Mike Hall & Dan Whieldon

Series: Season 5 2014-2015
Date: Wed 25 Feb 2015 - 12:00am
Venue: St Mary's Church Hall, Market Square, Sandbach, CW11 1HD



Briliant jazz saxophone and piano duet, who will also be playing with the Love Music Trust Big Band in the spotlight concert.

  • 5:00pm Pre-concert Early Bird meal at La Casa Vecchia (not included in the ticket)

Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at www.lacasavecchia.co.uk who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series


  • 6:30pm Doors open
  • 7:00: Spotlight Concert

Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach

  • 7:30 Intermission

Art Exhibition by Maggie North who specialises in Lino-prints and Susan Earith who enjoys painting still life, landscape and flora, in acrylic and watercolour.


  • 8:00 Main Concert


  • The Peacocks     Jimmy Rowles
  • A Beautiful Friendship     Jules Styne
  • Darn that Dream     Jimmy Van Heusen 
  • Bop Boy     Bob Mintzer
  • Waltz for Ronnie     Dan Whieldon
  • Pennies from Heaven     Arthur Johnston     
  • Estate     Bruno Martino
  • You don’t know what love is     Gene de Paul


Mike Hall played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra which led to a 20 year association with the late Michael Garrick with whom he toured Malaysia and made several CD recordings and national radio broadcasts.

His career has included a week at Ronnie Scott’s Club with the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra, a concert at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia with Andy Scott’s Sax Assault and playing in John Dankworth and Cleo Laine’s Christmas Show. He freelances with the RLPO, the Halle and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. His duo CD, Over the Moon features pianist Dan Whieldon.

In 2013 he was commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival to co-write music for a project which crosses jazz with renaissance music.

Apart from maintaining a busy performing schedule Mike heads Jazz Studies at the RNCM. He is also a consultant for the ABRSM and takes numerous summer schools and public workshops.



Dan Whieldon is a jazz pianist based near Manchester, UK.  While studying classical piano at the Birmingham Conservatoire Dan became interested in jazz piano.

He studied jazz formally in 2003 at the Royal Conservatoire, Brussels with pianists Diederik Wissels and Nathalie Loriers.  He graduated with a Masters in Jazz with distinction, and managed to play in all of the major jazz clubs in Brussels.  In 2004 he moved to Manchester where he now plays with many musicians and ensembles on the jazz scene.  

In 2007 his trio released its first CD, “Live at Zeffirelli’s” which received positive reviews from the Jazz press, and was played on BBC Radio 2.

In 2009 he recorded a CD in duo with saxophonist Mike Hall including compositions by both musicians. He often works in duo and quartet with Jazz singer Alice Zawadzki with whom he performed at the 2010 Taipei International Jazz Festival in Taiwan and Manchester Jazz festival 2012.   

As a “sideman” he has recently accompanied Alan Barnes, Bobby Wellins, Art Themen, Tim Garland, Simon Spillett, Steve Waterman, Jiggs Whigham, Sarah Ellen- Hughes,  Marlene Verplanck, Tina May and Lee Gibson. In July 2008, Dan was the winner of the Nottingham National Jazz Piano competition.

Dan is a visiting teacher of jazz piano and ensemble at Stockport Grammar school, the King’s School, Macclesfield, and York University. He was recently awarded an Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire.