Goodbye Desmond Carrington

I've just listened to a wonderful and deeply moving final programme from Radio 2's Desmond Carrington. What a career he's had. He's been a unerring friend and supporter of mine since I first started singing. He played my very early records before anyone else did. Honoured to be included in his last show. Thank you Desmond and thank you Radio 2. You will be missed. You can hear the last show for a month from now by clicking here.

Two Knights, Three Legendary Songwriters and One Spice Girl

 

I'm just back from the best party I've ever played at. It was a benefit for Gloria Hunniford's Caron Keating Foundation presented by the Hard Rock Cafe.

LBC's Nick Ferrari kicked the night off, I sang with Brian Conley, Lord Archer raised £100,000 on the auction, Tony Hatch and Don Black auction off a song cheered on by Leslie Bricusse, I sang Congratulations with Sir Cliff Richard (it was his birthday) Luke and Matt Goss popped in, Sir Rod Stewart told me, "You and your band were f**king marvellous tonight" and asked me to sing A Nightingale In Berkley Square for him and his wife - I guess it's their song, and finally Melanie C sang a killer set. All for a great cause.

 

Sell out at Ronnie Scott's

 
Gary Williams at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London

Thanks to everyone for making last Sunday's show at Ronnie Scott's a huge success. It was another sell-out and actually great fun. The vibe is always good but this one was a cracker thanks to a great audience and Clive Dunstall at the piano, Tom Mark the bass and James O'Carroll at the drums.

The next London shows are at Zedel in December. A Swingin' Christmas is on sale now. 

 

Gary, Mel C and the Hard Rock Cafe

Gary be appearing with Spice Girl, Mel C for a special Hard Rock Cafe concert at London's Dorchester hotel on 14th October.

This will be the second time Gary has performed at a Pinktober concert in aid of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's expected to be a start-studded event and all proceeds will go to the Caron Keating Foundation. Tickets are on sale £2650 for each table of 10.

The foundation was founded by Gloria Hunniford after the death of her daughter, Caron from breast cancer.

BBC Concert with Michael Ball

Tonight I’ll record a Friday Night is Music Night for Radio 2 with Michael Ball and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The nice thing is that the last time I had my picture taken with Michael Ball was about 25 years ago. I was just a fan. Tonight I share the stage with him. I never would have expected that when I was singing in Grimsby's youth theatre 'Stage One', Funny how life goes.

Rodney Earl Clark, Michael Ball, Emma Jacobs (David Jacob's daughter), Hannah Waddingham and Gary Williams

Rodney Earl Clark, Michael Ball, Emma Jacobs (David Jacob's daughter), Hannah Waddingham and Gary Williams

The special Friday Night is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra marks what would have been the Jacobs' 90th birthday and will be presented by his daughter Emma Jacobs. As well as Michael Ball I'll be will be appearing with Hannah Waddingham (Game of Thrones) and Rodney Earl Clark.

Click here to see the concert on the BBC site.

A big band for the legends of fashion

We were delighted to play for Joan Berstein's 90th birthday party at Claridges the other night. Many of her famous fashion pals where there including Donatello Versace, Anna Wintour, Paul Smith, Nicole Farhi, Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney and John Galliano.

Mrs B as she's affectionately known, is the fairy godmother of fashion designers. Her famed store on South Molton Street, which opened in 1970, has been the foster home of many young designers from John Galliano to collections from Missoni, Sonia Rykiel and Ossie Clark. She is also credited with bringing such talents as Giorgio Armani, Comme des Garcons, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Krizia, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and Jil Sander to London.


'Hollywood Swings!' at the Crazy Coqs in London this week.

'Hollywood Swings!' at the Crazy Coqs in London this week.

Hot on the heels of last year's sell-out, I'm delighted to be back with a brand new show: 'Hollywood Swings! A Technicolour Celebration of the Silver Screen'. The show's packed with memorable movie moments from Saturday Night Fever, Singing in the Rain, Toy Story, 101 Dalmatians, Brigadoon, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, to name just a few.

Book now... it's an offer you can't refuse.

Valentine's with the RTE Concert Orchestra

So how was your Valentine's Day? Were you all loved up in the candlelight or did you spend the day rolling your eyes at Cupid and his victims?

Personally I love music. I also love Dublin and I really love the RTE Concert Orchestra. So I did have a happy Valentine's at the National Concert Hall with Let There Be Love - A Celebration of Nat 'King' Cole.

If you were too busy spooning to see it, it'll be on the radio soon. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime here are a few pics. The fella conducting is Guy Barker OBE.