We want to introduce the young to great performances so under 18’s are Free for all events when accompanied by an adult.
Fri 25 Jan – London Haydn Quartet
British Quartet displays all the character of fine wine.
Formed in 2001 the quartet specialise in performing the 70 Haydn quartets as Haydn would have heard them.violinists Catherine Manson and Michael Gurevich, violist James Boyd and cellist Jonathan Manson. They perform across the world, read a review of their performance at the Sydney Opera House Click Here
Programme Mozart K.575, Beethoven op. 18 no. 6, Haydn op. 77 no. 2
Sat 26 Jan – The Blue Bishops
Blues but definitely on that rocky edge. Join us for one of our classic cafe format evenings with great music. Over the years The Blue Bishops have built a reputation both for their studio albums and live performances. Acknowledged as one of the best live bands on the circuit, on first seeing them at the Bishopstock Festival in Devon back in 1999, Robert Cray remarked ‘I will have to watch my back’. Radio 2’s Paul Jones has called their studio work ‘Superb’ and the music press has consistently praised the calibre of their recordings and live shows.
Fri 1 Feb The Happy Prince – Film
2018 Cert 15 1hr 45mins Bio/Drama7.30pm Croft Hall – Tickets £5
The last days of Oscar Wilde
In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett) lies on his death bed. The past floods back, taking him to other times and places. He reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisals of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross (Colin Firth), who tried and failed to save him from himself. As Wilde relives his travels through England, France and Italy, the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love revealed.
Sat 2 Feb How Shostakovich Changed My Mind
8pm Croft Hall – Tickets £10
Rediscovering pleasure in existence
“There’s something about hearing your most painful emotions transformed into something beautiful…” The old Russian who uttered those words spoke for countless fellow survivors
of Stalin’s reign of terror. And the ‘something beautiful’ he had in mind was the music of Dmitri Shostakovich.
BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson will be talking about the power of Shostakovich’s music during Stalin’s reign of terror, and looking at the extraordinary healing effect of music on sufferers of mental illness. He will draw on his own personal experiences, and the talk will be complemented by pieces of Shostakovich’s music.