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Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes’s “Copperfield” has something for everyone.
A great night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just being entertaine
d!

This new suite of pieces, touring for the first time this year, takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘David Copperfield”.  Readings from the original Dickens tell the story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!

A cheery clarinet plays Copperfield, the lost orphan Little Em’ly is a lyrical tenor, Mr Dick flies his kite in the personage of a soaring flugelhorn and trombone, Mr Micawber expresses “Something will turn up!”on the piano and Uriah Heep writhes around on the bass clarinet. Just as we see David progress through the trials of his life, so the movements of this suite seem to develop along with him.

The music and readings inspire the full range of Dickens’s imagination and emotion: from loneliness and remorse through to love and then irresistible joy.  

“Barnes is a true Dickensian.  He is a serious reader of the novels.  It is a clear blunder of providence that he was born too late to appear in their pages!” Hot News.

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Alan Barnes

Saxophone, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

Bruce Adams

Trumpet

Mark Nightingale

Trombone

Robert Fowler

Saxophones and Clarinet

Karen Sharp

Saxophones and Clarinet

David Newton

Piano

Simon Thorpe

Bass

Clark Tracey

Drums

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31 May & 1 June 2022

COPPERFIELD ALBUM RECORDING

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be recording The Copperfield Suite in Birmingham over 2 days. 

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9 July 2022

SWANAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL 5pm - 6:15pm

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing at The Swanage Jazz Festival - we will of course provide a taster of  The Copperfield Suite!

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14 September 2022

THE CONCORDE CLUB EASTLEIGH

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at The Concorde Club in Eastleigh Hampshire. 

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29 November 2022

WATERMILL JAZZ DORKING

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at Watermill Jazz, Betchworth Park Golf Club, Reigate Road, Dorking. 

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5 December 2022

THE REFORM CLUB LONDON - MEMBERS ONLY

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at Reform Club 104 Pall Mall London SW1Y 5EW. 

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15 December 2022

JAZZ LEEDS

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at Jazz Leeds, Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton Leeds.  

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17 February 2023

LIGHTHOUSE - POOLE'S CENTRE FOR ARTS

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts, 21 Kingland Road Poole.  

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16 June 2022

THE MALTINGS THEATRE ST ALBANS

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at The Maltings Theatre in St. Albans Hertfordshire. 

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19 July 2022

FLEET JAZZ CLUB

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at Fleet Jazz Club 

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10 November 2022

JAZZ COVENTRY

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at Jazz Coventry, The Albany Club, Earlsdon, Coventry. 

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1 December 2022

STAPLEFORD GRANARY 

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge. 

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8 December 2022

SWANSEA JAZZLAND

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at The Garage Music Venue,  47 Uplands Crescent, Swansea SA2 0NP  

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27 December 2022

STOKE - by - NAYLAND HOTEL

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The Alan Barnes Octet will be performing The Copperfield Suite at Stoke by Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ.  

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