A charity concert in Hampton has raised of £10,000 for children's hospice, Shooting Star Chase.

The Ember Big Band performed a 'sensational night' of swing at The Hammond Theatre, which is part of Hampton Boys School. The school are supporters of the charity and donated the use of the venue for free.

The band comprising of 20 musicians and three singers played a variety of songs from Glenn Millar Tribute, Frank Sinatra Classics and top tunes from films including Singin’ in the Rain, Skyfall and Chicago.

There were also dancers on stage, as the band were joined by some talented movers from Chadsworth Stage School who danced to some big numbers including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and West Side Story.

A bucket collection was held on the night which raised £1200 in 15 minutes. As well as this, The Hammond Theatre donated the bar profits of £850.

Musical Director of The Ember Big Band, Bill Geldard said: “This was a fantastic night – and the audience was blown away by hearing a live 20 piece big band. Back in the day, live orchestras were common place in theatre, TV and dance halls; but people just can’t find that sort of entertainment these days. We are delighted that The Ember Big Band was able to offer the public a great show and a great experience for such a brilliant cause.”

Ellie Bennett, Community Fundraiser from Shooting Star Chase said: “We are thrilled to hear of the money raised by The Ember Big Band Concert and wish to thank everyone involved in making it such a huge success, in particular Kevin Dewey who organised such an amazing event. The demands and difficulties faced by families who have a child with a life-limiting condition are immense, so the amount of money raised will ensure we can provide the invaluable support for the families we care for.”

The concert raise a total of £10,709 for Shooting Star Chase