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Come and sing with the Humber Belles

It’s time to let all that music out for everyone to hear!

If you love to sing then you’ll love the Humber Belles, a group of ladies who meet to sing each Thursday at Wendover Hall from 7.15-9.30pm.

The Belles will be holding a short course in close harmony singing soon after Christmas. These sessions, which will be held in a happy and relaxed atmosphere, should help to banish those Post-Christmas Blues! They’ll be lots of fun and help improve your technique too so for further information please email sing4parts@outlook.com

Visit their website or contact Vere Conolly on 01472 695836 for further details

Favourite Ballets Coming To The Auditorium in December

There’s a fabulous weekend of dance in prospect at the beginning of December when Grimsby Auditorium plays host to two of the world’s best loved ballets – Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (on Friday 1st) and Swan Lake (Sunday 3rd).

Both are directed and choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet Soloist, Konstantin Uralsky and performed by the company and orchestra of The Russian State Ballet and Opera House.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so closely one can easily be mistaken for the other. It’s a tragic romance in which a princess is turned into a swan by an evil curse and captures, like no other ballet, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.

And of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to your local theatre for a dazzling production of the most famous ballet in the world – The Nutcracker.

Based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve. Expect snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, love, victories and defeats and more.

To book tickets call
Box Office: 0300 300 0035
Book on line
www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk
or book in person at the Grimsby Auditorium pay cash for no booking or transaction fees
or call into the Cleethorpes TIC
*Booking/transaction fee may apply

Trouble On’t Moor: Intent To Murder At The Caxtons

High on the Yorkshire moors trouble is brewing. Romantic novelist Janet Preston has murdered her husband (who happens to be a bank robber and thoroughly bad egg) and stashed his body in the study until she can find a way of disposing of it. But before she can drop it into the local tarn events take an unexpected turn and her best lain plans threaten to unravel.

Intent To Murder, playing all this week at The Caxton Theatre, is a sharply written drama/thriller from the pen of Leslie Sands (the original Inspector Frost on radio and fondly remembered in our house at least as TV’s Inspector Cluff) and, directed here by Steve Skipworth, it’s pacey and taut and the dialogue is has enough quality to allow the cast to create an air of real tension.

Caxtons debutant John Flint is convincingly menacing as bank robber George Bates and Gemma Dodds is excellent as Janet Preston, a character with whom our sympathies lie at the opening of the play but whose ruthless streak becomes more and more apparent as the piece progresses. As Larry and Chris, a young couple who are drawn unwittingly into the schemes of the main characters, Jack Scott and Tara Lidgard (another debutant) acquit themselves admirably, although without much help from the script which doesn’t give them a lot to work with.

Scene stealing awards this time go to Bruce Forster whose inquisitive and perceptive Dr Henderson is as insouciant as Father Brown, as tenacious as Columbo and as Welsh as a bag of dragons and Geraldine Godwin, who turns her considerable comic talents to the role of the gossipy cleaning lady Mrs Bunting.

Intent To Murder will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last and it runs at The Caxtons until Saturday 21st October 2017. To book tickets visit www.caxtontheatre.com or call into the Grimsby or Cleethorpes TIC Or contact them by phone on 01472 323111

Great Grimsby Community Choir Finds A New Home At St Marks Church

In recent years singing, especially choral singing, has become one of the most popular social activities in the UK, due in some part to increased television exposure but mostly, we think, thanks to the joy that raising one’s voice in song can create.

If you’ve got a hankering for flexing your vocal chords in the company of some like minded others then you might care to pay a visit to Great Grimsby Community Choir at their new home at St Mark’s Church on Laceby Road. They meet every Monday at 7.30pm and anyone aged 14 and over can join. There’s no audition all you need is enthusiasm. The fee is £4 per week.

They’re a friendly and inclusive group, meeting weekly, performing regularly and with a wide variety of material in their ever expanding repertoire.

For further information please contact musical director Josie Moon (pictured right) at msjosiemoon@gmail.com.

New Cartergate Underpass Mural Is Unveiled

Artists, councillors and representatives of many of the area’s most illustrious names gathered in Top Town on Thursday 5th October to celebrate the official unveiling of the new Cartergate underpass mural.

The mural is the work of art collective Creative Start and was painted by a team of volunteers led by founder and organiser Sam Delaney. Many of those involved have never participated in an arts project before and some took part as an element of a programme of abstinence therapy.

The design features a panoply of famous faces from the area including motorcycling champion Freddie Frith, record breaking Channel swimmer Brenda Fisher, top tennis player Shirley Brasher, motorcycle racer Guy Martin, dancers Kevin and Joanne Clifton, actor Sir John Hurt and players from Grimsby Town FC. There are also street scenes from the Top Town area including the Minster and 1940s Chantry Lane.

Cutting the ribbon Councillor Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for Health, Adult Social Care and Wellbeing commented on how much, as a regular user of the underpass, she had enjoyed watching the development of this latest part of the Cartergate renewal and on the skill and dedication of the artists involved. As a football fan she was particularly taken with the section of the mural celebrating the achievements of the Mighty Mariners.

The artwork certainly makes a huge difference to what has been, in the past, a somewhat neglected part of the town and it’s yet another step along the road to the renewal of the Cartergate area, which has seen new pavements, railings and of course the construction of the Wilkin & Chapman building close to the underpass.
If you’re not a regular user we’d certainly recommend taking a visit to admire the mural, especially while there are still pieces from
the recent Urban Arts Festival to enjoy on the walls of St James House.

To find out more about Creative Start or to get involved, visit www.creativestartarts.com or their Facebook page

Belinda Carlisle Tour 2017

Some artists become part of the soundtrack of your life and if you were around in the early 1980s then there’s every chance that Belinda Carlisle is an essential part of your musical memory of the era.

Having risen to fame in the early 1980s as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go’s, one of the most successful all female bands ever, (they sold 8 million albums in just three years), she went on to have a successful solo career with hits such as Mad About You, I Get Weak, Circle in the Sand, Leave a Light On, Runaway Horses, We Want The Same Thing, Live Your Life Be Free and of course, Heaven Is A Place On Earth.
She’s back on the road with a very special UK tour this Autumn – the Heaven 30th Anniversary

Tour – performing a selection of tracks taken from her 1987 solo album Heaven On Earth, which in the opinion of many critics sets the gold standard for slickly produced power pop.
There’ll also be room in the show for material from other albums and with her impressive back catalogue to choose from fans are promised a great show.

Belinda Carlisle plays Manchester Academy on October 6th. Tickets via the Academy box office on 0161 8321111 or www.manchesteracademy.net

Grimsby’s Urban Arts Festival 2017

There was a colourful and fascinating mixture of art, craft, music and dance on display on Saturday 9th September when the Minster and St James Square played host to the 3rd annual Grimsby Urban Arts Festival.

Titled ‘The Four Elements’ the festival celebrated the four essential components of the culture that originated in New York’s Bronx in the late 1970s, namely rapping, deejaying, break dancing and graffiti writing. Together these phenomena formed one of the most vibrant and exciting cultural movements of the twentieth century – Hip Hop – and their influence lives on and can be heard and seen in urban musical and graphic culture today.

There were nearly twenty graffiti artists from all over the country painting on the day, each with their own unique trademark style, plus a selection of art and craft stalls in the minster and music on the lawns and although the weather wasn’t kind there were always plenty of visitors in attendance to watch the artists at work.

The festival has certainly become one of our favourite events on the calendar and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for more next year!

First Among Cannibals

Roland Gift, charismatic front man of the Fine Young Cannibals, is returning to the pop arena with a new solo album, the self titled Roland Gift and he’ll be making a return to the city where he went to school when he plays the Welly Club on Saturday 2nd December. Gift’s career has expanded in recent years to include film acting and musical score work but this album marks a triumphant return to pop music’s front line, where Gift’s talents and unique style have long established him as one of the genre’s trailblazers. A great voice never goes out of style, and Gift’s trademark vocal prowess is both timeless and strikingly ahead of his time.

During the making of the new album, Gift (whose film resumé includes Sammy And Rosie Get Laid, Tin Men and Scandal) took time out to work on the latest entry in his other career, appearing in the forthcoming The Island of the Mapmaker¹s Wife, directed by Michie Gleason. Roland put recording on hold for two months, while on location in Amsterdam with the production and readily admits to aiming for a happy balancing act between the two disciplines.

“When I first started, I wanted to be an actor. That’s one of the reasons I came down to London from Hull. But most people I know have been in a group sometime in their life. The first punk band I was in [the Acrylic Victims] got a bit of notoriety, released a couple of singles,my music focus grew from there.”

Roland Gift was recorded at a variety of locations, from demo studios to front rooms to Mayfair Studios, with producers David Z and Ben Barson. The album is reminiscent of the sparse, classic appeal that typified Roland’s work with the Cannibals, a sophisticated blend of pop and soul with jazz and even gospel flavours, with Gift’s own new spin for the 21st Century.

“The Cannibals sort of officially dissolved in 1996 so, in a way, up until then we were trying to do our third record. Then we came out with The Finest, which was a greatest hits set plus three new tracks that didn’t have a home to go to, but, it’s better to burn brightly for half as long than to be a dim lingering light, and I get a lot of good will from people – they say they still play the albums and they’re looking forward to hear what I’m doing next. I was asked to join Jools Holland and his a big band as a guest singer touring with them for a year, it was a lot of fun and made me want to take my own group out to play”.

Gift looks forward to more live shows, where he will perform the new songs from Roland Gift and some classic fan favourites. “There are a lot of people who liked the Cannibals who never saw songs like She Drives Me Crazy in concert, and since I wrote them as well, I’ll definitely do some Fine Young Cannibals songs.”
“It’s a great feeling when you’ve got a big record and you go out on stage and thousands of people have come to hear you play for them. It’s like having a party and loads of people come because they want to have a party with you.”

“Right now as well as the live shows I’m working on a stage musical called Return To Vegas with Bob Carlton who created the show Return To The Forbidden Planet. I’m well pleased by the way the Return to Vegas songs have been received in the live set sitting nicely alongside the FYC classics”.

Tickets can be purchased
via The Welly box office
Call 01482 221113
www.giveitsomewelly.com

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Tribute To Stevie Wonder

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Grimsby Auditorium plays host to an evening of the music of the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Stevie Wonder is one of the most successful performers of the century, selling over 100 million records worldwide in a career that has spanned nearly sixty years.
If you love the man and his music then you’ll love Signed, Sealed delivered – A Tribute To Stevie Wonder.
Featuring back to back number ones including the Grammy award winning Signed, Sealed, Delivered as well as Superstition, Higher Ground, Master Blaster, Sir Duke, Part Time Lover, Isn’t She Lovely, and the biggest international hit of all time – I just Called To Say I Love You, plus many, many more!
To ensure audiences are dancing in the aisles the show features American singing superstar Lejaune André who will be joined on stage by a fabulous seven piece band, outstanding backing vocalists and top dancers.

So get ready for the wonder that is Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

To book tickets call
Box Office: 0300 300 0035
Book on line www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk
Or book in person at the Grimsby Auditorium pay cash for no booking or transaction fees
Or call into the Cleethorpes TIC
*Booking/transaction fee may apply
Restoration levy included

Texas to play the Auditorium in September

Texas are one of the most successful British bands of the past thirty years. They formed in Glasgow in 1986 and since then they’ve released a string of hit albums and singles. They’ve sold 40 million albums, have had thirteen UK top ten singles, three UK number one albums and eight UK top ten albums.

Their debut album Southside, released in 1989, reached number three in the UK and number 88 in the US and in 1997 White On Blonde became their biggest success to date, entering the UK Albums Chart at number one. To date it has been certified six times platinum.

Follow up The Hush (1999) was also successful, topping the album charts again and certified triple platinum. The band’s Greatest Hits album, released in 2000, was another big seller, again debuting at number one and also being certified six times platinum.

Singer Sharleen Spiteri has enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing her debut solo album, Melody, in 2008.

The band’s ninth studio album, Jump On Board was released in May this year. Written and produced by Texas stalwarts Johnny McElhone and Spiteri herself, it’s the first new Texas studio album since 2013’s The Conversation and has been acclaimed as a pop classic.

The new single is Work It Out, with a great video featuring Thierry Henry and there’s another video to watch out for, for Tell That Girl, which features Rory McCann (who plays the Hound on TV’s Game Of Thrones) on drums.

Texas play Grimsby Auditorium on September 20th.

For more information on the tour and on Texas go to their website at www.texas.uk.com. For tickets go to www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk.