Queen Victoria: a little old lady, spherical in shape, dressed in black, perpetually grumpy. Right? Historian Lucy Worsley wants to make you think again.
Meet a complex, contradictory woman, who had a traumatic childhood, who loved dancing, who suffered calamity and bereavement, before coming out the other side as an eccentric, powerful and really rather magnificent old lady.
Lucy's illustrated talk takes you into the life, the palaces, and the rich colourful age of this woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.
With 20 different real ales on offer & a good choice of ciders there will be plenty for you to sample and enjoy over the weekend. We even have a gin bar this year!
Ales, ciders and gins will be available from 7pm on Friday & noon on Saturday & Sunday.
Music will happen throughout the evening and afternoon. Food is available over the weekend with scrumptious food including bacon sandwiches from our cafe and a BBQ from Sturminster Newton Rotary Club.
Entry to the Festival Weekend is FREE so there’s really no reason not to come along!
Festival Music Lineup
8.30pm - PRESSGANG
1pm - Never Mind The Bongos
3.30pm - Jack and a Box
5pm - John de Barra
7.30pm - XS+
9pm - All Killer No Filler
12.15pm - Twisted Vinyl
2.45pm - Badger Boys
Exchange favourites Howard & Stu from Living Spit are back with a live performance of their 'greatest hits' album!!
'Pig, Pig, Pig' 'Anne of Cleves' and more!!
Featuring songs from all their past shows performed in true Living Spit style
Age 14+ recommended
Join Kate for a fascinating talk about her latest book - Thinking on my Feet - as well as her life working with wildlife, the far flung places that this has taken her to and the inspiring people she has met on her travels. There's also a unique chance to go 'behind the camera' as Kate describes how the programmes are made along with some lovely anecdotes about the filming
The second series of Kate's popular BBC programme Back to the Land attracted great audiences and was be the latest in a long line of programmes Kate has presented for the BBC including Springwatch and Autumm Watch, Wild Shepherdess, Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer, Curious Creatures and Extreme Wives with Kate Humble.
In 2007 she and her husband Ludo moved to a smallholding in Wales and in 2011 set up 'Humble by Nature' a rural skills school on a working farm in the Wye Valley. They live with a variety of feathered and furry livestock and three dogs.
Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions
Photo credit Tim Martin
STRAWBS 50 YEARS ON – A 50th ANNIVERSARY ACOUSTIC CONCERT
The Strawbs started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys before emerging into the mainstream from the exciting British Folk Movement of the mid 60s alongside other such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper. Their first album with Sandy Denny attracted the attention of A&M Records in America and they became the first British Band to be signed by the famous label. Under the guidance of Herb Alpert & Gerry Moss, major chart success followed with seven consecutive albums in the Billboard charts, including classics ‘Bursting at the Seams’, ‘Grave New World’, ‘Hero & Heroine’, ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Ghosts’, earning the band two Gold Albums along the way. Massive coast to coast American tours swiftly followed, sharing the stage with The Eagles, Santana and Frank Zappa.
From the days of Sandy Denny pre Fairport and Sonja Kristina pre Curved Air, the band have enjoyed the finest of soloists in their ranks from Rick Wakeman followed by his son Oliver moving on to join Yes as well as Adam Wakeman joining Black Sabbath, Blue Weaver to The Bee Gees and Don Airey to Deep Purple.
The Acoustic Strawbs of the 21st century consist of the founder, constant guiding force, originator and lead vocalist Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK. Alongside him longtime band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs.
"The songwriting was phenomenal, and the way the trio embellished sublime melodies with supreme harmonies and incredible instrumentation made their performance unforgettable. In fact, I repeatedly thought "music just isn't this good anymore" (Philadelphia Examiner)
"Hearing the brilliant Strawbs was like a tutorial in UK folk music from the past 40 years". (Edmonton Sun)
"Never to rest on their laurels, this excellent band continue to produce classic tracks and spectacular live performances". (Q Magazine)
"Dave Cousins shows himself as a brilliant and original songwriter". (Classic Rock)
“Can you see the fire’s still alight…. Burning into the night….”
Genesis Legacy is an outstanding touring show paying respects to the musical careers of Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford’s “Mike and the Mechanics”, Steve Hackett and the band that brought them all together…. “Genesis”.
This 2 hour explosive, inclusive, immersive and commercial show delivers on the biggest commercial hits from these stellar pillars of the UK Music Community including the likes of “Over my Shoulder” (Mike and the Mechanics), “One more night” (Phil Collins), “Games without Frontiers” (Peter Gabriel) and “Invisible Touch” (Genesis).
Run, managed and performed by 6 fans of these incredible artists, the attention to those little musical and sonic details makes Genesis Legacy a unique, standout and must-see show for any Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett or Mike Rutherford fan.
To be at a Genesis Legacy show is to be among friends…”
Dorset Through the Seasons
An evening of readings, drama and music - a special fundraising event for Sturminster Newton Literary Festival, featuring Tim Laycock, John Blackmore and members of the New Hardy Players and William Barnes Society.
Tim Laycock, acclaimed professional folk musician, actor, storyteller and author, has a special interest in the works of Hardy and Barnes, as well as the folk traditions of Dorset.
John Blackmore is a singer, songwriter, poet and teacher from Somerset who has set a number of Barnes’ poems to music, arranging them for voice and guitar.
The New Hardy Players celebrate the work of Thomas Hardy and bring his stories to life.
Members of the William Barnes Society help keep the poet’s Dorset dialect poetry with their readings.
Sturminster Newton’s first literary festival on 15th June has a day packed with activities. We’re celebrating three local writers with Stur connections, current Dorset writers, and aspiring future authors and poets.
Discover the literary connections associated with Thomas Hardy, Robert Young, and William Barnes on a free guided walk around Sturminster Newton. Meet local authors in our local cafes and businesses where you can find out about their writing and buy a book or two. Children can find something new to read with our free book swap. Feeling creative? Hang a poem on our poet tree or sign up for a writing workshop by Gail Aldwin.
Local historian and writer David Fox will be talking Dorset, and the William Barnes Society will be performing readings around town. Tim Laycock’s one man show of Tess of the D’Urbervilles is not to be missed. Look out for a presentation by Taboo Theatre on their work, and performances by Maiden Oak, Amy Hopwood, and Sturminster Newton Chamber Choir.
The Exchange will host current Dorset authors Lulu Taylor and Rosanna Ley who will be talking about their latest books. Dorset poet David Caddy is talking about his work. There are heritage talks too with Roger Guttridge discussing Sturminster Newton’s literary connections, and Dr Alan Chedzoy talking about the relationship between Hardy and Barnes. There’s also a talk on the lost work of Robert Young by David Fox.
It promises to be an interesting and inspiring day with most events free of charge (donations appreciated).
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Adapted by John Hartoch
A colourful cast of characters set off for Canterbury, competing to tell their tales of love, lust, adventure and chivalry. Brimming with verve and energy, Chaucer’s well-loved stories are brought beautifully and vividly alive by the students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
All of medieval life is here, with the wide range of social strata rubbing shoulders as the Miller, the Steward and the Wife of Bath (among others) all have their tales to tell. The Canterbury Tales is a touchstone of English literature and has delighted readers for centuries.
Opened in 1946 by Laurence Olivier, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has grown a reputation for attracting the very best in young acting talent and, as such, has some notable alumni to its name including Daniel Day Lewis, Greta Scacchi, Peter O’Toole, Olivia Colman and many more. The School’s annual visit to Dorset is always a firm favourite on the Artsreach programme and this year will be no exception; early booking is advised. Suitable 14+
The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high octane, adrenaline-pumping musicamash up which has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic and an energy and spirit that is impossible to resist.
Back with a brand new mission, The Chicago Blues Brothers are heading for Detroit to take on some of the biggest and most loved Motown anthems along with all the Blues Brothers classics you know and love. With hit’s from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Jackson 5 and the Supremes this promises to be the biggest party show the UK has ever seen.
Backed by the mutliaward winning CBB Band and the incredible Sweet Soul Sisters, a new stage set and state of the art full stage projection – this is one show you can’t afford to miss.
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.
Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
Starring Saorise Ronan and Margot Robbie
Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Barbara Nice was all-conquering
in her four-part BBC Radio 2 sitcom broadcast in March 2017. Experience this critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy live - from ‘Phoenix Nights’ actress and comedian Janice Connolly. Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with this new show about chance and luck. Age: 14+
Pianist and entertainer, Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward, who said of himself, "I am an enormously talented man and there is no point in denying it".
Born in 1899, Coward was an actor, writer, composer, director, producer, and in later life painter– and he excelled at them all.
Peter will remind us of his dazzling wit and perform such gems as Mad About The Boy, A Bar on The Piccola Marina, Don’t Let’s Be Beastly To The Germans, Mrs Worthington, There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner and Mad Dogs & Englishmen.
Dig For Vengeance - A Murder Mystery Evening
Doors open 7pm ~ Curtain up 7.30pm
Includes supper. Bar & Raffle available.
Not suitable for U18s
Ten fisherman from Cornwall are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties.
Starring James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton, David Hayman, Maggie Steed
With an amazing 2018 behind them, 2019 brings folk/rock Holy Moly & The Crackers back out onto the stage with a brand new album and an army of growing fans. Come along for the ride - the craziest party in town always has room for one more!
Influenced by an eclectic range of music, HMATC play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, Balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!
HMATC released their album Salem in July 2017, receiving acclaimed reviews and radio play from several stations. The band have toured the UK twice, selling out venues across the country and appearing at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival and Beautiful Days. Salem's lead single, the barnstorming indie-rock anthem Cold Comfort Lane, was used for the end credits for the 2018 blockbuster movie Oceans 8.
A terrific show from the producers of the hit musical
Forever In Blue Jeans present
It is now just over 30 years since the legendary Karen Carpenter passed away, she left behind an amazing catalogue of hit songs and golden memories and is still played daily on radio stations throughout the UK. This stunning show celebrates the music of The Carpenters, and the evening is guaranteed to lead everyone through a magical memory.
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE, GOODBYE TO LOVE, CLOSE TO YOU, ONLY YESTERDAY all the hits that every Carpenters fan adores. Plus great medleys put together from their many album tracks, songs that link together from The Beatles –MR POSTMAN, TICKET TO RIDE & HELP, a superb Bacharach and David medley featuring renditions of DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE, ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME, to name but two of these timeless classics. A Carpenters country medley with TOP OF THE WORLD, SWEET SWEET SMILE, & JAMBALAYA is in great contrast to the sad and perhaps most popular songs on her last and most poignant album Voice Of The Heart.
With superb vocals from CAROLE GORDON and outstanding talent from the brilliant BLUE JEANS BAND & SINGERS it will be a “sparkling” night to remember.
Following the success of The Counterfeit Sixties Show, they now bring to The Exchange The Counterfeit Seventies Show.
Featuring music from the decade of glam rock through to new wave music, and everything in between. Music of The Bay City Rollers, Slade, Sweet, T.Rex, and many, many more. They will take you through a rollercoaster ride of the biggest 70’s hits. The four piece band has toured worldwide in their individual rights, and has worked with some of the biggest names of that decade. Coupled with a stunning light show, costumes from the period and video footage of the bands and events from that era, makes this one show you don’t want to miss. So whether you want to sit back and take a trip down memory lane, or get your glad rags on and boogie on down, this uplifting show will take you on a nostalgic trip back to the 70's!!
Presented by All Electric Productions
Dr Mark Baldwin presents one of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories, that of the Allied Codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used the intelligence gained to hasten Allied victory. The Germans had entrusted their secret communications to an ingenious ciphering machinethe Enigma, which was portable, easily operated, and could be set up in millions of ways. The codes were used and every one was changed every 24 hours.
This fascinating talk includes the life and work of the great mathematician, computer scientist, philosopher and theoretical biologist Alan Turing OBE FRS.
The Allies gained invaluable information about troop and aircraft dispositions, orders of battle, U-boat movements, technical development, military intentions and tank and artillery strengths. It is generally reckoned that the intelligence from Engma shortened the war by about two years.
After the presentation, the audience are invited to take part in a hands-on practical demonstration of one of the few surviving Enigma machines. Only about 300 are known to survive worldwide; of these, only about a dozen are in public collections in Britain. As these machines are so rare, Dr Baldwin is providing a unusual opportunity for the audience not just to view, but also to operate, an original 1944 4-rotor Enigma machine (i.e. the more sophisticated model, developed for the U-Boat service). This is of particular interest, as there is no working Enigma machine on permanent public display anywhere in England north of Bletchley Park, and nowhere at all in Wales, Scotland or Ireland.
Ben Holder (Violin, Vocals) and Stuart Carter-Smith (Guitar) have toured together extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the US over the last 8 years.
Previously they where with the creative production team of the theatre band Gypsy fire and now are focusing their creative juices on this project. Their influences cover all genres from early Jazz swing right through to their take on some of the most modern classics of today.
This evening you can expect plenty of high energy exuberance and some familiar tunes that you wouldn’t expect to hear. Their special guests for this evening will be the pinpoint Bass notes of Mike Green and the the master of rhythm Caley Groves.
Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.
Starring Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh and Ian McKellen
Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon unites his friends and enemies, and they become knights who join forces with the legendary wizard Merlin. Together, they must save mankind from the wicked enchantress Morgana and her army of supernatural warriors.
ONE NIGHT IN DUBLIN will come to Sturminster Newton where The Wild Murphys will set up Murphy’s Pub, guaranteeing one glorious night of high-energy Irish Music and more than a little bit of Irish Craic.
The multi-award-winning Irish band The Wild Murphys features the very best traditional Irish musicians playing a thrilling mix of traditional and contemporary tunes guaranteed to have the audience’s hands clapping and toes tapping all night long.
The seven-piece live band is headed by lead singer Middi Murphy armed with blarney, banter and an accordion, alongside Trevor Brewis (Jimmy Nail) on drums, Tony Davis (Prelude) on keys and the BBC award-winning fiddle player Sophy Ball on fiddle.
In their own inimitable style, The Wild Murphys celebrate Irish classics with tracks including: Galway Girl, Tell Me Ma, Dirty Old Town, The Irish Rover, Brown Eyed Girl, Seven Drunken Nights, Sally MacLennane, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Whiskey in the Jar, Wild Rover and Molly Malone, to name just a few.
Let ONE NIGHT IN DUBLIN come to you – kick back in Murphy’s Pub, sing along and imagine yourself back in Temple Bar as Middi and his band entertain you all night long - “Ah, go on, go on, go on!
The concert will see the accomplished live performer present songs from the album including lead single Sensational and the epic album opener Dance In The Hurricane alongside instantly recognisable classics from her revered catalogue of hit singles, live favourites and renowned album tracks. For 42 years Toyah has taken to the stage like no other. She has won numerous awards and nominations from singing to writing to acting.
In 2001 Toyah was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Central England in Birmingham. In 2018 Paul McCartney awarded Toyah a LIPA Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Companionship for Outstanding Achievement in music, drama, performance and media. Toyah has also been awarded a star on the Kings Heath Walk of Fame and a star on Birmingham’s Broad Street Walk of Stars recognising her achievements.
Please note this is unreserved seating. The raked seating will be out for those that want to sit and the floor will be standing only.
After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.
Starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West
JEREMY VINE - WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!
Jeremy Vine is one of the UK's most successful broadcasters. In more than thirty years at the BBC, he's presented Newsnight, Panorama, Crimewatch, Eggheads and Points of View — as well as his daily Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, the UK's most listened-to radio news programme.
He's been shot at in Croatia and had chewing gum placed on his chair in Zimbabwe (by one of Robert Mugabe's supporters). But increasingly he finds himself asking "What the hell is going on?" as information and misinformation get mixed together and the sheer volume of news that gets thrown at us all is mindblowing.
Get ready to laugh and cry as Jeremy tries to make sense of a world that increasingly makes no sense at all — where, as he puts it, "my listeners have better stories than I do."
SHOWADDYWADDY have long been established as Europe's most successful ever exponents of retro-inspired rock & roll. The record simply speaks for itself!
23 Top 40 hit singles, including 10 Top 5 hits “Under The Moon of Love,” “When,” “You Got What It Takes,” “3 Steps To Heaven,” “Hey Rock & Roll” and many more.
15 massive selling albums (including the Christmas number 1 in 1978)
An incredible live show - acclaimed the world over!
In excess of 50 Top of the Pops performances, and countless industry awards!
Royal Variety performances (one to the delight of the Queen Mother - who actually requested to meet the band post-performance)
Bill toppers at the prestigious Golden Orpheus World Music Festival before a staggering TV audience of 300 million people - making history in the process by becoming the first western-world band to be screened live in Communist Cuba!
As if the band's amazing success through 4 decades were not enough, here well into the 21st Century the demand for these legendary performers is every bit as strong, which is surely a testament to their outstanding reputation as live artists.
Late 2004 saw the release of the re-mastered "Very Best Of" collection, which helped the band achieve their first Gold Album award for in excess of 20 years, eclipsing all expectations by remaining on the album chart for 3 months and once again confirming SHOWADDYWADDY as proven recording artists.
On the back of the compilation’s phenomenal success it was not long before the boys were asked to record their first album of new material for 15 years, culminating in a classic collection of hit covers originally recorded by their 70's contemporaries. Released during late 2006 on DMG the record entitled "I Love Rock & Roll" went on to achieve healthy worldwide sales, further demonstrating this unique band’s startling versatility.
Late '08 saw the much anticipated release of the concept album & DVD entitled "The Sun Album," researched from 9800 original Sun titles in which the band lovingly created 'the album they always wanted to make,' achieving a long time ambition in the process by recording at the revered Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Released to amazing Industry and public acclaim the CD/DVD soon became something of a cult classic, continuing to win over a legion of new admirers with its re-release in 2014.
Between 2009 and 2011 the band performed a series of unique concerts across the UK under the title of "An Evening of Rock & Roll with SHOWADDYWADDY". The gigs featured the band delving into their formative years, exhibiting their true musical prowess thru a selection of songs from The Sun Album in an exclusive opening set, followed hot on the heels by a stirring second-half set chock-full of the band's innumerable collection of cherished hit singles.
On the back of massive public demand following a succession of sell-out concerts, along with augmenting the line-up with keyboards and additional percussion, the band again took to the road, touring extensively throughout 2012, 2013 & 2014 with a rejuvenated show to celebrate an astonishing forty years of rock ‘n’ roll, featuring 2 drummers for the first time since the glam days of the 70's in a non-stop barrage of hits hailed by the media as 'an adrenaline fueled nostalgic treat.'
2016 saw the new line-up returning to the studio to celebrate their continued success, culminating in the release of a brand new album entitled NEXT CHAPTER, consisting of a collection of classic covers fused with a handful of newly written songs, all bearing the hallmarks of the inimitable SHOWADDYWADDY style, a sample of which feature in the band’s current onstage repertoire.
2019 sees the ‘hardest working artists in the UK’ embark on yet another strenuous 70 date nationwide theatre tour, perhaps needless to say including a number of surprises along the way.
The band's track record and versatility are without question - concerts, corporate conventions, festivals, universities, colleges, clubs & private functions the world over still clamor to book the remarkable one-of-a-kind SHOWADDYWADDY!
After more than 40 incredible years, rock & roll music is truly alive and kicking in the hands of this amazing band.
LEAD VOCALS ANDY PELOS
DRUMS ROMEO CHALLENGER
BASS GUITAR BILLY NORMAN
KEYBOARDS/VOCALS DEAN LOACH
LEAD GUITAR/VOCALS RAY HATFIELD
DRUMS/GUITAR/VOCALS ROB HEWINS
Enjoy the songs of the Queen and King of country music - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty!
This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including: Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the County, plus the smash hit Islands in the Stream.
Enjoy a superb score and supreme musicianship as we bring the house down with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends.
This is a tribute show and is not affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.
What the media says about the show’s Dolly:
“Sounds just like the real thing” Cross Country Magazine
“Three encores before she left to tremendous applause” Cross Country Magazine
”The show had the audience on its feet by the end, blown away by the quality of the performance” Scunthorpe Telegraph
”The songs sounded great” Ents24
GO NOW! The Music of The Moody Blues is an opportunity for fans to experience this timeless music live, in a tribute to...
The Greatest Classic Rock Band of a Generation – recently inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Gordy Marshall played drums with The Moody Blues
for twenty-five years. Together with Mick Wilson (lead singer of 10cc for twenty years) they present a super-group of world class musicians, singers and songwriters and meticulously recreate the magnificence of a Moody Blues Concert.
In this show, all the classic hits are celebrated, including Nights in White Satin, Go Now, Tuesday Afternoon, Legend of a Mind (Timothy Leary) I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, Question, Isn’t Life Strange. Plus: Forever Autumn and a show-stealing rendition of Eve of the War from Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds.
Joining Gordy and Mick on stage are:
Tim Maple (Leona Lewis guitarist and X-factor Live MD)
Malcolm Moore (Robbie Williams - James Blunt)
Patrick Duffin (Jersey Boys – Natalie Imbuglia)
Join Britain’s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Accompanied by, and in conversation with, Anna Tilbrook Lesley's behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage
As well as performing on the opera and concert stage both in the UK and internationally, Lesley has recently returned to English National Opera for the world premiere production of Nico Muhly’s Marnie. Last spring she appeared with WNO in another world premiere creating the role of Emcee in Rhonda Rips It Up!, based on the life of suffragette Margaret Haig Thomas (Lady Rhondda) and the autumn saw Lesley make her acting debut in a revised version of Patrick Barlow’s play, The Messiah for the National Theatre of Brent, on tour and in the West End. This spring she is creating another new role in ENO’s world premiere of Iain Bell’s opera, Jack the Ripper at the Coliseum..
“A natural effervescent and powerhouse voice” Financial Times
“She cares about the people who come to hear her sing .... Through her records and her unstuffy attitude to singing, she has clearly reached out to music lovers far beyond the rarified confines of the opera house.”
“She's a down-to-earth Northerner...she's incredibly funny and emotional, with a glorious voice.” The Daily Mail
Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain’s most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe’s major concert halls and festivals, as well as coaching regularly for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Presented in Association with Clive Conway Productions