May – August 2018
Live events at
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Box Office / 01628 788997 / www.nordenfarm.org
Sun 13 May, 17 Jun and 8 Jul 11am / £3 per person
Interactive storytelling in the magical story den. Join in or unwind in the Café Bar with a latte and the Sunday papers, while your little ones get involved in telling stories from all over the world. Age guidance 4 – 7 years.
WHY? A sociable, creative and entirely relaxed way to do Sundays for families with young children
Avalon Edinburgh Festival Preview
Tania Edwards and Pierre Novellie
Thur 17 May 8pm / £10
Tania Edwards’ credits include Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week, BBC2’s Mock the Week and BBC Radio 4’s The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4).
Pierre Novellie is a regular correspondent in BBC2’s The Mash Report hosted by Nish Kumar.
WHY? Tania recently supported Katherine Ryan on her sell out tour and Pierre was nominated for Best Club Comic at the 2017 Chortle Awards
The Alter Eagles
Fri 18 May 8pm / £17
Fans of the Eagles are in for a real treat. Over two hours of hits from one of the world’s favourite bands. With a setlist including Hotel California, Desperado, Take it Easy, Life in the Fast Lane, One of These Nights, Lyin’ Eyes and more. There’s also solo numbers from the likes of Joe Walsh and Don Henley.
WHY? Sweet country harmonies, rocking twin electric guitars, powerful ballads and down and dirty Californian rock
Sat 19 May 8pm / £14
The five piece band perform country, referencing folk, Cajun, zydeco and blues as their major influences. Between them, they play squeezeboxes, mandolin, harmonica, mandocello, guitars, ukulele, flute, and drums. They are multi instrumentalists who frequently swop instruments on stage throughout their set and share lead vocals, as well as four part harmonies.
WHY? ‘A roots driven country band who were a high class, highlight act’ The Telegraph
Sun 20 May 7.30pm / £14
The Italian acoustic guitarist is known for his thumbstyle, fingerstyle and flatpicking techniques. He is an ambassador of acoustic music and is already a veteran of many of the biggest stages around the globe. Andrea has collaborated and shared the stage with many of the most important artists of the guitar and music world. Andrea is a YouTube sensation with videos of over 100,000 views.
4.30pm – 6pm: Join Andrea Valeri in our Studio for an exclusive guitar masterclass before the gig. £12, must booked with gig ticket
WHY? ‘A guitar genius, one of the best guitar players in the world’ John Doan
RM Promotions present
Chris While and Julie Matthews
Tues 22 May 8pm / £16.50
The duo’s musical partnership began when they were members and writers in legendary folk-rock group The Albion Band and now are also a key part of St Agnes Fountain. Both are superb singers & multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion. Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion.
WHY? Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and ten times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories
Gilmore and Roberts
Wed 23 May 8pm / £15
The contemporary folk/acoustic duo combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship. Their trademark harmonies create a powerful wall of sound. Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) have been nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They have toured with Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.
WHY? ‘Hot property’ fRoots
Avalon Edinburgh Festival Preview
Jack Barry and Adam Hess
Thur 24 May 8pm / £10
Jack Barry is one half of sketch duo Twins. He has performed at the prestigious Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Adam Hess is the star of ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium and Live from the BBC.
WHY? Jack has supported James Acaster on tour and Adam has been nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award
Jazz at the Farm presents
Spring into Summer with Stan Sulzmann (sax)
Fri 25 May 8pm / £15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)
One of Europe and the UK’s leading jazz artists. Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock. Supported by his personal choice of rhythm sections – The Pendulum Trio: Clark Tracey (drums), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Alex Hutton (piano).
WHY? ‘It simply doesn’t get any better than this’ All About Jazz
Hancock and Co
Sat 26 May 8pm / £15 (£13 Supporters)
Celebrating over 60 years of Hancock’s Half Hour. James Hurn performs a one man show including one lost episode. He is a master at recreating the accents and personas of favourites such as Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams.
WHY? Performed in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy
Half Term at the Farm
(Monday to Saturday)
Arts and Crafts
10.30am (45 mins) | £5 per child | Age Guidance: 4 – 8 years
1.30pm and 3.30pm (20 mins) | £2 per person | Age Guidance: 3 – 7 years
Family shows (unless otherwise stated)
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32
Circus Trick Tease presents
Children Are Stinky
Mon 28 May 11.30am and 2pm
Set in the 90s (with all your parents’ favourite tracks) this is a show full of circus and hilarity. Children Are Stinky is packed with lighting fast hula hooping, dare devil balances, astounding strength and incredible acrobatics. It will leave children and adults with their jaws on the floor. Suitable for ages 3+ years.
WHY? ★★★★★ Fringe Review | ★★★★★ Families UK | ★★★★★ Ed Festivals for Kids | ★★★★ The List
MONSTRO Theatre presents
Tues 29 May 11.30am and 2pm
A story, about some books. In a library. These are no ordinary books and this is no ordinary library. It’s Brian’s library: a wonderful, magical place where the books like to flutter their pages and let their shelves go… One day Brian changes and the library goes…quiet. What’s going on? The books had better stiffen their spines: to get to the bottom of this mystery. Suitable for ages 5+ years.
WHY? A celebration of books, reading and libraries
tutti frutti presents
Wed 30 May 11.30am and 2pm
Joey loves football. He gets it from his mum – a footy fanatic! It’s cup final day and a chance for Joey to score a winning goal. A play for the 2018 World Cup year, for football fans, non-football fans, children and families. With popping rhymes, fab footie moves, flicks and sidesteps underscored by toe tapping live music. Suitable for ages 3+ years.
WHY? ‘One of the most inspired ensembles specialising in work for very young children’ The Guardian
Adesola Akinleye and Dancing Strong present
Thur 31 May 11.30am and 2pm
Two dancers adrift on their own islands enter a magical world where connections become visible. Sound waves ripple through bodies and children are invited to play. Found is an engaging, exploratory dance performance, with an invitation to play and participate. It looks at what connects us to each other and to what surrounds us. Suitable for ages 4+ years.
WHY? An interactive dance and live music performance for young audiences with inquiring minds
Concertini with Rob Castell
Fri 1 Jun 11.30am and 2pm
Local musician Rob Castell brings an entertaining 45 minutes of original songs, musical theatre tunes and family favourites. Little people can dance, sing and move around, whilst grown-ups and big kids can enjoy listening to live music in a relaxed and friendly environment. Suitable for ages xxx.
Why? Rob is the resident songwriter and created the theme tune for CBBC’s BAFTA nominated Officially Amazing
Filament Theatre presents
Rufus Longbottom and The Space Rabbit
Sat 2 Jun 2pm and 4.30pm
Space Rabbit’s planet is destroyed by a meteorite, sending her hurtling towards Earth. She lands outside a care home, frightened and alone. Inside is Rufus Longbottom. He is an elderly gentleman itching for one last adventure. Guided by her magical powers, the unlikely pair go on a journey to the ends of the earth in search of a place to call home. Suitable for ages 6+ years.
WHY? Songs, music, sound effects created by Mi-Mu gloves and a bit of magic enchants audiences young and old alike
Fri 1 Jun 8pm / £12 (£10 Advantage Card)
The Nashville resident is known for his crisp, soulful music and mysteriously suspenseful voice. His captivating lyrics and honest sound are commanding attention from the folk-soul world. Bentley is influenced by artists such as Ray Charles and Teddy Pendergrass. His sincere tone resonates similarly with the singing style of John Legend or Amos Lee.
WHY? Named one of Nashville’s artists to ‘Rule in 2018’ by the Nashville Scene
Dark Side of the Wall
Sat 2 Jun 8pm / £17
A tribute to Pink Floyd. The award winning band celebrate their heroes in well over 2 hours of spectacular live music and visual effects. This amazing 8 piece band perform music from the legendary Pink Floyd’s classic and extensive back catalogue.
WHY? Featuring tracks such as Comfortably Numb, Money, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Another Brick In The Wall to name just a few… with unexpected surprises thrown in along the way
Tunde Jegede Nomad Tour
21st Century Renaissance Man
Sun 3 Jun 7.30pm / £14 (£12 conc)
Tunde Jegede bridges African and European musical traditions. He is an internationally renowned kora player, cellist and composer. His soul-stirring music blends the ebb and flow of traditional kora-playing with his own dynamic contemporary compositions. In this solo concert listeners are taken on a journey bringing Tunde’s sound worlds and rich musical legacies to life.
WHY? ‘Tunde’s virtuosity glows’ The Guardian
Tim Key – Megadate [SOLD OUT]
Fri 8 Jun 8pm / £16
St John’s Chamber Orchestra Summer Concert
Sat 9 Jun 8pm / £18 (£16.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)
Robert Cheung (piano)
Benjamin Aldren (clarinet)
Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)
Britten Simple Symphony
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2
Weber Clarinet Concerto no.1 in F minor
Mozart Symphony No.38 in D (Prague)
The summer orchestral concert features two scintillating concertos, including Shostakovich’s famous showpiece written for his son.
WHY? Two young local soloists make welcome returns to Norden Farm
Sun 10 Jun 7.30pm / £14
The six piece band brings together some of the most exciting musicians on the UK folk and roots scene. They blur the boundaries between contemporary song and folk traditions on either side of the Atlantic. Their sound is expansive, varied and rich in power. It is a band equally at home with pin-drop intimacy as they are invigorating foot-stompers.
WHY? ‘A breath of fresh air to the folk music community’ Maverick Magazine
The Outside Track
Thur 14 Jun 8pm / £14 (£12 Supporters)
A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy. The Outside Track’s marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. The five members hail from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton. They are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation.
WHY? Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre
James Seabright and Play the Spotlight present
by Apphia Campbell and Meredith Yarbrough
Fri 15 Jun 8pm / £15 (£13 conc)
Two women 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights. One is notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin. Both challenge the justice system and are faced with the same choice – fight or flee? With a live soundtrack of gospel and blues. From the creator of Black is the Colour of My Voice.
WHY? ‘Inspiring! A fast, exciting and engaging play’ ««««« British Theatre Guide
A Celebration of Life
Sat 16 Jun 8pm / £15
Heartfelt poetry, words and sketches depicting life in all its wonders. Maidenhead actor Clive Woodward is engaging, emotive and funny. Clive has acted in theatre, TV, BBC Radio plays and films including A Bunch of Amateurs alongside Burt Reynolds. With topics such as growing-up, work, love, marriage, beauty and loss it will be a celebration of life.
WHY? Will make you think, furthermore you’ll be tickled pink…
The Jersey Guys – The Night!
Sun 17 Jun 7.30pm / £22 (£20 conc)
After their sell out show in 2017, the Jersey Guys return to Norden Farm for one night as part of their UK tour. This spectacular hit show features the very best music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
WHY? Featuring West End artists, the Jersey Guys take audiences on a nostalgic journey with classics such as Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Bye Bye Baby
Berkshire College of Agriculture
This Is Us
Tues 19 Jun 7.30pm / £8
Join BCA as they present their ‘best of’ compilation of a year’s work that includes musical theatre, pop music, sketches and dance including contemporary, tap and jazz.
WHY? An evening of music, dance, song and drama showcasing the aspirations of our talented young performers
Norden Farm Associate Company
Maidenhead Music Society presents
Thur 21 Jun 7.30pm / £20
Piers Adams (recorder)
Adam Summerhayes (violin)
Angela East (cello)
David Wright (harpsichord)
The famed baroque ensemble explores the connections – real and imagined – between gypsy musicians and the master composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Were early baroque maestri inspired by the insane virtuosity of the travelling gypsies of the time? And how might the music of Handel or Vivaldi sound in the hands of a gypsy band?
WHY? Red Priest combines its trademark baroque dynamism with true gypsy mayhem!
So Comedy Edinburgh Preview
Helen Lederer and Athena Kugblenu
Thur 21 Jun 8pm / £10
Helen Lederer feels it’s time to spill all, before she forgets. What went on in the Big Brother House? Can she be honest about stand-up comedy? Probably not.
Athena Kugblenu can’t help but notice consistencies between the universe and herself. How can she blame people for choosing Trump when she’s choosing the wrong men?
WHY? Helen is famed for The Naked Video and Absolutely fabulous while Athena writes for BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz
Jazz at the Farm presents
Jazz on a Summer’s Night with Jeremy Price (trombone)
Fri 22 Jun 8pm / £15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)
An outstanding solo jazz artist. Jeremy is Director of Jazz Studies at The Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. He is a member of the London Jazz Orchestra and has worked for London Sinfonietta and the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Renga Ensemble. Supported by brilliant young star Simon Marsh (saxes)
and the a rhythm section headed by Clark Tracey (drums) with Alex Hutton (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass).
WHY? Jeremy has played for Tony Bennett, Robbie Williams and Jessye Norman
The Chandeliers present
Crime Scene Improvisation
Sat 23 Jun 8pm / £14 (£12 Supporters)
An improvised comedy murder mystery. No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast! Crime Scene Improvisation creates a brand new who-dunnit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience. Someone’s kicked the bucket. But who, what and how? The choice is yours, the problem is theirs.
WHY? ‘Spontaneous mastery’ «««« Fringebiscuit
Sun 24 Jun 7.30pm / £15
Aaron Benward and Scott Reeves both had impressive professional resumés before they brought their voices together. Aaron toured and recorded with his gospel singer father while Scott was encouraged to sing as a youngster by family friend Glen Campbell. They bring together a natural flair for harmony. Blue County have toured extensively with Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. They have also been featured artists in People Magazine.
WHY? Three Time CMA and ACM Nominated Duo of the Year with six US Billboard Top 40 hits
Swing n Sinatra with Five Star Swing
Thur 28 Jun 8pm / £18 (£16 conc)
Join Five Star Swing for an evening of the famous songs spanning Sinatra’s career. From the Tommy Dorsey band to Hollywood plus Vegas and the Rat Pack to recordings with the Count Basie band. This is a journey through the decades of an unforgettable genre, with the greatest singer of its time!
WHY? Five Star Swing’s singers and multi-instrumentalists have appeared at the Leicester Square Theatre, on BBC2’s Military Wives, BBC1’s Children in Need and at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom
Thur 28 Jun 8pm / £15
Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, the North Caroline native writes new songs in an ancient style. He has toured full time for ten years and released 7 albums. Accompanied by his Pickup Cowboy, Johnny Waken.
WHY? ‘Displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image’ The Boston Globe
Sophie Willan – Branded
Fri 29 Jun 8pm / £12 (£10 conc)
The multi award winning break out star is heading out on tour! Sophie has had a lifetime of being branded by others. She tells us why with brutal honesty. A raucous hour like no other from this unapologetic young powerhouse. As seen on Dave’s As Yet Untitled and as heard on BBC Radio 4.
WHY? ‘Entertaining and inspiring… perfectly structured with a rare sensitivity and intelligence’ ★★★★ The Times
A Band Called Malice – The Definitive Tribute to The Jam
Fri 29 Jun 8pm / £14
Recreating hit after hit of The Jam, one of the most influential and iconic bands in music history. With a wealth of experience, they are committed to giving a performance that is both energetic and authentic.
WHY? Expect to hear all the classics such as That’s Entertainment, Going Underground, Town Called Malice and many more
The Studio Session
Sat 30 Jun 8pm / £8
Part of the Farm’s programme to support emerging musicians. Local acts play three numbers – at least one of which is an original. Mc’d by Charlotte Hardick.
WHY? If you would like to perform at this Summer’s event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayson Sings Chanson
Sun 1 Jul 7.30pm / £14
An enthralling evening dedicated to French ‘chanson’ from Alan Clayson (Clayson and the Argonauts). Exploring and performing songs in French and English by artists including Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour and Paul Verlaine. Alan connects their impact on contemporary songwriters, from Ray Davies to Jarvis Cocker, with their emphasis on dramatic story telling. Accompanied by Andy Lavery on keyboards.
WHY? ‘His delivery and performance style has led to a deserved cult status’ Time Out
Maidenhead Drama Guild present
F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy
Wed 4 – Sat 7 Jul 7.45pm / £16 (£14 conc)
It was The Jazz Age. The parties bigger… the pace faster. An age of mystery and excess. Where does Gatsby come from? Why does he open his mansion to extravagant parties where even his guests do not know him? It’s a source of rumour and gossip. Who is Gatsby?
WHY ‘A beautifully crafted interpretation of the 1925 novel’ London Free Press
RBM Edinburgh preview
Alice Marshall and Edd Hedges
Thur 5 Jul 8pm / £10
Alice Marshall returns with her signature weird and wonderful characters. This time they’re transporting you all the way to the fifth dimension.
Edd Hedges brings his unique storytelling. A teenager loses control of his car. A Halloween party takes an unexpected turn. There’s a thunderstorm in a village.
WHY? Rising stars of the comedy world preview their latest material ahead of this year’s Edinburgh Festival
The Vinyl Frontier presents
Silent Disco – 80s v 90s
Fri 6 Jul 8pm / £12
Two DJs on two separate channels: Jeff plays the 80s and Dave plays the 90s. Tune in on your wireless headphones to select the one you prefer. Dance like a legend in your own little bubble whilst you’re listening to one tune and your mates are listening to another!
WHY? Our Farm’s first Silent Disco and is sure to be popular
Sat 7 Jul 8pm / £14
A formidable flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and master of today’s generation. Eduardo has traversed the worlds of jazz, classical, world and pop music. He has appeared in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Celtic Connections Glasgow, Jaipur Festival India, Tbilisi International Jazz Festival and Glastonbury. He is accompanied by guitarist Daniel Martinez Lopez.
WHY? ‘Beautiful melodies, great grooves, charming and self-effacing. He cast a deep, engrossing spell over the audience’ London Jazz News
Sat 14 Jul 7.30pm / £15 (£13 conc)
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
Great British Mysteries: 1599?
Sun 15 Jul 7.30pm / £10
Do you like mysteries? Do you like historical inaccuracies? Do you prefer Thomas More to Roger Moore? Mystery hunters Olive and Teddy become embroiled with witches, haunted houses, and the scent of Cardinal Wolsey’s conscience.
WHY? The Woman In Black meets Keystage Two Tudor history. Expect more gags than Henry VIII had wives
Summer Concert Series 1
Thur 19 Jul 8pm / £16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)
George Harliono (piano)
Mozart Fantasia in D minor, K.397
Beethoven Sonata in F minor, Op.57 (Appassionata)
Chopin Ballade No.1
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.6: Harmonies du soir
Stravinsky 3 Dances from Petrushka
A thrilling programme takes us on a tour through the piano repertoire, beginning with Mozart’s heartfelt Fantasia, and ending with Stravinsky’s dazzling dances from Petrushka.
WHY? George Harliono is a rising star in the piano world
One Night of Ska
Fri 20 Jul 8pm / £15 (£13 Advantage Card)
An homage to the music, bands and artists that influenced two generations of teenagers. Taking the best of the original 1960s Jamaican scene as well as the 2 Tone English Revival of the late 1970s. The seven piece band perform songs made famous by Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Madness, The Specials, The Selecter, The Maytals and Tony Tribe.
WHY? With hits such as The Israelites, One Step Beyond, It Mek, My Girl, Ghost Town, Red Red Wine and more
Jazz at the Farm presents
Alexandra Ridout (trumpet, flugel) and Sean Payne (saxes)
Fri 20 Jul 8pm / £15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)
Brought back by public demand, the fresh, new programmes from two recently-awarded talents on the jazz scene. Both Alexandra and Sean are BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year winners. Supported by an acclaimed rhythm section headed by drummer Clark Tracey with Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Alex Hutton (piano).
WHY? If you saw them last time you’ll want to hear them again – and
if you didn’t catch them, you definitely shouldn’t miss them again!
Montgomery Holloway Music Trust presents
Laurie Holloway in Concert with Students of 2018
Sat 21 Jul 7.30pm / £15
Laurie Holloway and his Trio perform with the students of the 2018 Summer School.
WHY? The annual concert from the Montgomery Holloway Music Trust
SUMMER HOLIDAYS AT THE FARM
Everyday Activities (Monday to Saturday)
10.30am Arts and Crafts (45 mins) £5 per child
1.30pm and 3.30pm Storytelling (20 mins) £2 per person
Tickets (unless otherwise stated)
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32
The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm
Mon 23 Jul – Sun 2 Sept 10am – 4pm
Grand Opening: Tuesday 24 July 10am
Our ever popular Beach is back, all summer long – this year inspired by the laid back tropical paradise that is Goa.
It’s free to play on every day with beachside tables available for snacks and lunch. Peel yourself off the beach and get creative with your little ones in our daily Beach Craft sessions. Or relax with them in the beach hut story den for Storytelling.
For maximum chill out, explore the indoor sensory space, designed for children with SEND.
The Beach has been designed and handmade by Norden Farm with the help of the community.
Rock n Roll Concertini with Matt Bond and the Poor Boys Good Time Band
Sun 29 Jul 11.30am and 2pm
A journey of some of the best loved Rock n Roll themes from the 1950s and beyond. Be inspired by the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Elvis whilst the kids dance sing or just chill out on our bean bags.
WHY? It’s Rock and Roll with a touch of Yee Ha!
Comedy Club 4 Kids and Simple Politics present
How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?
Sat 11 Aug 2pm and 5pm
Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults. Rubbish! Politics is super important and can be really fun too. Tatton and Tiernan help you make sense of it all! You might not be able to vote yet. You do have opinions, though. You know the world you want to see. You know what’s right and what’s wrong. Also, you want to have fun. Suitable for ages 7+ years.
WHY? A show that keeps you entertained, engaged and informed
Garlic Theatre presents
Three Little Pig Tails
Tues 28 – Wed 29 Aug 11.30am and 2pm
Let me in little piggie it’s blowing a gale, not by the hairs on my little pink tail. A brand new version of the classic story set in Paris. A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs’ tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit him? Suitable for ages 3+ years.
WHY? A funny, warmhearted and interactive rustic tale bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in
Big Band Concertini with the Blakes Heaven Big Band
Sun 2 Sept 11.30am
An original and enjoyable live music experience designed for grown ups to enjoy with their children in a relaxed and friendly environment. Blake’s Heaven Big Band is a
17 piece ensemble performing jazz, swing, pop and funk, TV themes, Latin
and rock – all with a unique twist.
WHY? Be inspired by sizzling saxes, screaming trumpets and soulful trombones whilst your little one dance sing, wriggle or even sleep!
Hat Fitz and Cara
Tues 24 Jul 8pm / £14 (£12 Supporters)
The husband and wife’s musical style is a unique combination of folk, roots and gospel blues with old time flavourings reminiscent of a time once forgotten. Hat Fitz is a veteran wild man of the blues scene in Australia. Cara draws on her soul background while also playing drums, washboard, flute and tin whistle.
WHY ‘Soaring soul vocals, visceral blues guitar, unexpected quiet, and sudden changes in feel and tempo’ Rhythms Magazine
Mad About the Movies
Fri 27 Jul 8pm / £15
The story of The Hollywood Musical as told by award winning singer Robert Habermann. From the first talking picture The Jazz Singer to the musicals of Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, MGM and Walt Disney. With hits from movies starring Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley and more.
WHY? Expect songs including 42nd Street, Cheek To Cheek, Over The Rainbow, True Love, The Trolley Song and a medley of Oscar winning songs
Sat 28 Jul 8pm / £16
The excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show. Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the original bands live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back. Expect the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians. Expect Ritchie Blackmore’s on stage antics, Jimmy Page’s twin neck guitar and a very special violin bow solo!
WHY? The two and a half hour show covers more than 30 classic songs
Thur 2 Aug 8pm / £14
An American duo created from years of travelling, farming, childrearing and touring with their 6 piece folk orchestra. Fellow Pynins are storytellers and a contemporary rootsy folk band weaving banjo, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki beneath lilting vocal harmonies. Their repertoire consists of original songs and traditional European ballads collected during their travels.
WHY? ‘Will transport you into their haunting and beguiling world of love tales and spine-tingling harmonies’ Lisa Dunn, BBC
Holder and Smith –
A tribute to Django and Stephane, The Swing Era
Fri 3 Aug 8pm / £13
The music of guitar and violin virtuosi Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli played by two of this country’s finest exponents of the style. Expect to be flown back in time to the dance halls of the 1940s. Ben (violin, vocals) and Stuart (gypsy guitar) are both members of Gypsy Fire.
WHY? This really was the Swing era, full of irresistible rhythms and all the musical indulgence there was to offer
Sat 4 Aug 11am – 4pm / Free entry
Our popular fairs are now well established in the crafting calendar. This summer event showcases handcrafted wares. The original 18th century barns provide a gorgeous backdrop for browsing stalls from local sellers.
WHY? If you would like information on booking a stall, please contact email@example.com
The Quo Experience
Sat 4 Aug 8pm / £18.50
Not just a tribute band – this is an experience with 50 years of hits. Status Quo are Britian’s biggest singles chart band of all time. Stuart Michaels and Dave Crawte have spent years studying every detail of Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt’s playing styles and stage performances.
WHY? Including hits such as Rockin’ All Over the World, Whatever You Want, Down Down, Living On An Island, In The Army Now, Burning Bridges, What You’re Proposing and more
Summer Concert Series 2
Thur 9 Aug 8pm / £16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)
Ashley Wass (piano)
Mozart Sonata in B flat, K.333
Schumann Scenes from Childhood
Elgar Variations on an original theme (Enigma)
A programme including a rare outing for Elgar’s own transcription of his Enigma Variations, alongside familiar works by Mozart and Schumann.
WHY? Ashley is a former winner of the London International Piano Competition
Geoff Mason Quintet – A Tribute to Gerry Mulligan and Bob Brookmeyer
Fri 10 Aug 8pm / £14
Mick Foster (baritone and alto sax) and Geoff Mason (trombone) emulate the cool sounds of the 1950s. The warm and swinging sounds of Mulligan’s sax and Brookmeyer’s valve trombone found a way into the public’s soul worldwide. The quintet’s set list includes many tunes associated with the two musicians. The line up is completed by John Horler (keyboard), Trevor Tomkins (drums) and Tim Wells (bass).
WHY? ‘Foster’s light textured, bouncy playing emulated the Mulligan sound to a tee’ Coljazz
Alistair McGowan – Introductions to Classical Piano
Sat 11 Aug 8pm / £15
A brand new show bringing together all Alistair McGowan’s talents. He plays tracks from the album and some other short classics piano pieces: from Gershwin to Grieg, Mompou to Mendelssohn, Satie to Schubert. In between the pieces, he will talk a little about history of each piece, the composer and his own connection to the music.
WHY? Expect a lot of beautiful music (with the odd mistake!), some interesting stories and a sprinkling of his trademark impressions
The Dime Notes
Thur 16 Aug 8pm / £15 (£13 Supporters)
Blues-drenched sounds of clarinet driven 1920s New Orleans jazz combine with London’s hard-swinging vintage jazz band. It unearths a repertoire of hot swinging jazz, stomps, blueses and forgotten gems of the era by musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton and James P Johnson. The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasising the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial and wildly popular.
WHY? ‘Inspired!’ Sunday Times
The Bon Jovi Experience
Sat 18 Aug 8pm / £20
The greatest stadium rock band of all time is recreated by the sensational Bon Jovi Experience. They are the only tribute band to have shared the stage with the real McCoy. Lead singer Tony Pearce is the world’s leading lookalike. With all the hits including Living On A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name, Keep The Faith, Bed of Roses, Always and more.
WHY? ‘The best tribute I have ever seen’ Jon Bon Jovi
Klezmer-ish – The Music of Travellers
Sun 19 Aug 7.30pm / £14
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. The line up includes Tom Verity (clarinets, whistles), Rob Shepley (guitar, violin, vocals), Connie Del Vecchio (piano, accordion, violin) and Marcel Becker (double bass).
WHY? A musical journey through klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz, Irish fiddle music, Italian folk music and much more
Summer Concert Series 3
Thur 23 Aug 8pm / £16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)
St John’s Chamber Players
Dvorak 2 Romantic Pieces, Op.75
Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat, K.407
Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114
Dvorak Piano Quintet in A
Brahms’ dramatic Clarinet Trio was one of his last works. Dvorak’s popular Quintet is one of the most tuneful and radiant works in the chamber repertoire
WHY? An opportunity to hear one of Mozart’s less familiar chamber work
Jazz at the Farm presents
The Magic of Summer with Simon Allen (saxes)
Fri 24 Aug 8pm / £15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)
A formidable young jazz artist, Simon’s style and humour creates great jazz. With the renowned Pendulum Trio rhythm section: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
WHY? ‘He knows how to produce a luminous, floating tone on alto sax, has an impressive technique, and constructs his solos with maturity and confidence’ The Independent
Fri 31 Aug 8pm / £15
For U2Baby the sound is important, the look is important, but ultimately they recreate the feeling of a live U2 gig. The chills, the hairs standing up on the back of the neck. Everything that makes a U2 show so special. With hit after hit from the 1980s to the present day from A Sort of Homecoming to With or With Out You.
WHY? ‘The UK’s number one tribute to U2’ The Cavern Club, Liverpool
The Big Berkshire Beach Gig
Sat 1 Sept 8pm / £8
A showcase for the most exciting local musical talent in our main theatre. The
evening wouldn’t be complete without breaks between the acts – so you can
soak up the atmosphere on our beach!
WHY? If your band would like to perform email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 2 Sept 7.30pm / £15
Authentic Cuban son, the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that gave rise to salsa. The band features a new generation of Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map.
WHY? Join us for a free salsa workshop before the event, spaces are limited so don’t miss out!
Summer Concert Series 4
Thur 13 Sept 8pm / £16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)
St John’s Wind Ensemble
Jennifer Coleman (soprano)
Nigel Wilkinson (piano)
Richard Strauss Serenade in E flat, Op.7
Songs by Mozart and Richard Strauss
Mozart Serenade for 13 wind instruments, K.361
The summer recitals series highlighting works by Mozart concludes with the greatest of all works for wind ensemble, his grand Serenade.
WHY? Jennifer Coleman provides some delectable songs by both composers.