Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the ‘Empress of the Blues’, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.
Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music and songs from that era alongside Bessie's work.
WHY? Chronicling Bessie’s life from a one room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest paid black entertainer of the time
Live screening from the Royal Opera House (Tuesday).
With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, The Nutcracker is the perfect Christmas entertainment.
WHY? Featuring Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music - the most recognisable of all ballet scores
Soul, blues, gospel and Beatles-worthy pop. These are the core ingredients of singer Jo Harman’s latest album People We Become. Produced and recorded at Nashville’s famed Sound Emporium Studio, it has seen her narrow her focus to the building blocks of ageless music - from powerful melodies to organic, natural-sounding arrangements.
WHY? Jo has racked up more than half-a-dozen nominations from the British Blues Awards
£14 (£12 conc)
Heck yeah, it’s a hoedown!
Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2018! Join ceilidh and barn dance band Cut a Shine for foot stomping, rip-roaring, thigh-slapping traditional music and a night of all types of barn dancing. A fun, lively and thrilling way to celebrate this New Year's Eve!
Age guidance 12+ years.
WHY? Dust off your cowboy hats, gingham checks or general fancy dress for frolics on the Courtyard Theatre dance floor
£20 before 31 October, £25 after
Supporters £17 before 31 October, £22 after
An enchanting family friendly concert adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved story The Snowman.
Performed by Chamberhouse Winds, with narration by Jonathan Butcher. The ensemble will also play a selection of other short fun pieces to introduce the instruments before the story begins.
Suitable for 3+ yrs.
WHY? Stay on afterwards for the chance to try the instruments courtesy of Dawkes Music
£10 (£8 conc), Family & Friends (4 people) £32
The international icon Peter King is one of the greatest ever jazz saxophonists. Forming a sax duet on the night, the challenger is the extraordinary multi-reedist Simon Allen. Supported by one of the acknowledged best rhythm sections in the UK: Alex Hutton (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
WHY? A rare treat for all devotees of this consummate musician to hear his jazz sets of exceptional quality in this intimate club style setting
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)
Multi-million selling soul band The Real Thing are ready to give their much loved disco inspired hits a new lease of life with an extensive UK tour.
Featuring the group’s three original vocalists Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with their 5-piece band, the trio deliver a funky in your face show with a strong retro flavour with the band’s classic songs mixed with contemporary grooves.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single You to Me Are Everything, the Liverpool based trio boast three million selling hit singles including Can’t Get by Without You, Whenever You Want My Love and Can You Feel the Force, making them the UK’s best-selling groups of the late 70s.
WHY? Hear all the hits plus some fantastic covers such as Ladies Night, Celebration, Good Times, and Ain’t no Stopping Us Now
Sing • Dance • Play
We’ll get you bouncing, jumping, tickling, giggling, laughing, oh and singing! Teddies is energetic, lively and fun for grown-ups and children alike, with a singer and musician at every session.
Suitable for ages 0-5 years.
Wednesdays (exc 25 Oct)
10am – 11am
£5 | £4 siblings
Please book one (or more) free 'Accompanying Adult' tickets for this workshop, and a free 'Baby Seat' if you are bringing a baby under 6 months.
Led by Richard Lee.
Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn.
These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years' experience.
Wed 6 Sept – 11 Oct and 1 Nov – 6 Dec
8.15pm – 9.15pm
Thur 7 Sept – 12 Oct and 2 Nov – 7 Dec
7pm – 8pm
£45 per 6 week course
Suitable for 18+ years