Photograph by Daniel Joy

David NewtonHeather Cairncross

Sat 2nd Dec, 7.30pm

  • David Newton piano
  • Heather Cairncross voice

Dave Newton returns with friend and close collaborator Heather Cairncross for an intimate, mixed programme of their favourite standards and some pieces from their album at last. A special night of improvisation and voice and a great end to Der Bunglehoff’s 2023 season!  

David Newton

Dave’s recording career began way back in 1985 with Buddy De Franco and Martin Taylor and his first solo album was released in 1988 in association with producer Elliot Meadow who oversaw the next nine years of recording for Linn Records followed by Candid Records. In 1997, David Newton and Alan Barnes teamed up and together with Concorde Label agent Barry Hatcher, made four CDs for that label.

Dave’s reputation as an exquisite accompanist for a singer, spread rapidly and by 1995 he was regularly working with Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and Stacey Kent, with whom he spent the next ten years recording and travelling all over the world. While on tour, Dave was composing music which he would record on his own CDs as well as writing specifically for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May or Claire Martin and his music can now be heard on many television productions, especially in the United States where over twenty TV movies benefit from Dave’s haunting themes.

In 2019, Dave was voted ‘Best Jazz Pianist’ for the sixteenth time in the British Jazz Awards!


There is a sophistication about Dave’s playing that runs deep, whether ballads, swingers or flag wavers, it’s all there. This was great jazz
Bernard McAlinden, Crescendo Magazine

Heather Cairncross

Heather Cairncross has been a professional singer for over thirty years. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and shortly after graduating, joined the a cappella group, The Swingle Singers, touring the world with them for ten years and singing on 15 albums.

Heather went on to specialise in classical contemporary music on microphone, working with composers like Steve Reich and Luciano Berio and she still sings with Synergy Vocals as a soloist for major orchestras all over the world. She has performed in concerts everywhere from La Scala, Milan to the Royal Albert Hall. In the last few years, she has re-kindled her love of Baroque music and is a regular member of the Monteverdi Choir with Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting.

Alongside all of this, she maintains a busy career as a session singer on major film soundtracks (Lord of the Rings, Barbie the Movie) and has recorded backing vocals for artists as diverse as Tony Bennett, Björk and Sam Smith.

Heather has always loved singing Jazz, performing at Carnegie Hall with Stėphane Grappelli and The Wolftrap Festival in Washington with Dizzy Gillespie. She first collaborated with David Newton when she premièred his jazz song cycle “Portrait of a Woman” at the Arundel Festival and they have continued to enjoy working together ever since.


Her voice, technically excellent and emotionally engaging, gives each lyric a very personal perspective, as if these are her stories, not just her interpretation of others’ tales. It’s the mark of a great jazz vocalist.” Bruce Lindsay –

Just listen to this amazing voice……Heather has soul and feeling as well as technique.” UK Jazz Radio

Admission ticket price: £22.00 (where does the money go?)

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