LTC – Avenue Q

Avenue Q

by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty

AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q which is home to some lively and off-the-wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets!

Life may suck on AVENUE Q but being homeless, politically incorrect and having sex ( … and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show.

It’s amazing what you can get away with when you’re fuzzy and cute!

Tuesday 27th – Saturday 1st July 2017

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

Tickets: £12 adults / £10 concessions

(Concessions available Monday to Wednesday only – Matinee tickets all £10)

Brewhouse Arts Centre 01283 508100

UCS Concert – Review

Lux Aeterna

Uttoxeter Choral Society’s June 17th Summer Concert of modern American music, under the leadership of talented conductor Jakob Grubbström, began with this abstract from the traditional Roman Catholic Mass, written by Morten Lauridsen. The piece is generally slow and measured, having an almost ‘ocean wave’ structure, moving easily from the crescendo of the breaking wave to the subsequent quiet of the receding water. Another challenging piece, once again proving the choir’s ability to swiftly overlay the various voices, as called upon by the musical score.

Following the solemnity of the opening item, the music’s mood was lightened by three items from American musicals, sung by the evening’s soloist Grace Bermingham.

Grace’s lovely high soprano (with actions!) lifted ‘I Could have Danced All Night’, from Loewe’s ‘My Fair Lady’ to new heights! Supported by guest accompanist Anders Winterstam on piano, Grace continued with ‘Summertime’ from Porgy and Bess; and ended with Jerome Kern’s, ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man…’ from Showboat…all endearing her to the audience!

Closing the first half of the programme was Samual Barber’s music to ‘Sure on This Shining Night’ which takes its lyrics from a poem by James Agee which invokes a ‘wanderlust’ in the writer. The music is beautifully melodic, for the most part carried by the ladies of the choir, with underlying accompaniment from the tenors and basses (who also have their turn with the melody).

After the interval, the concert restarted with three items from Eric Whiteacre’s ‘Animal Crackers’ volume One. As the title suggests, these items are not intended to be taken too seriously.. unlike the very popular ‘Seal Lullaby’ by the same composer. This is all that a lullaby should be – sweet and gentle, just right for singing to baby!!

Another reflective item, ‘Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round’, John White Chadwick’s 19th century words, set to a lovely melody by Libby Larsen. A beautiful hymn, originally set to music by 16th century composer Orlando Gibbons.

The final items comprised the traditional Gospel piece ‘Down in the River to Pray’, and another version of James Agee’s poem, this time to music composed by Morten Lauridsen.

Preceding these items Anders Winterstam, (with conductor Jakob Grubbström turning the pages) pressed the organ into musical gymnastics with ‘Souvenir’ by John Cage! This avant gard composition consisted mostly of six note runs on the flutes interspersed with deep animal like growls from the pedalboard….interesting!

As with all good concerts, this also had a rousing finish. This in the form of ‘How Great Thou Art,’ as interpreted by New York composer Dan Forrest, and a demonstration of the power of the Uttoxeter Choral Society choir in full flight!

The choir, augmented with tenor and bass voices and soprano Grace Bermingham was accompanied throughout the concert, both on piano and organ, by highly regarded Swedish organist Anders Winterstam.

Anthony Fellows 2017

Thanks to Mary Pollard UCS secretary for sending this in. Mary added :-

“The Uttoxeter Choral Society will be singing Evensong on Sunday 1st October and on Saturday 2nd December Advent music in the United Reformed Church.  Do come along.”

 

Experienced accompanist required.

An experienced accompanist is required for a well-established choir
based in the Burton on Trent area. It will be useful to have a working
knowledge of a wide range of music and variety of different styles.
The accompanist will be required to attend weekly rehearsals (on a
Wednesday evening during normal school term times) and perform for 4-5
concerts per year, with or without ensemble.

Previous highlights of repertoire include massed performances of
Alexander L'Estrange's Zimbe! Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man and
everything from Wizzard to Eric Whitacre.

Fees will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Please apply with brief CV via email to: ssimonlesley@gmail.com and
ken.ballington@ukaicraftparts.com"

LTC – Avenue Q

Little Theatre Company

Avenue Q

by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty

AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q which is home to some lively and off-the-wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets!

Life may suck on AVENUE Q but being homeless, politically incorrect and having sex ( … and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show.

Cross Sesame Street with South Park and slap on a Government Health Warning that too much laughter can make your sides ache and you’ve got AVENUE Q.

It’s amazing what you can get away with when you’re fuzzy and cute!

Tuesday 27th – Saturday 1st July 2017

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

Tickets: £12 adults / £10 concessions(Concessions available Monday to Wednesday only – Matinee tickets all £10)

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Mellows – Gypsy

The Mellow Dramatics are pleased to announce their next production coming to Burton on Trent in May 2017.

Gypsy

A Musical Fable

16th to 20th May 2017

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm (plus Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm)

at The Brewhouse Arts Centre,

Burton on Trent

All tickets are £12 apart from Tuesday and Saturday Matinee they are £10

Brewhouse Box office 01283 508100

Thanks to Natalie Summers for the info.

RCS – St John’s 150th Anniversary Concert

Rolleston Choral Society held a very successful concert at St John’s Church, Horninglow, in March, attended by the Mayor of East Staffordshire, Councillor Beryl Toon and her consort James, who were carrying out one of their last official duties of her mayoral year.

St John’s is this year celebrating its 150th anniversary, and Rolleston Choral Society are helping with the festivities. In July they will be staging a concert which will take the name ‘John’ as its theme. We have been thinking laterally: the programme will include the Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure, as well as pieces by John Lennon, Elton John and Johann Strauss. More ‘Johns’ to be announced!

The concert will be taking place on Friday, July 7th, not the usual Saturday, and may also start earlier than usual.

Further details will be available nearer the date.

Thanks to Nick Willmot for the info.

UCS – Brahms’ German Requiem -Review

‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’

Saturday (8th April) evening’s performance of Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem, in St Mary’s parish church Uttoxeter, was an example of the quality and musicianship of Uttoxeter’s Choral Society. This work, written and first performed in the 1860’s, is one of the most technically complex items in the choral repertoire. Written partly as consolation for the composer after the death of his mother, to whom it is dedicated, it takes its cue from various parts of the Bible, ranging from the Old Testament Psalms to the Gospels and letters of the New Testament.

The piece itself is in part a series of contrasts between sadness and joy, one immediately succeeded by the other, and all involving a rapid interweaving of the various voices of the choir. Led by musical director Jakob Grubbstrøm; and supported by pianists Katie and Ian Riddle on two pianos, the choir moved easily from gentle chords representing the agony of the suffering, to the exuberant outpourings of those released into newness of life.

Male voices were augmented by choristers from Gloucester Cathedral, including Matthew Clark, who’s rich baritone voice powered ‘The Ransomed of the Lord’ in the first half; and; ‘For theTrumpet will Sound’, in movement 6 of the second half of the concert.

The fifth movement in the second half, ‘Ye Now have Sorrow’, from St. John’s Gospel, was taken by soloist Grace Bermingham, whose glorious high soprano voice lifted the piece, literally and metaphorically. Then, in keeping with the idea of contrasts, this was followed immediately by ‘I will Comfort You’, from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

An appreciative audience included Colonel David Leigh, for whom this event was his final duty as High Sherriff of the County. He afterwards congratulated the choir and their conductor, for all of the hard work that had gone before, and the accompanists and soloists, for their vital contribution to the concerts’ success.

Photo: Musical Director Jakob Grubbstrøm and Soprano Grace Bermingham.

 

Anthony Fellows

 

 

Thanks to Mary Pollard for sending this item.

LTCY – Les Mis – Review

Les Miserables School Edition, Little Theatre Youth Company, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton

Due to audience demand, LTC Youth brings you its brand new production of the world’s most popular musical, Les Miserables School Edition, featuring a new cast.

Once again the youngsters take on this epic show and make it their own. Somehow the Little Theatre Company seems to have discovered a production line of talent whereby they maintain a very high standard of performance even though the names and the faces change.

This year’s show brings us Oliver Last as Jean Valjean and Edward Watchman as Javert the two main protagonists in Les Miserables, the musical based on the novel of the same name by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The show, which premiered in Paris in 1980, has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and original French-language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, alongside an English-language libretto with accompanying English-language lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.

Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Along with Edward and Oliver in principal roles are Scarlett Marchant as Fantine, Katie Ireland as Eponine, Georga Ratcliffe as Cosette, Ewan Bourne as Marius and Wil Pearson as Enjolras. The principals are well supported by a cast that take on many roles between them.

This is the third time that LTC Youth has performed this show at the Brewhouse and still the company brings something fresh to the stage.

Les Miserables School Edition is on at the Brewhouse arts centre, Union Street, Burton, from Tuesday, April 18th until Saturday, April 22nd. Shows commence at 7.30pm every evening and there are matinee performances at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday.

 

Ticket information contact the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100

Bill Pritchard.

LTCY – Les Mis

Little Theare Company Youth

Les Miserables (School Edition)

by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg

Back by popular demand, LTC Youth are thrilled to bring you their brand new production of the world’s most popular musical, “Les Miserables School Edition”, starring a brand new cast.

DREAM THE DREAM AGAIN!

Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd April 2017

7:30 each evening plus Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2:30pm

Tickets: £12 adults / £10 concessions

(Concessions available at all performances – Matinee tickets all £10)

Photo LTCY in rehearsal

All Little Theatre Company shows are performed at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Needwood Singers Concert

Needwood Singers Concert

Saturday 6th May

St. John’s Church. Horninglow.

 

This spring, by special request the choir will be performing at the Parish Church of St. John the Divine, Horninglow for the very first time. This is part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebrations.St. John’s Church is situated at the corner of Horninglow Road North and Rolleston Road in Burton on Trent, DE13 0JZ.

At 7.30p.m.on Saturday 6th May we will be performing music by arguably the two greatest classical composers, Bach and Mozart. The concert will consist of two Bach cantatas, BWV 106 for choir and soloists and BWV 51 for solo soprano and trumpet, and Mozart’s Requiem. For this very special occasion we will be joined by several former members of the choir.

The ticket price of £15 will include a donation to church funds and reflects the fact that professional soloists and orchestra are very expensive. It also includes interval drinks. There is no charge for children under 16.

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER

Buy early- Save £3!

Tickets bought before April 17th cost only £12

Tickets can be obtained fron Sheila on 01283 716790, Sue & Mark Griffiths on 01283 542915, any member of the choir or on the door.

www.needwoodsingers.wordpress.com

Thanks to Sue & Mark Griffiths for the info.