Press Release: Delighting at the Dolman

October 27th, 2015 by Emma Archer

Western Power Distribution (WPD) sponsors Gwent Music to present an evening of swing and big band with choirs at the Dolman Theatre Newport on Saturday 28th November.

Picture: WPD Team Manager, Paul Thomas joined some of the members of Gwent Music at one of their rehearsals

WPD Team Manager, Paul Thomas (left) joined some of the members of Gwent Music at one of their rehearsals

On Saturday 28th November at 7:30pm, The Dolman Theatre will host a musical extravaganza featuring the Capital City Jazz Orchestra along with special guests TMC Gospel Choir, Bluesy Susie and Soul’d As Seen and Dave Mitchell. 

The concert has grown out of Bluesy Susie’s passion for singing and swing combined with the big band and gospel choir sound. The programme for the evening will feature typical American songbook favourites along with some soul and some festive tunes to delight and surprise the audience.

The Capital City Jazz Orchestra is a 16-piece Big Band that was formed in 2008. It regularly performs at Swansea Jazzland and Dempseys in Cardiff and appears at jazz festivals around South Wales. In its time it has been joined by special guests such as Alan Barnes, Matt Ford, Mark Nightingale, Pete Long, Bruce Adams and Jeff Hooper.

TMC Gospel Choir is part of Gwent Music and features young people aged between 10 and 18 years old. The choir regularly performs at Schools Prom concerts organised by national music education charity Music For Youth.

Bluesy Susie has been singing professionally since 1997 and has made many TV and radio appearances. She has performed and conducted at the Royal Albert Hall, sung at the Millennium Stadium and has headlined at venues such as Ronnie Scotts. Susie is also musical director of adult gospel and pop choir, Soul’d As Seen.

Dave Mitchell is a male vocalist and wedding singer in South Wales and has performed for over 15 years at various venues around the UK in areas such as London, Birmingham and Bristol. Dave sings with many wedding and party bands around the South Wales region.

Tickets for the concert are available from The Dolman Theatre box office on 01633 263670 or via its website:

Head of Gwent Music, Emma Archer said:

“We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing concert as part of our Autumn season. The musicians involved have great performance experience and the programme offers something for everyone. We are grateful to all the performers for their hard work in rehearsal and preparation and to WPD for their crucial support.”

WPD’s Karen Welch said:

“We believe it is the responsibility of large organisations like ours to play a full and active role in the communities they serve. We are pleased to support this event featuring professional local artists in a great performance for the communities of South Wales. We are looking forward to a really great evening!”


About Gwent Music

Gwent Music currently operates around South East Wales in Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. It exists to provide a complete range of music tuition and music services which meet the needs and aspirations of all pupils, educational establishments and local communities. Gwent Music is committed to ensuring that every child in every authority it serves has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, learn to sing, make music with others and have an opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence. Gwent Music is nationally recognised as one of the top music services in the UK for standards achieved by students individually and collectively plus its range of opportunities afforded to a wide range of students.

About Western Power Distribution

  • Western Power Distribution (WPD) is the distribution network operator for the Midlands, South West England and South Wales, and is responsible for delivering electricity to approximately 7.8 million customers in the UK.
  • WPD is not an electricity supply company and does not bill customers in the UK. Its responsibility is to distribute electricity from the point of generation to homes and businesses.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Archer
Head of Gwent Music
Gwent Music
01633 210800

Karen Welch
Public Relations Officer
Western Power Distribution
01633 628119

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