Category Archive: Arts & Lits Reviews

Nov 22

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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Nov 18

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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Nov 08

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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Nov 08

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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Oct 25

David Harper Review

Members of the Clacton Arts & Literary Society were treated to an energetic talk from TV antiques expert David Harper on Monday evening. From the age of 5 David has had a burning passion for history and artefacts and began collecting, researching and studying antiques and art from that age.  Beginning in farmer’s fields collecting …

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Oct 25

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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Oct 25

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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Mar 08

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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Mar 03

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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Feb 24

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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