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Songs from WW1 & Wish You Weren't Here
Songs from WW1 & Wish You Weren't Here

Wednesday 22nd October, 11:00am
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

SONGS OF WW1
New Brighton Primary School opens the festival with a selection of songs from the First World War

Followed by Past Productions presents
WISH YOU WEREN’T HERE
Well-known locally for their story-telling, Past Productions presents the story of Captain Tom and munitions worker Mabel as they recount their experiences of the war. Through songs and audience participation this production gives children an insight into the war that was to end all wars. (Suitable for younger audiences Age 7-10yrs)


A FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

22/10/2014
Tommy: A Tale From The Trenches
Tommy: A Tale From The Trenches
Wednesday 22nd October, 1:00pm & Friday 24th October, 11:00am
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

Livemak Theatre Company presents
TOMMY: A Tale from the Trenches
A war drama about a local Birkenhead soldier and his experiences of the trenches.  Local writer/director Mike Lockley has toured this piece to secondary schools across the northwest but this emotive production with be appreciated by audiences of all ages.

A FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

22/10/2014 To 24/10/2014
Poetry Now and Then
Poetry Now and Then
Thursday 23rd October, 11:00am
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

Poem Shed presents
POETRY NOW & THEN
Poem Shed are an acclaimed group of poets from Cheshire and Wirral. They will perform their poetry alongside Mosslands School pupils who present a devised drama inspired by the War Poets.

A FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

23/10/2014
Readings by the Floral Drama Group & Enemies by Jo Stone
Readings by the Floral Drama Group & Enemies by Jo Stone

Thursday 23rd October, 1:00pm
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

The Floral Pavilion Drama Group presents
A short selection of poems and letters.

Followed by Like Minds presents
ENEMIES by Jo Stone
This powerful and emotive play about a Private from Manchester and his meeting with a German soldier won Best Original Script at The Leatherhead Drama Festival 2014. This will be their first visit to the North West.

A FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

23/10/2014
Words on War
Words on War

Thursday 23rd October, 7:30pm
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

WORDS ON WAR
: Six short pieces by local writers researched and developed as part of WIRRAL REMEMBERS.

21 AGAIN - by Keith Hill: reminisces of his grandfather who joined up on his 21st birthday and lived to see his 99th birthday.
 
PRETORIA by Harold Smith (performed by The Riverside Players): Two young miners escape death in the 1913 Pretoria pit disaster only to face the horror of the trenches as PALS.

BLIND by Kevin Eames, whose Great uncle was blinded at the Somme but went on to become a singer appearing at The Argyle Theatre.

THE BLACK CHAIR by Emlyn Jones. The Birkenhead Eisteddfod: Welsh Poet Hedd Wyn winner of the Chair was killed in France in 1917.
 
A WALK THROUGH TIME
performed by Neston Players. From their very successful community production earlier this year, the group perform a scene from WW1.
 
WE CARRIED ON DANCING by Abbey Fitzhenry: based on the verbatim stories from 90 year old Lily‘s experiences of WW2.

A FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

23/10/2014
Writing Inspired By WW1 & Wish You Weren't Here
Writing Inspired By WW1 & Wish You Weren't Here

Friday 24th October, 1:00pm
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

WRITING INSPIRED BY WW1
Pupils from Calday Grammar School present their own work inspired by their research.

Followed by Past Productions presents
WISH YOU WEREN’T HERE
Another chance to see Past Productions’ story about a Captain and a munitions workers’ experiences of war. Age 7-10yrs

A FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

24/10/2014
Forgotten Voices
Forgotten Voices
Friday 24th October, 7:30pm
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

Hand in Hand Theatre presents
FORGOTTEN VOICES
Festival organisers, award-winning Hand in Hand Theatre Company, presents an ensemble piece, echoing the thoughts and experiences of those on the home front and frontline through poetry prose and song.

A FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

24/10/2014
Search for Sanctuary & The Girls Of Ashburton House
Search for Sanctuary & The Girls Of Ashburton House

Saturday 25th October, 2:00pm
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

Phoenix Drama presents
A double-bill of award-winning dramas

SEARCH FOR SANCTUARY by Jill Breckon
A group of orphans are trapped in a war-torn country and must find a way to safety and freedom.

Interlude: This is War by Phoenix dancers.

THE GIRLS OF ASHBURTON HOUSE by Jill Breckon
Five young women have to face the prospect of work on the home front. Winner of the Merseyside Trophy at The Leverhulme Drama Festival and finalist at the All England Theatre Festival.

A FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

25/10/2014
The Last Visitor & Discordant Fanfares
The Last Visitor & Discordant Fanfares

Saturday 25th October, 7:30pm
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

TWO ONE ACT DRAMAS

Loose Cannons presents
THE LAST VISITOR by Allan Williams
This multi-award winning play will be performed for the final time after touring festivals across England and Wales.  Harry, a WW1 Veteran receives a visit from a stranger.

Hand in Hand YouthTheatre presents
DISCORDANT FANFARES
A devised piece about the psychological effect of war on two young soldiers.

A FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

25/10/2014
Songs of War and Peace
Songs of War and Peace

Sunday 26th October, 2:00pm
Tickets £6.00/£5.00 conc

SONGS OF WAR AND PEACE
Acclaimed singer Calli Hughes is joined by Sennital and musicians Mark Dawson, Jack Beacall and friends to perform songs from WW1, WW2, 1960s/70s up to the present day.

There will also be some WW2 drama by Diamond Youth Drama and devised drama by the students of LIPA 4:19A

FESTIVAL OF WAR PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE



This project is part of the Wirral Remembers Framework of commemoration.

It is an opportunity for the “arts community” of Wirral to come together to make their own form of commemoration: To look at the poetry, prose, drama, music and visual arts of the WW1 period and to further develop their own ideas and create new work on the themes of war, peace or remembrance. There will be performances of well know published work but also many original new-writing projects which take their inspiration for WW1 but may reflect ideas or images about the themes universally. Participants range from junior schools to people in their 80s. Some are professionals, most are amateurs and we are working in partnership with The Floral Pavilion, The Light Cinema who will be showing a week of themed film. WAPS will record the project in photographers for later displays. Over 550 school children will see one or more of the events for FREE. This will be the only event of its kind on the Wirral for 2014 and we see it as the starting point and impetus for future events throughout 2015-2018

26/10/2014
Wirral Irish Festival - Family Ceilidh and Calico Performance
Wirral Irish Festival - Family Ceilidh and Calico Performance
Monday 27th October, 1:00pm
All Tickets £5:00
Family of 4 special offer £15.00

To celebrate Liverpool Irish Festival, the Floral Pavilion and The Light Cinema are teaming up with Joanna Pue and her band CALICO to present Wirral’s very own Irish Festival during October Half Term. Bring your family to the Floral Pavilion for an afternoon FAMILY CELIDH and a performance of Irish music from CALICO.

The week will also include workshops, a community Irish orchestra as well as Irish films and activities at the Light Cinema. Full details to be confirmed.
27/10/2014
Flute Craft Making - Wirral Coastal Irish Festival
Flute Craft Making - Wirral Coastal Irish Festival
Flute Craft Making - One Day Course
Tuesday 28th or Wednesday 29th October, 10:00am until 3:00pm
Tickets £55.00
  (£10 discount for joint booking )

Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Learn about how woodwind instruments work, how the basic science transfers to design and have a go at making and playing a simple diatonic piccolo suitable for traditional music.

You will be guided through the DIY manufacture of a simple, small transverse flute (piccolo) with practical discussion and demonstration of the underlying science. Time permitting, you will be taught to make a sound on your finished instrument and to begin to make music with it.

Suitable for adults and children aged over 12 years.

www.celticrootsmusic.co.uk

Basic craft skills only required. No prior experience of flute-playing necessary (but may be of special interest to players!). All tools and materials provided. Materials include PVC, sandpaper and solvent-based glues – please take account of any sensitivities you may have.

Celtic Roots Community Music Academy is a non-profit organisation. 


28/10/2014 To 29/10/2014
An Evening of Irish Family Entertainment & Ceilidh - Wirral Coastal Irish Festival
An Evening of Irish Family Entertainment & Ceilidh - Wirral Coastal Irish Festival
Wednesday 29th October, 7:30pm
Tickets £9.50*/£6.00 Concessions

Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

The three day Wirral Costal Irish Festival concludes with an “Evening Of Family Irish Entertainment and Ceilidh.”

Greeted by the piper.  During the first half there will be a performance given by the children who attended the Wirral Irish Coastal Festival Celtic Camp plus a selection of authentic Irish entertainment.

The "Celtic Roots Community Ceilidh Band" meet once a week on a Thursday from 10.30-12.30 at the Brightside Centre, Molyneaux Drive. They will showcase their achievements by performing alongside the children's drama, dance, music and art production, and will then head the second half and will play with "The Celtic Roots Band" to deliver a big celebratory family Ceilidh dance! 

Celtic Roots Community Music Academy is a non-profit organisation.

For more information visit www.celticrootsmusic.co.uk 
 
*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Fee capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
29/10/2014
Midge Ure
Midge Ure
Thursday 30th October, 8pm
£17.50* / £15.50* conc
£18.00 on the door

Midge Ure has shape-shifted his way through the UK music scene for over 35 years. From boy band prototype Slik and electronic pioneers Visage, to chart toppers Ultravox and charity fund-raising with Band Aid; Ure has adapted to the ebb and flow of his career.

With his solo acoustic shows, Midge sticks to his mantra that a good song can be stripped down to its basics and still stand close inspection.

Photo Copyright: Andy Siddens

www.midgeure.com

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
30/10/2014
The Lindisfarne Story with Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw
The Lindisfarne Story with Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw
Friday 31st October, 7:30pm
All tickets £19.50*

Lindisfarne was Tyneside's best-loved band for over thirty years and The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the group's music and achievements. The show is devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years of the group.

Ray and Billy perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne's classic songs and tell the inside story of the group's rise to fame, from Whitley Bay to Frisco Bay, from Rothbury to Glastonbury. They describe the group's early days on Tyneside in the 1960's hustling for gigs and their rise to fame in the early seventies.
 


The show is illustrated with archive photographs and video and describes their worldwide tours, festival successes and TV appearances, their triumphant return home and their unique relationship with Newcastle City Hall, venue for over 140 Lindisfarne performances. Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On The Corner, Fog on the Tyne, Run for Home, all of these songs have a story behind them. Enjoy hearing them again in an intimate venue and discover what was the inspiration behind their composition.

You'll hear how the classic songs developed and how Bob Dylan's producer helped Lindisfarne to focus their musical ideas and burst through the glam and manufactured sounds around them to become one of the major British groups of the seventies.

In 2014 the appeal of Lindisfarne is as strong as ever, EMI recently released a 40th anniversary vinyl version of the 'Fog On The Tyne' album and the in 2014 the band will be honoured on Tynesides's 'Local Heroes Walk of Fame' along with Alan Shearer, Sting, Clement and La Frenais and others who have raised the profile of the North East of England all around the world.

The Lindisfarne Story has captured the imagination of the fans and media.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
31/10/2014
The Spirit and Sound of Steely Dan - Nearly Dan in Concert
The Spirit and Sound of Steely Dan - Nearly Dan in Concert
Saturday 1st November 2014, 8:00pm
All Tickets £17.00*/£18.00 on the door

Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Donald Fagen & Walter Becker. Nearly Dan's approach is faithful, though not reverential, and relaxed but as tight as their namesakes. They bring their own unique spirit and spontaneous humour to every concert.

It’s been 42 years since the release of the first Steely Dan album “Can’t buy a Thrill”, featuring the hits “Do it Again” and “Reelin’ in the years”... 32 years since the release of Donald Fagen’s classic solo masterpiece “The Nightfly” and 16 years since Nearly Dan were formed.

The ten piece Nearly Dan promise all the Steely Dan favourites in a two hour-plus show, featuring tracks from the groove of Countdown to Ecstasy to the super cool of celebrated albums The Royal Scam. Aja and Gaucho.

A real treat for all music lovers and an unmissable concert for any aspiring musician young or old.

Visit www.nearlydan.co.uk for up-to-the-minute tour news, information, and dates.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
01/11/2014
Floral Tea Dance
Floral Tea Dance
Advance  £5.00
Pay on the Day £6.00

Why not put on your dancing shoes and come along to the Winter Gardens in the Floral Pavilion theatre for an afternoon Tea Dance?
03/11/2014 To 13/04/2015
Donna Robinson.tv
Donna Robinson.tv
Thursday 6th November, 7:30pm
Tickets £16.00*/£14.00* (conc)

Highly acclaimed and naturally gifted spiritual medium and clairvoyant.

Donna Robinson will be live at Floral Pavilion; don’t miss this amazing opportunity to receive a message from your loved ones...

Buying a ticket to one of Donna's events will give you an unforgettable experience, get caught up in the momentum of the evening which will leave you feeling that "you were glad you came to see Donna".

Donna works within the celebrity world too but tonight she is here for YOU!

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Fee capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
06/11/2014
Robin Nolan Trio
Robin Nolan Trio
Friday 7th November, 8:00pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Tickets
£13.00*/£11.00* (concessions)

THE BRENDAN McCORMACK CONCERT SERIES

Simply put The Robin Nolan Trio are one the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz acts of the last 20 years. Amsterdam based Robin Nolan has been lauded for his musical genius and sensibilities by the late George Harrison, Willie Nelson, and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

Legendary in the Django Reinhardt world, Robin has played with every major Gypsy Jazz artist and headlined every major Gypsy Jazz festival across the globe. Recent highlights for Robin include a sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room for Jazz FM, releasing his latest critically acclaimed album, Gypsy Blue through Beatle George’s son Dhani Harrison’s HOT records and a series of concerts planned with Martin Taylor’s The Greats of Guitar. This Trio also features UK guitar virtuoso Chris Quinn and Dutch Dbl bass master Arnoud Van Den Berg. Expect some of the finest, hottest guitar playing you are ever likely to hear, DO NOT miss this one!!

George Harrison - "In these days of Cacophony it’s great to hear some proper music!"

Bill Wyman - "Robin Nolan is so amazingly good... as soon as I record something in the spirit of Django Reinhardt, I'll book him a flight and bring him into the studio."

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
07/11/2014
Raul Midón
Raul Midón
Saturday 8th November, 7:30pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Tickets
£13.00*/£11.00* (concessions)

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to The New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."

A vibrant presence on screen, Midón can be seen in the documentary on Hancock's star-studded album Possibilities, and he is featured collaborating with soul icon Bill Withers in the documentary Still Bill. Midón has also demonstrated his progressive techniques by performing for the series of "TED Talks." Ever since being told by some when he was a child that his blindness meant that "you can't do this, you can't do that," Midón has lived a life devoted to shattering stereotypes. His forthcoming album has the singer-guitarist adding producer-engineer to his portfolio of talents, with special computer software for the blind enabling him to engineer sessions on his own in his home studio. This project – which includes collaborations with Withers, R&B singer-songwriter Lizz Wright, Cameroonian jazz bassist Richard Bona and Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves – underscores why People magazine called Midón "an eclectic adventurist."

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
08/11/2014
Modjango
Modjango
Tuesday 11th November, 8:00pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Tickets £13.00*/£11.00* (concessions)

THE BRENDAN McCORMACK CONCERT SERIES

Taking influences not only from Django Reinhardt, but also from modern day Gypsy Jazz Guitarists, traditional Spanish music, Rock, Country, Classical and a host of other sources, Modjango have created a style encompassing the greatest aspects of each, and applied it to “Jazz Manouche” Swing Guitar. The effect of this combination is simply astounding.

Father and son, Roy and Paul Gregory, have built a large and loyal following throughout the UK and Europe. Their performances go from strength to strength, as do their reviews:

“…only the likes of Stochelo Rosenberg and Bireli compare to the technical wizardry displayed by Paul Gregory; his lead style, interpretation and blistering technique are simply phenomenal” - Simply Jazz

“I frequently found myself closing my eyes and tuning out all thoughts and senses except my ears. Highly recommended” - The Evening Standard, “This is London”

Modjango continue to build on the diversity, vibrance and ingenuity of their sets, producing a sound that is entirely unique. Once you’ve seen them, you’ll never forget them. Unmissable.

*Includes £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. Free to Friends of the Floral.
11/11/2014
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
Thursday 13th November, 8:00pm
All Tickets £14.00*

Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the Dartmoor based couple have enjoyed a noteworthy return to the fray with their highly acclaimed album, 'Hidden People', bringing their own mix of traditional, self-penned songs and covers to the stage.

Two of the British folk scene’s most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat.

With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

On latest album “Hidden People” Kathryn says; "These are stories, first and foremost," but she warns: "My home-life is so ‘roses round the cottage door’, that I tend to prefer music with an edginess, so some of the tracks on the album are quite dark and brooding, to say the least." The messages and meanings behind these songs belong to the "hidden people".

"Classy return for Devon based husband and wife duo"Q Magazine **** 4 Stars
"Thoughtful ballads to stomping acoustic rock, an impressive and entertaining set"The Guardian **** 4 Stars
"A striking comeback for Kathryn and Sean"fRoots
"English Folk's Buckingham-Nicks"The Independent on Sunday
"Roberts and Lakeman shouldn’t remain hidden for too much longer; rather they’ll be praised to the rafters and revelling in the acclaim that this work so richly deserves"Indie London
"clearly realised, bright and attractive 21st century folk music."The Herald - Scotland

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
13/11/2014
The Phil Chisnall Band
The Phil Chisnall Band
Sunday 16th November 7:30pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

All Tickets £5.00

The Phil Chisnall Band are delighted to make their fifth consecutive appearance at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.

With previous audience pleasing performances of well know covers from Blues to Jazz, Contemporary to Folk as well as Phil's own highly acclaimed songs,and with tight vocal harmonies and crisp guitar stylings,including slide guitar, this years performance of the band promises to be something really special and will feature some local guest musicians also. Don't miss it!
16/11/2014
Pere Ubu (No Support)
Pere Ubu (No Support)
Thursday 20th November, 8:00pm
All Tickets £17.00*

Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

The Pere Ubu project was supposed to be an end, not a beginning. Assembled in August 1975 to be the Crosby Stills Nash & Young of the Cleveland music underground, the plan was to record one, maybe two singles and exist no more. Within months, however, those first self-produced records were being snapped up in London, Paris, Manchester, New York and Minneapolis. Pere Ubu was changing the face of rock music. Over the next 34 years they defined the art of cult; refined the voice of the outsider; and inspired the likes of Joy Division, Pixies, Husker Du, Henry Rollins, REM, Sisters of Mercy, Thomas Dolby, Bauhaus, Julian Cope and countless others.

Robert Palmer, in the New York Times, wrote:
Pere Ubu was either ahead of its time or out of step altogether; the band's earliest music sounds as if it could have been recorded yesterday, and is likely to keep sounding that way for some time.

Joe Cushley, in Mojo, wrote:
Ubu are generally regarded as the missing link between the Velvets and punk. From the beginning they obviously understood the nuts and bolts of popular music, and then loosened them.

Edwin Pouncey, in The Wire, wrote:
They're the greatest out-rock 'n' roll group of this millennium, and probably the next.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.

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20/11/2014
Woody Mann in Concert
Woody Mann in Concert
Friday 21st November 7:30pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Tickets £16.00*/£14.00* (concessions)

International Guitar Festival Ambassador, Woody Mann, never fails to deliver an exciting concert. A player of immense world stature, Mann is a vibrant interpreter of blues, ragtime and gospel music.

*Includes £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. Free to Friends of the Floral.
21/11/2014
Woody Mann Fingerstyle Blues Workshop
Woody Mann Fingerstyle Blues Workshop
Saturday 22nd November 10:00am
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Tickets £16.00*/£14.00* (concessions
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In this hands-on session, Woody will teach practical ways to develop a swinging picking technique, understand the fretboard and ‘demystify’ the process of improvisation.
 
*Includes £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. Free to Friends of the Floral.
22/11/2014
Rick Vito Slide Guitar Workshop
Rick Vito Slide Guitar Workshop
Sunday 23rd November, 2:00pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Tickets £13.00*/£11.00* (concessions)
Buy a tickets for the workshop and the show at the discounted price of £27.00*/£23.00*

Iconic former Fleetwood Mac & current Mick Fleetwood Blues Band frontman & guitarist Rick Vito brings his Grammy nominated Blues set of Peter Green & original material to the guitar festival. This workshop promises to offer a rare opportunity to witness Rick, one of America's most in demand session guitarists up close and in person.
23/11/2014
The Rick Vito Band
The Rick Vito Band
Sunday 23rd November 2014, 8:00pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Tickets £19.00*/£17.00* (concessions)
Buy a tickets for the workshop and the show at the discounted price of £27.00*/£23.00*

Iconic former Fleetwood Mac & current Mick Fleetwood Blues Band frontman & guitarist Rick Vito brings his Grammy nominated Blues set of Peter Green & original material to the guitar festival. Backed by local guitar legend Gary Murphy & his band of master musicians this promises to offer a rare opportunity to witness Rick, one of America's most in demand session guitarists, play a set of Classic Blues.

Rick is also a former member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in addition to recording and touring with the likes of Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison & Stevie Nicks to name but a few. He has also performed with some of the Blues Greats such as Muddy Waters & Albert Collins. Rick has numerous critically acclaimed solo album releases to date and his own range of signature Reverend guitars.

http://www.rickvito.com

*Price shown includes a £1.00 booking fee.
23/11/2014
Martin Simpson
Sunday 30th November, 8:00pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Tickets £17.00*/£15.00* (conc)

There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and "One Day".

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 31 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 12 nominations for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens".

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

In 2013, Martin celebrated his 60th year with some major festival appearances and the launch of his latest album 'Vagrant Stanzas', which was released by Topic Records. Martin will be embarking on some major touring throughout 2014.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
30/11/2014
A Christmas Tea Dance
A Christmas Tea Dance
Dance the afternoon away at Floral Pavilion's Christmas Tea Dance, price of entry includes a mince pie and mulled wine.
08/12/2014
Tom Spence at Christmas
Tom Spence at Christmas
Wednesday 10th December, 12:30pm
All tickets £11.00*

Unreserved Seating

Tom Spence is back by popular demand, bringing his very special afternoon Christmas Concert to the Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge.

Join Tom for an afternoon of Christmas Classics, Musical Theatre Favourites and some exclusive tracks from his forthcoming album.

BBC Radio Merseyside have championed Tom and recently was a guest on Billy Butler's afternoon show chatting about his career so far and playing tracks from his forthcoming album which received fantastic listener feedback!

After a concert at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, Tom received a personal card from Tony and Cherie Blair which stated "we love your music"!

Tom has also received praise from writer Alan Bleasdale who quoted "Tom Spence has a remarkable natural talent allied to equally natural joy of life and good humour".

Tom’s television debut, a performance of ‘Silent Night’ went out Live on BBC Northwest Tonight Programme to over one million viewers, along with his great vocal ability and huge interest from Major Record Companies in the offering; Tom’s horizons are looking great for a long and successful career in the music industry.

Tom has a great new website where you can view music videos, listen to tracks and keep up to date with his latest news and gig dates: www.tom-spence.com

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
10/12/2014
Ho Ho "Oh What A Lovely Christmas"
Ho Ho "Oh What A Lovely Christmas"
Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December, 7:30pm
Tickets £13.00* (reserved seating) and £11.00* (unreserved seating)

Magical from beginning to end, St Pauls Operatic is packing this Christmas cracker show full of seasonal joy. A fabulous spectacle, which features the best Christmas songs from musicals including Scrooge, Annie, Mame, White Christmas and Meet Me in St Louis.

Don't miss this glittering all singing all dancing production, guaranteed to get you into the spirit of Christmas!

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
11/12/2014 To 12/12/2014
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th January, 2015
All Tickets £42.50*
Menu to be announced
Vegetarian and other dietary requirements will be catered for, please contact the box office.

This globetrotting show is truly quite legendary, selling out at venues like the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. It continues to tour the world this year – and it’s returning to us in January 2015 for five nights (and three matinees) only!

Waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel, this is fully immersive, highly improvised and site-specific comedy theatre at its best. Only a third of the show scripted, so anything can happen as you take a seat in the 'Fawlty Towers' restaurant… Expect all the best gags, shambolic service and a ‘70s style 3-course meal in ‘top end entertainment that’s not to be missed’ (What’s on London). Just don’t mention the war! ‘

'The most exciting, pacy and disciplined piece of improv theatre to be seen… outstanding!' FringeReview, Edinburgh Fringe
‘had us in stitches!’ BBC Radio Five Live, Pienaar’s Politics
‘truly an experience… a fantastic evening’ What’s on Stage

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience was born in Brisbane in 1997 and made its international debut in 2008 at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it’s sold out every year since. It opened a residency in London’s West End in October 2012 and continues there still. Eight teams of cast now tour the world non-stop. The cast for Floral Pavilion Theatre features Paul O’Neill as Basil, Donna Gray as Sybil, and Brian Roche as Manuel.

'book yourself a seat at the funniest restaurant in town’ The Public Reviews
'rip-roaringly hilarious' This Is London
a hilarious battle of wits, patience, fire extinguishers and fine food' Australian Traveller, Sydney Opera House

www.faultytowers-uk.com

 


*£1.00 per booking fee per ticket applies.  Capped at 8 tickets.  No fees for Friends of the Floral.
21/01/2015 To 25/01/2015
Michael Portillo – Life – A Game of Two Halves
Michael Portillo – Life – A Game of Two Halves
Saturday 31st January 2015, 7:30pm
Tickets £17.00*/£15.00* (concessions)

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. A track record like that suggests to many a privileged friend of the rich and famous with little or no understanding of or care for the ordinary citizen. But since leaving the house almost a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship as found in our great Victorian Railways and the daily toil of the working man, as well as the underprivileged (Michael becomes a Single Mum 2003) and the troubled (Death of a school friend 2002) . Listen to his extraordinary story and then feel free to question him about it.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
31/01/2015
Liverpool Mozart Orchestra - February Concert
Liverpool Mozart Orchestra - February Concert
Saturday 7th February 2015, 7.30pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm
Tickets £16.00*/£14.50* (concessions)/£5.00 (students)
Free to young people aged 16 and under if accompanied by a paying adult

Conductors:
Carlos Ágreda, Stuart Overington
Soloist: Elliot Gresty - clarinet

Programme:
Schubert - Rosamunde Overture
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
Schubert – Unfinished Symphony
Mozart – Symphony No. 31

Enjoy the much-loved Clarinet Concert by Mozart, stunningly performed by young local soloist, Elliot Gresty. Tonight brings you not just one, but two symphonies: the well-loved ‘Unfinished’ by Schubert, and to round off the evening, Mozart’s popular 31st symphony, ‘Paris’.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
07/02/2015
Mothership - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Mothership - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:00pm
Tickets £13.00*/£11.00* (concessions)

This is an all standing concert.

A singer with the range of Robert Plant, a guitarist with the skill and flair of Jimmy Page, a bass player with the mastery and keyboard wizardry of John Paul Jones, and a drummer who has all the technique and power of John Henry Bonham.

Mothership, described in the Liverpool Echo as "the most authentic sounding Led Zeppelin tribute in the UK", return to the Blue Lounge to present over two hours of Zeppelin classics, including Black Dog, Kashmir, Going to California and When the Levee Breaks. The band consists of John Angus (vocals), David Crilly (guitars), Fred Eastwood (bass, keyboards and mandolin) and the mighty Peter Tulloch (drums). You can expect a spectacular show with more than a few surprises thrown in for good measure. No true fan of Led Zeppelin will want to miss this remarkable tribute to the music of the world's greatest rock band!

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
21/02/2015
Germaine Greer - The Disappearing Woman
Germaine Greer - The Disappearing Woman
Friday 27th February 2015, 7:30pm
Tickets £17.00*/£15.00* (concessions)

Forty years ago it seemed that women were about to take their rightful place in the world, in parliament, in the church, in the judiciary, in the workplace but when you open your newspaper you find that news is still made by men in suits. As soon as girls accept the size, role and shape of adult women, they begin to disappear. With each stage of their lives, as they become successively wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, they become less visible.Germaine Greer attempts to suggest some strategies for change.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
27/02/2015
The Wirral Wedding Show
The Wirral Wedding Show
Sunday 8th March, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge
Free of charge

The Wirral Wedding Show is being held in the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton where over 50 the of regions wedding specialists and retailers will be showcasing everything you need and more to plan your perfect wedding day. From bridal dresses to wedding cakes, florists to venue dressers and live wedding bands to wedding photographers. Everything you need for your perfect wedding day all under one roof.

The Floral Pavilion is also the perfect wedding venue with striking, contemporary architecture and dramatic backdrop of the River Mersey and Fort Perch Rock present a truly unique setting for your special day.
  • Free entry & parking
  • Over 30 leading wedding specialists
  • Catwalk shows: 12.30pm and 2.30pm
  • Live entertainment throughout the day
  • Exclusive special offers and competitions
  • Goody bag with a free copy of the latest Wedding Ideas Magazine
08/03/2015
Murder One Night
Murder One Night
Friday 13th March, 7:30pm
Tickets £18.50*

Not suitable for Under 16s

An interactive whodunit where you are invited to attend the Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge for a police reconstruction of the last known movements of a missing girl...

The young woman, last seen in the Marine Point vicinity, has mysteriously disappeared. The police are holding a reconstruction of her last known movements and, alongside members of her family, are pleading for the audience’s help in this intriguing mystery.

However, as skeletons tumble from the family closet, events take an unexpected twist. One of the family is out to prove that blood is thicker than water...

Critically acclaimed company Murder One (featured on CNN) assemble a rogues galley of suspects for their unique Murder Mystery, “Murder One Night” - an interactive evening of entertainment like no other!

Please note that due to the investigative nature of this interactive performance, audience members will be out of their seats for long periods, questioning suspects and studying clues. The performance is not suitable for those under 16 years of age.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
13/03/2015
Ian McCulloch (plus support)
Ian McCulloch (plus support)
Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:00pm
All tickets £19.50*

Formed in Liverpool in 1978, Echo & the Bunnymen grew to become one of the UK’s most popular indie rock bands, responsible for hit albums and singles such as The Cutter, Seven Seas, Bring on the Dancing Horses, The Killing Moon, and Nothing lasts forever.

Iconic front man Ian McCulloch will be giving a rare solo performance at The Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge and will feature stripped down versions of classic Bunnymen tracks, as well as songs from his own solo catalogue.

This is a one off chance to experience the sounds of a true icon of British indie music.

facebook.com/IanMcCullochofficial

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
19/03/2015
Focus
Focus
Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:00pm
Tickets £18.50*/£16.50* (concessions)

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus became as one of the most successful Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits Hocus Pocus, House of The King and Sylvia, the iconic Dutch music masters are back. Focus are Thijs van Leer Hammond-organ, flute and vocals, drums Pierre van der Linden , bass Bobby Jacobs and guitar Menno Gootjes.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
22/03/2015
Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet
Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet
Friday 27th March 2015, 8:00pm
Tickets £15.00*/£13.00* (concessions)

This is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis and Polish vocalist/ composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas (Germany-resident). The quartet features USA resident bassist and harmonica player Patrick Bettison, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).

Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
27/03/2015
Curved Air 2015
Curved Air 2015
Friday 17th April 2015, 8:00pm
Tickets £18.50*/£16.50* (concessions)

This 1969 groundbreaking progressive art-rock band combines a remarkable female vocalist with virtuoso musicians. Reformed in 2008 after a sabbatical of 18 years, they continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans. Curved Air is: vocalist Sonja Kristina, original Curved Air drummer Florian Pilkington Miksa, guitarist Kit Morgan, violinist Paul Sax, bass player Chris Harris and keyboard player Robert Norton.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
17/04/2015
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NEW SEASON ON SALE NOW!
21 Oct 2014
Our new season for Jan-Apr 2015 is now on sale so we've created a season highlights trailer as a taster of what's to come next year.
Watch the trailer

Half Term Workshops with Celtic Roots
8 Oct 2014
During half term Celtic Roots Community Music Academy are running a variety of Irish workshops as part of the Wirral Coastal Irish Festival.
Find out more here
Festival of War, Peace & Remembrance 
10 Oct 2014
There is not long to go now until our very beautiful Festival of War, Peace & Remembrance by Wirral's Hand In Hand Theatre Company.  Bringing together local community groups, drama groups,  and schools with award-winning theatre companies and writers.  From Wed 22nd to Sun 26 Oct.
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