Performances 2011-12

Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society


October 17th 2011  MEGS ETHERINTON introduces the “HARLEM HOT FEET with the HARRY STRUTTERS HOT RHYTHM ORCHESTRA” who will present an exciting, colourful, action-packed jazz dance show that celebrates the music, song and dance of the Cotton Club, the famous nightclub which flourished in New York’s Harlem in the 1920’s and 30’s. THE SQN. LDR. HARTLEY EVENING.

October 24th   JILL MORRELL, the girl John McCarthy was going to marry, tells the other side of the story. For Jill, the five years of John McCarthy’s captivity were a different kind of hell: the initial shock and disbelief; the gradual acceptance that John had been taken and that her life was changed irrevocably, and all their plans had been shattered. Sponsored by FREDA LEECH, MERYL and PETER BROWN.

October 31st  What does it take to get some of those magic wildlife moments?  The adventures, the risks, the frustrations, and the comedy………… All will be revealed when award-winning wildlife broadcaster FIONA PITCHER delves deep into her “WILDEST DREAMS”.  Sponsored by MICHAEL and JULIE PAYNE.

November 77h  IT’S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING” take us on a journey through the Musicals of Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein. Featuring OWEN WEBB (baritone), ROBYN LYN EVANS (tenor), ANGHARAD MORGAN (soprano) and SHARON RICHARDS (piano), with numbers from the well known classics, Carousel, The King and I, State Fair through to the hidden gems of Flower Drum Song and Pipe Dream.   Sponsored by COUNTYWIDE LETTINGS & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, Holland-on-Sea.

November 14h  CAPTAIN WILLIAM WELLS, a Master Mariner, former Ship’s Captain, licensed Harbour Pilot and published author will relive for us the “LIFE AND TIMES OF A SHIP’S PILOT”. Sponsored by READER OFFERS LTD, Colchester. Tel: 01206 719100.

November 21st    Take three brothers, one cousin, add four electric string instruments and you have STRINGFEVER, who will produce an electrifying variety of sound from the classics to today’s music with their classically trained musicianship, incredible instruments, repertoire and humorous edge.   Sponsored by WEST CLIFF THEATRE, Clacton-on-Sea.

November 28th  DAVID EDWARDS shares insights gained from living for three months in the bush as leader of a youth expedition.  Close encounters with elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, wildebeests, praying mantis and chameleons are woven into his story “BOTSWANA AND THE OKAVANGO DELTA”.   Sponsored by MARK MOBILITY CENTRE, Holland-on-Sea.

December 5th    To celebrate this Festive Season the LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA brings together world class artists with their presentation entitled “A CHRISTMAS NIGHT AT THE OPERA”. Appearing in sumptuous Victorian evening dress they will create the atmosphere and grandeur of past times. Sponsored by THE TENDRING RE-USE AND EMPLOYMENT ENTERPRISE Little Clacton.                                                                                      

January 16th 2012  HATSTAND OPERA present a tongue in cheek look at how opera dispatches its heroes and villains, in extracts from Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart and more.  All is revealed, in the best possible taste and with heaps of humour as they say “OPERA CAN BE MURDER”.  Sponsored by MRS MARY CANHAM.

January 23rd   STEPHEN VENABLES recounts the story of outstanding hardship and bravery “IN THE STEPS OF SHACKELTON” that began with an advert in the Times:  NOTICE – Men wanted for hazardous journey, low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness.  Safe return doubtful.  Honour and recognition in event of success – Ernest Shackleton, The Times 1913. Sponsored by NORMAN & NEILL, (Optometrists), Clacton-on-Sea.

January 30th  For the majority of his career MICHAEL PORTILLO has been involved in politics.  Since leaving politics in 2005 he has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting.  He writes for the Sunday Times and is a regular on both BBC 1’s “This Week” programme and Radio 4’s “Moral Maze”, and has made documentaries on subjects as diverse as Richard Wagner and the death penalty.  In 2008 he chaired the judges of the Man Booker prize.  Sponsored by THOMPSON, SMITH & PUXON (Solicitors), Clacton-on-Sea.

February 6th   SWING MOODS deliver a rich, classy and sophisticated sound with “THE CLASSIC SONGS OF THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK” which will include hits of Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and more. Sponsored by BOYDENS, (Estate Agents), Frinton-on-Sea and Colchester.

February 13th  IAN SKELLY gives us an insight into the pioneering work of the Prince of Wales with his illustrated talk “THE VISION OF THE PRINCE OF WALES”. Ian has worked closely with the Prince for several years, helping to articulate his ideas in speeches and lectures and now as one of the co-authors in a landmark book and film, Harmony.

February 20th         Two of Wales’ finest instrumentalists, pianist ANNETTE BRYN PARRI and harpist DYLAN CERNYW, both of whom have highly successful solo careers, regularly appear at the Albert Hall and other prestigious venues including The Sydney Opera House. Tonight they provide a unique and enchanting musical experience entitled “PIANTEL”.  Sponsored by MR and MRS ERIC HAMMOND.

February 27th     “AN AUDIENCE WITH PRESENTERS FROM BBC TV’s EDWARDIAN FARM” features ALEX LANGLANDS and RUTH GOODMAN.  Their illustrated talk recalls the making of this hugely successful series as well as the trials and tribulations of life working and filming on the farm.  Sponsored by GCS ALARMS LTD, Clacton-on-Sea.

 March 5th    To close our season we welcome back the ever popular CALEDON. Scotland’s tenors, ALAN BECK, JAMIE MACDOUGALL and IVAN SHARPE along with Musical Director MICHAEL BARNETT, bring us another evening of Scottish music and wonderful songs as they invite us to “TAKE THE LOW ROAD”. So sit back and enjoy this high energy show with great music, singing and wonderful humour. Sponsored by LESLEY BARLOW, Clacton-on-Sea.


Information about the Society can be obtained from the Membership Secretary: Mrs S. Bishop, 66 Melbourne Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 3JA, The waiting list is now open with a view of joining the Society in the coming season, stating October 2012.

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