Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre is the place to be in April for some great live music. Kicking the month off is ‘Seven Drunken Nights’, who return to the Civic after their fantastic show here last year. The show pays tribute to the 50-year career of one of Ireland’s best bands, The Dubliners. Sing and clap along with classic Irish songs such as ‘The Wild Rover’, ‘Finnegan’s Wake’, ‘The Irish Rover’ and many more, all faithfully recreated by an exceptionally talent team of musicians. You can catch the story of Ireland’s favourite sons on Thursday 5 April at 7.45pm.
Folk royalty does not come much higher than the Yorkshire based Kate Rusby, one of the best known contemporary folk artists in Britain today. Kate is one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs as well as an exceptionally talented songwriter in her own right. Kate is one of the few folk artists to have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, her songs have been used in many tv productions and she is a multiple winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Kate will be performing songs from her latest album and from her long career. Kate Rusby will be at The Civic Theatre on Friday 6 April at 7.45pm.
On Saturday 7 April The Northern Chamber Orchestra will be performing work by Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky amongst others. The Orchestra features the renowned classical guitarist Craig Ogden, whose albums have topped the classical charts and is one of Classic FM’s most played artists. The performance will be part of the M&G 30th Anniversary Classical Concert Series and will start at 7pm.
‘The Golden Thread’ (Sunday 29 April) will be a celebration of life’s journey told through music and dance. The Mayor’s charity show will feature special guest performers and community arts groups and the night will raise money for the Mayor’s chosen charities: Age Concern Chelmsford, City of Chelmsford Mencap and Friends of Columbus School and College. The show starts at 7.30pm.
Jon Boden, leader of one of the most innovative and inspiring folk bands of recent times, Bellowhead, will take the Civic Theatre’s stage on Monday 30 April. The date will form part of Jon’s second tour to showcase his album, ‘Afterglow’. Jon will be performing the songs with his band The Remnant Kings, an 11-piece big band featuring former members of Bellowhead and other well-known musicians for a truly exceptional gig. Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings starts at 7.45pm.
The Lunchtime Concerts continue every Wednesday in the Cramphorn Studio at 1pm and offer a toe-tapping relaxing interlude to the day. On 4 April, ‘Chego’, the Chelmsford guitar orchestra will be performing a range of pieces. The Daisy Bowlers will bring their nostalgic, feel-good sounds to the lunchtime slot on 11 April, whilst ‘the new voice of the clarinet’, Luca Luciano, will perform on 18 April. Concluding the lunchtime concerts for April will be Whirlwind, who have an eclectic mix of French and English music. The lunchtime concerts are free although a donation of £1 is suggested.
To book tickets to see any of these events, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.