New name – new music for Bournemouth singer appearing in Westbourne
BIG changes are afoot for Bournemouth singer Wendy Street.
Not only has she reverted to her maiden name (from Wendy Dimmick) but next month she will be turning her back on many years of singing the classical repertoire in choirs and as a soloist and joining the jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music in London.
To mark the occasion she will be performing a farewell gig with Swing Unlimited at the Centre Stage in Westbourne on Wednesday 28th August.
The show also celebrates a move for the band’s regular jazz club from Centre Stage to the Carrington House Hotel in Knyveton Road.
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The change happened after a 2012 “summer holiday treat” when Wendy joined Gabriel Garrick’s Jazz Academy to “sing a bit of jazz.” So enjoyable, and successful, was the experience that she applied to the Guildhall and was accepted for a Masters Course in Jazz Singing.
Since last summer Wendy’s been singing with FONO, the jazz club house band, and with Swing Unlimited community big band, which has reunited her with well known local jazz flautist Alan Melly, he music teacher at school.
At the Centre Stage gig the programme is mainly standards, accompanied by John Belben on guitar, Patrick Peiro on trumpet, Alan Melly, Luke Allen on drums and Hilary Tratt on bass guitar, with some other guests. Wendy will also be playing some keyboard, with a bit of Bach and Tom Waits thrown in, and her friends from the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir will also sing a cappella interpretations of jazz standards.
For more details, contact the Centre Stage.