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)
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
Musical charm and humour with a seasonal twist.
Britain’s leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso Simon Mayor is joined by silver voiced songstress and mando-bass maestro, Hilary James. Expect a fresh look at some familiar favourites alongside mandolin classics, lively fiddle tunes, beautiful French carols, traditional songs, original settings of poems and the silliest of seasonal sing-alongs.
WHY? ‘A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour’ The Guardian
£14 (£12 conc)
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
Truly ‘The Lady of Jazz’, with a stunning range and repertoire ideally suited to the intimate club-style setting of Jazz in the Studio at Norden Farm.
In combination with the remarkable musicianship of Piers Green (alto and tenor sax), Robin Aspland (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass).
WHY? ‘That great rarity, a singer who enhances a song’ The Observer
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)
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
The annual sell out concert returns for a 17th year.
Charpentier March (Te Deum)
Telemann Concerto grosso in B flat
Vivaldi Concerto in C for 2 trumpets
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.6
Handel Overture: Hercules
Vivaldi Concerto in D for 2 violins and 2 cellos
Bach Suite No.3 in D
WHY? Including works by Handel, Vivaldi and J S Bach
£18 (£16.50 conc), (£5 under 16s)
Classical Soprano Brit Nominee Izzy Cooper invites you to experience Cancion live in concert.
A spectacular and intimate musical event with exquisite vocals, featuring a variety of classical, musical and jazz favourites, adding a fresh and innovative approach to the classical world today! Accompanied by guitarist Robin Hill
WHY? ‘Virgin Records has developed a clear strategy that distinguishes Izzy as a mould-breaking artist capable of overstepping musical boundaries’ Classic FM Magazine
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