Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1956


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19th June 1956

January 1st The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society present a Christmas Oratorio at Portsmouth Cathedral.
January 3rd Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 6th The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 7th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Drill Hall Fareham.
The Modernaires Band play at the Flying Angel Hall, Fareham.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
January 9th Edna Savage and the Tanner Sister appear at the Theatre Royal.
January 10th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play athe Savoy Ballroom.
January 11th Graham Leslie and his Music play at Kimbells.
January 13th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 14th Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
January 16th Garry Miller and Lorrea Desmond appear at the Theatre Royal.
Barry McCarthy and his Dixielanmders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Repair work on the stanchions of South Parade Pier are to cost 500.0.0.
January 19th A 21 year old disagreement between Musicians' Unions of America and Britain have been settled and the exchange of Stan Kenton and Ted Heath has been arranged, Kenton will play at the Savoy Ballroom on March 14th.
January 20th Tommy Whittle and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 21st At Kimbells it's Roy Richards and his Newly Augmented Orchestra and electric keyboard.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
January 22nd the Municipal concerts, by the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Theatre Royal and Kings Theatre continue after the New Year break.
January 23rd Jon Pertwee and the Kentones appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Red River Jazzband, and Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 26th The British Railway Staff Dance at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegian plus the De Reske Orchestra.
January 27th June Harvey compete in the "Girl Vocalist of the year" competition at the Royal Albert Hall.
Sid Phillips and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 28th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
February 2nd Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 3rd Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 4th The Portsmouth Salvation Army Citadel Band broadcast on BBC Radio.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
February 6th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 7th The Portsmouth Music Club celebrate their 14th anniversary with a piano recital by Maurice Cole at the Central Library Lecture hall.
Gordon Banner is to appear at the Savoy Ballroom Restaurant this coming summer season.
February 10th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 11th The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School, Fareham.
February 13th Eddie Gray and Arthur English appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Royal Marines Band broadcast from Eastney Barracks on the BBC West Radio.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 15th Sydney Thompson and his Old Tyme Broadcasting Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
February 17th Lou Preager and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Portsmouth Orpheus Choir give a concert at Petersfield Town hall.
February 18th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
February 24th Ronnie Scott and his Newly Augmented Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 25th The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society give a classical concert at the Wesley Central Hall.
The Colin Victor Swing Group play at the Sloan Stanley Hall Gosport.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
March 2nd Malcolm Mitchell and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 3rd Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
March 4th Rawicz and Landauer perform at the Kings Theatre with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra.
March 5th Ronnie Hilton sings at the Theatre Royal.
March 7th Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra play on South Parade Pier at the Furnishing Trades Benevolent Association's Charity Ball. Victor senior is hospital so his son Victor junior conducted the orchestra.
The Portsmouth Young Peoples String Orchestra give a recital at St Mary's Church.
March 9th Eric Winstone and his Full Broadcasting Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 10th The Greenwood Entertainers presented a musical evening for residents of Sunbury Court Southsea.
March 12th The Portsmouth Salvation Army Citadel Band broadcast on BBC Radio.
The Portsmouth Grand Opera Company present Bizet's Carmen at the Empire Theatre and includes Sadie Shaw from Gosport.
March 14th Stan Kenton and his Orchestra play two sit down concerts at the Savoy Ballroom

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Stan Kenton's personal appearance at Weston Hart, and the Savoy Ad for his performance

March 15th At the South Parade Pier, George Mills and his Music, plus Doris Westaway's Orchestra play for dancing at the 'Hampshire Night'
March 16th Ray Ellington and his Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 17th The Eric Bernard Trio play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.

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18th July 1956

March 19th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Sir Adrian Boult conducts the choir of 150 at Court Lane Modern School in rehearsal for a national Festival of School Music.
March 20th The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School, Fareham.
March 22nd British Railways Staff Dance at the South Parade Pier has the Southern Dance Orchestra and Raymond Franks Modern Dance Orchestra playing for dancing.
March 23rd Freddie Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 24th The Eric Bernard Trio play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
March 26th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's band.
March 27th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's band.
March 29th Tubby Hayes and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 30th The Portsmouth Choral Union present Handel's Messiah at the Wesley Central Hall.
The Portsmouth Glee Club present Handel's Messiah at London Road Baptist Church, with soloists including Reginal Wassell, and organist Stanley Matthews.
Reginald Porter-Brown is the new resident at the 3,000 wonder organ on South Parade Pier.
March 31st Gordon Banner plays his Wonder Organ at the Savoy Ballroom Tea Dance.
April 2nd At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his Music are joined by Billy Burkett and his Band.
The Club Quintet play at Kimbells.
Gordon Banner plays his Wonder Organ at the Savoy Ballroom Tea Dance.
The Eric Bernard Trio play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School, Fareham.
April 3rd The Portsmouth Musical Competition Festival begins.
The Portsmouth Irish Society gave a program of singing and dancing to the Portsmouth Music Club meeting at the Central Library Lecture Hall.
April 5th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Whirlwind Concert Party from Havant entertained the residents of Margaret House Farlington.
April 6th Frank Weir and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Oddfellows Hall.
April 7th The Moderniares play at the Flying Angel Hall, Fareham for an '18 plus' Spring Dance.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Johnny Lyne on South Parade Pier.
April 9th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's band.
The Saddler's Wells Ballet Company perform Cappelia at the Kings Theatre.
April 13th The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Band of the Royal Marines Portsmouth broadcast on the BBC Light Program.
The St Boniface Singers, leader and pianist Mrs E Mahoney, gave a musical evening at the Social Centre for the Blind in Stubbington Avenue.
April 14th Two young Portsmouth accordionists, Gary Holder and David Darvill compete in the National Accordion Championships.
The Eric Bernard Trio play at the Melgrade Hall, Fareham.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
April 16th David Darvill, age 19, of 19 Esslemont Road Portsmouth wins the National Accordion Championships in London. Courtney's Teen-age Band and Courtney's Advance band both won third prize in their catagory.
April 18th 'Brtitish Made Music' was the title of the program of records at the Guildhall Recorded Music Group.
April 19th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's band.
April 20th Ken Mackintosh and his Radio Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Portsmouth Players understudies perform a variety show for residents of a convalecence home at Liss.
The Portsmouth Royal Marine Band will play at Wembley F A Cup final on the 8th May.
The Lord Mayor's Ball is held at the South Parade Pier with entertainment from the Royal Marine Orchestra and Russian dancers from the Cruiser, Ordzhonikidze.
April 21st The Creation by Haydn is performed by the Portsmouth Philharmonic Society at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Advert in the Evening News for 'Courtney for Accordions, 17 Arundel Street.
Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Reginald Porter-Brown at the Wonder Organ on South Parade Pier.
April 22nd Reginald Porter-Brown plays the New Wonder Organ at South Parade Pier.
April 23rd At the Kings Theatre, Lisbeth Webb and Finella Fielding performing 'Jubilee Girl'.
At the Theatre Royal Jerry Allen and his Trio, and Dorothy Squires perform.
At the Empire Theatre 'Stars to Remember' Music Hall of today and yesterday, is performed.
April 24th Russian sailors give a concert on the South Parade Pier.
The St Wilfred's Singers entertained at the Anniversary Dinner of the Portsmouth Music Lovers Club at the RAFA Club, Cosham.
April 25th A Musician's Ball, the first of three to be held this year, is held at the South Parade Pier includes Harold Dunn and his Orchestra, Southern Countries Orchestra, Eric Bernard and his Broadway Orchestra, Wally Fry and his Collegians, The Masterpieces Dance Orchestra, Wally Gresham and his Band, Raymond Franks and his Music, with Bernard Glover at the Hammond Organ to support Portsmouth Branch Musicians Union Benevolent Funds.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's band.

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Fratton Trades Club opened May 5th 1956. The front section of the building became the Irish Club until they moved to Elm Grove. Before the first world war, the building housed the presses of the Portsmouth Times.

April 26th British Railways Staff Dance at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians plus the De Reske Orchestra.
April 27th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Broadway Orchestra play at the Oddfellows Hall.
April 28th Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall Fareham.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
The Leonard Leslie Orchestra play for the Purbrook Old Time Dance Club at the Deverell Hall.
April 30th Sid Seymour and his Mad Hatters appear at the Theatre Royal.
May 4th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 5th Verdi's Nabucco is performed by the Portsmouth Choral Union at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall Fareham.
In the Savoy Ballroom building, the Southsea Aquarium has a new monkey section, plus Sylvia and her almost human chimpanzees.
The Fratton Trades Club opens.
May 11th Alex Welsh and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 12th Bern Harris and his Band play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
May 14th Danny Kaye makes an appearance at the South Parade Pier.
The Phyllis Dixey Show appears at the Theatre Royal. Also on the bill is Portsmouth's own Bobby Collins.
May 18th Tommy Whittle and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
whit sat May 19th Jack Leon and his All Star Broadcasting Orchestra return to the South Parade Pier deck for the summer season.
Billy Burkett and his Band play at the Empress Ballroom with Mick Mitchell and his Music.
In the Savoy Ballroom Restaurant twice daily, Gordon Banner at his Wonder Organ.
whit sun May 20th The Squadronaires directed by Ronnie Aldrich appear at the South Parade Pier.
May 21st The Portsmouth Players present Ivor Novello's 'The Dancing Years' at the South Parade Pier.
Anne Shelton, The Five Skyliners and Arthur Worsley appear at the Theatre Royal.
Billy Burkett and his Band play at the Empress Ballroom with Mick Mitchell and his Music.
May 22nd The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
May 23rd At the Conservative Hall, Fratton Road music from dancing from the Ruby Resall Trio.
Savoy organist Gordon Banner is charged at Petersfield with stealing four trees, case dismissed.
May 25th Mick Mulligan and his Magnolia Jazz Band, with George Melly, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Cosham Happy Wanderers Concert Party, produced by Miss O. Cooper, entertained patients at the Portsmouth Royal Hospital.
May 26th Billy Burkett and his Band play at the Empress Ballroom with Mick Mitchell and his Music.
May 29th a Jazz record club has been started and meets at the Old Trafalgar clubroom in Fratton Road.
May 30 The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at lee Tower.
June 1st Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Billy Burkett and his Band play at the Empress Ballroom with Mick Mitchell and his Music.
June 4th The Empress Ballroom is closed for renovations and will re-open on August 31st.
Elsie and Doris Waters appear at the Theatre Royal with Peter Cavanagh and Saveen with Daisy May.
The Savoy Ballroom run a Vocal talent contest.
The Greenwood Entertainers give a variety show at St Vincent Lodge, Southsea.
June 8th Harry Leader and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 9th Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
June 10th The Orchestra of the Royal Marine School of Music conducted by Maj. F Vivian Dunn give a Summer Symphony Concert at The Old Rectory, Droxford.
June 11th Portsmouth's Audrey Jeans appears at the Theatre Royal with Joan Regan.
Cyril Fletcher appears for two weeks at the South Parade Pier.
June 12th The Ace Dance Band play at the Victory Hall, Fratton.
June 14th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
June 15th Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
June 16th The South Parade Pier plus Portsmouth Corporation and the Musicians Union are at war, because the Union is demanding a certain rate of pay for the pit orchestra, which the Pier disputes.
June 17th Eric Delany and his Band Show appear at the South Parade Pier.
June 20th The Broadway Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
The Portsmouth Musical Competition Festival was even more successful than ever, and even with an increase of membership, made a loss of 75,17s.
June 22nd Freddy Randall and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 25th Sadlers Wells perform a variety of ballets at the Kings Theatre.
June 26th A new jazz club opens at St Mary's Institute Fratton Road.
June 27th The Tommy Trinder at the South Parade Pier goes on after the Musicians union dispute is settled.
June 29th Laurie Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Melody Makers play at St Francis Church Hall Leigh Park.
June 30th Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
July 2nd Magician David Nixon pus Reg Varney appear at the Theatre Royal.
"Lady be good" is performed at the Kings Theatre.
July 6th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 7th Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
July 13 The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 15th Jack Parnell and his Orchestra play at South Parade Pier.
July 16th Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
July 17th Mrs Ludman's Trio play at the Carlton Club, Drayton.
Thirteen well known bands play at the Savoy Ballroom, proceeds to the benevolent fund of the Portsmouth Branch Musicians Union.

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July 18th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
July 20th Tubby Hayes and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 21st Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.

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11th September 1956

July 23rd David Nixon, the magician, and Reg Varney appear at the Theatre Royal.
July 25th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
July 26th The Broadway Quartet play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
July 27th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom admission 5/-d.
Dancing at All Saints Church Hall Commercial Road to Irene's Trio.
July 28th Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
July 30th A Jive Competition is held at the Savoy Ballroom.

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The Flying Angel became the Assembly Hall, and was where the new shopping mall is now.

August 3rd Ken Collier's Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 4th Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
August 6th Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
August 7th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
August 9th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
August 10th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 12th Jack Leon and his Orchestra broadcast from the South Parade Pier on the BBC Light Programme.
August 13th George Formby stars in 'Too young to marry' at the Kings Theatre.
August 17th Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 20th 'Rock around the clock' is shown at the Gaumont, Southea, formerly the Plaza, and 'features rock'n'roll, the controversial beat music from America'.
August 22nd Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
August 24th Teddy Foster and his New Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
David Darvill, the 19 year old from 19, Esslemont Road Southsea is leaving today for the world piano accordion championships in Switzerland.
August 25th The Blue Skyliners Sextet play at the Havant Red Cross hut.
August 27th Cole Porter's 'Can Can' is performed at the Kings Theatre.
August 30th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
August 31st The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 1st The Empress Ballroom re-opens with the new resident band Reg Bannistra Orchestra with Johnny Lyne and guests Bobby Mickleburgh and his band.
Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
Barry Moseley and his Orchestra play at the Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea.
September 4th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
September 5th The Broadway Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
September 7th Alex Welsh and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 8th Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
Dancing to the Reg Bannistra and his Provincial Showband at the Empress Ballroom.
September 10th The Tony Crombie band bring rock'n'roll, the new rhythm entertainment, to the Theatre Royal.
The Arcadians is performed at the Kings Theatre.
The old Portsmouth Passenger Transport Club in Stubbington Avenue, now closed down, is replaced by the new club in Gamble Road, Kingston.
September 11th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
September 14th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Oddfellows Hall, Kingston Road.
Flanagan and Allen sing on the South parade Pier deck and judge at the beauty contest.
September 15th Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School, Fareham.
September 17th Fred Emney and Betty Driver appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Portsmouth Players perform 'No No Nanette' at the South Parade Pier.
September 18th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
September 21st Laurie Gold and his Pieces of Eight Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September22nd The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church hall, Havant.
September 24th Max Miller appears at the Theatre Royal.
The Ballet Rambert perform at the Kings Theatre.
September 25th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.

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September 1st 1956 at the Empress Ballroom.

September 28th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 1st Cardew Robinson appears at the Kings Theatre.
Audrey Jeans appears on Jack Payne's 'Off the Record' television programme.
October 3rd The Roy Richards Trio play for a tea dance at Kimbells Osborne Road.
October 5th Ray Ellington and his Quartet, featuring Marion Ryan, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 6th the Milton Glee Club give their Autumn Concert version of 'Merrie England' at the Wesley Central Hall Fratton Road.
Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
October 8th Vic Oliver appears at the Theatre Royal.
Dancing at the South Parade Pier to Wally Fry and his Collegians and Mick Mitchell and his Music.
October 9th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
The St Wilfred's Singers present 'Merrie England' at St Wilfred's Hall, George Street.
October 11th Miss Florence Greaves conducted the Portsmouth Ladies Choir and also sang, at the Nurses home in aid if the St Mary's hospital League of Friends Chapel Fund. David Darvill, accordion champion of Great Britian, also played.
October 12th The Squadronaires play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 13th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church hall, Havant.
Reg Bannistra presents 'Show Band Night' with Johnny Lyne, plus Douggie Wheeler and his Trombone, and Chiz Bishop, National Professional Accordion Champion and World Finalist.
Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
October 15th The Fratton Hall, Goldsmith Ave, opposite Fratton Station, re-opens 7 nights a week with public dancing and instruction.
For the final week before closing the Theatre Royal present 'The Continental Peep Show'.
October 16th Wilfred Pickles brings 'Have a go' to the Trafalgar Club in Edinburgh Road and it's broadcast on the BBC Light programme.
October 17th the Jazz Club of Portsmouth meets at the Ship and Antelope in Arundel Street.
October 18th British Railway staff dance at the South Parade Pier, with the De Reske Orchestra and George Mills and his Modern Dance Music.
October 19th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 20th The Theatre Royal, celebrated it's centenary last month, and today closes down and the management blame a decrease in patronage and ever increasing costs.
Reg Bannistra presents 'Show Band Night' with Johnny Lyne, plus Douggie Wheeler and his Trombone, and Chiz Bishop, National Professional Accordion Champion and World Finalist.
The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society Mozart's Symphony in D, The Hoffner Requiem, the soloists are Thelma Godfrey, Rosanna Hibbert, Andrew Gold and Reg Wassell.
Dancing at the South Parade Pier to Wally Fry and his Collegians and Mick Mitchell and his Music.
October 22nd At the Empire Theatre, Columbia recoding star Ronnie Harris, and Kenny Flame and his Rockets in 'Rock around the town'.
October 124th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
October 24th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
October 25th Frankie Vaughn appears for a Youth Club dance arranged by Hillside and Goodwyns clubs.
October 26th Joe Daniels and his 13 piece Dixieland Band play at the Savoy ballroom.
October 27th The Portsmouth Glee Club give a concert at the Wesley Central Hall in aid of the British Empire Cancer campaign. Soloists include George Pinhorn from the Portsmouth Grand Opera Company.
Mick Mitchell and Wally Fry and their bands play at the South Parade Pier.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Melgrade Hall, Fareham.
Page 7 headlines in the Evening News "Rock'n'roll" has swamped the Top Twenty, by 'Spinner' First known record of this reporter.
October 28th Joan Hammond sings at the Kings Theatre.
October 29th Takings at the South Parade Pier this summer, were 137,616. last year was 130,104.
In a Christmas bazaar Evening News Ad, the Flying Angel at Fareham, called the Assembly Hall.
October 31st Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
November 1st The Portsmouth Choral Union, conducted by Bertram Bradshaw, soloist William parsons, broadcast on the BBC West Region programme 'Choir Night'.
November 2nd Bobby Mickleburgh and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 3rd 'Merrie England' is performed at the Wesley Central Hall, by Helen Dyer, Ronald Chandler, Jean Evans, Robert Comlay and 80 boys of St John's College Choir.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School, Fareham.
November 5th the Portsmouth Grand Opera Company present 'Faust' at the Empire Theatre.
November 6th Milton Glee Club give a concert at St Mary's Institute in aid of funds for St Faith's Church Hall.
November 7th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.
November 9th Joe Loss and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 10th The Broadway Old Time Orchestra play at Petersfield Town Hall.
The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School, Fareham.
November 15th The British Railways Staff Dance at the South Parade Pier has music from the De Reske Orchestra and George Mills and his Modern Dance Music.
November 16th Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 17th Saturday, The Portsmouth Choral Union, leader Ernest Barr, Conductor Bertram Bradshaw, and Reginald Wassell as one of the soloists, perform Berlioz's 'Childhood of Christ' at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
An invitation to Sunday morning music at the Cromwell Room of the Eastney Tavern with Eric Maddison's Trio.
Ted Neil's Band play at the Forester's Hall, Fratton Road.
November 19th Swing and Sweat with the Teddy Davis Quartet, at the Irish Club, Fratton Road.
November 21st The Liddell Sisters sing at a Hospital Ball at the Savoy Ballroom.
At The Festival Bar, Southsea, Organ solos by Eric Maddison, Thursday and Saturdays 1pm to 2-30pm.
November 23rd The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 24th Saturday, The Southern Counties Orchestra play at Drayton Institute.
Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
November 29th At Lee Tower, music from the Jack Jones All Star Rock'n'roll Band.
November 30th Ray Ellington and his Quartet featuring Marion Ryan play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 1st Saturday, Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined the Hector Davies Blue Star Players on South Parade Pier.
Alex Welch and his Dixielands play at the Empress Ballroom.
The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society and the City of Portsmouth Police Choir perform a concert of Ballet Music at the Wesley Central Hall.
Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
December 3rd New resident band at the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his Music.
December 4th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom along with Benny Freedman's Band.

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31st August 1956

December 5th The Portsmouth Choral Union broadcast on 'Choir Night' on the BBC West Home Service.
December 7th Sid Phillips and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 8th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Accompanying Winifred Atwell on her new long playing record of boogie woogie and ragtime is rock'n'roll drummer Tony Crombie.
The Portsmouth Grand Opera company sang 'Music from the Operas' at the Wesley Central Hall.
December 10th Mick Mitchell and his Music are joined by the Southern Counties Old Time Orchestra at the Empress Ballroom for a dance in aid of the Hungarian Relief Fund, with cabaret from the Liddell Sisters and Eddie Forehead's Rock'n'roll Trio.
December 13th British Railways Staff Dance at South Parade Pier with music from The De Reske Orchestra and George Mills and his Modern Dance Music.
December 14th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 15th The Portsmouth Glee club present Jean Grayston, Max Jaffa, Reginald Kilbey, Jack Byfield, with Stanley Matthews at the organ, and the full chorus of the Portsmouth Glee Club, at the Wesley Central Hall.
For the first time, the Evening News publish a Top Ten selling list of records, with Johnnie Ray, Just walking in the rain, at number one.
December 16th The Milton Glee Club give a concert at the Empire Theatre for the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth's Polio research fund.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Trinity Church Hall Fareham.
December 18th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
Arthur Ward's Band play at the Chichester Jazz Club's Christmas Party.
December 21st Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 22nd The Portsmouth Coral Union give a concert of Carols and Christmas Music, and soloist John Hanson, at the Wesley Central Hall.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
December 28th Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 29th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.


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10th September 1956

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13th September 1956

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20th October 1956

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20th October 1956

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15th December 1956


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