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Alex Mendham and His Orchestra

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Well, you have these bright ideas, and you’re never sure whether you should bother. As you’ll be aware, I’ve recently made all my score writing work available on the Jack Hylton website, for people to download, print off, and play. For free. Sounds daft, but nobody would pay a ‘fair’ price anyway, so I may as well spread the love, I was doing it anyway!

I wasn’t really sure whether there was any point to it, or whether anyone would be bothered enough to try them out. Of course then there’s the worry about whether they would work!

Worry no longer. The rather splendid Alex Mendham and his rather splendid orchestra have performed Life Begins At Oxford Circus. Not only that, they video’d it!

Here you go. Thanks Alex, hope the arrangement was OK for you all.

Find the band @AMOrchestra http://www.alexmendham.com

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Exciting concert ticket details!

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Well, it would appear that this concert really is happening. Here, check out this link:

https://www.liveatlica.org/whats-on/the-band-that-jack-built

Please buy tickets to this most lovely thing, it’ll be weird to do it to an empty house. It’s January 29th, at Lancaster University, featuring Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra augmented with strings and conducted by me. There’ll be all sorts going on, there’s a pre-concert talk by me, and it’ll be the first chance to buy my Hylton book and CDs of rare Hylton material which has never been on CD before.

Tickets aren’t yet available to the general public (only to Live at LICA supporters – whatever that means) but as soon as they’re generally available I’ll let you know.

I think it’ll be fun. Then afterwards we’ll all have a little drink.

More details soon.

Hylton the politician

Daily Mirror, February 1954

Daily Mirror, February 1954

I’ve spent another long day in Lancaster today, mostly researching the book, but also having meetings about the concert, which is coming along nicely. It’s a few weeks away from being ‘official’ and quite a long way off having received funding, but it’s all happening and everyone is on board and agreeing with everything. I can’t wait to be able to tell you that tickets are on sale and a publisher has been found. Neither of those exist at the moment!

My hours in the archive were spent (for no particular reason) in the first half of the 1950’s and turned up loads of really interesting stuff for the book. It’s fairly well known that for a time Hylton was thinking of standing as a Labour MP for Bolton, but this article gives this in Hylton’s own words. It’s fascinating! It’s also only a few pages later in the press cuttings book that reports filter through that he’s not going to stand anymore because he’s too busy with all his shows!

Plenty of other stuff is being held back of course – no point me telling you everything about Hylton – I want you to buy the book! Click on the image to see a larger version.