Art Lits Programme 2015-16

October 19th – The first presentation of the season begins with stars of Opera and the West End, the ensemble, TENORI. Experience the power and intensity of some of the finest live operatic voices as Tenori present a selection of the most popular classical music and favourites for your delight.

THE SQN. LDR. HARTLEY EVENING.

October 26th – Olympic Gold Medal holder ROBIN COUSINS MBE, (as you have never heard him before), presents ‘6 DEGREES OF GENE KELLY’. Robin explains how Gene, the great man of dance, influenced his own performances on both ice and stage through anecdotes, music and songs.

Sponsored by THOMPSON, SMITH & PUXON (Solicitors), Clacton-On-Sea.

November 2nd – Photographer and speaker KEITH HOLMES presents ‘A TASTE OF CORNWALL’. The coast of Cornwall attracts millions of visitors each year with its beaches, surf, cliffs and harbours. Take delight in the Lost Gardens of Heligan and other magical sights, all illustrated by superb slides.

Sponsored by MICHAEL and JULIE PAYNE.

November 9th –Tonight, presenting their brand new swing show for 2015, is ‘SWINGIN’ IN SLIPPERS’. The cast bring you the sensational songs of Andy Williams, Doris Day, Perry Como and more. A talented cast of singers, dancers and musicians.

Sponsored by THE HEARING CARE CENTRE. Clinics in Colchester, Frinton, the Oaks Hospital and across Essex. Tel 01206 760839

November 16th STEVE BACKSHALL, the Wild Life presenter and Natural History writer, has been passionate about the wild world ever since he was a child. During his travels he has experienced many varied and exciting moments. Steve will be sharing some of the tales and thrills with us tonight.

Sponsored by MARK MOBILITY CENTRE, Holland-On-Sea.

November 23rd PIANO Á DEUX pianists ROBERT STOODLEY and LINDA ANG STOODLEY present ‘MEET ME IN PARIS’ offering four hands at one piano. They amaze audiences with their varied programme and virtuoso musical arrangements, coupled with amusing anecdotes about the composers.

Sponsored by PENNY SMITH, DAWN GREENAWAY and MAUREEN COOP

November 30th JO SALTER, Britain’s first female jet pilot, presents ‘A BIRDS EYE VIEW’. Having been one of only five women fighter pilots in the world in 1992, Jo’s tales from such an elite world offer an interesting insight into meeting challenges and succeeding.

Sponsored by TALISMAN COACH LINES, for day trips and excursions call 01255 688586 or Coach & Bus hire call 01206 252472.

December 7th – A must see feast for all, ‘A CHRISTMAS CRESCENDO’ presented by HATSTAND OPERA. An all singing, party-going, panto-mimic Christmas special presented in Hatstand’s unique informal and fun style, with a sprinkling of carols, to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Sponsored by MARY CANHAM.

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Your Committee wish you a Very Happy Christmas.

January 18th – The new year starts with a bang with THE LONDON SWING ORCHESTRA. The orchestra presents a fabulous programme of Swing Music spanning over fifty years, stunningly illustrated by nine top international musicians featuring the hit music of that time.

Sponsored by GCS ALARMS LTD, Clacton-On-Sea.

January 25th – Tonight presenting ‘AN INTIMATE STORY FROM THE GEORGIAN AGE’ is the Historian, Curator, Author and Television presenter DR LUCY WORSLEY. Lacking the juicy scandals of the Tudors she makes a passionate case for the gorgeous Georgians.

Sponsored by a member of the society.

February 1st – Presenting an evening with JOHN PILKINGTON titled ‘A BALKAN ADVENTURE’. John spent five months in 2013 exploring the Balkan Mountains. He has been called ‘one of Britain’s greatest tellers of travellers tales’ and is known for his thought-provoking talks and spell – binding photographs.

FRED OLSEN CRUISE LINES are proud to be travel sponsors of the Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Lits Society. Tel 0800 0355110

February 8th – Come on a journey of jazz and song with JEREMY SASSOON the accomplished jazz singer and pianist accompanied by his band the JAZZ PRESCRIPTION. An evening full of distinctive well known music leaving you with a happy feel good factor.

Sponsored by TENDRING REUSE & RECYCLING LIMITED, Clacton-On-Sea.

February 15th – Presenting ‘LAUGHTER IN THE ONE AND NINES’ by (I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’s) COLIN SELL. Colin forsakes his piano to turn film buff and share his favourite British comedy film clips exploring the laughter-makers of our cinema from the beginning of Britcom up to the 60s.

Sponsored by LESLEY BARLOW, Clacton-On-Sea.

February 22nd – Tonight we have flautist SIMEON WOOD, with his presentation titled ‘CLOUDS ARE FAR BEHIND ME’. Falling in love with the flute at the age of eight, Simeon loves to share with his audience the magical sound he makes with music such as ‘Annie’s Song’ and many others.

Sponsored by ERIC and IRENE HAMMOND.

February 29th – Tonight’s penultimate presentation is ‘AN AUDIENCE WITH EDWINA CURRIE’. A former member of parliament and cabinet minister, she now earns her living as an author of both factual and fiction novels and also as a media personality.

Sponsored by STANDARD CHARTERED BANK MUSIC SOCIETY.

March 7th – For the last evening of our season we present EASY STREET, the successful electric folk group with their ‘CELTIC WAVE SHOW’. One of the foremost barn dance and ceilidh bands in the country, with a unique blend of celtic rock and folk music and energetic stage performances.

Sponsored by BOYDENS/ J V STORY (Estate Agents) Clacton-On-Sea, Frinton-On-Sea, and Colchester.

March 21st – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

THE PROGRAMME, AS ALWAYS, IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE THE SOCIETY’S CONTROL.

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