Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1946


January 5th, Saturday, Jimmy Harris and his Band play at the Royal Beach Hotel.
January 10th Gelaldo and his Band will play for the Police Victory Ball on South Parade Pier.
January 12th, Saturday, Bert Osborne and his Band at the South Parade Pier.
David Channon and his Orchestra play at the Havant Drill Hall.
Portsmouth Male Voice Chior make their first public appearance at the Cosham Civic centre for the Cosham Brotherhood.
January 14th Cinderella at the Coliseum, including an electric coach and four pretty ponies.
At the Milton Church hall, Mrs Jupp's dance! At the Children's Cottage Homes Cosham The 29th Air Scouts return their 'colours' to the District Commissioner, after which they were entertained by Mr. T H Brooks(ventriloquist) and the Jokers Accordion Band.
Mrs Eileen McCaffery has resigned her position of Hostess at the Ambassador Ballroom Cosham.
January 15th Members of the cast from the Kings Theatre panto Dick Whittington entertain at Kimbells for the Eye and Ear Hospital staff dance.
Frank Stocker's Band play at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville for the Waterlooville Motor Club dance.
January 18th Dancing to the 'smartest dressed band in Portsmouth' at St Patrick's Hall Winter Road, but no band name was given!
January 19th, Saturday, The Savoy Ballroom changes hands, and is bought by Billy Butlin, it will be modernised and re-opened.
The British sailors Society took over the Savoy during the war to provide a hostel and cafe for the men of the Royal and Merchant Navies.
Negotiations were made by M/s H A Napier, Harding of Purbrook.
January 25th Drummer Tommy Padmore of 50 Nightingale Road Southsea advertises his services.
January 26th, Saturday, David Channon's Dance Orchestra and Electric Guitar appear at the Cosham Civic Centre.
January 27th Musicians Union meeting at the Lido Ballroom with speakers Harry Francis and Van Phillips.
January 28th Harry Davidson and his Famous Broadcasting Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
January 30th Alf Hallman's Band at the Hilsea Lido with hostess Eileen McCaffery.
The 'Swingtime' Dance Band from Horndean advertise in the Evening News for work.
January 31st Princess Elizabeth visits Portsmouth to open the new NAFFI club at Cambridge Junction on the Government House site, music in the ballroom was provided by Geraldo and his Orchestra.
February 1st At St Patrick's Hall, Winter Road the Paramount Band The London Drapery Bazaar in Kingston Road selling men's all wool socks for 1/-d and one coupon.
250 children entertained by the Cosham British Legion at the Civic Center, with entertainment from Madame Cannaways Juvenile and Adult concert party.
Advert in the Evening News requesting a pianist for four nights a week at the "33" Club, 245 London Road.
February 4th At the Melgrade Hall Fareham, Bert's Swing Band.
Alf Hallman advertising his band in the Evening News, from 31 Kensington Road North End.
At the Coliseum, Dick Henderson, comedian, and company.
February 6th At St Faiths Church hall, music from Billy Bennett and his Swing Band.
February 7th Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Paradee Pier Monday to Saturday also with Barry Wicks, his vibraphone and the Navy Blues Swingtette on Mondays and Bill Cole and his Clubmen on Saturdays.
February 9th, Saturday, At the Cosham Civic Centre, James De Costobadie and his Band.
February 11th Papps and Son announce that their factory has been released from war work and can execute complete overhauls and re-polishing of pianos.
February 12th The fourth Anniversary of the Southsea Music Club was celebrated with a concert given by Ethel Humpfries(Pianoforte) and Aisleen Standish(Soprano).
The death has occurred in a Middlesex hospital of Mr Leonard C Chapman, who as a broadcaster drummer vocalist is better known as Jerry De Costa, his parent's lived in Copenhagen Street Portsmouth.
February 13th Dancing every Wednesday and Saturday, to Jack Grist and his Band at the Co-operative Hall/Shakespeare Hall Queens Road, Gosport.
At the Tudor Drill Hall Cosham, Southdown Sports and Social club dance to Band of the Blue Star Players.

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Nancarrows Dance Orchestra, with pianist George Coalbran, clarinet and saxophone Noel Bone
plus three unknowns, but who was Nancarrow?

February 14th Nancarrows Band at the South Parade Pier.
February 13th Ad in the Evening News, Barry Wicks and his Navy Blues Band available 'Coniston' Parkstone Avenue, Southsea.
February 10th The Portsmouth Choral and Orchestral Society perform Handel's Messiah at the Central Hall Fratton.
"An outstanding performance"
February 17th The personnel of the Marine Barracks Eastney were entertained by the Melody Makers Concert Party and Joyce Sellen's Accordion Band.
February 18th At the Kings Theatre Hermione Baddeley and Leslie Banks in the 'thrilling new play', Grand National Night.
February 21st At the South Parade Pier, The Skyrockets Dance Orchestra.
An Annual ball for the Portsmouth Trades Council At Lee Tower Ballroom, Phil Tate and his 10 piece Broadcasting Orchestra play for the PO's Mess, HMS Daedalus.
February 23rd, Saturday, The National Fire Service 10 piece Orchestra play at the Tudor Road Drill Hall Cosham for the Portsmouth Gunner's mates Social Club.
Frank Stockers Band at the Cosham Civic Centre.
February 25th Doris Hare at the Coliseum, together with Connie Clare, a native of Southsea.
February 28th Portsmouth City Police Victory Ball at South Parade Pier with Geraldo and his Orchestra.
1,200 dancers attend.
March 2nd, Saturday, Jimmy Harris and his Dance Orchestra broadcast on the BBC from the Oddfellow's Hall, Kingston Road.
March 3rd More than 1000 children are entertained at the South Parade Pier by Edythe Harrington and her Gang, and Iris Barnes and her juveniles.
March 4th Dancing to the Five Star Swingers in a Starlight Dance at the Hilsea Lido Ballroom.
March 6th Ad in the Evening News;- Brian's Bands the best bands with programmes to suit all tastes. Book now direct from Melody House, 20 Stamshaw Road, Portsmouth.
March 9th, Saturday, David Channon and his Band at the Havant Drill Hall.
The Alma Dance Band at St Joseph's Hall, Copnor.
New Orleans Band at the Connaught Drill Hall.
March 10th The Portsmouth Male Voice Choir perform at the Portsmouth Music Club.
March 11th Bert's Swing Band at the Melgrade Hall, Fareham.
March 13th Ad in the Evening News;- Melody makers Dance band now accepting bookings, 14, Frensham Road, Southsea.
The Portsmouth Choral and Orchestra Society perform at the Central Hall Fratton various well known classical pieces.
March 14th At the South Parade Pier, the show of the year, An evening at a Butlin Holiday Camp, plus three bands including Harry Davidson, floor show of acrobats, roller skating, keep fit girls and appearance of Miss 1946.
1,200 attend.
March 15th Dance at the Cosham Civic Centre in aid of the Hillside and Goodwyns (boys) clubs.
Madame Courtney's Band appear at St Faith's Hall Havant for a St Patrick's Eve dance.
St Patrick's day dance at the Lee Tower with the Blue Eagles Band and Cabaret.
March 16th, Saturday, Jack Grist's band play at the Co-op Hall Queens Road Gosport for the Gosport Borough Athletic Club.
March 17th The St Cecilia Singers and soloist Reg Wassell at the Cosham Civic Centre.
March 19th Empress Ballroom hold a 'Special Betty Grable Ball' with a ladies beautiful legs contest.
March 20th Jill Mansell's Rainbow School of Dancing present a concert at Milton Church Hall.
March 23rd, Saturday, At the Angerstein Hall, Mr.
Suttons Savoy Orpheans give a variety concert.
The Portsmouth Little Theatre Society hold a dance at the Royal Beach Hotel with music from Alf Hallman's Band.
At St Mary's Institute, the Portsmouth Fabian Society hold a dance with music from Alf Hallman's Band.
March 25th At the coliseum, 'Naughty Girls of 1946'
March 28th National Fire Service Non Stop Ball, 8pm to 1am, with Wally Fry and his Collegians and the National fire Service Dance Band.
March 29th At the Cosham Trades Hall for the Royal Navy Gunners Mates Association, Barry Wicks and his Navy Blues play for dancing.
April 1st At the Kings Theatre, a Johann Strauss musical play Gay Rosalinda(Fledermaus).
April 2nd The Basingstoke Orchestra play music for dancing at the Co-op Hall Queens Road Gosport.
April 6th, Saturday, David Channon and his Band at the Havant Drill Hall.
April 8th Clarkson Rose plus Freddie Merfield and his band at the Coliseum.
April 10th At the Milton Church Hall, Nancarrow's Band play dance music for the Portsmouth Brand British Legion Dance.
April 13th, Saturday, Jimmy Harris and his Band, with guest artistes Rita Williams from Variety Band Box, at the Oddfellows Hall broadcast to the nation.
April 18th Ad in the Evening News;- JAX, Variety Musical and Dramatic Agency prop.
Arthur Jack London Comedian, Licensed by Hampshire County Council. contact 'J' at Smiths Havant Station.
April 19th At the South Parade Pier, Reg Leopold and his Orchestra at 3pm and at 7pm.
April 20th, Saturday, At St Joseph's Hall Copnor, Walter Battell's Band.
Alf Hallman's Band at Hilsea Lido for a Fareham Communist Party dance.
April 21st At South Parade Pier, Ted Heath and his Music with Paul Carpenter, Kenny Baker and Jack Parnell.
At the Tudor Crescent drill Hall the "Masterpieces" Orchestra play for dancing.
April 22nd Ad in the Evening News;- It is proposed to run a South Hampshire Dance Band Contest in conjunction with the Melody Maker.
Anyone interested should contact Mr G Paice at the Theatre Royal or Mr G Turner at the Empress ballroom.
April 23rd St George's Carnival Dance at Cosham Civic Centre with David Channon and his Band.
Nancarrow's Band play at Kimbells in aid of the Linen and Woollen Drapers' Institute and Cottage Homes.
Ad in the Evening News;- Miss Joan Stoneham gives dancing instruction at Rathgar Hall, 338 London Road North End.
April 27th, Saturday, Alf Hallman's Band at St Saviours Hall, Strode Road, Stamshaw
April 28th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
April 29th Peter Cavanagh, star impersonator, at the Coliseum.
Ad in the Evening News;- For all olde time and modern dances engage "Leonard Leslie's Band" 121 London Road Cowplain phone 2206.
April 30th New club opened at Drayton with a dinner and dance, The Carlton Club, in Portsdown Road.
Dancing to the Police Band.
My 1st Concert Party at Reginald Road School with entertainment from Miss Irene White's Artistes entertained.
May 3rd Visit of Britian's popular Radio Artiste and star if ITMA, Paula Green, to the Empress Ballroom, with a crooning contest for ladies.
The Merry Macs Band at the Broderick Hall, Alverstoke May 4th, Saturday, David Channon and his Orchestra at Havant Drill Hall.
Vosper Sports and Social Club dance at Hilsea Lido with Bill Cole and his Clubmen playing for dancing.
May 5th At the South Parade Pier, Big Bill Campbell and his Rocky Mountain Rhythm.
A programme of pianoforte, violin, vocal music and elocution was given at the Music Club.
May 6th A concert by "Portsmouth's latest accordion band" The Northern Variety Accordion band, and supported by the Black and White Follies, accordion solo by Jeff Bennett, at Lyndhurst Road School.
May 11th, Saturday, A Musical Festival will run at the Portsmouth Cathedral from June 29th to July 6th.
Grand Inauguration Ball at the Eastney Barracks with Jimmy Harris and his Band.
May 11th At the Central Hall Fratton, the concert version performance of "Merrie England" At the South Parade Pier, Joe Loss and his Orchestra.
May 12th The Troopadores Concert Party entertain at the Royal Naval Barracks Portsmouth.
May 13th Robb Wilton at the Coliseum.
May 17th Portsmouth Trades Council Grand Dance at Hilsea Lido with the Portsmouth Branch Musician Union Augmented Dance Orchestra, leader Bert Osborne.
The New Orleans Band at St Saviour's Hall Strode Road.
Reg Barrett's Band play at the Parish Hall Portchester.
Leonard Leslie's Band playing at Waterlooville, (no venue stated)
May 18th, Saturday, At St Mary's Institute, Bill Cole and his Clubmen.
At the Sloan Stanley Hall Gosport, dancing to Jack Grist's Band
The Gosport Borough Choral Society were the guests of the Portsmouth Music Society at the Portsmouth Temple of Spiritualism.
Music included, "The heavens are telling" from Haydn's 'Creation'.
May 19th The Blue Rockets Dance Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
May 20th at The Kings Theatre, Wilfred Pickles in the West End play, Cure for Love.
At the Coliseum, The Anglo French revue, Les Femmes Du Monde(Girls of the world)
May 23rd Special visit of West End Swing Stars as guests of the Phil Tate Orchestra at St Faith's Hall Havant
May 26th Skyrockets Dance Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
The Troopadores Concert Party who entertained members of the services at the NAFFI Cambridge Road Portsmouth have performed more than 1,000 time since the outbreak of war.
May 29 British Sailors Society Guild hold a tea dance at the Savoy Café.
May 31st Reg Barrett's Band at the Parish Hall Portchester.
June 2nd Felix Mendelsshon and his Hawiian Serenader's at the South Parade Pier.
June 2nd Grand Orchestral and Choral concert at the Coliseum.
June 4th Ad in the Evening News;- Fred Purvin, drummer, late of the Empress Ballroom, open for engagements 131 Twyford Avenue.
The Melody Makers playing for dancing at the Southsea Common Bandstand, nightly.
June 5th At the Wellington Hall Waterlooville Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Stanley Matthews at the piano.
Ad in the Evening News;- Experienced trio or band have vacant dates.
Dance or straight, Valerie Shute 6416.
June 8th, Saturday, At the Empress Ballroom, the Empress Ballroom Orchestra featuring Joyce May(winner of the Paula Green crooning contest) and Bill Cole and his Clubmen(winners of the East Hampshire Dance Band contest).
June 9th At the South Parade Pier, Charles Shadwell and his Orchestra, with Eric James, famous BBC pianist.
June 10th At the Conservative Dance Hall Fratton Road, the Tempo Band play for dancing.
June 12th At the Hilsea Lido, dancing nightly to the Graham Leslie's Band.
(This change because the Melody Makers were now at the bandstand on Southsea Common.
Joyce May continues to feature with the Empress Ballroom Orchestra at Stubbington Avenue.
At the Kings Theatre, the Doyle Carte Opera Company perform Iolanthe.
June 15th, Saturday, At Cadlington House Horndean, the National Fire Service Band play at a garden fête.
The Rathgar Ballroom are advertising Dance instruction at Rathgar Hall by Miss Joan Stoneham.
June 16th Oscar Rabin and his Band at the South Parade Pier.
A Civic Ball at St James Hospital to 'welcome the Australians' with music for dancing from the Royal Marines Dance Band from the Royal Naval Barracks.
June 20th There was a small fire from a workman's blow lamp on South Parade Pier, but it was soon extinguished.
June 21st At the Co-operative Hall Queens Road Gosport, Gay Nineties Olde Time Dance.
At Kimbells, Bill Cole and his Clubmen play for dancing with famous radio vocalist Benny Lee arranged by the National Radio Club.
June 23rd Ray Ventura and his Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
June 24th At the Coliseum, Derek Roy of Variety Band Box fame.
June 25th Ad in the Evening News, Trumpet player wanted for pit band at South Parade Pier for summer season six evenings, two matinees and rehearsal, £6.6s.0d per week.
Firemen were put on standby as smoke is seen coming from woodwork on the outside of the pavilion.
Planking was stripped away and stirrup pumps used.
June 27th Ad in the Evening News;- 'Swingtime ' Band have vacancy for alto or tenor sax, Cross, Square, Horndean.2125.
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June 29th, Saturday, The Portsmouth Musical Festival begins at the Portsmouth Cathedral from June 29th to July 6th with a vast selection of classical performances.
Afternoon and evening concerts at the Victoria Hall, Hayling Island every Saturday.
June 30th Teddy Foster and his All Star Dance Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
July 1st Lupino Lane at the Kings Theatre in Sweetheart Mine.
July 2nd At the Empress Ballroom, Arthur Rowberry and his Radio Orchestra, direct from Italy, Greece and Austria.
July 3rd Merry Macs at Co-operative Hall Queens Road Gosport.
July 4th Ivan Veck's music shop in Albert road is broken into overnight.
An £80 saxophone and £40 trumpet are stolen.
July 5th At St Joseph's Hall Copnor, music from Cyril Rice's Band.
July 6th, Saturday, At Sloan Stanley Hall Gosport Jack Grist's Band play for dancing.
July 7th Ted Heath and his Music appear at the South Parade Pier.
July 8th The 'Showtime' summer variety show starts at South Parade Pier.
July 10th A music and singing license is granted for the Cumble3rland Tavern for a pianist, violinist and cellist in a 200 people capacity classical music room.
Ad in the Evening News;- Valerie Shute and Band available for dances 6416.
Variety Concert by the Black and White Follies at St Mary's Institute.
July 12th At St Joseph's Hall Copnor, music from Cyril Price's Band, July 13th, Saturday, Bill Cole and his Clubmen at St Mary's Institute.
Police Constable T E Nash of 124 Tangier Road Copnor, is invalided from the City force.
During the war he formed and organised the Portsmouth City Police Band.
Melody Makers Band at Portchester Parish Hall.
July 14th At the South Parade Pier the Skyrockets Dance Orchestra.
July 17th The Northern Variety Orchestra give a concert at St Joseph's Hall Copnor with soloists, Cyril Rice piano and Ivy Broadbridge singer.
July 20th, Saturday, At Drayton Institute, the Stan Channon Trio play for dancing.

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Variety entertainment from Rinka Ivanora and the Audrey Brown School of Dancing.
St Mary's Institute hall later became the home of Radio Victory

July 21st Nat Gonella and his New Georgians at South Parade Pier.
July 24th Merry Macs at the Co-operative Hall Queens Road Gosport.
July 28th Charles Shadwell and his Orchestra at South Parade Pier.
July 29th At the Kings Theatre, The Dancing Years by Ivor Novello.
The 30 instrumentalists of the National Fire Service band play at the Bandstand on Southsea Common July 31st A grand variety show by Topsy's Spotlights at the Angerstein Hall in aid of the Portsmouth Royal Hospital.
August 2nd At St Joseph's Hall Copnor, music from Cyril Rice's Band.
August 3rd, Saturday, At Portchester Parish Hall, Valerie Shute and her Band play for dancing.
August 4th The 30 instrumentalists of the National Fire Service band play at the Bandstand on Southsea Common.
Ronnie Munro and his Serenade Dance Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
August 10th, Saturday, At Rowlands Castle Parish Hall, the The Leonard Leslie band play for dancing.
August 11th At the South Parade Pier The Famous Blue Rockets Dance Orchestra.
August 12th Melody Makers at the Oddfellows "Showtime" continues at the South Parade Pier with Peter Cavanagh.
August 15th At the Conservative Club Fratton Road, Robbies Dance Band on Monday Wednesdays and Fridays, with Fred Pervin and his Popular Players(late of Empress Ballroom) on the ground floor.
August 16th At St Joseph's Hall Copnor, Cyril Rice 's Band.
August 18th The 30 instrumentalists of the National Fire Service band play at the Bandstand on Southsea Common.
Troise and his Mandoliers at the South Parade Pier
August 19th At the Coliseum, Sandy Powell and Co.
At the Kings Theatre, A E Matthews stars in "But for the grace of God".
August 24th, Saturday, Wellington Hall, St James Road, starts it's new season of dancing.
August 25th The 30 instrumentalists of the National Fire Service band play at the Bandstand on Southsea Common At South Parade Pier, Charles Shadwell and his Orchestra.
August 26th at the Kings Theatre, Henry Hall and his Orchestra, with singer Betty Driver, plus Wilson Kepple and Betty.
At the Coliseum, Randolph Sutton appears.
Fred Pervin and his orchestra are advertised at the Conservative Club in Fratton Road.
August 28th Ad in the Evening News;- Floor master for dancing nightly at South Parade Pier, must be tall, evening dress essential, wages 15/-d per night, apply Manager.
At the Angerstein Hall, dancing to the Fireflies Dance Band.
September 1st Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm Band at the South Parade Pier.
The National Fire Service Band play at Southsea Common Bandstand.
September 4th Mrs.
Rogers matinee dances begin again at the Unity Hall Arundel Street.
September 7th, Saturday, At the RA Drill Hall, Pembroke Road, music from Ronnie Moore's Rhythmics.
Waterlooville old time dance with hostess Mrs. Dare.
September 8th Leslie Douglas and his Dance Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
At the NAFFI Club at Cambridge Junction, The Black and Whites Show company entertained with bright variety entertainment of nigger minstrels and cowboys.
September 9th Iris Barnes, holder of 6 All England Championships reopens her dancing academy at 16 Helena Road Southsea.
September 10th At St Colman's Social Club, Cyril Price's Band play for dancing.
September 11th Gosport Dance Club opens the Sloan Stanley hall with music from Peter Howard and his Music.
September 14th, Saturday, The Summer run of "Showtime" on the South Parade Pier, comes to and end.
September 15th At the South Parade Pier, Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra.
September 16th At "Tony's Ballroom" above Trades Club at Cosham, Tony, from the Odeon, an his Ballroom Orchestra with cabaret by Miss Mary Tonkin and hostess Eileen McCaffery, play nightly for dancing.
At the Odeon Ballroom Cosham, Wally Gresham and his Dance Orchestra.
September 17th Portsmouth Referees Society dance at the Transport Hall Stubbington Ave with Nancarrow's Dance Band.
September 19th Charles Hurdle, landlord of the Eastney, Fort Cumberland Tavern gets a license granted for a string trio with vocalist for weekdays and Sundays.
Ad in the Evening News, Leonard Leslies Olde Time or Modern Dance Band available, 121 London Road Cowplain, phone 2206.
September 21st, Saturday, Bill Cole and his Clubmen play for dancing at St Mary's Institute for the Elwood Social Club.
Six local girls were the dancers in the recent success "Showtime" on South Parade Pier, they were Myra Weston, Diana Satow, Joy Doncaster, Patricia Smith, Monika Cheek and Joan Skinner and were all pupils of Mary Tonkin.
September 22nd The George Evans Orchestra play for dancing on South Parade Pier.
September 25th At the Central Hall, Fratton, Alfredo Campoli, the celebrated violinist, The Portsmouth Glee Club with full chorus and orchestra.
September 27th At Cosham's Tudor Crescent Drill Hall Nancarrow's Dance Orchestra play for dancing.
September 28th,Saturday, Grand Ball at Kimbells Clifton Ballroom with eight bands.
September 29th At the South Parade Pier, the famous Skyrockets Dance Orchestra play for dancing.
September 30th The 2000 seater Troxy Cinema, now de-requisitioned as the City's central food depot, opens with Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh.
Ad in the Evening News;- Sound Entertainments offer sound equipment for street advertising, meeting, dances, wedding, 130 Kirby Road phone 75452
October 1st Ad in the Evening News, Musicians Union;- Please note new branch Secretary, Violette Nash 124 Tangier Road Portsmouth tele 5290.
The Odds and Ends, led by Stan Lewis, perform at Fort Southwick.
A United nations Association Ball is held at Kimbells Osborne Road, with advice on sequence dancing given by Victor Sylvester.
October 3rd Nancarrow's band play at the Co-operative Hall Fratton Road.
In the Evening News Social Functions column, four ads for dance bands looking for work.
October 4th Major R Bullin presided at the AGM of the Folk Dance and Song Society at Hilsea Modern School.
'Good Listening' of Elm Grove offer radios for rent.
October 6th Another Municipal concert at the Kings Theatre with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra.
October 12th Alf Hallman and his Band at the Tudor Crescent Drill Hall Cosham for a Sunshine Holiday Camp Dance.
October 10th Sound Entertainments now offering to find entertainers and bands, as well as provide equipment from 130 Kirby Road North End Ad in the Evening News; Close harmony vocal group seek piano accompanist with view to professional engagements.
October 12th, Saturday, Two ads in the Evening News;- Roy Allen and his band 35 Stoke Road Gosport tele 89291 Trumpeter available for gigs, Bill May 72 Locksway Road.
October 13th At the NAFFI Club Cambridge Junction "The Gay Cameos" formerly known as the Casuals, entertain.
October 18th Alf Hallman and his Dance Orchestra at the Tudor Crescent Drill hall for the Southdown Sports Club Dance.
October 21st Nancarrow's Band at the at the Victory Hall Fratton Road for the Greenwich and Holbrook RHS old boys Association dance.
The Gosport Dance Club at Christchurch Institute Gosport have Peter Howard and his Music playing for dancing.
October 25th At Lee Tower on Mondays Bert Ivell and his Band, on Wednesdays Phil Tate presents Alf Hallman and his Band, on Saturdays Billy Bennett and his Band.
October 26th, Saturday, Ad in the Evening News, After a terrific season at at the Sunshine holiday camp, Alf Hallman Orchestra is now available for dances, contact business manager, 1, Lovett Road Copnor.
October 28th At the Coliseum, Sid Millward and his Nitwits.
October 30th At the Central Hall Fratton Road, Concert by the Portsmouth Choral Union, the Stringer Trio and Australian bass baritone singer Harold Williams Ad in the Evening News;- Bob and Barry St Clair, close harmony rhythm vocalists, now available for concerts, bandwork, pantomime.
November 1st Public Dance at Drayton Institute with Sound Entertainments Dance Orchestra.
Ad in the Evening News; Dance band required Boxing night Midhurst Grammar School Old Boys Dance 8pm to 2am eight players £25.0.0d inclusive apply Robert Waller North Street Midhurst.
November 2nd, Saturday, At the Drayton Institute, Nancarrows Band play for the Drayton and Farlington Young Conservatives.
'Topsy's Spotlights' give a variety show at the Angerstein Hall, Norh End.
November 3rd Sunday concert by Cyril Rice and his Accordion Band with soloists, Sid Pimm and Ron Glover.
November 4th At the Kings Theatre, Bruce Trent and Cherry Lind in The Student Prince.
At the Coliseum, Al Shaw and his Blue Hawaiians.
November 6th at the South Parade Pier, Ronnie Munro and his Broadcasting Orchestra.
Ad in the Evening News;- Announcing the Dela Wares 3-6 piece Dance Band featuring individual awardist of MM contests, apply manager Mr. T Piggott, 45 Carnarvon Road Copnor.
November 8th At St Patrick's hall Winter Road, The Paramount Band and cabaret and exhibition tango by artistes from the Mirthquakes Concert Party.
November 11th At the South Parade Pier, Eric Winstone and his famous Broadcasting Orchestra for the annual naval Christmas ball presented by the Portsmouth Gunnery Instructors Association.
At the Coliseum, Georgie Wood and Dolly Harmer, radios 'Mother and son' The Carl Rosa opera returns to the Kings Theatre with a daily selection of different operas.
November 13th Billy Ternent and his famous broadcasting Dance Orchestra at South Parade Pier, for Vospers Sports and Social Club, tickets 7/6d.
Nancarrows Band play at the Victory Hall Fratton Road.
November 15th At the Tudor Crescent Drill Hall, Alf Hallman and his Dance Orchestra play for the Southdown Sports Club.
Nancarrows Band at St Saviours Hall, Strode Road for the North Portsmouth Branch British Legion.
November 16th, Saturday, At the Tudor Crescent Drill hall, Spence Brown and the All Star Orchestra plus BBC vocalist Pat Sinclair, also Bill Cole.
November 18th Bob and Alf Pearson at the Coliseum.
Ad in the Evening News;- Pervin's Popular Players Dance Band available for engagements, 309 Twyford Ave Stamshaw.
November 24th Sunday Concerts at St Vincent's Theatre Gosport with the Gosport Orchestra conductor Fred Waterworth.
November 27th Joe Loss and his Orchestra at South Parade Pier for Portsmouth NALGO.
November 22nd Nancarrows Band at the Tudor Crescent Drill Hall Cosham.
Cyril Rice's Band at St Joseph Hall Copnor.
November 23rd, Saturday, At the Cosham Civic Center, The Embassy Orchestra play for dancing.
At the Haslar Drill Hall, Alf Hallman and his Band for the office staff of the Royal Clarence Yard.
24th, December 18th Portsmouth Glee Club present Handel's Messiah at the Central Hall Fratton.
At Fort Grange Air Station Gosport, Phil Tate and his Orchestra play for dancing for the ATDU Whitley annual dance.
December 19th Ad in the Evening news;- Titmus's 321 Arundel Street offer numerous musical instruments as Christmas bargains.
December 20th The Gay Cameos entertain staff and patients at the Langstone Sanatorium.
Ad in the Evening News;- New Orleans Dance band available for engagements, 18 Fernhurst Road Southsea. tele 1542
The 'Non-stops' Concert Party perform at the NAAFI Cambridge Junction
December 21st Tony and his Dance Orchestra play at Girls Southern Grammar School at the old Nortonians Grand Christmas dance.
Ad in the Evening News;- Midnight Follies Dance Band available from Dec 27th tele 5546
December 24th Southsea's newest Ballroom, The Embassy, grand opening ball,. with Harry Roy Ragamuffins, leader Eddie Edwards with Dorothy Clinton.
December 26th At the Kings Theatre, Cinderella.
December 27th Alf Hallman and his Dance Orchestra at the Tudor Drill Hall Cosham for the Southdown Sports Club dance
December 28th The Southern Stars Variety Party of Portsmouth entertained patients at Netley Hospital.
December 29th, Portsmouth's Savoy Orpheans Concert Party, composed mainly of children perform at the NAAFI Club in Cambridge Junction.
December 30th At the LDB in Kingston Road, Boys single breasted short trouser tweed suits for 25/-d.
At the Coliseum, Hutch, plus Hal Swain and his Swing Sisters.
December 31st At the Embassy, Harry Roy and his Tiger Ragamuffins.
The Sound Entertainment Dance Orchestra at a Catholic Carnival at St Faith Hall Havant.
At the Electricity Club, Dovercourt Road, Cosham the Melody Makers Dance Band play for dancing.
At the Hilsea Garrison Church Hall, the Legionnaires Dance Band play on behalf of the Copnor British Legion.
Portsmouth City are to appoint a music advisor at a salary of £625 rising to £700 plus a living bonus and travel allowance.
Dancing at All saints Hall Portsmouth to the Gay Ninety's
Godfrey and Son for everything musical 70 London Road North End.

Thoughts on the year
This was a year of change. Bill Cole and his Clubmen, ended at the Lido and went to the Bandstand on Southsea Common for the summer.
Billy Bennetts time at the Cosham Trades Hall ended and Tony, the singer with the Alan Green's Band, formed his own orchestra and took over at the Cosham Trades Hall. He changed the name of the venue to Tony's Ballroom.
New names appeared, David Channon and his Orchestra, Reg Barrett's Band, Jack Grist and his Band, The Merry Macs, Roy Allen and his Band, and more.
Holiday Camp magnet Billy Butlin becomes the owner of the Savoy Ballroom.
A new venue opened, The Embassy, a change of hands for the Savoy, Southsea, and Wally Fry and his Collegians dance on at the South Parade Pier.

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