Ember Big Band is based in Elmbridge, Surrey. Our name reflects the River Ember which runs through the heart of the borough. We are pleased to be led by the big band trombonist Bill Geldard who has played with many of the major bands such as Ted Heath and John Dankworth.
Our repertoire is quite varied, and we are constantly adding new arrangements. We reflect music from some of the early 1930s and 40s standards through to interpretations of many modern songs. We include instrumental and vocal pieces encompassing the varied styles of swing, latin and jazz funk.
We presently have a line up of around 25 musicians comprising percussion, keyboard, bass, rhythm guitars, alto, tenor and baritone saxaphones, flute, trumpets and trombones. Our impressive singers complement our sound.
We aim to perform a number of times a year. These can be appearances at Village Halls, Clubs, Churches, local festivals, etc. We may arrange concerts ourselves, or on many occasions we appear in support of other organisations. Often we hold “open rehearsals” at a local pub in the Esher or Molesey area where we welcome you to come along and listen over a pint or two. Please do contact us if you are interested in hosting an event in partnership with us.
We originated as a community big band in Elmbridge, founded by Surrey Music in September 2009 from an idea by Cliff Van Tonder. Under our first leader, Georgi Bartlett, over 40 players came together in those early years. A lot has changed since that time, as our instrumental lineup has become more balanced, and more importantly our playing skill has increased. In March 2015, we renamed as Ember Big Band and gained our independence.