Doors Open 45 minutes before performance
Evenings - £12 Matinees - £10
Members - £10 under 18s - £5
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.
This 90-minute show features song, live music and original animation. Composed by Tanya Holt and directed by Robin Kingsland, the show was described in The Times as "Hilaire Belloc does Catlin Moran (and) gut-punchingly beautiful". Despite some difficult themes, the show manages to be funny, uplifting and thought-provoking.. Originally conceived for a female audience, Cautionary Tales for Daughters has proved itself to be equally popular with men. A minimum age of 14 is recommended due to the adult nature of some of the themes. A trial run at Edinburgh Fringe 2015 earned outstanding reviews and the show has just been confirmed for a 2-week run at London's Jermyn Street Theatre from 30th January 2017.
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
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
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!
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.
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