New conductor for local Choir

Uttoxeter Choral Society is proud to announce their new conductor Mitch Holland will be starting this new term on Thursday 3rd September. Mitch has been working as Director of Music at St Chad’s Church, Lichfield, Musical Director of the Mickleover Singers and the Belper Singers and rehearses the University of Wolverhampton choirs. Mitch is a keen composer and arranger and in early 2014 was commissioned to write a work for the Lichfield Area RSCM Choir’s Festival. Mitch has worked in music for primary education and is now enjoying a growing reputation as a choral writer, choral director and pianist and accompanist.

We are looking forward to a rousing performance of Handel’s Messiah at Denstone College on 14th November 2015 and further interesting concerts in the new year. New members particularly tenors and basses are welcome to join the choir which has a “no-audition” policy. Further information available from secretary Mary tel : 01283 814930

Photo credit Mark Zaccaria Photography (c) 2011

Thanks to Mary Pollard for the info.

Burton Library – Arts Activities for Children.

Burton Library

Children`s Summer Arts Activities.

 

Friday 7th August 10:00am – 12:00pm

Animals! A Summer craft activity for children all ages.

Free. Drop in

 

Friday 14th August 10:00am – 12:00pm

Make your own kaleidoscope

A Summer craft activity for children all ages

Free. Drop in

 

Friday 14th August 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Magic Skills with Phat Magic

Magic tricks galore for children aged 6-10 yrs

£2.50 per child

Booking is essential as places are Limited.

 

Wednesday 19th August

10:00am – 10:30am 11:00am – 11:30am

Scrunchie Madness

Rhymes and stories for children aged 4 and older.

Free. Booking is essential as places are Limited.

 

Friday 21st August 10:00am – 12:00pm

Spacemen! Spacewomen! Martians! Aliens!

A Summer craft activity for children all ages

Free. Drop in

 

Friday 21st August 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Circus Skills with Phat Magic

Fun-packed circus skills workshop for children aged 6-10 yrs.

£2.50 per child

Booking is essential as places are Limited.

 

Friday 28th August 10:00am – 12:00pm

Skyscrapers

A Summer craft activity for children all ages

Free Drop in

 

Friday 28th August 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Melody Bugs

Free taster session.

Melody Bugs is a music programme designed for children aged 2 to 4yrs old to prepare them for music education in later years.

Free, Booking is essential as places areLimited.

 

Burton Library 01283 239556

Thanks to Dianne Wheeler for the info.

Brewhouse Events – August

Open Mic Night – with Sound Stage Project

More impressive local talent come to the Brewhouse. The ‘Soundstage Project’ is proud to announce another live music event.
This is an open mic night for all musicians wanting to perform. Whatever your style, whatever your ability, if you want to perform live to an audience of passionate music fans, come along and enjoy this famous evening. You just have to turn up and put your name down. But it’s first-come-first-served so get there early.

‘Soundstage Project’ is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers with the aim of nurturing local musical talent and creating a social network for musicians in Burton and surrounding areas. If you like the idea of a thriving music scene in your home town, get involved.

Friday 3rd August 7.00pm £1.00 Bar

 

The Madhouse: Chris Tye

with support

Chris Tye is one of the best unsigned singer-songwriters on the planet! Definitely contemporary, but with a nod to the past, his songs are perfect, just like his performances. His most recent album, The Paper Grenade received a 5 star review from Maverick Magazine. Miss this and weep!

http://www.madhouseuk.com

Saturday 22 August 8pm

£10.00 in advance £12.00 on the door Bar

 

IN THE GALLERY:-

Steph Trethowan: Journey Through Colour

Gallery Date : Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to Saturday, September 5, 2015

‘Journey through Colour’ tells an emergent story shaped by Impressionism, Fauvism and more modern day painters such as David Hockney. The artists’ interest in the natural world influences her choice of subjects, although these are often used as vehicles of expression for her love of vibrant colour.

 

Debris Design

Gallery Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to Saturday, September 5, 2015

‘Sound and Social’: July, 30th, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Debris Design brings together an eclectic mix of contemporary artwork created using recycled and found materials. The exhibition will showcase work by Anna Roebuck and Tracey Parr, alongside other artists who enjoy exploring the creative potential of everyday waste.Debris Design brings together an eclectic mix of contemporary artwork created using recycled and found materials. The exhibition will showcase work by Anna Roebuck and Tracey Parr, alongside other artists who enjoy exploring the creative potential of everyday waste.

Thanks to Helen Taundry for the info.

Brewhouse Sight & Sound

We hope you can make it along to the latest Sight, Sound and Social on Thursday 30th July at The Brewhouse; a free event, just drop in anytime between 7 and 9pm.

This is a chance to view the latest Brewhouse exhibitions and meet the artists who created them whilst enjoying some live entertainment and maybe a drink from our cafe/bar.

Thanks to Anna Roebuck for the info.

Ocho Concert – Review

 Ocho, St Peter’s Church, Stapenhill.

Ocho is the Spanish for eight, which is handy as the vocal group Ocho consists of eight members. I’m pretty certain they knew this when they chose the name.

The group, who were successful at the Burton Vocal Festival, performed ‘in concert’ at St Peter’s Church, in Stapenhill, to raise funds for the Rainbows Hospice which is the children’s hospice for the East Midlands where children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions can go for specialist respite stays, symptom management, palliative and end-of-life care.

On a warm July night the audience were treated to some wonderful acappella singing by this very talented group.

From the opening Rocka My Soul to Lennon and McCartney’s Goodnight their voices soared and swooped through the church as they took us on a musical journey that presented songs as diverse as Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditsye Dyevo through Quincy Jones and Billy Joel to Cole Porter and Queen.

The singers, Soeli Bonham and Tilley Bancroft, sopranos, Hannah Gardner and Rachel Cook, altos, Huw Lloyd and Stuart Hannibal, tenors, and Adrian Juffs and Derek Gardner, bass, looked as delighted to be there as the audience with a lot of interaction between the songs that kept us smiling.

Practically every song was a highlight with the appreciative audience bringing the group back for an encore. Personal favourite was, in the modern parlance, a mash-up of Lennon and McCartney’s Blackbird and I Will, just sublime. There was a great reception for Bohemian Rhapsody and the closer of the first half Quincy Jones’ Soul Bossa Nova, yes an instrumental, was thrilling.

There were a lot of very knowledgeable musicians and singers in the audience who thought that they did a brilliant job of it.

A light-hearted ‘Battle of the Sexes’ in the second half saw the gents triumph with Still of the Night over the ladies much more complicated Java Jive – a fair result I feel.

All in all a very entertaining evening and a very pleasant way to support charity.

To find out more about Rainbows Hospice go to: http://www.rainbows.co.uk/

Further information about Ocho can be found at:

http://www.ochosingers.com/

Bill Pritchard.

Brewhouse Events July 2015

 Open Mic Night – with Sound Stage Project

Date: Friday, July 3, 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £1.00

More impressive local talent come to the Brewhouse. The ‘Soundstage Project’ is proud to announce another live music event.

 

Violet Way Academy: ‘PETER’

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015

Time: 1.30pm & 6.30pm

Price: £6.00

Come fly with us on a magical adventure. Meet Peter and his friends in a land full of pirates, fairies and wonder.

 

Performing Stars Academy: Disney Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015

Time: 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Price: £9.00, £7.00 (child)

Come and see the students of Burton Performing Stars Academy as they perform Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

 

Coral’s Pupils Concert: The Best of British

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £7.00

A pupil’s concert presented by Coral Gould MBE

 

Summer Jazz Night featuring the Hot House “Screaming Kicks Big Band”

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015

Time: 7:00pm

Price: £7.00, £5.00

The Screaming Kicks Big Band is one of the UK’s leading youth jazz orchestras and boast some of the regions finest young musical talents.

 

The Madhouse: Paper Aeroplanes with support

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015

Time: 8:00pm

Price: £12.00 Advance, £15:00 Door

Paper Aeroplanes specialise in an intoxicating brand of Alt folk. Their heartfelt lyrics and gorgeous melodies are guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye and sooth your troubled soul.

In the Gallery…

Steph Trethowan: Journey Through Colour

Gallery Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to Saturday, September 5, 2015

‘Journey through Colour’ tells an emergent story shaped by Impressionism, Fauvism and more modern day painters such as David Hockney. The artists’ interest in the natural world influences her choice of subjects, although these are often used as vehicles of expression for her love of vibrant colour.

‘Sound and Social’: 30 July, 7pm – 9pm

 

Debris Design

Gallery Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to Saturday, September 5, 2015

Debris Design brings together an eclectic mix of contemporary artwork created using recycled and found materials.

 

Brewhouse Shop

Gallery Date:

Friday, May 22, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Brewhouse now has a creative and innovative shop space selling a broad range of unique, affordable handcrafted gifts and cards, much produced by local designer makers. If you’re looking for a unique gift for family, friends or a loved one, The Brewhouse shop is the place! Alongside the shop, we have a changing Craft Case programme showcases high quality contemporary craft and design from around the UK.

 

Andy Farr: Lost Generation – Sight Sound and Social

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015

Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Lost Generation is an Arts Council funded initiative by Andy Farr to make the WW1 centenary more relevant to today’s young people. The exhibition will be a mix of 2D, 3D and pieces resulting from his work with students at Abbot Beyne School, and previous collaborations with schools in Yorkshire and the Midlands.

 

 Brewhouse Box Office Tel 01283 508100

Thanks to Helen Taundry for the info.

Fur Coat and No Knickers – Review

To celebrate its 100th production Burton’s Little Theatre Company (LTC) is staging a revival of its first ever play at the Brewhouse Arts Centre.
Mike Harding’s Fur Coat and No Knickers, which was a sell-out for LTC in March 1991, covers the stag night of Mark Greenhalgh, played by Tim Robinson, and the following day’s wedding to Deirdre Ollerenshawe, played by Caitlin Pritchard.
During these proceedings we are introduced to the members of the two families in a series of freeze frames that stop the action while the protagonists introduce themselves to the audience . . .  along with their little secrets.
On the Ollerenshawe side we have: mother Edith, played by Elaine Pritchard, dad Harry, played by Mark Pearson, brothers Peter and Kevin, Alec Tomlinson and Dan Tunks respectively, and Edith’s dad Nip, played by Mike Mear, and the aforementioned Deidre.
For the groom, Mark, we have: dad Ronald, played by Leon Ratcliffe, and mum Muriel, played by Vicky Fryer, also in Mark’s corner is Hamish, the best man, played by Adam Woodward.
Officiating at the marriage is Father Finbar Molloy, played by Matt Bancroft, sporting the kind of Irish accent that you really do need to have known a Catholic priest  while growing up to fully understand.
While Mr Bancroft’s Father Molloy is brilliantly realised it is Mr Mear’s Nip who has the best lines but for me it is Dan Tunks that steals the show as Kevin, although I did think his dancing at the disco and his sideburns owed rather a lot to 70s porn stars – or so I am told.
Also featured are Vanessa Birch, Sarah Spencer, Ken and Carol Brown, Tom Pritchard and Leon Ratcliffe’s daughter Georga, who is the same age her dad was when he appeared in the show in 1991.
The strong cast make this a delightful romp through a very different age. One that still had vivid memories of the Second World War and had yet to come to terms with casual sexism and racism.
The fun begins as the Ollerenshawes prepare for the stag night during which a drunk Mark is chained to a lamppost with a blow-up rubber doll. The wedding itself is quite high spirited too with half the guests, including the priest, suffering blinding hangovers.The first night audience were clearly ready to be entertained as the laughter rarely faltered and the almost full auditorium showed their appreciation at the final curtain.
Fur Coat and No Knickers, directed by John Bowness, runs until Saturday, June 27, at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in Union Street with shows at 7.30pm each evening plus a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm
Tickets cost £9 for adults / £8 concessions (concessions Wednesday and Thursday only. All matinee tickets are £0 and are available from the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

LTC – Fur Coat and No Knickers

Fur Coat and No Knickers (LTC’s 100th Production)

by Mike Harding

To celebrate LTC’s 100th production, they are staging a revival of their first ever play performed at the Brewhouse.

Mike Harding’s hilarious comedy “Fur Coat and No Knickers” was a sell-out for LTC back in March 1991 so don’t miss out on your ticket, revisit the chaos that is an Ollerenshawe family wedding!

Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th June 2015 at the Brewhouse.

7:30 each evening plus Saturday matinee at 2:30pm

Tickets: £9 adults / £8 concessions

(Concessions Tuesday to Thursday only – Matinee tickets all £8)

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 598100

RCS – Curtain Up!

Rolleston Choral Society’s Curtain Up! concert on Saturday, June 27, will feature two recipients of BADAC Bursary Awards.
The concert, which will comprise of songs from the shows and choruses from operas, takes place at the Rolleston Scout HQ, Station Road, Rolleston, and tickets, costing £8 (including light refreshment), are available from Starbucks News in the village or you can pay on the door.
The choral society singers will be flavouring the evening with music to sooth you into summer, listen to the longing for their homeland in the Chorus of the Hebrew slaves and think back (or forward) to summer weddings as we share Wagners famous music.
Musical direction is by Jane Phinn and the accompanist is Nicholas Waller
In addition a variety of soloists, including BADAC award winners Alisha Kahn and Ewan Bourne, will be performing both vocal and instrumental pieces.
Curtain up for Curtain Up! is 7.30pm.

Thanks to Nick Willmott / Bill Pritchard for the info.