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Opera Gala

Opera Gala

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Sunday, 5th March 2017, 15:00Book Now
City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with Peterborough Opera are proud to present:

Spring Opera Gala

Sunday 5th March, at 3pm

Voyager Concert Hall, Mountsteven Ave., Walton, PE4 6HX

Tickets: Full £12.50, Concession £10.50, Accompanied schoolchildren FREE


What could be more glamorous than a night at the opera? Well, perhaps an afternoon at the opera in the company of the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra (CPSO) and Peterborough Opera (Director Kate Wishart) under the baton of Steve Bingham! One of the most exciting collaborations in Peterborough’s music scene is set to offer a wonderful concert of operatic favourites accompanied by full orchestra - a first for Peterborough.

An Opera Gala can only scratch the surface of the wonderful world of opera, but this concert certainly travels!

Starting with the grandeur of Wagner’s Mastersingers, an opera about the strength and solidity of renaissance German society, we move on to perhaps the most famous opera of all, Carmen, a story of forbidden love, passion and obsession set in Spain round Seville.

Then let’s move to Italy for excerpts from a comedy of manners, with glorious music delightfully pointing up a hilarious and absurd story highlighting human frailty exposed by worldly wisdom. And then to perhaps the greatest of operatic composers, Verdi, the Italian composer of famous songs known by so many people who don’t always know where they came from.

Even this selection travels! First we go to Egypt and the opera Aida, represented by the famous Grand March. Then back to Italy, with a complex voice ensemble covering three simultaneous conversations about misguided love, planned revenge and downright skulduggery - it must be heard to be believed!. Lastly, we return to Spain for the famous anvil’s chorus, a lighter interval in a story of mistaken identity and grim retribution.

Opera has it all, and we are delighted to showcase for you some of the very best of it. Don’t miss it!

An Author Event with Miriam Halahmy: The Emergency Zoo

An Author Event with Miriam Halahmy: The Emergency Zoo

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Saturday, 11th March 2017, 14:30Book Now
Oundle Festival of Literature presents

An Author Event with Miriam Halahmy: The Emergency Zoo

Saturday, 11th March, 2:30pm

The Great Hall, New Street, Oundle, PE8 4GH

Recommended for 7 - 12 year olds.

Miriam is an experienced writer and poet whose work has been met with great praise. She has published four novels and three collections of poetry, as well as short stories and education resources. Her young-adult novel, Hidden, was a Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

Miriam leads creative writing workshops and is a frequent guest at literary festivals, conferences, schools and universities in the UK and on the Continent.

Her latest novel, The Emergency Zoo, was published in May 2016 and is inspired by real events during the Second World War, when around 750,000 pets were destroyed at the start of the war. When twelve-year-old Tilly and her best friend Rosy find out that their pets will be taken to the vet to be put down, they decide to take action. The two girls come up with the idea of hiding them in the woods and when other children find out and start bringing their pets, their secret den turns into an emergency zoo.This is a touching tale of courage, resourcefulness and camaraderie in desperate times, as well as a stirring defence of animal welfare. A lovely, emotional book.

Miriam is based in London.

This event is sponsored by Oundle Veterinary Surgery.

An Evening with Matt Dickinson

An Evening with Matt Dickinson

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Saturday, 11th March 2017, 19:30Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 4th March)
Oundle Festival of Literature presents

An Evening with Matt Dickinson, award-winning writer and filmmaker.

Saturday, 11th March 2017, 19:30

The Great Hall, Oundle, PE8 4GH

Matt Dickinson is best known for his award winning novels and his documentary work for National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Matt was one of the climbers caught in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. In the pre-monsoon Everest season of 1996, amid the worst weather conditions on record, Dickinson made a successful ascent of Mount Everest's notorious North Face, with Alan Hinkes, Britain's foremost high-altitude climber.

He became one of the first British film-makers to film on the summit and return alive, and his film called Summit Fever has now been seen by more than twenty million people worldwide. It is acclaimed as a compelling story of human triumph and disaster. His written account of the same expedition, The Death Zone, has been published to critical acclaim in more than fifteen different countries.

Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers. His debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was well received by critics and readers alike. Matt has followed this up with The Everest Files, a dramatic and popular trilogy set on the world’s highest mountain. Lie Kill Walk Away is his latest teen thriller. When he’s not writing, Matt tours the UK, speaking at schools and colleges and inspiring a new generation of adventurers.

Rutland Sinfonia - Anniversary Celebration!

Rutland Sinfonia - Anniversary Celebration!

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Saturday, 11th March 2017, 19:30Book Now
Anniversary Celebration!

Saturday, 11th March 2017

19:30 - 21:30

Oakham School Chapel, Oakham

Paul Hilliam - Conductor

Barry Collett - Conductor*

Eduardo Vassallo - Cello

Diego Vassallo - Violin

Peter Davis - Organ


Weber- Euryanthe Overture*
Brahms - Double Concerto for violin and cello
Holst - A Fugal Overture
Elgar - Sursum Corda*
Elgar - Air de Ballet* (First performance since 1882)
Elgar - Cockaigne Overture*

For the Sinfonia's 40th Anniversary Concert in March, Eduardo Vassallo (our Musical Patron) is joined by his son Diego for a special performance of the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by Brahms.

We are delighted that Barry Collett, the Rutland Sinfonia's founding conductor will also be taking part in the concert, conducting music by the composer most associated with the Sinfonia, Sir Edward Elgar. The programme features one of Elgar's early works, 'Air de Ballet', previously listed as 'lost' and which has not been performed since 1882! 'Sursum Corda' was written for a special service to welcome the future George V to Worcester Cathedral and is scored for strings, brass and organ.

The concert begins with Weber's Overture to his opera 'Euryanthe' which was first performed in 1823, includes Holst's brilliant 'A Fugal Overture' and ends with 'Cockaigne', Elgar's ebullient depiction of Edwardian London.

dOCs+ Almost Holy (15)

dOCs+ Almost Holy

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017, 19:45Book Now
dOCs+ at Fletton House


Wednesday, 15th March, 7:45pm

Fletton House, Fletton Way, PE8 4JA

Director: Steve Hoover
Runtime: 1hr 36min

The fall of the Soviet Union left Ukraine in social and political upheaval, with little hope. However, Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a pastor and civic leader from Mariupol, tried to solve some of its problems by ‘abducting’ homeless, drug-addicted kids from the streets of his city and rehabilitating them through the children’s home he founded called Pilgrim Republic. Thanks to this and Mokhnenko’s quasi-vigilante approach to sorting out local drug dealers, the city has improved immeasurably over the years.

‘A compelling study of a controversial Ukrainian pastor whose forceful approach borders on vigilantism.’ Wendy Ide, The Guardian

Friday Night with the Jazz Bands at Elton

Friday Night with the Jazz Bands at Elton

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Friday, 17th March 2017, 19:30Book Now
Friday Night with the Jazz Bands at Elton

Friday 17th March

This needs little introduction other than encouragement to pick up the phone and order tickets as soon as possible for they sell out rapidly!

Highgate Hall, Elton


£10 (includes a glass of wine and canapés)

MISP - Kathryn Tickell & Amy Thatcher

MISP - Kathryn Tickell & Amy Thatcher

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Saturday, 18th March 2017, 20:00Book Now (Closed)
Music in Special Places

Kathryn Tickell & Amy Thatcher

Saturday, 18th March 2017, 8pm

St Peter’s Church, Oundle, PE8 4EE

Northumbrian piper and composer Kathryn Tickell performs with her long-time collaborator Amy Thatcher (accordion, clog dancing). Evocative slow airs that could break your heart move seamlessly into rapid-fire jigs and reels. Amy’s clog steps provide a joyous percussive element. A very special evening is in store with this sparkling duo.

Kathryn Tickell is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes. She is a composer, performer, educator and recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. She has released 15 of her own albums to date and has also recorded and performed with Sting, The Chieftains, Penguin Café Orchestra, Jon Lord, Evelyn Glennie, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta and many others. In 2015 she was awarded the OBE for services to folk music.

Amy Thatcher is an accordionist and clog dancer who has worked with Kathryn on various projects including ‘JigHop’ a multi-genre spectacular commissioned for the 2012 Olympics celebrations. Amy is also a member of The Shee and The Monster Ceilidh Band.

I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape. Richard Morrison, The Times

Sponsored by Just Lets

Kathryn’s musical exuberance and regional rootedness endow her music with originality, power and joy. Songlines


£14/ £12 concessions / £4 under 18

Tables - £10 each

15th February UPDATE:

Tables and tickets have now been sold out!

However, we have got a waiting list for both, so please do contact us on 01832 274734 and we will do our best to accomodate you.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (12A)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Sunday, 19th March 2017, 18:00Book Now
Oundle Cinema presents


Sunday, 19th March, 6pm

Stahl Theatre, PE8 4EJ

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
Director: David Yates
Release: 2016
Runtime:2hr 13 min

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. The year is 1926 and Newt has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident...were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds...

‘This highly entertaining twist on jazz-age America breathes fresh life into the Potter franchise - and, with its themes of society divided and the persecution of minorities, the film finds itself to be perfectly timed.’ Wendy Ide, Observer

Fish Eye

Fish Eye

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Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 19:45Book Now
Fish Eye

Confessions of a Super Snooper

21st March. Post-show discussion

by Daniel Jamieson

Pam’s already got a low opinion of her neighbours. So when someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, it’s all-out war: she becomes a one-woman MI6, ramping up her operation from curtain twitching to spy cameras hidden in hand-knitted novelties. But what Pam unearths is what she already suspects - that everyone around her is a thief, a pervert or a terrorist...

Join Pam as she lets you in on her covert operations. Let her amuse, intrigue and bewilder you as she shares her tale of nosiness gone wild...This production features original live music and film projection.

For adults from 14+

Running time
50 minutes. No interval.

The Stahl Theatre


£12 Adults / £10 Concessions