Saturday 19 September 7.30pm
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Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years Admission - £12; Under 18s - £5; Members - £10

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bookends are performing their moving and powerful live performance and multimedia show that takes a chronological journey through the friendship and career of Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel.

Following a BBC Radio tour the show was describe as a “must see” with Bookends being labelled as the most authentic sounding tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel.

Opening at the start of their career and ending at the much publicised break up the show features hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer and the unforgettable Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Bookends/Seventh Avenue Promotions
Sunday 4 October 2.30pm
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Jackie & Geordie Campbell - Piano Recital Admission - £10; under 18s - £5

Jackie & Geordie Campbell first performed at the Heron theatre in 2011, astounding the audience with their playing. We are delighted to welcome them back, as many of the audience requested at the time, to appreciate their further development. Now aged 15 and 13 they continue to receive acclaim and win prizes for their performances.

SCARLATTI Sonata in D major K.96
BEETHOVEN Sonata in C major, Op.2 No.3
RACHMANINOV Etude-Tableaux in B minor, Op.39 No.7
PROKOFIEV Toccata Op.11
BEETHOVEN Sonata in A major, op. 2 no. 2
RAVEL Oiseaux Tristes
CHOPIN Scherzo no. 3
Chetham’s School of Music
Saturday 17 October 7.30pm
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Cera Impala & the New Prohibition Admission - £12; Under 18s - £5; Members - £10

Cera Impala is a “banjo-wielding mama” who oozes wild style. Her songs are unique yet feel instantly familiar, and she delivers them with a voice that melts even the hardest of hearts. Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, Cera has performed all across the USA and Europe.

Cera appears with her hand-picked band, The New Prohibition, including Dr. Dirk Ronneburg (Southern Tenant Folk Union, Viper Swing) on fiddle and Joel Sanderson on bass.

"Simply stunning…a phenomenal set. Thank you Cera - it was a privilege to spend some time in your world."

"Graceful, eerie...tragically beautiful, it's like she's living with a back woods secret she's determined to keep."

 “Impala drives every song with some fine banjo playing while the fiddle and bass are equally accomplished. The tunes are catchy."

Cera Impala
Sunday 1 November 2.30pm
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Trio Volant accompanied by Leanne Cody Admission - £10; under 18s - £5

Unfortunately one of the members of The Amici Bassoon Trio has visa problems and is unable to return to the UK at present, another member is moving away and time would be limited for new personnel.

We are delighted to welcome in their place, however, Trio Volant, now graduates of RNCM, accompanied at the piano on this occasion by Leanne Cody. Imogen Coe (oboe); Thomas Evans (clarinet) and Christopher James (bassoon), last played at The Heron in October 2012 and regularly perform together at recitals and concerts in Manchester and throughout the North West. They will present a programme including works by Canteloube, Saint Saens, Poulenc, Glinka, Ravel and Mozart.

Saturday 21 November 7.30pm
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Matsuri Admission - £12; Under 18s - £5; Members - £10

Matsuri - A festival of music inspired by Japan. Featuring the pounding beats of the Japanese drum, the gentle melodies of the Japanese koto and the haunting sound of the Japanese flute, this show will take the audience on a musical journey through Japan's traditions, folklore and serenity

Kaminari UK
Sunday 6 December 2.30pm
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A Brief History of Christmas Admission - £10; under 18s - £5

New for 2015! Acclaimed historical musicians Blast from the Past present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and stories.

Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, ‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is a show guaranteed to delight the hearts of young and old.

The first half takes in 600 years of music – featuring music and songs played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion. and all helped along by Blast from the Past’s trademark wit and humour. The second half is a thrilling retelling of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – using spoken word, drama and music to bring this classic story to life in a riot of sound and colour.

‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is the perfect show for anyone looking to recapture the simple Yueltide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer.

Blast From The Past
Friday 18 December 7.30pm
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Hot Fingers Trio with Spats Langham and Emily Campbell Admission - £12; Under 18s - £5; Members - £10

Tom ‘Spats’ Langham has become one of the most talked about names on the jazz circuit today. With his virtuoso performances on acoustic guitar, banjo and ukulele and his ‘to die for’ vocals and easy wit he is the perfect front man for a trio that engages diehard and casual jazz fans alike. ‘The Hot Fingers Trio’ perform an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic string music; hot jazz of 1920’s New York, sophisticated 1930’s swing, the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt and early blues of Lonnie Johnson.

Emily Campbell is a regular addition to Hot Fingers. She began singing during her school years and continued through to post-graduate training at Trinity College of Music. She has adapted her classical background to the darker styles of jazz, and although influenced by such greats as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Lee Wiley, Emily has her own unique style.

Beyond Eternity Promotions
Saturday 23 January 7.30pm
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Northern Sky Admission - £12; Under 18s - £5; Members - £10

Originally Abby Colombi and John Osborne, the band has expanded to become a five-piece and appears fresh from supporting Levellers front man Mark Chadwick, performing at Kendal Mountain Festival and the Sunday Sessions at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre.
Amy Beeton now joins them on cello with Lucy Johnson on additional vocals and Martin Kirton on percussion.
Their list of self-penned songs is increasing by the week from the delicate “Catch The Light” (A Radio Cumbria Track of the Week) and the anthemic “Technicolour Love” to the stomp of “Leap of Faith”.
A staple of the BBC new music programme 'BBC Introducing', they are not to be missed!

Northern Sky Website

Sunday 7 February 2.30pm
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Bach versus Handel Admission - £10; under 18s - £5

J. S. Bach 1685 - 1750
Johann Sebastian Bach enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic organisation and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

G. F. Handel 1685 - 1759
George Friederich Handel who spent the bulk of his career in London, became well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. He received critical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy and was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the German choral tradition.

Born in the same year, Bach and Handel were two towering giants of the Baroque, but were they the same? The Biber Ensemble – Louise Latham, baroque violin, and Ann Bond, harpsichord – use authentic period instruments to shed vivid light on this lovely music.

The Biber Ensemble
Saturday 20 February 7.30pm
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Kit Holmes Admission - £12; Under 18s - £5; Members - £10

Kit Holmes: vocals, guitar & fiddle
Allan Greenwood: guitar

Enjoy an uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle playing. Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have delighted audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge.

The Observer described Kit’s music as, ‘Macy Gray meets Nick Drake,’ and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of rootsy-blues and folk from Kit and guitarist, Allan Greenwood, who will be joining her for this performance.

‘Impressive…a new British guitar heroine’ The Guardian

Sunday 6 March 2.30pm
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Dowding Quartet Admission - £10; under 18s - £5

Charlotte Dowding - Violin; Luke Coomber - Violin; Ben Newton - Viola; Christopher Mansfield - Cello

These four young musicians who met at the RNCM, studied as scholars at the Dartington International Summer School, where they received coaching from violinist Thomas Gould and during their studies at the College from the late Peter Cropper and members of the Chilingirian and Talich Quartets.

Recent winners of the 2015 Weil Prize the quartet was founded at the RNCM under the guidance of Petr Prause, cellist of the Talich Quartet. In other chamber music ensembles members of the quartet have won numerous prizes at the College including the Nossek, Schubert and Hirsch Prizes.

Members have also regularly performed chamber works at the RNCM’s renowned annual chamber music festivals and in venues including the Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall, amongst many others throughout the UK.

Royal Northern College of Music
Saturday 19 March 7.30pm
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High Society Jazz Band Admission - £12; Under 18s - £5; Members - £10

The High Society Jazz Band - Neil Anderton, Peter Boswell, Bruce Carnaffin, Robin Andrews, David Bateman, Gerry Clayton make a welcome return to the Heron Theatre.

This six-piece traditional jazz band features top musicians in their style from Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire. Boasting two new players and a raft of new tunes since they were last here, their trademark enthusiasm and surprisingly wide choice of material is a guarantee of a fun evening.

Sunday 3 April 2.30pm
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The Olympus Clarinet Quintet Admission - £10; under 18s - £5

Founded at the Royal College of Music by Milnthorpe clarinettist Jack Horrocks and his string playing colleagues, this ensemble perform the core clarinet quintet repertoire, such as Mozart and Brahms, as well as premiering new works by up and coming composers and also playing a range of smaller chamber works. All the members continue their studies at the RCM and perform at numerous concerts and venues around London.

Their programme will include: -

  • 'Suburban Idyll'- A. Chen (World Premiere)
  • Clarinet Quintet 'Allegro' in B-flat major KV Anh.91 fragment- W. A. Mozart
  • Adagio for Clarinet and Strings in D-flat - H. Baermann
  • Clarinet Quintet in A major K.581 - W. A. Mozart
Royal College of Music
Saturday 16 April 7.30pm
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The Alan Tyler Show Admission - £12; Under 18s - £5; Members - £10

Rockingbirds frontman Alan Tyler, along with Fiddlin’ Jim Morrison (former Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons of Littlefield) and Patrick Ralla (The Rockingbirds), present two one hour sets of country music and song – The Alan Tyler Show.

The show mines Tyler’s extensive repertoire of original songs, recorded variously by The Rockingbirds, The Lost Sons of Littlefield, and his solo records. With Jim Morrison on fiddle and mandolin and Patrick Ralla providing vocal harmonies, additional guitar and banjo, the trio deliver neat renditions of songs by many of Alan’s favourite artists, including Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt.

The show also includes many of Alan’s “River Songs” which explore London’s Country heritage; the hidden waterways and the “fields beneath” which enrich and breathe life into England’s capital city.

Sunday 8 May 2.30pm
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A Garland of Song Admission - £10; under 18s - £5

Including works by

• W A Mozart • J S Bach • Vivaldi • Brahms
• Gounod • Massenet •Puccini• Verdi • Barber
• Johann Strauss • Quilter • Vaughan Williams
& others less familiar, performed by: -

Emily Robinson (Soprano)
who is a familiar face amongst festival choruses and choirs of the South Lakes, where she has performed in oratorios, cantatas, and recitals and is increasingly in demand as a soprano soloist.
David Edmonds (Flute)
who studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and is a member of several orchestras and ensembles in the North West and is also in demand as a soloist.
Charles Edmondson (Piano)
who is a regular visitor to the Heron as an accompanist. His skills at the piano are matched by those at the organ which lead to him being in great demand for recitals.

Saturday 21 May 7.30pm
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Les Chansons de Paris Admission - £12; Under 18s - £5; Members - £10

The Janet Seidel Trio return to The Heron Theatre for a night of romance in music, performing Janet's choice of her favourite songs.

Those hearing her for the first time will discover why Janet is described as Australia's most popular jazz vocalist" and enjoy an informal night of mellow acoustic instrumental interplay framing a wide variety of music. The concert is called 'Les Chansons de Paris', though it is not a Piaf tribute show, rather there will be a few Piaf favourites but in the Trio’s own style along with jazz standards with a French twist.

Janet Seidel Trio