Swing Into Christmas with the Down for the Count Orchestra

Up Next: 14th December 2024, 7:30pm
Location: Central Hall
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Swing into Christmas

The 30-piece Down for the Count Orchestra is heading to York this Christmas with their annual Christmas extravaganza - it's time to Swing Into Christmas!

This is a Christmas celebration like no other, as Down for the Count recreate the music of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and many more in a luscious 30-piece orchestral setting evoking the sounds of the great Capitol Studios recordings.

Expect to hear faithful recreations of the best music of the swing era including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Let’s Face The Music and Dance and ‘S Wonderful, alongside original arrangements of jazz and festive standards written by the Orchestra’s principal conductor Mike Paul-Smith, including Winter Wonderland and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting).

The Down for the Count Orchestra are one of the UK's most highly regarded vintage ensembles, having sold out numerous shows at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The London Jazz Festival, Cadogan Hall and more. Their Christmas show is full of joy from the first note to the last and is the perfect start to the festive season for you and your family.

The Down for the Count Orchestra

Mike Paul-Smith Conductor
plus vocalists to be announced

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes including one 20 minute interval
The auditorium will open 30 minutes before the concert start time.

Praise for the show:

“Awesome!” Michael Bublé
“A sonic ride back to the sounds of Capitol Studios in the 1950s” DownBeat Magazine
“A breath of fresh air on the swing scene” Twinwood Festival

Wheelchair/accessible spaces:

  • There are 8 wheelchair spaces, each of which is automatically allocated a complimentary carer seat (you don't need to do anything - the carer seat is automatically allocated at the time of booking).
  • These spaces can also be booked by disabled customers who require step-free access to the auditorium (we will position a chair in the wheelchair space if this applies to you).
  • Alternatively, customers who are able to manage a few steps can book a seat in row E, just behind the wheelchair spaces. You will be able to use the lift to access the auditorium and will then need to climb 4 steps to reach the seats.

If you would like further advice on wheelchair/accessible spaces, please call Mike on 07855 488 462.

The venue

This event takes place at Central Hall, York, on the University of York campus.


There is ample parking on the university campus, which is free of charge on the weekends. The Campus Central Car Park is the closest to the venue, but if this is full up there are numerous other car parks within walking distance of the venue.


There will be a bar open in the foyer from 6.30pm.

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