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Tony Douglas’ Farewell Concert

Tony Douglas

Please join us to celebrate Tony’s commitment and dedication to Morley College London for the last 35 years.

Tony Douglas has been part of Morley College London for the last 35 years and was awarded an MBE for services to Further Education in the New Year’s Honours list in 2014. Tony has inspired learning and captured the imaginations of his students to make music which makes people want to dance, sing and feel happy. We wish him all the best for the future and thank his for his incredible work.

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Programme for the evening;

18:30 Introductory speeches

18:40 Swing Band 2

18:55 Stage change 

19:05 Beginner Big Band

19:20 Stage change

19:30 The Morley Big Band + guests. Former band members will be invited to sit and play on Birdland which will be the last tune of the evening.

20:15 Speeches  

20:30 – 21:30 Refreshments  LJS logo

This is a free event but we will be taking donations for Tony’s charity of choice,The Liberal Jewish Synagogue and in particular their Out & About Club. You can donate in advance or on the evening – please reference ‘Tony Douglas’.

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Tony’s background

Tony’s musical life started with a fifth birthday present of a toy violin but quickly progressed to playing a cornet. During the war, he joined the army cadets and during the five years he spent in the army, he went to the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall as a student bandmaster and obtained his LRAM and ARCM. This launched his professional career as a trumpet player, arranger and teacher.

Tony joined Morley College London in 1981 as a deputy teacher for the Manor Jazz Orchestra. Following on from Morley’s creative traditions of bringing excitement and expertise to amateur and aspiring musicians, Tony provided opportunities to his students to play along musicians and has nurtured the friendships and social networks that learning to play together brings.
24 years ago he became musical director of the orchestra under its new title, the Morley Big Band which has become an intrinsic part of music at Morley. In 1994 the big band played at an international music festival in Switzerland and over the years, he and the band have introduced audiences to the big band genre at numerous venues across London.

Alongside his teaching career he has written, arranged and played in musicals in London’s West End, managed his own big band, which contributes to BBC radio shows, and arranged music for television including Opportunity Knocks. He is currently contributing to a history of big band music for television.

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