Thursday, 21 April 2022

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Friday Twilight – Titanic in Music, Song and Story at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery



Friday 22 April 2022

Down the decades the story of Titanic has been featured in many books, several cinema films and in many songs and musical compositions. Here we pay a musical tribute on stage and screen.

Come and enjoy the overture, opening and “God Speed, Titanic” from "Titanic: The Musical" which was presented with soloists and the Phoenix Singers at the Victoria Hall for the 2012 Centenary.

Our evening’s onstage performances will feature Virginia Johnson accompanied by Karen Shutt with special guests The Boat Band. Hear contemporary tunes in the First Class Passenger Lounge, and lively songs and music from the decks below in Steerage - such as "Fine, Fine Fine!” "Fare Thee Well, Titanic, Fare The Well” and songs reflecting on the fateful end of Titanic and the loss of over 1500 souls.

Come and celebrate all things Titanic and commemorate that tragic maiden voyage 110 years ago. Tickets £10 and includes free entry to the Titanic exhibition at 7pm before the main show begins. 

Please call 01782 232323 or email MuseumEvents@stoke.gov.uk to book.


 

A 3-Day Musical Showcase - New Music Biennial 🎵 in Coventry

 

NEW MUSIC BIENNIAL

COVENTRY CATHEDRAL, DRAPERS' HALL AND HMV EMPIRE
FRI 22 - SUN 24 APR
FREE


Curious about chamber opera, jazz, folk, classical or electronic? 

New Music Biennial is your chance to sample a range of musical styles and learn more from the artists who composed them. 

With each venue a short walk from each other, you can enjoy lots of new music in a short space of time - and it's all free to attend.

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    HOW IT WORKS

    Each performance lasts for one hour. Within this hour, you will hear a 15-minute piece, followed by a Q&A with the composer or artist, then you'll hear the 15-minute piece again. You'll gain a greater appreciation of the work and the artistic intention behind it.
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    FEATURED PERFORMANCE

    DOUBLE BILL: "HANDSFREE" BY ANNA MEREDITH, "MIGHTY RIVER" BY ERROLLYN WALLEN

    Sun 24 Apr, 7.30pm - 9.15pm
    Coventry Cathedral


    Bold, brilliant, brave: join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as hundreds of musicians animate the music of two iconic British women and change your experience of the concert performance through their passionate commitment.
     
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    FULL PROGRAMME

    FRIDAY 22 APRIL


    "BREATHLINES" ARMONICO CONSORT, TOBY YOUNG

    5.30pm, Coventry Cathedral. Sitting between concerto and meditation, reflecting on the relationships between body, breath and being.

    "URBAN BIRDS" BY ARLENE SIERRA

    6.30pm, Drapers' Hall. Bringing together three international soloists who specialise in new music for piano plus electronics.

    “ILLUSIONS” BY PHILIP VENABLES AND DAVID HOYLE

    8pm, HMV Empire. Venables’ brash musical style combines with Hoyle’s vibrant, direct and uncompromising performance art.

    PAUL PURGAS

    9.30pm, Coventry Cathedral. A new commission exploring the past and future of analogue tape composition.

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    SATURDAY 23 APRIL


    "13 VICES" BY BRIAN IRVINE AND JENNIFER WALSHE

    12pm, Drapers' Hall. Melting boundaries between theatre, poetry and contemporary music.

    "SPLIT THE AIR" BY MARTIN GREEN

    1.30pm, Coventry Cathedral. Ivor Novello winning composer Martin Green immerses himself into the world of brass bands.

    “SKIP DASH FLOW” BY JASON YARDE

    3.30pm, Drapers' Hall. A fantastic blend of world rhythms, stylish melodies, exuberant soloing and one enormous load of fun.

    NEW WORK BY RAKHI SINGH, VESSEL & NYX: ELECTRONIC DRONE CHOIR

    5pm, HMV Empire. A new work for vocal ensemble, electronics and violin exploring Danish poet Inger Christensen’s masterpiece ‘It’.

    "TOWARDS RENEWAL” BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA, PHILIP HERBERT

    6pm, Coventry Cathedral. A new piece commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

    “THE MOON HAS BECOME” BY YAZZ AHMED

    7.30pm, Drapers' Hall. A surround-sound sonic artwork and performed live by an 11-piece ensemble.

    "THE POWER AND THE GLORY" BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA BY GAZELLE TWIN

    9pm, Coventry Cathedral. Bringing a blend of traditional musical concepts and futuristic pop to a full symphony orchestra.

    "BOG BODY" BY KEELEY FORSYTH

    10pm, HMV Empire. A powerful, innovative audio-visual performance piece.

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    SUNDAY 24 APRIL

     

    "BETHIA" BY DANIEL ELMS

    12pm, HMV Empire. Includes the carillon bells of Hull Minster, a male choir and a kaleidoscopic collage of film.

    "THE CROSSING" BY ROOPA PANESAR

    1.30pm, Drapers' Hall. Created by eminent sitarist Roopa Panesar with pianist Al MacSween and sound designer Camilo Tirado.

    "FROM THE VESTRY" BY COBY SEY

    3pm, HMV Empire. South East London musical polymath Coby Sey joins forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

    "SHE WHO" JESSICA CURRY AND NATIONAL YOUTH CHAMBER CHOIR

    5pm, Drapers' Hall. The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain perform their commission by BAFTA award winner Jessica Curry.

    AFRODEUTSCHE

    6.30pm, HMV Empire. A bold new work representing the cutting edge of Manchester’s cultural and musical language.

    DOUBLE BILL: "HANDSFREE" BY ANNA MEREDITH, "MIGHTY RIVER" BY ERROLLYN WALLEN

    7.30pm, Coventry Cathedral. Hundreds of musicians animate the music of two iconic British women.

    "365" BY AIDAN O'ROURKE AND KIT DOWNS

    9pm, Drapers' Hall.  Intertwining tunes with the words that inspired them. A series of fleeting, vivid vignettes.

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    GOOD TO KNOW

    • All performances are seated
    • There will be bag searches at every venue
    • Bags should not be larger than a sheet of A4
    • No professional camera equipment
    • No flash photography
    • No late admittance
    • No food or alcohol brought into the premises

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    Presented in partnership with PRS Foundation, Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings with support from Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

    Dementia Connect: a new personalised support service from Alzheimer's Society





     








    BIRMINGHAM JOBS, CAREER AND SKILLS FAIR 14TH APRIL 2022 – 12noon-6pm

     

    Jobs, careers and skills event, hosted by B2022 Community Engagement Team, hosted by Legacy Centre of Excellence and supported by Clarion Futures.

    Jobs, careers, and skills event, supported By Clarion Futures.

    OVER 600+ JOBS ARE BEING RECRUITED FOR by: Clarion Futures, Gi group (Main Commonwealth Games Contractor), NEC Group, Birmingham Ceremonies, Hilton Hotel group,And also Jobs & Skills Academy WMCA- employment support services available through Games legacy.

    DWP- Employment and benefit support for unemployed jobseekers.

    BCC Financial inclusion partnership- services including PURE project supporting people with complex needs.

    Street League- offering employment advise targeted at young jobseekers & delivering Commonwealth sport activations.

    Useful website for carers of people wih mental ill health

     

     
    Carers' hub

    If you are a carer for someone living with mental illness it can feel difficult to support your loved one or to get the answers you might need. This section has all you need to know about looking after your loved one.

    A good place for mental health carers to get some practical advice and information.  Lots of downloadable factsheets of all different aspects of caring for someone with mental ill health.



    For more information and support

    Women & Theatre – Project Sessions and Opportunities



    ‘A THOUSAND THREADS’

    Inspired by Womens’s Cricket featuring in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 2022, Women & Theatre is developing a new intergenerational community production about women, girls and cricket.





     

    Community Craft Sessions


    Join Women & Theatre to help make props and items of set involving weaving and other craft activities.

     


    Community Performance Club


    Free and friendly drama club for people aged 50+ and carers in Brandwood and surrounding areas.

     

    To receive regular updates please join the Women & Theatre mailing list at https://womenandtheatre.co.uk/mailing-list/

    Thursday, 17 March 2022

    A talk on the Hereford Gospels


    ‘The Hereford Gospels and Origins of Hereford’ by Professor Michelle P.Brown, FSA

    Wednesday 13 April, 2.30pm

    The Hereford Gospels is one of the great treasures of Hereford Cathedral and a landmark of early book production in Britain. In this lecture a new scenario for its production is suggested – made at or for Hereford Cathedral as a focal point at the shrine of a martyred royal saint, King Ethelbert of East Anglia.

    Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased via the cathedral website:

    The Nitecrawlers Set To Relaunch "Unlock The Blues"

     Just Two Years Later Than Planned... HERE COME THE NITECRAWLERS


    With spectacularly unlucky timing, Wolverhampton-based blues band The Nitecrawlers had scheduled the launch of their debut CD album for March 2020, precisely co-incident with the arrival of BBC - that's Big Bad Covid. 

    Over the previous 12 months, The Nitecrawlers had firmly established themselves as one of the most popular bands at Henry's Blueshouse, played a bunch of festivals and clubs honing their music until they felt ready to record, gone into the recording studio ready to rock which is precisely what they did as is evidenced by the end product, the "Unlock The Blues" album.

    The obvious place to launch the album was at Henry's Blueshouse, which they planned, with media coverage and promotion plans in place until along came Covid and the whole thing, along with the music business in general, came to a sudden and grinding halt.

    Now, exactly two years later, with Covid now pretty much accepted as part of life, The Nitecrawlers are set to pick up where they left off and are set to Re-Launch their debut album on Tuesday 15th March at Henry's Blueshouse, now comfortably settled in to our new home at Velvet Music Rooms at 200 Broad Street on Birmingham's West Side.

    For further information, please contact Jim Simpson on jim@bigbearmusic.com / 0121 454 7020



    Iconic Knife Angel visits Stoke-on-Trent this April



    The Knife Angel, a sculpture made from over 100,000 seized blades, is coming to Stoke-on-Trent this April. 

    The iconic statue was the brainchild of British Ironwork Centre’s Clive Knowles and was crafted by artist Alfie Bradley. It aims to raise awareness of knife crime and give people a place where they can hand over knives safely.

    The 27ft high sculpture was specifically created to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour whilst solidifying our critical need for social change.  There are over 1600 knives on the monument collected from Stoke-on-Trent residents.

    The National Monument will be located at The Smithfield in Hanley throughout April and will be used to provide anti-violence and anti-aggression youth engagement across the city.

    The Knife Angel is a very iconic and memorable monument to visit.  We encourage organisations, community groups and residents to see the Knife Angel and engage with anti-violence activities throughout April.  There are educational resources available for local organisations which will help to deliver the key messages to children and young adults.

    If you plan to visit the monument, please let us know as we are keen to capture the number of children and young adults that engage with this project.  Please email knife.angel@stoke.gov.uk regarding site visits, to request educational materials or if you have any questions.

    Animals! Events in Coventry



    MON 11 APR 2022 TO FRI 22 APR 2022

    VARIOUS LOCATIONS
    £2 FOR ADULT, £1 FOR CHILD
     

    Age guidance: 6+

    A wild and empowering performance about animals, humans and nature.

    The animals are gathering.

    But one species hasn't turned up, and it's the species which has been causing all the trouble.

    Something's got to be done, and whatever it is, it's going to be wild!

    Fun, interactive and featuring original songs, Animals! is an empowering and uplifting performance about animals, humans and nature. It celebrates the amazing wildlife around us and makes big things feel possible.

    Dens & Signals bring people together to create connections, shared moments, and future possibilities.

     

    “A deft and imaginative experience” – The Guardian on Treasured – A Secret Journey

    “A beautiful swaggering pleasure” – Audience member on The Wake

    Book tickets for different locations and dates.

    About Animals!

    Created by Dens & Signals. Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust for #GreenFutures, supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

    Photo by Rosie Powell.

    Broken Promises - An Evening with Mel Sherratt at City Central Library, Hanley


    Friday 25 March ¦ 7pm ¦ City Central Library

    Broken Promises: An Evening with Mel Sherratt

    This is a free event – but tickets must be booked in advance.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    Book tickets by contacting City Central Library by phone: 01782 238455 or email: central.library@stoke.gov.uk