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In January 2015, Roger Parsons of the Leicester Big Band asked Karen J to bring some of her theatre group friends together to form a close harmony Andrews Sisters-type group to accompany his band at Glenn Miller musical events. Emily, Karen W and Lynn were on board straight away, and after very few rehearsals, the newly formed group sang at their first event in March 2015, under the name of The Millerettes.
After several successful performances, the Sisters decided they should also form a stand-alone group, and began looking at classic swing numbers to augment the arrangements they had been doing with the band, and The Sisters of Swing were born.
Within two months of deciding to make the leap, the Sisters had bought equipment, taken their first bookings, and were joined by a great Sound Engineer, Howard, who is an integral part of the group.
The Sisters of Swing are still accompanying the Leicester Big Band, and will continue to perform with them at Glenn Miller style events.
I cannot remember a time when music wasn’t a huge part of my life. As a child I learnt to play the clarinet as my father’s ambition for me was that I would play in a Swing Band! Growing up in a house where the greats such as Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, and so many more artists were played more than anything else, it is hardly surprising that I love swing music.
Over the years I have sung and played in variety of bands – since 2006 I have been with the Leicester Big Band, and I am very proud to be a part of that team. It is through LBB that I put the Sisters of Swing together – and there was no question that I would find the Sisters among my friends in the Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group.
One of the things that gives me pleasure about being a part of The Sisters of Swing is the genuine delight we all take in performing as a quartet – we are great friends, and enjoy every moment that we are together.
I have been singing ever since I can remember, but my first taste of singing in front of an audience was with a Choral Society, which I enjoyed, but after a while I decided I wanted to get in to mainstream music, and specifically musical theatre.
Consequently I joined AMTG in 2012 and have never looked back. I have been involved in the productions, both on stage and behind the scenes, most recently as Chair of the Society.
A couple of years ago, one of my colleagues, Karen Jamieson who sings with The Leicester Big Band was looking for a few singers from the Society to form, what we thought was a “one off” performance for a VE Day concert.
Here I am today, not only singing Andrew Sisters songs, but also the classic swing music with my lovely Sisters, Emily, Lynn and of course Karen J.
Given that my earliest memories are of my Mum singing to me all the time, and the influence of my wonderful Uncle Jimmy, whose roots were firmly in brass, it is hardly surprising that I love music and Swing.
I am truly convinced that my voice is a God-given gift or blessing, and it helps me to teach, communicate and spread love. I find myself singing at every opportunity, and being part of The Sisters of Swing means I do what I love, with people I love, and for people I love to entertain.
I joined AMTG in 2008, and played Nancy in Oliver! in my first rôle with them in 2009 – since then I have been fortunate to play a number of wonderful characters.
I can’t imagine a world without music, singing and companionship like we have with The Sisters, and our time spent together rehearsing and performing is always a great pleasure.
I have been singing in one form or another for as long as I can recall. We always had music playing at home and The Andrews Sisters and big swing bands of the 40s were high amongst the old 76 rpm records that were played.
I have been fortunate to be a member of Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group for more than 20 years and have been part of many musicals in that time and taken on various comedic roles. I was also cast as Mother Abbess in ‘The Sound of Music.’ I have also been involved with choral singing, especially The Messiah and with Concordia Choir.
Being part of The Sisters of Swing is one of the most wonderful highlights for me. We are all members and friends from AMTG and have been singing together for a good many years. We love the style of music; the variety of classic 40s and 50s swing and we love to put our own feel to each number.
Where are we based and how far will we travel?
We come from Leicestershire and will happily travel to any venue in surrounding counties, subject to fee and travel time.
Do we require a stage and changing room facilities?
We are happy to perform with or without a stage, but we do prefer a hard and level floor, especially for events in marquees or outdoors. We need access to mains power, and preferably shelter from the elements if we have an outdoor booking!
We prefer to have the use of a changing room if available.
What type of events do you accept bookings for?
We are available for public or private performances, in clubs, hotels, theatres, at outdoor events such as vintage weekends, for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays etc.
What is a typical performance?
Our standard performance is 2 x 45 minute sets or 3 x 30 minute sets if that suits your event better. We will also accept bookings for a 1 x 60 minute set.
Performance times for events such as vintage weekends can be arranged to suit the event programme.
We bring our own Sound Engineer and extensive PA equipment, and are also happy to connect to venue equipment – subject to confirmation of what is available.
Do we provide music in between our sets?
If required we can play your chosen playlist, either on our equipment or you can bring your own laptop/device to connect to our system.
How long is your set up time?
We need at least one hour to set up and carry out a sound check prior to the performance.
How much do we charge?
Our fee depends on a number of factors, including location of the venue, type of event, performance duration, date and time of the event. We will discuss these factors at the time of enquiry and will provide a quotation at that point.
Once we have agreed the fee and booking with you, we will ask for a small deposit to secure the date.