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16th September

Hercules and after . . . . . .

Chris, owner of the Castlegate House Gallery in Cockermouth, visits us once more, to speak of life following the success of her book "Hercules & the Farmer's Wife". She will introduce the work of Karen Wallbank, 'the Farmers Wife' and much else besides - so who knows what may happen!
Karen will be joining us for this interesting evening.
Chris Wadsworth
17th September

Queen of the Keyboard

Elizabeth is an award-winning performer with a delightful style and playing technique and has received the North West Organist of the Year award. Trained by John Broadbent, son of the famous Ernest Broadbent, on her amazing instrument she entertains her audience with captivating performances of works from the light classics to exciting marches, providing a varied concert programme, to suit all tastes.
Elizabeth Harrison
7th October

Great Expectations

Adrian Preater's new, innovative adaptation of one of Dickens' greatest novels. With all the comedy, mystery, violent melodrama, suspense and poignancy of the original, it tells of Pip's journey from boy to man seeking to discover who he is and find his place in an inhospitable world. A story of love and loss, of guilt and shame, of fear and courage, with some of the most vivid and memorable characters in all of English literature.
Hotbuckle Productions
16th October
at 2.30pm

Chamber Music Series

A Piano Recital By Geordie Campbell & Jackie Campbell
Sonata in A Major, Op. XVII, No. 5        J.C.Bach
Sonata in E Flat Major, K. 282            Mozart
Venetian Boat Song, Op. 30, No. 6         Mendelssohn
Prelude in A Flat, No. 26                 Chopin
Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, Op. Post.      Chopin
Moto Perpetuo                             Elias
Chinese Folk Song No. 1                   Stevenson
Sonata, Op. 10, No. 2                     Beethoven
Gigue From French Suite No. 5 in G Major  J.S.Bach
'La Fileuse'                              Raff
'Black Keys' Study, Op. 10, No. 5         Chopin
Concert Study No. 3, Un Sospiro           Liszt
Toccata                                   Absil
Chetham's School of Music
28th October

Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour

Before slipping into well-earned retirement, Sherlock Holmes has prevailed upon his long-time companion Dr Watson, his landlady Mrs Hudson and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard to join him in a farewell tour of the British Isles. Together they will re-visit one of his most baffling unrecorded cases, which, shrouded in secrecy until now, has finally been approved by the government for public disclosure.
Angus & Ross
11th November

Roll Out The Beryl

Elaine Pantling brings a rich menu of theatre, pleasantry and humour to the table that celebrates the late great British Comedy Actress, Beryl Reid. A meal is prepared live on stage; a starter, main course and then something naughty but nice! You will be introduced to some of Beryl's best loved characters and a few extras on the side, with some lucky members of the audience being invited to taste the delights on Beryl's table.
LaurieLorry Theatre Co
20th November
at 2.30pm

Chamber Music Series

  Peter Moore            trombone
the youngest ever BBC Young Musician of the Year

is joined by his colleagues
Sam Burrows oboe
Emily Earl violin
Fingal Plumpton guitar
Lucy Vallis voice
Ronan Whittern bassoon
Nicholas Oliver accompanist
Chetham's School of Music
Thursday to Saturday
24th/25th/26th November

Talking Heads

How will middle-aged Graham cope with his mother's suspicious new man? Irene is not afraid to write what's on her mind but what happens when her interfering ways land her in serious trouble? And just how far is aspiring actress Lesley prepared to go for the fame she desperately craves? As ever, Alan Bennett's talent for exploring the personality and life histories of his different characters never fails.
The Company
16th December

Oh, Whistle . . . . . .

Over a century after their first publication, M. R. James's "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" remain the most admired supernatural tales in the English language. The author himself performed them to friends at Christmas in King's College, Cambridge. Now R M Lloyd Parry brings two of the eeriest and most entertaining back to life - 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, my Lad' considered by many to be his masterpiece and 'The Ash Tree' - spine chilling!
Nunkie Productions
20 January

Delovely: The Music of Cole Porter

Featuring the very best of Cole Porter, Janet - at the piano, accompanied by David Seidel on bass and Chuck Morgan on guitar and ukulele, performs memorable favourites, including, I Get a Kick Out of You, Night and Day, Love For Sale and many more . . . . . her understanding of these classics is described as equal to that of those legendary greats, Doris Day, Peggy Lee and Blossom Dearie
The Janet Seidel Trio
21 January

That Old Black Magic - The Songs of Johnny Mercer

Janet presents a show first performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Recital Room at Glasgow City Halls in 2011. As well as founding Capitol Records, Johnny Mercer wrote a great variety of songs as both lyricist and composer. His collaborators included Henry Mancini, and Hoagy Carmichael, with whom he had the early hit Lazy Bones, performed this evening with many others, including Blues in the Night, Come Rain or Come Shine and Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home
The Janet Seidel Trio
Sunday at 2.30pm
5 February

Music from Manchester

Two students, currently studying under the renowned Scottish pianist Murray McLachlan perform a variety of solo piano works, in our continuing series of matinee recitals
Yuanfan Yang - born in Edinburgh in 1997 he is a prize winner in a number of competitions as well as receiving the Walter Todds Bursary at the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. He has performed concertos with some of Britain's leading orchestras and is also a prolific composer.
Iyad Sugaher - born in Amman in 1993 he was awarded a scholarship to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, but decided to accept a place at Chetham's. He has performed concertos with the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Prague Youth Orchestra and the combined Amman and Cairo Symphony Orchestras.
Chetham's School of Music
10/11 February

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour

Fitzrovia recreate the unique spirit of 1940's radio plays and brilliantly evoke a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism and stiff upper lips. Their brand new show is performed with cut-glass theatricality blending homage and satire, as they mix the chauvinist attitudes of 1940s Britain with sharp, contemporary humour to produce a heady comic cocktail. Sound effects are created live throughout, with a plethora of materials. Rippingly good fun!
The Fitzrovia Radio Hour
24 February

Ugly Beauty

Melo, the strange, one legged musician, sits alone by the sea, content in his world and playing the most beautiful music. But what comes here? A golden carriage bearing a Princess so beautiful that she wears a golden mask to hide her blinding beauty and then she pushes him in the mud!
A poetic story to delight both older children and adults, portrayed through acting, puppets, shadow and music.
The Lempen Puppet Theatre Company
2 March

The Man Who Left The Titanic

A new play by Patrick Prior, in which the central figure is J Bruce Ismay, Managing Director of the White Star Line, who admitted to the authorities boarding what was believed to be the last life-boat to leave the Titanic. He escaped, while the ship he commissioned sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. The historically accurate, tragic and chilling facts give a deeper understanding of why the public responded by calling the vessel 'cursed';........
16 March

Testament of Youth

The first of Vera Brittain's autobiographical books conveyed to an entire generation the essence of their common experience of war. Her daughter, Shirley Williams, wrote "Rohan McCullough's performance brings my mother's famous book on the First World War alive, bringing out the poignancy and profundity of the narrative... she sometimes seems almost to become the young nurse who wrote the diary..."
Rohan McCullough
Sunday at 2.30pm
25 March

Music from Manchester

Brothers Geordie and Jackie Campbell, who thrilled our audience in October, have agreed to return to represent Chetham's, presenting the opportunity of a first hearing for those who missed their original recital and the pleasure of a repeat experience for those who were there. Currently studying with Stephen Bottomley at Chetham's, they are major prize winners in both national and international competitions.
Chetham's School of Music
30 March

Licensed to Trill

A unique blend of style, swing and slapstick humour, from Verdi and Elvis Presley to Lloyd Webber, via Rachmaninoff and Donald Duck! Don't be surprised to find your feet tapping, your sides splitting and your heart breaking. Expect the unexpected - opera, swing, showstoppers and impressions. As well as their terrific singing, the show includes funny stories, singalongs, a concert piano solo and a silly piano duet.
The Opera Dudes
27 April

Mapp & Lucia Ahoy!

Its anchors aweigh as E F Benson's arch rivals Mapp and Lucia and their friends are brought to glorious life. Whether swept out to sea on a kitchen table, dabbling in the paranormal or re-enacting the Spanish Armada, the eccentric residents of seaside Tilling are guaranteed to shiver your timbers and warm your cockles in this exuberant celebration of the very English art of one up(wo)manship. Full steam ahead!
Hunt & Laurence
4 May

Music from Manchester - The Zelkova Quartet

The Zelkova Quartet who replace The Torre Quartet, due to their first violin Charlie Cole being unavailable, was founded at the Royal Northern College of Music under the guidance of Petr Prause, of the Talich Quartet, in 2010. They have been finalists and prize winners in a number of competitions, recently representing the RNCM in the Cavatina Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition at the Royal Academy of Music. They are: -

Caroline Pether      Violin          Simran Singh      Violin
Rhiannon James      Viola          Rachel Shakespeare      Cello

and will perform:-

Divertimento in D major K136    Mozart
String Quartet in F major Op 18 No 1    Beethoven
String Quartet in F major    Ravel
Royal Northern College of Music
Thursday to Saturday
10 - 12 May

'Tonight at 8.30'

Following their great success with Talking Heads in the autumn, The Company return with two one-act plays from 'Tonight at 8.30'. Written and performed by Noel Coward, this series of plays was first produced in Manchester in 1935, then in London and New York. These will include Still Life, one of the greatest love stories of all time, immortalised in the 1945 film Brief Encounter starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard.
The Company
19 May

I, Elizabeth

Rebecca Vaughan, who delighted the Heron audience with Austen's Women in Spring 2011, returns with a dramatic portrayal of Elizabeth I. Using only her words, she explores the struggle of reconciling the desires of womanhood with the duties of sovereignty. A powerful tour-de-force, acclaimed at both Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals.
Dyad Productions
This performance is supplemented by a cappella song provided by local Warton ensemble
Brewer's Apron