Picture of Janice Day and Martin Litton


At the Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton

Thursday September 2023 at 7.30pm

Night At The Horne Brings you:


Cancelled …… Cancelled

“Reluctantly we have had to cancel The Songs of 1931 show which  may be because we started our Autumn shows earlier while some patrons were taking an Autumn break, or the subject matter lacked appeal. We apolgize for any inconvenience caused, and we value your support and look forward to seeing you in October for A Night in Buenos with Tango Calor ….. Mike Walker

Martin Litton

As one of Britain’s most celebrated jazz pianists, Martin Litton is an internationally renowned musician, arranger and bandleader, who has entertained audiences across the world with his skilful playing.

He has worked with many legendary British and American musicians, including Humphrey Lyttleton, Kenny Ball, Harry Gold, Clare Teal, Kenny Davern, Scott Hamilton, Bob Wilber, Marty Grosz, and Wild Bill Davison. A frequent guest on BBC Radio 3, Martin regularly shares his knowledge about and demonstrates the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, and Teddy Wilson.

Martin is a highly versatile pianist, equally at home as a solo artist, accompanist, or band pianist, as is evidenced by his work in the popular theatre show ‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra.

Janice Day

Janice Day is a witty, insightful and entertaining multi-hyphenate. After a successful career as a repertory singer (sharing the repertoire of the dance bands of the 1920s and 30s), she developed a 1930s musical character comedy act and a one-woman show. She is a commissioned screenwriter, author and award-winning comedian. Original lead singer with both the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and Keith Nichols’ Cotton Club Orchestra, she has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, and the Wigmore Hall for Radio Three, Proms in the Park, Cadogan Hall, and at jazz clubs and festivals worldwide.  

Keen to share their joie de vivre, and pooling their talents to create stunning arrangements, they have developed a winning classic jazz concept. The idea is to perform all the best songs written in a specific year between the two World Wars. In separate shows, the series celebrates the songs of 1929, 1939, 1924, 1931, 1928 and 1932.

 They’re excited to be bringing ‘The Songs of 1931’ to the Silvester Horne Institute. Both the American and British Songbooks from the golden age of music are represented. Coward’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and a Pennies from Heaven medley blend perfectly with Gershwin’s Who Cares, Chet Baker’s cool interpretation of The Thrill is Gone, Fats Waller’s Everybody Loves my Baby, and Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher. There are romantic, novelty and singalong songs (Love Letters in the Sand, You’re My Everything, Dream a Little Dream of Me.)Piano solos from Martin include Jazz Nocturne, Tiger Rag and Billy Mayerl’s Mignonette.

With just the right mix of humour, charm and virtuosity the couple present a show, which a regular member of our audience said we must have at the Horne! So do come and see them, please.

Tickets: £12 or age 18 and under £6 are available from: The Outdoor Depot, 1 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, and from Church Stretton Town Council Office, or on-line here.

For more information please phone 01694 720132 Mike Walker.