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"The hottest little big band in the South East... The New Foxtrot Serenaders look and sound like the real thing. Their style is authentic and nostalgic, with a real feel-good factor. They've performed several times for the Big Band nights at the bandstand, and attracted large, enthusiastic audiences." From the Eastbourne Today website.

In addition to playing at dances and functions we also put on concert performances in London and the South East of England. See details and photos of our most recent concerts below. Older gigs (back as far as when the web site started) are pictured on our Concerts Past page - big crowds at the Royal Festival Hall Foyer, in 1940s uniform at Polesden Lacey and more

Upcoming concerts

  • On Sunday 26th May we return to the English Music Festival in the fabulous Dorchester Abbey (near Oxford) at 9:30pm. The theme is the Great British Songbook of the 1920's to the 1960's. This concert is dedicated to the memory of John Ashworth, co-founder of the band and arranger of all our songs for over 20 years, who sadly passed away earlier this year
  • We are touring 'Barber Bilk and Ball' this year, all the way from Surrey to Kent. We are at our home from homeat the Barn Theatre in Oxted on Friday 7th June 2019
  • Sunday 6th October we're on the southern edge of Kent at the The Astor Theatre in Deal, in a matinee performance of our British Dixieland Jazz programme
  • Up north (well, for Kent anyway) to the Criterion Theatre in Blue Town on the Isle of Sheppey, another matinee perormance Saturday 26th October 2019


Recent Concerts

  • Barber, Bilk and Ball back at the Players Theatre in Thame on Saturday 6th April 2019 with a tribute to the very best of British Dixieland Jazz
  • We met again for our second visit in 2018 to the Criterion Theatre in Blue Town, Sheerness, Saturday 17th November 2018
  • Following our success at the Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne in 2017, we headed back for another 'Day by the Sea', Saturday 2nd June 2018
  • Once again at the Player's Theatre Thame with co-compere Bill Rennells of BBC Radio Oxford, Saturday 19th May 2018
  • Our first trip to the Criterion Theatre in Blue Town Kent with 'Strictly Gershwin' on Saturday 28th April.
  • We celebrated  21 years of the New Foxtrot Serenaders at the Barn Theatre in Oxted on Friday 23rd March 2018, joined by special guest Mike Berry, Appropriately enough our show was entitled 'Thanks for the Memory'

'Day by the Sea' with the British Music Hall Society at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, lunchtime Saturday 3rd June 2017

  • Barn Theatre Oxted with Anita Harris, Friday 12 February 2016
  • Woolstore Theatre Codford (near Warminster),Saturday 27th February 2016
  • That's Entertainment at the Players Theatre Thame, Saturday 9th April 2016
  • Strictly Gershwin for a matinee at the Cromer Pier Theatre, Sunday 24th April 2016
  • Honiton Jazz Festival, Saturday 14th May 2016
  • English Music Festival, Sunday 29th May 2016, Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire
  • The Plaza in Romsey, Saturday 2nd July 2016
  • Clacton West Cliff Theatre with Liza Pulman, matinee Sunday 5th March 2017
  • Barn Theatre, Oxted, Friday 10th March 2017
  • St Lawrence's, Chobham, Saturday 25th March 2017
  • Thame Players Theatre, Saturday 8th April 2017
  • The Milligan Theatre, Rye, with Michael Wooldridge, Friday 28th April 2017
  • English Music Festival, Dorchester on Thames, Sunday 28th May 2017

Another double bill at Romford Saturday 12th December 2015, this time our theme was A White Christmas.We created the atmosphere within the Brookside Theatre, but in the warmest December since Santa took flight it was a little different when the doors were unlocked and the audience let out. As always it was a delight to return to this friendliest of theatres.

Oh we do like to be beside the Cromer seaside - at Europe's oldest end of the Pier Theatre:the new lifeboat station is lovely but it's not part of the Edwardian structure (which won Pier of the Year 2015). Lovely weather for a walk around the town before the late afternoon matinee 'Bless em all' on Sunday 20th September 2015.

Not often we get a warmup act - very nice guitar joined by Brigitte on vocals

We are lucky enough to have visited Broadstairs a few times, but this was the first time on the band stand for a mainly sunny early evening concert on Thursday 20th August 2015.

The late evening spot at the English Music Festival in Dorchester Abbey in Oxfordshire is always a pleasure. Our hat trick of visits completed on Sunday 24th May 2015 was no exception. Commerating the wars we had some silliness with The Fuerher's Face (originally titled Donald Duck in Nutzi Land) and nostalgia with London Pride. And for the encores we were an orchestra, with the violin wizard Rupert Marshall-Luck joining us with playing styled to perfection.

A lovely audience at a lovely new theatre for us - the Plaza, Romsey, Saturday 23rd May 2015. Not even the Eurovision song contest or Britain's Got Talent kept people away, and what they got was the wonderful stage presence of vivacious Anita Harris joining us in Strictly Gershwin for the second time. Now that's entertainment and real talent. A word for the Plaza theatre crew, very accommodating, efficient and skillful, a really pleasurable evening all round.


Pilsdon at Malling was a little cool in the afternoon of Sunday 19th April 2015 for another outing of our 'Bless 'Em All' programme, but a lovely acoustic and a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon near Maidstone in the Weald of Kent.


Remembering songs from WW2 (and some carried across from WW1) in our 'Bless 'Em All' programme revisiting two lovely and friendly theatres, The Barn at Oxted on Friday 20th March and the Players Theatre in Thame Saturday 11th April, 2015 .


Our second visit to the Woolstore Theatre, Codford (near Warminster) on Saturday 28th February 2015 was to a full house. Not a huge theatre but a sell out is a sell out. Lovely friendy place, we already have our return date for 2016.


Our reunion at the Kew Musical Museum with Simon Gledhill on the Wurlitzer, in the afternoon of Sunday 22nd February 2015. We spent the morning recording some new tracks so look out for some news later in the year...

Someone to look over us: George keeping a strict eye in our Gershwin concert at the excellent Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead on 1st November 2014.

Horsham's Fine Capitol Theatre

A lovely evening at Horsham's Capitol Theatre with the vivacious Anita Harris on Halloween 2014. Gershwin all the way with Anita and Graham sharing vocals.

Amazing to find a Wurlitzer in the modern Uckfield East Sussex National Hotel. Very powerful instrument, expertly played by Michael Wooldridge in the afternoon of Saturday 4th October 2014.

Well met again for matinee and moonlight performances at the Brookside Theatre, Romford on Saturday 13th September 2014, and for our evening return to the Wokingham Theatre Saturday 20th September 2014.

Ruskin Park, 'nuff said

We were confident of lovely weather for playing for dancing in the park on a July Saturday afternoon. Wrong! The heavens opened, but we had it easy under cover on the lovely large Ruskin Park Bandstand while a commendably hardy group of listeners and dancers stuck it out to the end. True British spirit, and actually a very enjoyable time was had by all.

Rye College (near the East Sussex coast) has the second oldest Wurlitzer in the country, a lovely restored 1925 instrument played lovingly on Saturday 14th June 2014 by Michael Wooldridge. Our shared numbers were beautifully tight, like he had been playing with us for years. We look forward to our next concert with him.

We were priviledged to be part of the 90th birthday celebrations for the lovely Barn Theatre in Oxted , Friday 6th June 2014. We were Cheek to Cheek with the substantial audience.

We were gratified to be invited back to Dorchester Abbey near Oxford, Sunday 25th May 2014 with this entry in the festival preview: ' intriguingly different light on British music shed by the New Foxtrot Serenaders, whose performance last year was one of the highlights of the Festival!'. Our theme this time was 'Keep the Home Fires Burning', leading to a good old sing song.

The Normansfield Theatre, Teddington, is grade II* listed having been built 1877-79 as an entertainment hall. Lovely place to have playd Saturday 10th May 2014 with more Strictly Gershwin.

Beautiful and sunny Alum Bay in the morning, Apollo Theatre for the evening show

An enthusiastic and friendly reception for us as we travelled over the high seas for our epic journey to the Apollo Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight, Saturday 26th April 2014 . Following the theatre's show about Gershwin we had their very nice picture of George adorning the stage, all adding to the excellent atmosphere.

A standing ovation on Saturday 5th April 2014 for our new programme 'Cheek to Cheek' at the excellent and friendly Players Theatre, Thame. Bill Rennells was in excellent form helping with the compering once again. Thanks to Bill and his wife Angela mentioning and featuring us on BBC local radio stations. The house was over 3/4 full, but it's not that big folks, maybe The Voice final was tempting, but if one third of you drag along another friend next time we can declare full house!

Another new exciting venue for us was the Angles Theatre in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, the eighth oldest working theatre in the country having opened it's doors in 1793. We took Strictly Gershwin there on Saturday 15th March to a capacity crowd. An excellent venture in the fen country.

The Woolstore Theatre, Codford (near Warminster), is a grade 2 listed building with a history even longer than some of the band members. We were there Saturday 8th March 2014 for an evening of shear pleasure (and no, the jokes didn't get better than that). Lovely enthusiastic audience - thank you for being so welcoming.

The Musical Museum at Kew Bridge is the same wonderful place as when we were last there and it was called the Brentford Musical Museum. It is where we recorded our CD 'Say it with Music' with Simon Gledhill, and he was on the Wurlitzer again with us on Sunday 23rd Februry 2014.

Great to be invited back to the Royal Festival Hall, Sunday 29th December 2013. Even better than our RFH appearances in the naughties as the Clore Ballroom is perfect for dancers and listeners (and singers). A very nice way to approach the end of the year.

Shiver my timbers, a visit to the  Groundlings Theatre Portsmouth, Saturday 16th November 2013.

Instead of our usual venue of Bradbourne House in East Malling near Maidstone, this year on Tuesday 25th September , we played at the nearby parish chuch of St James the Great. Rebuilt in the 15th Century and grade 1 listed by English Heritage this is another marvellous venue for us, with a nice spacious acoustic you might expect in such a lovely building.

Really nice first foray to the Brookside Theatre in Romford on Saturday 7th September 2013. The local resident didn't seem phased by the noise we made.

Not far from our recent Oxfordshire gigs we were delighted to make our way to the Wokingham Theatre in Royal Berkshire on Saturday 29th June 2013. Not quite a sell out but it looked full which was very nice. Peter Harms kindly put on the theatre website: 'We attended the New Foxtrot Serenaders show last night and, judging by the audience response, they were as impressed as us with their performance. A superb show in every respect which begs my next question; Can we please have them back again in the future?' The answer is: yes! 20th September 2014.

John eulogising on English music

Back to Oxfordshire for a very well attended and enthusiastic Dorchester Abbey for lighter English music in the late evening following some marvellous classical concerts in the English Music Festival on Sunday 26th May 2013. Then we played at the Old Fire Station once we worked out how to get round the maze that is the centre of Oxfordon Saturday 15th June where Bill Rennells again joined us on stage.

All the way up to Wolverhampton for an afternoon concert to help celebrate the 75th birthday of the Civic Hall Saturday 18th May 2013, with David Ivory at the magnificent Compton organ.

Adding to our cinema organ experiences we played at the St Alban's Organ Theatre on Saturday 11th May 2013. This time we had the great pleasure of performing with Donald Mackenzie who is resident organist on the Compton Organ at Odeon Leicester Square, and has performed extensively in the UK and internationally. Great fun amongst some marvellous mechanical organs, a little reminiscent of Cotton back in May 2012.

We are lucky to be doing a few gigs in Oxfordshire and the surrounding area in 2013. We started with our return to the excellent Players Theatre in Thame, Saturday 6th April 2013 with this year's Strictly Gershwin programme.

So good to have Shiela Tracey compere once again at our annual visit to the cosy Barn Theatre in Oxted on Friday 8th March 2013. So many friends in the audience, it is always a highlight of our year.

Brilliant to debut our Gershwin programme at the pioneering and award winning Mill at Sonning, Oxfordshire on Sunday 24th February 2013. Such lovely and helpful people run the theatre, do go long and enjoy the food and the atmosphere. There were mills there when the Domesday Book was penned, and the building originates from C18th so we think we fitted in just fine.

Those lovely people of the East Malling Research Station Music Club invited us back to Bradbourne House . For the first time we played on a Tuesday, on 16th October 2012, after many years of Thursdays, but we didn't fool them and had a good turnout at this most elegant venue.

Back to Broadstairs, that hold haunt of Dickens in his bicentenary year, returning to the Memorial Theatre, Sunday 23rd September 2012. One of the heaviest nights of rain on the South East in a very wet year had us practically floating home afterwards, but it was worth it for the fun of playing to the usual the feisty Broadstairs audience. 

We played at the British Vintage Wireless & Television Museum garden party a few years back, and we were back on the afternoon of Saturday 9th June 2012. Amongst the days of rain we had a dry and sunny time. Very nice.

Wonderful to join David Ivory on the Wurlitzer at the magical Cotton Mechanical Music Museum, a veritable Aladdin's Cave of instruments (and teapots), for the afternoon of Sunday 13th May 2012.  The museum's 30th anniversary concert was a sell out, the lovely Cotton peple sad we could have filled the museum twice over.

Great to be invited to appear at a local festival: we played at Saint Peter's Church, Woodmansterne,Friday 11 May 2012 as part of the Banstead Arts Festival.

Our 4th visit to the cosy Thame's Players Theatreon Easter  Saturday 7th April 2012 once again meant good business from us for the fish and chip shop round the corner. Almost a full house greeted guest presenter Bill Rennells at one of the friendliest venues wehave the pleasure to visit.

A new venue for us was the Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton, 7:30pm Sunday 11th March 2012. Nice place and people, we look forward to a return visit!

Worthing Asssembly Hall has a most magnificently kept Wurlitzer, which is supported by the Sussex Theatre Organ Trust, so here we are posing around it with the equally magnificent Simon Gledhill after our concert on Sunday 19th February 2012.

Fabulous audience at Wilton's, the world's oldest Grand Music Hall near Tower Bridge on Saturday 3rd December 2011. Just shows that all ages can really appreciate the great tunes from the early C20th. Interesting to follow later C20th phenomenon like Adam Ant who was on earlier that week.

We have done lunchtime concerts in all of the Fairfield spaces, but it was nice to do a matinee in the concert hall on Saturday 5th November 2011.

Our 2011 visit to the remarkably elegant Bradbourne House in East Malling, Kent, was on Thursday 13th October. The building and location are timeless, maybe that's why we feel so at home. With memories of previous magnificent summer evenings there it was a little different coming in from the darkness, but warmth from the unseasonable weather and also the lovely East Malling Research Station Music Club audience made for another memorable evening.


The beginning of October 2011 found us in another cinema organ and dance band concert with the marvellous Simon Gledhill, this time in Stockport's magnificently restored art deco Plaza, complete with a beautiful Compton organ. Thank you to the Cinema Organ Society for inviting us!

Beautiful Broadstairs beach on a very sunny April Sunday

Go West young men! Well not so young perhaps but off we went to Thame's cosy Players Theatre once more on Saturday 9th April 2011. It was then about turn for our third visit  to the Memorial Theatre in very sunny Broadstairs for another early evening concert Sunday 17th April 2011 .

We went Back to the Future at the  Barn Theatre in Oxted on February 18th 2011. This time we started at the 40s and celebrated crooners through to the modern day, such as Frank Sinatra, Matt Monroe, Mel Torme, and Michael Buble. The audience came from afar to hear us - the furthest travellers were from the USA and Kenya (and maybe just  tad related to band members).

One of our liveliest venues each year is at Age Concern at the Nettlefold Theatre, West Norwood, our 2010 date was the afternoon of Thursday 28th October.

For our annual visit to the Fairfield Halls in well-connected central Croydon we had a crack at the Arnhem Gallery this time, having got familiar with the other halls there, for the lunchtime of Tuesday 26th October 2010. We advised they had initially underestimated the seating, so when the ever-helpful crew made more available we were relieved that our audience was as large as usual so we had not created unnecessary work.

We were delighted to be playing with Simon Gledhill again for another cinema organ and dance band concert, this time at the Musical Museum Brentford on Sunday 17th October 2010.

We returned to the lovely Bradbourne House on Thursday June 10th 2010, as always by kind invitation of the East Malling Research Station Music Club. Into our second decade here...

We once again were delighted to join cinema organ phenomenon Simon Gledhill for a varied afternoon concert at the Broadway Theatre, Catford on 6th June 2010.

The Chequer Mead Theatre in East Grinstead was satisfyingly full for our charity concert on Friday 30th April 2010.

Bertie showing poise unmatched by the rest of the band

For our 14th annual visit to the lovely Barn Theatre in Oxted on Friday 19th March 2010 we were joined on stage by Bertrum Wilberforce Brooke-Mellor, the best looking member of the band and the favourite of the large audience, who did a fine job keeping his protg Drew in check on the pots and pans. Graham was pleased he was no longer the shortest in the band.

More fun at the Memorial Theatre, Broadstairs, having been invited back for another early evening concert Sunday 21st February 2010.

Another lunchtime gig at the Ashcroft Theatre in the Fairfield Halls complex in Croydon, this time with special guest Sheila Tracy doing a little of the compering on Tuesday 27th October 2009 (seen above on stage with the band). Then on to the energetic Age Concern festival bash in the afternoon of Thursday 29th October at the Nettlefold Hall at West Norwood Library.

We had such a good time at the Players Theatre in Thame we are delighted to be invited back for Saturday 17th October 2009. Nice to see word got around to bring in a larger audience.

We were back at the cosy but lively Comrades Club, Coulsdon, Surrey, for Jazz Night on Thursday 8th October 2009.

A lovely location at The Quay Theatre Sudbury on Saturday 19th September 2009, followed the week after on Saturday 26th September 2009 for a return visit to the Underground Theatre in Eastbourne.

We went off to the seaside once more, this time to the Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, for an early evening performance on Sunday July 19th 2009. Great audience, a little smaller than we would prefer but it made it very cosy and huge fun.

We returned to Norden Farm Centre for the Arts at Maidenhead  11th July 2009, with special guest Jeanie Barton making a very welcome return appearance. Bill Rennells helped compre once more adding to a lovely evening.

Bradbourne House 11th June 2009

Look at those blue skies! Yet another lovely evening at the gorgeous Bradbourne House on 11th June 2009. Thanks to the East Malling Research Station Music Club for inviting us for our 10th anniversary visit. Even Graham's rendition of Singing in the Rain did not usher in the clouds, and the evening finished in summer evening light helped by just the gentle lights illuminating the historic portraits, music stand bulbs, and a standard lamp over the piano, providing superb atmosphere in the hall. S'Wonderful.

The day after our concert in Dulwich we crammed back into the Serenaders' jalopies and hacked down to the Bournemouth Pavilion on Sunday 29th March 2009 for a rollicking afternoon tea dance as part of their 80th birthday celebrations. The Pavilion afterwards reported that there were more than 500 people listening and dancing - far more than originally expected. We saw a wonderful Rolls Royce on display at the front entrance and owners Superwed let us bask in reflected glory.

Jo Brand was effortlessly hilarious in the star spot at our charity concert in aid of Dulwich Helpline at the Michael Croft Theatre, Dulwich on Saturday 28th March 2009. How do you follow that? Call 020 8299 2623 to donate to this worthy cause.

We were lucky enough to have another packed house for our 13th annual visit on Friday 13th March 2009 to the lovely Barn Theatre, Oxted, Surrey. The theme was The Roarin' Twenties and we were thrilled to be joined by the fabulous Bees Knees.

The Broadway Theatre in Catford, South London, is a magnificent example of 1930's Art Deco architecture and a perfect venue for our style of music. The real thrill was having world renowned cinema organist Simon Gledhill playing the Compton theatre organ, just restored by Peter Hammond who compred the event on Sunday 8th March 2009.

Its our hat trick of Cunard liners as we played in the magnificent 3 storey lobby of MS Queen Victoria on 2nd January 2009 for the embarcation for the transatlantic and round the world passengers. What a fantastic ship.

We seem to have a nautical theme going. An inspired stage was set at HMS Sultan in Gosport for their Christmas bash.

Photo taken by Charlotte from FTF

Nostalgic day on 11th November 2008 playing for the final embarcation at Southampton for the QE2. We enjoyed being on board her for the last time as an ocean liner - if we ever get aboard again she will be a hotel in Dubai (a little out of our normal range for gigs but we could have our arms twisted). We stopped for a few minutes to see a Harrier hover and then bow as thanks to her service as a troop carrier. It was lovely to be involved.

Another lively bunch at our annual concert for Age Concern on Thursday 30th October 2008 at the Nettlefold Hall in West Norwood. As usual they put other audiences to shame with their willingness to trip the light fantastic.

Heaps of people made the Ashcroft Theatre cosy for our lunchtime concert at the Fairfield Halls complex in Croydon on Tuesday 28th October 2008. Usual 1.05pm start makes it tempting to squeeze the last lap in after the chequered flag waves at 2pm (or was that the white flag?).

We had a lovely time at the Thame Players Theatre Saturday 11th October 2008. OK so we didn't exactly see the whole of Thame squeezed in there but we are confident that the enthusiastic audience will bring in more crowds for our next visit. It is a vibrant venue for a wide programme of events, from plays to opera to cinema, and we of course upheld the jazz element. We were delighted that Bill Rennells once again joined us, getting more laughs than Graham's singing. The venue and people were wonderful and we really will be back in 2009.

Click here for details of older gigs - before Autumn 2008, back to when the website started.