Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1957


18-1-57

18th January 1957

January 1st 1957 Cinderella is the Panto at the Empire Theatre.
Sleeping Beauty on Ice is performed at the Kings Theatre.
The Crackerjacks, led by Les Blackmore, give a concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road, for 120 old folk.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
Ad in the Evening News, Ricky's Club (Fratton Hall) Tue Wed Sat Sun learn to dance, jive nights.
January 2nd Eric Bernard and his Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
The Portsmouth Jazz Club meets at the Spread Eagle Arundel Street every Wednesday with 'Traditional, skiffle, recitals'.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 4th Eric Delaney and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 5th Saturday, The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall Fareham.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
January 6th At the Essoldo Cinema Kingston Road and the Victoria Cinema, the film is "Shake Rattle and Rock".
At the Troxy, Fratton Road, "Love me tender" with Elvis Presley.
January 7th The Portsmouth Ladies Choir, conducted by Miss Florence Greaves, were entertained by the Gosport Ladies Choir at The Nicholson Hall, Gosport.
January 8th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 11th Cy Laurie and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 12th At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Forehead and his Rock'n'rollers.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall Fareham.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
January 15th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 18th Dr. Crock and his Crackpots play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Stan Matthews and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
Portsmouth Magistrates refuse to allow a Tommy Steele Rock'n'roll Concert at the Troxy Cinema.
January 19th Bern Harris and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Forehead and his Rock'n'rollers.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Melgrade Hall, Fareham.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
January 22nd The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
January 24th British Railways Staff Dance at the South Parade Pier with The Broadway Orchestra, and the Marinaires.
A party for the blind at the Oddfellows Hall, Kingston Road, had entertainment from The Liddell Sisters with Bill Cole at the Piano.
Jazz at the Dolphin, Botley with the mainstream Group and blues singer Doreen Whitfield.
January 25th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
January 26th Saturday, The Club Quintet with Bill Cole play at the Connaught Hall Fareham.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall Fareham.
At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Forehead and his Rock'n'rollers.
Ricky's Club start a regular Saturday jazz night with their resident 'traditional' quintet group,
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
January 27th Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group were booked to play at the Empire Theatre together with The Liddell Sisters, and Eddie Forehead's Rock'n'rollers, but it was cancelled on 11-1-57, because a clause in the Empire Theatre License does not allow this type of show. It is transferred the the Commodore Theatre Ryde.
January 28th At the Gaumont Portsmouth and Southsea, 'Don't knock the rock' with Bill Haley is shown.
The Jazz Messengers play at Ricky's Club.
The St Cecelia Singers, Joan Reynolds, Florence Brice, John Ellison and Reginald Wassell, give a concert at John Pounds Church, in the High Street which also includes John Durrant at the piano and Eric Barr violin.
January 29th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
January 31st The resident jazz quartet play at Ricky's Club.
Pete Morton and his Modern Quartet play at Ricky's Club.
February 1st Ray Ellington and his Quartet, with singer Marion Ryan, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 2nd Saturday, The Club Quintet with Bill Cole will be playing at the Connaught Hall Fareham every Saturday.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall Fareham.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
February 3rd Polish pianist Smeterlin gives a Chopin recital at the Kings Theatre municipal concert.
February 4th The Carl Rosa Opera Company perform a series of different operas this week.
The resident traditional jazz band at Ricky's Club are Arthur Ward, Joe English and Bob Quinton (rhythm), Duggy Wheeler, Denn Putman, and Ken Bishop(front line).
February 5th the Portsmouth Orpheus Choir broadcast on the Radio programme 'Let the people sing'.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
February 8th Chris Barber and his Jazz Band with Ottillie Patterson, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 9thThe Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall Fareham.
Music from Johnny Lyne, Chiz Bishop, Roy Nightingale, Ray Shepherd, and Sid Heyward at Ricky's Club.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Forehead and his Rock'n'rollers.

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Rees Marionettes,18th January 1957

February 11th A Rock'n'roll and Be-bop competition is held at the Empress Ballroom, with an appearance of 'The Skiffs'. The South of England Rock'n'roll Dance Championship won tonight by Albert Coates and Betty Giles.
A special appearance of 'The Four Skiffs and the Skiffle' at the Savoy Ballroom.(Did they double up on this night?)
February 12th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
February 13th Portsmouth Magistrates confirm the refusal of a license for dance music concerts at the Troxy Cinema.
February 14th The Liddell Sisters sing at a Valentines Ball in Southsea.
February 15th The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 16th Ted Neil's Band play at the Unity Hall.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall Fareham.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Forehead and his Rock'n'rollers.
The Portsmouth Young People's String Orchestra give a concert at the Wesley Central Hall
February 18th The Jazz Messengers play at Ricky's Club.
February 19th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 22nd Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 23rd The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall Fareham.
At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Forehead and his Rock'n'rollers.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
February 25th Tony Crombie and his Rock & Roll Rockets, with Maxine Daniels and Don Fox appear at the Kings Theatre all week.
Ivy Benson and her All Girls Band play at the Empire Theatre all week.
Artistes include Ernest Barr violin, john Durrant piano and John Watkins violin and viola.
John Pounds Church in the High Street is becoming a recognized centre for chamber music, after concerts presented by John Durrant and John Sturges.
Artistes include Ernest Barr violin, John Durrant piano and John Watkins violin and viola.
February 26th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
March 1st Laurie Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 2nd The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society present a Mendelssohn Concert at the Wesley Central Hall Fratton Road. Orchestra lead by Ernest Barr.
The Southern Dance Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Forehead and his Rock'n'rollers.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
At the Connaught Hall, Fareham, "rock'n'roll” with Bill Cole and his Clubmen".
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall Fareham.
March 5th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
March 6th Joe Loss and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
Portsmouth College of Technology Dramatic and Musical Society perform the 'Mikado' to a large and enthusiastic audience at the College Hall.
March 7th The Southern Counties Orchestra and The Marinaires play on South Parade Pier at a British Railways Staff Dance.
The Jazz Messengers play at Ricky's Club.

13-2-57

Sunday concerts 13th February 1957

March 8th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 9th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Melgrade Hall, Fareham.
At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Forehead and his Rock'n'rollers.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
March 12th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
March 14th The Jazz Messengers play at Ricky's Club.
Roy Richards and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 15th A 'Feast of Jazz' at the Savoy Ballroom with the McDevitt Skiffle Group and Gerry Brown's Jazzmen.
Dancing at All Saint's Church Hall, Portsmouth, to the "Bostons" in their 'sixth' year!
March 16th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall Fareham.
At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Formby and his Rock'n'rollers.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
March 18th The film 'Rock pretty baby' is shown at the Odeons North end, Southsea and Cosham.
At the Savoy Cinema, 'Rock Rock Rock'.
Columbia singing star Tony Brent appears at the Empire Theatre.
March 19th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 22nd At the Empress Ballroom, Bob Woolgar's gym present a Mr and Mrs South Coast with a personal appearance of Mr. Universe and Mr. Britain.
Ray Ellington and his Quartet, with Marion Ryan, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 23rd Billy Burkett and his Band play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
March 24th Muriel Smith, from the Royal Opera House, sings at the Kings Theatre with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
March 25th At the Kings Theatre, "Disc Doubles of the world's top disc stars" doubles of Lanza, Presley, Torme, and Nat King Cole and more.
At the Empire Theatre, Miss Striptease of 1957, Denise Vane.
March 26th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
March 27th 'Jive Unlimited' at Ricky's Club.
March 29th Dr Crock and his Crackpots play at the Savoy Ballroom by popular request.
The Portsmouth Royal Marine band take part in BBC Radio Light Programme's 'Music Night'
March 30th J S Bach's St Matthew Passion is performed at Drayton Methodist Church, soloists Florence Brice, Pamela Shearman, Wilfred Brown, Reginald Wassell and Peter Hutchings.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
At the Empress Ballroom, Mick Mitchell and his band play with guests Eddie Formby and his Rock'n'rollers.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
April 1st At the Kings Theatre Michael Holiday and Russ Hamilton and the Butlin Skiffle Group appear, the Theatre are to run a skiffle contest for local groups with a holiday at Butlins as the prize for the winner.
At the Savoy ballroom, The Worlds Rock'nroll Championship 1st qualifying heat.
At the Empress Ballroom, an inter-town rock'n'roll and be-bop competition Southampton v Portsmouth, with free ice cream and Coca Cola.
April 2nd The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
April 4th British Railways staff dance at South Parade Pier, with music from the De Reske Orchestra and the Marinaires.
A singing contest at the Savoy Cinema attracted 105 entries, and was won by Mr Cyril Tawney of Lee on Solent.
April 5th Jack Parnell and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 6th Adrian Slade, a 12 year old pupil from Portsmouth Grammar School and 33, Orchard Road Southsea, is the youngest of 17 taking part in the Junior accordion championships at the Westminster Hall London.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Melgrade Hall, Fareham.
The Stanley Matthews Band play at the Heroes Hall Waterlooville for the Conservative Association.
April 8th the Royal Ballet perform at the Kings Theatre.
By popular demand, rock'n'roll comes to the Court Ballroom.
April 9th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
April 12th Cy Laurie and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Irene Keen's Trio play at All Saints Church Hall.
April 13th The Portsmouth Choral Union, conducted by Bertram Bradshaw, perform Handel's Messiah at the Wesley Central Hall.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Dean Maddisson and his Jazz Group play at the Empress Ballroom with Mick Mitchell and his Music.
Hetty Searle and Maureen Cobby, from Portsmouth, have won the All England Advanced Duet Accordion Championships at the Westminster Central Hall, London.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
April 15th At the Empire Theatre, Venus on Parade, featuring Portsmouth's own singing star Steve Harris.
April 16th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
April 18th Alex Welsh and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 19th Isobel Bailie Reginald Wasell bass, Stanley Matthews organ, and the full chorus of the Milton Glee Club, give a concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
The Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir sing, and Reginald Porter-Brown plays the Wonder Organ on South Parade Pier.
The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society perform St John Passion at the Portsmouth Cathedral, Orchestra leader, Ernest Barr.
April 20th Dean Maddison and his Jazz Group play at the Empress Ballroom with Mick Mitchell and his Music.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
April 22nd Edmund Hockridge sings at the Kings Theatre.
Max Miller appears at the Empire Theatre.
Terry Flynn's Quintet pay at the Empress ballroom with Mick Mitchell and his Music.
Walter Battell's Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
April 23rd The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.

27-2-57

demostration,17th February 1957

April 25th Harry Davidson's Old Time Dance Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 26th The Basil and Ivor Kinchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 27th The Club Quartet with Bill Cole play at the Connaught Hall Fareham.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Dean Maddison and his Jazz Group play at the Empress Ballroom with Mick Mitchell and his Music.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
April 29th At the Kings Theatre max Wall, plus Terry Kennedy and his rock'n'rollers.
At the Empire Theatre 'Britain's answer to Bill Hayley' Art Baxter and his Rock'n'roll Sinners, later in the week advertised at Dickie Bennett and his Rock'n'roll Sinners.
April 30th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
May 3rd Terry Lightfoot and his jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Norman Long Quartet play at the Hilsea Lido.
May 4th The Jeanagers featuring the King Pins Skiffle Group play at the Connaught Hall, Fareham.
A Spring Fair at the Foresters Hall with proceeds to the Portsmouth Opera Company.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus Hector Davies Blue Star Players play for dancing.
May 6th At the Empire Theatre, 'Thanks for the Memory', a grand array of look a-like music hall artistes.
The Greenwood Singers entertain holidaying pensioners at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
The Portsmouth Glee Club recently won 3 first class certificates and trophies at the Portsmouth Music Festival. They recently performed, "The temptation of Christ" at St Peter's Church Southsea.
May 10th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
May 11th Edvard Grieg's Song of Norway is performed on South Parade Pier by the Portsmouth Players.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
May 13th The Hedley Ward Trio, without Hedley Ward, play at he Kings Theatre.
May 14th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
May 17th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom. Ted Heath himself was unable to appear because of ill health.
May 18th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Reginald Porter-Brown is featured on the Wonder Organ at the South Parade Pier.
May 20th Eddie Calvert play at the Kings Theatre.
25 year old Orchestra leader Leonard Leslie of 121 London Road Cowplain, and his partner Shirley Soffe win the Hammond Silver Trophy at the Petersfield Annual Open old time dancing Championship.
May 21st The Southern Counties Orchestra play 'the last one' at the Empress Ballroom.
May 24th Eric Delaney and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 25th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
The Ritz Players play at Wallisdean School Fareham.
The Greenwood Singers entertain holidaying pensioners at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
At Fareham Connaught Drill Hall, rock'n'roll to the Jeanagers.
A Chamber Music Recital with Daphne Down clarinet, Joyce May soprano, Ernest Barr violin, John Durrant piano, John Watkins viola is held at John Pound's Church.
May 26th The 751st United States Air Force Band play at the Empire Theatre.
The Squadronaies, directed by Ronnie Aldrich, play on South Parade Pier.
The Portsmouth Grand Opera Company perform at the Empire Theatre with proceeds to the Cheshire Home, Lee Court.
May 27th Max Bygraves appears at the Kings Theatre but has to pull out with a badly bruised larynx.
May 28th Portsmouth Grammar School Choral Society perform "Elijah" at the Wesley Central Hall.
May 29th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 30th Skiffle and Jazz competition at the Conservative Hall, Fratton Road with 12 bands competing.

4-3-57

4th March 1957

May 31st Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At Lee Tower, music from Art and the Wagoners with June Derick(Ceylon's calypso sensation) and a terrific new teenage drummer.
The Festival Bar now open with Sam Ross at the Wonder Hammond Organ.
June 1st The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
At Fareham Connaught Drill Hall, rock'n'roll to the Jeanagers.
The Portsmouth Schools Music Festival starts at the Wesley Central Hall.
June 2nd Max Miller appears at the Empire Theatre with Bobby Collins.
June 3rd Margaret Lockwood and Zachary Scott appear in "Subway in the sky", at the Kings Theatre.
"Out of the blue" a sparkling and original musical, is performed at the South Parade Pier.
June 4th The Southern Counties Dance Orchestra play at Kimbells, Osborne Road.
June 5th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 6th The Down-beat Jazz Club opens at the Conservative Hall, Fratton Road, with McGlover Skiffle Group(Mick Glover?) and Lews Verril Jazzmen.
June 7th The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Whit Saturday June 8th Ben Oakley and his Orchestra start their season on South Parade Pier deck bandstand. Mornings at 11am, except Friday and Saturday, afternoons at 3pm, not Friday, and evenings at 7.15pm, Tuesdays Thursdays and Sundays at 7.30pm.
Billy Burkett and his Band play at Titchfield Drill Hall.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
The Ritz Players play at Wallisdean School Fareham.
The Bern Harris Rhythm Group featuring Steve Brody play at Gosport Connaught Drill Hall.
Whit Sunday 9th Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
The Tommy Steele Story is shown at the Savoy Cinema.
June 10th Lonnie Donegan appears at the Kings Theatre.
June 22nd The Theatre Royal opens with Rep.
June 24th The Sadler's Wells Opera appear at the Kings Theatre.
July 1st The Doyle Cart Opera company appear at the Kings Theatre.
June 8th Eric Maddison at the Electric Organ plays at the Savoy Ballroom with Benny Freeman and his Orchestra.
The Portsmouth City Fire Brigade band leave to give concerts in France.
July 9th Humphrey Lyttleton and his 'New Look' Band play on South Parade Pier.
David Whitfield, The King Brothers, Harry Worth, Billy Dainty and Audrey Jeans appear at the Kings Theatre.
June 10th Lonnie Donegan plays at the Kings Theatre with Des O'Connor also on the bill.
Ballroom dancing to the Club Quintet at Bedhampton Social Hall.
"Rock you sinners" is the film showing at the Essoldo Kingston and Southsea.
"The Tommy Steele Story" film is shown at the Savoy Cinema, and the Essoldo Cosham and Southsea.
Ad in the Evening News, Harry Stares and his Orchestra available, 4 Byron Road Copnor.
"Out of the Blue" is the new variety show on South Parade Pier.
June 11th Guitarists competition at the Savoy.
June 13th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 14th Jack Parnell and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Down Beat Jazz Club at the Conservative Hall Fratton Road is closed until further notice.
32 male voices of the Portsmouth Choral Union, conducted by Bertram Bradshaw, featured on the BBC TV programme "Pleasure Boat" as it took viewers from Ryde to Cowes.
June 15th Bill Burkett and his All Star Quintet play at Titchfield Drill Hall.
June 17th Comedian Norman Vaughn tops the bill in "Evening Stars" on the South Parade Pier.
The Theatre Royal Playgoers' Club is opened.
June 20th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 21st Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 22nd Johnny Lyne and his Band play at the Co-operative Hall, Leigh Park.
Bill Burkett and his All Star Quintet play at Titchfield Drill Hall.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
June 23rd Sid Phillips and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
June 24th Sadler's Wells Opera Company perform at the Kings Theatre and includes Owen Brannigan.
Reg Dixon and Chesney Allen star in the Summer show on South Parade Pier.
The Four Skiffs and their Skiffle, from HMS Collingwood, appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 25th Gala Re-opening of the Theatre Royal with the light comedy play, "A man in possession"
The repertory company that will reopen the Theatre Royal is called The Portsmouth Playgoers' Club with secretary/manager Ronald Giffin.
June 28th Cy Laurie and his band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 29th Bill Burkett and his All Star Quintet play at Titchfield Drill Hall.
South Parade Pier profit is down. During the year ending 31st March the profit was £7,992, which is £2,914 less than the previous financial year.
Johnny Lyne and his Band play at the Co-operative Hall, Leigh Park.
July 1st A week of Gilbert and Sullivan Operas are performed at the Kings Theatre by the D'oyle Carte Opera Company.
Special appearance of the New Orleans Jazz Group from HMS Collingwood, at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 2nd The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
July 3rd Special appearance of The 4 Skiffs plus the Ivy White Can Can Girls at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 5th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Bern Harris and his Full Orchestra play at the Royal Naval Association, Fareham Road, Frater. Gosport.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
July 6th Johnny Lyne and his Band play at the Co-operative Hall, Leigh Park.
July 7th Mick Mulligan and his Band, with George Melly and Europe’s first lady of Jazz, Neva Raphello, play on South Parade Pier.
July 8th At the Kings Theatre for a 'gay summer reveiw', David Whitfield, Harry Worth, Audrey Jeans, Billy Dainty, King Brothers and The George Mitchell Singers perform.
The Glover Skiffle Group play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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Savoy Festival of Dance, 16th July 1957

July 11th The Portchester Skiffle Group, made up of members of the Portchester Darby and Joan Club, were the star turn to entertain members of the Fareham Red Cross Darby and Joan Club.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 12th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 13th Johnny Lyne and his Band play at the Co-operative Hall, Leigh Park.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
July 15th The Red Friars Skiffle Group play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 16th A Festival of Dance Music is held at the Savoy Ballroom, 13 bands play with proceeds to the Benevolent Funds of the Portsmouth Branch Musicians Union.
July 19th Tony Crombie and his Rockets play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 20th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Johnny Lyne and his Band play at the Co-operative Hall, Leigh Park.
July 21st Eric Delaney and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
July 22nd At the Cosham RAFA Hall, Jazz and Skiffle from Les Verrell and Pete Young Twin Band Show.
The Sunbrimmers Skiffle Group play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 26th Sid Phillips and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
July 27th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
July 29th The Red Friars Skiffle Group play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 30th The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
August 1st The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
The Fratton Trades Club run a talent contest with £15 prize money.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 2nd Alex Welsh and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 3rd The Greenwood Entertainers perform at Elizabeth House Old Folks Home Wymering.
Johnny Lyne and his Band play at the Co-operative Hall, Leigh Park.
August 4th Ken Colyer's Jazzmen and Ken Colyer's Skiffle Group, play on South Parade Pier with Bob Kelly on piano in the interval.
August 6th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 9th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 10th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Johnny Lyne and his Band play at the Co-operative Hall, Leigh Park.
August 14th With Benny Freedman at the Savoy Ballroom are Irene White's Can Can Girl's, and the Mike Glover Skiffle Group.
August 15th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 16th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 17th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
August 18th Chris Barber and his Jazz Band play on South Parade Pier.
August 23rd The New Basil Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 24th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Bedhampton Hall.
At the Essoldo Southsea and Cosham, Frankie Vaughn stars in the film, "These Dangerous Years".
August 26th First heat of the world skiffle championships are held at the Savoy Ballroom plus appearance of Manny Howard and the Maniacs.
August 27th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 30th Eric Delaney and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At Lee Tower, London's Bandwagoners, and The Blue Diamond Skiffle Group play for dancing.
At Leigh Park Parade Ballroom, dancing to Teddy Davis and his Band.
The Irene Keen Trio play at All Saint's Church Hall.
September 3rd Second heat of the World Skiffle Championship Heat at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 4th Forty one members of the Portsmouth Music Club, who usually meet at the Lecture room of the Central Library, travel to the Albert Hall London for the Promenade Concerts.
September 5th The Len Ashdown Band travel to Purley, Surrey to take part in South Britain Regional final of the national dance band contest. The Band includes, Len on Piano, Danny Huntley drums, William Swan bass, Ken Howell trumpet, Ray Cresdee and Cyril Breeze on tenors.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 6th Ronnie Aldrich and the Squadronaires play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Teddy Davis and his band play at the Co-op Ballroom, Leigh Park.
September 7th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
September 8th At the White Hart, Gosport, the Heaton Davies Quintet play jazz.
The Gosport Orchestra, conductor Mr Waterworth, and the Rowner and Bridgemary Singers perform on the South Parade Pier.
September 10th Third heat of the World Skiffle Championship Heat at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 11th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 13th Terry Lightfoot and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Theatre Royal are to local amateur musicians perform on Sundays. The first concert by the Portsmouth Ladies Choir is conducted by Miss Florence Greaves, organiser of the Portsmouth Musical Competition Festival.
Johnny Lyne and his Quartet play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.

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Savoy advert, July 1957

September 14th 'Light up the town', at the Kings Theatre ends it's run.
Les Verrall's Band play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Co-op Ballroom Leigh Park.
September 15th Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Empire Theatre.
The Ben Oakley Orchestra give their final performance of the summer season on South Parade Pier.
September 16th The Portsmouth Players Perform 'Oklahoma', at the South Parade Pier, with the orchestra conducted by Bertram Bradshaw.
September 17th 4th Heat of the World Skiffle Championship Heat at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 18th For the 390th time the Portsmouth Music Club meet, now at the Lecture Room in the Central Library.
September 19th 5th Heat of the World Skiffle Championship Heat at the Savoy Ballroom.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 20th Dr. Crock and his Crackpots play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Greenwood Singers entertain residents at St Vincent Lodge Southsea.
Johnny Lyne and his Music and the Hi Fi Skiffle Group play at the Assembly Rooms Fareham.
The Bern Harris band play at Lee Tower.
September 21st The Zummerzet Society meet at the Co-op Hall Albert Road Southsea and the Irene Keen Quartet provide music for dancing.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Co-op Ballroom Leigh Park.
September 22nd Chris Barber and his Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson, play on South Parade Pier.
September 23rd The Royal Ballet, formerly the Sadler's Well Theatre Ballet, perform at the Kings Theatre.
Final of the World Skiffle Championship Heat at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 25th The Mike Treend Quartet play at the Alma Arms, Highland Road.
After a concert at the Assembly Rooms Fareham, the Assemble Rooms Musical Society was formed to bring new life for music to the town.
September 27th At the Bridgemary County Secondary School, the Gosport Orchestra and the Rowner and Bridgemary Singers perform.
Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Municipal Concert Lecture is given by John Durrant at the Central Library Lecture Hall.
The Boston Club Trio play at All Saints Church Hall.
September 28th The Southern Counties Orchestra play St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at Wallisdean School, Fareham.
Winner of the Savoy Ballroom final of the Word Skiffle Championships were Tommy Moss and the Rolling Ramblers who win £15.0.0d. Second was The Rebels Skiffle group who get £10.0.0d. both are from Portsmouth, The winner will now go to London for the All England final.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Co-op Ballroom Leigh Park.
October 4th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Greenwood Entertainers, produced and arranged by Herbert and Kathryn Green, perform at St Mark's Darby and Joan Club.
October 5th The Milton Glee Club perform Edward German's 'Tom Jones' at the Wesley Central Hall. Reginald Wassell is one of the soloists.
First Portsmouth appearance of Vic Abbott, from London, and his Orchestra at Kimbells, replacing Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra.
Concerts at John Pounds Church in the High Street Old Portsmouth, organised by John Durrant and John Sturgess, start a new season with a piano recitals.
The Circle Skiffle Club presents 'The Kru neKs' at the Kingston Boys Club, and the 'Louisiana Four' at Goodwyns Youth Club Cosham.
October 6th Municipal Concerts begin again at the Kings Theatre with Colin Horsley and the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Herbert Menges.
October 7th At the RAFA Club Cosham, Les Verrall Modern Jazz Group, and The Crescent City Skiffle Group perform.
BBC Harmony Group The Kordites, support Comedian Dave King at the Kings Theatre.

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October 8th The Southern counties Orchestra play at the Co-operative Hall, Garnier Street.
The Ace Dance Band play at the Irish Club Fratton Road.
October 10th At a meeting in Fareham it was decided to form a new light opera society.
October 11th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra with Cleo Laine, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 12th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
October 14th Terry Dene and his Dene-Aces, plus les Hobeaux and ventriloquist Ray Allen, appear at the Kings Theatre.
October 15th Milton Glee Club visit St James Hospital and repeat their 'Tom Jones' concert, with soloists Messers White, Bing, Pinhorn and Wassell.
Dancing to Eric Bernard Trio at Wymering Parish Hall, Cosham.
Vic Abbott and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 17th British Railways Staff Dance at the South Parade Pier with the De Reske Orchestra and The Marinaires Modern Dance Orchestra.
October 18th Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
A music lecture is given by John Durrant at the Lecture Hall of the Central library.
The Eric Bernard Ballroom Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
October 19th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
After four years Royal Marine Bands are the return tio HMS Excellent and HMS St Vincent.
The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society perform Mendelssohn's "Elijah" at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road orchestra leader Ernest Barr.
Edward German's Merrie England is performed at Drayton Methodist Church hall.
October 21st Modern Jazz at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington.
October 23rd Modern Jazz at the Alma Arms, Highland Road.
Irene Keen's Quartet play at the Co-op Hall Albert Road.
Vic Abbott and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 24th The Dave Watson group play at the Curlew, Havant.
October 25th Manny Howard and his Maniacs plus Tommy Moss and his Rolling Ramblers Skiffle Group play at the Savoy Ballroom plus Benny Freedman and his Orchestra.
October 26th The Portsmouth Glee Club perform "The Rebel Maid" at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
The Clubmen Dance Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
All the previous week, in the Scala Theatre London, "Summer Song" has been performed with Portsmouth singer Jean Evans, daughter of councillor L J Evans, in the principal roll. She has appeared in Merrie England recently and in several Portsmouth Players shows.
Also in the production was Portsmouth RADA student John Futcher.
October 27th "Loving you" is shown at the Gaumont Portsmouth and Southsea.
October 28th The Hedley Ward Trio play at the Empire Theatre.
Carroll Levis search for stars at the Kings Theatre. The three winners from this hear were, Joyce French, The Scott Brothers(Scutt Brothers?) and Mike Glover and his Rock'n'rollers.
The Portsmouth United Nations Association have a musical evening at the Milton Training College Hall, with the Portsmouth Ladies choir conducted by Miss Florence Greaves. She also sang solo.
October 30th The Press Ball on South Parade Pier has music from the Dance Orchestra of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth.
October 31st A new £7,000 organ at All Saints Church is dedicated.
November 1st The Boston Trio play at All Saints Church Hall.
The Stan Matthews Band play at the NALGO Ball on South Parade Pier.
November 2nd Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Wallisdean School Fareham.
November 4th The Southern Philharmonic Orchestra is threatened with a withdraw of support from the Arts Council.
Reginald Wassell sings, Ernest Barr plays violin and John Durrant plays piano at a John Pounds Church recital.
November 6th Carroll Levis Finalists The Dave Watson group to play at the Railway Hotel Fratton, every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
November 9th Vaughn Williams' "A Sea Symphony" is performed by the Portsmouth Choral Union at the Wesley Central Hall Fratton Road, orchestra leader Ernest Barr, conducted by Bertram Bradshaw.
Ray Ellington and his Quartet, with Shirley Jackson play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Stan Bennett's Quartet play at the Red Lion Hotel Petersfield.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
The Jimmy James Band play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
The Clubmen Dance Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall, Fareham.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Wallisdean School Fareham.
November 11th The Mike Treend Group play modern jazz at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington, every Monday.
November 12th Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band play on South Parade Pier for the Portsmouth Caledonian Society.
The Teenage Skifflers play at Wallisdean School, Fareham.
The Ace Dance Band play at the Dockyard Club, Onslow Road.
November 14th British Railways Staff Dance at South Parade Pier has The Southern Counties Orchestra and the Marinaires Modern Dance Orchestra playing for dancing.
November 15th Dr. Crock and his Crackpots play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Teddy Hanks and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
November 16th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
The Portsdown Music Guild give the first of three concerts.
Mick Mitchell and his Band and the Dean Maddison Band play on trhe South Parade Pier.
November 17th The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play at the Kings Theatre.
November 18th New resident band at the South Parade Pier, Ronnie Keene, his saxophone, and his Orchestra with Lynne Adams.
At the Kings Theatre, Richard Briers stars in "Something about a sailor".
Morcambe and Wise appear at the Empire Theatre.
Benny Freedman and his Orchestra are joined by Vic Abbott and his Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 20th A dramatized version of 'Hiawatha' featuring the Portsmouth Ladies Choir, presented by Miss Florence Greaves, is performed at St Peter's Hall, Somers Road.
November 21st The best in recorded traditional and modern jazz at the Downbeat Club Thorngate Hall Gosport every Thursday.
November 22nd Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 23rd The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Wallisdean School Fareham.
November 24th A bandleaders meeting takes place 11am at the Gargoyle Club, 80a Palmerston Road.
November 25th Benny Freedman and his Orchestra are joined by Vic Abbott and his Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 29th Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 30th The Boston club Trio play at the Co-op Hall Albert Road for the Lancashire Society dance.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Edelweiss Restaurant, South Parade Southsea on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
December 5th British Railways staff Dance at the South Parade Pier wit the De Reske Orchestra and Ronnie Keene and his Band, play for dancing.
December 6th The Portsmouth Players present "Christmas Pie" at the Wesley Central hall, Fratton Road.
Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 7th The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society present an Orchestral Concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
December 8th Ronnie Carroll, the Crescent City Jazz Band and the Nomads Skiffle Group from Portsmouth, appear at the Empire Theatre.
December 13th Cy Laurie and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Horseshoe on Kings Road corner re-opens, later a venue for live music.
December 14th Portsmouth Glee Club Christmas Concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road with soloists Max Jaffa, Jack Byfield and Reginald Kilby with Stanley Mathews organist.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Chamber Music Recital at John Pounds Church included Rosalind Mathews cello, John Durrant piano and Ernest Barr violin.
December 15th The Milton Glee Club and the Southsea Silver Band, plus soloist Tudor Evans, give a concert of carols and Christmas Music at the Empire Theatre.
December 17th Reg Bannistra and his Music play at the Co-op Hall Albert Road.
December 20th Basil Kirchin and his Band with "The Moonbeams" play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 21st The Portsmouth Choral Union give a Carols and Christmas Music Concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Ronnie Keene and his Orchestra and Dean Maddison and his Jazz group play on South Parade Pier.
December 24th Puss In Boots is the Panto at the Kings Theatre with Charlie Drake, Bruce Forsyth.
Beauty and the Beast is the Panto at the Theatre Royal, and from Jan 6th Robin Hood.
December 26th Panto at the Empire theatre "Goody Two Shoes" with Dan Leno Jr.
December 27th Ronnie Aldrich and the Squadronaies play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 28th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
December 31st At the Theatre Royal, Leslie 'Jiver' Hutchinson and an all coloured band or the Roy Kenton Quartet play for the Theatre Royal Club.
Ronnie Keene and his Orchestra and Dean Maddison and his Jazz group play on South Parade Pier.
De Reske Orchestra play at the Oddfellows Hall.
The Jazz Messengers play at Chichester Jazz Club, Bull's Head, Fishbourne.

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