What's On? July Newbury & District Arts Association
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8 July


11am - 1pm
Rock Academy with Jamie HumphriesHADCAF presents:
Rock Academy
with Jamie Humphries
The Croft Hall, Hungerford

One of the UK's finest guitar players and author of several books on guitar playing, Jamie Humphries has taught at both the Academy of Contemporary Music (Guildford) and the Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

As a session guitarist he has recorded and performed all over the world with major artists (most recently with Brian May). Jamie shares his encyclopaedic knowledge of guitar styles and techniques in a workshop that mixes lesson and performance.

Further information: Tim Walters 07824 512009.

Sponsored by: The Gentleman’s Shop

Tickets: Newbury Building Society, Hungerford or 01488 684038
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8 July


7:30pm
HADCAF presents:
Watlington House and its Garden
Illustrated talk by Gaila Adair & Clive Williams OBE
The Croft Hall, Hungerford

Built by Samuel Watlington in 1688, Watlington House is the oldest secular building in Reading. Trustee and member of Berkshire Gartdens Trust Gaila Adair is leading the project to restore the garden of this lovely house.

Tickets: Newbury Building Society, Hungerford or 01488 684038
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8 July

7:45pm
Douai AbbeyMusic at Douai presents:
Berkshire Youth Choir
Douai Abbey, Woolhampton

Berkshire Youth Choir with Berkshire Young Voices and Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra including music by Tallis, Allegri, Albeniz, Rutter, Maxwell Davies and others

Tickets: The Corn Exchange, Newbury 01635 522733
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9 July


7:30pm
HADCAF presents:
Jazz at St Lawrence’s
with David Small and friends
St Lawrence’s Church, Hungerford

A varied programme of jazz and jazz-influenced music ranging from well-known tunes and melodies of the classic era of the 1940s and ’50s to more modern material.

Tickets: Free entry - retiring collection in aid of the Friends of St Lawrence’s Church
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10 July


7:30pm
Natalie Hyde, sopranoHADCAF presents:
Home and Away
Natalie Hyde, soprano
Hungerford

Accompanied on the piano by Susan Holmes

Songs and Piano Solos from Britain and Europe.

Local young musicians who are well on their way to a thriving professional career after graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Natalie and Susan collaborate in a delightful programme of songs and piano solos, taking you on a journey from England through France, Germany and Italy, before returning home again.

Sponsored by: Mrs Daphne Priestley

Tickets: Newbury Building Society, Hungerford or 01488 684038
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11 July


7:30pm
Kausikan RajeshkumarHADCAF presents:
Kausikan Rajeshkumar
Piano recital
The Croft Hall, Hungerford

Programme includes Beethoven Sonata op. 31 no. 3, Chopin Ballade no. 4, and works by Schumann, Debussy and Villa-Lobos.

Kausikan has performed at many prestigious venues in London and around the UK, on Radio 4 and BBCTV, and for HRH Prince Charles.

He was twice a Piano Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year (2008 and 2009), and won the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar in 2009.

He graduated with a First in Music from Cambridge University and is currently continuing his studies at the Royal College of Music.

Sponsored by: Mrs Daphne Priestley and The GJ Ward Charitable Trust

Tickets: Newbury Building Society, Hungerford or 01488 684038
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12 Jul - 21 Jul


7:45pm
Henry IV Part OneProgress Theatre presents:
Henry IV Part One
by William Shakespeare
Caversham Court Gardens, Reading

Henry Bollingbroke, a once great knight, has returned to Britain and claimed the throne in the absence of King Richard II.

Now Hotspur, the son of his former ally, is rallying together the forces of Wales, Scotland and the North to restore the rightful heir. Henry’s only hope of keeping his crown is that his wayward son will pull himself away from the taverns of London, and the influence of Old Jack Falstaff, to become the Prince he was meant to be.

History, comedy and tragedy roll into one in this Shakespearean masterpiece. The battle that will shape Britain is about to begin…

All performed in the enchanting setting of Caversham Court Gardens.
Directed by: Dan Clarke

Tickets: www.ReadingArts.com or 0118 960 6060
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12 July


8pm
Cave of Forgotten DreamsHADCAF presents:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Dir. Werner Herzog (2010)
The Croft Hall, Hungerford

A unique glimpse into the astonishing Chauvet Cave in Southern France, where in 1994 hundreds of paintings of animals were discovered, including some rarely or never found in other ice age paintings.

Drawn around 32,000 years ago, they are almost twice as old as any previous evidence of the human imagination expressing itself.

There is no public access to the cave, but in 2010 acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog was allowed to take in a 4-man crew. Working within severe restrictions, they produced this stunning record.

“One of the greatest cultural discoveries in the history of the Western world” Telegraph

“Absolutely awesome” Sunday Times

Tickets: Newbury Building Society, Hungerford or 01488 684038
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12-14 July



7:30pm
Bedroom FarceHADCAF presents:
Bedroom Farce
presented by The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company
The Croft Hall, Hungerford

A play by Alan Ayckbourn

Three bedrooms and four couples doing almost anything rather than sleeping, with tremendous potential for conflict, confusion and comedy….

Tickets: from Crown Needlework, 115 High Street - 01488 684011
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13/14 July


7:30pm
gates open 6:30pm

Arrive early and picnic before the performance.
A Laughing MatterAldermaston Players presents:
A Laughing Matter
outdoor theatre at Meadow Brook
Meadow Brook, Frouds Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4LG

A Laughing Matter is a humorous and sometime bawdy comedy written by April de Angelis in 2002 for the National Theatre. It's a 'modern' restoration comedy, if there is such a classification!

The story tells the end of David Garrick's acting career as it intertwines with the opening performance of She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith. In part it conveys the story of the foundation of the modern english theatre and modern acting. David Garrick (1717-1779) was the foremost influence on taking acting from the 'melodramatic' to 'method'.

An outdoor amateur production of a modern  restoration comedy play. Plenty of parking and cover provide if weather is inclement.

Tickets: www.aldermastonplayers.co.uk, 01189 712 530
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13 July




7:30pm
Roger LlewellynHADCAF presents:
Sherlock Holmes: The Death and Life
A new drama by David Stuart Davies
The Croft Hall, Hungerford

A new drama by David Stuart Davies. Performed by Roger Llewellyn
Directed by Gareth Armstrong with original music by Simon Slater.

In this wryly humorous tale of murder, mystery and the occult, the world's greatest detective refuses to leave the stage as Conan Doyle, tiring of his ‘intolerably arrogant Sherlock Holmes’, invents the arch villain Moriarty to dispose of him. But Doyle's strategy, combined with his passion for raising the spirits of the dead, has more dramatic consequences than he bargains for!

Roger Llewellyn has had a long career in classical theatre, TV, the West End, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, before touring worldwide with the hugely acclaimed solo drama Sherlock Holmes: The Last Act.

'Roger Llewellyn precisely embodies Sherlock, Conan Doyle would have approved' Time Out

'This is Holmes as you've always imagined him - but with a cutting sense of humour' Sunday Express

Sponsored by: Herongate Leisure

Tickets: Newbury Building Society, Hungerford or 01488 684038
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13 July

7:30pm
Kennet OperaHADCAF presents:
Kennet Opera
St Lawrence’s Church,
Hungerford

Members of Kennet Opera sing a sequence from the operatic world.

Refreshments available.

Tickets: Newbury Building Society, Hungerford or 01488 684038
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14/15 July

10am - 6pm
(4pm Sun)
Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition HADCAF presents:
Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition
Corn Exchange & Magistrates Room,
Hungerford

An opportunity for all local artists, amateur and professional, to show their work. Contact Kath Nurse on 01488 657525 or email kath.nurse@virgin.net for details.

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14 July



8pm
Spider John KoernerArlington Arts presents:
Spider John Koerner & Chip Taylor Smith
w. Dave Peabody
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury

Traditional American folk and country blues musician, rhythmic guitarist, song-crafter, singer and living legend, Spider John shapes his musical style from a solid foundation of study of the old blues masters, respect for traditional songs, and a firm command of his source material.

Now aged 73, Spider John first hit US national fame in the early 1960s as a member of folk blues trio Koerner, Ray & Glover. They made a great series of Blues, Rags & Hollers albums for Elektra which even the Beatles admitted to being fans of, and stormed events like Newport Folk Festival.

Apart from a single, sold out and wildly acclaimed London club gig on a flying visit, he last toured theatres in the UK in 1981.

“The word inimitable could have been coined for Spider John. A staggeringly singular guitarist and singer of blues and American traditional songs, he has influenced many musicians from Bob Dylan on down” Martin Simpson

www.mwt.net/~koerner

Tickets: online, boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk, Newbury 01635 244246
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West Berkshire District Council

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