Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra

Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra are the leading vintage dance ensemble to have emerged from the UK in recent years, taking the British scene by storm. Among the finest entertainers of his generation, Benoit directs an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians in a manner reminiscent of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Charles Trenet at the very height of their popularity.

Benoit and the orchestra are consistently the first choice for all the most fashionable vintage festivals and events across Europe and are the UK’s finest exponents of vintage dance music. Benoit’s authentic vocal renditions of French chanson, swing, jive, Russian folk, charleston, Latin American and Cuban dance music have captivated festival audiences across the UK and all over Europe, America and the Far East. Benoit’s successful tours in Italy, France, Belgium, Croatia, Russia and Japan are testament to the orchestra’s dazzling mix of high-energy multi-instrumental virtuosity and effortless melody, guaranteed to have audiences on their feet and in each others’ arms.

The Orchestra are the hottest live outfit for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era, with a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s and originals in the same classic style. The wailing clarinet and scorching trumpet of Benoit’s brass section create that gloriously authentic style, together with one of Europe’s finest accordion players, a thumping double bass, Harlem-style stride piano, an old-school drum set, and gypsy jazz guitars.

And yes, all in the fabulous surroundings of the Rivoli Ballroom! With a jive class at 8.30pm to get you in the mood.