Music at Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio continues in March with some eye-catching acts lined-up.
Starting the month off is veteran guitarist Gordon Giltrap at the Cramphorn Studio on Saturday 3 March at 8pm. Gordon is an innovative and virtuoso guitar player and composer who has worked with Queen’s Brian May, Midge Ure and The Who’s John Entwhistle, as well as sustaining a solo career over five decades. Gordon will be playing his classic ‘Heartsong’, ‘Lucifer’s Cage’, as well as songs from his latest album, ‘The Last of England’.
Jackson Live in Concert will be hitting the Civic’s stage on Friday 9 March at 7.45pm. The show stars Who’s Bad, the world’s longest running and most popular tribute band to Michael Jackson. Who’s Bad come direct from America and the lead singer has an incredible likeness to the King of Pop, in both voice and dance moves. The high energy band features dancers and a brass section, as they perform Michael’s greatest hits. A not-to-be-missed performance before the band head back to America.
The Everly Brothers Dream is on Sunday 11 March. The show is a loving tribute to Phil and Don Everly and follows the honey-voiced brothers from their humble Kentucky coal mining community, to appearing at the legendary ‘Grand Ole Opry’ in 1957 and to their triumphant reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1983. The show features all of their big hits including; ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’ and ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. The production features a tight live band, stage projections and a narrator, and the singers recreate the angelic harmonies that inspired The Beatles, The Hollies, The Beach Boys and The Bee Gees, to name just a few.
‘Crooners’ is a rip-roaring, warm-hearted parody of a genre epitomised by the music of the Rat Pack and the great American Songbook. Crooners stars Roman Marek, who has toured as Frank Sinatra, former Manchester City footballer turned singer Jim Whitley and Philip Barley, who has taken on the Dean Martin role in many Rat Pack tributes all over the world. The gentlemen defend the suave, self-assured, and stylish role of the Crooner in the modern world. The singers are backed by the sensational ten-piece Mini Big Band, which is the most in-demand UK big band, and have appeared with Jamiroquai and The X Factor. The show features songs made famous by the Rat Pack, Matt Monro, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. Crooners comes to The Civic Theatre on Saturday 17 March.
‘D’Ukes’ return to the Cramphorn’s stage on Saturday 24 March, after previously playing many sold-out shows here. Formed in Chelmsford in 2009, the band have taken the Ukulele world by storm playing all over the UK and beyond. The group perform a wide range of musical styles, all with their ukulele reinterpretations, which leave the audience tapping their toes with smiles on their faces. Expect the unexpected when this group take to the stage.
The Lunchtime Concerts continue every Wednesday in the Cramphorn at 1pm and offer a relaxing interlude to the day. On March 7 Annie Forrester Muir and Pam Campanelli on saxophone will be joined by Jeffrey Wilson on piano. The Lunchtime Concert will move into The Civic Theatre on 14 March for the Resonance Recorder Concert, where recorders will sound like they never have done before! Ian Kellecher will perform intimate classical guitar pieces in the Cramphorn Studio on 21 March. Rounding the March concerts off on 28 March will be ‘This, That and The Other’, which will feature Penny Rich, Kevin Simpson and Jeffrey Wilson playing chamber music. Following this performance at 2.15pm the musicians will give a relaxed performance, suitable for those on the autism spectrum. The lunchtime concerts are free although a donation of £1 is suggested.
Opera lovers will be treated to Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ live from the Royal Opera House, London, on Tuesday 6 March at 6.45pm. Fans of ballet have a double helping of live performances in the shape of ‘The Flames of Paris’, from The Bolshoi, Moscow, on Sunday 4 March at 3pm, and ‘Bernstein’s Century’ on Tuesday 27 March at 7.15pm from The Royal Ballet. Oscar Wilde’s ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ will be shown, pre-recorded at The Vaudeville Theatre, on Thursday 22 March at 7.15pm, and stars Jennifer Saunders and Kevin Bishop. The documentary, ‘Cezanne – Portraits of Life’, will be screened on Wednesday 21 March at 8pm.
To book tickets to see any of these events, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.