Arts Lits Programme 2019-20

As for next season:- Due to social distancing and theatres being unable to reopen we have reluctantly decided to delay the start of our 2020/21 season until 11th January 2021

October 7th – West End & Opera singer ANTHONY STUART LLOYD opens our new season with ‘HOWARD KEEL: THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION’. After its recent premiere in the West End at ‘Live at Zédel’, Piccadilly Circus, Join Anthony as he takes you on a fascinating journey spotlighting an eclectic mix of pop ballads and musical theatre songs associated with the great man.

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

October 14th – Tonight we welcome BARONESS FLOELLA BENJAMIN, OBE DL. Actress, presenter, writer, independent producer, working peer and an active advocate for the welfare, care and education for all throughout the world. Floella is speaking on ‘FACING ADVERSITY WITH A SMILE’ Sponsored by GROUPS DIRECT.

October 21st – ‘MORE ANECDOTES FROM A LIFE OF CRIME’ presented by retired High Court Judge SIR ALISTAIR MacDUFF. In 2008 Sir Alistair was appointed a Justice of the High Court and during his career he presided over many high-profile trials.
Sponsored by a member of the Society

October 28th – This evening THE COUNTESS of WESSEX’S STRING ORCHESTRA. Created as part of recent changes within the Corps of Army Music in 2014, they perform at events such as investitures, ceremonies at Royal Households, state banquets and dinners.
Sponsored by members MICHAEL and JULIE PAYNE

November 4th – Presenting ‘An Evening in the Company of GRIFF RHYS JONES’. Griff is a presenter, actor and writer, his work includes, Not the nine o’clock news, Smith and Jones, Griff’s Great Britain and the series Three Men Go To -. He also returned to the West End theatre playing Fagin in Oliver.
Sponsored by LESLEY BARLOW, Clacton-On-Sea.

November 11th – Tonight we welcome Grammy nominated, American Jazz singer and recording artist STACEY KENT. With her mezzo-soprano voice and a natural gift for melody, Stacey’s music spans the Great American Songbook, with both French and Brazilian music forming part of her repertoire.
Sponsored by JANET DEWING a long standing member of the Society.

November 18th – ANTONIA KEANEY joined Blenheim
Palace as part of the Education Team, then as Social History Researcher. This evening she presents ‘LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION’ Blenheim Palace, the star of film and TV, explaining what actually happens behind the scenes at the Palace when Hollywood descends.
Sponsored by KINGS COACHES.

November 25th – To end the first half of the season we present, THE LONDON WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR who performed at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The choir entertain audiences worldwide with familiar songs, hymns and arias.

Your Committee wish you a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

January 13th – The New Year now starts with Cantabile, The London Quartet (THE LONDON OPERA PLAYERS have just disbanded – Sorry).
Sponsored by FRED OLSEN CRUISE LINES (Tel 0800 0355110) proud to be sponsors of the Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Lits Society.

January 20th – Tonight DICKIE ARBITER former Press Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II presents, ‘THE BRITISH MONARCHY, YESTERDAY, TODAY and TOMORROW’.
With almost five decades covering royalty as a broadcaster, journalist and Royal Press Secretary, Dickie dips into the history of the monarchy from the Hanoverian Georges to the present-day Elizabethan age.
Sponsored by THOMPSON, SMITH & PUXON (Solicitors) Clacton-on-Sea.

January 27th – ‘WALTON’S SECRET WATER’ Former presenter on the BBC’s World Service and Radio Suffolk, CHRIS OPPERMAN shares his love of the Backwaters. Chris will chart the history, wildlife and landscape of the Backwaters through the year from spring to winter.

February 3rd – Presenting ZOOTS with ‘THE SOUNDS OF THE 60’s’. Formed in 2009 by Jamie Goddard, the Zoots have a repertoire of over 250 songs from the past 6 decades. Tonight, we will hear the legendary numbers from the best artists of the ‘60’s.
Sponsored by JEANINE CALVER in memory of MARY CANHAM, a long time member and sponsor of the Society

February 10th – Tonight we introduce horticult uralist, writer and Television presenter FRANCES TOPHILL. Regularly seen on Love Your Garden alongside Alan Titchmarsh, Frances also became a Gardeners World presenter in 2016. She now combines filming with her other horticultural work.
Sponsored by Mr and Mrs LES BEARD members of the society.

February 17th – This evening we welcome Harpist OLIVER WASS, along with a septet of his chosen musicians. Oliver was the first harpist ever to win the Guildhall Gold Medal, he performed at all the major harp concerts, including playing with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Sponsored by PENNY SMITH a long time member of the society.

February 24th – ‘MY BIG CAT STORY’ is tonight’s penultimate presentation with TV personality and conservationist GILES CLARK. Director of Big Cats and Conservation at the Big Cat Sanctuary, in Smarden Kent, Giles has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the breeding of endangered cats even raising a jaguar cub in his home.
Sponsored by MARKS MOBILITY CENTRE at Clacton-on-Sea and Holland-on-Sea.

March 2nd – Greg Francis Orchestra with A Tribute to James Last (change of programme)
A regular feature on several popular BBC Radio 2 programmes during the 1980s, the Greg Francis Orchestra and Singers became resident as the Blackpool Tower Orchestra for 4 years.

Sponsored by VIC MIDDLETON a member of the Society.

Sponsored In memory of Mrs Aspinall.

Dear Member
The AGM scheduled for Monday 23rd March 2020 has been cancelled due to
Coronavirus.  This has been posponed until September 2020.
You will be advised of the confirmed date when you receive your Rejoin
letter in August.
The Committee

Sponsored by a member of the Society