Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra

Take a trip back to 1967 with the sounds of Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra, offering a Golden Night of Swing, to celebrate the big band’s 50th Anniversary!

It’s1967, the year of colour TV, the year of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s LHCB and the year Harold Wilson applied for EEC membership (which was later incorporated into the EU). Another momentous event was about to take place… The forming of the most successful big band in history, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra!

This year current and long serving orchestra leader Chris Dean and the gang are celebrating the Orchestra’s 50th birthday. Over the years the big band has performed in theatres all over Europe, regularly appearing on many TV shows such as The Les Dawson ShowThe Morecambe and Wise ShowPebble MillWheel Tappers and Shunters and a Royal Variety performance.

With Radio 2 broadcasts every week and numerous album recordings, the orchestra also toured with Tony Bennett, Matt Monro, Frankie Vaughan and Mel Torme – and played  concerts with Shirley Bassey – all adding to the orchestra’s gravitas.

Step back in time and come and join this wonderful orchestra to celebrate 50 glorious years of swing!

Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra takes place at Buxton Opera House on Sunday 9 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £20 and discounts are available. To buy tickets call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit

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