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Karen Carter - Transitions: Between Land and Sea

Karen Carter trained as a designer and illustrator. For many years she worked as a commercial artist. However she has always retained a love of printmaking and painting, returning to these whenever possible.

  •  28 Feb FREE
  •   1 Mar FREE
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Laurie Holloway in Concert with Taplow Girls Choir

Although Laurie has played with the East Berkshire Jazz Orchestra previously, this is a first at Norden Farm.

Laurie will be joined on stage by the Taplow Girls’ Choir and students of the Trust, Will Torrent, Liam Talbot, Olivia Castle and Saskia Witney.

WHY? Early booking is advised for this unmissable show

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The Vinyl Frontier - Marvin Gaye vs Stevie Wonder - Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' vs Stevie Wonder's 'Innervisions'

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

A highly sociable evening of music, trivia and chat.

Marvin Gaye's What's Going On is pitched against Stevie Wonder's Innervisions.

Why? Hear a classic album as it was intended - in full and on vinyl

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Zumba

Led by Annet Bowler.

Party yourself into shape with the Zumba® programme.

An exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party™. Dance to various Latin rhythms including salsa, reggeaton, merengue, cumbia, bellydance and more.

Sun 4 Jan - 3 May (exc 5 Apr)

Click here to download the information sheet for this class

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Mendelssohn's Elijah

With John Cotterill (conductor), Bradley Travis (bass-baritone), Soraya Mafi (soprano), Anna Harvey (mezzo) and Gwilym Bowen (tenor).

Norden Farm Festival Chorus and Orchestra

Mendelssohn's epic oratorio with its abundant melody and drama is in the top three most popular choral works in this country. The Festival Chorus returns with professional soloists and orchestra for this special performance.

WHY? The outstanding you bass-baritone, Bradley Travis, will perform the title role for the first time.

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Norden Lights - Group H

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Classes for young people to develop performance skills.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all abilities. Year 7-11.

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

http://www.troublemakertheatre.org.uk/

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Testament of Youth (12A)

Dir: James Kent 2014

An incredible true story of one young woman's struggle to survive the horrors of war. Based on the definitive female perspective of the First World War by Vera Brittain.

WHY? ★★★★ The Daily Express ★★★★ Empire Magazine ★★★★ The Telegraph

Please note that the 10.30am Parent and Baby screening on Wednesday 4 February 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 cup of tea); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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Wood, Tree, Park, Forest

Led by Jo Hall.

Discover the magic of drawing trees in soft chalk pastels and pastel pencil. Explore the use of colour to create mood and ideas of climate from moonlight and frost, to the warmth of Mediterranean summers. Reference artists include Caspar David Friedrich, Samuel Palmer, Paul Cezanne, Graham Sutherland, Richard Cartwright and David Hockney. Suitable for artists already familiar with pastel techniques and beginners with an interest in landscape painting.

Tues 24 Feb – 24 Mar
£82 for 5 week course or £18 per class

Click here to download the information sheet for this course

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Art of Giving with Moorwood Art presents PUBLIC IMAGE… UNCUT

A dynamic collection of art and photography portraying the edgy side of some of the world's renowned film, sport and music icons.

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Bollywood Dance

Led by Geeta Mehta.

An energetic modern Indian dance style.

The classes are a fusion of Indian and western styles with Latino and Arabic influences. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for ages 6+ and all abilities.

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Norden Exposure Youth Dance - Junior

Led by Becky Hinton.

Develop contemporary performance techniques whilst taking inspiration from other popular dance styles.

Groups perform at Norden Farm as well as other festivals throughout Berkshire.

Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all abilities aged 9-13 years.

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Norden Exposure Youth Dance - Academy

Led by Becky Hinton.

Develop contemporary performance techniques whilst taking inspiration from other popular dance styles.

Groups perform at Norden Farm as well as other festivals throughout Berkshire.

Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all abilities aged 14+.

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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 Beatles and Gershwin to Gospel.

No audition or sight reading required. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Tues 6 Jan – 10 Mar (exc 17 Feb)
£60 per 10 week course

Click here to download the Maidenhead Community Choir information sheet

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The Government Inspector

Anton Antonovich is a mayor in small town Russia.

A government official is on his way to inspect the district, which is a disaster for Anton. The inspector will overlook Anton's misdemeanours in exchange for the odd bribe. But is he quite who he says he is? Or will Anton and his band of buffoons finally get what's coming to them?

This tour is presented by house.

WHY? Nikolai Gogol's hilarious satire is reinvented in a high energy production with a furiously fast Klezmer soundtrack

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Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

Relaxed sessions that can be attended as often as you like to fit in with your schedule. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Stepping out of autopilot

Tuesday 3 February

If you look back over last year and most of it is a blur then perhaps it is time to give yourself permission to slow down and 'wake up' to the present moment. If you've forgotten how to be a human 'being', and are just a human 'doing' then come along for a chance to find some stillness and calm.

Dealing with stress

Tuesday 3 March

Stress is a natural physical response to dealing with events that make us feel threatened. Our body's defences kick in with a rapid, automatic 'fight or flight' response. We can't stop life's challenges, but we can learn to respond more effectively and this session will show you tools to help with that.

Self-kindness

Tuesday 7 April

'Be careful what you say to yourself, for you are listening.' For many of us having empathy for other people seems to be much easier and natural than having empathy for ourselves. In this session we will cover why this is and practice some simple exercises to help deal with self-criticism.

Click here to download the information sheet for these sessions

  •   3 Mar SOLD OUT
  •   7 Apr SOLD OUT
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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Led by Juliette Tieku-Smith.

Chant rhythmic rhymes, play with finger puppets, dress up, let loose on the dance floor and jam out on percussion.

Suitable for ages 6 months and over.

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Make Silver Jewellery 1

Led by Janet Richardson.

Beginners work on a series of projects introducing classic techniques in metalworking including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. You will end the course with a set of jewellery. More experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with designs and projects. Suitable for all levels of experience. Materials fee to tutor for first 5 weeks £28 (approx).

£84 per 5 week course. Wed 14 Jan – 11 Feb and Wed 25 Feb – 25 Mar.

Click here to download the information sheet for this course

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Junior Norden Lights - Group A

Led by troublemaker Theatre Company.

Classes for young people to develop performance skills.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all abilities.

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

http://www.troublemakertheatre.org.uk/

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Junior Norden Lights - Group B

Led by troublemaker Theatre Company.

Classes for young people to develop performance skills.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all abilities school years 2-6.

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

http://www.troublemakertheatre.org.uk/

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Norden Lights Academy

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company. Classes for young people to develop performance skills.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all abilities. School Year 12+.

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

www.troublemakertheatre.org.uk

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Book Club

Price includes a drink from the bar.

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Titles for Spring are:

January: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
February: The Circle by Dave Eggers
March: The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty
April: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Click here to download the Book Club information sheet

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RSC Live: Love's Labour's Won

Live screening (Wednesday, encore Thursday). Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is set in Autumn 1918. It is the second of Shakespeare’s matching comedies.

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Natural Causes

Vincent is from Exodus, a euthanasia group that assists people with suicide.

When he is invited to Walter Bryce's country house to assist in the disposal of Walter's wife, he senses something is wrong. Why are the suicide notes unsigned? WHat is the role of Walter's attractive secretary? Why has the Samaritan been sent for?

WHY? Killing you with laughter

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Norden Lights - Group C

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Classes for young people to develop performance skills.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities. Year 7-11.

http://www.troublemakertheatre.org.uk/

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Arts Award

Led by Julie Loison.

A chance for young people interested in theatre and performing arts to enhance their knowledge, understanding and creative skills by working towards the Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award.

Participants will also see two live events at Norden Farm as part of the cost of the term. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities school years 7 - 13

http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64

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Norden Lights - Group F

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company. Classes for young people to develop performance skills.

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Acoustic Guitar: Beginners - Term 3

Led by Richard Lee.

Fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years experience. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn guitar and never got around to it or whether reignite your guitar skills and learn some classic songs.

Thur 15 Jan – 12 Feb and Thur 26 Feb – 26 Mar. £32 per 5 week course.


Click here to download the information sheet for this course

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Acoustic Guitar: Intermediate - Term 3

Led by Richard Lee.

Fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years experience. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn guitar and never got around to it or whether reignite your guitar skills and learn some classic songs.

Thur 15 Jan – 12 Feb and Thur 26 Feb – 26 Mar. £32 per 5 week course.

Click here to download the information sheet for this course

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Yoga - Spring Term 2

Led by Julie Potter.

Learn breathing techniques to improve general wellbeing and aid relaxation. Practise traditional yoga postures and enjoy short guided relaxation sessions. Julie has been practising yoga since 1993 and qualified as a British Wheel teacher in 2004. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Fri 27 Feb – 24 Apr (exc 27 Mar, 3 Apr and 10 Apr)
£42 per 6 week course

Click here to download the information sheet for this course

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Little Wrigglers

Led by Rachel Walsh

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime.

Suitable for ages 2+ years.

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Make Silver Jewellery 2

Led by Janet Richardson.

Beginners work on a series of projects introducing classic techniques in metalworking including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. You will end the course with a set of jewellery. More experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with designs and projects. Suitable for all levels of experience. Materials fee to tutor for first 5 weeks £28 (approx).

£84 per 5 week course. Fri 9 Jan – 6 Feb and Fri 13 Feb – 20 Mar (exc 20 Feb).

Click here to download the information sheet for this course

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Wild (15)

Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée 2014

The true story of one woman’s journey of self discovery on a thousand mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail.

WHY? Reece Witherspoon has been Oscar nominated for Best Actress for her role

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Digi Den

Led by DJ Mhlanga.

Animate, record and edit in our Digi Den.

Work together to develop your technique and understanding of filming, podcasting, green screen and stop motion animation. The final project will be showcased in the Courtyard Theatre.

Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Suitable for school years 10-13.

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Norden Lights - Group G

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Classes for young people to develop performance skills.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all abilities. Year 7-11.

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

http://www.troublemakertheatre.org.uk/

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Whiplash (15)

Dir: Damien Chazelle 2014

An ambitious drummer joins his school jazz band. His passion to achieve perfection spirals into obsession as he is pushed to the brink of sanity by his ruthless teacher.

WHY? Nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture and winner of two BAFTA awards

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Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

A dynamic yoga class with precise alignment focus.

Linking the breath with a flow of postures and time at the end for relaxation will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm and renewed. Deborah Le Vene-Page has been teaching yoga since 2005. Her classes are fun, friendly, inspiring and suitable for all levels of experience.

£8 per class or £98 for 14 week course

Click here to download the information sheet for these classes

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Illustrated Portraits

Led by Erica Sharpe.

Explore illustrated portrait techniques with fashion illustrator Erica Sharp. Look at a variety of illustration inspiration and experiment with processes and materials, focusing on line drawing, decoration and hand lettering. Combine these elements to create a unique mixed media illustration.

Click here to download the information sheet for this workshop

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Piano Lessons - Spring Term 2

Led by Minor Atabek.

Make Saturdays a musical day in your week with piano lessons from our experienced tutor. Playing the piano is not only fun, but also good for memory and concentration. You can prepare for ABRSM or Trinity exams or learn just for yourself – bring your music and join in! Suitable for all levels of experience.

Sat 28 Feb – 28 Mar, lessons held between 10am and 12pm.

20 min lesson £75 per 5 week course
40 min lesson £140 per 5 week course

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Kathak Dance - Intermediate

Led by Amrit Bhamra and Devika Shangari.

A chance to experience the most exhilarating classical dance style of Northern India!

Students will have the opportunity to work towards annual exams in this beautiful rhythmic dance style.

Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for ages 4+ and all abilities.

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Kathak Dance - Beginners

Led by Amrit Bhamra and Devika Shangari.

A chance to experience the most exhilarating classical dance style of Northern India!

Students will have the opportunity to work towards annual exams in this beautiful rhythmic dance style. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for 4+ years and all abilities.

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Richard Herring - Lord of the Dance Settee

After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, the stand up comedian is in a frivolous mood.

His new show is about daftness, whether the term 'cool comedian' is an oxymoron, bouncing joyously on the sofa and how his whole career is a failed attempt to top a piece of visual slapstick comedy he came up with at 16.
Can he revisit the joke thirty years on or will it smash his old bones?

WHY? 'A new Richard Herring show is a never-ending cause for delight' The List

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Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

Encore screening. Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much loved score.

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Lenny Henry Live!

One of Britain's top comics tries out new material.

Len says: 'Come and have a hoot, it is good for you!'.

This event is on sale to our Bronze, Silver & Gold Members until midday Wednesday 04 February. To find out more about becoming a Member click here.

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The Red Mock Chili Peppers

This tribute to the American funk rock band consider The Red Hot Chili Peppers to be one of the greatest live bands of all time.

It is for this reason that they have worked tirelessly perfecting every aspect of the band's sound, look and on stage presence. They perform the hits you know (and there are so many) with superb musicianship; their sheer determination makes them the definitive Red Hot Chili Pepper tribute band.

WHY? Expect Can't Stop, Under the Bridge, Pretty Little Ditty, Love Rollercoaster and more!

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (15)

Dir: Matthew Vaughn 2015

A secret spy organisation recruits an unrefined but promising street kid just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

WHY? Based upon the acclaimed comic book and from the director of Layer Cake, Stardust and Harry Brown

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The Heath Quartet

Oliver Heath (violin), Cerys Jones (violin), Gary Pomeroy (viola) and Christopher Murray (cello)

Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546
Bartok Quartet no. 1
Dvorak Quartet in G op. 106

The Quartet has won prizes in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. They have played the Proms, Wigmore Hall and throughout Europe.

WHY? 'One of the most interesting young quartets I have heard in recent years' Strad Magazine

If you are a member of the Maidenhead Music Society, please call the Box Office on 01628 788997 to book your tickets

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God of Carnage by Yazmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton and presented by Red Hot Theatre. A playground altercation between two eleven year old boys brings their parents together to resolve the matter.

Initially diplomatic niceties are observed but as the meeting progresses and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off.

WHY? An elegant, acerbic and entertaining study in the tension between civilised surface and savage instinct. Reza's sharpest work since Art.

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Tom Stade: Decisions Decisions

The free-thinking philosopher returns to ponder timeless questions and reflect life's choices and decisions.

He's recently stormed BBC1's Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow as well as Channel 4's Comedy Gala at the o2. Catch this exuberant and spellbinding talent as he continues his assult on the global comedy scene. Incisive comedy with the usual sprinkling of Stade magic and expertly crafted mayhem.

WHY? 'Rock 'n' Roll comedian. Absolutely boxfresh; nothing is staid about Stade' The Evening Standard

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Vintage Cupcakes

Led by Sophie Turner.

Design and create beautiful cupcakes in a vintage style. Learn how to ice cupcakes using simple but effective techniques that can be practiced at home. Sugar topper decorations include vintage roses and flowers, birds, bows and ribbons, bunting and more. Six cupcakes per student. £3 materials fee to tutor.

Click here to download the information sheet for this workshop

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Chicken Licken

A baby chick is born and thinks the sky is falling down.

On the way to tell the King, she meets Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky and Turkey Lurkey, but there's a surprise! Chicken Licken grows up to be the Little Red Hen. She asks her friends to help her make bread, but no one wants to play!

WHY? A recipe of food, puppets and music in the story of the Little Red Hen and the sly Foxy Loxy

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Mr Turner (12a)

Dir: Mike Leigh 2014

Timothy Spall stars as British artist JMW Turner in the last quarter century of his life.

The eccentric painter is profoundly affected by the death of his father, sexually exploits his housekeeper and eventually lives an incognito life with a seaside landlady. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with country aristocracy, visits brothels and is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts.

WHY? 'A rambling, richly detailed character study with a magnificent central performance from Timothy Spall' ★★★★★ The Independent
★★★★★ The Times ★★★★★ Daily Mail ★★★★★ Empire

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Rita Payne

Rita Payne are self proclaimed 'acoustic foot stompers' Rhiannon Scutt and Pete Sowerby.

They are one of the UK's fastest rising acts, drawing from an eclectic mix of musical tastes. The duo use breathtaking vocal harmony, mesmerising guitar riffs and tow tapping beats to create their own unique brand of acoustic music.

WHY? They have released two albums to critical acclaim and appeared on the same bill as The Beautiful South, Bellowhead and The Animals

Rita Payne are supported by Little Rach and local band Palmanova.

Little Rach has been described as Joni Mitchell meets Pam Ayres, via Johnny Cash. She has a beautifully pure voice, a true sensibility for live performance, and songs that will make you laugh, cry, and wonder. Her debut album was released last year. It featured Made To Love Music which won Song of the Year at the 2014 Fatea Magazine awards.


Palmanova who were most recently seen at our Studio Session. They are: Max (drums, cajon), James (guitar), Rory (guitar) and Connie (vocals, guitar). They are influenced by The 1975, The Arctic Monkeys and Peace.

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The Imitation Game (12A)

Dir: Morten Tyldum 2014

A dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain's most extraordinary unsung heroes and the man credited with cracking the Enigma code.

WHY? Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear and Charles Dance

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After School Arts Club

Led by Caroline Crawford.

£28 per 3 week course.
For ages 8+ years.

Kaleidoscope Project

Wed 7 – 21 Jan

Be inspired by the work of contemporary artist Damien Hurst and create a mixed media piece based on this research and learning. Then create your own working kaleidoscope.

Ancient Egyptian Art and Hieroglyphics

Wed 28 Jan – 11 Feb

Explore the pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt focusing on the artwork, adornment and Hieroglyphics – then create a ceramic tablet with a secret message.

Design Decorate and Embellish!

Wed 25 Feb – 11 Mar

A fascinating project looking at design from various cultures. Focusing on fine details and their origins, participants create mixed media and observational artwork.

Design Planted Spring Pots!

Wed 18 Mar – 1 Apr

Design, paint and decorate one or more ceramic plant pots with designs based on spring time. Then plant them with spring plants to take home.

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Crochet Club

Crochet offers a way to relax, to be creative and to have fun.

Learn in a relaxed atmosphere at this new addition to the Norden Farm Night School.
Learn basic stitches and techniques in a supportive environment or for those with experience, come along and get expert tips for your projects.
Bring a 4mm hook and some light coloured smooth double knitting yarn or buy a starter kit on the night from £5.

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Maidenhead Drama Festival

COMMUNITY HIRE

A week long festival of one-act plays.

See plays from local youth and adult groups, with comments each evening from a professional adjudicator and a host of trophies to be won on the final night.

WHY? Buy a season ticket for the whole week and see if you agree with the final choices!

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Avalon Edinburgh Preview - Iain Stirling and Jack Barry

Avalon are the UK's leading comedy agent - they bring two top comedians previewing their material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Iain Stirling is a BAFTA nominated presenter and Chortle nominated comedian. He has appeared on BBC3's Russell Howard's Good News and supported Russell Kane on tour.
Consistently a sell out at the Edinburgh Fringe, Iain previews some brand new material in preparation for his next hotly anticipated solo show.
'One of the best joke writers on the circuit' GQ
'Hugely talented rising star' Time Out
'Possesses all the born-with-it-or-you’re-not-qualities associated with the world’s leading comics' ★★★★ The List


Jack Barry is probably the only stand up on the circuit with a degree in Chinese. What a waste.
He’s supported James Acaster on the UK tours of Edinburgh Award nominated shows Prompt and Lawnmower. He has been a regular at the Edinburgh Festival since first appearing with critically acclaimed student sketch group The Leeds Tealights. Don’t miss your chance to see Jack try out new material for his Edinburgh show.
'An inventive flourish behind his likeable banter… a distinctive wit that should make him one to watch' Steve Bennett, Chortle
'I predict that Barry will be one to look out for in the future' Broadway Baby

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Fun with Acrylics: Light on Water

Led by Karen Carter.

Using the work of Monet and contemporary artist Professor Ken Howard, OBE, RA as a starting point, experiment with a variety of ways to depict light on water. Use the paint both thick and thin, plus layering and scraffito techniques to produce a series of sample pieces for future reference. Suitable for all levels of experience.

  •  20 Mar SOLD OUT
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The Vinyl Frontier - The Beatles 'Abbey Road'

A highly sociable evening of music, trivia and chat.

WHY? Hear a classic album as it was intended – in full and on vinyl

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Life Drawing

Led by Benedict Romain.

Sat 21 Feb 10am – 3pm

An intensive life drawing class that mixes traditional techniques with alternative exercises to tackle all aspects of drawing. Themes include experimenting with the body, taking inspiration from the work of previous artists, and incorporating an idea of narrative. Students are encouraged to make mistakes and experiment!

Sat 21 Mar 10am – 1pm

An intensive half day life drawing class that mixes traditional techniques with alternative exercises to tackle all aspects of drawing. Themes include taking inspiration from yoga, and a focus on capturing light. Students are encouraged to make mistakes and experiment!

Click here to download the information sheet for Life Drawing

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Street Art

Led by Benedict Romain.

Learn free-hand spray painting techniques. Then make your own stencils to create a personal piece of street art to take home! Suitable for ages 7+ years.

Click here to download the information sheet for this workshop

  •  21 Mar SOLD OUT
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Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

National tour warm up.

Lee Nelson is back with a brand new show! You may have seen him host BBC1's Live at the Apollo or caught him trying to join the England Squad as Premier League footballer Jason Bent. Now see Lee live in a pair of intimate gigs as he prepares for his highly anticipated nationwide tour.

WHY? 'Never lost for words, never less than ingenious...a seamlessly entertaining touring show' The Times

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Arthur's Dream Boat

Arthur has a dream about a pink and green boat with a stripy mast.

He can't wait to tell everyone about it but no one (not even his dog!) is interested. Will anyone listen to him? Will anyone notice the boat on his head getting bigger? A magical playful children's show with breathtaking puppetry.

Suitable for ages 2+ years.

This tour is presented by house.

WHY? Stay after the show for your chance to meet the puppets

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James Church's Cabaret Night with Caroline Sheen

World class stars from West End and Broadway musicals play in our intimate Studio space.

Caroline is an award winning West End star. She originated the role of Jennifer Gabriel in Cameron Mackintosh’s hit musical The Witches of Eastwick. She was then asked to play the title role in the American tour of Mary Poppins.
Caroline's West End roles include Sandy in Grease, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Eponine in Les Miserables and Sophie in Mamma Mia!
Her extensive concert career includes performing alongside Michael Ball, Bryn Terfel and Aled Jones.

Caroline is supported by Kris Olsen. He won the 2012 Stephen Sondheim Society Performer of the Year Award. He has recently performed in the Norwegian productions of Beauty and the Beast andLes Miserables. Kris will perform some of his favourite songs from the musicals.

WHY? Your chance to see James Church in his last season as our Cabaret Night host

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NT Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Encore screening of David Hare’s new play, starring Meera Syal.

The community of a Mumbai slum have ambitions to better themselves. But their plans are fragile.

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The Old Vic's The Crucible

Encore screening from London's West End. Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, based on Salem’s infamous witch trials

Salem, Massachusetts. In a small tight-knit community, personal grievances collide with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria.
Arthur Miller’s timeless parable attacks the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

Starring Richard Armitage whose film and TV credits include The Hobbit trilogy, Into the Storm, Captain America: The First Avenger and Spooks. His theatre includes The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth for RSC.

Director Yaël Farber is a multiple award-winning director and playwright. Her production of Mies Julie won a string of international awards at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, was named one of the Top Ten Productions of 2012 by The New York Times, and Top Five Productions of 2012 by The Guardian.

Arthur Miller is one of America’s greatest playwrights. His many plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge.

Please note this event is on sale to Friends and Bronze, Silver & Gold Members until Friday 16 January.

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Lucy Porter - Me Time

Finding modern life a bit difficult? Maybe you were born in the wrong era? In this show, Lucy tries to find her rightful place in history.

She ponders whether she'd rather be bewhiskered Victorian explorer, a 1920's Hollywood starlet or Hatshepsut the egyptian pharaoh. Lucy is an Edinburgh Fringe favourite, familiar from radio (including Radio 4's The Unbelievable Truth) and television including BBC2's Mock The Week and BBC1's Have I Got News for You.

WHY? 'Impeccably punch lined anecdotes...Genuinely delightful' The Telegraph

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Jump In! Showcase Henry V

Presented by Norden Lights Academy

King Henry IV has died, and the young King Henry V has just assumed the throne. This multimedia explosion tells the tale of a boy becoming a man.

Interested in taking to the stage? Why not join us for Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes every week – from £37 per 10 week term!

For more information about Youth Dance and Youth Theatre at Norden Farm please contact Rita Bryant on rita.bryant@nordenfarm.org | 01628 682555

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Jump In! Showcase The Tales of Hans Andersen

Dramatised by Pete Meakin

Presented by Norden Lights

Thursday 26 March | 5.15pm | Group C
Thursday 26 March | 6.45pm | Group G

Sunday 29 March | 6pm | Group H

Wednesday 1 April | 5.45pm | Group B

An adaption of the haunting stories of Hans Christian Andersen including The Little Match Girl, The Brave Tin Soldier and The Snow Queen. The cast work to create all 57 named characters plus become the set and props too.

Interested in taking to the stage? Why not join us for Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes every week – from £37 per 10 week term!

For more information about Youth Dance and Youth Theatre at Norden Farm please contact Rita Bryant on rita.bryant@nordenfarm.org | 01628 682555

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Jump In! Showcase The Last Resort

By Chris Owen

Presented by Norden Lights

A downright funny portrait of a day in the life of a bustling seaside town. Beginning in the early morning with the dawn milk float and finishing that night on the cliffs above the town.

Interested in taking to the stage? Why not join us for Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes every week – from £37 per 10 week term!

For more information about Youth Dance and Youth Theatre at Norden Farm please contact Rita Bryant on rita.bryant@nordenfarm.org | 01628 682555

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Friday Night Art Club

Led by Caroline Crawford

Drawing: Pencil and Charcoal

Friday 30 January

Explore areas of artistic expression and how you see and record what is in front of you. Through a series of drawing exercises, discover how to perceive your chosen subject matter and learn how to overcome some common drawing challenges.

Painting: Ink and Watercolour

Friday 27 February

Through a series of drawing & painting exercises you will discover how to perceive your chosen subject matter & learn how to overcome some common challenges. With loads of tips and techniques you will learn how to combine & compare working with coloured inks & watercolour paints and see the wonderful benefits of working with this media

Still Life: Picasso

Friday 27 March

We look at the work of Artist Picasso, Cubism and then at viewpoints. Working on a still life piece Students create a layered piece using water soluble pencil work. With a focus on line & composition & colour.

Print and Mixed Media: Butterflies

Friday 24 April

We look at the work of contemporary Artist Damien Hurst, with a focus on colour and symmetry, finally creating your own beautiful mixed media and print piece based on this research and learning.

Participants are required to bring some materials.

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Simon Allen (saxes)

Berkshire born Simon has scaled the heights to become one of the UK's top jazz performers.

He is joined by Malcolm Edmondstone (piano), Mike Soper (trumpet, flugel), Andy Crowdy (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums). They'll be playing tunes such as Speak Low, Come rain or Come Shine, Joy Spring , What is this thing Called Love and In a Sentimental Mood.


Students from Norden Farm's Schools Jazz Day will be performing at 6.45pm.

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

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Sgraffito with Oil Pastel

Led by Jo Hall.

Sgraffito’ is Italian for scratch and this technique was historically used in plaster work and ceramics where two layers of different colour were laid down and the top layer scratched or scraped back to reveal the colour below. Use the same technique to create abstract patterns or simple still lives with oil pastel. This technique is useful for mixed media work and you will experiment with oil pastel over acrylic paint.

Click here to download the information sheet for this workshop

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Trash (15)

Dir: Stephen Daldry 2014

In Rio’s slums, two trash picking boys find a wallet at their local dump. Little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever.

WHY? ‘Stephen Daldry’s tale of Rio street kids has grit, humour and outstanding performances from its young cast’ ★★★★ The Observer

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Philip Henry and Hannah Martin

Winners of the Best Duo at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards and one of the most innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years.

Philip is one of the UK's top slide guitarists and harmonica players while Hannah is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, playing fiddle, viola and banjo. The pair create a unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres.

WHY? 'Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo' Seth Lakeman

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Love is Strange (15)

Dir: Ira Sachs 2014

After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally marry. When George loses his job, they are forced to face the challenges of living apart.

WHY? ★★★★ The Financial Times ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ Empire Magazine ★★★★ Little White Lies

Please note that the 10.30am Parent and Baby screening on Wednesday 4 February 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 cup of tea); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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Jump In! Showcase Ernie's Incredible Illucinations

By Alan Ayckbourn.

Presented by Junior Norden Lights

Young Ernie has been having “illucinations”. Suddenly soliders are invading his home, his aunty takes on a fairground boxer and his dad rescues a famous mountaineer.

Interested in taking to the stage? Why not join us for Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes every week – from £37 per 10 week term!

For more information about Youth Dance and Youth Theatre at Norden Farm please contact Rita Bryant on rita.bryant@nordenfarm.org | 01628 682555

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ROH Live: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Live screening (Wednesday, encore Thursday). A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill.

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Stations of the Cross (15)

Dir: Dietrich Brüggemann 2014 (German with English subtitles)

Fourteen year old Maria has typical teenage interests at school. At home she follows strict Catholic teachings. Her conflicted emotions are told in fourteen chapters.

WHY? ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Observer ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ Little White Lies

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Jump In! Circus Skills

Try tightrope walking, giant ball walking, unicycling and juggling. Let by award-winning circus company Albert and Friends. (Minimum age for family workshop is 5 years)

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Dance - Fun at the Fair (5-7 years)

Storytelling through dance using a funfair theme. This is a contemporary dance session styled especially for younger children.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Drama - All About Me - How to OWN the stage! (8-10 years)

How to shine on stage and make sure you get noticed in the crowd. A crash course in posing, attention seeking and upstaging.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Art - Spray Painting (11+ years)

Use spray paints both free hand and with stencils to produce personal street art pieces to take home. Dress mess.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Create'n'Make

Led by Michaela Clarke

Please note, the Create'n'Make session on Friday 20 February will be at the earlier time of 10.15am and will be combined with the Half Term Arts and Crafts session.

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Jump In! Dance - Choreography (8-10 years)

Learn a new dance routine ready to rip up the dance floor. Suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Drama - Create your own MONSTER make up (Families)

Ghosts, witches, aliens, animals. Go wild with this hands-on session of art, creativity and play. Dress for mess.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Art - Fun with Casting (5-7 years)

Using simple casting techniques with clay and plaster to cast toys and found objects to create a 3d picture tablet. Dress for mess.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Music - Sing and Strum Ukelele (Families)

An introduction to the ukulele for everyone (even beginners!) Play fun and quirky covers and take part in a big uke jam.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Drama - Loud and Proud - Voice for acting (5-7 years)

Learn to project and change your voice, learn new accents and make sure people listen.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Art - Mini Figure Sculptures (8-10 years)

Dynamic figure sculpture; using wire frames and fabric with special fabric hardener we can quickly create amazing statues full of movement and colour. Dress for mess.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Music - Sensational Samba Drumming (Families)

Play snare drums, agogo bells or the choalhols to make a sensational samba rhythm.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Drama - Storyville - Bring your imagination to life (8-10 years)

You bring the stories, we’ll help you turn them into real life performances with characters and dialogue.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Art - Modroc Monsters (Families)

Dynamic figure sculpture; using wire frames and fabric with special fabric hardener we can quickly create amazing statues full of movement and colour. Dress for mess.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Music - Glitch Jam Workshop (8-10 years)

Make some electronic noises using our collection of iPad apps, Kaoss pads & noise toys. Plug in and play!

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Drama - Comedy and Clowning (11+ years)

Have fun with slapstick, pratfalls, buffoonery and a plentiful supply of red noses.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Jump In! Art - Body Casting (11+ years)

Learn professional casting techniques using alginate and plaster to produce an amazingly detailed cast of your hand or foot. Dress for mess.

Give it a Go! Taster Workshops

A whole day crammed full of low cost Give it a Go! Workshops. Why not try something different, from circus skills to chocolate making or choreography to magic!

Some of our activities are especially for families – we actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part!

Children are not supervised between activities.

All workshops £3 per person | Give it a Go pass (4 workshops) £10 per person | All workshops 1 hour

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Shaun the Sheep Movie (U)

Dir: Richard Starzack, Mark Burton 2014

Shaun takes the day off to have some fun – but he gets a little more action than he bargained for! Join Shaun, Bitzer, the Flock and Slip the dog in this hilarious, action packed adventure.

WHY? From the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run

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The Theory of Everything (12A)

Dir: James Marsh 2014

At the age of 21, renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde and receives an earth-shattering diagnosis.

WHY? The extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds

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The Rocky Horror Comedy Show

How d'you do, I see you've seen my brand new comedy show...

Give yourself over to uncontrollable laughter as Jim 'N' Richards and five titillating Transylvanian comedians take you on a time warp of stand up, songs and sketches - all ravishingly ripped from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

WHY? Sure to make you giggle with antici...

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Paddington (PG)

Dir: Paul King 2014


A bear arrives in London in search of a home and is taken in by the Brown family. But he catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

WHY? ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The Telegraph

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Paul Gunn Company

The glitz of the Jazz Age combines with the buffoonery and wit of The Ealing Comedies.

With original comic and cool songs, razor sharp lyrics and virtuoso playing – expect Noel Coward meets the Bonzos.

‘The wordplay should appeal to anyone who's ever regarded Terry Thomas as a role model’ MOJO

The setlist includes classics such as Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has anybody seen my girl?), Luck be a Lady and Angel Eyes.

Paul Gunn is joined by musicians Lee Booth (bass), David Rohoman (drums) and distinguished pianist Vladimir Miller, leader of The Moscow Composers' Orchestra.

WHY? ‘Vocalist Paul Gunn, a sort of continuation of Viv Stanshall by other means, crooned his way expertly with such wit, panache and musical expertise that the audience were baying for more’ Venue Magazine

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Selma (12A)

Dir: Ava DuVernay 2014

In 1965 Martin Luther King Jr leads a dangerous campaign and an epic march from Selma to Montgomery.

WHY? Nominated for two Oscars including Best Picture

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The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl comes direct from California to amaze with square bubbles, giant bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles and even people inside bubbles!

Suitable for all ages.

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Jump In! Art Daze

Immerse yourself in three fantastic days of inspiring art!

Experiment with techniques used by famous artists including collage, weaving and papier- mache. Try out a whole range of materials including spray paint and fabrics.
Work on group and solo projects, and take home something new everyday.

Suitable for ages 8+ years.

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Frozen Sing-A-Long (PG)

Anna is a fearless optimist who teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven in an epic journey to save her sister Elsa.

Along the way, they encounter mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, snowy weather and magic at every turn.

WHY? Bring the whole family to sing along to this hit Disney movie

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National Gallery (12A)

Dir: Frederick Wiseman 2014

A journey behind the scenes of the London institution. This is a portrait of the gallery – its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public.

WHY? ‘Fascinating documentary takes us to the heart of a thriving museum’ ★★★★ The Independent

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Jackie Oates

Winner of the BBC Folk Awards for best newcomer and best traditional track.

Jackie Oates is a name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention. Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style have won her several BBC Folk Awards during her 10 year recording career.
She will be joined tonight by guitarist Tristan Seume.

WHY? 'A celebrity in the new folk scene' The Guardian

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Still Life (12A)

Dir: Uberto Pasolini 2014

John May works for the council finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. When he is made redundant, John’s obsession with the final case leads him to question everything about his own life.

WHY? A poignant tale of life, love and the afterlife

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Mrs McMoon's Tea Party

Join Mrs McMoon in her cosy old living room for a tea party full of mischief, surprise and laughter.

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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Fifty Shades of Grey (18)

Dir: Sam Taylor-Johnson 2015

Student Anastasia Steele meets the beautiful, brilliant and intimidating Christian Grey. When the couple embark on a daring and passionate affair, Ana discovers secrets about Christian as well as herself.

WHY? The hotly anticipated film adaptation of the biggest and fastest selling book series ever

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A Night of ELO

A dramatic taste of the classic ELO in their heyday.

This professional re-enactment of an ELO concert complete with a sound reproduction light show and visual effects. The seven piece band provides the full effect of ELO's orchestrations, with live cellos and the infamous blue violin. With all the hits including Mr Blue Sky, Livin' Thing, Wild West Hero and Telephone Line.

WHY? Brings back the ages of Glam Rock and pays tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne

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Comedy Club 4 Kids Workshop

Join professional comedians at a workshop to learn how to write and perform stand-up.

Then dazzle your friends & family with your own comedy routine on the main stage, at the end of the session.

Workshop attendees can watch the 2pm Comedy Club 4 Kids show for free!


Suitable for age 6+ years.

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Comedy Club 4 Kids Show

Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes the Comedy Club 4 Kids, a proper comedy club where the best comedians perform their work without the swearing or the rude bits.

Designed exclusively for children and adults to enjoy stand up without the rude words.

'The perfect way to keep the whole family happy' Three Weeks

For ages 6+.

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Au Revoir les Enfants (12A)

Dir: Louis Malle 1987 (French with English subtitles)

One of the great movies about WW2 and the German Occupation. In 1944 a wealthy Catholic boy befriends a Jewish boy being hidden by the priests at his boarding school.

WHY? ‘Every line, every scene, every shot, is composed with mastery. It has to be seen’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

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Barry Cryer - Twitter Titters

In yet another farewell tour, having been charged with persistent joking, Baz returns and asks for 20 other shows to be taken into consideration.

You are the Judge and Jury - be merciful to the aged accused! He merely seeks to bring a ray of sunshine amid the dark clouds of life. Barry will be enjoying himself -do join him!

WHY? One of Britain;'s truly great comic writers and performers, Barry Cryer has been in the entertainment industry for over 50 years

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Body Control Pilates

Give yourself a moment to relax, unwind and stretch out your body.

Pilates helps to strengthen and tone your muscles, improve your posture, balance and flexibility and help you have a longer, leaner and stronger body.

Tues 6 Jan – 10 Feb and 24 Feb – 14 Apr (exc 31 Mar and 7 Apr)
10am – 11am Intermediate
11.15am – 12.15pm Beginners

£48 per 6 week course
£84 for 2 courses

Click here to download the information sheet for this course

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Grease Sing-Along

Join in all the hits.

Including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and more.

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The Emperor and the Nightingale

An interactive storytelling opera - become part of the sotry as you follow the Emperor through his palace.

Suitable for ages 7+ years.

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Big Hero 6

Dir: Don Hall, Chris Williams 2014

Inflatable robot Baymax brings his friends together to create a team of high tech superheroes. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name.

WHY? Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature Film

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Avalon Edinburgh Preview - Rob Auton and Jarlath Regan

Avalon are the UK's leading comedy agent - they bring two top comedians previewing their material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Rob Auton has written three five star rated Edinburgh fringe shows. The Guardian called Rob 'a genuine original' after seeing his 2014 Edinburgh fringe show. Rob has won the 'Dave Funniest Joke of The Fringe' award with a gag about Chinese Wispas. He'll be previewing his newest material for this year's festival.
'Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch' The Independent
'Few artists have ever managed to consistently provide me with such joy and pleasure as Rob Auton. I always leave in awe of how good he is' Scroobius Pip


Jarlath Regan has gained a reputation with the industry and audiences for his uplifting, inventive and relentlessly funny stand up. He has enjoyed sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2007.
He was a finalist in the BBC and Channel 4 New Comedy Awards and has published best selling books. Don’t miss your chance to see Jarleth preview his latest show before the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
'Side-splitting stuff' ★★★★ The Metro
'A refreshing and hilarious change of pace' ★★★★ Independent

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Ida (12A)

Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski 2014

In Poland 1962, Anna is a novice nun who discovers she is Jewish. She begins a journey to find out who she really is and where she belongs.

WHY? Nominated for two Oscars and winner of the BAFTA award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Jump In! Play in 3 Days - If I Ruled the World!

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Create a play from scratch in just three days! Explore different elements of theatre such as acting and script writing before performing your masterpiece at the end of the course.

Wednesday 15 April – Friday 17 April 10am – 4pm.

Suitable for ages 10+ years.

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Jump In! Animation Club

Get involved in all aspects of making an animated film.

Create storyboards and make scenery and characters then bring your characters to life using stop motion software. Invite your friends and family to see your animation on the big screen in the Courtyard Theatre at 3.30pm on Friday.

Suitable for children aged 10+ years.

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My Friend Mole

A tender story about a boy and his imaginary friend.

With live music, songs and a rich visual language.

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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Kumiko The Treasure Hunter (12A)

Dir: David Zellner 2014

A lonely Japanese woman abandons her structured life in Tokyo. She heads to the Minnesota wilderness to find a satchel of money rumoured to be hidden there.

WHY? ‘A miraculously subtle performance by Rinko Kikuchi and some striking photography bolster this engaging if quirky odyssey’ Empire Magazine

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Christopher Guild (piano)

Scottish pianist Christopher Guild is in demand as a recital artist, concerto soloist and collaborative pianist.

He is the youngest ever winner of the Moray Piano Competition. Christopher is a strong advocate of contemporary and lesser known repertoire.

His programme includes:
Bach Partita no 2 in C minor
Beethoven Sonata 'La Chasse' op 31 no 3
Bax Third Sonata


WHY? 'A Naturally creative and innovatory musician...Such pianists are rare...He is a wonderful advocate for new music' Royal College of Music

If you are a member of the Maidenhead Music Society, please call the Box Office on 01628 788997 to book your tickets

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Christian O'Connell - Breaking Dad

The 10-times Sony Award winning Absolute Radio DJ takes to the road in his highly anticipated debut stand up tour.

It follows sell out runs at the 2013 and 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. Christian is a dad on the edge – if you've ever been a dadhad a dadknown a dad, this is the show for you. Featuring beloved pet death, pensioner sex advice and the inherent evil of Peppa Pig. Suitable for ages 16+ years.

WHY? ‘A natural, warm and charismatic comedian’ ★★★★ Big Issue

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A Feast of Jazz with Peter King (alto sax)

A long awaited return from this world acclaimed consummate jazz artist.

Peter is a major influence on the British jazz scene and a renowned exponent of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Supported by Paul Jordanous (trumpet), together with the phenomenal musicianship of Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? Peter has won the prestigious BBC Musician of the Year award

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NT Live: The Hard Problem

Encore screening of the highly anticipated new play from Tom Stoppard.

Hilary is a young psychology researcher nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work

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The Mods

Music from The Who, Small Faces, The Kinks and other classic bands from a classic era.

The Mods are Tim Huggins (vocals), Steve Barnacle (bass), Mickey Simmonds (keyboards), John Kennard (guitar) and Johnny Marter (drums). Between them, they have played with Queen, Elton John, Bill Wyman, Art Garfunkel, The Foo Fighters, Van Morrison and more.
The band has an excellent reputation for delivering powerful, exciting and entertaining shows with a dash of humour, full of outstanding musicianship.

WHY? 'The best 60's tribute band in the world' Time Out

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Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan the Terrible

Live screening. Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, this fascinating epic dramatises Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign.

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White God (15)

Dir: Kornél Mundruczó 2014 (Hungarian with English subtitles)

A stunning allegorical tale. Legions of abandoned dogs share an instinct for savage retribution against their human oppressors.

WHY? ‘A fantasia of canine madness that looks sometimes like a horror-thriller… sometimes like a tribute to Hitchcock's The Birds’ ★★★★ The Guardian

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BAFTA Shorts (15)

Dir: Will Anderson, Rachel Tunnard, Oscar Sharp, Michael Lennox, Marcus Armitage, Daisy Jacobs, Aleem Khan, Ainslie Henderson 2014

A collection of short films made by first-time directors, covering a variety of subjects.

WHY? Includes The Bigger Picture and Boogaloo and Graham – both BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated

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Fun with Acrylics: Trees and Woodlands

Led by Karen Carter.

A fun day using expressive techniques, applying paint with palette knives, cardboard, sticks, pipettes and more to convey the many qualities of trees from rough tactile bark to the movement of wind through the branches! Suitable for all levels of experience. £1.50 materials fee to tutor.

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Voodoo Room - A Tribute to the Music of Jimi Hendrix and Cream

Paying homage to the first super groups of classic blues and rock.

Their refreshingly energetic and unpretentious live show is not to be missed! Voodoo Room deliver a full on show that features all the Hendrix and Cream hits, performed with an energy and virtuosity that transcends tribute band status.
The sheer musical ability of the band is a force to be reckoned with - it is simply great music performed by great players of genuine pedigree.

WHY? The last time the band were at Norden Farm, the crowd would not let them go!

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Portrait Drawing

Led by Benedict Romain.

An intensive drawing session dedicated to drawing portraits; capturing likenesses in a range of materials through varied approaches. Experiment with alternative exercises and traditional techniques, drawing both from life and from photographs.

Click here to download the information sheet for this workshop

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Create a Japanese Koi Carp Kite

Led by Erica Sharpe.

To celebrate Children's Day in Japan, create a colourful ‘Koinobori’ (koi carp kite). Learn collage and paper cutting techniques particular to Japanese art and learn about some of the customs of Children's Day in Japan. Suitable for ages 7-10 years.

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Still Alice (12A)

Dir: Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer 2014

Renowned linguistics professor Alice Howland is diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heart breaking and inspiring.

WHY? Julianne Moore is Oscar nominated for her role and won the BAFTA award for Best Actress

Please note that the 10.30am Parent and Baby screening on Wednesday 4 February 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 cup of tea); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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The Vinyl Frontier - Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

A highly sociable evening of music, trivia and chat.

WHY? Hear a classic album as it was intended – in full and on vinyl

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG)

Dir: John Madden 2015

Hotel owner Sonny has only one room available for new arrivals Guy and Lavinia. He joins forces with his residents to open a second hotel.

WHY? Ann all star cast includes Bill Nighy, Dame Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel and Richard Gere

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Bitesize Opera: Mozart Opera Scenes

Some of the most talented young opera singers from London conservatoires perform a selection of 'bitesize' scenes.

Each showcases the delicious comedy and charm of Mozart's operatic classics in vibrant new English translations. Including much loved arias and rousing ensembles, these scenes bring to life the thrilling drama of opera with a contemporary twist.

WHY? A delightful operatic entrée for fresh audiences and refined palates alike

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Matt Forde: 24 Hour Political Party People

Following a sellout run in Edinburgh, Matt comes back to celebrate the great and the good (and Ed Miliband).

The countdown to election 2015 starts here with his brand new show. Matt has been seen on Channel 4's three part comedy series John Richard Grows up and 8 out of 10 Cats plus BBC1's Have I Got News For You.

WHY? 'Smooth as silk. Brings confidence and energy to political satire' ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

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A Strange Wild Song

In northern France in the Second World War, three children encounter a lost American soldier in the ruins of their village.

Decades later, the soldier's camera is unearthed and his grandson tries to solve the mystery of the photographs inside. He discovers a world of childhood and imagination, as fragments of war explode into present day.

This tour is presented by house.

WHY? Accompanied by an original, award-winning score

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John Hegley - I am Poetato

Join poet and performer John as he dips into an animal alphabet of poems about people, pets and other creatures.

In addition to John’s extensive live work he has published ten critically acclaimed books. He is a TV and radio regular, most recently in his own BBC Radio 4 series Who Does John Hegley Think He Is?.

WHY? ‘An incurable entertainer’ The Guardian

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John Hegley - New and Selected Potatoes

The UK’s favourite performance poet, comedian and musician hits the road.

With his mandolin in hand, John performs pieces new and older - sung, spoken and awoken with dance. Expect meditations upon family, celery and happier Daleks.
Light and lyrical. Deep and daft. Come and sing.

WHY? ‘Scandalously talented’ Sunday Times
'Awesomely mundane' Independent

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Celtic Fiddle Festival

Celebrating the violin in all its globe trotting variations.

Sold out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by this quartet. The line up includes world renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître and guitarist Nicolas Quemener from Brittany and André Brunet from Québec. They showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles.

WHY? ‘Ratchets up the temperature as they ricochet through everything from magnificent Québecois tunes to Breton marches to the Irish tradition’ The Irish Times

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Gypsy Fire - Acoustic Spectacular

Be propelled on a musical journey through style and time in this feast for the senses.

Narrated by the mysterious ‘Creator’ this dynamic show combines breathtaking musical performances with an otherworldly theatrical ambience. Featuring the award winning Ben Holder (violin), Will Barnes and Stuart Carter-Smith (acoustic guitars) and Paul Jefferies (double bass)

WHY? Four virtuoso musicians weave darkness, excitement, exuberance and great beauty through some of music’s most iconic eras

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Robin Ince - Blooming Buzzing Confusion

In a fast follow up to /In (and out of) His Mind/, comedian Robin Ince continues to prod into our brains with a sharpened pencil to try and work out just how much free will anyone can have.

Is anyone a freethinker?

Looking at Milgram, Mcluhan and experiments into the mind, Robin tries to work out if we can arm ourselves against mass media despots and live life pragmatically or will we always just be clumsy animals justifying each mistake with a well-honed alibi?

Well, it will be something like that - basically, another night of shouting, gesticulating, gurning and enquiring - a curious mind and id on the rampage.

WHY? Robin is a Sony Gold award winner, three times Chortle award winner and has received the Time Out outstanding achievement award

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Ralph McTell

Ralph McTell celebrates 50 years as a professional musician and this quintessential English singer-songwriter-guitarist is back on tour.

Ralph’s shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs combined with dexterous, finger-style guitar playing and evocative storytelling and will of course include the Ivor Novello award winning Streets Of London.

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St John's Chamber Orchestra

Jonathan Stone (violin) Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

Beethoven Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5

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An Evening with the War Poets

A special event on the centenary of the death of Julian Grenfell DSO, Maidenhead’s very own war poet, on 26 May 1915.

Poems, diaries and letters from male and female war poets selected and presented by Maidenhead Heritage Centre.

WHY? Strong local connections

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Lucy Beaumont - We can Twerk it Out

Foster’s Best Newcomer nominee 2014.

Lucy is the winner of The BBC New Comedy Award, Chortle Best Newcomer and star of BBC 3's Live at the Electric. This is her hugely anticipated debut show. Spend an hour in Lucy's universe on the North East coast with her unique blend of surreal, offbeat humour and big belly laughs.

WHY? ‘A new voice in stand up both metaphorically and literally’ Chortle

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The Neil Diamond Story - The Life of Legend in Song

A celebration of the life and work of the musical legend.

Featuring iconic songs from a hit filled career such as Cracklin’ Rosie, Love on The Rocks, America, and Play Me alongside much loved album tracks and more recent acoustic material.

WHY? Bob Drury’s one-man show is a ‘must see’ for all Diamond fans

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Pierre Bensusan

The ‘Mozart of Guitar’ is back in the UK.

The finger style acoustic guitar virtuoso has been performing for over 40 years. He is recognised as one of the great guitar players of the 21st century and described as a ‘genius’ by the likes of Jon Gomm and Melody Maker. Pierre’s style of playing crosses world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more.

WHY? Winner of the 2014 Independent Music Award for Live Performance Album

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Caddy Cooper and Friends

The acoustic blues, country and folk singer songwriter is a travelling soul.

She has spent the last year dotting across the globe on a British military tour from Afghanistan through Australia, Europe and India. Caddy has played at festivals, had extensive radio play and toured across the UK promoting her critically acclaimed debut album.

WHY? Caddy returns with her band and a brand new album

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The Billy Joel Songbook - performed by Elio Pace and his band

Performed by Elio Pace and his band. Following on from his highly acclaimed concerts in New York and Philadelphia, Elio Pace delivers a sensational tour celebrating the music of Billy Joel.

With all the hits including Uptown Girl, Just the Way You Are, My Life and fan favourites such as Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man.

WHY? An electrifying concert performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano player accompanied by his six piece band

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Romesh Ranganathan and Suzi Ruffell – Double Header Tour

Two of comedy's rising stand up stars embark on their first UK tour.

Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn’t Built in a Day
Winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury New Act Award 2013 and host of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack.

Suzi Ruffell – Social Chameleon
As seen on BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live and BBC Radio 1’s LOLz Lounge.

WHY? Both acts are fresh from supporting their comedy idols including Seann Walsh, Ricky Gervais and Alan Carr

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Dave Gorman's Screen Guild

In preparation for the next series of his hit Dave TV show Modern Life is Goodish, Dave Gorman is hitting the road this summer armed with new material.

Taking a mischievous look at modern life, Dave will share his observations and frustrations with a little help from his laptop.
Known as one of comedy’s most innovative thinkers Dave Gorman credits include sell out live shows Are you Dave Gorman?, Googlewhack Adventure, Powerpoint Presentation and Gets Straight to the Powerpoint. He has starred in his own hit BBC Radio 4 and BBC2 series Genius and published best selling books Googlewhack Adventure, Dave Gorman vs the Rest of the World and Too Much Information.
The chance to see this unique comedian in an intimate warm up gig.
‘Has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria’ Metro

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Ed Byrne - Outside, Looking In

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

'Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!' ★★★★ The Sunday Times
'A masterful display of the comics art…This is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler' ★★★★★ The Sunday Times
'Hilarious anecdotes! l assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should DEFINITELY see' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways' ★★★★ The Times
'Byrne is at the top of his game' ★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no overstatement' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'A show full of top – class observational humour….A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
'Superior stand up from the nerd next door' ★★★★ The Herald

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Justin Moorhouse - Destiny Calling

Justin is back on the road with his brand new stand-up show for 2015, doing what he does best - making people laugh up and down the country.

‘Comedic Tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical eye’ The Herald

Fresh from the 15 date Manchester Arena Phoenix Nights LIVE reunion in aid of Comic Relief, Justin is ready to hit the road.

‘Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd’ Sunday Times

He has recently appeared in the new series of BBC1's Live at the Apollo and Coronation Street, playing pub landlord Dean Upton. He is currently Champion of Champions on RAdio 5Live's Fighting Talk, a familiar voice on talkSPORT as well as Radio 4’s News Quiz and winner of BBC1's Celebrity Mastermind.

‘Simultaneously down-to-earth and out-of-this-world’ The List

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One Snowy Night

One winter's night it was so cold it began to snow Great big snowflakes fell past the window of Percy's hut…

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