Arts Lits Programme 2016-17

October 10th – We open our new season with the LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA performing ‘SOIREE ROYAL’. A programme of popular repertoire tracing the British Royal Family from Tudor times through to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11.  The Sqn. Ldr. Hartley Evening

October 17th – Tonight we are in the company of MARTIN HUGHES-GAMES and LOLO WILLIAMS, natural history broadcasters and television presenters. The pair have teamed up to present a ‘WILDLIFE ROAD TRIP’ in which they offer an amusing and informative show packed with facts and fun about the world of wildlife.  Sponsored by Mark Mobility Centre. Clacton and Holland-on-Sea

October 24th – DAVID HARPER is the respected TV antiques expert and presenter and appears regularly on shows like Antiques Road trip, Bargain Hunt and Cash in the Attic. David has been fascinated since the age of five with antiques and ancient artefacts and loves to share his knowledge. Sponsored by Lesley Barlow, Clacton-on-Sea

October 31st – ‘DON”T TELL HIM PIKE’, an audience with IAN LAVENDER in conversation with CHRIS SERLE.  Dad’s Army was one of the top TV comedy shows of all time and tonight IAN shares with the writer and broadcaster Chris, a generous helping of his brilliantly funny anecdotes about the series.  Sponsored by The Hearing Care Centre.  Clinics in Colchester, Frinton, the Oaks Hospital and across Essex. 01255 760839

November 7th – Tonight we present an audience with the classically trained soprano LESLEY GARRETT. Celebrating over thirty years of performance in the world of opera, musicals, television, radio and concerts.  Lesley will share memories and enchant us with her singing.  Sponsored by member Mary Canham

November 14th – Performing this evening ‘EMERALD STRINGS QUARTET’ a wonderful combination of sound from the professionally trained musicians of the highest calibre which promises to provide a memorable occasion. Their repertoire includes Classical, Jazz, Swing and Popular music. Sponsored by Eric and Irene Hammond

November 21st– This evening Helen McDermott, has replaced Sir Alistair Macduff because he is unable to come now.
This evening we welcome British radio and television presenter Helen McDermott, who is best known for her work at Anglia Television, with her talk titled ‘’Er off the telly’.
Sponsored by Thompson, Smith & Puxon (Solicitors) Clacton-on-Sea

November 28th – Celebrate the festive season with the ‘BOWJANGLES CHRISTMAS SHOW’, a string quartet with a difference. With terrific music, song, dance and comedy, all performed in the old style of Music Hall Vaudeville but brought into the 21st Century for us to enjoy.  Sponsored by Michael and Julie Payne

January 16th – The New Year starts with ‘MICHAEL LAW’S PICCADILLY DANCE ORCHESTRA’ with ‘The Gatsby Girls’ dancers. Rediscover the lost magical world of Broadway and Hollywood music from between the wars, with an evening of hearty, foot tapping music, played by superb musicians.   Sponsored by GCS Alarms Ltd. Clacton-on-Sea

January 23rd – Presenting DR. ANNIE GRAY, food historian and a regular on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet. Annie’s knowledge of centuries-old traditions of cooking is titled ‘TO PLEASE THE PALATE and CHARM THE EYE’. Showing 400 years of food as an ephemeral art.  Sponsored by member Christine Mummery Ross in memory of her Mum and Dad

January 30th –Tonight performance is ‘POLES APART’ with DR MICHAEL LEACH.  Wildlife photographer and author he shares stories of his  experiences in connection with the fragile domains  of polar bears, king penguins, snowy owls  and elephant seals from the opposite ends of the earth.    Sponsored by a Society member

February 6th – West end diva ROSIE ASHE presents ‘MISS MERMAN, YOU’RE THE TOP!’ telling the story of one of the greatest Broadway musical stars of all time. With her brilliant singing, comedy and musical performances she will perform the legendary songs of the great Ethel Merman.

February 13th – AMANDA BRYETT with an entertaining talk about ‘THE PERILS AND PLEASURES OF A BLUE BADGE TOURIST GUIDE’. With many stories about guiding tourist from around the world and the rigorous training required for a guide and the tools of the trade.   Sponsored by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines 0800 0355110

February 20th –Tonight we have THE JAZZ REPERTORY COMPANY performing ‘100 YEARS OF JAZZ IN 90 MINUTES’. Diligently researched, the musicians aim to recreate jazz history as authentically as possible with many favourite pieces.  Sponsored by member Keith Middleton in memory of his wife Ann who was a long time member of the Society

February 27th – Our penultimate presentation introduces CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS’. Appearing in many British classics, drama’s and  theatre from Shakespeare to Musicals all over the world, Christopher has performed in pantomime for over thirty eight years and is without doubt one of the Grand Dames of the stage.   Sponsored by Talisman Coach Lines, for day trips and excursions call 01255 688586 or for coach & bush hire  call 01206 252472

March 6th – To close the season we present Welsh Baritone ANTHONY STUART LLOYD. Having studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Welsh National Opera cast in him in several principal roles and has appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Jacob.  Anthony will be accompanied by pianist Alexander Abbott.   Sponsored by Boydens/J V Story (Estate Agents) Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea and Colchester

March 20st – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

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