Henry Nurse

Henry’s love of the Great American Songbook began at the age of 5, when his Mum gave him a triple album of Frank Sinatra. He developed a passion for  the era and discovered vinyl and shellac records, which he has been collecting ever since; he now has a collection running into triple figures, a large portion of which are 78rpms. This collection inspired him to start singing in the style. His singing was heard by the wonderful jazz singer and broadcaster, Gary Williams and, after a Sunday lunch, Gary and Henry tried an impromptu duet of “Moonlight In Vermont”, which was filmed by (the equally wonderful) Alex Bourne; he put it on Youtube, where it had  thousands of hits. It  has also been played on US radio stations, following a share by Michael Feinstein, who said, ‘The future of the American songbook is safe in the hands of this young man…I feel a duet coming on’. Since meeting Gary, Henry has guested with him at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Crazy Coqs and The Pheasantry. Henry has made an EP, “Something Old…Someone New” and earlier this year, won the senior vocal category of the “St Albans Young Musician” competition at St Albans Abbey, with his own composition, “You Don’t Need To Be Cold”. This is his third appearance at Camp Bestival and at the ripe old age of 15 is delighted to be back again this year both as a Shellac 78s DJ and as a singer where this time he'll also be presenting more of his own compositions.