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King Priam (Tippett)
By English Touring Opera

Tuesday 20 May, 7.30pm
Michael Tippett’s magnificent opera is a gripping dramatisation of the fall of Troy as epic as it is powerful. The Olivier Award- winning opera is based on Homer’s Iliad, and focuses on the moral choices of human characters caught up in a world of gods and goddesses, in a stirring account of decisions and their importance at a time of war. Brilliant, insightful and musically gripping, King Priam is British opera at its best. Director James Conway, Conductor Michael Rosewell. Sung in English.

“utterly compelling” The Guardian

£26 (£24.50 conc), £23 Friends, £45 Double Ticket, £10 Restricted View


  Gala Lunchtime Concert Series
Swing City Trio

Friday 23 May, 1.00pm
Formed in 2007, this trio recreate the swing-style jazz typical of New York clubs of the late 1930s and ‘40s. The music of Gershwin, Berlin, Porter and other great songsmiths of the sophisticated era are performed by Steve Andrews (saxophone) Roly Veitch (guitar) and Neil Harlan (bass).



  Halfway to Paradise

Saturday 24 May, 7.30pm
Billy Fury was Britain's own Elvis and the girls loved him. Now to mark the 30th anniversary of his death, his own band, Fury’s Tornados re-play his timeless hits: Last Night Was Made For Love, I Will, Jealousy, Halfway To Paradise and many more. Add the uncanny voice of Colin Gold, a giant nostalgic moving backdrop of this wonderful era and personal movie footage of Billy and the boys, and it’s a musical night to treasure.

£18.50 (£17.50 conc)


Evan Christopher’s Django à la Créole

Wednesday 4 June, 7.30pm
European Gypsy swing combines with the music and rhythms of New Orleans, the Caribbean and Brazil. Evan is arguably the world’s finest clarinettist and possibly the greatest of all time, combining virtuosity and immaculate taste with a strong root in New Orleans jazz. Elegant and impassioned, Evan’s style is steeped in the tradition of early jazz masters such as Sidney Bechet and Barney Bigard. With guitarists David Blenkhorn and Dave Kelbie, and bassist Sebastien Girardot, he celebrates the music of the legendary Django Reinhardt and enlivens swing-era classics with fresh interpretations and virtuosic improvisation.

“in the history of jazz, he will be amidst the greatest of all times” Jazz Classique

£13 (£11 conc), FREE for Gala Friends


Peter Gabriel
Back To Front

Friday 13 June, 7.30pm
This outstanding new concert film celebrates one of the most innovative artists of modern times. Directed by BAFTA winning Hamish Hamilton, it captures the excitement of a spectacular live performance, and also includes interviews with all the key players. Filmed live in October 2013 at London’s O2, as Peter is reunited with his original 80s band to mark the 25th anniversary of the landmark album So. Featuring classic hits: Solsbury Hill, Sledgehammer, Mercy Street and Don’t Give Up, this visual feast brings the viewer to the heart of the concert experience.



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