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Playboy Sanchez is back in town

ONE of the most exciting and charismatic performers of the rhythm and blues and rock and roll world will be at The Townsend Hall, in Shipston-on-Stour, on Friday, 19th December. Piano player, Mike Sanchez, founder member of the Big Town Playboys, and a one time Bill Wyman Rhythm King, was featured recently on Jools Holland’s BBC Radio Two show.…

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Dan wins young musician award

ALCESTER Grammar School student Dan O’Mahony has scooped this year’s coveted Alcester Singers’ Young Musician of the Year Award 2014. The 16-year-old’s performance of a Japanese folk song, Sakura, on his classical guitar wowed judges and the large audience alike.…

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Choir sings in Christmas as 40th anniversary looms

THIS year’s Stour Singers concert in Shipston-on-Stour presents a prelude to the celebrations of 40 years of music-making in south Warwickshire. Its Feast of Music for Christmas, in St Edmund’s Church next week, will include music by Joseph Haydn and his younger brother Michael, the joyful Laudate Dominum from Mozart’s Vespers and a seldom-heard motet for the new born child (Neugeborene Kindelein) from the great baroque organist, Buxtehude, who inspired the work of Bach and Handel.…

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Ted in tune to showcase festive piece

ENGLISH Serenata’s series, Music from Shakespeare Country, is renowned for featuring local composers - and this weekend's concert in Bidford is no exception. As well as carols and music by James Walker and Stephen Dodsworth, this year’s festive highlight will be a piece called Jesus Christ is Born Today by Pebworth composer Edward Watson. Edward, or Ted as he is known, has a great pedigree, having performed with the likes of the CBSO, Royal Ballet, Festival Ballet, and the BBC at Pebb…

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Blessed with another Vicar of Dibley

THE Bear Pit Theatre in Stratford is celebrating 20 years since The Vicar of Dibley was first screened on television, by staging its second production of this classic sitcom. The Second Coming will be performed from 4th until 13th December, at the theatre in The United Reformed Church, Rother Street. Filling Dawn French’s boots as the infamous Reverend Geraldine Granger, Nicky Cox is making a popular return appearance as a Bear Pit Associate Artist, together with many of the original cast f…

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Singer songwriter Nick Drake remembered

IT’S forty years since the tragic death of Tanworth-in-Arden musician Nick Drake whose life, music and work has been remembered this week, Tuesday 25th November the anniversary of his death.  …

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Musicians get together for another festive bid for chart success

THEY have done it again! The Big Secret Sound has released another charity single which they hope once again will get into the UK charts, following the successful fundraising by the group’s last success story — Soldier On! Soldier On! was a fundraiser to support the family of Conrad Lewis, a soldier from Claverdon who died fighting in Afghanistan, by raising money for his family’s charity to help those in the military who are wounded or worse, and their families and community.…

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Shrew’d wins Filming Shakespeare award

THE winner of this year’s Filming Shakespeare short films competition, part of Stratford’s Shakespeare on Film festival, organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Misfit Inc, was announced at a special gala screening at Stratford Picturehouse last Thursday night. Of the 46 entries from seven countries and seven finalists (one of them, Michael Lane, is known locally) judges decided to award London-based duo — actor Robert Dukes and Kit Prosser, writer/director, with their productio…

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KES students to tell Miller classic

STUDENTS from Stratford’s King Edward VI School are busy rehearsing for the annual Michaelmas term drama production — an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play, The Crucible. Written in the early 1950s, it is set in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. It recounts the events surrounding the Salem Witch trials. This was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England.…

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A Christmas fairytale at Stratford ArtsHouse

STRATFORD ArtsHouse will be transformed into a winter wonderland this December for a wonderful Christmas show. This adaption of the classic fairytale, Rumpelstiltskin, boasts to be a fantastic family Christmas show, featuring wonderful storytelling, plenty of physical comedy and witty rhyming couplets as well as music and songs to keep toes tapping and little ones smiling.…

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