We are extremely delighted to have internationally renowned musician and past Salford student, Elliott Henshaw as special guest drums soloist for tonight’s concert. The programme will include a mix of styles and genres as well as including a number of pieces from The Buddy Rich Band.
Elliott first played the drums at the age of 13 and within a week he was playing for his school big band and jazz band. He was self taught until the age of 18 when he studied at the University of Salford with Manchester session drummer Steve Gilbert. Whilst studying at Salford, Elliott began to play with local function bands and jazz groups and also with the University Big Band and went on to win the BBC Radio 2 Big Band Drummer of the year award twice. He consequently went on to play for the nationally renowned Andy Prior Orchestra and spent his final two years of completing his degree in Band Musicianship whilst touring the UK.
After graduating, Elliott continued to tour and record with Andy Prior for a further six years appearing on numerous TV and radio shows. As his reputation grew, Elliott began to amass a large variety of freelance work in and around Manchester. In 2001 he toured across the country with the hit show ‘Anything Goes’, followed by a tour with Wayne Sleep and Melanie Stace which eventually led to him deputising in London's West End.
To date, Elliott has played in over 20 West End shows including three years with ‘The Rat Pack’ and a six month performance run on ‘The Producers’. Elliott has also played live and in the studio with a huge variety of bands and artists including Shirley Bassey, Deep Purple, Roger Hodgson, Paul Anka, Michael Ball, The BBC Big Band, Matthew Herbert, Ray Gelato, Tony Hadley, Bob Mintzer and Kevin Spacey.
In 2004 Elliott set up The Elliott Henshaw Band and released his first album ‘Is That Not What You Wanted?’ in early 2008. The band has performed at clubs and festivals around the UK, including a headline sell-out gig at Ronnie Scotts Club.
Admission: £5.00 (unreserved seating)
Finish time is approximate.