What a wonderful evening! We were transported into a joyous fantasy world of sparkling music and fairytale magic that caught our imaginations superbly.
I love living in York, and have done since I chose it as my last posting in the Army around 1994. At that time, I had pretty much a ‘normal’ life, but what is normal?
I was leaving Her Majesty 's theatre in Aberdeen with Dave Allen, the comedian. He had been invited to a drinks do with the 'Friends of' after his show. It was 1988 and I was his tour manager.
Early this year John Beckingham was asked by Cheltenham Civil Service Club if he would run a Jazz Club there. John had done so in the past and knew what a good venue it was.
Rock n Roll Paradise is the Concert That Should Have Happened is now live at Hereford Courtyard.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the production of ‘The Dreaming’ presented in the Hayward Theatre last week was amazing.
Viva is going to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe, a high accolade indeed. As a consequence, the audience this night was treated to two musical plays, both of which will be presented at the Fringe.
ADeC has taken on board Ely Mayor’s wish for Ely to become a dementia-friendly city and has offered a chance for sufferers and their carers to see a film: ‘Dad’s Army’.
I'm the one just to the right behind the teacher
How many of us, singing that song in school assemblies all those years ago, could imagine ourselves forty years hence, let alone meeting up with our old school mates?
Photos reproduced with permission from Daniel Bell
KD Theatre Productions gave a dazzling performance of ‘Hairspray Junior’ on Saturday. With 150 children taking part, the stage was packed with a sparkling array of characters and groups, all telling the story of star wannabe making good.
Catriona Clark and Rowan Redfarn
Opera Bohemia’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ in the Hayward Theatre in Ely on Saturday was wonderful.
Viva’s production of ‘Dad’s Army’ was splendid. The atmosphere of the times in the World Wars was cleverly created with video screen, props, scenery, an amazing collection of very familiar music from the times and, best of all, the characters that we know and love from the TV series of ‘Dad’s Army’.
Paul Trepte and a dalek
What a delightful concert with a difference! An amazing array of very varied music was presented in the ‘Science Prom’ in Ely Cathedral on Saturday.
There is no doubt about it, when Daniel Bell puts his mark on a theatrical production we can be assured of highly entertaining, family fun and ‘Treasure Island’ was no different.
Photo copyright Jordan Day Head of Media and Marketing King's Ely
What an amazing production! The King’s School Ely Junior School gave a splendid performance of ‘Cats’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the Hayward Theatre on Friday.
Up and coming writer/producer John Holdsworth, in conjunction with Peter Tomalin, has created a real gem.
Lewis Carroll’s timeless children’s stories Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass will be brought to life by The Courtyard Youth Theatre this April.
Photo copyright Viva
Viva dazzled us yet again with another vibrantly energized musical production in the Brook last night. It was fantastic!
Cellist Pavlos Carvalho Pianist Warren Mailley-Smith and Soprano Susan Parkes
The Valentine’s Concert in Ely Cathedral on February 11th was the eighth annual visit by Warren Mailley-Smith and co musicians and it was one of the finest.
Viva’s performance of ‘Shakers’ in the Brook at Soham on Thursday 9th February was fantastic.
We are putting on a Moving Pictures event for people aged 55+ at the Courtyard.
Antony Peebles.Photo reproduced with permission.
Ex-Trinity College Cambridge student and experienced performer and teacher, Antony Peebles, gave a splendid piano recital as part of the King’s School Ely Concert Series in the Hayward Theatre on Thursday.
Photo copyright Max Openshaw
The Kings School is known for its high standard of productions and the Junior School’s presentation of ‘The Railway Children’ was as delightful as expected.
The concert given by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Cambridge Corn Exchange on Tuesday was splendid.
Britten Sinfonia Orchestra Photo copyright Harry Rankin
Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ in Ely Cathedral on Saturday was magnificent.
Photo taken and reproduced with permission from Lennard Ruehle
After a fascinating talk by James Williams, Managing Director of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra gave a splendid concert in Cambridge Corn Exchange on Saturday.
Ely Sinfonia members, under the directorship of Steve Bingham, were excellent on Saturday when they performed works by Bernstein, Gershwin and Aaron Copland in Ely Cathedral.
There is a very good reason why Chatteris Music Society is becoming more and more successful: it is providing fantastic concerts.
Ian de Massini, Cambridge Voices and The Orchestra of the Age of Reason are rare musicians of undoubted talent and exceptional perception.
The Cantata Eliensis tells the story of the building of Ely Cathedral.
Lesley Garrett and Sarah Macdonald
‘A Summer Celebration’ in Ely Cathedral last Saturday must be one of the major highlights of the year and it certainly celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir magnificently.
Photo copyright Mark Cooney from Spotted in Ely
Viva’s production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Brook in Soham was a fine production.
I am delighted to be taking part in this concert at The Courtyard in Hereford on 27th and 28th May 2016.
Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo copyright Jim Callaghan
As part of the Cambridge Classical Concert Series, renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie entertained an enthralled audience in the Corn Exchange in Cambridge on Tuesday 26th April 2016.
The majestic voices of the South African Gospel Choir will be performing at The Courtyard, Hereford on Saturday 14 May at 7.30pm.
I am a massive fan of Ralph Mctell as many of you know. He is appearing at The Royal Albert Hall on May 12th and I shall be going.
After an early marriage and divorce, I put all my energies into my work. I’m sure there are many single older women who did the same, and like me wonder when they retire if there is still time to find another partner.
Daniel Bell. Photo reproduced with permission from Andrew Burton
What a wonderful night’s entertainment! This familiar tale was retold with all that you need: excellent cast, lively up-dated music, amazing dancing and those corny gags so familiar to pantomime.
Gautier Capuçon Photo reproduced with permission from Andrew Burton
This 'Cambridge Live' first birthday celebration concert can be summarized in two words: 'positively exquisite'.
Photo reproduced with permission from Andrew Burton
Ian de Massini and the Cambridge Voices are well known to Ely Cathedral for when they come their concert is quickly a sell-out and it is easy to see why. There is no doubt that Ian is a musical genius and it was he who inspired the Cambridge Bachfest last weekend.
How many times have you admired a ‘common,’ ‘green’ or formal ‘square’ in your life? Plenty, I’ll bet. Even amid many an urban sprawl of crowded houses, seemingly gasping for space, there appears a modest patch of green: a welcome, sometimes desperate lung, amidst the brick-work.
I was in a restaurant the other day with a friend. Looking round I said to her, 'Dear God! This place is full of old people!' Then I started to laugh. The diners were all around my age and maybe a little younger!
We were on our way back from a gig with a trip home of 150 miles or so. As is often the case on these late night journeys, we were reviewing the night's business: how we'd been received, how the audience had been, how energetic the dancers had been (for their age!), how loud that group over in the corner had been, etc.
The Women’s Institute, Townswomen’s Guild, University of the Third Age, Rotary, Probus, Inner Wheel, Tangent, Friendship Circles … Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Guest Speaker at one of these groups?
Yes this week, Children’s BBC – the live links in between the shows – turned 30. Two weeks after Phillip Schofield went on air in 1985, I went for an audition at the TV Centre and was told shortly after afterwards that I’d be stepping in when Phillip needed cover.
Laithwaite's Wine are hosting their flagship event Laithwaite's LIVE in London next week, and it's set to be their biggest and best yet. In celebration of founder Tony Laithwaite's 50th year in wine, they are pulling out all the stops and bringing over 100 winemakers from 15 countries and dozens of regions. It will take place at the marvellous Great Halls of Vinopolis, sadly for the last time before moving venue next year, so don't miss out!
Janice said she would like to hear more from me so you can blame her for this! I was widowed almost 5 years ago after a long and very happy marriage. I felt lost and bereft and felt my life was over.
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