Concert in the house that Jack built

Picture taken by Jimmy Pitts of Morecambe and Wise before they were famous, pictured at his home at Killingbeck,  Leeds...SH10012025m 13th January 2015...Picture by Simon Hulme
Picture taken by Jimmy Pitts of Morecambe and Wise before they were famous, pictured at his home at Killingbeck, Leeds...SH10012025m 13th January 2015...Picture by Simon Hulme

A show celebrating a man who helped turn Morecambe and Wise into the nation’s favourite comedy double act will launch Lancaster University’s arts season.

A 50th anniversary concert given by the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra this Thursday (January 29) will pay tribute the life of one of the greatest showmen of all time, Jack Hylton.

Bolton born Hylton was a celebrated bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s, achieving worldwide success as leader of his own dance band known as Jack Hylton and his Orchestra.

In the 1950s he became a West End producer and talent spotter - and helped forge the fledgling careers of Eric and Ernie, and Shirley Bassey.

Following his death in 1965, the brightest stars in show business turned out for a gala performance, raising enough funds to build the Hylton Music Rooms at Lancaster University.

The evening also celebrates Hylton’s life in a pre-concert talk with Jack Hylton Junior, a special exhibition in the Peter Scott Gallery, and the book launch of the first ever biography of Hylton’s life written by Lancaster Alumni and conductor of the evening, Pete Faint.

The Jack Hylton 50th Anniversary Concert will be held in the Great Hall, starting at 7.30pm. A pre-concert talk starts at 6.45pm.

For tickets please call 01524 594151.