Rudding Park Friday Night Jazz

The Event Music Company and Rudding Park Hotel have teamed-up to bring you some musical treats every Friday Night from 19:00 until 22:00.

In-keeping with the ethos of Rudding Park’s Clocktower Bar & Restaurant, all of the musicians are locally-sourced and represent some of Yorkshire’s finest artistes. Amongst them are breathtaking saxophonists, brilliant pianists and remarkable vocalists.

These evenings are showcases of Yorkshire’s vibrant musical talent. There’s no need to book tickets, it’s free music in the wonderful surroundings of the Rudding Park’s Clocktower Bar & Restaurant. What’s not to like!

Who is playing & when?

If you’d like to find out who’s playing and when, please just drop us a quick line and we’ll get straight back to you.

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We’ll look forward to seeing you there – be sure to come and request a song if you wish!

Chris Hilton Quartet at Castle Howard for ‘Visit Britain’

A couple of lovely images from a great evening we spent recently helping to ‘big-up’ everything that’s amazing about visiting Britain and particularly Yorkshire! ‘Visit Britain’ did an amazing job of showcasing the splendour of Castle Howard. Once we had finished playing a troupe of aerial silk dancers amazed the guests – who were from all corners of the world – with just what Yorkshire lasses can do!

Chris Hilton Quartet

Chris Hilton Quartet playing in the Great Hall at Castle Howard

Trio Vivo

Trio Vivo playing in the Long Gallery at Castle Howard

Dickie & The Hot Club Quintette

Here’s a clip of something we put together for a weekend of celebrations at Swinton Park recently. Dickie and the Hot Club Quintette. We were aiming to capture the age of Speakeasies in the first half of the 20th century…wild times!

Musically, the gypsy-jazz style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli is a long held passion of mine. It’s just so infectious…it’s “happy music”!

I hope you like it…



Many people have now seen the “Singing Waiters”, it’s almost a bit ‘old-hat’. Our twist on the idea means that nobody is quite sure (until much later in the show) whether it is a ‘Show’ or just a couple of very talented staff! Just get in touch if you’d like us to devise a plan to entertain your guest as well. It’s a brilliant ‘ice-breaking, talking-point, memory-maker’…it’s certainly something you’ll never forget!

This is a wedding at Swinton Park in the Samuel’s Restaurant.

Love Actually-Style Ceremony Idea

This was something we did recently taking inspiration from Love Actually – you must have seen the scene where they all start singing ‘All You Need Is Love’? – well this was a twist on the idea. Trio Vivo was introduced to play a “musical interlude”. Our singer was planted as a guest (next to a uniformed RAF pilot so he didn’t stand out too much!). Our sax-player was the icing on the cake – no one expected him!

We’re again sorry about our filming skills – Michael makes a much better sound technician than he does cameraman! Hopefully you get the impression though.

It Must be Love – Madness

Chris Hilton’s Little Big Band

We thought we’d bring together a few videos of recent events that we’ve been involved with. Thank you to all the guests that helped make so many great parties – nice dancing!

Superstition at Harewood House Pavilion for NPower Ball

A “Mix-Tape” showing the range of music we can squeeze into an evening!

Tequila Dance-Off

Pencil Full of Lead – Paolo Nutini

Valerie – Mark Ronson

Mercy at an amazing wedding in Rudding Park (we also did all the room-lighting and staging-setting)

Hopefully these films will have given you more of an insight into Chris Hilton’s Little Big Band’s blend of style, sophistication, energy, passion and entertainment…and talent!

You can listen to more recordings on our Listen Page