One week to go till Camberley International Festival

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce,

In one week, Camberley will launching the third Camberley International Festival! The town will come alive with music, comedy, films, literature and drama.

The opening party will take place at The Carpenters Arms on Park Street. Featuring live music from Kodiak Island and The Mysteries from 7:30pm, it’s free to attend.

There’s free comedy at The Cabin on the London Road, Film and Animation Masterclasses and competition at Camberley Theatre along with literature events at The Cabin and Theatre. The BAFTA Award winning actress and C.I.F. patron, Juliet Aubrey will be presenting the prizes to the winners of the film and animation competition.

The Camberley Carnival takes place on the last day of the festival, Saturday 23rd June. The afternoon of family entertainment taking place at the London Road Recreation Ground (behind The Arena) following the colourful parade through town includes an Indian Circus, Bhangra and Bollywood dance workshops, an acoustic tent, a bar run from a converted horse box and loads more!

Along with pop up events taking place across the four day celebration, the C.I.F. is a wonderful reason to celebrate Camberley!

Multi BBC Folk Award winners, The Unthanks has now sold out on Friday 22nd June at Camberley Theatre, but there are still tickets available for the impressionist and Radio 4 favourite, Jon Culshaw there on Saturday 23rd June. The full programme of events can be found here:

Park Opera perform Opera Pops in Windlesham

Park Opera’s concert  programme of Opera Pops, performed at St John the Baptist Church, Windlesham, on Thursday 26th April at 8.0 pm, will include favourite solos, duets, quartets and choruses from the best known operas. Tickets £10, including refreshments (£5 for under 16s).



Mountbatten Festival of Music with the Massed band of the Royal Marines

Yesterday evening and this evening the Massed Bands of The Royal Marines performed at their Mountbatten Festival of Music.

The Festival is the flagship event of the bands of the Royal Marines, and has been so for 46 years. Shame to admit, I’d not previously heard of the festival. That ommission was corrected when we attended the Friday evening festival concert.

It’s a lively evening of music and lighting effects, with many outstanding solo performances, held in the wonderful Royal Albert Hall.

Can thoroughly recommend the festival for a cheery and enjoyable evening of band music. I took just a couple of photos, one just prior to the beginning of the concert and one of the Corps of Drums – click on photo to expand.

Busy Saturday 17th March: Surrey Heath Singers evening concert

The busy local Saturday, begins with Lightwater Scouts Jumble Sale in Lightwater, an afternoon of garden visiting in Chobham, concluding with an evening concert by Surrey Heath Singers at High Cross Church in Camberley, which commences at 6.0 pm.

A busy Saturday, indeed.

Park Opera to perform Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love

I’m always happy to promote the work of local culture.

Park Opera, who perform at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell, is staging, from 21st – 24th February 2018, one of the most joyful of operas – Donezetti’s “Elixir of Love”.

Performances are at The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, just this side of Bracknell, beginning at 7:30pm.

The theme of the opera is that the beautiful heroine rejects the love a a humble village lad, but can the dubious Dr Dulcamara’s love potion help him win her heart? The opera combines romance and hilarious comedy in a stream of glorious tunes.

Tickets available from South Hill Park Box Office (online or by phone).

It’s a week of Steeleye Span music: #5: Ding Dong Merrily on High

Today is the last of the five days of Steeleye Span and Maddy Prior folk ballads. I’m not being strictly accurate here, as Maddy Prior is joined in this song by the Carnival Band.

We’re ending the series with a Christmas carol of Ding Dong Merrily on High. This video was recorded of the live show, on the ‘Carols and Capers’ tour, at Oxford Town Hall, in December 2003.

It’s a suitably Christmassy ending to the five days of Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span. I’m delighted that Will has commented how much he’s enjoyed this short series. My pleasure has been looking back at their work. I absolutely agree with Will that the bass in Steeleye Span is a major contributing factor in their folk rock sound.