A conductor, a flautist, a singer and a violinist.

Swing Into Christmas

Rescheduled from Sunday 29 November

Thursday 17 December 2020, 17:00 & Thursday 17 December 2020, 20:00

Past Event
Swing Into Christmas Past Event


Programme includes:
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
That Ole Devil Called Love
When I Fall In Love
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Chestnuts Roasting (The Christmas Song)
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
…and many more


Down for the Count Concert Orchestra
feat City String Ensemble

Mike Paul-Smith conductor

Following the announcement this afternoon that London will be under Tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday 16 December, we are so sorry to let you know that Swing into Christmas on Thursday 17 December has been cancelled.

We are doing our utmost to support the national effort in reducing the spread of coronavirus and the health and wellbeing of all our visitors, staff members and visiting performers is our number one priority.

Bookers will be refunded with the full cost of their tickets and any drinks vouchers. If you are a booker and you would prefer a Cadogan Hall credit voucher or if the card that you paid with is no longer valid, please get in touch with the Box Office on 020 7730 4500 (Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm) or via our online form as soon as possible.

Watch the dress rehearsal online

The Down for the Count Orchestra and all the artists are so sorry that they cannot perform live for you all at Cadogan Hall this week. However, if you would still like to swing into Christmas from the comfort of your home, you can tune into Youtube on Thursday for a streamed recording of their dress rehearsal!

A message from Down for the Count:
Join musical director and host Mike Paul-Smith on YouTube on Thursday evening as he introduces each song. We invite you to get festive with mulled wine and mince pies (because we need lots of both this year!) and Mike certainly will be!

Expect witty banter*, special guests, and some festive frolics as we help you escape the problems of 2020 for 90 minutes or so.

* wittiness not guaranteed

Watch the dress rehearsal

The Down for the Count Concert Orchestra presents a socially-distanced performance featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more in a luscious 27-piece orchestral setting evoking the sounds of the great Hollywood recordings.

Expect to hear faithful recreations of the best music of the swing era, including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, That Ole Devil Called Love and Let’s Face the Music and Dance. All alongside original arrangements of jazz standards written by the Orchestra’s principal conductor Mike Paul-Smith, including When I Fall In Love and The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting).

Download the programme (pdf)

“Awesome!” Michael Bublé

“One hellova celebration of swing music” Time Out London

“A breath of fresh air on the swing scene.” Twinwood Festival

This event is socially distanced. Find out more >

Duration: approx. 90 mins (no interval)

Down for the Count

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