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The Big Berkshire Beach Gig

Five of the most exciting local bands and musicians perform on our Courtyard stage and Hawaiian inspired beach.

The evening wouldn't be complete without breaks between the acts - so you can soak up the atmosphere on the beach!

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

We are thrilled to share The Big Berkshire Beach Gig 2017 line up which features:

Rain Crew
The Reading based four-piece band are known for thrashing out punk-tinged indie-pop tunes. Band members include Beth Atkinson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Lewis Thomas (drums), Ryan Nicholls (bass guitar) and Mac Sullivan (lead guitar).

Hong Kong Drinking Team
This five-piece indie band is made up of Charlie Ackary, David Yung, Luke Yexley, Jack Badley and James Skinner. Born in Berkshire and styled in Asia, the Hong Kong Drinking Team serve up thick riffs and chilling vocals. They are to be enjoyed irresponsibly!

Sometimes King
Local band Sometimes King write about unusual, historical and sometimes mythical characters, places and events. Every song is a fairy-tale exploration. The band’s line up include Ash (vocals, keys), Jeff (bass, keys), Gav (drums, samples), Andrew (synths, guitar) and Damo (guitar).

With beach breaks between the acts featuring acoustic music courtesy of:

Ted Robinson
Singer-songwriter Ted Robinson will be performing a mixture of acoustic covers and originals. Ted originates from Windsor and his influences range from Paul McCartney, Elton John, Noel Gallagher and Billie Joe Armstrong.

Alfie Griffin
A regular at our popular Studio Session, audiences can delight in the fact Alfie Griffin is part of the line up. Join Reading-based Alfie for an alternative, indie blues acoustic set, with influences including Jack White, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Mac Demarco.

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Salsa at The Farm with Son Yambu

A thrilling night of authentic music and salsa, on our dance floor!

Son Yambu play Cuban son – the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that gave rise to salsa. They give this irresistible music a contemporary edge, bringing their audiences a truly, sensational, authentic Latin music experience.

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

Click here for more information.

Courtyard Theatre
£15, Supporters £13 | This is a standing event with some allocated seating


Son Yambu's website

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Absolute Beginners
Wed 10 May – 14 Jun (exc 31 May), 21 Jun – 19 Jul and 26 Jul – 23 August
7pm – 8pm

Autumn
Wed 6 Sept – 11 Oct and 1 Nov – 6 Dec
7pm – 8pm

£45 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog by Alfred Hitchcock

Silent film with live music presented by Cornford Music.

Dan and Marisa Cornford provide an original score and accompaniment to Hitchcock’s 1927 thriller, based on the story of Jack the Ripper. Fast-paced and packed with suspense, it has long been acclaimed as the first wholly Hitchcockian film.

WHY? Ivor Novello gives a chilling performance in the central role

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Cornford Music's website
@CornfordMusic
@nordenfarm

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn.

These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years' experience.

Summer
Wed 10 May – 14 Jun (exc 31 May), 21 Jun – 19 Jul and 26 Jul – 23 August
8.15pm – 9.15pm

Thur 11 May – 15 Jun (exc 1 Jun), 22 Jun – 20 Jul and 27 Jul – 24 Aug
7pm – 8pm

Autumn

Wed 6 Sept – 11 Oct and 1 Nov – 6 Dec
8.15pm – 9.15pm

Thur 7 Sept – 12 Oct and 2 Nov – 7 Dec
7pm – 8pm

£45 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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Celebrating Schubert - St John’s Chamber Players with Robert Cheung (piano)

The third of four classical recitals that are taking place during our summer season.

Mahler Piano Quartet in A minor
Schubert/Liszt 2 Song transcriptions
Schubert Duo in A for violin and piano, D.574
Liszt Liebestraume
Schubert Quintet in A (Trout)

No series celebrating Schubert would be complete without the Trout Quintet, one of the most entertaining chamber works ever composed. Liszt was a great admirer of Schubert, and made many elegant transcriptions of his songs for solo piano.

WHY? A rare chance to hear an early quartet movement by Mahler

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

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning.

These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.


Summer
Thur 11 May – 15 Jun (exc 1 Jun), 22 Jun – 20 Jul and 27 Jul – 24 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm

Autumn
Thur 7 Sept – 12 Oct and 2 Nov – 7 Dec
8.15pm – 9.15pm

£45 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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Teddies Music Club

Sing • Dance • Play

We’ll get you bouncing, jumping, tickling, giggling, laughing, oh and singing! Teddies is energetic, lively and fun for grown-ups and children alike, with a singer and musician at every session.

Suitable for ages 0-5 years.

Wednesdays (exc 25 Oct)
10am – 11am
£5 | £4 siblings

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

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Celebrating Schubert - St John’s Chamber Players with Rebecca van den Berg (soprano)

The fourth and final classical recital that rounds off our summer concert series.

Mozart Flute Quartet in D, K.285
Schubert 5 Songs
Schumann Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano
Liszt Elegie for cor anglais
Schubert Piano Trio in E flat, D.929

Regular collaborator Rebecca van den Berg contributes some Schubert Lieder, and Liszt is represented by a recently discovered fragment for cor anglais.

WHY? Our summer series featuring the music of Schubert and Liszt concludes with one of the greatest of all piano trios, Schubert’s majestic E flat

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

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An Evening with Nik Kershaw

Following the success of his 2014 Me, Myself and I tour, Nik Kershaw returns to Norden Farm.

WHY? An intimate evening of songs and stories in the company of one of the UK's most respected songwriters

Courtyard Theatre
£25

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Sam Braysher Quartet featuring Michael Kanan

Alto saxophonist Sam Braysher is joined by celebrated jazz pianist Michael Kanan from New York City.

Kanan is a world class interpreter of jazz standards. The quartet is completed by an exceptional London rhythm section of Steve Brown and Dario Di Lecce. Expect a fresh approach to the timeless material of the Great American Songbook from these wonderfully melodic improvisers.

WHY? ‘Embellished lines full of trills and twirls… a young crowd came out to dig Braysher’s reworked classics’ Jazzwise

Studio
£12 (£10 Supporters)

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The Vinyl Frontier: The White Room by KLF

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Did they really burn a million pounds? Who knows, but what we do know is that their 1991 album was at the very edge of popular music and culture. Featuring the biggest dance anthems of the era, this LP will transport you back to the heady days of acid house and warehouse parties. The stories, the controversies, the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu…

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on a fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

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David Gilmour Live at Pompeii

Forty-five years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed Live at Pompeii in the Roman Amphitheatre, he returned for two spectacular shows.

Expect an audio-visual spectacle featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and David’s legendary music.

WHY? The show includes songs from throughout David's career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics

£15

(David Gilmour Live at Pompeii contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy)

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Family Concertini: Music from the Movies with the Akina Strings

An inspiring concert for children and their grown-ups in a relaxed environment.

Go on a journey through the music of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, James Bond, The Pirates of the Caribbean and more. Children are encouraged to move around, dance and interact with the music.

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

Suitable for all ages.

Studio
£10 (£8 conc), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

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Gabriel Latchin Trio

Gabriel Latchin is fast becoming recognised as one of the country’s leading jazz pianists.

His hard-swinging, adventurous approach often draws comparisons to his many influences, including Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Phineas Newborn. Gabriel has performed at venues across the UK and Europe including The Queen’s Hall, The London Jazz Festival and The Jazz Bar. Expect an evening featuring his own compositions alongside well known jazz standards.

WHY? ‘Flawless’ London Jazz News

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

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Maidenhead Community Choir

Led by Tina Reibl.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Autumn
Tues 19 Sept – 5 Dec (exc 24 and 31 Oct)
7pm - 8.15pm
£80 per 10 week term

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Puccini's La Boheme

Maidenhead Music Society brings you Barefoot Opera’s fully-staged production of Puccini’s moving opera La Bohème where youth and passion struggle against the harsh life of Paris in the 1840s.

Hear outstanding Royal College opera graduates sing some of Puccini’s finest arias including Che gelida manina and Mi chiamano Mimi.

WHY? Don’t miss this fresh and musically vibrant take on a great classic of the world of opera

Courtyard Theatre
£17, MMS members £12 (£5 under 18s, free with an adult)

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An Evening of Entertainment

A packed evening of entertainment in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service including comedy, magic , covers and original music all provided by elite local artists.

Music by Pop Goes the Choir, Kiera Ash, MadorBad & the Garfunkels and Young Magician of the year Dean Leavy all hosted by Paul Freeman.

Courtyard Theatre
£25

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Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls is a collaborative of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists and California natives.

Having spent the last four years touring Europe and the US, they have returned to their folk roots. This new trio version of the band features Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey and Vanessa May.

WHY? Experience their rich harmonies, ageless songwriting and soulful, bluesy sound in its rawest form

Studio
£12, £10 Supporters

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4Square

Manchester’s ferocious folk foursome are now in their 10th year of wowing audiences across Europe and beyond.

The band’s trademark show features Nicola Lyons’s simultaneous fiddle playing and clog dancing, virtuosic mandolin from Michael Giverin, galvanised by the driving sounds of Jim Molyneux’s piano and Dan Day on percussion. The result is an infusion of folk, jazz, Latin and any other musical style they feel the inclination to absorb.

WHY? A powerful young quartet with a fiery, inventive and virtuosic brand of alternative folk

Studio
£12

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Autumn Ceilidh

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

They’ll guide you through dances such as Muffin Man’s Jig, Gay Gordons and Cumberland Square 8. Expect familiar tunes including Atholl Highlanders, Rogue’s March and Dashing White Sergeant.

WHY? A social evening of dance in our atmospheric 18th century Long Barn

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)

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St John's Chamber Orchestra

Jianing Kong (piano)
Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

Mendelssohn Overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Haydn Symphony No.92 in G (Oxford)
Brahms Piano Concerto No.2

Brahms’ mighty work is one of the most thrilling and demanding concertos in the repertoire, by turns lyrical, heroic and virtuosic. Jianing Kong, a finalist in both the Leeds and Sydney International Piano Competitions, makes a welcome return to Norden Farm to play this supreme work.

WHY? Featuring Mendelssohn’s miraculous Overture and one of Haydn’s most witty symphonies

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

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Leveret

Three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration

Andy Cutting (Blowzabella), Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead) and Rob Harbron (The Full English) are each regarded as masters of their instrument. Their music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. Expect original settings of ancient tunes alongside new compositions by some of today's finest tunesmiths who are winners of 12 BBC Folk Awards!

WHY? ‘Classy players … their intuitive way with tunes is glorious’ Mojo

Studio
£16.50

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Remember, Remember

Catch a rare glimpse inside the development process of a new musical and be the first to experience Remember, Remember in a full-scale workshop performance. Featuring an industrial electronic score and a faceless ensemble, the show immerses you inside a dystopian trial. You will start to question: who is real and what is not?

WHY? 'This is the word of the law'

Courtyard Theatre
£12 (£10 conc)

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Jim Mullen (guitar)

Winner of multiple British Jazz Awards Jim is known internationally for his great swinging, soulful style.

He was also one half of the pioneering jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen. He is supported by one of Ronnie Scott's favourite rhythm sections: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? Sublime jazz in an intimate Studio club style setting – the Ronnie Scott’s of Maidenhead!

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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The Vinyl Frontier: Tubular Bells vs Oxygene

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Britain vs France in our first ever instrumental duel. 1973 vs 1976. Tubular Bells, the record that provided the foundation for an entertainment empire is up against the breakthrough electronic LP of the 70s. The audience will decide which one is the best on the night.

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on a fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

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Viva Neil Diamond

Bob Drury's highly acclaimed one-man show returns with all the hits.

Expect Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, I'm a Believer, Red Red Wine, Sweet Caroline and some lesser known songs that will become your favourites by the end of the evening.

WHY? An absolute 'must see' for any Neil Diamond fans!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Ascot Brass

Maidenhead Music Society is proud to present a distinguished brass band to showcase its distinct repertoire.

Ascot Brass formed in 2001 with the full range of brass instruments. The band will perform a varied programme of traditional and contemporary works for brass band to include music from the classics, films and shows.

WHY? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear an important part of Britain’s musical heritage!

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £10 MMS members (£5 under 18s, free with an adult)

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The Dovetail Trio

Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage.

This collaboration combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, BBC Performing Arts Award winner Rosie Hood and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn.

The Dovetail Trio’s debut album Wing of Evening was released in September 2015 on RootBeat Records. The album has been well received with 4 star reviews from the Telegraph, R2 and Songlines and national radio play on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. The album features a number of unusual versions of traditional English songs alongside an American folk story, a traditional Scottish whaling song and even a French/Canadian tune set. Tight vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship make this an exciting debut album.

WHY? 'A combination of richly rounded accented vocals, skin-tight harmonies and sparse yet polished instrumentation' FolkWords

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@TheDovetailTrio
@nordenfarm

The Dovetail Trio Wesbite

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Montgomery Holloway Music Trust 21st Anniversary Concert

The Montgomery Holloway Music Trust is celebrating its 21st Anniversary with a special concert.

The evening will include a tribute to fellow co-founder of the Trust the late great Marion Montgomery. Laurie and his Trio will be joined on stage by his newly formed Laurie Holloway Chamber Orchestra, invited past students and several stars have indicated interest.

WHY? Book early to avoid disappointment!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Love Is The Sweetest Thing - Celebrating Al Bowlly

Al Bowlly is celebrated as one of the greatest popular singers of all time.

Singer and pianist Michael Law tells his remarkable life story. A show packed with anecdotes and fascinating secrets. Expect all of Al’s hits including The Very Thought of You, Love is the Sweetest Thing, You're Driving Me Crazy, Who am I?, Midnight, The Stars and You and Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

WHY? From the ever popular Michael Law, leader of the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra

Studio
£14

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Kathryn Tickell, David Almond & Amy Thatcher – Tales & Tunes

Kathryn is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, educator, performer and successful recording artist.

In 2015 she was awarded the OBE for services to folk music. Kathryn combines with storyteller David Almond and accordionist and clog dancer Amy Thatcher to bring a memorable evening of irrepressible music, stories and songs.

WHY? ‘I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape’ The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£19.50

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Oye Santana

The power… the passion… the perfection

What makes Oye Santana so good? Awesome guitar from Milan ‘Carlos’ Webb, as passionate and exciting as Santana himself. With the band’s infectious good-time feel every track is a fiesta, every performance is a show.

WHY? Expect four decades’ worth of hits from Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va via Carnaval, Dance Sister Dance and She’s Not There to Smooth, Maria Maria and Corazón Espinado

Courtyard Theatre
£17

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Too Darn Hot

  •   4 Nov SOLD OUT
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NT Live: Follies

A live screening of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical, staged for the first time at the National Theatre.

Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

WHY? Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.

£15

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Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

This Norwich based folk/Americana trio weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies.

Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and selfpenned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

WHY? ‘It’s lovely stuff’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Studio
£14

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ELO Again

British Rock group ELO epitomised the 70s with their unique symphonic rock style. ELO Again recreate the sound and accurately perform the classics.

WHY? Expect pop masterpieces including Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Turn to Stone, Sweet Talking Woman, Shine A Little Love, Hold On Tight, Confusion, Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50

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Simon Goodall & The Bourne Again Shadows

Reproducing the authentic sounds of Cliff and The Shadows in the sixties.

The most authentic Cliff and the Shadows tribute act in the UK. Simon’s ability to catch the characteristics of Cliff’s voice is second to none (even Sir Cliff himself has said so), while the Bourne Again Shadows sound is hard to distinguish from the original Shadows’ recordings.

WHY? Featuring all the classic Cliff numbers including Summer Holiday and Living Doll, alongside Shadows’ hits such as Apache, Kontiki and Wonderful Land

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@nordenfarm
The Bourne Again Shadow's website

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The Vinyl Frontier: Black Star by David Bowie

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Bowie’s 25th and final studio LP. Recorded in secret in New York with local jazz musicians, it was Bowie’s parting gift to his fans, released two days before he passed away. Containing hidden secrets and messages, come and discover what greatness sounds like.

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on a fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

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Mawkin

With a host of rebel rousing folk songs and instrumentals, Mawkin modernise traditional folk material with their own touch.

The line up features brothers David Delarre (vocals, guitar) and James Delarre (vocals, violin), Nick Cooke (melodeon), Danny Crump (bass) and Lee Richardson (drums). The band have supported Bellowhead on their farewell tour amongst a flurry of key festivals and UK tour dates.

WHY? ‘A Gutsy re-working of Traditional Songs’ The Guardian

Studio
£14

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Peter King (alto sax)

The international icon Peter King is one of the greatest ever jazz saxophonists. Forming a sax duet on the night, the challenger is the extraordinary multi-reedist Simon Allen. Supported by one of the acknowledged best rhythm sections in the UK: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? A rare treat for all devotees of this consummate musician to hear his jazz sets of exceptional quality in this intimate club style setting

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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The Studio Session

Part of the Farm’s programme to support emerging musicians. Local acts play three numbers – at least one of which is an original.

If you would like to perform at this Summer's event, please email: jane.corry@nordenfarm.org

WHY? This is a hugely popular event so register your interest early if you would like to perform!

Studio
£8

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The Behn String Quartet

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society.

Haydn Opus 63 no. 5
Mendelssohn Opus 44 no. 2
Debussy String quartet

This new young string quartet won the prestigious Amadeus prize in 2016 and has played across the UK and internationally.

WHY? Come and hear three great works of the quartet repertoire played by four young women from four different countries

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £10 MMS members (£5 under 18s, free with an adult)

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The Real Thing

Multi-million selling soul band The Real Thing are ready to give their much loved disco inspired hits a new lease of life with an extensive UK tour.

Featuring the group’s three original vocalists Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with their 5-piece band, the trio deliver a funky in your face show with a strong retro flavour with the band’s classic songs mixed with contemporary grooves.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single You to Me Are Everything, the Liverpool based trio boast three million selling hit singles including Can’t Get by Without You, Whenever You Want My Love and Can You Feel the Force, making them the UK’s best-selling groups of the late 70s.

WHY? Hear all the hits plus some fantastic covers such as Ladies Night, Celebration, Good Times, and Ain’t no Stopping Us Now

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50

The Real Thing Website

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Dire Streets

Capturing the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time.

Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon, Dire Streets are known for their attention to detail and musicianship. They are joined by special guest Steve Wiltshire on saxophone and flute.

WHY? With tracks from early classics like Sultans of Swing and Lady Writer, through to the hits of the 80s and Brothers in Arms

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Jo Harman

Soul, blues, gospel and Beatles-worthy pop. These are the core ingredients of singer Jo Harman’s latest album People We Become. Produced and recorded at Nashville’s famed Sound Emporium Studio, it has seen her narrow her focus to the building blocks of ageless music - from powerful melodies to organic, natural-sounding arrangements.

WHY? Jo has racked up more than half-a-dozen nominations from the British Blues Awards

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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The Small Fakers

A tribute to The Small Faces and the hits that kept 1960s London swinging.

The line up features Maidenhead's own Matt Bond as Steve Marriott and Dan Taylor as Kenney Jones. They perform the smash hits All Or Nothing, Lazy Sunday, Itchycoo Park and Sha La La La Lee as well as lots of fan favourites and selected tracks from the 1968 LP Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake.

WHY? The UK's only Small Faces tribute band

Courtyard Theatre
£15


@thesmallfakers
@nordenfarm

Small Fakers website

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Bye Bye Baby

A celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

This full theatre show covers the journey of the Four Seasons from their beginning to the disco era and the rock and roll hall of fame. Featuring many of the band’s worldwide hits including Beggin', Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby and Sherry.

WHY? Expect thirty-one numbers performed in close 4-part harmony, with slick choreography and that instantly recognisable falsetto

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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The Vinyl Frontier: Dark Side of the Moon and Beyond - The Best of Hipgnosis

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Featuring Pink Floyd, Muse, 10cc, T Rex and more (in association with Hypergallery in Henley).

The late Storm Thorgerson, of the Hipgnosis design group, left a legacy of amazing album artwork, from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to Led Zeppelin, The Police, ELO and more. Emily and Rob from Hypergallery specialise in album print artwork and worked closely with Storm Thorgerson for many years. Together, we'll look at specific LP artwork and play the same albums on the turntable.

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on a fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

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Simon Mayor and Hilary James: A Winter Warmer

Musical charm and humour with a seasonal twist.

Britain’s leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso Simon Mayor is joined by silver voiced songstress and mando-bass maestro, Hilary James. Expect a fresh look at some familiar favourites alongside mandolin classics, lively fiddle tunes, beautiful French carols, traditional songs, original settings of poems and the silliest of seasonal sing-alongs.

WHY? ‘A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour’ The Guardian

Studio
£12

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Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

A good night out for all the family, with a wide variety of music including big band sounds, songs from the shows and films as well as some Christmas music.

WHY? The annual event is conducted by Peter Ripper

Courtyard Theatre
£8

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Christmas Ceilidh

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

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

WHY? A perfect social event for Christmas parties

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)

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Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues

Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the ‘Empress of the Blues’, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.

Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music and songs from that era alongside Bessie's work.

WHY? Chronicling Bessie’s life from a one room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest paid black entertainer of the time

Studio
£14

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The Albion Christmas Band

An evening of traditional English Christmas music, songs and celebration.

Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings. Expect a collection of new material alongside seasonal favourites including carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance.

WHY? ‘The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas’ The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£20


@nordenfarm
Albion Band's website

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Tina May (vocalist)

Truly ‘The Lady of Jazz’, with a stunning range and repertoire ideally suited to the intimate club-style setting of Jazz in the Studio at Norden Farm.

In combination with the remarkable musicianship of Piers Green (alto and tenor sax), Robin Aspland (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass).

WHY? ‘That great rarity, a singer who enhances a song’ The Observer

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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New Year's Eve Hoedown at The Farm

Heck yeah, it’s a hoedown!

Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2018! Join ceilidh and barn dance band Cut a Shine for foot stomping, rip-roaring, thigh-slapping traditional music and a night of all types of barn dancing. A fun, lively and thrilling way to celebrate this New Year's Eve!

Age guidance 12+ years.

WHY? Dust off your cowboy hats, gingham checks or general fancy dress for frolics on the Courtyard Theatre dance floor

Norden Farm
£20 before 31 October, £25 after
Supporters £17 before 31 October, £22 after

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New Year's Day Concert

The annual sell out concert returns for a 17th year.

Full programme details to be announced.

WHY? Including works by Handel, Vivaldi and J S Bach

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

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The Snowman

An enchanting family friendly concert adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved story The Snowman.

Performed by Chamberhouse Winds, with narration by Jonathan Butcher. The ensemble will also play a selection of other short fun pieces to introduce the instruments before the story begins.

Suitable for 3+ yrs.

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

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 conc), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

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