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Alexandra Ridout (trumpet, flugel) and Sean Payne (saxes)

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!

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

Alexandra Ridout's website

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One Night of Ska

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

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 Advantage Card)

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Laurie Holloway in Concert with Students of 2018

Laurie Holloway and his Trio perform with the students of the 2018 Summer School.

WHY? The annual concert from the Montgomery Holloway Music Trust

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Montgomery Holloway Music Trust website

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The 2018 Vinyl Frontier Singles Championship

With Jeff Lloyd.

Eight contestants bring three 7” singles with them and four first round duels decide who goes through to the semi-finals. The audience chooses the winner of each battle.

After a semi final and final one person is crowned The Vinyl Frontier Singles Champion 2018!

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on fabulous hi-fi!

£8
Studio

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

The Vinyl Frontier website

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Hat Fitz and Cara

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

Studio
£14 (£12 Supporters)

@Hatfitzcara
@nordenfarm

Hat Fitz and Cara's website

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Wed 6 Jun – 4 Jul and 11 Jul – 8 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Autumn
Wed 12 Sept – 10 Oct and 31 Oct – 28 Nov
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Wed 6 Jun – 4 Jul and 11 Jul – 8 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Thur 7 Jun – 5 Jul and 12 Jul – 9 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Autumn
Wed 12 Sept – 10 Oct and 31 Oct – 28 Nov
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Thur 13 Sept – 18 Oct (exc 27 Sept) and 1 Nov – 29 Nov
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Thur 7 Jun – 5 Jul and 12 Jul – 9 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Autumn
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Mad About the Movies

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

£15
Studio

@roberthaberman2
@nordenfarm

Robert Habermann's website

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Purple Zeppelin

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.
In this new show, songs from both bands are played unplugged on acoustic instruments in the first set. In the second set, expect them to plug in and play all the classic hits!
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

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@PurpleZeppelin
@nordenfarm

Purple Zeppelin's website

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Rock n Roll Concertini with Matt Bond and the Poor Boys Good Time Band

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.

Suitable for all ages.

WHY? It’s Rock and Roll with a touch of Yee Ha!

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm

Concertini's Facebook Page
Concertini's website

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Fellow Pynins

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

Studio
£14

Fellow Pynins' website

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Holder and Smith - A tribute to Django and Stephane, The Swing Era

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

Studio
£13

Holder and Smith's website

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The Quo Experience

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

The Quo Experience's website
@QuoExperience
@nordenfarm

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Andre Rieu 2018 Maastricht Concert

145 mins

An encore screening from The King of Waltz’s hometown of Maastricht. It features the maestro in his element, along with his 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square.

WHY? André delivers an unforgettable musical experience full of humour, fun and emotion

'This annual celebration of music that is like no other' Artix

Clickhere to read the full review

£15

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Summer Concert Series 2: Mozart Plus

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

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

@ashleywass
<a target="
blank" href="https://twitter.com/nordenfarm">@nordenfarm

Ashley's website

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Alistair McGowan - Introductions to Classical Piano

A brand new show which brings 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

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Alistair McGowan's website

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The Dime Notes

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

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 Supporters)

The Dime Notes' website

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The Bon Jovi Experience

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

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@JoviExperience
@nordenfarm

The Bon Jovi Experience website

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Klezmer-ish - The Music of Travellers

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

Studio
£14

@klezmerish
<a target="
blank" href="https://twitter.com/nordenfarm">@nordenfarm

Klezmer-ish website

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Summer Concert Series 3: Mozart Plus

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

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (cert tbc)

Dir: Ol Parker 2018 | Run time tbc, US

Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again! Sophie finds out more about her mother Donna's past while seeking guidance on how to handle her pregnancy. The all-star cast includes Meryl Streep, Lily James, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.

WHY? An all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

Parent and Baby Screening
The screening on Tues 28 Aug at 11am is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including a cup of tea/coffee); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted. Please note that buggies and pushchairs cannot be taken into the Courtyard Theatre.

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The Magic of Summer with Simon Allen (saxes)

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

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

Simon Allen website

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Jonas Kaufmann: Under the Stars

120 mins.

A spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. Jonas Kaufmann is regarded as one of the world’s greatest tenors. He has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice. Join him for a magical night of music under the stars.

WHY? The star tenor will perform famous arias and timeless Italian songs

£15

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U2Baby

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

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@theu2tributeuk
@nordenfarm

U2Baby's website

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The Big Berkshire Beach Gig

A showcase for the most exciting local musical talent in our main theatre.

WHY? The evening wouldn’t be complete without breaks between the acts - so you can
soak up the atmosphere on our beach!

Courtyard Theatre
£8

Appear on the line up!

We're looking for local bands and musicians to join our line up for The Big Berkshire Beach Gig.

During the gig your music will be recorded by professional technicians and sound engineers. You will then be invited back to remix the multi track recording and walk away with a professionally mastered live recording of your sound - for free!

To be in with a chance of playing, send a sample of your music and info about the band to jane.corry@nordenfarm.org

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Son Yambu

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!

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Son Yambu's website

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Teddies Music Club

Sing • Dance • Play

We’ll get you bouncing, jumping, tickling, giggling, laughing, oh and singing!

Teddies is energetic, lively and fun for grown-ups and children alike, with a singer and musician at every session.

Summer
Wednesdays (exc 4 Apr, 11 Apr and 30 May)
10am – 11am
£6 (including one adult) | £4 per sibling or additional adult

Autumn
Wednesdays (from 12 Sept exc 24 Oct)
10am – 11am
£6 (including one adult) | £4 per siblings or additional adult

Suitable for ages 0-5 years.

Please book one free 'Accompanying Adult' tickets for this workshop, and a free 'Baby Seat' if you are bringing a baby under 6 months

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Summer Concert Series 4: Mozart Plus

The summer recitals series highlighting works by Mozart concludes with the greatest of all works for wind ensemble, his grand Serenade.

St John’s Wind Ensemble
Louise Fuller (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

WHY? Louise Fuller provides some delectable songs by both composers (please note change of soloist)

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

@nordenfarm

Louise's website

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Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash

The original Wishbone Ash line up forged a unique musical identity. It was synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.

Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works. He is joined by Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic (guitars) and drummer Tim Brown. They perform classic tracks from the extensive Wishbone Ash repertoire and new music that remains true to the original style.

WHY? Featuring a full performance of Wishbone Ash’s classic 1970 first album

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@MartTurnerMusic
@nordenfarm

Martin Turner's website

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The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace

A critically acclaimed tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel

Elio has performed highly acclaimed reunion concerts with Billy Joel’s original band. He delivers a powerhouse of a show with his six piece band. Expect over 30 classic hits including Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are, My Life, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man.

WHY? ‘A great musician, artist and friend. He is a star!’ Alfie Boe

Courtyard Theatre

£24.50

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Son of Town Hall

Welcome to the mythical world of Son of Town Hall.

They are musicians Ben Parker, from London, and David Berkeley, from New Mexico. They create a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. They have performed to packed audiences across America and Europe.

WHY? ‘Think Simon & Garfunkel lost at sea, and you get a sense of the mythic world at play here’ Philadelphia Inquirer

Studio
£14


@sonoftownhall
@nordenfarm

Son of Town Hall's website

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Adam Kay - This is Going to Hurt

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this 'electrifying' (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.

Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017 and Soho Theatre 2017.

The accompanying book, This is Going to Hurt is a Sunday Times bestseller – and copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance.

WHY? ‘Intersperses horror stories from the NHS frontline with a catalogue of sublimely silly spoof songs, and some blissfully brilliant wordplay’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

‘Viscerally raw and passionately delivered’ ★★★★ Chortle

Courtyard Theatre
£17 (£15 conc)

Presented by Seabright Productions.

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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

Presented by Silent Uproar.

A hilarious cabaret musical about depression that explains, sings and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK. Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and she almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

It’s joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy! (Except for all the bits about depression).

Written by Jon Brittain (Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam), with music by Frisky and Mannish’s Matthew Floyd Jones. Winner of a 2017 Fringe First and the Musical Theatre Review Best Musical.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘A mix of wit and low-key emotion that suddenly grips your heart’ The Guardian

★★★★ WhatsOnStage | ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide | ★★★★ The Scotsman

Studio
£14 (£12 Advantage Card)
1 hour

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The Marriage of Figaro

A truly special opportunity to enjoy this wonderful and powerful Mozart opera.

It recounts a single day of comic madness in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain. Fully staged, traditional costumed under the outstanding professional direction of Fraser Grant and the excellent orchestra lead by Music Director, Lindsay Bramley.

WHY? With a full cast of outstanding professional soloists and the excellent WEO Chorus

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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Princess Charming

Some girls like football. Some boys like pink. Everyone likes a good story. Exploring gender stereotypes in a fun, questioning way, Princess Charming is a celebration of being exactly who you are.

This show is for anyone who doesn’t like being told what to do and is about finding the courage to defy expectations.

Cabaret performers explore what really matters about being a boy and being a girl with dances, songs and skits created with children, for children.

The theatre is transformed into a family friendly cabaret club full of laughter and sing-a-longs. Join in at the end as the next generation of cabaret stars take over the stage.

Suitable for ages 6 – 11 years.

WHY? ‘Pertinent and powerful, but most of all it’s extremely fun! Princess Charming teaches kids (and adults) that they can just be themselves’ A Younger Theatre

‘A hilarious, touching and truthful performance with a powerful, important message’ ★★★★ Female Arts

‘An absolute gem of a show. Exploring gender stereotypes using the very clever medium of a cabaret.. it is entertaining, informative (though never preachy) and vitally, incredibly relevant’ ★★★★★ WestEnd Wilma

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

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Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson

Two of the most dynamic musicians in folk music strike sparks off each other with songs, Northumbrian rants, jazzy ballads and Old Time reels.

Alistair Anderson (Concertina and Northumbrian Pipes) and former BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year nominee, Dan Walsh (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals) share a warm chemistry on stage and their performance combines high energy with world class musicianship.

WHY? ‘A tangible magic’ Folkwords
‘Nifty fun with bags of wow factor’ FRoots

Studio
£16.50

@DanWalshBanjo
@nordenfarm

Alistair's website
Dan's website

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Limehouse Lizzy

The boys are back!

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore.

From their Official PRS award, performing for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, television appearances and to being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy enter their 25th year with their most explosive show and critically acclaimed line up yet.

WHY? 'Limehouse Lizzy's Wayne Ellis, an uncanny ringer for Phil Lynott' The Guardian

'Entertainment for more than a decade…fantastic live music' Arena BBC2

'If you're sceptical about tribute acts, you won't be after seeing Limehouse Lizzy' Radio Times

'Gig of the week' The Mirror

Courtyard Theatre
£17

Limehouse Lizzy's website

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Fairport Convention

The band has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, they retain a passion for live performance.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

WHY? ‘Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue... (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves’ The Guardian

‘Vigorous and confident... the music leapt around the room’ The Mirror

Courtyard Theatre
£26

Presented by RM Promotions.

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Cliff Richard Live: 60th Anniversary Tour

150 mins

Britain’s ultimate pop star, Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year! His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

WHY? With a repertoire featuring six decades of such timeless hits as Devil Woman, Congratulations or We Don’t Talk Anymore

£15

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No Jacket Required - The Phil Collins Tribute

The UK's top Phil Collins tribute returns by popular demand, as part of their 15th Anniversary Tour.

This stunning eleven piece band performs two hours of non-stop hits from Phil's award-winning solo career, plus a little Genesis thrown in for good measure.

From Another Day In Paradise to Easy Lover and the classic In The Air Tonight, there's something for everyone in this spectacular show which spans three decades of chart-topping success.

WHY? A sell-out show every time they perform with us, so don’t miss out!

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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The Musicians of Bremen

A visually stunning adaptation of the Grimm’s fairy tale.

A donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog are too old to be of any use to their masters. In this tumbling, musical adventure follow their adventures and their extraordinary friendships. It shows that despite our differences, we can be friends, and that we are never too old to live our dreams. With puppetry, movement and trapeze, all accompanied by live music.

Age guidance: 3 – 7 years.

WHY? A highly visual show and non-verbal work for young and hearing impaired audiences

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

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Rachael McShane and the Cartographers

The singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player is an original member of folk big band Bellowhead.

She toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances. Bellowhead recorded 5 studio albums and won a total of 8 BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together. Rachael is now working on a new solo project of traditional songs. She plays with a brand new band, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting).

WHY? ‘A classy musician and a singer of striking elegance’ Mike Wilson’s Music Blog

‘You're in the presence of something very special… what a voice’ Sid Smith, BBC Music

Courtyard Theatre
£14, £12 Advantage Card

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The Heath String Quartet Return

Bach Three choral preludes
Britten Quartet no 2
Beethoven Quartet no 15, op 132

The Heath have built up a loyal following for their distinctive style. Their reputation is spreading worldwide as they undertake concerts across Europe and North America.

WHY? Masterly playing of a Bach arrangement followed by a 20th century British masterwork and one of Beethoven’s last great works

Courtyard Theatre
£17, MMS Members £12

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Juan Martin

The guitarist/composer plays and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition. His exquisite style is enhanced through minimal amplification to capture his very pure flamenco sound: just Juan and his sublime guitar to lift and transport you to another dimension - melodic beauty and rhythmic passion. ¡Viva el arte!

WHY? ‘The master Flamenco guitarist’ The Guardian

‘One of the top three guitarists in the world’ Guitar Player, USA

‘A giant of the flamenco guitar tradition’ The Times

‘No flash, just plenty of panache’ The Age, Melbourne

‘Highly sophisticated contemporary music’ International Herald Tribune

‘The Chopin of the flamenco guitar’ Berner Nachrichten, Switzerland

Studio
£14

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Bob Drury's Viva Neil Diamond

Described in Vegas as 'one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond', Bob Drury's one-man show is an absolute 'must-see' for all Diamond fans.

All the hits including Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Pretty Amazing Grace, Song Sung Blue, Sweet Caroline and many more

Whilst performing in Las Vegas two years ago Bob Drury was described 'one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond' and he's now back touring the UK with his new show

A celebration of the legendary Neil Diamond and his incredible back catalogue of songs. Bob Drury's one-man show is a must see for any Diamond fan. His performance in Vegas has been described as ‘one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond’. His vocal likeness has been delighting audiences around the world.

This year's show includes all the favourites such as Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, I'm a Believer, Red Red Wine and of course Sweet Caroline. Also expect Neil Diamond's UK hit Pretty Amazing Grace and a few lesser known songs.

WHY? ‘An uncanny resemblance to Neil Diamond's voice. That sent tingles down my spine Bob!’ Debbie McGee, BBC Radio Berkshire

‘Bob, it was great hearing you last night and I was totally blown away by your level of musicianship on guitar’ Mark LeVang, keyboard player with Neil Diamond's band

‘Bob is well established as one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond’ Steve Tatone, Film Producer, Midnight Pass Productions

‘If I didn’t know better I’d have said that was Neil Diamond singing’ Pat Marsh, BBC Radio Kent

‘Oozing class’ Nolan Dean, Cruise Director, M/V Island Star

‘Neil Diamond fans will be delighted with the sound-alike quality and the nifty guitar work’ UK Cabaret Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Christian Garrick and his Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Christian Garrick (violin, darabuka)
Eddie Hession (button accordion)
Adrian Zolotuhin (guitar, saz, balalaika, domra)
Kelly Cantlon (double bass)

The Budapest Café Orchestra were established in 2009 by British composer, violinist and band leader, Christian Garrick.

They play traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the world. Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections. Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments before they give way to a disarmingly beautiful arsenal of ballads such as the Schindler's List theme or Andy Statman's bitter sweet The Flatbush Waltz. The diverse repertoire often even strays over into the technicolour territory of many a well-loved film or television score.

WHY? ‘Back by popular demand, the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet’ The Times

‘The music is magic in their hands’ Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3

‘Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few surprises along the way - hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship, a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!’ Songlines

‘The boys from the BCO eek out an interesting advantage over others in that they are musically connected to the culture rather than culturally connected to the music and this manifests itself in their performances which are among the most fulfilling live entertainment spectacles you are ever likely to find of any genre’ BBC Celtic Connections

Courtyard Theatre
£16, £14 Supporters

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Never 42

The UK’s premier Level 42 tribute return, bringing Level 42's music live!

The line up includes Howie Rogers (bass & vocals), Garreth Hicklin (keyboards & vocals), Mike Wheeler (drums & vocals), Tom Wright (guitar & vocals) and Richard Pardy (sax). They perform Level 42's greatest hits alongside fan favourites.

Expect to hear Livin it up (The Sun Goes Down), Lessons In Love, Something About You, The Chant Has Begun, Starchild, Are You Hearing What I Hear, Hot Water… and so many more!

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@42never
@nordenfarm

Never 42's website

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Alvin Youngblood Hart

The New Orleans native is known as one of the world's foremost practitioners of country blues.

Alvin is also known as a faithful torchbearer for 1960s and 1970s guitar rock, Western Swing and vintage country. He is a Grammy Award winner and has released a Grammy Award nominated album. He has apperared on BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland and BBC4’s Blues on Later.

WHY? ‘The boy got thunder in his hands!’ Taj Mahal

Studio
£14

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The Abingdon Wind Ensemble

Danzi Wind Quintet in B flat Major
Milhaud La Cheminée du Roi
Ibert Trois Pièces Brèves
René Parker Mississippi Five
FranÇaix Wind Quintet no 1

The wind quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn was formed when its members were at the Royal Academy of Music. They have since played at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall.

WHY? Be delighted as the Abingdon explore the repertoire for wind chamber music

Courtyard Theatre
£15, MMS Members £10

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The Kast Off Kinks

Former members of legendary band The Kinks are back together playing great music. They re-live the good times whilst keeping alive the songs that made The Kinks a household name.

The line-up features Mick Avory (original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 1980s/1990s and still with Sir Ray Davies), John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 1960s/1970s) alongside Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of the Beach Boys, Noel Redding and Tim Rose).

WHY? Expect an evening of iconic hits including You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset, Come Dancing, All Day and All of the Night plus more.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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The Fabulous Duck Bros - Tribute to the Music of Eric Clapton

A collection of professional and experienced musicians pay tribute to Eric Clapton’s solo career.

Fronted by long term Clapton fan Phil Astles, the band perform songs produced by Eric throughout his long career. These include the great songs of 24 Nights, The Blues Era and also his time with Derek and the Dominoes and the Cream.

WHY? With a set list that includes classics such as Layla, Wonderful Tonight, Forever Man, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally, Badge, I Shot the Sheriff, Change the World and Bell Bottom Blues

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Harry and Chris Save the World

The hottest comedy-rap-jazz duo out there.

They might also be the only one. After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read have been featured three times on Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour.

Last year they prevented a apocalypse and got a panda pregnant, so they're now drunk on comedy-rap-jazz power, intent on bringing love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.

WHY? ‘Amazing, fabulously entertaining’ Jonathan Ross

‘A wonderful blend of infectious songs packed with sharp, clever wordplay… Harry and Chris’ family friendly set leaves the audience with a smile on their face and the catchy tunes stuck in their head for the rest of the day’ ★★★★★ The Sunday Post

‘The numbers are upbeat and feel-good, and all of them are about surprising and inventive subjects or points of view’ ★★★★★ Fringe Guru

'The pair are inspiring Instagram posts in human form' Chortle

Studio
£12.50

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Cara Dillon - Upon a Winter's Night

Cara and her band capture the mystery of Christmas with a collection of songs ancient and modern.

They weave Celtic and folksy rhythms alongside reverent and atmospheric carols while Cara holds the darkness at bay with the purity of her voice.
The Christmas story is retold with genuine wonder and celebrated with the dignity, passion and beauty it deserves. Christmas is one of Cara’s passions and her live show and album only go to prove it.

WHY? ‘Simple and stunning’ The Sunday Times
‘An instant Christmas classic’ BBC
‘There’s enchantment aplenty’ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Independent
‘A reminder of the real meaning of the Festive Season, uplifting and inspirational” The Daily Echo

Courtyard Theatre
£26

@CaraDillonSings
@nordenfarm

Cara Dillon's website

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Hundred Watt Club presents An Evening of Burlesque and Cabaret

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Hundred Watt Club's gift to you is this hot toddy of a show, jam packed full of festive burlesque, cabaret, circus and drag acts.

Always seductive, always sublime, and always that little bit ridiculous. This is an evening of vintage inspired, Christmas themed entertainment. If you like your Winter nights bawdy and a little bit naughty, this is for you!

Starring: Your host, fabulous hostess and angel atop the Christmas tree Eva Von Schnippisch; slinky sugarplum fairy showgirl Lena Mae; circus royalty and her tinselled hula hoops Abi Collins; the queen of 'look-at-me', lametta bedecked Lolo Brow; and the ridiculous, but hairy and hunky Santa Claus, Dave The Bear!

WHY? Perfect for an alternative festive night out with work or friends.

Ages 18+ years only. Adult themes, strong language and partial nudity employed and embraced!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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ELO Again

The 7 piece band give a dramatic taste of what a real ELO concert was like back in their heyday.

The whole experience is professionally re-enacted with a great sound reproduction, light show and visual effects.

ELO Again bring the spectacular live effect of ELO’s famous orchestrations, soaring strings and vocals, full of depth and tone. They certainly know how to entertain too, as the hits just keep on coming. All the big hits are performed – Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Roll Over Beethoven, Wild West Hero, Don't Bring Me Down, The Diary of Horace Wimp, Telephone Line, Turn to Stone plus many more.

WHY? Relive the age of glam rock in the 21st century as Elo Again pay tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne

Courtyard Theatre
£18

about 2 hours ago A brand new and hilarious bar-hop through history! Enjoy five free drinks as the award winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the secret speakeasy. Get your pub crawl shoes on for Sat 27 Oct 8pm --> https://norden.farm/events/the-thinking-drinkers-pub-crawl

about 3 hours ago RT @Hatfitzcara: Looking forward to returning to Maidenhead and @nordenfarm on Tuesday: https://t.co/G78tYeoYHo https://t.co/O8NrCi4LKU

about 4 hours ago Dust off the sand from our beach and get crafty with your little ones at our beach Arts and Craft Sessions! Sessions are Mondays – Fridays and vary so you can make something new each time! Suitable for ages 5- 8 years. Tickets are £5 per child --> https://norden.farm/events/arts-and-crafts-session

about 7 hours ago The Farm goes to the Maidenhead Festival! If you’re heading down to Kidswells Park tomorrow, come and say hello!… https://t.co/RSZvtw7p83

about 9 hours ago RT @klezmer_ish: Nice review from our concert last month at the ACE space in Newbury: https://t.co/gvnivyfok0 Next chance to see us live is…

1 day ago The Gallery has been a hive of activity over the last few days as the Beach Life exhibition has been installed! We can’t wait to reveal its transformation on Tuesday! . . . #maidenheadbeach #themaidenheadbeach #summerholiday #schoolholiday #countdown #nordenfarm #maidenhead #berkshire #beachlife #artgallery #installation #whatson

1 day ago Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio Glyndebourne: Saul pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/glyndebourne-saul

1 day ago RT @klezmer_ish: Klerzmer-ish are visiting the #Berkshire town of #Maidenhead bringing their special mix of #folkmusic from all over the…

1 day ago RT @littleanklebite: Looking for something to do in Berkshire this weekend? Here's our guide #weekend #berkshire #kids #family @MaidenheadF…

1 day ago RT @BOINGJewellery: We love supporting local events and we're going to be at @nordenfarm on Sat August 4th with an array of BOING outlet br…

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