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Lesley Garrett

Monday night at the Princes Theatre saw 800 members and guests of Clacton Arts & Lits entertained by Britain’s most popular soprano, Lesley Garrett.  It was a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Her behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes gave members a unique insight into both her private and professional life. As well as performing …

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Ian Lavender and Chris Searle

800 members of Clacton Arts & Lits enjoyed an evening with Ian Lavender and Chris Searle in ‘Don’t Tell Him Pike’ at the Princes Theatre on Monday night. Dad’s Army was one of the top TV comedy shows of all time. The exploits of the hapless Captain Mainwaring and his inept Home Guard platoon are …

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Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams Review

Members did not quite know what to expect on Monday evening but were treated to an enthusiastic and informative presentation by natural history broadcasters and television presenters Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams. Their individual life stories of how they came to be Springwatch and Autumnwatch presenters and their many adventures made for a lively and …

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London Festival Opera Review

What a start to the season for the Arts & Literary Society members. London Festival Opera presented a feast for all with their witty and entertaining performance last Monday evening.  This was a Night at the Opera with a programme of popular repertoire tracing the British Royal Family from Tudor times through to her Majesty …

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Easy Street Band Review

Around 780 members of the Clacton Arts & Literary Society enjoyed a fantastic end to their season on Monday night with the Easy Street Band and their ‘Celtic Wave Show’ with four superbly talented dancers who performed the most amazing Irish dance routines you’ve ever seen.  The unique blend of Celtic rock and folk music …

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Edwina Currie review

Members of the Clacton Arts & Literary Society enjoyed an ‘Audience with’ former member of parliament and cabinet minister, writer and media personality Edwina Currie.    Edwina entertained members with anecdotes from life in parliament. She served in Margaret Thatcher’s government in the Department of Health and became famous for her campaigns on heart disease, women’s …

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Simeon Wood review

Members of the Clacton Arts & Literary Society did not quite know what to expect on Monday evening but the fabulous performance of Simeon Wood was an absolute delight.  Together with an entertaining and informative chat this very talented flautist enchanted members with a recital of well known and well loved pieces on a variety …

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Colin Sell Review

This Monday evening the members of Clacton Arts and Literary Society were kept amused by Colin Sell (I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’s pianist). During his presentation of ‘Laughter in the One and Nines’, Colin showed his favourite British comedy film clips from the fifties and sixties. Explaining the storyline behind the clip he also …

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Jeremy Sassoon review

Jazz singer and pianist Jeremy Sassoon with his distinctive and evocative style produced an exciting  show for the members of the Arts and Literature Society on Monday evening. Accompanied by his band ‘Jazz Prescription’ consisting of, in the first half, Al Cherry (Guitarist) and Dan Drury (Bass), Jeremy performed many well known songs such as …

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John Pilkington Review

John Pilkington presented a thought provoking talk titled ‘A Balkan Adventure’ for the members of the Arts and Literary Society on Monday evening. Having visited Yugoslavia in the 1970s John returned to explore the Balkan mountains and the surrounding countryside in 2013 for a period of five months. He talked about how many of the …

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