Visitors to Leonardslee Gardens on 13 and 14 September enjoyed a new evening festival of Jazz, Big Band and Classical Music that the estate hosted for the first time. What certainly added to the enjoyment of the event was the great weather, with temperatures reaching a balmy 22C, before dipping later in the autumnal evenings.
A top attraction was the Boutique Shopping Courtyard of fine wines, artisan spirits, craft beers, cocktails, global cuisine, art, fashion and lifestyle products. Entertainment was provided by a splendid harpist and a juggler.
Visitors sampled Leonardslee’s own-label wine from its South African winery at Benguela Cove Lagoon. There was also gin and tonic crafted by Cabin Pressure Spirits and Silent Pool Distillers, real ale from Harvey’s, the Binary Botanical brew and cocktails from the Container Mixology Bar.
The Friday evening kicked off with the cool, sophisticated sounds of the Ducie Jazz Quartet, described as a collective of fine Jazz musicians, creating the party mood.
Harry’s Tricks played 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s popular music from Britain and America. They are led by the unique vocal and guitar style of Mike Potter (Mike the Mic), who combines the influences of Fats Waller, Al Bowlly, Slim Gaillard and Billie Holiday, among others.
The Tom Fitzpatrick Band played Big Band and Rat Pack Classics. Their extensive repertoire of legendary swing tunes interspersed with their versions of modern classics gave the band its distinctive sound.
Finishing off the evening was the Pyromusical Fireworks Finale, the perfect end to a wonderful evening.
On the Saturday, visitors enjoyed the Bernardi Music Group playing Charlie Parker tunes with strings.
The Last Night of the Proms – live on giant outdoor LED screen – was another highlight of the event. From orchestral dances and marches to songs and arias, Offenbach’s light-footed musical comedy to Verdi’s operatic tragedies, world premieres to traditional favourites, this year’s Last Night of the Proms was a spectacular climax.
Visitors then enjoyed the spectacular Pyromusical Fireworks Finale.
Watch out for other great events coming soon to Leonardslee.
We run a full programme throughout the year, including music, food and drink, exhibitions, arts and participative events for everyone, 12 months of the year. Visit the Events page.