Barnard Castle School Big Band/ Musicians Unlimited
In their 30th year Musicians Unlimited has twenty regular members and play music spanning from Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Count Basie to Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble.
In 1997, they won the prestigious gold award in the Boosey and Hawkes national big band competition. They have 4 albums out, with the last one raising over £15,000 for the Charity ‘Support Your Bowel’ in 2012.
Their musical director Mr Mick Donnelly, founder, is an internationally acclaimed musician and educator. He has toured and recorded with the likes of:- Barry White, Sting, The Faces, The Bee Gees, Ronan Keating, Kool and the Gang, Lisa Stansfield, Sammy Davis Jr, Whitney Houston, Lulu, Shirley Bassey, Paul Weller, Princess, Tony Bennet, Gene Pitney, Steps, The Four Tops, Ben E King, Boy Meets Girl, Madness, Spear of Destiny, Ian Dury, Imagination, Bobby Shew, The Temptations, Kiki Dee, Robbie Willaims, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Swing Out Sister and many more.
Mick is also the bandmaster at Barnard Castle School, where he has taught for 22 years. As bandmaster, one of his many duties is to rehearse and conduct the 32 musicians that make up the Barnard Castle School Wind Band. They will be joining Musicians Unlimited this evening to play alongside MU and perform some of their own repertoire.
This is a fundraising event for both Centrepoint and The Witham - thank you to everyone involved.