A MAN ABOUT THE GARDEN
TV presenter Joe Swift digs deep to reveal his fascinating story from his Rock 'n Roll youth to becoming one of the country’s top Garden Designers. Hear what really happens behind the scenes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Gardeners World and find out what it takes to get a Chelsea Show Gold Medal?
His TV credits include Gardeners World, and the RHS Chelsea Flower show and he is a regular columnist for The Times and Gardeners World magazine.
Joe will share all this with you, taking questions on his life and career but warns that answering questions on dead plants isn’t going to be top of his list!
'Time spent in Joe's company is always hugely rewarding.' Alan Titchmarsh
Create your own 3d Owl Sculpture from card, paper and glue with Darrell Wakelam.
Darrell has been providing exciting children’s 3D art workshops for over 25 years. His work is created mainly from cardboard and other scrap materials, which he then transforms into all kinds of sculptures, models and masks. Remember a packed lunch. Suitable for ages 6 – 12years.
Through the decades with Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly
Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly both grew up in the same part of Texas.
They both recorded their earlier work in the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, even at one point recording the same songs 'An Empty Cup' (and a broken date)' as well as 'You've Got Love, both written by Roy Orbison.
Both Artists brought a unique Texas influence into their music and through their creative writing an individual sound was born!
Presenting Darren Paige as Roy Orbison & Marc Robinson as Buddy Holly with live backing from The Counterfeit Crickets.
‘The World Of Mantovani’ - An Illustrated Talk by Paul Barrett
An interactive video presentation will show film from his many concerts and Paul will tell the fascinating story of Mantovani’s life and how after an absence of 30 years he was able to recreate the unique Mantovani orchestra. Dvd’s and cd’s will be on sale along with tickets to Paul's new show ‘Mantovani Movie Magic’.
MUSIC & ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS led by Kathy Kelly of Fiddlesticks.
Parents and toddlers can enjoy a fun-filled session of singing, music making, story-telling, baking bread and sharing food together.
Fiddlesticks sessions give parents and children the opportunity to get hands on together and through some simple art and craft activities, use clay, paints, sheep’s fleece and other natural resources to create exciting works of art.
2-5 years (Must be accompanied by an adult)
Advance booking is essential as places limited.
All the unforgettable Carpenter hits such as Yesterday Once More, Goodbye to Love, Close to You, Only Yesterday, alongside a Beatles tribute that links Mr Postman, Ticket to Ride and Help; a Burt Bacharach medley featuring Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Always Something There to Remind Me and a Carpenter country medley including Top of the World and Sweet Sweet Smile. With superb vocals from Carole Gordon and outstanding talent from the brilliant Blue Jeans band and singers.
See more info at voiceoftheheart.co.uk
Get hands on with the three traditional clay hand building techniques with Fran Quinlan – slab, coil and thumb.
Using your new skills, make a pot and decorate it by pressing marks using found items including shells, feathers, stones, sticks and leaves. Finally, fill it with soil and plant a seed before taking it home to watch it grow.
Advanced booking essential as places limited.
About the inside life of the Viceroy's House in 1947 during the Partition of India.
The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. Downstairs in the servants quarters, Mountbatten's new manservant, Jeet falls for the daughter's assistant, Alia and all manner of obstacles are put in their way.
With a stellar cast including Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow and Minish Dayal
The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up that presents the best material from the original Blues Brothers movies and is jam-packed full of songs by legends such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Cab Calloway – plus many other blues, soul, Motown and funk classics and a few surprises thrown in along the way. Capturing the sound, energy and persona that propelled the film to a cult status that still thrills audiences worldwide today,
Back with a Brand new production for 2017 with an all new elaborate stage set the Chicago Blues Brothers are taking you back to 1980 to finish the concert at the Palace ballroom hotel This show is a powerhouse two-hour song-fest with over 40 hits performed live on stage in the concert that never finished.
The Chicago Blues Brothers is a joyous hoot, a musical riot, a juiced-up jamboree of the coolest, funkiest soul, blues and Motown hits performed with style, class and showmanship by a troupe of some of the finest entertainers working in modern musical theatre.
Infectious, dazzling, riotous, exuberant and spirited, the legacy of Jake and Elwood has been jump-started for a new generation with an energy that’s impossible to resist. The Chicago Blues Brothers are on a mission once again – in a high-octane, on-stage party you can’t afford to miss.
Tight Classy and Brassy – Time out
Fun and Infectious – The Stage
A high octane musical mash up – Bristol Post
Please note Early Bird tickets £20 until 30th June
From July 1st £22
‘The Exchange are delighted to welcome leading actress and screenwriter Dame Eileen Atkins who will be in conversation with the distinguished theatre director Richard Digby Day. Dame Eileen’s career has been filled with theatre, television and film as well as writing. Her recent one-woman show Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse weaved together the performances and lectures of the renowned Victorian actress to wide acclaim. She has recently played Queen Mary in The Crown, a Netflix drama series. Dame Eileen has a BAFTA and an Emmy in 2008 for her role in the TV drama Cranford and has received three Olivier awards along with 18 other international acting awards.
She co-created Upstairs Downstairs with Jean Marsh.
She was awarded a DBE in 2001, a Degree of Doctor of Arts by the City University of London in 2005, and a Degree of Doctor of Letters by Oxford University in 2010. A formidably intelligent - and witty woman!
Richard Digby Day is a British stage director and international professor and lecturer. Digby Day has been Artistic Director of multiple regional theatres in the UK: the Bournemouth Theatre Company, the New Shakespeare Company at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, and the Welsh National Theatre Company.
Additionally, his work has been seen in the West End and on tour extensively throughout the UK, Canada, Denmark, and Ireland. Particularly successful were his touring productions of Sondheim's A Little Night Music and Company, Shaw's The Devil's Disciple.’
Spike Edney Presents The Best Rock and Soul Show in Town with his Ultimate All-Star Band!
We are thrilled to announce that Queen’s keyboard player and musical director, Spike Edney, will be bringing his All-Star-Band to The Exchange at Sturminster Newton this September. The SAS Band will includesome of the finest rock, pop and soul musicians and performers in the UK.
The line up includes legendary Fish - lead singer of rock band Marillion with hits including “Kayleigh” and “Lavender”, Tom Robinson of the Tom Robinson Band, best known for “War Baby”, “2-4-6-8 Motorway” and “Don’t Take No for an Answer”, Toyah Willcox with her biggest hits “It’s a Mystery”, “Thunder in the Mountains” and “I Want to Be Free” Patti Russo, Meat Loaf’s duet partner for over 20 years - “I’d Do Anything for Love”, “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” and “Bat Out Of Hell” and joining them will be Ryan Molloy, the original lead in "The Jersey Boys", acclaimed for his West End and Broadway performance of Frankie Valli in the long running musical.
Originally from Portsmouth, Spike Edney is one of the most respected and versatile session musicians and musical directors in the business. In addition to being legendary rock band Queen’s musical director and keyboard player since 1984, British multi-instrumentalist, Spike has toured, recorded and performed with the living and late legends of our time for over 40 years. It is from this extensive network of musician friends he calls upon to put together each unique show.
He has previously performed with artists such as Roger Daltrey, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Bruce Dickinson, Paloma Faith, Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, Annie Lennox, Tony Hadley, The Sugababes, Roy Wood, Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie, Anastacia, Gary Brooker, Paul Young, Marti Pellow, Carl Barat, Paul Rodgers, Mark King, Jack Bruce, Madeline Bell, Jeff Beck, Bob Geldof, Lulu, Suggs, Midge Ure, Errol Brown, Amy Winehouse, Mel C, Graham Gouldman, Kiki Dee, Leo Sayer, Eric Idle, Arthur Brown and Chris Thompson, to name a few.
The Lounge Kittens, a comedy rock lounge act from Southampton are the support act for The SAS Band. They perform covers of classic popular songs, in particular rock and metal songs, in a lounge style. The Lounge Kittens are Jenny Deacon (vocals and piano), Timia Gwendoline (vocals), and Zan Lawther (vocals), sometimes called Red Kitten, Blue Kitten, and Pink Kitten respectively because of the colour of their hair!
This will be a show not to be missed!
The Exchange was officially opened by Julian Fellowes, actor, director, and Academy Award winning screenwriter in 2007.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary and to raise funds for The Exchange, Lord Fellowes will speak and answer questions about a career that has now included the creation of Downton Abbey, scripts from many more films and TV productions and several novels.
Ticket price includes a sit-down two-course meal.
The “Beach Boys” are one of the most successful bands of all time, and are often referred to as "America's Band".
Their music has appealed to all age groups around the world for decades, and are still just as popular today.
No other Band from the USA has had such a major influence on other bands and musicians that followed.
The “U.K. Beach Boys” spent over 6 months preparing and rehearsing a show that could faithfully reproduce the Beach Boys magical sound.
They have now been performing their show to audiences all over the UK, and Europe for the past 14 years, and receive many compliments from clients, venues, and fellow musicians alike.
The U.K Beach Boys have a repertoire of over 35 songs, including all the major hits from the 1962 to present day, both here and in the US, and are proud to be a completely "LIVE" act, without resorting to the use of backing tracks to produce their show.
If there was a style of music that epitomised “Summer", then the Beach Boys are surely it, and the U.K. Beach Boys continue to bring the "Sound of Summer" to audiences everywhere.
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GRAND DIAMOND JUBILEE TOUR 2017
Who could have predicted that a band, which hit the top of the charts 50 years ago in 1961 with a song and style that were already forty years out of date, would still be around in 2016, still playing the same style of music?
The main difference now is that the band has a vast repertoire…. jazz classics from the past, original compositions, novelty numbers ….so whatever your taste in jazz The Temperance Seven will play it for you.
The band had a string of chart successes, notably with "You're Driving Me Crazy", which was Sir George Martin's first ever number one hit, and followed by other top ten hits like "Home in Pasadena", "The Charleston", "Hard Hearted Hannah" and "The Black Bottom", and still has a huge following in the UK and abroad.
The Temperance Seven play what they like, and their enormous enjoyment is hilariously transmitted to their audiences with their zany pythonesque humour..
The brainchild of Martyn Ware and born from the collapse of the original Human League, 80's synth pioneers Heaven 17 have stood the test of time and been an influence on the future of modern music for over thirty years. Their debut 1981 album, 'Penthouse And Pavement', was, and remains, a modern classic. Glenn Gregory and Martyn continue to perform the hits from their overwhelming back catalogue, including 'Temptation' and '(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang', along with unveiling their first new material in 12 years.
More info: Heaven17.com
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A STANDING ONLY CONCERT
Join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio presenter, Claire Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer, Ray Gelato, for their new show together: 'A Swingin’ Affair'.
Celebrating the release of their album ‘We’ve Got a World That Swings’ – described by The Observer as “Jazz Artistry” - these much celebrated and respected Artists take to the stage to explore Great American Songbook.
Alongside a world-class trio of musicians, Claire and Ray revisit classics such as 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off', ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, 'They all Laughed' and 'Can’t We Be Friends’.
If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging - this is the show for you. A swingin’ affair indeed!
‘Hugely entertaining and beautifully performed’
‘Strikes all the right notes, played and sung with real joie de vivre’
Claire Martin OBE:
“Our finest jazz singer"
The Sunday Times
"She ranks amongst the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet"
Jazz Times USA
“A consummate jazz singer with old-school virtues … she wins plaudits everywhere she works”
“Not for nothing is Gelato known as ‘The Godfather of Swing’”
“Gelato’s dapper mixture of swing and Louis Prima jumping jive remains as invigorating as ever”
Liza Pulman, the acclaimed singer & comedienne of Fascinating Aida, celebrating the songs of the great Barbra Streisand with her six piece band, The Stardust Ensemble. Alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza brings you glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of these now legendary songs.
Expect the much loved classics Evergreen, The Way We Were, New York State Of Mind, Second Hand Rose and many more in a full to bursting 90 minute show.
Living Spit present 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'
Two Actors. Too Many Characters. One Big Ego.
Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There's no escaping that.
Stu McLoughlin doesn't look like any of the wives, but he's going to give it a go.
After their previous self-funded historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard & Stu are at their wits end.
Then they hit on an idea for a show that could change everything....
But can two of the South West's favourite theatrical sons put aside their differences and make it through to the end without killing each other?
'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' is an undisputed hit and with live original music, embroidary, Barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in Tudor history you'll never forget.
A very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, joined here by Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. The superb blend of the three voices and stunning musicianship adds a sweet touch of class to their vibrant performance. Live onstage, her unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, If Only and more seem even more relevant in our present times.
Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel's stunning portfolio, the old and the new. A sumptuous night of some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century delivered with passion and fire. With a special Meet & Greet immediately after the show you're in for a treat!
Unmissable, book early!
“They were absolutely fantastic, bringing the entire audience roaring to its feet.” Daily Telegraph
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Mi Flamenco - Incognito
Mi Flamenco is an international flamenco company with artists of the highest calibre. After a near sell-out UK summer tour in 2016, Mi Flamenco are back on the road with their production, Incognito.
Featuring explosive dance by Ester Tal and Kelian Jimenez, the amazing voice of Luis Vargas Monge (El Mono), beautiful music composed and played by the talented guitarist Uri Tal, and the added magic of Nick Squires on cello, Incognito, is a show with all the spirit of authentic, pulsating flamenco, intertwined with the unexpected. Exciting, moving flamenco dance, powerful song, virtuoso guitar and cello; with lots of charm, imagination and theatre thrown in. A passionate spectacle for dance, music and theatre-lovers everywhere.
From first flamenco experience to aficionado, or for those who simply love theatre, dance or music….or all of the above; Incognito is not to be missed.
Ester Tal – Producer and Artistic Director of Mi Flamenco said “This show embraces what flamenco is, and invites the audience into intimate spaces with the artists. Incognito embraces a sense of theatre - and flamenco's drama, beauty, intrigue, narrative and humour."
“Fantastic, amazing, and passionate. Absolutely loved it!”
“Beautiful to watch. A great first experience of flamenco.”
“Brilliant story-telling. Excellent mix of music – so creative – can’t wait for more!”
How did a simple plumber’s daughter rise from her humble origins to capture the hearts of a nation?
Taking the role of Vera Lynn, Samantha will share the stories and perform the songs of the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ who ultimately become our country’s first ‘National treasure’?
Described by The Stage newspaper as “Perfection“, Samantha is Britain’s leading performer of the Vera Lynn songbook and has captivated audiences nationwide with her heartfelt and authentic performances. She has performed as Vera Lynn in concerts across the country, providing audiences with Vintage entertainment from the 120s, through the 1940’s and beyond.
So come and be part of this emotional celebration of Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th year.
With her natural, unique and accurate presentation, TJ is today firmly placed as the UK’s foremost psychic medium and her broad appeal allows her to support private readings, live theatre appearances and events within the UK and internationally.
As well as her appearances on Destiny TV, and ITV3’s The X-tra Factor, TJ has starred in 21 episodes of Psychic Private Eyes for Zone Reality, which she filmed at the same time as investigating murders and missing people cases for CBS Reality Television.
Alongside her own very successful annual live UK theatre tours, TJ co-presented ‘The Three Mediums’ theatre show at four major UK cities including a sell-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, London and also appeared on Sky Living’s: ‘Colin Fry Live with TJ Higgs’.
Ben is recognised as one of the UK’s supreme boogie piano players and has worked with The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Screaming Lord Sutch, PJ Harvey, Amy Macdonald, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall, Charlie Watts, The Ronnie Wood Band, Paul Weller, Dave Gilmore, Dave Stewart, The Teenagers, Nine Below Zero….and the list keeps growing!
Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an
unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy.
Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe.
So, put on your red shoes and Let’s Dance!
After a sell out concert last year Jethro is back by popular demand!
Every once in a while there comes along a true comedy genius,
someone who rapidly gains cult status with the British public.
Such is the case with Jethro!
Armed with nothing more than a microphone and delivered
to you in a warm Cornish accent, Jethro has the rare ability to paint hilarious pictures in the mind of his audience.
Over 4 million DVD sales pay testimony to the size and dedication of his army of followers, and their love of the unpredictable, irreverent twaddle that reduces his audience to tears of laughter night after unforgettable night