What's On? May Newbury & District Arts Association
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24 May

8pm
Glenn TilbrookArlington Arts presents:
Glenn Tilbrook
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury

Mention Glenn Tilbrook and most people may immediately think of Squeeze. After all, with his writing partner Chris Difford, Tilbrook was responsible for Top Ten hits all around the world such as Tempted, Hourglass, Cool For Cats and Up The Junction.

Ever since their first EP in 1977, Squeeze has delighted audiences with their brand of honky-tonk new wave and pithy lyricism, while their stock in the music world has seen the likes of Jools Holland, Paul Carrack and Elvis Costello all contribute to their work.

However, since an acrimonious split in 1998 Squeeze has been on the backburner. Although you might forgive him for resting on his laurels after 13 albums and countless tours all over the world, Tilbrook has continued to write and perform with the same enthusiasm that he brought to Squeeze’s earliest recordings. With his two solo albums, The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook and Transatlantic Ping-Pong, he proved he’s lost none of the joie-de-vivre that became Squeeze’s trademark.

For 2009’s album Pandemonium Ensues, he injected some fresh faces by recruiting new band The Fluffers and some prestigious guests in the shape of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. This has been complemented by a conversational live show that is delightfully shambling in its approach – Tilbrook loves blurring the boundary between crowd and performer by performing requests and even taking his audience for walkabouts to set up impromptu gigs!

Although a Squeeze reunion had always looked unlikely, Tilbrook and Difford’s paths slowly began to cross with more frequency, leading to a series of low-key gigs together in 2007. In 2008, super fan Mark Ronson presented them with the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, while Lily Allen called them the Robert De Niro of music when they received the Nordoff-Robbins Icon Award. With the addition of former Squeeze bassist John Bentley, and Fluffers pair Stephen Large and Simon Hanson, this lineup has been winning fans all over again with gigs and festival appearances at the likes of V, Oxegen, T in The Park, Guilfest and Latitude, reminding us all of the outstanding back catalogue that Squeeze possess.

"Squeeze's influence still resonates today, catching Tilbrook live I was treated to on of the very best solo appearances Iv'e ever seen pulled off. A powerhouse of humour, punch and energy" Village Voice

www.glenntilbrook.com

Tickets: online, boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk, Newbury 01635 244246
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25 May


7:30pm
Douai AbbeyMusic at Douai presents:
Field of the Cloth of Gold
The Tallis Scholars
Douai Abbey, Woolhampton

A Newbury Spring Festival Concert

Conducted by Peter Phillips

Mouton, Jean: Nesciens Mater
Cornyshe, William: Ave Maria
Mouton, Jean: Ave Maria
Mouton, Jean: Quaeramus cum pastoribus
Browne, John: Salve Regina
Mouton, Jean: Kyrie and Agnus from Missa Dictes moy toutes von pensees
Mouton, Jean: Salva nos
Cornyshe, William: Ah Robyn
Cornyshe, William: Woefully Array'd
Cornyshe, William: Magnificat

Tickets: The Corn Exchange, Newbury 01635 522733
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25 May


8pm
Mari WilsonArlington Arts presents:
Mari Wilson
Just What I Always Wanted
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury

Mari Wilson (The Neasden Queen of Soul) first arrived on the scene in the early eighties with her skyscraper beehive hairdo, bizarre sense of fashion and fully choreographed twelve piece band The Wilsations! Mari’s live shows werespoken about as an event - pure entertainment.

This, part of her latest UK tour will be true to form, a mix of hits old and new, unusual and unexpected covers and a myriad of glamorous costume changes. Combined with Mari’s storytelling and wit she still stands as one of the best live performers in the country.

“Once the beehive queen of retro-pop, Wilson now emerges as a Radio 2-friendly cross between Karen Carpenter and Diana Ross. Feather-light ballads, beautifully arranged” Sunday Express

www.mariwilson.co.uk

Tickets: online, boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk, Newbury 01635 244246
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25 May

8-11 pm
Hungerford Jazz ForumHungerford Jazz Forum presents:
Hungerford Jazz Forum
Royal British Legion, Church Way, Hungerford

The Hungerford Jazz Forum was set up by Andy Richardson and George Wicks in 2002.

The idea behind HJF was, and still is, to give performers of all ages the opportunity to perform for a live audience in a friendly environment.

Beginning and intermediate players are welcome as we recognise that doing it for real is the best experience there is. Woodshedding is essential but it's a waste of time if you don't get up and blow!

HJF is pleased to recognise the support from a wide range of musicians and we are proud that we also have support from young musicians who are still at school.

Details: http://hungerfordjazz.webs.com
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Continuing this week:

5-27 May



open daily
11am-5pm
(8pm Thursdays)
INSIGHT 2012 - The Open Studios flagship exhibitionOpen Studios presents:
INSIGHT 2012
The Open Studios
flagship exhibition
The Gallery, New Greenham Arts, 113 Lindenmuth Way, New Greenham Park

INSIGHT 2012 - The Open Studios flagship exhibitionINSIGHT 2012 is the flagship exhibition of Open Studios in the renowned gallery at New Greenham Arts. All the artists in the scheme are represented making it a good starting point for studio visits.

The show is curated by David Jones and Diana Barraclough and there is an exciting range of exhibits from sparkling jewellery and imaginative textiles to ceramics, photography, painting, sculpture and new media of every kind.

INSIGHT 2012 - The Open Studios flagship exhibitionIn this Olympic Year; visit our celebratory exhibitions, Olympic Spirit - A Collaborative Art Work and Life Force, both at the Corn Exchange. Art in Sport and The Olympic Dream will be at Newbury Central Library. There are satellite exhibitions at Arlington Arts, Sir Terence Conran’s Benchmark and the West Berkshire Community Hospital.

For a full list visit the website.

New Greenham Arts is unique in the area with its' provision of studios for ten artists adjacent to the gallery.

Details: Newbury 01635 522733 or Open Studios
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5-24 May


11am-5pm weekends and Thursdays
(except 10th May)
Artists at Lower Way FarmArtists at Lower Way Farm presents:
Artists at Lower Way Farm
Lower Way Farm, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3TL

This year, a lively exhibition with a real sense of fun will take over Lower Way Farm including sculpture, ceramics, painting and illustration from five established local artists.

Sophie Waite’s rustic ceramic objects sit beautifully alongside Nuala Whales’ emotive oil paintings.

Diana Pattenden’s beautiful bronze sculptures feature animals with real personality and an energy that brings them to life.

Jo Burton’s paintings personify the ornate with layers of collage, paint and gold leaf, in stark contrast to the quirky illustrations of Vikki Aust with her vividly imagined characters and their equally abnormal worlds.

Details: 01635 863804 or Artists at Lower Way Farm
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2 - 27 May


10am - 5pm
Paul WrightModern Artists Gallery presents:
Masterpiece 2012
Paul Wright
Modern Artists Gallery

BP National Portrait Award Finalist unveils his new collection of paintings at Modern Artists Gallery.

The traditional meaning of the word ‘masterpiece’ is a work considered an artist's best or most representative and this new collection by Paul Wright richly deserves the title.

Paul Wright has exhibited at Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire since the early stages of his career, and enjoyed his first solo show at the gallery in 2006. The success of the show prompted his successful entry to the BP National Portrait Award and his career has snowballed at an astonishing rate since. Critical affirmation of this young artists’ work has come not just via the National Portrait Award but also inclusion among the hallowed walls of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London’s Discerning Eye exhibition and a recent stint as Artist in Residence at Texas University.

"Paul Wright has emerged as an accomplished and immensely talented artist; a defiant standard-bearer for the qualities of technique, craftsmanship, colour and texture in painting. Although he is clearly influenced by the best traditions of fine art, his approach is individual, contemporary and powerful". Darryl McCarthy Art Critic 2010

Details: www.modernartistsgallery.com
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Newbury and District Arts Association is supported by:

West Berkshire District Council

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