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Saturday 24 September 7.30pm
Mission Improbable

What are the chances of an ex-brickie and an ex-Cambridge scholar teaming up for one of the most unusual musical duos since Hinge met Bracket?

As ever, top-class music making is at the heart of what the Dudes offer. As well as Grand Opera, great piano music and favourites from the worlds of Broadway and Swing, this show includes an initiation into the hidden mysteries of Bel Canto!

With their unique blend of style, swing and slapstick humour, this is one of the funniest and most original classical double acts you will have seen. As usual, the audience need to be prepared to be entertained, enraptured and incapacitated in equal measure.

“Unbeatable and unmissable!”
“Wonderful voices and laughed until I had tears running down my face”
"One of the best evenings I’ve ever had!”

Opera Dudes
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Sunday 9 October 2.30pm
Flute Fantasia

Flutes & Co, with their new musical director Sue Nicholls, comprising 25 flute players of all ages from 12 to 70+, provide an afternoon of delightful flute entertainment.

They will be playing:-

Puffin Billy E. White   Danse des Mirlitons Tchaikovsky
Spring (Concerto La Primavera) Vivaldi   Over the Rainbow Arlen/ Harburg
Time Lapse Michael Nyman   Teddy Bears’ Picnic John Bratton
The Typewriter Leroy Anderson   Valse Lente Oskar Merikanto
You’ve got to pick a pocket’ arr. Mel Orriss   Waves Laura Braithwaite
Zig Zag Zoo Ian Clarke   Bolero Maurice Ravel
Flutes & Co
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Saturday 22 October 6.30pm

Sugarfoot are a 5 piece band with 2 fabulous girl singers Sarah Talbot and Ailsa McIntosh, accompanied by

Graeme Park - Keyboards /Guitar and Songwriter;
Paul Millington - Electric and Upright Bass
Leanne Corbett - Drums / Percussion.

They perform a blend of Country / Alt. Folk covers along with their own original material, written by songwriter Graeme Park.


Sugarfoot cover material by the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Peters, Kate Rusby, Shawn Colvin, Mary Black, Reba McEntire, Kathy Mattea, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Gretchen Wilson.

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Sunday 30 October 2.30pm
The Vandepeer Quartet

• Ana Vandepeer / violin
• Rebecca Perry / violin
• Rebecca Stephenson / viola
• Eleanor Boney / cello

They will be playing:-

• Wolfgang Mozart
• Frank Bridge
• Dmitri Shostakovich
• Astor Piazzolla
String Quartet No 19 in C major K 465 ‘Dissonance Quartet’
Three Idylls H 67
String Quartet No 6 in G major Op 101
Tango Ballet

Formed in 2013 the Quartet has been selected for performances at the RNCM Chamber Music Festival and the RNCM Day of Song, as well as gaining a place in the final of the RNCM Weil Prize in 2014. They have received coaching from renowned musicians including Petr Prause, Sara Bitloch and Leonard Elsenbroich.

As individuals, the four players all enjoy busy musical lives performing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. They have all also attended the RNCM's annual summer tour to the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, Italy.

by kind permission of the The ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE of MUSIC
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Sunday 4 December 2.30pm
Roth Guitar Duo

• Sam Rodwell – plays a 2006 Christopher Dean guitar
• Emma Smith – plays a 2014 Antoine Stéphane Pappalardo guitar

Formed, through a shared love of chamber music, in 2014 Sam and Emma quickly developed a following, having performed at many different music societies and events organised by the Royal Northern College of Music, where both performers studied with Craig Ogden.

Their programme on this occasion will be: -

MANUEL DE FALLA The Three Cornered Hat; Dance of the Corregidor; Dance of the Miller    
PAULO BELLINATI  Jongo   NIGEL WESTLAKE Songs from the Forest
LUIGI BOCCHERINI Introduction and Fandango LUIGI LEGNANI Fantasia Op 19
GARY RYAN  Hot Club Francais ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Invierno Porteno
TRADITIONAL Skye Boat Song; Loch Lomond SERGIO ASSAD  Tres Cenas Brasileiras


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Saturday 17 December 7.30pm
A Swinging Christmas Evening

For the perfect kick start to the festive period 'A Swinging Christmas Evening' is always the answer!

Boogie Woogie and Swing pianist/vocalist Peter Gill and his swing band perform an eclectic mix of swing standards, boogie woogie classics and Christmas gems such as 'White Christmas', 'Santa Claus Is Comin To Town', 'Baby It's Cold Outside', 'Winter Wonderland' and 'Mr Bojangles'.

This is an evening of sublime, cool, boogie and blues interlaced with Peter’s friendly and witty banter. Amongst those joining Peter on stage will be nationally acclaimed performers Kim Cypher (saxophones), Eddie McManus (bass), Michael Croshaw (guitar) and Mike Cypher (drums).

Beyond Eternity Promotions
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Sunday 5 February 2.30pm
A Feast of Gilbert & Sullivan

Ann Wodeman has often visited the Heron before with Encore Opera, but on this occasion she has assembled a group of eight singers and an accompanist all of whom are, like herself, lovers and accomplished performers of Gilbert and Sullivan light opera. They will provide an absolute feast of well known Gilbert & Sullivan favourites to provide a delightful afternoon’s entertainment, certain to shake off any February ‘blues’.

The singers are;-

Lorna Sherrin Sue Richardson Sopranos
Janice Eadington Ann Wodeman Mezzos
Chris Hardman George Jones Tenors
Ron Eadington Brian Lancaster Basses

Accompanied by Peter Wodeman at the piano

Ann Wodeman
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Saturday 18 February 7.30pm
The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.

The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing has marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility.. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him greatly!

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.

Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released only 10 days before his death – produced by his son, Adam.

Keith James
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Sunday 5 March 2.30pm
Student Piano Recitals

In May 2014 Murray McLachlan, Head of Keyboard at Chetham’s, brought four piano soloists to perform at the Heron. On this occasion he brings fourteen students from this world famous music school. Many Chetham’s student, who have performed at The Heron in the past, have gone on to outstanding careers as professional musicians. The afternoon may well prove an opportunity to hear performances from stars of the future.

Chetham’s School of Music
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Sunday 2 April 2.30pm
Jess Gillam – Saxophone

18 year old saxophonist Jess Gillam from Ulverston began playing saxophone 11 years ago, aged 7. She made history this year, as the first ever saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year and went on to the Grand Final performing a concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican to national critical acclaim.

This achievement has brought many additional opportunities for her to perform and we are delighted that she has made time to return to the Heron, following her initial appearance here in March 2015, accompanied at the piano by Jonathan Fisher. Jonathan was born in Manchester and is a graduate of The University of Huddersfield and The Royal Northern College of Music, where Jess herself is now in the first year of her full time studies

Young Classical Artists Trust
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Friday/Saturday 21/22 April at 7.30pm
Hot Fingers, with Spats Langham & Emily Campbell

Returning by popular demand following his visit in 2015, Tom ‘Spats’ Langham has become one of the most talked about names on the UK jazz circuit. 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
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Sunday 7 May 2.30pm
Klezmer - ish

Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound. Join them on a musical journey through klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz, Irish fiddle music…and Italian folk music. The ensemble comprises: -

Tom Verity (Clarinets & Whistles):
Tom plays clarinet with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Sterling Trio. In his free time he loves playing jazz piano.

Rob Shepley (Guitar, Violin, Vocals):
Rob is the sub-principal viola of the RLPO … but late at night he gets out his fiddle and guitar and plays anything from gypsy jazz to old school rock.

Concettina Del Vecchio (Piano Accordion, Violin)
Connie is a sub-principal violinist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, but she started her musical career on the piano accordion aged 3.

Marcel Becker (Double Bass):
Marcel is the leader of the double bass section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra – and a massive salsa fan!

Laughing Dog Music
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Saturday 20 May 7.30pm
Northern Sky

Northern Sky first performed at The Heron in 2015 and comprise Abby Colombi -vocals, John Osborne - guitar, Amy Beeton- cello, Lucy Johnson with additional vocals and Martin Kirton on percussion.

Their list of self-penned songs is continually increasing from the delicate “Catch The Light” and the anthemic “Technicolour Love” to the stomp of “Leap of Faith”.Their recent release “Come To Life” has had extensive radio play. Their single “At Christmas Time” has also become their first worldwide release on iTunes and Amazon. In late 2016 they played a sold-out, highly acclaimed show at Kendal Town Hall, raising funds for South Lakeland Carers.


Northern Sky

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