Spring 2018

Details of most concerts and films in spring 2018 are now posted below - scroll down to reveal.  All films will be £5 entry (one price) and all will have subtitles in English as a policy for this season – even those shot in English. This is to give access to those with some hearing loss and to a sizeable minority in our audience who have English as a second language. But of course we encourage those of you with normal hearing to attend and support this inclusive plan. If you have feedback about this experiment let us know uhallpromo@gmail.com   A reminder for regular visitors: to ensure our future as a venue please consider becoming a 'Supporter' - click on the 'Supporters' tab at the top for more details. And don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter if you live in the area - click on the 'Get Newsletter' tab at the top and enter your email address in the space provided

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January 2018

Peatbog Faeries (music) Wed 4th July, 7.30pm

Friday, January 26, 8:00 am - Wednesday, July 4, 8:00 pm

Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries bring Celtic Dance music into the 21st century by incorporating many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. From the moment they take to the stage, the mood is set for a no-nonsense feel-good atmosphere – each number sounding like an encore itself. They tease unlikely combinations from the familiarity of instruments such as fiddle and highland pipes – blending with techno rhythms and soaring sounds and take this to another plane. The Peatbogs have released seven studio albums, have played to audiences all over the world, and won the award for ‘Best Live Act’ at the prestigious Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Please note: there will be dancing at this event.

“Powerful melodies …pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude…” The Scotsman

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16s

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra (classical music) Fri 27th July, 8pm

Friday, January 26, 8:00 am - Friday, July 27, 8:00 pm

Love classical music or just an avid fan of the cello? Multi-award winning cellist Nicolas Altstaedt performs Haydn’s dazzling first concerto, composed for the Eszterházy, which lies in what is now Hungary. The same country provides folk music inspiration for Transylvanian Dances by native Sándor Veress. Since it was chosen as the backdrop to Colin Firth’s dramatic address in The King’s Speech, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony has become one of his most recognised and popular pieces, in particular the expressive, slow second movement. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra always provide a thrilling evening of classical music and this promises to be no exception.

Programme:

VERESS Transylvanian Dances

HAYDN Cello Concerto No 1 in C major Hob VIIb:1

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 7

Nicolas Altstaedt cello / director/ conductor

£17/£15 concs (seniors) /£6 U26’s, students, unemployed, people with a disability and accompanying carer

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

Friday, January 26, 8:00 am - Thursday, August 2, 8:00 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! 

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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February 2018

Rich Hall’s Hoedown (comedy) Thu 22nd Feb 2018, 7.30pm

Thursday, February 22, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

As Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show rolls into the Universal Hall, there has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers, as has appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. But if you’ve only ever seen Hall on TV, you’ve short-changed yourself. The Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. Rich delivers stand-up, improvised ballads, and cracking good musicianship. A hilarious, foot-stomping, good time is to be had by all. Age advice: 14+

“Blissfully Funny” The Guardian

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April 2018

Alexander Chapman Campbell (music) Sat 7th April, 7.30pm

Saturday, April 7, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join renowned local composer and pianist Alexander Chapman Campbell to celebrate the launch of his third solo piano collection, Journey to Nidaros – an unexpected album inspired by a 650km solitary pilgrimage across Norway. “I imagined it to be a time of swimming in rivers, exploring mountains and deep-green forests. It ended up being all of these things, but with the added unimagined discovery of music, which gradually emerged from the pianos I found on the path.” Alexander’s emotive and strikingly beautiful music has been described as “refreshingly original” by ClassicFM and has been widely aired across radio and television.

£10/£8 concs/£6 U16’s

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