New Season 2017

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March 2017

Christine Bovill’s Piaf (musical theatre) Fri 24th March, 8pm

Friday, March 24, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The award-winning singer Christine Bovill brings to life Edith Piaf in this show. Piaf’s story is well documented – her legendary voice – a child of the Paris streets who rose, via a tragic life of drink, drugs and death at 48, to become the best-known chanteuse in America and throughout the world. Christine Bovill’s PIAF celebrates one of France’s most endearing icons; with some of her best known songs. Despite the sorrow of Piaf’s story, this is an evening of celebration – a tale of human triumph over tragedy; and, at its heart, a unique performance by a woman widely regarded as one of the finest interpreters of French Song.

“Something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.” Sunday Times

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

To buy online (10% booking fee) click here

to see a video of Christine singing a Piaf song on the Review Show click here

 

 

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April 2017

Mr McFall’s Chamber (music) Thu 6th April, 7.30pm

Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

To celebrate the release of  their latest album Solitudes, Mr McFall’s Chamber play a programme of music from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The music is hauntingly atmospheric and, by turns, passionate and reflective. Mr McFalls Chamber is a fantastically talented sextet with a policy of mixing widely different styles in the same programme. The programme is listed below.

Solitudes – Baltic Reflections. Music from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Introduction and Tango Overture, Aulis Sallinen
Bangos (for solo piano), Zita Bružaitė
Lamento (for two violas), Kalevi Aho
Dedication (for cello and piano), Erkki-Sven Tüür
Toccata, Olli Mustonen
interval
Fratres (for string quartet), Arvo Pärt
Für Alina (for solo piano), Arvo Pärt
A Little Summer Music (for violin and piano), Pēteris Vasks
Le Grand Tango (for violin and piano), Astor Piazzolla
Täysikuu Toivo Kärki (arr. Robert McFall)
Einsames Lied (“Solitude”), Jean Sibelius (arr. Robert McFall)
Satumaa, Unto Mononen (arr. Robert McFall)

Cyril Garac: 1st violin
Robert McFall: 2nd violin/ viola
Brian Schiele: viola
Su-a Lee: cello
Rick Standley: double bass
Maria Martinova: piano

“Why can’t all concerts be like this – engaging, witty, relaxed, sophisticated, exquisitely played and just plain fun? The Times

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

To buy online (10% booking fee) click here

To see a video with Mr McFall’s and Aidan O’Rourke click here

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The Shee (music) Fri 14th April, 8pm

Friday, April 14, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The all-female, folk and bluegrass band, The Shee, met on the Folk and Traditional Music Degree course at Newcastle University in 2006. Having reached the ten-year milestone in their action-packed career, they’re celebrating with a brand new body of original work. Following three albums and a hectic touring schedule over the past decade, the six members of the band each commissioned a Folk Music hero, to write an original piece of music for their fourth album ‘Continuum’. This was premiered at their sell out concert at Celtic Connections 2016.

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£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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May 2017

The Furrow Collective (music) Wed 17th May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 17, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Furrow Collective is a critically acclaimed English/Scottish quartet consisting of four distinctive and talented performers – Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts. They formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. The focus is upon material from English and Scottish sources, occasionally looking further afield in the quest for intriguing songs. Together, they create spine-tingling four-part harmony accompanied by harp, guitar, viola, concertina, piano, banjo, fiddles and musical saw. The band received a nomination for Best Group and Best Traditional Track in the 2015 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards for their debut album At Our Next Meeting,

‘A bravely sparse and compelling new take on traditional songs… A quietly classy young folk band’ The Guardian

to see a video of The Furrow Collective click here

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s.

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

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June 2017

The Dime Notes (music) Fri. 9th June, 8pm

Friday, June 9, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Dime Notes dig back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920’s New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blueses, and forgotten gems of the era from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton and Red Nichols. Fronted by Chris Barber’s long-time clarinetist David Horniblow, and American pianist/composer/musicologist Andrew Oliver, the band is anchored by the unstoppable pulse of rhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie and Tom Wheatley on bass. The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasizing the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial, and wildly popular.

to see a video of The Dime Notes click here  

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s.

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra (classical music) Sat 10th June, 8pm

Saturday, June 10, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SCO 2012
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The marvellous SCO return for their annual summer visit. The programme this year includes work from GRIEG Holberg Suite, Op 40; CRUSELL Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor; LARSSON Pastoral Suite, Op 19; SCHUBERT Symphony No 3 in D with Gérard Korsten conducting and Maximiliano Martín on solo clarinet. This is an eagerly awaited event every year so book early!

“… some of the most utterly exhilarating orchestral playing you will hear anywhere from anyone.” The Herald

£16/£14 concs/£6 U26s, people with a disability and accompanying carer

To book online (10% booking fee) click here

No paper tickets yet in the Phoenix Stores but will notify here when they are available.

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Sing Sistah Sing! (music) Sat 17th June, 8pm

Saturday, June 17, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sing Sistah Sing! is the first work from internationally renowned Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker, who is accompanied by the wonderfully versatile pianist Richard Lewis. The show celebrates the extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice including those of Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and the great Billie Holiday. This a joyous mixture of storytelling, jazz, blues, opera, art song, gospel and rollicking piano virtuosity.

“.., made the audience’s hair stand on end. Her voice is delicious” BroadwayBaby.com

to see a video rehearsal of the show click here

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

to buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

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The Danberrys (music) Fri 23rd June, 8pm

Friday, June 23, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

One of the hottest Americana acts to emerge from the rockier underbelly of Nashville’s music scene, the soulful pairing of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel have built a huge fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. On tour here in trio format, they have won awards and nominations for Best Americana Album. Their latest release created a huge amount of excitement, attracting glowing praise from the critics. 

“The sweetest harmonies you ever heard this side of The Everly Brothers” R2 magazine
To see a video clip  ‘Live from Nashville’ click here

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

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August 2017

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham (music) Wed 2nd Aug, 7.30pm

Wednesday, August 2, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Aly and Phil have become a national institution with their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion. They bring their traditional music excellence to this very welcome return to the Universal Hall. Individually they pursue other ventures in performance, television and education but it is when they get together that they truly shine with their finely honed musical skills and hilarious banter. Book early!  Paper tickets will be in the Phoenix Stores soon but online tickets are available now.

To see a video click here

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

to buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

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