 000598 or 07570 929451.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, said: “Thanks so much to Clive and his Big Band, and the Basingstoke Area Youth String Orchestra, for putting on what will be an evening of marvellous music in support of Ark.

“Ark is blessed to have such wonderful support from so many people in the local community, and this special concert will be among the highlights of the charity’s 2020 events calendar. Thanks to everyone who comes along.”

Picture caption: Clive Fortune, left, with fellow Clive Fortune Big Band members - some holding the March 21 concert poster.