Catherine Sykes

New Album Something Wonderful available now

  • Music

    Music

    Hailing from Yorkshire, Catherine’s voice was discovered by her music teacher mother who overheard her singing along to the radio behind her closed bedroom door.

    Catherine is resident vocalist with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK and performs regularly on tour with the band throughout the UK and Europe. She has also guested with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Nick Ross Orchestra, Manhattan Orchestra, Fat Chops Big Band, Paul Barry Big Band and The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra.

    Catherine studied voice at the Leeds College of Music and since graduating has performed at venues such as London’s 100 Club, the 606 Club and numerous Jazz festivals and clubs across the country. Humphrey Lyttelton took a shine to her debut album ‘Signing In’ and featured it on his ‘Best of Jazz’ programme on Radio 2. Her critically acclaimed follow up album ‘Something Wonderful’ includes a song written especially for her by TV and Radio presenter Nicky Campbell OBE.

  • Live

    Live Dates

    2017

    25th April – Catherine Sykes Quartet at Baker Street Jazz Club, Swindon 8.00pm

    30th April – Gupshill Manor, Tewkesbury with Crescendo Big Band 3pm

    13th May – Royal Festival Hall, London with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK 2.30pm

    14th May – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK 3pm

    15th MayWarners Thoresby Hall Hotel, with The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

    17th MayWarners Thoresby Hall Hotel, with The Tony Jacobs Big Band

    20th MayThe Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, with The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra 7.30pm

    22nd May – Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK 7pm

    26th MayHaslemere Town Hall, Haslemere Festival with The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

    3rd June – Chippenham, private function with The Mike Smith Orchestra

    7th June – Catherine Sykes sings the Ella Fitzgerald Songbook at Jazz on Tap, The National Brewery Centre, Burton-on-Trent 8pm

    11th June – Theatre Royal, Norwich with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK 3pm

    24th JuneTaliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, with The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

  • News

    Latest News

    I am very excited to be able to announce the launch of my new album and website! I recorded the album last year at a lovely rural studio in the Vale of Evesham, a beautiful and inspirational setting.

    I am thrilled to have worked with some great musicians on the album; Drummer Mike Smith (BBC Big Band, Syd Lawrence Orchestra), bassist Tom Hill (Les Brown and the Band of Renown, George Shearing) and on saxophones Rob Fowler (The Humphrey Lyttelton band, Pasadena Roof Orchestra) to name but three.

    I am really proud of the album and hope you enjoy listening to some of the tracks whilst browsing the website.

About

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I blame Ella.

If anyone asks me who my greatest influence is, I always think back to the first time I saw Ella Fitzgerald singing on one of those old TV specials. She was wearing large glasses, had the song lyrics on a stand in front of her and kept shuffling the pages around whilst she was singing – all the things you’re told you’re not to do. Yet what came out of her mouth was completely engaging and beautiful. Her voice was so mellow, her vocals so effortless, her phrasing so precise, so clear. I was completely captivated. Being the reserved character I was and suppose still am, watching Ella made me realise that I could express my thoughts and passion through song.

I love the freedom and space of Jazz music. There are no set rules, no boundaries, no definative way to sing. Rhythm and melody can be played with, feelings explored, day to day worries lost in the wonderful world of the music. But with that freedom also comes a certain amount of fear. How much do I change the feel or phrasing? How much space can I leave before the song collapses? It’s a constant learning curve.

This album includes some of my constant companions. I know songs like I’ve Got a Crush on You, Lean Baby and I Could Write a Book so well that they have almost become a part of me but I also wanted to explore some lesser known standards. London by Night, for example, reminds me of the time when I was just starting out and would travel home late from gigs in the West End, along the Embankment towards the East End where I lived. I would always drive slowly and gaze at the string of lights along the river, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, the OXO Tower, all reflected in the Thames. Occasionally I would park up, get out of the car and have a moment to myself.

I still have those moments, of course. Often, in the middle of a gig, I just stand and listen to the amazing musicians I’m working with and think how lucky I am to do this as a living. To be able to sing for my supper is truly a wonderful thing.

Thanks Ella!

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