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.
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.
I was at University of Sheffield last night for the BIN@Sheffield2011 conference dinner. A brilliant evening at Firth Hall with some old friends and colleagues from Digital South Yorkshire and the IET. Excellent local food with some fabulous music provided by Ray Gelato. If you get chance to see Ray and his band perform then make certain to take along the dancing shoes!
Congratulations to Mark Sanderson and colleagues for the organisation.
Robert, Ann, Catherine and Sara at the White Rose Awards 2011 presentations.
Our congratulations go to the winner of the category ‘Best B&B/Guest Accommodation’ – Kilham Hall which is situated near Driffield. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our guests and suppliers for their support since we began the business 5 years ago. We took our daughters Sara and Catherine to the awards ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse and had a wonderful time. We look forward to trying again for the award next year.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
An Elizabethan weekend takes place on September 24th and 25th at Hardwick Hall giving an insight into the Tudor period. Hardwick Hall is approximately 15 miles away from us.
An exclusive tour of ‘Mr Straw’s House‘ near Worksop takes place on 6th and 13th October which includes seeing some areas not normally open, however, you would need to book for this event on 01909 482380.
Sheffield band Boy On A Dolphin are playing at Letwell Village Hall on 28th and 29th June.
This is an intimate venue just a mile or so down the road from Throapham House. I went to see Phil Cool and Ken Nicol there last year and had a really nice evening – and some nice red wine! Quite amazing who performs here and I look forward to going along to a few more of these events.
For more details contact the organisers on 01909 731626 or 540694.
Britain’s Got Talent Live is at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Friday 24th June. Tickets are available now so get booking and don’t forget to book your local accommodation! Throapham House is less than 13 miles away from the venue allowing you ample time before the event to perhaps try some local restaurants whilst you visit. Why not stay an extra night and and spend Saturday exploring some of the wonderful countryside nearby. We are less than an hour away from Chatsworth House in the beautiful Peak District and just over an hour to York.
Peter Kay, A-HA, Meat Loaf, Frankie Boyle, Simply Red, JLS, Peter Andre are just a few of the fabulous acts to appear at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena this year and the Strictly Come Dancing and X-Factor tours early next year. Make sure you book your accommodation as soon as possible. If you are looking for 5 star accommodation near the Sheffield Arena, then look no further than Tbroapham House, just off junction 31 of the M1 and close to the A57 and A1. A stay at our luxury 5 star bed and breakfast will make your night out more memorable. Ann and Robert look forward to welcoming you.