Current Programme - Music


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January Thursday 30th at 7.30pm

Swing Time

Five Star Swing

Swing-along with songs from Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. Five Star swing have featured on BBC TV's Children in Need, Dame Vera Lynn's Charity Ball, London's Leicester Square Theatre and Blackpool's Tower Ballroom. The band includes Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra and Chris Smith Jr., composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band and the Herb Miller Big Band. "Swing and Song of the highest order" - Telegraph.



Tickets: £16, £14 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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January Friday 31st - Saturday 1st ,Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

She Said, He Said, They Said

UCC Musical Theatre

An evening of musical theatre presented by the University Centre Colchester second year degree students. Featuring songs from well-established and contemporary musicals.



Tickets: £10, £5 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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February Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Dare To Be Different

Colchester Operatic Society

Don't conform... Perform! Our society wants everyone to be "normal" - but, as individuals, we are different. We "want to break free", be accepted for our individuality and "make our own kind of music". An evening's entertainment featuring a diverse range of songs from musical theatre and pop.



Tickets: £12.50, £10 (under 12's, Over 65's and people with disabilities)
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February Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm

Sondheim & Me

Joanna Eden & George Double Trio

Sondheim & Me, is a must for those with a passion for jazz and musical theatre, as singer/pianist Joanna Eden honours the 'Godfather of Modern Musical Theatre'. In a journey from 'West Side Story' to 'Into the Woods', Joanna explores the jazzy side of Stephen Sondheim without losing the theatrical truth. Enjoy her fresh take on classics like Send in the Clowns, Being Alive, Giants in the Sky, The Miller's Son and more.



Tickets: £15
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February Friday 21st - Saturday 22nd at 7pm also 1pm and 4pm Saturday

A Night at the Musicals

Theatretrain

Theatretrain Colchester invite you to join them for a Night at the Musicals. Our talented students aged between six and eighteen will dance, act and sing their way through musical theatre numbers from The Lion King, Billy Elliot and Dear Evan Hansen.



Tickets: £10, £8 (60+, FTS, under 16's)
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March Sunday 8th at 7.30pm

Live with The Femmes

The Femmes

Prepare to be whisked back to the 1940's with this vocal harmony trio as they take you through the years giving classic hits that vintage twist! With more fizz than a glass of champagne these girls will get your toes a tapping and leave you jumping and jiving!



Tickets: £12
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March Monday 9th at 7.30pm

Performance Platform featuring Harmonics vocal ensemble

UCC Musical Theatre

Students from the University Centre Colchester degree course present a varied programme of musical theatre numbers. They will be supported by the college vocal ensemble, Harmonics.



Tickets: £5
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April Wednesday 15th at 7.30pm

Piano Divas/The Music's On Me

Wendy Kirkland Quartet

With a voice that has been likened to Blossom Dearie with hints of Diana Krall, pianist/singer Wendy Kirkland's influences range from Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, to Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly and Chick Corea. Wendy will perform material from her critically acclaimed albums 'Piano Divas' and 'The Music's On Me', including original compositions and several instrumentals to which she has added her own lyrics.



Tickets: £15
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April Saturday 18th at 7.30

Eastern Swing

Fourteen of East Anglia's finest and most versatile musicians just love getting together to play big band music. Their enjoyment is infectious and you will be swept away by classics from Glenn Miller and jazz standards down the years to some unexpected and modern tunes that arranger John Chillingworth has given a swing twist. Maybe a few originals thrown in too.

All this in the intimate setting of the Headgate where you are close enough to feel part of the fun. No opera glasses required!

For an evening of the best big band and swing music around, get your tickets from...




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