Category: Arts & Lits Reviews

Amanda Bryett Blue Badge Tourist Guide

Amanda Bryett presented a highly entertaining talk entitled ‘The Perils and Pleasures of a Blue Badge Tourist Guide’ for the members of the Arts and Literary Society on Monday evening, with many stories about guiding tourists from around the world through our major London sites such as The Tower of London, The Houses of Parliament, …

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Rosie Ashe on Ethel Merman

On Monday evening Arts and Lits members enjoyed a delightful musical evening with two nationally renowned artistes, soprano Rosie Ashe and her wonderful accompanist, pianist Paul Knight, who gave comic support in “Anything You Can Do, Friendship and You’re Just In Love”, telling the story of one of the greatest Broadway musical stars of all …

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Dr Michael Leach Poles Apart

Dr Michael Leach – ‘Poles Apart’ was the title of the illustrated talk given to members of the Clacton Arts and Lits Society on Monday evening.  Michael Leach, wildlife photographer and author took us into the wonderful world of the Artic and Antarctic. As a professional naturalist, Michael admits that parts of his job are …

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Dr Annie Gray

Those members of Clacton Arts & Lits who battled the elements on Monday evening to get to the Princes Theatre enjoyed an enthusiastic and informative presentation by food historian Dr Annie Gray who specialises in the history of food and dining in Britain from the 1600s to the present day .  She shared her great …

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Michaels Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra

Long time member of the Society Mrs Janet Dewing of GCS Alarms Ltd sponsored the evening of the most wonderful music and dancing which was performed by Michaels Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, with the lovely voice of Karla Beare and The Gatsby Girl dancers, to open the second half of the Clacton Arts and Lits …

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Bowjangles Christmas Show

The return of Bowjangles with their ‘Christmas Show’ brought the first half of the Arts and Lits season to a close. The string quartet with founder member Ezme Gaze on cello, together with Bertie Anderson on viola, Ed Bruggemeyer and Mitch McGugan on violin, kept the audience entertained with their sheer energy.  All four of …

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Helen McDermott Review

The latest presentation for members of Clacton Arts & Lits was an illustrated, light hearted talk, given in her friendly, easy-going style, by Helen McDermott who was one of the regular presenters of Anglia News from 1988 to 2001. Helen replaced original speaker Sir Alistair Macduff who was unable to come. Helen told members that …

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Emerald Strings Quartet Review

Former long time members of the Society, Irene and Eric Hammond sponsored the evening of the most wonderful music which was performed by The Emerald String Quartet. The Emerald Strings Quartet is a young, vibrant ensemble based in Birmingham who perform across the UK. Founded in 2007 by Cellist Nicola McAteer, the group feature musicians …

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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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