Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Last Hurrahs

Some shows arrive today (Friday 23rd) and in some cases it's for one night only. So careful planning is required if you are to see these music events - you can't possibly see them all sorry to say:
Seachanges - three shows over the next three days at the Methodist Church 3-4pm sung by Susie Self with cello harmonies by Michael Christie;
Derbyshire County Youth Orchestra - at the Octagon tonight with a big Russian programme, this will be good value at £5;
Gill Sweeting & Not the Blue Cheese Tarts - at the Palace Hotel (Haddon Room) local, good-time bluesy stuff - pleasure pretty much guaranteed;
Margaret Ferguson - a stunning soprano voice accompanied by Jonathan Ellis and performing at the Methodist Church tonight. Margaret has a strong regional following and if you've heard her varied repertoire you'd know why.
Tough choices to be made there.

On the theatrical front some shows that are still running are catching the ears and eyes:
Hotel Europa at the Marquee - 5.45-6.35 - isn't the easiest theatrical experience but everyone who has seen it has been glad to have been part of the event;
also at the Marquee is Black Box Theatre with their brand-new show The Inconsistent Whisper of Insanity; 
The Clock Master - Pauper's Pit today, tomorrow and Sunday - has impressed a lot of people. The darkest show for Families on the Fringe;
Turned Out Nice Again is at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday - a slightly sweeter view of family life.

There is a new play opening the United Reformed Church at 6pm tonight - Somewhere Between Six and Seven it is called and it is. The company producing this worked inventively on Fringe Sunday promoting the show which explores 'the extraordinary lives of the ordinary'.

On Saturday there will be a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 (at 16:10 in St John's). Earlier in the day you could have heard Keith Smith's final Jake Thackray show in the Barrel Room from 1-2pm. After Monteverdi trot up to the Methodist Church for a piano cavalcade with Jonathan Ellis (again).

Spend no more time reading this - there's a show to catch.

by Keith Savage - Published 23/07/10

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