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Creative Mindfulness For Children (Aged 8-11 years)

Led by Stella Chenery

Children will learn to:
• Recognise and understand feelings, thoughts and emotions
• Focus the mind
• Cultivate kindness and compassion towards themselves and others
• Relax and calm their minds and bodies
• Express their feelings

Through creative activities, art, sound, stories, meditations, visualizations and discussion.

Suitable for ages 8 - 11 years.

Summer
Sat 13 May, Sat 10 Jun
12pm - 12.45pm
£10 per child, per session

Please note that children need to be accompanied to and from the workshop space but not during the session and you are not required to stay on site. However, you will need to complete an emergency contact form with our DBS checked tutor before the session begins.

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Pianists at Norden Farm 3: Ke Ma

Two years ago, at the height of the pandemic, the Chinese pianist Ke Ma gave a mesmerising live streamed recital from the stage of Norden Farm – so here is a welcome chance to catch her in person.

Mozart Sonata in D, K.311; Sonata in A minor, K.310
Schubert Impromptus in G flat and F minor
Debussy Images (Book 2)
Rachmaninov Sonata No.2

Ke Ma's programme opens with two brilliant Mozart sonatas, followed by two beautiful Schubert impromptus and an evocative suite by Debussy. It ends with Rachmaninov’s towering Second Sonata.

A thrilling evening in prospect.

Courtyard Theatre
£18 | Under 18s free

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Bring Baby Choir

Singing is a great way to relieve stress and promote well-being.

Meet new people and take some time for you in this new acappella choir for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their babies!

It is a baby friendly class, created especially so you can bring the baby you care for. Grown ups are in a semi circle (with room for your buggy next to you) and babies can sit, crawl or play on the blanket in front of you.

These uplifting classes are led by conductor/composer (and mum) Marta Radwan. There's no auditions, no singing experience is needed and you don't need to have a 'good voice' - just an openness to have a go! You'll be sure to know the songs and there will even be some which include your little one.

There's also:
* Free on-site parking
* Café (open all day)
* Baby changing facilities

Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers all welcome with their babies under 18 months

Fridays
Friday 12 May - Friday 9 June and Friday 16 June - Friday 21 July
12.30pm - 1.30pm
£10 per session | £40 for 5 week course | £48 for 6 week course

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Norden Farm’s Daytime Choir

Led by Dr Marta Mathea Radwan

Norden Farm’s Daytime Choir is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for everyone. We learn by ear, so you don’t need music experience. Our music ranges from gospel, world and jazz to pop and classical - anything that sounds great and is a joy to sing. Joining us is a great way to meet people and sing your stress away.

Summer
5 May - 9 Jun (6 weeks), 16 Jun - 21 Jul (6 weeks)
2pm - 3.30pm
£66 per 6-week course

Suitable for 18+ years

About the tutor
Dr Marta Mathea Radwan is an award-winning vocalist, composer and musical director. Heralding from Poland and with over 30 years' experience in musical performance, Marta conducts choirs around London, including: jazz group Alle Choir London, Offbeat a cappella community choirs in Acton and Richmond, and Singing for Fun groups at Brunel University London.

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Rebeca Ortega - Azahar Flamenco Dance and Music

From the deepest roots of flamenco, this theatrically spun dance show is born.

Shaped by the luminosity of the alegrías, the depth of the taranto, the rhythms of the tangos and bulerías and the jondura of the soleá and the farruca.

Strength and elegance work in harmony with the tradition of flamenco culture... Where the flight of hands, sensuality, and taconeo induce passion.

Rebeca Ortega has danced at Carmen Amaya Flamenco Cultural Academy, the world renowned Centro de Arte Flamenco y Danza Española Amor de Dios in Madrid and at the Andalousian Centre of Dance.

Her dance comprises a vast repertoire including dance instruments: bata de cola, mantón, bastón, fan and castagnets, and personal fusion skills with circus and theatre.

Rebeca has performed under the direction of the internationally celebrated flamenco dancer and choreographer La Tati with flamenco company Teatro Flamenco La Tati.

As a solo flamenco dancer she has performed at the Edinburgh Festival in four productions, including a Flamenco for Kids which was voted one of the three best children's shows of the Festival.

In 2017, she stands out for the first time in Copenhagen, Denmark, at Himmelstorm Festival and VendersKulturCentret, together with Yolanda Almodóvar Quartet and in a duo with the circus artist Villads Bugge Bang, performing an original piece that plays with flamenco dance, body percussion, circus and physical theatre.

She toured the UK for the first time four years ago and returned last year with RAÍCES which she performed at Norden Farm.

Courtyard Theatre
£17

Rebeca Ortega's website
@nordenfarm

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Silver Stacking Ring Workshop

Led by Fiona Dowling

Join Fiona from Jewellery Moves & learn how to make a set of three stacking rings which fit you perfectly. At this workshop you will learn how to saw, solder, file, hammer, hand-stamp and finish your own sterling silver rings. You will also learn how to make your own bezel setting and set a cabochon (selected from a range of colours provided) within one of your rings. You will leave at the end of the day with three rings (one of which can be hand stamped with a personal message).

Thur 29 Jun
11am - 4pm

£80

The cost of the silver is not included in the course fees. The approximate cost of these materials is £30/£40 and payable to the tutor on the day (ideally in cash).

Please make sure that hair is tied back, please wear closed shoes and bring your glasses if you wear them.

Suitable for 18+ years

About Jewellery Moves:
Taught by Fiona Dowling, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, Jewellery Moves workshops aim to teach traditional craftsmanship, jewellery skills and techniques in small groups with a relaxed atmosphere.

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Laugh Out Proud!

Mark Cram | Kate Martin | Andrew O'Neil

A brand new LGBTQIA+ comedy night. Featuring the best in established and upcoming acts from the community on the UK comedy circuit.

This is night is all about giving acts and audiences alike a fun and friendly place to express themselves, kick back, have a laugh and good time in an inclusive and welcoming comedy club environment.

Whether it's comedy, cabaret or anything in between - Laugh Out Proud is the queer night out you're looking for.

The line up includes:

Mark Cram is quite the all-rounder - with both a killer set and strong MCing chops. For the last few years Mark has been plying his comedy trade across the UK. Constantly evolving, usually unpredictable - he is garnering positive reactions everywhere he goes.

Mark thrills crowds with his tales of dead-end jobs, his family and being the less than grateful winner of Bedford Comedian of the Year.

'A Masterclass in comedy design' Newbury Weekly News

Kate Martin is ‘brilliantly funny and energetic’ (Angela Barnes) and her ‘confident delivery and slick material’ (Chortle) has quickly established her as one of the most exciting new acts on the circuit.

At 6ft 1 and with the longest wingspan in comedy (probably), Kate’s a naturally engaging, energetic performer with effortlessly tight gags to match. Her unique background in mental health has given her a fresh take on the world. She has a completely distinctive voice and fuels her high energy storytelling, whip-smart punchlines and razor-sharp observations of life's quirks through queer eyes.

Kate was a finalist of the Funny Women Stage Awards 2022, runner-up in the finals of the WDCF New Comedian of the Year competition 2021, and in 2021 won the Comedy Store’s King Gong, Up the Creeks Blackout, and the Frog and Bucket’s Beat the Frog.

‘Bulletproof’ Chortle

'Undeniably gifted. Explosive new talent, definitely an act that you will be bragging about seeing early in her career' NDC

Andrew O'Neill is an award winning comedian, musician and best-selling writer. A psychedelic non-binary whirlwind, they combine surrealism, polemic and good old-fashioned stagecraft to produce uniquely counter-cultural stand-up.

Their distinctive voice and alternative credentials have set them apart and allowed them to carve out a unique place in the comedy world.

Andrew has performed in over a dozen different countries, at over a hundred different festivals and is equally at home in rowdy comedy clubs as performing to their own cult following.

'One of the funniest comedians on the circuit at the moment... hitting new heights of comedic brilliance' Timeout

'... talented, intelligent and unique. Bringing the spirit of the alternative '80s back into the comedy circuit' Dazed & Confused

'artistic and unique, their innate confidence and fondness of absurdity leaves their audiences feeling full of glee' Funhouse Comedy

Part of the Pride Season
This year Norden Farm presents its first pride season featuring comedy, drama and film. We celebrate work from LGBTQ+ artists to demonstrate our support for the community and commitment to a world where no one is discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.

Studio
£16

@andrewoneill
@markcram
@ThatKateMartin
@nordenfarm

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Notflix

The 'Spice Girls of improv' return in their five star, sell-out, totally improvised musical comedy.

Inspired by audience suggestions, the all-female cast improvise the musical version of your favourite films, creating movies with 100% more singing, 99% more women and a full live band.

Broadway World Best Comedy nominee and as seen on Sky TV, STV, BBC 5 Live.

'Notflix might very well be the best show you see this year, the year after that and hopefully forever' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

'A little piece of theatrical genius' ★★★★★ North West End

Studio
£16

Notflix website
@nordenfarm

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Avalon Edinburgh Preview - Paul Chowdhry and Jonny Pelham

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

Paul's latest tour Family-Friendly Comedian (No Children) was extended in 2022 for another 42 dates nationwide after a sell-out first run in 2021.

This follows Live Innit, a record-breaking, thrice-extended tour that saw Paul perform five nights at the Hammersmith Apollo and become the first British-Asian stand-up to sell out Wembley Arena.

The show won Best Live Event 2018 at the ITV Asian Media Awards and the Comedy award at the Eastern Eye’s Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards 2019. Paul won the Comedian of the Year award at the Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards 2019.

Live Innit was subsequently released, in August 2019, as an Amazon Prime original special, and became the second most-watched Special in Amazon’s catalogue.

Jonny Pelham

Jonny Pelham is one of the most exciting stand-up comedians on the circuit.

Over the last few years he has appeared on Live from the BBC (BBC3), Mock The Week (BBC2), Russell Howard’s stand-up Central (Comedy Central) and Live at the Apollo (BBC2).

Jonny is also an in-demand comedy writer and actor having appeared in the Viceland series, Bobby & Harriet Getting Married, as well as his own short film released as part the Sky Comedy Shorts season, Late Bloomer (Sky Arts).

Jonny is currently developing a number of projects, both scripted and unscripted, for TV, and has written and starred in his own Channel 4 Comedy Blap, Brad Boyz (E4).

Courtyard Theatre
£12

This event will go on sale to Patrons and Bronze, Silver and Gold Members on Tuesday 30 May.

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Old Time Sailors

Ahoy there! You are invited to board the Sailorette and join the plentiful crew, 'The Old Time Sailors', for a night of footstomping, dancing and singing!

You will be sailing back to the 19th century for an immersive experience of traditional seafaring music performed in a way you have never seen before. The Motley Crew and their plethora of traditional and eclectic instruments will take you back to the time of clashing tankards, and drunken debauchery.

Sing and dance along like a drunken sailor as the band perform centuries old folk and shanty songs. Fancy dress is encouraged, so pull out your best seafaring garments me hearties and join the festivities!

Courtyard Theatre
£17

Old Time Sailors website
@nordenfarm

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The Alter Eagles

A celebration of one of the best loved bands of all time.

The Alter Eagles have established themselves as one of the country's top tribute acts. They play a mix of old and new Eagles songs. Expect all the classics - including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Take It To The Limit, Desperado, Lyin' Eyes and Life In The Fast Lane. Plus Henley and Walsh solo numbers and some rare treats

Now in their 20th year, the band have put together a brand new show for 2023!

The band members are Steve McCormack (vocals, guitars), Alan Tomkins (keyboards, guitars, vocals), Rob Beattie (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), Mike Bradley (guitars, vocals) and Ollie Green (drums and percussion).

'World class' Lemonrock Gig Guide

'Pitch perfect harmonies' Brighton Evening Argus

'A joy to watch' East Anglian Daily Times

'One of the best tribute bands I can remember seeing' Windsor Observer

'The Alter Eagles brought more than a little American West Coast harmony to a warm English West Coast St Ives - they were perfect' St Ives Times and Echo

Courtyard Theatre
£20

The Alter Eagles website
@nordenfarm

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Julian Taylor

The Toronto-based singer-songwriter has been part of the musical fabric and landscape in Canada for over two decades.

He enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2020, when his second solo acoustic album, The Ridge, earned a million plays on Spotify. It also received praise from press worldwide and airplay from America to Australia to the UK.

The album is loaded with soulful Americana and country twang. It won Julian Taylor the Solo Artist of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and was nominated for two Juno Awards (Contemporary Folk Album of The Year, Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year) plus many more nominations.

In 2022, with Julian won best male artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards, and scored five Native American Music Award nominations. He has charted on several Canadian Radio and Indigenous Music Charts.

Julian Taylor is of combined Mohawk and Caribbean ancestry. His versatility as a songwriter is his signature; one minute he’s onstage playing with his band spilling out electrified rhythm and blues glory, and the next he’s featured at a folk festival delivering a captivating solo singer-songwriter set.

He is known for being an explosive and captivating live performer. He has performed at the Festival d’Été de Quebec, the Mariposa Folk Festival, Ottawa BluesFest and more. Taylor was also invited to perform at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Vancouver.

Supported by Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers).

Studio
£16

Julian Taylor's website
@JulianTaylor
@nordenfarm

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