This October, Chelmsford's Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Theatre really do have something for everyone's musical tastes.
Blowing the roof off the Cramphorn Studio as they construct their Stairway to Heaven will be Purple Zeppelin on Saturday 6 October. The band is an unholy alliance of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, two of the heaviest bands the UK has ever produced. This ultimate rock tribute is so good, they have featured in the BBC TV documentary The Joy of the Guitar Riff. The sunburst Les Paul guitar will channel the spirit of Blackmore and Page as it sounds out all the classic songs from both groups, including Smoke on the Water, Black Dog and, of course, Stairway to Heaven for a full-blown night of heavy rock. And the amps go up to 11!
At the other end of the musical spectrum is Steeleye Span at the Civic Theatre on Sunday 7 October. The veteran folk group will celebrate their 50th anniversary next year, but are showing no signs of slowing down, having recently released their eighth album in twelve years. The list of musicians who have served in the group is like a roll-call of British folk legends and the current line-up is no different. Evergreen singer Maddy Prior is joined by Benji Kirkpatrick (formerly of Bellowhead, and son of accordionist John Kirkpatrick), Liam Genockey (who played with John Martyn and Kevin Ayres) and Julian Littman (played with Gerry Rafferty and Dexy's) amonst many other talented members. The band will play a mix of new songs and classics from their back catalogue.
One of the brightest musical stars the UK has produced in recent years is Adele. Instead of paying hundreds of pounds to see her at a stadium, the more affordable and intimate option is to see the Adele-endorsed Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook at the Civic Theatre on Thursday 11 October. Katie Markham recreates the magic of Adele's songs, including Chasing Pavements, Set Fire to the Rain, Skyfall and many more hits, all backed by a live band - a talent that should not be missed!
Lovers of vintage rock-and-roll will adore The Sensational 60s Experience. The show features many stars of the 1960s, including Mike Pender (The Searchers), Chris Farlowe, Herman's Hermits, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Dakotas and The Fourmost. This three-hour celebration of songs from the 60s will include Needles and Pins, I'm Into Something Good, Hippy Hippy Shakes and many more classic hits. The Sensational 60s Experience will be at the Civic Theatre on Thursday 25 October.
Beyond The Barricade features some of the past principal performers from Les Miserables as they recreate some of the most memorable songs from Broadway and West End musicals. The show is in its incredible 19th year and has delighted fans all over the world and has played prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. The singers, along with the live band, capture the feel of the original arrangements and the show gives musical theatre an exciting concert feel. Beyond The Barricade is at the Civic Theatre on Sunday 28 October at 7.30pm.
The M&G Lullaby Concert takes place on Saturday 27 October at 10.30am. Aimed at children aged between two and seven, the concert is an exploration of shapes, puzzles and music, all performed by musicians from the City of London Sinfonia. The children will have an opportunity to play the instruments themselves after the concert.
The Lunchtime Concerts continue every Wednesday in the Cramphorn Studio at 1pm and offer a delightfully relaxing interlude to the day. The concerts are all free, although a donation of £1 is suggested.
To book tickets for any of these events, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.
Monday 24 September 2018