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Summer Concert Series 3: Mozart Plus

St John’s Chamber Players

Dvorak 2 Romantic Pieces, Op.75
Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat, K.407
Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114
Dvorak Piano Quintet in A

Brahms’ dramatic Clarinet Trio was one of his last works. Dvorak’s popular Quintet is one of the most tuneful and radiant works in the chamber repertoire

WHY? An opportunity to hear one of Mozart’s less familiar chamber work

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (PG)

Dir: Ol Parker 2018 | 114 mins, US

Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again! Sophie finds out more about her mother Donna's past while seeking guidance on how to handle her pregnancy. The all-star cast includes Meryl Streep, Lily James, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.

WHY? An all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA

'The sequel to Mamma Mia! takes the first film forward' Variety

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

Parent and Baby Screening
The screening on Tues 28 Aug at 11am is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including a cup of tea/coffee); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted. Please note that buggies and pushchairs cannot be taken into the Courtyard Theatre.

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The Magic of Summer with Simon Allen (saxes)

A formidable young jazz artist, Simon's style and humour creates great jazz.

With the renowned Pendulum Trio rhythm section: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? ‘He knows how to produce a luminous, floating tone on alto sax, has an impressive technique, and constructs his solos with maturity and confidence’ The Independent

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

Simon Allen website

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Jonas Kaufmann: Under the Stars

120 mins.

A spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. Jonas Kaufmann is regarded as one of the world’s greatest tenors. He has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice. Join him for a magical night of music under the stars.

WHY? The star tenor will perform famous arias and timeless Italian songs

£15

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U2Baby

For U2Baby the sound is important, the look is important, but ultimately they recreate the feeling of a live U2 gig.

The chills, the hairs standing up on the back of the neck. Everything that makes a U2 show so special. With hit after hit from the 1980s to the present day from A Sort of Homecoming to With or With Out You.

WHY? ‘The UK’s number one tribute to U2’ The Cavern Club, Liverpool

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@theu2tributeuk
@nordenfarm

U2Baby's website

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The Big Berkshire Beach Gig

A showcase for the most exciting local musical talent in our main theatre.

Exciting local bands and musicians perform on our Courtyard stage.
The evening wouldn’t be complete without breaks between the acts - so you can soak up the atmosphere on our Goa inspired beach!

This year’s line up features:

Rain Crew
This 4-piece band based in Reading are thrashing out punk-tinged indie-pop hits the only way they know how. Spending the best part of 2017 gigging, they have supported bands such as Catholic Action, Massmatiks and Echoic and have played at a range of venues such as West End Centre, Boileroom, Readipop and O2 Academy Islington.

The band's line-up includes: Beth Atkinson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Mac Sullivan (lead guitar, backing vocals), Ryan Nicholls (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Lewis Thomas (drums).

Before the Breakdown
This alternative rock band from Reading/London brought out their debut album Fake Me Up after only a year since their formation, these childhood friends have been shaking up their local scenes.

State the Case
A three-piece rock band with Marcus Lewis (bass guitar), Ethan O’Brien (guitar, vocals) and Matt Merry (drums). Their heavier music style is fused with lots of influences including rock n roll, grunge and pop punk.
This growing band are working on their own original material but also love covers that get the audience moving! Distorted guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and wicked drums - your ears better be ready…

Grain
Four-piece band made up of students from the Sir William Borlases School. Mostly playing their own songs with an Indie/Rock style. They have played at Claytonbury and Fieldfest festival and will be performing at Marlow Football Club.

Toxic Sofa
Toxic Sofa are husband and wife team, Tim Bastock and Kim Halliday. Tim is an experienced bassist and has played guitar for over 40 years and Kim has mainly comes from a musical/theatrical background and has sung at Glastonbury Festival. After being inspired by Richard Digence Kim started writing songs based on her observations on life. They have now written and recorded six original songs. Toxic Sofa were also voted third in the Best Showcase Act category of the Graham Steel Music Company Awards 2018.

£8 | This is a standing event with some allocated seating.

Appear on the line up!

We're looking for local bands and musicians to join our line up for The Big Berkshire Beach Gig.

During the gig your music will be recorded by professional technicians and sound engineers. You will then be invited back to remix the multi track recording and walk away with a professionally mastered live recording of your sound - for free!

To be in with a chance of playing, send a sample of your music and info about the band to jane.corry@nordenfarm.org

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Son Yambu

Authentic Cuban son, the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that gave rise to salsa.

The band features a new generation of Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map.

WHY? Join us for a free salsa workshop before the event, spaces are limited so don’t miss out!

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Son Yambu's website

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Maidenhead Community Choir

Led by Tina Reibl.

An opportunity for all those who enjoy singing a toe-tapping repertoire, from Bach to the Beatles and Gershwin to Gospel. No audition or sight-reading required.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
Tues 1 May – 17 Jul (exc 29 May and 5 Jun)
7pm - 8.15pm
£80 per 10 week term

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Teddies Music Club

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.

Summer
Wednesdays (exc 4 Apr, 11 Apr and 30 May)
10am – 11am
£6 (including one adult) | £4 per sibling or additional adult

Autumn
Wednesdays (from 12 Sept exc 24 Oct)
10am – 11am
£6 (including one adult) | £4 per siblings or additional adult

Suitable for ages 0-5 years.

Please book one free 'Accompanying Adult' tickets for this workshop, and a free 'Baby Seat' if you are bringing a baby under 6 months

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

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. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Wed 6 Jun – 4 Jul and 11 Jul – 8 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Autumn
Wed 12 Sept – 10 Oct and 31 Oct – 28 Nov
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

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. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Wed 6 Jun – 4 Jul and 11 Jul – 8 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Thur 7 Jun – 5 Jul and 12 Jul – 9 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Autumn
Wed 12 Sept – 10 Oct and 31 Oct – 28 Nov
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Thur 13 Sept – 18 Oct (exc 27 Sept) and 1 Nov – 29 Nov
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Summer Concert Series 4: Mozart Plus

The summer recitals series highlighting works by Mozart concludes with the greatest of all works for wind ensemble, his grand Serenade.

St John’s Wind Ensemble
Louise Fuller (soprano)
Nigel Wilkinson (piano)

Richard Strauss Serenade in E flat, Op.7
Songs by Mozart and Richard Strauss
Mozart Serenade for 13 wind instruments, K.361

WHY? Louise Fuller provides some delectable songs by both composers (please note change of soloist)

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

Louise's website

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

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. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Thur 7 Jun – 5 Jul and 12 Jul – 9 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Autumn
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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A Harvest of Jazz with Matt Holland

Matt returns to Norden Farm with one of the most talented up-and-coming vocalists in London.

Megan McConnell (vocals) brings her unique post modern sound, delivering a vintage jazz twist to modern pop songs – as well as some trumpet lead classic jazz standards from Matt. They are accompanied by Tom Temple Marlow (piano), Jaime Wilkins (bass) and Greg Nickolls (drums).

WHY? Matt has recently worked with the likes of Roger Daltrey, Wet Wet Wet and the Brand New Heavies

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

@MattTrumpet
@nordenfarm

Matt Holland's Website

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Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash

The original Wishbone Ash line up forged a unique musical identity. It was synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.

Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works. He is joined by Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic (guitars) and drummer Tim Brown. They perform classic tracks from the extensive Wishbone Ash repertoire and new music that remains true to the original style.

WHY? Featuring a full performance of Wishbone Ash’s classic 1970 first album

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@MartTurnerMusic
@nordenfarm

Martin Turner's website

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The Vinyl Frontier: Graceland by Paul Simon

One of the first LPs to popularise World music. It remains one of the definitive albums of the 1980s.

Vinyl Frontier's website

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The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace

A critically acclaimed tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel

Elio has performed highly acclaimed reunion concerts with Billy Joel’s original band. He delivers a powerhouse of a show with his six piece band. Expect over 30 classic hits including Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are, My Life, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man.

WHY? ‘A great musician, artist and friend. He is a star!’ Alfie Boe

Courtyard Theatre

£24.50

@BillyJoelSongbk
@nordenfarm

Elio Pace's Website

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The Temple Ensemble performs Wind & Strings Masterpieces

The Temple Ensemble play Beethoven’s unique Septet and with an extra violin, Schubert’s wide-ranging Octet.

Beethoven Septet Op 20
Schubert Octet in F major D.803

They combine violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, French horn and bassoon.

WHY? A unique opportunity to enjoy some instrumental combinations not often heard in two delightful classical masterpieces

Courtyard Theatre
£15, MMS Members £10

Maidenhead Music Society's Website

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Son of Town Hall

Welcome to the mythical world of Son of Town Hall.

They are musicians Ben Parker, from London, and David Berkeley, from New Mexico. They create a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. They have performed to packed audiences across America and Europe.

WHY? ‘Think Simon & Garfunkel lost at sea, and you get a sense of the mythic world at play here’ Philadelphia Inquirer

Studio
£14


@sonoftownhall
@nordenfarm

Son of Town Hall's website

SOLD OUT
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Adam Kay - This is Going to Hurt

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this 'electrifying' (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.

Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017 and Soho Theatre 2017.

The accompanying book, This is Going to Hurt is a Sunday Times bestseller – and copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance.

WHY? ‘Intersperses horror stories from the NHS frontline with a catalogue of sublimely silly spoof songs, and some blissfully brilliant wordplay’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

‘Viscerally raw and passionately delivered’ ★★★★ Chortle

Courtyard Theatre
£17 (£15 conc)

Presented by Seabright Productions.


@amateuradam
@nordenfarm

Adam Kay's Website

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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

Presented by Silent Uproar.

A hilarious cabaret musical about depression that explains, sings and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK. Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and she almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

It’s joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy! (Except for all the bits about depression).

Written by Jon Brittain (Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam), with music by Frisky and Mannish’s Matthew Floyd Jones. Winner of a 2017 Fringe First and the Musical Theatre Review Best Musical.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘A mix of wit and low-key emotion that suddenly grips your heart’ The Guardian

★★★★ WhatsOnStage | ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide | ★★★★ The Scotsman

Click here to read the full review

Studio
£14 (£12 Advantage Card)
1 hour

@SilentUproarPro
@nordenfarm

Silent Uproar's Website

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James and Black

Bruce James and Bella Black joined musical forces in Austin, Texas.

The roots of their music spring from the tradition of the Southern Soul from Texas, New Orleans and Memphis, yet they are no throwback. The foundation of James & Black is the voices and stories in their songs. They are joined by Sam Kelly (drums) and Richard Sadler (bass).

WHY? This is the American duo’s first UK tour

Studio
£14 (£12 Supporters)

James and Black's Website

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The Marriage of Figaro

A truly special opportunity to enjoy this wonderful and powerful Mozart opera.

It recounts a single day of comic madness in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain. Fully staged, traditional costumed under the outstanding professional direction of Fraser Grant and the excellent orchestra lead by Music Director, Lindsay Bramley.

WHY? With a full cast of outstanding professional soloists and the excellent WEO Chorus

Courtyard Theatre
£20

Windsor and Eton Operatic Society Website

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Princess Charming

Some girls like football. Some boys like pink. Everyone likes a good story. Exploring gender stereotypes in a fun, questioning way, Princess Charming is a celebration of being exactly who you are.

This show is for anyone who doesn’t like being told what to do and is about finding the courage to defy expectations.

Cabaret performers explore what really matters about being a boy and being a girl with dances, songs and skits created with children, for children.

The theatre is transformed into a family friendly cabaret club full of laughter and sing-a-longs. Join in at the end as the next generation of cabaret stars take over the stage.

Recommended for ages 6 – 11 years.

WHY? ‘Pertinent and powerful, but most of all it’s extremely fun! Princess Charming teaches kids (and adults) that they can just be themselves’ A Younger Theatre

‘A hilarious, touching and truthful performance with a powerful, important message’ ★★★★ Female Arts

‘An absolute gem of a show. Exploring gender stereotypes using the very clever medium of a cabaret.. it is entertaining, informative (though never preachy) and vitally, incredibly relevant’ ★★★★★ WestEnd Wilma

Click here to read the full review

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.


Spun Glass Theatre's Website

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Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson

Two of the most dynamic musicians in folk music strike sparks off each other with songs, Northumbrian rants, jazzy ballads and Old Time reels.

Alistair Anderson (Concertina and Northumbrian Pipes) and former BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year nominee, Dan Walsh (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals) share a warm chemistry on stage and their performance combines high energy with world class musicianship.

WHY? ‘A tangible magic’ Folkwords
‘Nifty fun with bags of wow factor’ FRoots

Studio
£16.50

@DanWalshBanjo
@nordenfarm

Alistair's website
Dan's website

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Autumn Ceilidh

You’ll be in safe hands with the expert calling and playing from our band Nedron’s Jig.

Between them they play squeezebox, fiddle, mandola and bass. The four musicians consist of two from the folk super-group Feast of Fiddles and two from the band Phungus.

WHY? A social evening of dance in our atmospheric 18th century Long Barn - no experience necessary!

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)

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Limehouse Lizzy

The boys are back!

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore.

From their Official PRS award, performing for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, television appearances and to being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy enter their 25th year with their most explosive show and critically acclaimed line up yet.

WHY? 'Limehouse Lizzy's Wayne Ellis, an uncanny ringer for Phil Lynott' The Guardian

'Entertainment for more than a decade…fantastic live music' Arena BBC2

'If you're sceptical about tribute acts, you won't be after seeing Limehouse Lizzy' Radio Times

'Gig of the week' The Mirror

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@limehouselizzy
@nordenfarm

Limehouse Lizzy's Website

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Viviana Zarbo Jazz Trio

Italian born Viviana is a versatile artist whose musical theatre background enriches her naturally multifaceted jazz vibe.

She performs some of her favourite music from across the world, and generations, in her fresh jazz way. Accompanied by her trio: Craig Milverton on piano and Renato d’Aiello on saxophone

WHY? ‘The audience could not keep their eyes from the stage’ thejazz.co.uk

Studio
£15 (£13 conc)

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Rachel Harrington

The singer songwriter is a sixth generation Oregonian.

She feels a strong connection to place and to creating music that captures some of the stories and heritage of The West. Rachel has played major festivals throughout Europe and the US. She’s made four live appearances on BBC’s legendary Bob Harris Show and reached millions of listeners through airplay at Starbucks.

WHY? ‘Songs that capture the ghosts of old America’ ★★★★ Mojo

Studio
£14

Rachel Harrington's Website

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Fairport Convention

The band has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, they retain a passion for live performance.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

WHY? ‘Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue... (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves’ The Guardian

‘Vigorous and confident... the music leapt around the room’ The Mirror

Courtyard Theatre
£26

Presented by RM Promotions.


Fairport Convention's Website

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Cliff Richard Live: 60th Anniversary Tour

150 mins

Britain’s ultimate pop star, Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year! His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

WHY? With a repertoire featuring six decades of such timeless hits as Devil Woman, Congratulations or We Don’t Talk Anymore

£15

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Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

An intimate show of American roots and English folk music.

Hannah and Ben perform huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar. They are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique.

WHY? ‘An exquisite soundscape, which is the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy’ R2 Magazine

Studio
£14

@HannahBenMusic
@nordenfarm

Hannah and Ben's Website

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No Jacket Required - The Phil Collins Tribute

The UK's top Phil Collins tribute returns by popular demand, as part of their 15th Anniversary Tour.

This stunning eleven piece band performs two hours of non-stop hits from Phil's award-winning solo career, plus a little Genesis thrown in for good measure.

From Another Day In Paradise to Easy Lover and the classic In The Air Tonight, there's something for everyone in this spectacular show which spans three decades of chart-topping success.

WHY? A sell-out show every time they perform with us, so don’t miss out!

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@PCTribute
@nordenfarm

No Jacket Required's Website

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The Vinyl Frontier: Sade vs Terence Trent D'Arby

Two heavyweight debut LPs by two giants of soulful 80s pop, but which one is better…?

Vinyl Frontier's website

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The Musicians of Bremen

A visually stunning adaptation of the Grimm’s fairy tale.

A donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog are too old to be of any use to their masters. In this tumbling, musical adventure follow their adventures and their extraordinary friendships. It shows that despite our differences, we can be friends, and that we are never too old to live our dreams. With puppetry, movement and trapeze, all accompanied by live music.

Age guidance: 3 – 7 years.

WHY? A highly visual show and non-verbal work for young and hearing impaired audiences

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

Compagnie Animotion's Website

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Singalong Concertini

Bring the whole family and sing along to a fabulous 45 minutes of music from stage and screen.

West End singer Mairi Cowieson and friends perform songs from Mary Poppins, Matilda, Frozen and more. The 11.30am show is a relaxed performance – ideal for children with SEND.

WHY? Come in costume or grab something from our dressing up box before the concert

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm

Concertini's Facebook Page
Concertini's website

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Rachael McShane and the Cartographers

The singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player is an original member of folk big band Bellowhead.

She toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances. Bellowhead recorded 5 studio albums and won a total of 8 BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together. Rachael is now working on a new solo project of traditional songs. She plays with a brand new band, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting).

WHY? ‘A classy musician and a singer of striking elegance’ Mike Wilson’s Music Blog

‘You're in the presence of something very special… what a voice’ Sid Smith, BBC Music

Courtyard Theatre
£14, £12 Advantage Card

Rachel McShane's Website

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The Heath String Quartet Return

Bach Three choral preludes
Britten Quartet no 2
Beethoven Quartet no 15, op 132

The Heath have built up a loyal following for their distinctive style. Their reputation is spreading worldwide as they undertake concerts across Europe and North America.

WHY? Masterly playing of a Bach arrangement followed by a 20th century British masterwork and one of Beethoven’s last great works

Courtyard Theatre
£17, MMS Members £12

@MaidenheadMusSo
@nordenfarm

Maidenhead Music Society Website
The Heath Quartet Website

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The Slocan Ramblers

Dynamic, entertaining bluegrass from Canada.

The Slocan Ramblers are rooted in traditional music, yet fearlessly creative, blending impressive bluegrass virtuosity with a fresh and modern appeal. They blend lightning fast, devilishly intricate instrumentals with evocative vocals on songs ranging from fine originals to rowdy old-time numbers.

WHY? ‘Superb picking. ‘Bluegrass’ hardly defines it all’ ★★★★ R2 Magazine

Studio
£15

@slocanramblers
@nordenfarm

The Slocan Ramblers Website

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Julian Siegal

The immensely creative musician forms a duo with trumpeter Paul Jordanous.

They are joined by the superb Pendulum Rhythm Section, headed by Clark Tracey (drums) with Alex Hutton (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass). Julian has won Best Instrumentalist at the BBC Jazz Awards and a London Jazz Award in 2011.

WHY? ‘One of the UK’s most creative saxophonists’ MOJO

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Katharsis

A multi-sensorial show fusing music with dance and visual art.

Three musicians merge elements of soundtracks, soundscapes, ambient, ethnic and electronic music. A dancer performs choreographies and improvises, following the ever-changing music flow. Visual art projections on the background complete the hypnotic sensorial experience.

WHY? Be led into a dreamlike journey of the mind, a total experience intended for the purification of one's emotions

Studio
£12

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Juan Martin

The guitarist/composer plays and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition. His exquisite style is enhanced through minimal amplification to capture his very pure flamenco sound: just Juan and his sublime guitar to lift and transport you to another dimension - melodic beauty and rhythmic passion. ¡Viva el arte!

WHY? ‘The master Flamenco guitarist’ The Guardian

‘One of the top three guitarists in the world’ Guitar Player, USA

‘A giant of the flamenco guitar tradition’ The Times

‘No flash, just plenty of panache’ The Age, Melbourne

‘Highly sophisticated contemporary music’ International Herald Tribune

‘The Chopin of the flamenco guitar’ Berner Nachrichten, Switzerland

Studio
£14

Juan Martin's Website

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Bob Drury's Viva Neil Diamond

Described in Vegas as 'one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond', Bob Drury's one-man show is an absolute 'must-see' for all Diamond fans.

All the hits including Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Pretty Amazing Grace, Song Sung Blue, Sweet Caroline and many more

Whilst performing in Las Vegas two years ago Bob Drury was described 'one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond' and he's now back touring the UK with his new show

A celebration of the legendary Neil Diamond and his incredible back catalogue of songs. Bob Drury's one-man show is a must see for any Diamond fan. His performance in Vegas has been described as ‘one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond’. His vocal likeness has been delighting audiences around the world.

This year's show includes all the favourites such as Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, I'm a Believer, Red Red Wine and of course Sweet Caroline. Also expect Neil Diamond's UK hit Pretty Amazing Grace and a few lesser known songs.

WHY? ‘An uncanny resemblance to Neil Diamond's voice. That sent tingles down my spine Bob!’ Debbie McGee, BBC Radio Berkshire

‘Bob, it was great hearing you last night and I was totally blown away by your level of musicianship on guitar’ Mark LeVang, keyboard player with Neil Diamond's band

‘Bob is well established as one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond’ Steve Tatone, Film Producer, Midnight Pass Productions

‘If I didn’t know better I’d have said that was Neil Diamond singing’ Pat Marsh, BBC Radio Kent

‘Oozing class’ Nolan Dean, Cruise Director, M/V Island Star

‘Neil Diamond fans will be delighted with the sound-alike quality and the nifty guitar work’ UK Cabaret Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@drury_bob
@nordenfarm

Bob Drury's Website

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St John's Chamber Orchestra

Rebecca van den Berg (soprano)
Jonathan Stone (violin)
Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

Mozart Idomeneo: Overture and Aria Se il padre perdei
Beethoven Symphony No.1 in C
Brahms Violin Concerto in D

Brahms’ epic Concerto is one of the peaks of the violin repertoire. The programme also includes Beethoven’s impressive statement of intent and an exquisite aria by Mozart, with enchanting woodwind solos.

Courtyard Theatre
£18 (£16.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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A Celebration of Gershwin, Porter and other greats

The ever popular Tony Jacobs (Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Friday Night Is Music Night) performs with his pianist Jim Barry (BBC Radio Band).

They celebrate the great American and British songwriters of the 20th century. Expect timeless classics from the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Harry Warren to name just a few.

WHY? ‘This show is sheer quality’ Encore Magazine

Studio
£14

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Harry Manx

The Canadian based artist has been dubbed an essential link between the music of East and West.

He creates musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. Harry’s signature instrument is the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, blending Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues.

WHY? Winner of a Canadian Folk Music Award and CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Award

Studio
£15 (£13 Advantage Card)

Harry Manx's Website

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Christian Garrick and his Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Christian Garrick (violin, darabuka)
Eddie Hession (button accordion)
Adrian Zolotuhin (guitar, saz, balalaika, domra)
Kelly Cantlon (double bass)

The Budapest Café Orchestra were established in 2009 by British composer, violinist and band leader, Christian Garrick.

They play traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the world. Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections. Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments before they give way to a disarmingly beautiful arsenal of ballads such as the Schindler's List theme or Andy Statman's bitter sweet The Flatbush Waltz. The diverse repertoire often even strays over into the technicolour territory of many a well-loved film or television score.

WHY? ‘Back by popular demand, the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet’ The Times

‘The music is magic in their hands’ Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3

‘Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few surprises along the way - hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship, a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!’ Songlines

‘The boys from the BCO eek out an interesting advantage over others in that they are musically connected to the culture rather than culturally connected to the music and this manifests itself in their performances which are among the most fulfilling live entertainment spectacles you are ever likely to find of any genre’ BBC Celtic Connections

Courtyard Theatre
£16, £14 Supporters

@bco100
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Budapest Café Orchestra's Website

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Never 42

The UK’s premier Level 42 tribute return, bringing Level 42's music live!

The line up includes Howie Rogers (bass & vocals), Garreth Hicklin (keyboards & vocals), Mike Wheeler (drums & vocals), Tom Wright (guitar & vocals) and Richard Pardy (sax). They perform Level 42's greatest hits alongside fan favourites.

Expect to hear Livin it up (The Sun Goes Down), Lessons In Love, Something About You, The Chant Has Begun, Starchild, Are You Hearing What I Hear, Hot Water… and so many more!

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@42never
@nordenfarm

Never 42's website

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Alvin Youngblood Hart

The New Orleans native is known as one of the world's foremost practitioners of country blues.

Alvin is also known as a faithful torchbearer for 1960s and 1970s guitar rock, Western Swing and vintage country. He is a Grammy Award winner and has released a Grammy Award nominated album. He has apperared on BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland and BBC4’s Blues on Later.

WHY? ‘The boy got thunder in his hands!’ Taj Mahal

Studio
£14

Alvin Youngblood Hart's Website

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The Abingdon Wind Ensemble

Danzi Wind Quintet in B flat Major
Milhaud La Cheminée du Roi
Ibert Trois Pièces Brèves
René Parker Mississippi Five
FranÇaix Wind Quintet no 1

The wind quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn was formed when its members were at the Royal Academy of Music. They have since played at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall.

WHY? Be delighted as the Abingdon explore the repertoire for wind chamber music

Courtyard Theatre
£15, MMS Members £10

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Jim Mullen

One of the world's leading jazz guitarists and an icon of the UK jazz scene.

Jim's bountiful and melodic sounds will enchant you. He’s known for his work with Average White Band and being one half of jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen. He performs with his rhythm section of choice: Clark Tracey (drums), Andy Cleyndert (bass)
and Alex Hutton (piano).

WHY? ‘Mullen’s palette of raunchy blues, graceful bebop and purring tenderness still glows’ The Guardian

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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The Vinyl Frontier: My Favourite vs Your Favourite

A new format – six challengers play their favourite in a specific category against your host’s choice. Who will win in each duel?

Vinyl Frontier's website

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Soul Kinda Wonderful

The UK’s number one tribute to the legendary Drifters and award winners at the National Tribute awards.

They breathe new life into songs such as Saturday Night at the Movies, Under the Boardwalk and Stand by Me. Expect three separate shows in one as the set includes Motown from The Four Tops and Temptations plus 70s disco classics such as Disco Inferno and Love Train.

WHY? Led by Richie Sampson – a former member of the hit recording group The Drifters

Courtyard Theatre
£17

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Incompatible Couples An Evening of Musical Theatre classics

Join West End leads Stephen John Davis (Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Les Miserable, South Pacific) and Jane Bardos (Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain) for a light-hearted and varied repertoire of musical theatre’s most famous love stories!

WHY? A fabulous, light-hearted evening of musical theatre classics

Courtyard Theatre
£18
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Faustus

Three of the leading lights of their generation:

Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Steeleye Span, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). Deeply rooted in the English tradition, they are brought together in a virtuosic display of strong vocals, musicianship and testosterone.

WHY? ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands’ The Guardian

Studio
£17.50

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The Kast Off Kinks

Former members of legendary band The Kinks are back together playing great music. They re-live the good times whilst keeping alive the songs that made The Kinks a household name.

The line-up features Mick Avory (original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 1980s/1990s and still with Sir Ray Davies), John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 1960s/1970s) alongside Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of the Beach Boys, Noel Redding and Tim Rose).

WHY? Expect an evening of iconic hits including You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset, Come Dancing, All Day and All of the Night plus more.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@KastOffKinks
@nordenfarm

The Kast Off Kinks Website

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Jewel Tones - December Delights

Join Jewel Tones and friends for and evening of music!

Courtyard Theatre
£10
COMMUNITY HIRE

Jewel Tones website

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The Fabulous Duck Bros - Tribute to the Music of Eric Clapton

A collection of professional and experienced musicians pay tribute to Eric Clapton’s solo career.

Fronted by long term Clapton fan Phil Astles, the band perform songs produced by Eric throughout his long career. These include the great songs of 24 Nights, The Blues Era and also his time with Derek and the Dominoes and the Cream.

WHY? With a set list that includes classics such as Layla, Wonderful Tonight, Forever Man, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally, Badge, I Shot the Sheriff, Change the World and Bell Bottom Blues

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Harry and Chris Save the World

The hottest comedy-rap-jazz duo out there.

They might also be the only one. After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read have been featured three times on Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour.

Last year they prevented a apocalypse and got a panda pregnant, so they're now drunk on comedy-rap-jazz power, intent on bringing love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.

WHY? ‘Amazing, fabulously entertaining’ Jonathan Ross

‘A wonderful blend of infectious songs packed with sharp, clever wordplay… Harry and Chris’ family friendly set leaves the audience with a smile on their face and the catchy tunes stuck in their head for the rest of the day’ ★★★★★ The Sunday Post

‘The numbers are upbeat and feel-good, and all of them are about surprising and inventive subjects or points of view’ ★★★★★ Fringe Guru

'The pair are inspiring Instagram posts in human form' Chortle

Studio
£12.50

@harrynchris
@nordenfarm

Harry and Chris Website

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The Zoots - Sounds of the 60s

Experience the sixties show that's wowing audiences around the world.

It’s sold out and headlined venues from the Palladium to Old Trafford. The five piece band perform the 60 shits that everyone loves. Expect The Beatles, The Stones, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Searchers, The Four Seasons, Elvis and more.

WHY? ‘The Zoots are impossible not to like’ The Stage

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@nordenfarm
@TheZoots

The Zoots Website

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The Vinyl Frontier: Your Best of...The Musicals

Eleven volunteers play their favourite track from their favourite musical. One will be crowned King or Queen of the stage.

Vinyl Frontier's website

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Cara Dillon - Upon a Winter's Night

Cara and her band capture the mystery of Christmas with a collection of songs ancient and modern.

They weave Celtic and folksy rhythms alongside reverent and atmospheric carols while Cara holds the darkness at bay with the purity of her voice.
The Christmas story is retold with genuine wonder and celebrated with the dignity, passion and beauty it deserves. Christmas is one of Cara’s passions and her live show and album only go to prove it.

WHY? ‘Simple and stunning’ The Sunday Times
‘An instant Christmas classic’ BBC
‘There’s enchantment aplenty’ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Independent
‘A reminder of the real meaning of the Festive Season, uplifting and inspirational” The Daily Echo

Courtyard Theatre
£26

@CaraDillonSings
@nordenfarm

Cara Dillon's website

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A Charity Christmas Concert in Aid of the Brett Foundation

A mixture of songs from the shows, Big Band sounds, popular classics and some Christmas music.

WHY? A good night out for the whole family

Courtyard Theatre
£8
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An Evening of Burlesque and Cabaret An Evening of Burlesque and Cabaret

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Hundred Watt Club's gift to you is this hot toddy of a show, jam packed full of festive burlesque, cabaret, circus and drag acts.

Always seductive, always sublime, and always that little bit ridiculous. This is an evening of vintage inspired, Christmas themed entertainment. If you like your Winter nights bawdy and a little bit naughty, this is for you!

Starring: Your host, fabulous hostess and angel atop the Christmas tree Eva Von Schnippisch; slinky sugarplum fairy showgirl Lena Mae; circus royalty and her tinselled hula hoops Abi Collins; the queen of 'look-at-me', lametta bedecked Lolo Brow; and the ridiculous, but hairy and hunky Santa Claus, Dave The Bear!

WHY? Perfect for an alternative festive night out with work or friends.

Ages 18+ years only. Adult themes, strong language and partial nudity employed and embraced!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@100WattClub
@nordenfarm

Hundred Watt Club Website

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Seasons Greetings with Steve Waterman

A long awaited return of this great UK jazz artist.

Steve is one of the busiest jazz musicians in Europe. Steve forms an excellent duo with the flowing sounds from the young saxophonist Piers Green. They are joined by The Pendulum Trio: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? Steve has won numerous jazz awards over the years, including a BBC British Jazz Award

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

Steve Waterman's Website

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Christmas Ceilidh

An evening of dance in the atmospheric 18th century Long Barn.

A caller will guide you through the dances while ceilidh band Nedron’s Jig provide the live music.

WHY? A perfect social event for Christmas parties

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)

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Silent Disco

After the sell out inaugural Silent Disco this summer, Jeff and Dave return.

They’ll be doing battle on the dance floor as one plays 80s and one plays 90s.

WHY? With some festive tunes thrown in, you decide which decade to listen and dance to!

Studio
£15

@nordenfarm

Vinyl Frontier's website

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New Year's Eve Hoedown at The Farm 2018

Heck yeah, it’s a hoedown!

Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2019! 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

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New Year's Day Concert

The annual sell out concert returns for the 18th year.

WHY? With a programme including Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and works by JS Bach and Handel

Courtyard Theatre
£18 (£16.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Paddington's First Concert

Following their sell out concerts last year Chamberhouse Wind are back with a delightful performance.

This concert for families and children to join Paddington at his first classical concert – with disastrous results!

Specially arranged for wind quintet and narrated by Jonathan Butcher. The ensemble will also play a selection of other short fun pieces to introduce the instruments before the story begins. A New Year treat for the whole family!

Age guidance 3+ years

WHY? Stay on afterwards for the chance to try the instruments courtesy of Dawkes Music

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 under 16s), Family and Friends (4 people) £32

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ELO Again

The 7 piece band give a dramatic taste of what a real ELO concert was like back in their heyday.

The whole experience is professionally re-enacted with a great sound reproduction, light show and visual effects.

ELO Again bring the spectacular live effect of ELO’s famous orchestrations, soaring strings and vocals, full of depth and tone. They certainly know how to entertain too, as the hits just keep on coming. All the big hits are performed – Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Roll Over Beethoven, Wild West Hero, Don't Bring Me Down, The Diary of Horace Wimp, Telephone Line, Turn to Stone plus many more.

WHY? Relive the age of glam rock in the 21st century as Elo Again pay tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Elo Again Website

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London Klezmer Quartet

The line up includes Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass). Indra's sultry vocals also breathe new life into old songs of love, life, food and drink.

WHY? ‘A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing’ Songlines Magazine

‘Exuberant yet cultured playing... no shortage of dynamism here... The tradition is safe in the hands of the next generation’ Sunday Times

‘Dynamic and authentic’ Time Out

Studio
£15 (£13 conc)

London Klezmer Quartet Website

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about 20 hours ago Winner of five BAFTAs and two Academy Awards – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri returns to the Farm. Months have passed without a culprit in the murder case of Mildred Hayes’s daughter. She makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at revered police chief William Willoughby. Catch this darkly comic, yet touching drama on Saturday 25 August at 4.30pm and Tuesday 28 August at 2pm --> https://norden.farm/events/three-billboards-outside-ebbing-missouri-15

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1 day ago Have you made a kite yet? There’s still time to take part in our final Kite Making Workshops on Saturday 1 September at 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm or at our Community Kite Festival at Punt Hill on Sunday 2 September where you can also take your creations to the sky! More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/kite-workshops

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1 day ago Three Little Pig Tails is a funny, warm hearted and interactive rustic tale bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in. Join the three little pigs as they try to keep their tails out of the grumpy old wolfs soup on Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 August at 11.30am and 2pm --> https://norden.farm/events/three-little-pig-tails

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2 days ago The Big Berkshire Beach gig is just around the corner and it's going to be the best one yet - I mean who doesn't love good live music while chilling on a beach? State the Case are one of the 5 bands performing - Distorted guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and wicked drums - your ears better be ready !

2 days ago Winner of Best Animated Film and Best Song for Remember Me at this year's Oscars – Coco returns to our screen this summer holiday. Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician. Desperate to prove his talent, he sets off on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead. Join the adventure on Saturday 25 August at 11.30am and Sunday 26 August 2pm --> https://norden.farm/events/coco-pg

3 days ago Enjoy an evening of music from one of the world’s greatest tenors - Jonas Kaufmann - with Under the Stars, a spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. Catch this unmissable screening on Thursday 30 August at 7.30pm --> https://norden.farm/events/jonas-kaufmann-under-the-stars

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