Entente Cordiale

New Year Gala Concert

with the BISHOPS CASTLE ORCHESTRA

At the Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton

Friday 17th January 2020 at 7.30pm

Come and enjoy a great start for the New Year!

There will be a melange of items from many composers including Holst, Vaughan Williams, Berlioz and Delibes.

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The evening will be hosted by the inimitable David Foster, musician and raconteur of renown. To provide a truly French/English soiree we are proud to present Louise Le Boutillier, the superb operatic contralto and Kay and Trevor Hedges of ‘Rapsquillion’ fame giving us French arias and English folk song.

Aussi professeur Chris Lacy flautist extraordinaire.

“This will be our fourth two-yearly concert and the Orchestra look forward to seeing you again”.   

John Hughes, Conductor.

For your further enjoyment, and included in your ticket will be a glass of French wine or soft drink and also a petite patisserie (baked by Mr Bun).

Tickets Adult £12, Child £6 obtainable from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton T.C. Office or on line here

For more information please ‘phone 01694 720132

Mike Walker

CELTIC CHRISTMAS STRINGS

stylised picture of blue sky and irish hills with a celtic harp

MAIRE NI CHATHASAIGH AND CHRIS NEWMAN

At the Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton

On Friday 6th December 2019, 7.30pm

Maire and Chris’s alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and tour worldwide.

maire and chris with their harp and guitar
maire and chris with their harp and guitar

Their new Christmas show brings together a blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and blue grass together with festive favourites delivered with a fresh voice with arrangements that are both moving and beautiful, performed in their characteristically heart- warming style.

Their music is delightful and their relaxed professional ability is outstanding. This is a festive feast for the Christmas Season, joyful and uplifting.

“One of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists (fRoots) and the doyenne of Irish harpers”

Scotland on Sunday

Tickets Adults £12 Children £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or C.S. Council Office or on line here

For more information please phone 01694 720132 Mike Walker.

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She’Koyokh

She'Koyokh in a garden

8th November 2019 at 7:30pm

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She'Koyokh in a garden

Among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet”

The Australian.

She’Koykoh’s evolution spans busking on London’s streets to performing on the Global stage. Renowned for musicianship precision and general ‘joie de vivre’

Their members hail from the UK, Serbia, Sweden and Turkey. They bring together the stunning polyphonic melodies and intricate rhythms of Bulgaria, treasured traditions from Serbian villages, exhilarating Gypsy dances from the Romanian mountains and soulful Sephardic and klezmer music from Turkey, Macedonia, Poland and Ukraine.

She’Koyokh is a Yiddish word meaning “nice one”. They are currently touring their fourth album, First Dance on Second Avenue, which was nominated in the 2018 Songlines World Music Awards.

“one of the finest British-based exponents of global music”.

The Guardian

Tickets- Adult £12 Child £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or CS Town Council or on-line…..

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My Sweet Patootie

Sandra Swannell, Terry Young and John Jackson.

Non-Stop Show

Sandra Swannell, Terry Young, and percussionist John Jackson
My Sweet Patootie’s non-stop show

My Sweet Patootie is a non-stop acoustic show from Canada, embracing the fun that makes live music so intoxicating. “With a sly wink and a grin, they draw you into a world of carnival barkers and nostalgic romantics, making you feel part of it”.

The dynamic trio features Canadian Folk Music Award winners singer-violinist Sandra Swannell and singer-fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Terry Young along with Devonshire’s ricky-tick percussionist John Jackson.

Uplifting and Humorous

So expect shades of vintage swing, country blues, folk and ragtime in an uplifting and humorous show, performed with vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity.

Original Song Writing

The band’s name “My Sweet Patootie” is 1920’s North American slang, a term of endearment meaning “hot dame” or “sassy sweetheart”. Their approach to creating captures their original song writing ‘s vintage flavour and their cheeky approach to creating memorable performances.

With their arsenal of instrumental virtuosity combined with alternating humour and sincerity, and unflagging energy they filled the hall with joy”

Bill Monahan, Meaford Live Music 

A winning combination of world-class musicians and great entertainers

Rondo Theatre

“Swing, folk, country and nostalgia collide head-on in a most pleasing fashion ….. My Sweet Patootie 4 out of 4 stars!

Maverick Magazine

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TROVATORI and SASSCAPELLA

Double bill Trovatori with SassCapella

Welcome to our New Season

Friday 27th September 2019, 7.30pm

Welcome back to Friday Night At The Horne at the Silvester Horne Institute. Help us celebrate with a free glass of wine, or equivalent as tonight we launch our 2019 Autumn Programme of music and entertainment.

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Double Bill

This evening will be both enjoyable and entertaining as it is a special double bill. We bring together our popular Trovatori who are based here in the Strettons, and Sasscappella who are joining us from the Malverns.

Trovatori

Trovatori are baritone and soprano duo, Darren and Caroline Clarke, with Darren on Guitar
Darren and Caroline

Trovatori are Darren Clarke (baritone ) and Caroline Clarke (soprano). They provide their own accompaniment on classical guitars, and share a passion for singing, travelling and discovery. They explore the musical world for all the best songs that include opera, operetta, traditional, folk and ballads.

Their talents take them all over the world, and they are much in demand as guest artists for cruise companies.

“……..a very talented duo that went over beautifully”

Entertainment Director , P&O Oriana

SassCappella

The three members of SassCappella: Gwen Woodfield (songwriter), Marie-Therese King, Janet Smith
Gwen Woodfield (songwriter), Marie-Therese King, Janet Smith

SassCappella are a very entertaining three part A cappella group. Janet, Marie-Therese and Gwen bring an eclectic musical mix from Jazz to pop and their original songs include some comedy items!

SassCappella have been treading theatre boards and singing from their early days and now love being part of this A cappella trio. Their performances includes some piano and guitar playing as well.

With perfect harmonies this dynamic sassy trio make it their mission to entertain and have a good camaraderie.

An exhilarating performance and really entertaining singers

Lord Faulkner, House of Lords.

Ticket £12 include a glass of wine to push the boat out!

Tickets available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or C.S. Council Office.

For more information please ‘phone Mike Walker on 01694 720132

URBAN FOLK QUARTET

Picture showing The Urban Folk Quartet performing on stage

Friday 12th April 2019

Picture showing The Urban Folk Quartet performing on stage

The Urban Folk Quartet are unlike any folk band you have ever heard.

“UFQ show a great deal of inspiration and innovation” the Guardian

“Absolutely terrific” Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2

Just as English country dance meet the big band Jazz, their approach is to embrace every influence that makes sense of their time and place with their music.

From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard.

UFQ is a truly international band. Foreign touring and globally- influenced music have been at the heart of what they do since day one, have appeared at concerts and festivals across the world.

Paloma Trigas

The first of those phenomenal fiddlers is Galician Paloma Trigás (Fiddle, Vocals), who has shared stages and recorded with with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain’s biggest folk star, Carlos Nuñez.

picture of Joe Broughton playing his fiddle

 

Joe Broughton (Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin ) (Albion Band, Bellowhead, Joss Stone) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song)

 

 

Picture of Dan Walsh with his BanjoDan Walsh (Banjo, Guitar, Vocals ), whose Grandparents live here, is touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014, Banjo player/vocalist/guitarist.

'The real deal, a demon picker' - UNCUT MAGAZINE

 

 

Picture of Tom Chapman on percussion

 

The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman,( Cajón, Percussion, Vocals) widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer. Tom took inspiration from the cajoneros of the world to become one of the first UK musicians to adopt the cajón as a serious first instrument.

 

Images & text courtesy of https://theufq.com/home

 

Tickets & More Information

 Adult £12, (Under 18 £6) available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton Town Council Office and on line

For more information please contact Mike Walker here.

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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

A picture of an english teapot with an american flag and the text "Instructions for American Servicement in Britain"

Friday 22nd March 2019

A picture of an english teapot with an american flag and the text "Instructions for American Servicement in Britain"

 

In 1942 the United States War Department distributed a booklet to American Servicemen on the peculiarities of the ‘British, their country, and their ways’. With roots in the Edinburgh Fringe and based on the genuine handbook called ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’,  Fol Espoi and the sketch-comedy trio of the Real MacGuffins created this fabulously funny show.

 

The Handbook - A Snapshot of Englandpicture of the cover of the booklet

“We know about this small book only because a curator in the Bodleian Library rediscovered it in 2005 and it was then republished. The director, John Walton, stumbled across it in a bookshop and thought it was such an “endearing snapshot” of England that it deserved to be made into a show, roping in the Fringe-tastic comedy trio the Real MacGuffins.” - Ann Treneman, The Times

 

Yankee Horde 1942

Dan March, centre, as the American major, with Matthew Sheahan, left, as the “token Brit” and James Millard as Lieutenant Schultz

A horde of Yankee servicemen arrived in England where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. So they see the Brits as a strange race. Judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness because a crack team of experts, the Real MacGuffins, explain the rules of British Life through humour. The comedy highlights the differences in English language, pronunciation and the absurdities of the English currency whilst it builds upon the audience’s almost hysterical guffaws and groans in this comedy of British Manners.

 

 “They skillfully carry off asides and interjections, and with much disparaging of both American and English sides, it never seems like an unfair attack on either.” Sophie Adnitt, Off West End

“increasingly over-the-top but gloriously hilarious.” Chris Omaweng, London Theatre Reviews

“It’s sub-Dad’s Army crossed with Monty Python” Ann Treneman, The Times

Tickets & More Information

 Adult £12, (Under 18 £6) available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton Town Council Office and on line

For more information please contact Mike Walker here.

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The Roving Crows

picture of the Roving Crows at a Gig

Friday 8th February 2019

picture of the Roving Crows at a Gig

Roving Crows music is full of passion. They push the boundaries of their Celtic Folk roots with vibrancy and energy, their music melding vocals with exciting fiddle, electric and acoustic guitars. Bass and percussion rhythms generate exciting, foot-tapping and dance. They are a must-see act.

“an adventurous and inspired heady cocktail of Celtic and World music with  a social conscience and a beating heart” Mike Davies, Folking.com,

"Great party music...I love that band" Paul O'Grady, BBC

picture of two of the band performing on stage
Photos by Maurice Guerard

“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding, BBC

 “The next folk super group in waiting”, Nancy Dunham, folking.com

"they’re a band .... delivering a uniquely inspiring style." - Duncan Haskell - Songwriting Magazine

 

Tickets:  Adult £12, available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton Town Council Office and on line

For more information please contact Mike Walker here.

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Shrewsbury Concert Band

Picture of the Shewsbury Concert Band conducted by Ken Lumley

Friday 18 January 2019 at 7:30pm

cartoon image orchestraSpecial Gala Night with Music from Germany

Includes a glass of German wine and slice of......  Strudel?

What a great start for the New Year! and a warm welcome to our guests, the Shrewsbury Concert Band returns with their Conductor Ken Lumley.

They will entertain us with a variety of music with a German flavour complemented during the interval with a glass of Rhine or Moselle wine and, hopefully, a slice of Strudel.

The program includes Bach’s Toccata in D. Although some still think it was not written by Bach, it remains boisterously popular.
Not to be outdone by controversy, having publicly declared Victor Hugo’s play ‘Ruy Blas’ as "detestable", Mendelssohn refused to write an overture and a song for it. Piqued by stories that he was unable to write them in the time available, he relented and wrote this overture in three days.

Festivities would not be complete without Handel’s Water Music, and more music from one of our favourite Bands.

Tickets Adult £10 Child £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or Church Stretton Town Council Office or  On-Line tickets from here

For more information please ‘phone 01694 720132 or Contact Us.

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Pig & Cider Night

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Friday 26th October 2018 7pm

Picture of cider barrels and a pig

Fundraising for Church Stretton Christmas Lights

Church Stretton Chamber of Trade are bringing a Pig and Cider night to the Silvester Horne Institute on Friday 26th October 2018 at 7pm.  It promises to be an evening of fun and food for everyone. Most importantly, you will help to improve the Church Stretton Christmas lights by raising money to pay for more. Last year you helped raise over £1200 so this year the Town Council is installing more lights in Sandford Avenue and the High Street.  That's an extra boost to Church Stretton's Christmas festivities. The Christmas lights cost more now than they used to because the Council has to employ contractors whereas previously volunteers did the hard work.

A Great Family Evening

picture of a Pork Bap & Apple SauceCome along and enjoy Pork baps with apple sauce and a fascinating demonstration of Pig Jointing and Sausage Making by local butchers' Houghs. You can even have a go at sausage-making yourself! Besides enjoying the baps, you will be helping to brighten the town in the lead-up to Christmas.

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The bar will be provided by The King's Arms and the event includes an auction and raffle and promises to be a great family evening.

 

 

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Tickets available:

Adults £3, Children £1.50

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Wendy Farlow - Appleby & Shaw 07801 100503

Stuart Wright - Wrights 01694 722237

Jane Van Doesburg - Van Doesburg’s 01694 722867

The Silvester Horne Institute is available for hire.

The main auditorium and balcony seats 200 people. In addition there is the Christine Harvey Room, Council Chamber and committee room and Kitchen. These facilities can be booked separately. Please contact the Council Offices (Town Council Office 01694 722113) for more information.