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The Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble


The Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble  are here to do one thing - get your party started!

We're available to hire for your wedding or corporate event. We're professional, flexible, and above all, fun! We're based in Manchester and available nationwide. We perform the hits and popular music of the 1940's and popular  floor fillers, with  a band of virtuoso swingers:

The quintet is double bass, piano, sax, drums and vocals/trumpet - for your dancing, listening and party fun.

We can provide duos, trios and quartets for afternoon drinks receptions, made up from any suitable combinations of the ensemble. Call us or email anytime to discuss.

The Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble play music from an era of swing, latin ,blues and jump jive; songs  penned by the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin: songs were made famous by the likes of Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald. We may play some Rat Pack swing, Glenn Miller, bossas , sambas , salsa, or even a ska or funky version of a jazz standard.

Recently, we've seen people like Jamie Cullum, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr and Robbie Williams cover these classics.

Our music is song-based and accessible, appealing to a wide range of tastes and people of all ages. 

We have a large repertoire of songs and styles which means we can keep your guests well entertained. Whether you want music for dancing in the evening or to create a great atmosphere for a reception or dinner, we can oblige!

Each performance is tailored to your event, your guests and of course, your personal preferences.  

We love playing, we love entertaining, and making the party happen.

We play for weddings, corporate events,parties, 1940’s and 1950’s theme nights

Contact us on 07804 373 431

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Dr.Robin Dewhurst - Pianist -gained a Doctorate in Musical Arts in 2006 and, in 2007, was appointed Honorary Music Advisor to Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service, a prestigious role last occupied by SIr Malcolm Arnold.  He is Composer in Residence for Stavanger Band (Norway) and a Senior Lecturer in Music and Head of Jazz and Popular Music Performance and Programme Director for the DMA at the University of Salford, England.


About the band members

the band members vary but the standard of musicianship is always first class - these guys play regularly in

The Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble

Mike Hall -Saxophonist

HeadsJazz Studies at the RNCM. He  teaches jazz improvisation, theory, history, saxophone and directs the RNCM Big Band and Jazz Collective.

The teenage Mike played the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Edinburgh Schools Symphony Orchestra.

Peter Fairclough -drums and percussion - teaches Drum Kit at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Leeds College of Music, Derby University and University Centre Barnsley.

He graduated  from the City of Leeds College of Music with Distinction in Drums and Percussion, -  has performed and/or recorded with Keith Tippett,  Ute Lemper,   Peter King, The Bournemouth Sinfonietta, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and The Theatre Royal Company (York).
In 1995 he was awarded the Peter Whittingham Award.


Jon Thorne - double bass - also plays in and composes for the  trip hop/ drum and bass band  Lamb with whom he has recorded 5 albums, toured in 32 countries and played  at many of the worlds  leading festivals - including Glastonbury, North Sea Jazz and Montreaux Jazz . - Has  performed and recorded with  Donovan, Robert Fripp, Martha Tilson and Matt Nixon.

Jon is featured in several movies on our  blog  posts - ‘Bernhardt and Thorne’s day out’ and Sir William Walton - a tribute’.

George King - pianist - has performed at The Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Centre, The Southbank Centre, The Alhambra Theatre in Paris, The Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and also performed at The Glastonbury Festival, The Philadelphia Jazz Festival. He has also been awarded for his works The IBLA Grand Prize (Italy) , The Barto Prize (USA) and The Gunther Bialas Prize (Germany).

As a Pianist George has recorded with Jah Wobble , The Piano works of Edwin Roxburgh (NMC) and Joanna Macgregor/Nitin Sawhney.  

Over the next year George will be giving Classical Piano Recitals as well as playing in the London Jazz Festival.

Buster Birch has a degree in music from the University of London and a post-graduate diploma in jazz performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He has performed with The Royal Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

He is professor of jazz at Trinity College of Music, co-director of the Trinity Jazz Summer School and has given lectures at The Royal Academy of Music, Middlesex University, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and West Kent College.

Ed Barnwell - Pianist - aged nine, he was awarded a scholarship to the Yehudi Menuhin school, he later got an honours degree in Physics from Durham University –  and completed his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

He has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and at De Doelen, Rotterdam, as a classical solo pianist. He co-wrote the orchestral score for Imperial Ice Stars' ‘Cinderella on Ice’ which has recently finished a successful world tour, culminating in a week of sellout performances at the Royal Albert Hall.

Richard Wetherall, pianist , also plays piano with Dominic Halpen and the Honey Bees, and The Casablanca Steps. He composes,  arranges and records music for ballet exams and audition pieces for musical theatre.