Dame Cleo: ‘They’re trying to steal my thunder!’

19/06/10. Dame Cleo Laine. Pic: Tim Jones.
19/06/10. Dame Cleo Laine. Pic: Tim Jones.

AN idylllic English summer garden is the perfect setting for enjoying a little al fresco music, so Dame Cleo Laine is right on the money with her latest seasonal offering.

Music In The Garden is seeing in summer at the Old Rectory Gardens, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, with another gathering of stunning musicians.

On Saturday, enjoy Jazz on a Summer’s Day at 11.30am, led by Simon Allen (sax) with Martin Shaw (trumpet), Tom Crawley (piano), Laurence Cottle (bass) and Mike Bradley (drums).

Tickets £12, £13 on the gate.

At 2.30pm scene stalwart Henry Lowther & the Great Wee Band will perform music from Light Blue, their latest CD.

Trumpeter Henry, Jim Mullen (guitar), Dave Green (bass) and special guest Stan Sulzmann (tenor sax) will provide music to relax in the form of melodic jazz.

Sunday’s date with Cleo, left, will be a decidedly family affair though, as Dame Cleo’s son Alec Dankworth explains: “It will be quite an unusual concert, because Cleo will sing in the second half, and then my daughter Emily is coming along to sing with a six part vocal group she is involved with, and Jacqui is guesting too...”

“They are all getting in on my act, trying to steal my thunder!” Cleo told the Citizen with a giggle, but says she really doesn’t mind in the slightest.

“I enjoy it because it relieves me from having to do a lot of hard work!” she laughed.

Call MK 280800 to book tickets.

> See GO! next week for more of our chat with Dame Cleo, son Alec and daughter Jacqui.