Winter 2017/18

Details of some of the concerts and films in winter 2017/8 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  More details will appear soon of the 2018 season of concerts and public events which start in February 2018. Details of the highly recommended Rich Hall gig are already listed. 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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October 2017

Opera Highlights (classical music) Sat 7th Oct, 7.30pm

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

Each year Scottish Opera takes four singers and a pianist out and about around Scotland, travelling the highways and byways, to take a musical mix of operatic treasures to some of the country’s more remote venues. In October, the minibus arrives in Findhorn, packed full of props and costumes to bring you an entertaining evening of music and good company. And there’s something for everyone – from opera first timers to seasoned fans. The programme includes favourites from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers  alongside some lesser known gems rarely performed on the Scottish stage. This Season’s casts are full of fresh, new talent, including Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Alexey Gusev, alongside graduates of the National Opera Studio, sopranos Lucy Hall (Orfeo ed Euridice 2015) and tenor William Morgan (The 8th Door 2017). Former Emerging Artist and director of the four star Opera Highlights in 2016 Jack Furness returns again to direct this year’s highlights.

‘Amazing energy from all five performers – to be able to get that close to professional musicians and singers is a rare treat. Can’t wait for more!’  Audience member, 2016                  ★★★★ The Herald

£12/£5 U26s      To buy online (10% booking fee) click here

to see a short promotional video click here

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Dougie MacLean (music) Wed 11th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

“Dougie MacLean OBE is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. He is internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’, for music in the ‘Last of the Mohicans’ movie and for countless inspired performances. His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black and many other top performers. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Folk Award from BBC Radio 2. A welcome return to the Universal Hall for this great artist.

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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

PICTURE – ROB MCDOUGALL   www.RobMcDougall.com    07856222103    info@robmcdougall.com

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Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton (music) Wed 18th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, winners of ‘Best Duo’ in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017, are multi-instrumentalists, composers and arrangers specialising in bagpipes and whistles. They have come together in an eagerly awaited collaboration to create their stunning new album ‘Symbiosis’. Founding members of the musical powerhouse Treacherous Orchestra as well as playing with bands such as Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Zakir Hussain, The Levellers and Capercaillie, Ross and Ali produce an exciting and beguiling sound with an undeniable synergy forged from a lifetime of friendship.

” … a partnership that’s rugged and inventive yet true to the tradition” Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Newton Faulkner (music) Fri 20th Oct, 7.30pm (doors time)

Friday, October 20, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Big, beat-conscious and astonishingly diverse are not the adjectives that might have sprung immediately to mind with regard to Newton Faulkner in the past. He was the singer-songwriter once tagged ‘the British Jack Johnson’ and tossed in alongside sensitive, strumming troubadours in the tradition of Jackson Browne and James Taylor. He was the guy with the dreadlocks he had been cultivating since the age of 15, the one who flayed the hell out of an acoustic guitar whenever he played live. That was then. These days, Newton Faulkner is a different proposition, and his audacious new album, Human Love, is a colorful statement of intent. His fifth studio collection, and his first for new label BMG, it is an alluring maelstrom of rhythm and harmony. Embracing racing drums, African percussion, chanted choruses, ambient interludes and the most imposing hooks of his career to date.

 

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Reflecting Fridas (storytelling) Wed 25th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are the inspiration for this show, created and performed by Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines and forming a part of the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival. Frida’s loves, injuries and suffering were the subject for her work. She was an exceptional artist and she had a unique life which will be revealed in the story. Ana Maria Lines is a Brazilian storyteller and journalist. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil and her family origins range from African to Brazilian and Portuguese. Please note: this event will be held in the Moray Art Centre near the Universal Hall.

£10/£8 concs /£6 U16s

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November 2017

Akong – A Remarkable Life (film) Wed 8th Nov, 7.30pm

Thursday, November 2, 8:00 am - Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 pm

This is an inspiring and award-winning documentary film about the life of Akong Rinpoche, one of the founders of Samye Ling in Dumfriesshire.  As a young man, Akong Rinpoche became a refugee, fleeing his Tibetan homeland in the wake of the Chinese army invasion and violence that ensued. Akong was both a Kagyu Buddhist Lama and a traditional Tibetan doctor, as well as an author, teacher and humanitarian. He went through much personal suffering and hardship to go on to become abbot of Samye Ling, the oldest Tibetan centre and monastery in Europe, and Drolma Lhakang, a monastery in the Kham region of Eastern Tibet. He also founded the charity Rokpa International, an NGO that gained acclaim through its work in Tibet and around the world. This film maps the course his inspiring  life and the impact he has had around the world. There will be a Q&A session with Vin Harris, the executive producer, after the film.

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Tickets on the door. All proceeds will go to the Akong Memorial Foundation

£5 (or a donation of more if you wish)

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Lion (film) Fri. 1st Dec, 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 8:00 am - Friday, December 1, 8:00 pm

Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Truly inspiring. Rating: PG Runtime: 120 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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Aquarius (film) Fri 8th Dec, 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 8:00 am - Friday, December 8, 8:00 pm

Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of the Aquarius, one of the few buildings of character left that in a rapidly changing seaside neighborhood in Recife, Brazil. Now that other apartments have been swept up by a company with ambitious plans for redevelopment, Clara is pressurised to move on. But she is a woman of strong will and conviction, and will engage in a battle with the developers to keep a home that has been a silent witness to her entire life. The resulting confrontation is mysterious and nerve-wracking, giving Clara’s most familiar routines the tension of a thriller. Starring Sonia Braga in one of her finest performances. In Portuguese with English subtitles Rating:18 Runtime: 142 minutes

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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Elephant Sessions (music) plus Kitty Macfarlane Sat. 18th Nov, 8pm

Saturday, November 18, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Nominated as Live Act of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, fiery Highland five-piece Elephant Sessions are a musical powerhouse, welding  grooves and guitar attack with quicksilver fiddle/mandolin melodies. The group fuses rich folk and trad influences with rock, funk and electronica in an instantly captivating danceable blend. Renowned for breathtaking live shows throughout the UK and Europe  with appearances at Glastonbury, Denmark’s Tønder and a sold out headline show at Celtic Connections 2017. 

“Outstanding levels of innovation and inventiveness” FolkWords

The band will be supported by Kitty Macfarlane – a singer songwriter from Somerset. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries. Kitty’s songs are charged with a sense of place – more often than not her home of Somerset. From questions of global belonging and rights to land, to songs of the anecdotal everyday; music that reflects today’s environmental issues and the clockwork passage of humans, creatures, even drifting continents, across our planet. Her debut EP, Tide & Time, received outstanding reviews and national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and Tom Robinson’s show on BBC6Music, and Kitty has been selected by PRS as a recipient of the Lynsey de Paul prize for 2017. 

‘Exciting young talent’ – The Guardian

£13/£11 concs/£9 U16s

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The North – Joan Clevillé Dance (dance theatre) Wed. 22nd Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 22, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

After their acclaimed debut Plan B for Utopia, Joan Clevillé Dance return with The North; the bleak yet whimsical story, told in dance, of a young man’s journey in search of meaning in an unpredictable environment. It’s a place we all know, but we have never been… a forest, a desert of ice. The land of ancient gods, wild animals and strange creatures. The home of the Terrible and the Sublime… Joan Clevillé Dance are based in Scotland and create work that challenges the conventional boundaries between dance and theatre. There will be a free post show talk after the performance. Recommended age 11+

“Ridiculously entertaining and chillingly dark… Utterly more-ish” The Herald ★ ★ ★ ★

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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