Jazz in a BroadWay


Spring 2018 Creative Learning Classes

Verona presents a season of creative learning classes for spring 2018.

Wimbledon Singing Club – BOOK TICKETS

1pm – 2.15pm

Suitable for all ages

Lively, accessible and fun this Club is for EVERYONE!

Whether you’re a closet shower crooner, serious singer or an ‘old pro’ the session is informative and inclusive. A great way to start the week leaving you positive having warmed up the voice, body and mind.

No auditions or previous experience required.

Led by Verona Chard and a team of MD’s.

£7.00 per session when paid termly or £7.50 paid weekly

50 Shades of Theatre – BOOK TICKETS

Details TBC soon.

Movement & Music – BOOK TICKETS

Musical Balloon Band – Live music with a twist!

10.30am – 11.15am

Aimed for children aged from 6 months – 6 years

Non-franchise interactive percussion, singing and movement with balloon modelling led by Verona Chard. Designed to stimulate and help development in language and listening, coordination, motor and social skills, self expression and creativity within your child.

With professional musicians and integrating jazz, classical, pop and original music.

Free balloon model to take home each week!

£6.50 per class paid termly £65.00 or paid weekly at £7.50


Verona Chard in London on 19/11/17


Verona Chard in London on 22/10/17


Verona Chard in London on 24/09/17


A Jazzy Evening – Verona Chard in London on 29/09/17


Verona and her Musical Balloon Band will be performing at the Hayes Carnival and BIGFest this year, watch this space for further exciting news.

Band drums young interest at day of free family fun in Haverhill.


Drumming workshops were just one of the many things to get involved in when the Picnic in the Park took place in Haverhill’s East Town Park last Wednesday (12).

The event was the latest in a series of free family day’s out provided during the school summer holidays by Haverhill Town Council in partnership with other organisations.

Art and circus workshops and archery were just some of the activities on offer during the day, which saw more than 1,100 people attend.

Haverhill Town Council’s arts and leisure manager, Nick Keeble said: “They were all eating picnics together, which is absolutely fantastic and that’s what it is all about.”


Cecil to star at the #4JazzFestival Coventry


The Musical Balloon Band featuring Cecil The Donkey will perform at the #4JazzFestival on
Saturday 28 November 2015.


3 interactive shows suitable for a family audience and great fun for all ages.

The Herbert Gallery & Museum
Jordan Well

Show times (TBC) 12pm / 2pm and 4pm
Twitter: @jazz_uk.org / @MuBalloon

Facebook TheMusicalBalloonBand

Website : www.musicalballoonband.com


A Night At The Musicals

Sit back, relax and be mesmerised as esteemed West End and Broadway stars perform especially for you at our much sought after musical theatre evening this spring.


Arrive at 7pm for a relaxed aperitif to fire up your taste buds before sitting down to indulge your senses with a special five course gourmet dinner whilst our much loved performers serenade and mingle with you to create the perfect ambiance for you to enjoy your meal under the backdrop of our starry eight storey glass atrium of the Winter Garden restaurant.

The dinner will be interspersed with three musical interludes of 20 minutes showcasing arias and ensembles from celebrated shows such as Les Miserable, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, A Little Night Music and Carousel.

Date: Friday 6th March 2015
Time: 7pm
Price: £105 inclusive of a five course meal and a glass of Champagne.
Dress: Smart attire.

For more information or to book, please call +44 (0)20 7631 8000 or visit the website.


Art’s Theatre Update

Please note that we are not performing at The Art’s Theatre on the 25/26 October.

The Musical Balloon Band will however be performing on the 30th October – tickets are available here.


Cecil’s Starlight Safari

Come and join the Musical Balloon Band’s unique blend of balloon and music making this half term! Created and directed by Verona and Andrew Fettes



BIVJA Performance

British and International Vocal Jazz Academy participants had the honour of performing at EJF 2013 with Gareth Williams – piano; Nick Weldon – bass and Felix Weldon – drums.

The next fortnightly Sunday workshop course working with a full rhythm section starts on 8 September at Ealing House W5 including performance opportunities – all welcome.

Verona performing at the Ealing Jazz Festival 2013

Verona performing at the Ealing Jazz Festival 2013


BIVJA Participants To Play At Ealing Jazz Festival

BIVJA course participants will perform at the Ealing Jazz Festival 2013, full details to follow but for EJF dates please click here.

Verona Chard at the Ealing Jazz Festival

Verona Chard at the Ealing Jazz Festival


BIVJA Scholarship


British and International Vocal Jazz Academy – Scholarship

Spring term fortnightly Sunday workshop course with rhythm section. For experienced performers and young people at the start of their careers.

Jazz performance; improvisation; instrumental skills; history; vocal technique; harmony; aural; theory; recording; technical skills; marketing; ‘tools of the trade’.

Commences SUNDAY 21 APRIL 10am-4pm in West London

For course & scholarship details contact:-
e: [email protected]
t: 020 8992 1571 (leave message – we’ll call you back)

BIVJA – promoting personal empowerment to perform, championing jazz


Encore Magazine reviews Fever

The August/September edition of Encore Magazine carried a lovely review of Fever which can be found by clicking here.

Visit Encore Magazine for all the latest entertainment industry news.


Verona on Polish X-Factor

April 14 – X Factor – 20:00 – TVN Poland

Polish superstar Tatiana Okupnik chooses Verona as her expert in the judges house for the second series of the show.

For more information, click here.

Verona was also interviewed in April’s issue of the Ealing Gazette about her experience on the X-Factor. Click here or on the image below to read the interview.


Musician’s Union

Verona is now a member of the Musicians’ Union Jazz Section Committee, for details of the MU’s work and membership benefits please click this link.



Verona has been invited by the Central School of Speech and Drama to work with final year students on Kander and Ebbs score – Cabaret which runs at The Embassy Theatre, London from Monday March 4 – Saturday 9 March 2012.

Berlin at the close of the 1920s. Inside the Kit Kat Klub the Emcee invites you to ‘leave your troubles outside … life is beautiful, the girls are beautiful, even the orchestra is beautiful!’

Director: Robert Shaw Cameron and Wendy Gadian MD with Lynne Chandler – choreographer

Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music John Kander
Lyrics Frank Ebb


Jazz & Curry Night

£906.00 was raised for the Mayor of Ealing, John Gallagher’s charities on 16 Feb and a good night had by all.

Well done team and a big THANK YOU to Keith and Chris Neill – piano, the staff at Monty’s and everyone who contributed.


Sheltered Housing Petition Update

Dear Friends,

A massive ‘Thank You’ to everyone who signed the ‘Imminent threat to Sheltered Housing’ petition it was extremely encouraging that over 450 friends and well wishers took the time out to do it.

It really lifted the spirits of the A2 Dominion residents too. Ealing Council have withdrawn funding so the Scheme Manager’s job will be cut from end of March.

I’ve not given up yet though and will be seeking a meeting with A2 to see what else we can try to achieve…any ideas greatly received.

Thank you!
Verona x


The Ultimate Jazz Night!

Khukuri are sponsoring an evening of fantastic live music at the Potala Palace Lounge Bar (hidden above Monty’s Restaurant in Ealing).

Come join us for a great evening and pick up a free Khukuri beer with a copy of this flyer.

Contact [email protected] or visit www.khukuribeer.com.

More details here.


Congratulations Claire Martin OBE!

For more information, visit Claire’s website.


Women in Jazz Oracles

Inspired by Verona’s programme on UK Jazz Radio

WiJO make their debut at the Ealing Jazz Festival on 28 July 2011


Red, White Jazz and Blues

Alec Dankworth & Digby Fairweather

Verona performing songs from the British and American Songbook

featuring Digby Fairweather – trumpet and Alec Dankworth – bass with John Horler – piano, Charlotte Glasson – sax and Winston Clifford – drums


Verona Chard Quartet

Modern jazz, funk, standards

featuring Alex Stanford – piano, Dave Jenkins – bass and Felix Weldon – drums


High Tea & High C’s – but not Highbrow!

Duo, trio, quartet or larger band

All these will be accompanying tea and cake for a fun packed show of standards, swing and audience participation


CD of the Month on UK Jazz Radio

Fever has been announced as CD of the Month for November 2010 on UK Jazz Radio.


Women in Jazz

Verona presents a fortnightly programme on UK Jazz Radio called Women in Jazz. The show celebrates lady instrumentalists and singers and those behind the scenes championing the wonderful world of jazz.

Watch this space for news of the new Women in Jazz Oracles Orchestra…

UK Jazz Radio - from jazz people to jazz people


Sandy Brown Jazz reviews Fever

We first mentioned Verona Chard a few months ago when we discovered her captivating interpretation of the Peggy Lee number Fever. There must have been some consensus as Verona is about to release her first album with Fever as the title track. Verona grew up in the West Country and then went to the Royal Academy of Music in London. She made her debut five years ago with Humphrey Lyttelton.

The new album was inspired by John Dankworth’s 1964 release Shakespeare and All That Jazz. Verona came across a copy of the record in a charity shop ‘It sparked a chain reaction,’ she says. ‘I embarked on a journey of discovery finding a wealth of material with a connection to ‘the Bard‘. The comprehensive liner notes relate each of the songs to extracts from Shakespeare’s work – Fever is reflected in the sonnet that begins: ‘My love is as a fever, longing still…’ and Willow Weep For Me by Desdemona’s song from Othello: ‘The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree, Sing all a green willow…’

There are some favourite numbers on the album including Cole Porter’s Why Can’t You Behave, a beautiful performance of Stephen Sondheim’s scoring of Fear No More (The Heat Of The Sun), Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s Cool from West Side Story, Rodgers and Hart’s This Can’t Be Love and an truly exquisite version of My Funny Valentine. You will also find an imaginative arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s music to ‘What light through yonder window breaks…’ from Romeo and Juliet, John Dankworth’s Dunsinane Blues, Elton John’s The King Must Die and Humphrey Lyttelton’s Jail Break. At a quick glance the front cover seems strange until you read that the background is of the graffiti on the archway to Romeo and Juliet’s wall in Verona, Italy …

Verona has the support of some great musicians on the album including Alan Barnes (clarinet and saxophones), Fiona Clifton-Welker (harp), Charlotte Glasson (saxophone), Ray Wordsworth (trombone), Kevin Robinson (trumpet), Alex Stamford (piano/hammond organ), Dave Green, Andy Hamill (bass/electric bass), and Mark Fletcher (drums).

You can sample music from the album and check out the tour dates by clicking here. The album is currently available as downloads from Amazon.co.uk. The CD of the album is also available direct from Verona through her website www.veronachard.com priced £11.99 including P&P. We think this is an inspiringly researched, arranged and performed album – taste it and see.

Review by Ian Maund – www.sandybrownjazz.com


Interview in Ealing Gazette

Verona spoke with the Ealing Gazette about her music and everything in between.
To read the interview, click here…

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Private Tuition : Vocal Masterclass

Verona has been vocal technique adviser to a number of successful singers including : Claire Martin, Tatiana Okupnik, Gill Manley, Barb Jungr, Victoria Hart

She is a visiting consultant at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Students from CSSD have currently gained parts in - Les Miserables (tour), Dad's Army (tour), The Globe etc.


July 21st 2012 - 606 Club, London - Masterclass with Claire Martin OBE, Verona Chard and Gareth Williams

E-mail: [email protected] to request details


If you are interested in one to one classes or details of jazz vocal workshops that Verona is running then email her on: [email protected]

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