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Miss Giggles Entertains
Miss Giggles Entertains
Every Monday starting 21st July till 1st September, 2:00pm
(Except Bank Holiday Monday 25th August)

Please note that all attending need a valid ticket for the show - including parents.

Come and join Miss Giggles for a fully traditional ‘It’s behind you’ style show. With puppets, magic, music, singing and dancing this will be a fun-filled hour of entertainment for everyone aged between 2 and 8.

Let your children enter the magical, fictional world of Chuckleborough! Meet Scruffy the dog and Squeak the mouse, but be aware of the Choo spiders!

www.missgiggles.co.uk
01/09/2014
Wirral Schools Concert Band - Celebration Concert 2014
Wirral Schools Concert Band - Celebration Concert 2014
Sunday 7th September, 7:00pm
Tickets £9.00*/£6.00 (conc)

The Concert Band has been delighting audiences on the Wirral for over 30 years and is this August returning to Euro Disney in Paris as part of their 2014 tour of France. Other European tours include Prague and the Rhine in Germany, as well as Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Wirral School’s Big Band makes their first ever guest appearance at this year’s concert, following their 2014 tour with the Concert Band. Their high standards can only be achieved through dedication, hard work and real enthusiasm for music - come along and be thrilled by their performance.

*Plus a £1.00 booking fee per ticket (Maximum £8.00)
07/09/2014
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?
08/09/2014 To 03/11/2014
Dr. David Starkey - The Tudors and Us
Dr. David Starkey - The Tudors and Us
Friday 12th September, 8pm
£17.00*/£15.00* conc
In the Blue Lounge

The UK’s leading constitutional historian, known for his forthright views, talks about the period he describes as "the most glorious soap opera , with the whole future of countries turning on what these huge personalities felt like when they got out of bed in the morning".

A Cambridge educated grammar school boy who became a respected LSE lecturer, a uniquely abrasive debater on Radio 4’s Moral Maze, a controversial contributor to Question Time, and the creator and presenter of many very popular historical TV series... on such subjects as Henry VIII , Elizabeth I , the Monarchy, the Churchills, and recently Music and Monarchy.


*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
12/09/2014
The Wirral Wedding Show
The Wirral Wedding Show
Sunday 14th September, 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
14/09/2014
Limehouse Lizzy
Limehouse Lizzy
Saturday 27th September, 8:00pm
Tickets £17.00*/£15.00* (conc)

Please note that this is an all standing gig

Limehouse Lizzy have been officially named one of the hardest working acts in the UK, alongside some of the country's biggest & most popular performers. They were accredited for their live shows by the Performing Rights Society, and recieved their award from PRS Chairman and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter (Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Tom Jones) Guy Fletcher OBE.

Renowned for an action-packed pyrothechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute in their set to the late Gary Moore (ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist and world renowned solo artist) who sadly passed away last year.

Attention to detail, playful audience interaction and that all important X-factor that leaves you with the feeling of witnessing the real thing have led to their performance being described as “beyond tribute”, by both audience and critics alike.

Following the enormous success of their ˜Live & Dangerous” & ˜Dedication” tours, the band embarked upon their “Into the Limelight” tour to tie in with their appearance on an episode of BBC2’s ‘Arena’ documentary series of the same name.

The tour travelled as far as a headline slot at a rock festival in Greece, and the Virgin Atlantic Music festival in Barbados. The band appeared alongside diverse world music acts, and played a Thin Lizzy set representing the celtic rock genre.

In 2014 the band's European tour continues to explore and celebrate the artistic and musical legacy of the hard-living, hard-rocking, yet at times surprisingly tender and romantic artist that was Philip Lynott. This year they will be appearing in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Holland and Belgium.

Expect more of the Celtic influenced tracks like ”Whisky in the Jar” and “Black Rose”, amongst the usual razzamatazz and classic tracks “The Boys are Back in Town”, “Sarah” and many others we’ve come to expect from one of the most highly rated acts on the circuit.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
27/09/2014
Nik Kershaw - The "me, myself and I tour"
Nik Kershaw - The "me, myself and I tour"
Sunday 28th September, 7:30pm
£21.00*/£19.00* conc
Blue Lounge
Unreserved seating

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first chart success, Nik performs songs and tells tales from his impressive career and takes (potentially) awkward questions from the audience. This is a rare opportunity to experience an intimate evening with the man, famously described by Elton John as, “the best song writer of a generation”.



*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
28/09/2014
Eurobeat (Almost Eurovision) Sarajevo
Eurobeat (Almost Eurovision) Sarajevo
Wednesday 1st October and Thursday 2nd October, 7:30pm
All tickets £11.00*

Unreserved seating

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
01/10/2014 To 02/10/2014
Rock Through the Ages - Wirral Community Choir
Rock Through the Ages - Wirral Community Choir
Friday 17th October, 7:30pm
Tickets £13.00*/£6.00 (under 16's)

Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge (unreserved seating)

A collection of the greatest Rock 'N' Roll music from the 1950s to the present day. Featuring music from Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Haley & the Comets, Queen and much more, with a live band.

Musical Director - Stephen Mannings

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
17/10/2014
Karine Polwart
Karine Polwart
Sunday 19th October, 8:00pm
Tickets £15.00*/£13.00* (conc)

Karine draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance. She also has the purest and most approachable of singing voices, drawing the listener towards her in the same way one might lean towards a late night tale by the fireside.

With glowing reviews for the evocative lyricism and cinematic musical depth of her 2012 album "Traces", Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart will be playing a raft of songs from the album and some live favourites at all her dates in 2014.


"Vivid, intelligent and full of humanity" Mail On Sunday ****

"Orchestral yet intimate which perfectly complements Polwart's intelligently sincere lyrics" Songlines *****

www.karinepolwart.com

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
19/10/2014
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 FROM WW1
New Brighton Primary choir &
Past Productions presents WISH YOU WEREN'T HERE

Wish You Weren't Here
chronicles the lives of those who gave themselves to WWI. It is an amalgamation of several stories into two main characters; Mabel and Tom. Using audience participation, music, storytelling and a whole host of props to bring the war alive..


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

LIVMAK presents TOMMY: A TALE FROM THE TRENCHES by Mike Lockley

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

POETRY NOW & THEN:
THE POEM SHED & MOSSLANDS HIGH SCHOOL

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

Readings
by The Floral Drama group &
LIKE MINDS present award-winning drama: ENEMIES by Jo Stone

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
: original pieces by local writers:
 
21 Again by Keith Hill,
Pretoria by Harold Smith (performed by Riverside Players)
Blind by Kevin Eames,
The Black Chair by Emlyn Jones
We Dancing by Abbey Fitzhenry.

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

Writing Inspired by WW1
from Calday Grammar School &
Past Productions presents WISH YOU WEREN’T HERE

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

HAND IN HAND THEATRE presents FORGOTTEN VOICES

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 Sanctury & The Girls From Ashburton House
Search for Sanctury & The Girls From Ashburton House
Saturday 25th October, 2:00pm
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

PHOENIX DRAMA presents two award-winning dramas SEARCH FOR SANCTUARY
and THE GIRLS FROM ASHBURTON HOUSE by Jill Breckon
plus a music and dance interlude.

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 & After the Flags and Bands
The Last Visitor & After the Flags and Bands
Saturday 25th October, 7:30pm
Tickets £6.00/£5.00

Two Award-winning dramas by Allan Williams
LOOSE CANNONS presents THE LAST VISITOR
HAND IN HAND THEATRE presents AFTER THE FLAGS AND BANDS

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

SONGS OF WAR & PEACE with Calli Hughes, Sennital and Mark Dawson
& devised theatre from LIPA 4:19 and Diamond Youth Drama

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

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
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
Donna Robinson - Just Donna
Donna Robinson - Just Donna
Thursday 6th November, 7:30pm
Tickets £16.00*/£14.00* (conc)

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. 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
)

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 Workshop
Rick Vito 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.

http://www.rickvito.com

*Price shown includes a £1.00 booking fee.
23/11/2014
Martin Simpson
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
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
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BOX OFFICE
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Bank Holiday Opening Times
14 August 2014
Our opening times over the August Bank Holiday weekend will be 12pm-4pm on Sat 23rd, Sun 24th and Mon 25th Aug.
On Sat 23rd Aug the Floral Café and Plaza will be closed for a private event.
Don't be Grumpy, be Happy this Christmas with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!
20 June 2014
CAST ANNOUNCED. Tupele Dorgu leads the cast in this year's unmissable panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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