Paul Atterbury, who specialises in the art, architecture, design and decorative arts of the 19th and 20th centuries, has been a member of the team of experts on the ever-popular BBC programme, Antiques Roadshow, for 27 years. In this informal and entertaining talk about life on the road, Paul shares with us stories and anecdotes about the Roadshow's history, how it is made and what happens on the day, the people involved, the triumphs and disasters and the generally unpredictable nature of what goes on in front and behind the cameras.
Fri 30 Mar
£12 (Children £10 under 18s)
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer's birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein's music. The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett's 'The Age of Anxiety'.
Tue 27 Mar
£16.50 (Children £12.50)
A very special evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as Charlie Dore, one of the UK's most respected songwriters teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her brand new album, Dark Matter. The new collection promises a fast moving show as the pair swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano and autoharp as well as introducing some new and different flavours to shine a very personal light on her mysterious subject matter. They'll also dip into favourites from the past 6 albums as well as sharing original acoustic versions of hits Charlie has written for others. They may even play a version of Pilot of the Airwaves if we ask nicely.
Fri 20 Apr
Both hilarious and poignant, The Dresser explores the relationship between two men who are reluctantly and inevitably co-dependent. As World War II rages, backstage in a provincial English theatre, an ageing, once-famous classical actor is troubled. Sir, the last in a dying breed of great English Shakespearean actors, is unwilling to take to the stage to deliver his renowned portrayal of King Lear. It falls to his faithful dresser Norman to rouse another great performance from him, to keep both the show and its star from falling apart. Presented and performed by The Dartmouth Players.
Fri 25 May
Sat 26 May
Sunny has been playing the "outrageous and raunchy" Lilian Bellamy in Radio 4's The Archers for the past 16 years and has become one of the listeners' most favourite characters! Her antics have kept the nation gripped and entertained, whether it be riding round Ambridge on a Harley Davidson, drinking the Bull and Cider shed dry with Eddie Grundy, absconding to Costa Rica with her beloved and very recently departed Tiger (oh, the louse!) or recklessly kicking off her sling-backs and leaping into bed with Tiger's brother Paul - not to mention the knitting, the Collagen, Calendar Girls and Justin Elliot!
Mon 7 May
Featuring award-winning solo musicians this modern folk outfit approaches traditional ballads with a bold, improvisational twist.
Fri 23 Mar
£19 (Children £5)
The Germany-born, London-based stand-up comedian dabbles with new material and old favourites.
Thu 17 May
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Leonard Cohen's wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual… Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line. The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much! With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the 'pure song', Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen's amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 400 concerts to over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James' 40 year career in music. Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also poems by Lorca (Cohen's greatest influence) that Keith has set to music. There will also be songs from Cohen's final album You Want It Darker, released only weeks before his death - produced by his son, Adam. 'some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear' The Independent 'Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice' Sunday Times 'an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great artist's words' BBC Radio Scotland 'certainly the UK's most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music' The Guardian 'all the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines' Times Literary Supplement 'a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves' Acoustic Magazine
Sat 9 Jun
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, and is known for his work in Bellowhead and Eliza Carthy Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is best known for his work with The Full English and Jon Boden. Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything, In The Round and Inventions and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers.
Sat 15 Sep
£19 (Children £5)
'Something wicked this way comes' Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. This contemporary production of Shakespeare's darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston's RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.
Wed 11 Apr
£16.50 (Children £12.50)
The Flavel Jazz Club is back again with our House Band, The Martin Dale Trio, with special guest, trumpeter Martin Shaw. Martin Shaw is widely regarded as one of the finest jazz trumpet players in Europe. A highly regarded studio and touring musician, his powerful yet fluent playing has been heard with the likes of Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole and Cleo Laine and he is a first call for numerous high profile musicians both in the UK and abroad. A featured soloist with the BBC Big Band his melodic improvisations and warm, fluid sound are admired and respected.
Sat 14 Apr
Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of music. The husband & wife duo, Debs and Stu Hanna, bring together Piano, Guitar, Mandola and Banjo with exquisite vocals to create lush harmonies mixed in with expert musicianship. Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their terrific live performances and northern humour. Megson have released a number of well received albums since first recording in 2004 the most recent in 2016 being Good Times Will Come Again which gained much critical acclaim. Megson guarantee an evening of thought provoking and expertly performed modern folk music. "One of the most original folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed." - Robin Denselow, The Guardian
Fri 22 Jun
£16 (Children £5)
After his sell out talk on the ESA's Rosetta Mission, Dr John Ellwood (consultant to ESA on the Mars programme) will take us on a new journey - to the planet Mars. Many nations have tried to get to the red planet, but few have succeeded. John's talk will describe these endeavours, beginning with NASA's successful Mariner 4 mission in 1964 to ESA's present EXOMARS project, scheduled for 2020, which hopes to find definitive evidence of life in this hostile environment. Elon Musk's dream of starting a Martian colony of a million people within the next 100 years will also be discussed: what are the technical challenges, and why would we want to go there? John will give some insights into why we must eventually become a multi-planetary species. A FLAVEL FUNDRAISING EVENT
Fri 27 Apr
Meridianum Ensemble is a trans-cultural musical collaboration, bringing together elements from Portugal, the UK and Morocco. This family-friendly show features Nuno Silva with his group Aldebaran from Portugal. The project also incorporates musicians from Karama (UK/Morocco), The Radial Band and Woodwose (UK). This ensemble is a feast for the senses, with instruments ranging from the Persian santur, oud, & tambura to Swedish nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes and dumbek. The show will begin with an introduction to each component of the ensemble, from Woodwose's Mediaeval dances, The Radial Band's original compositions and the Arabic oud of Soufian Saihi to the swirling middle-Eastern rhythms of Nuno Silva's santur. The second part of the show brings all the musicians together as the Meridianum Ensemble - an extraordinary musical collaboration that spans both time and space from Mediaeval Europe to the present day. During the interval you will get the chance to view some of these amazing instruments close up - perhaps even try them out! Artists: Nuno Silva: santur Ricardo de Noronha: percussion Griselda Sanderson: nyckelharpa Louis Bingham: tambura, cittern Soufian Saihi: oud Steve Tyler: hurdy-gurdy Katy Marchant: bagpipes
Sun 8 Apr
£10 (Children £5)
Come and enjoy this Mindfulness taster day in which we will use tapestry weaving (on simple frame looms) as the medium for focusing our awareness in the present moment. In a supportive space, we will explore how mindfulness can support us in accepting things as they are and accepting ourselves as we are. No experience in weaving or mindfulness is necessary. Jo is an experienced Mindfulness teacher and is registered on the UK listing of trained Mindfulness teachers who follow good practice guidelines. Looms can be purchased at the end of the day.
Tue 17 Apr
Enchanted Spring Gardens and Dwellings for Magical Creatures Get carried away to fairytale lands this Spring with Naturemake! Join us on one of these unforgettable artist led nature craft workshops, where you will make your own imaginative sculpture using a gorgeous array of foraged, natural materials. Suitable for both children and adults Children under 8 to be accompanied by an adult (No age restrictions, just keen makers!)
Fri 13 Apr
Join Artists; Lili John (ceramics) and Harula Ladd (creative writer), on a journey of creativity in a workshop inspired by the stories of 'Dave the Slave' who wrote words of wisdom and poetry into the sides of his hand-crafted clay pots. The workshop will combine wordplay with clay to integrate the wisdom of the mind with the functional sensuality of handcrafting in clay. Create personalised treasures to contain the light of your own inner wisdom and truth. All materials will be provided. No previous artistic skills are necessary. Max 10 participants.
Sat 14 Apr
Richard Herring's pontificating over what it's like reaching a half century on this earth.
Sun 22 Apr
First prize winners of the prestigious Trio di Trieste Duo Competition in Italy, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Wu Qian have been performing together for over 15 years. They have given concerts as a duo in various venues in Germany, Italy, Estonia, at the Wigmore Hall in London, other venues in the UK and also in New York. Programme: Bach Chaconne Schumann: Violin Sonata No.2, Op.121 ★★★ Manuel de Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole Grieg: Violin Sonata No.3, Op.45
Fri 29 Jun
£20 (Children £5)
Theatre, music, art and a cafe, with regular screenings of new releases.
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