New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra – Back to 1920

DATE: Sunday, 15 March 2020
TIME: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton NSW


Singleton will celebrate its bicentenary in March 2020. The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra will perform ragtime and other music of 1920 as part of the celebrations of 1820!

The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra are in demand as Australia’s authentic re-creation of the Ragtime and Hot Dance Orchestras of the early 1900’s.

The orchestra play original charts sourced from various collectors in the USA & Australia, plus transcriptions of many of the great recordings of that era. Their goal is to present a genuine re-creation of the type of Orchestra that would have been heard in ballrooms, salons, dance halls and radio programs 100 years ago.

The concert, in the stunning acoustics of our Chapel, will feature the music of around 1920. Music by Scott Joplin, John Phillip Sousa, WC Handy, Irving Berlin & Nick la Rocca.

The musicians, based on the NSW Central Coast, all dress in authentic period costumes – young ladies and gentlemen in formal attire.

You are encouraged (but not obliged!) to join in the fun and dress in costume of 1920.

Tickets are cheaper online – – $35 adult and $5 school student.
Tickets will also be available at the door from 1.30pm, but will be $5 extra.
Online ticket holders receive preferential seating, and can arrive from 1.30pm to choose their seat.
All tickets include a delicious Convent-made afternoon tea.

March 13-15 2019 will be Singleton’s Bicentenary Celebrations – see Singleton Council’s ‘Back to Singleton’ site for a list of other events on that weekend, or contact the Singleton Visitor Information Centre on 6578 7560.


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