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Swing Into Christmas

10 December @ 7.30pm to 10.00pm

St Edward’s School, Woodstock Road
Oxford,OX2 7NN
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Swing Into Christmas with Down for the Count Orchestra
Swing Into Christmas with Down for the Count Orchestra

About Swing Into Christmas with Down for the Count Orchestra

The 30-piece Down for the Count Orchestra returns to The Olivier Hall at St Edward’s School, Oxford, for their annual festive extravaganza – it’s time to Swing Into Christmas!

This is a Christmas celebration like no other, as Down for the Count recreates the music of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and many more in a luscious 30-piece orchestral setting evoking the sounds of the great Capitol Studios recordings.

Expect to hear faithful recreations of the best music of the swing era, including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Let’s Face The Music and Dance, and ‘S Wonderful, alongside original arrangements of jazz and festive standards written by the Orchestra’s principal conductor Mike Paul-Smith, including Winter Wonderland and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting).

The Down for the Count Orchestra is one of the UK’s most highly-regarded swing bands – having sold out shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The London Jazz Festival, Cadogan Hall and much more.

Critically acclaimed by the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, their Christmas celebration is full of joy from the first note to the last and never fails to put audiences in great festive spirits.



Michael Bublé

“A sonic ride back to the sounds of Capitol Studios in the 1950s”

DownBeat Magazine

“A potential rival to the John Wilson Orchestra”

Jazzwise Magazine

“A breath of fresh air on the swing scene”

Twinwood Festival


£15.00 – £34.00

Ticketing information

Prices: £15.00 to £34.00

This event takes place at The Olivier Hall, on the site of St Edward’s School in Oxford (OX2 7NN). The auditorium will open 30 minutes before the concert start time.

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one 20 minute interval

Age guidance: Suitable for ages 7+

Wheelchair/accessible spaces:
To book a wheelchair seat, kindly contact Mike on 07855 488 462 or by email to mike@downforthecount.co.uk.

Car parking:
We strongly encourage you to use Oxford’s excellent Park & Ride service to attend this event. There is a bus stop for Pear Tree Park & Ride outside the school entrance, with regular buses to and from the car park until midnight (route 300).

There is also on-street parking close to the venue, which is free in the evenings.

Please note that the only parking on the school grounds is for customers with mobility issues. Kindly contact the organisers if you would like to park in the closest spaces to the venue.

There will be a bar open in the foyer from 7.00pm serving beer, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

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