Alan Barnes presents Copperfield – A Dickensian Jazz Suite as a fitting finale to the 2023 Southport Jazz Festival tonight (Sunday 5th February 2023). 

The audience will be able to enjoy an amazing New Jazz suite composed by Southport Jazz Festival favourite Alan Barnes, played by an all star octet. 

The show features: 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

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 entertained!

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.

Buy tickets here.  

Southport Jazz Festival is organised by local musicians Jez Murphy and Emma Holcroft. 

Jez Murphy said: “We have around 2,000 guests coming to the 2023 Southport Jazz Festival at The Grand. 

“We have people coming from the north east of Scotland; from London; from Scarborough on the east coast. 

“People really are coming to Southport from all corners of the UK!  

“We really want to get the message out there that the 2023 Southport Jazz Festival is happening this weekend and we’d love to see people come and enjoy the shows.”   

  •     Southport Jazz Festival is at The Grand, 180 Lord Street, Southport, PT9 0QC from Friday 3rd February to Sunday 5th February 2023. For tickets please visit:

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