Performing and visual arts

Hallgate Chamber Orchestra and Hatfield Colliery Band Concert

I’m looking forward to playing in Doncaster tomorrow night (19 October) with Hallgate Chamber Orchestra in a concert with Hatfield Colliery Band at the United Reform Church. It’s a varied programme of music and includes one of the favourite pieces from my teenage years – “The Great Gate of Kiev” from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At an Exhibition”. Back then the Dinnington High School orchestra used to perform a simplified arrangement of this but I preferred the Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) version – one of the tracks that inspired my career in electronics and love of ‘prog rock’. I last heard this played by the Carl Palmer Band at Clumber Park in 2012.

Tomorrow’s performance will be the first time I’ve played the full piece and with orchestra, brass band and church organ – something like 60 musicians in total. In a fairly small venue this should be good fun and very loud!

It will also be nice to accompany Vanessa Frampton again following a lovely concert at the Mansion House earlier this year.

Letwell Village Hall – The Old Dance School & The Happy Cats

We have already booked our tickets for The Old Dance School – a seven piece band (6 November) and The Happy Cats (26 November), led by ex Lindisfarne front man Marty Craggs. We saw The Happy Cats last year and had a fantastic night of entertainment and can’t wait to see them again. Letwell Village Hall is an intimate venue seating approximately 80 people and offers a selection of refreshments. The concerts are very popular and tickets sell very quickly. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets for any of the forthcoming concerts should contact Andy & Steph 01909 540694 email: andyswift@letwell.plus.com or Martyn Sharpe 01909 731626 email: martyndsharpe@aol.com

New Rope String Band at Letwell

We had a wonderful evening with friends at Letwell Village Hall recently when the hilarious and very talented New Rope String Band took to the stage. We were entertained with fiddles, banjo and accordion and would you believe plastic pipes and metal bars. There was a mixture of beautiful music plus lots of fun and laughter. We came away with lots of ideas to make music with our 3 grandchildren and are now looking forward to the next event which is The Old Dance School – a fantastic seven piece band on 6 November. Letwell Village Hall is wonderful intimate venue which makes the evening more special.

Rockin’ the park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Take a look at this great line up for Rockin’ The Park 2012 on Friday 17th August at Clumber Park. I’m looking forward to getting a few friends together for what looks like a trip down memory lane for all of us. Curved Air and Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) were a couple of early favourites with Keith Emerson and Francis Monkman (not forgetting Brian Eno and Rick Wakeman) being responsible for my interest in electronic music. I last saw Curved Air play live at Folkestone in 1975 while Hawkwind brings back memories of a very crowded balcony at Sheffield City Hall. Add to this mix Focus, The Strawbs and Brit Floyd & it all looks like a good night out.

Just hope the weather is better than it is now – I still remember the Buxton Rock festival in 1973!

Fantastic Events at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

Fabulous artists appearing at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena in the coming months include,  JLS, Olly Murs, Noel Gallagher, Westlife, Dancing on Ice, Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor, Michael McIntyre, John Bishop and Mrs Brown Rides Again!! Our bed and breakfast is approximately 20 minutes away from the Arena and would make an ideal place to stay.

John Reilly’s new album launch at Letwell

John Reilly (Boy on a Dolphin) is once again performing at the wonderful intimate venue, Letwell Village Hall on Tuesday 11 October where he is celebrating the launch of his new album ‘Zebulon’ which is due to be released 24 hours before the show. Email Andy & Steph (andyswift@letwell.plus.com) or telephone 01909 540694 for tickets. Also performing in October are ‘The Old Dance School’ and in November a firm favourite at Letwell, the ‘Happy Cats’ led by singer/instrumentalist ex-Lindisfarne front man Marty Craggs. Make sure you are not dissappointed and get your tickets now as they sell out quickly.