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ARTSeast February 2016

Aldeburgh & Suffolk Coastal Young People’s Film Festival

Interview: Simon Greenall

WIN Tickets and a meal

Local Arts Scene: Saffron Walden

Visual Arts

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Theatre & Film

Food & Drink



Theatre & Film News


The Park Hotel, Diss


Marina Theatre, Lowestoft


Wivenhoe House, Colchester

Cover Story


Norwich Theatre Royal


Aldeburgh & Suffolk Coastal Young


King’s Lynn Corn Exchange Comp

What’s On

People’s Film Festival


Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge


Kid’s Corner – Half Term Shows


Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds


Science Festival, Norwich Cathedral

Editor’s Letter

Visual Arts

22 - 23 Coffee & a Chat – Simon Greenall

8-9 Visual Arts News 10

Artists On View


Artist Profile – Vanessa Pooley


Lorraine Bewick /John Williams


John Atkinson Exhibition


Gallery Norfolk, Norwich


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Local Arts Scene 34 Saffron Walden Photos


35 Saffron Walden Introduction


Music News

36 Friends’ School


Norwich Philharmonic Society

37 Saffron Screens


Ukulele Comp

38 Spotlight on Joan Sanderson


Ipswich Regent Competition

39 Saffron Hall 40 Eight Bells Competition

Arts Council 28 - 29 Look Sideways – East

Directory 41 Subscription/Competition Winners 42 The Last Photo 43 Back Issues February 2016 | 5

Welcome Editor’s Letter

ARTSeast ARTSeast Magazine DBH 21-22 Diss Business Park Hopper Way, Diss Norfolk IP22 4GT follow us @artseastmag Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness

Welcome to the February issue of

Our local arts scene feature focuses on the

ARTSeast Magazine.

picturesque Essex town of Saffron Walden

Editorial Sarah Veness 01379 773348

and all it has to offer art lovers. Here at ARTSeast, we're looking forward to

With galleries, prestigious schools, a wealth

another year of fantastic events in our

of talented art and crafts people, its own

wonderful part of the country.

maze and a world-class music venue -

Our cover this month features the first ever

Saffron Hall - the town is bursting to the

Aldeburgh & Suffolk Coastal Young People's

seams with creativity.

Film Festival which is taking place at various

We also have some great prizes for you to

venues across the east of our region.

win including tickets to see Tosca at Ipswich

We wish them the best of luck with this

Regent, a meal for two at the Eight Bells,

exciting venture.

Saffron Walden and tickets to see Joseph at

For our coffee and chat feature we were

King's Lynn Corn Exchange.

honoured to catch up with Alan Partridge

This month we're thrilled to announce the

favourite Simon Greenall whose is starring

introduction of a new food & drink section

alongside Matthew Kelly in Toast at Norwich

which will showcase some of the best places

Theatre Royal this month. What a thoroughly

to eat and drink in our area.

lovely man who - as the voice of the Meerkats

On that note, it's time to open the wine, sit

in the Compare the Market TV ads - is a

back and relax as you enjoy this month's

regular in our homes.

ARTSeast Magazine……

Sarah Veness Editor

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Cover Story

Exciting new film festival for Suffolk

The first Aldeburgh & Suffolk Coastal Young People’s Film Festival premieres this month. Initiated and organised by The Aldeburgh Cinema Trust, the Festival is part of an ongoing project to develop the provision of

Programme highlights include: • SHORTS FOR WEE ONES: 45 minutes of magical tales. Age 3+ • SHORTS FOR MIDDLE ONES: an hour of beautiful dialogue – free short films. Age 8+

high quality film and creative activity offers for children, young people and their families in the Suffolk Coastal area.

• THE BIG KNIGHTS: witty and charming tale from the makers of Peppa Pig. Age 3+

The festival takes place between February 5th and 19th 2016 at a variety of venues in the region including Leiston Film Theatre, The Riverside Woodbridge, The Cut Halesworth, Ipswich Film Theatre, Orford Town Hall, Lowestoft Library and in Aldeburgh

• ANTBOY - REVENGE OF THE RED FURY: smart and very funny tale about a short superhero. Age 8+ • WINDSTORM: teenage girls and horses. Age 10+

Cinema’s Main Auditorium as well as a specially created Pop-Up Studio space. All ages are catered for from three years upwards with a programme specially designed to be entertaining, fun and inspirational.

playing instruments made from garbage. Age 10+ • SPEED SISTERS: the true story of the first ever female Middle

Aldeburgh Cinema’s General Manager, Thomas Gerstenmeyer said: 'We are keen to get everyone involved in the inspirational and creative world of film and are proud to work with local schools and venues to create an interesting programme for children and young people of all ages to enjoy. The

Cover image: Shorts for Wee Ones

• LANDFILLHARMONIC: the true story of young musicians

Eastern car racing team. Shown in the presence of MARAH ZAHALQA, 24-year old Palestinian racing champion. Age 12+ • EAST ANGLIAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL ‘Best of the Fest’. Age 12+ • ICONIC STORIES RETOLD IN FIVE MINUTES ‘Short Film Competition’. Age 12+

support has been overwhelming

Full details can be found in the festival’s printed programme

and we are thrilled that Hollywood

which is available from Aldeburgh Cinema, the regional venues

star actor, Tom Hiddleston and

and participating schools. A digital version is online at

Suffolk’s own Oscar winning Call 01728 454884 or email

filmmaker, Mat Kirkby are the for more information.

festival’s Patrons.'

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts News Christine McKechnie Exhibition The John Russell Gallery's first exhibition of the year shows the recent watercolour collages of highly-acclaimed artist Christine McKechnie. Her work is based on drawing, mostly outside in front of the subject. She then enters the stillness and quiet of her Suffolk cottage studio where the drawings are expanded, emphasising form and composition, providing overlapping shapes, and using expressive colour. This intricate process is unique, her collages (cut out paper painted watercolours), are produced with detail and finesse. Christine's work is on display from February 8th to March 5th.

Hepworth Art Club on View! From Saturday March 6th – Thursday March 10th, Hepworth Art Club will be holding an Exhibition in St Edmunds Gallery (located between The Abbey Gate and the Cathedral - and opposite the Angel Hotel). Come and see their artwork in a different setting. They will be delighted to see you and you will receive a warm welcome as you step through the door. A date for your diary and a trip into Bury St Edmunds!

Moosey Art: Carl Cashman From February 4th-20th Moosey Art in Bridewell Alley, Norwich plays host to a solo exhibition by Carl Cashman. The 'Sun Shines Out Of My Arts' is made up of a new selection of work in two parts - one is a series of pieces on reclaimed or found materials and the other half is playing with iconic symbols of logos using the idea of illusion and tricking the eye. Based out of Devon, Carl works primarily on wood panels, though he recently expanded his practice to include works on found surfaces such as old paintings and baseball bats. Using UV reactive paints at times to create an added dimensional effect, his abstract geometric imagery often produces the illusion of emitting actual light and movement.

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Poetic Landscape: The Etchings of Samuel Palmer Poetic Landscape, from Feb 27th - June 5th examines the complete collection of etched works by the visionary and innovative printmaker Samuel Palmer. Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) was a contemporary of William Blake best known for his paintings and etchings that exemplify the English landscape and rural idyll. Palmer met Blake (1757-1827) in 1824 and the ageing artist had a profound influence on his future work. Both are

Mark Farquharson: Chaos & Ink

now considered as greats of the Romantic Movement.

Mark describes aspects of his own personal work as an attempt to

Although he only completed 13 etchings in his lifetime

create an alternative reading of our surroundings, via contextualised

Palmer’s technical deftness coupled with his

shapes, tones and textures, which he envisages through to his final

compositionally complex but beautiful aesthetic gave

prints. His work is also a means by which he can reflect his

him a deserved reputation as one of Britain’s leading

fascination with the effect that natural lines and boundaries have on

artists and printmakers.

our feelings and interpretations of our favourite spaces. Consequently he is influenced and indeed beguiled by the theory of nonlinear dynamics (also known as Chaos Theory) and its grip on his attempts at decoding the features and visual cues of his environment. His ongoing current series of limited editions “The Line, Chaos & Ink” is the third series inspired by Chaos Theory – the first of which he began in 1989. After a year of highly acclaimed exhibitions in 2015, Anteros Arts Foundation is delighted to be representing Mark’s work in Norwich.

The exhibition, at Gainsborough House, includes a replica of William Blake’s Printing Press and will coincide with a season of events for adults and families at Gainsborough’s House’s Print Workshop. The workshop will hold demonstrations as well as bespoke events such as Print Like Palmer on April 5th (recommended for children aged 3-12 accompanied by an adult).

Art Bridges the Gap Theronda Hoffman, local Suffolk artist, organised the third ‘Art Bridges the Gap’ exhibition at Kesgrave Arts in December 2015 and raised a fantastic £1332 for Age UK Suffolk. The exhibition featured a variety of work by Theronda, some of her students and other artists from Suffolk.   A Warehouse Sale of Theronda’s work over the years also took place, half of the proceeds going to Age UK Suffolk. Theronda Hoffman said 'I have been supporting Age UK Suffolk for over three years as they provide so many valuable services for older people in Suffolk,' says Theronda. February 2016 | 9


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Artist Profile: Vanessa Pooley Even as a small child, bronze sculptor Vanessa Pooley was intrigued by the female body.

says. 'To me it was a private thing and I was scared of the exposure and the criticism that could follow.'

'In primary school, I drew page after page of female figures. I even remember the teacher banning me from drawing until I did some proper work!' she laughs.

Even at Norwich Art College and her postgraduate course at City and Guilds of London Art School, Vanessa preferred to keep her work private.

It was during a walk on the beach at Walberswick with her family that Vanessa discovered her love of sculpting. 'I was about 10 and dug some raw clay from the beach,' she recalls. 'Back home I used it to make sculpted female heads. The material wasn't brilliant but I was just desperate to make something. I'd cook them in the aga and paint them’. By the time Vanessa reached The Hewitt School 6th-form, she'd started making standing female figures too.

'The Head of Art, Mr Forward, was a great support,' says Vanessa. 'He invited me to attend his adult education ceramic classes which were fantastic.'

But in 1984, Vanessa bit the bullet and organised an exhibition for herself in Southwark Cathedral. 'I'd been getting an allowance from the Enterprise Allowance Scheme to set myself up in business as a sculptor and I thought I should show that I was taking it seriously,' says Vanessa. The exhibition was a watershed. 'It went really well and, for the first time, I sold my work which was a huge boost to my confidence,' says Vanessa. Since then Vanessa's work has been shown in galleries across the world in London, Milan, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, San Diego, Zurich, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh. Sherborne and, of course, Norwich. Vanessa's sculptures are first made in clay before being dried out and fired. Once cast, all of the details of the surface of the ceramic sculpture are reproduced in bronze.

But although Vanessa's skills were developing, her confidence was not.

'I'm just developing a range of sculptures where figures can be added to the scene as a family grows,' says Vanessa. 'They make a perfect present for new parents or grandparents’.

'I found it really difficult to let people see my work,' she

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SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS 2016 PROGRAMME Unmissable exhibitions in a spectacular setting

Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty Until 20 March

Newfoundland Until 10 April

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time Alphonse Mucha, Rêverie. 1897. © Mucha Trust 2015

23 April - 29 August

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Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific 15 October 2016 - 12 February 2017 Book tickets at or call 01603 593199 University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

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Capturing Norfolk's It’s All About Landscape Wood Norfolk based Painter Lorraine Bewick will be exhibiting her

This show - at Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, is a

second solo show at Greyfriars Art Space, Kings Lynn.

celebration of the enduring qualities of wood as an artistic

Lorraine's work is inspired by the Norfolk coastline and the constant changes both natural and those brought about by human intervention. Using aerial viewpoints of the coastline has given her the opportunity to play with pattern and shapes made by tidal flow and erosion. Lorraine strives to capture that notion of constant change. 'As an artist there is something strangely compelling in the landscapes of West and North Norfolk,' says Lorraine. 'The empty, isolated panoramas of the Wash and of the North Norfolk coast are a short trip from my home and my paintings draw strongly on the sense of space, light and atmosphere that I find there’.

medium. It combines the wood-cuts of Rob Lansman and the freestyle carvings of John Williams. Each artist begins his exploration with a very similar chisel followed by many diagonal cuts. Both searching as they go for that exact resistance of movement and stability which a well seasoned timber should always reward and provide. Close cropped portraits are Rob’s choice of subject while John opts for the languid nature of the human figure itself. Rob further generates aesthetic flow and impact to his prints with colour while John works to exploit the grain as well as the hues of lighter and darker woods. February 2016 | 13

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John Atkinson: Solo Show Norfolk artist John Atkinson is holding a solo show of his work

“Drawing the Line” and a pencil drawing was accepted by the

at The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St Mary from March 21st to

Society of Graphic Fine Art in London. In September 2006 John

April 13th.

won the Eastern Daily Press "Budding Artist" of the year competition.

Taking his inspiration from images from bygone decades, his paintings pay a nostalgic tribute to a different way of life. 'I know The Pennoyer Centre well and the Chapel where my work will be hanging is an interesting space,' says John, who also owns Fredrick’s Fine Foods in Diss.

A solo exhibition followed in 2007 at the Picturecraft Gallery, Holt and in September 2007 John had a very successful exhibition in France at 'Gallery 19' Ile de Re, called "Sea, Fun & Sun". John exhibits at the Contemporary British Art Exhibition, held at the Millinery Works Gallery, London and he also exhibits at various East Anglian art shows. John continues to enjoy working on private

In 2004 and 2005 John won the SAA Artist of the Year for best

commissions for portraits.

Waterscape, Boats and Landscape Category and exhibited at the Business Design Centre, Islington. He also won the SAA Artist of the Year 2008 for portrait and figure painting. He has contributed work to four of the “How did you paint that” book series published by International Artist Magazine. A tongue in cheek drawing of Tony Blair on a 50 euro note called “President Blair” was accepted by the Orleans House Gallery,Twickenham for their exhibition entitled

John works mainly in Oils. After doing careful drawings of his subjects, he works quickly, layering colours on top of one another to create depth in his paintings. His work consists of portraiture, still life and landscapes and his paintings have an individual, period feeling to them.

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Dynamic New Gallery for Norwich A vibrant new gallery – The Gallery Norfolk – has opened at 60 St Giles, Norwich. Offering high-quality, but affordable art and a carefully chosen selection of handmade craft, The Gallery Norfolk launches with a three-week exhibition of oil paintings by the Norfolk-born landscape painter Ruth Bunnewell. reflect on their prospective purchases over (real) coffee and Ruth’s paintings – and those of her father Leon – have become

(handmade) cake in the gallery itself, since there will be a large

one of the main attractions at the Cromer branch of The Gallery

refectory table with a selection of art books to leaf through.

Norfolk, which opened in summer 2012 and has achieved a notable reputation around the county – and beyond – for its

The opening exhibition features some 30 oil paintings by Ruth

liveliness and creativity.

Bunnewell which range in size from just 25cm square to over a metre square, with prices from £225 to £2500. Most are

'It’s very exciting to be bringing The Gallery Norfolk to Norwich,'

priced at under £1000, with several under £500. The Gallery

says its owner Polly Miller. 'Visitors to our first branch in Cromer

Norfolk also offers a vast and stimulating choice of art and

really seem to appreciate the energy and colour that

craftwork, including photography, silkscreen prints, ceramics,

characterises the art and craft we choose.'

wirework, glass and much more - many with a special

Visitors to the new Norwich branch will be able to take time to

connection to Norfolk.


Opening exhibition Ruth Bunnewell 30th January – 20th February ‘A contemporary spin on British landscape painting’

House and Garden July 2015

The Gallery Norfolk offers a wide selection of original art and craft

THE GALLERY NORFOLK, 60 St Giles, Norwich NR2 1LW 01603 761900 Also at 3 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9ER 01263 515745

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Theatre & Film News Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

Comedy at Norwich Playhouse The unstoppable improvisation comedy juggernaut that is The Noise Next Door are turning up the volume for their third national tour! Catch their show at The Norwich Playhouse Based on Rebecca Crookshank's time in the Royal Air Force serving

on February 13th. Get ready for a night of mind-blowing

queen and country protecting the UK Air Defence Region, Whiskey

songs, jaw-dropping characters and side-splitting punchlines

Tango Foxtrot charts her journey from basic training to the Falkland

from the undisputed masters of off-the-cuff comedy. After a

Islands. From feeling low to flying high (literally, in a Tornado F3),

huge year for the guys with their eight consecutive sell-out

join Crookshank and a host of colourful characters on this deeply

run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and appearances on

moving, hilarious and heart-warming adventure. The show takes

BBC One, ITV2, BBC Three and BBC Radio One this show is

place at The Fisher Theatre on February 27th.

set to be their biggest and best yet.

East Anglia welcomes Russian Ballet Stars The Russian State Ballet of Siberia performs in Norwich and Ipswich as part of its UK tour in February and March. The acclaimed ballet company includes exquisite performances of three of the world’s most beautiful and popular ballets - Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake - and the UK premiere of a brand new production – The Snow Maiden. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, delighting audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes as each storyline unfolds to the live accompaniment of the Russian State Ballet Orchestra of Siberia. The company comprises over 40 dancers and 30 musicians. The performances take place at Norwich Theatre Royal from February 18th-20th and at Ipswich Regent from March 10th-12th. For more info see relevant website. /

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Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes! Come and Cut Loose as the explosive Rock ‘n’ Roll musical Footloose bursts on to stage at The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft! Based on the 1980s riveting screen sensation, which took the world by storm with its youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music. Footloose tells the story of city boy Ren who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town on it’s feet. This fourtime Tony Award nominee musical is not to be missed. Starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan, this fast-paced show is not only packed full of amazing dance but serves up some classic 80s hits, including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose. Produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for Sell A Door Theatre Company. Garry Lake Photography

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New Jersey Nights

Norwich Theatre Royal, February 22nd-24th A sensational celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and

The show features a top quality cast of four highly

the Four Seasons is set to wow local audiences and warm

experienced singers producing perfect harmonies, including

up the cold nights of February when the stage show New

Frankie Valli’s distinctive falsetto. Add in stylised costumes, a

Jersey Nights returns to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage.

rocking live band and amazing dancers, and New Jersey

The show, which stopped off in the city in May 2013 during its last 18-month long UK tour, is back from February 22-24. It promises a musical journey celebrating some of the greatest hits in popular music spanning the past five decades from the original ‘boy band’ who were one of the biggest selling groups

ofNall time.

Nights delivers all of the Four Seasons greatest hits, from Sherry, Rag Doll, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Off You and Big Girls Don’t Cry, to Let’s Hang On, Walk Like A Man, Dawn, Silence is Golden, Oh What A Night!, and many more. With extensive musical pedigrees, the four ‘boys’ promise to have audience members leaving the theatre saying ‘Oh What A Night!’

FEBRUARY BOX OFFICE: (01603) 63 00 00 Mon 1 – Tues 2 Feb LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE David Hasselhoff stars in 80s musical £8 - £35.50 Thur 4 – Fri 5 Feb RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY Stunning contemporary dance £7 - £20.50

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Mon 8 – Sat 13 Feb PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Jason Donovan stars in smash hit musical £8 - £42.50

Thur 18 – Sat 20 Feb SIBERIAN STATE BALLET Giselle, The Snow Maiden and The Nutcracker £8 - £35 Mon 22 – Wed 24 Feb NEW JERSEY NIGHTS Celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons £8 - £27.50 Thur 25 – Sun 28 Feb CIRQUE BERSERK The finest circus skills and thrilling stunts £8 - £28.50 Mon 29 Feb – Sat 5 March TOAST Matthew Kelly stars in gritty comic drama £8 - £25

Book online: T H E AT R E ST R E E T, N O RW I C H N R 2 1 R L

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Joseph comes to King's Lynn X FACTOR winner Joe McElderry gets set to put on a dazzling coat of many colours as he steps in the title role of the UK’s longest running musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, coming to King’s Lynn Corn Exchange from March 15th-19th 2016. Joe was just 18 when he won the sixth series of ‘The X Factor’ having been mentored by Girls Aloud star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and beating off fierce competition from Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon. Joe then soared to number one on the UK Singles Charts with his rendition of Miley Cyrus’s The Climb and his debut album Wide Awake went straight in at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart. He has since gone on to have two more top ten albums, and he became the first X Factor star to release four albums, with a fifth in the making.

Photo: Mark Yeoman

Joseph marks Joe’s first major theatrical appearance


following a one-off West End gala performance as the lead in The Who's Tommy in 2012 at the Prince Edward Theatre. Having garnered sensational reviews and standing ovations at every performance since its inception almost 35 years ago, Bill Kenwright’s ‘amazing’, ‘superb’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘brilliant’ production of this sparkling family musical has now sold an estimated 20 million tickets. This vibrant and exciting retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours sings out to young and old alike with a score which is crammed wall to wall with hits, including Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.

WIN TICKETS ARTseast has teamed up with the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Joseph on Tuesday March 15th. To be in with a chance of winning, please email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: February 22nd, usual terms and conditions apply.

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Film Greats head to Woodbridge Neil McGlone

Throughout 2016, local film advisor and researcher, Neil McGlone, will be curating a programme of film related events

An Evening with Kieran Evans - Kieran's groundbreaking

at The Riverside, entitled Riverside Nights. Neil has worked as

debut film Kelly + Victor (2012) won a BAFTA last year for

a researcher on two documentary films, is an advisor to

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

several worldwide film festivals and a regular contributor to

He'll be interviewed on stage on Sunday March 13th about his

the film magazine, Sight and Sound. The following events are planned:

career in film, one of his films will be screened and there'll be an audience Q&A. Other events confirmed for 2016 are an evening with

An Evening with Mike Leigh –

actor/writer Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, League of Gentlemen),

Director Mike Leigh (Abigail’s Party,

director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, High-Rise),

Mr Turner) will be visiting the cinema

film historian/Oscar winner Kevin Brownlow, an Indian

on Friday February 26th, where he'll

night with Mercury Music Prize winner Talvin Singh

be interviewed live on stage followed

performing live to an Indian film and Neil Brand who'll

by an audience Q&A. VERA DRAKE will be screened.

h Mike Leig

be looking at music in mystery, suspense and horror films and performing some music live on stage.

La Traviata - Royal Opera House Thursday 4th February 6.45pm La traviata is regarded as one of Verdi’s finest operas, and Richard Eyre’s traditional staging, is one of The Royal Opera’s most popular productions. Opera in three acts Sung in Italian Running time 190 minutes Including two intervals Tickets £15.00 Code: ROHLaTrav £12.50 As You Like It - National Theatre Live Thursday 25th February 7pm With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. Starring Rosalie Craig Runtime 2hrs 40mins including one interval Tickets £15.00 Code: NTLAsYouLikeIt £12.50 Renoir Revealed and Reviled - Exhibition On Screen Sunday 28th February 3pm Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world’s favourites. From The Barnes Foundation, Philidelphia Runtime 1hr 25mins Tickets £12.50 Code: EOSRen £10

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Suffolk Film Premier - With Love From...Suffolk (12A tbc) Monday 15th February Join us on the Red Carpet for the 7pm exclusive premier of this fabulous film! “Eight interlinked tales on the theme of love and romance, all set right here in the East of England. Writers and film makers from around the county have joined forces to bring you the world's first locally sourced, collaboratively produced, portmanteau feature film. Bring your valentine to this heartwarming celebration of Suffolk's people and'll glad you shared the love in 2016!"

Runtime 1hour 30mins Tickets £5

Tickets bookable at the Riverside Theatre Box Office on 01394 382174 or online at

eatre & Film

Epic Wartime Romance comes to Bury Flare Path - Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

RAF pilot Teddy and his wife, former actress Patricia, have

Feb 29th - March 5th

their marriage tested to the limit by the surprise arrival of her ex-lover Peter Kyle.

Set in 1942, against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the RAF bomber crews and their wives and sweethearts. This major revival comes from the producers of the hit touring production, Birdsong, and stars Graham Seed (The Archers, Yes, Prime Minister) and Charlie G Hawkins

This highly-charged drama has a truly authentic taste of the fear, camaraderie and passion of the time and puts Patricia at the centre of an emotional conflict as unpredictable as the war in the skies.

Tickets: £30 to £8.50. Office on 01284 769505 or visit

(EastEnders, Birdsong).

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Coffee & aChat Loved by millions as Alan Partridge's Geordie friend Michael, actor Simon Greenall chats to Sarah Veness ahead of his appearance in comedy Toast at Norwich Theatre Royal‌

Photo: Ben Broomfield

Coffee & a Chat 'As Steve Coogan’s sidekick in Alan Partridge, Simon Greenall

'I've known Matthew for 45 years and he is brilliant,' says

was thrilled to spend time in Norfolk for the shooting of the Alan

Simon. 'We were in a play together at the Edinburgh Festival

Partridge film. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa was like a love letter

when I was a young boy and Matthew was a college student. I

to Norfolk,' says Michael. 'The county looks amazing and the

then went on to become his writer on TV game show You Bet in

local people were wonderful. Everywhere we went, people

the 1990s and here we are working together again.'

couldn't have been more helpful. They even closed the middle of Norwich City Centre for us to shoot a scene which was amazing. Our 'yellow carpet' premiere at the Hollywood Cinema in Anglia

Toast arrives at Norwich as part of a national tour before hearing for New York.

Square was fantastic..just perfect.' Simon is no stranger to Norwich. 'My wife is from the city and we come up five or six times a year to visit family,' says Simon. 'I love's like a second home to me. During the Alan Partridge series we only did one day on location in Norwich so when we made Alpha Papa it was great to spend a couple of weeks in the county.' That said, it wasn't always easy. 'The day we filmed the scenes at Cromer Pier was bitterly cold,' recalls Simon. 'It added a real 'end of the world' feel which was exactly what we wanted’. Now, Simon is coming back to Norwich to work in a starring role in the production of Toast by Richard Bean.

Photo: Ben Broomfield

'Toast is a brilliantly funny play all about seven men who work in a bread factory in Hull in 1975,' says Michael. 'I play Cecil…a funny little man

Alongside his acting career, Simon is also a talented voiceover artist and is the voice of the Meerkats in the Compare the Market TV ads.

who loves the banter of factory

'When I got the job I had no idea just how big the Meerkats


would become,' says Simon. 'At first they auditioned real Russians but somehow settled on me. It's been brilliant.'

Simon is starring alongside

As for whether there will be a second Alpha Papa movie, Simon

Olivier award-

is hopeful.

winning actor

'Steve really enjoyed making Alpha Papa so I'm hoping there will

Matthew Kelly.

be another one,' says Simon. 'Only trouble is, the first one took him 15 years so don't hold your breath!' Photo: Ben


Toast is at Norwich Theatre Royal from February 29th to March 5th. Tickets: or call 01603 630000

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Music News Photo: Marco Borggreve

Prestigious Philharmonia Orchestra in Cambridge On March 2nd, the Cambridge Corn Exchange plays host to the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra in the fourth concert in the Cambridge Classical Series. Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the world’s greatest musicians, leads the prestigious Philharmonia Orchestra

Exhilirating Live Music at The Apex On February 26th, join multi-award winning Gordie MacKeeman &

in his Corn Exchange début appearance. Recently named a BBC

His Rhythm Boys as they thrill The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

New Generation Artist, Esther Yoo displays the full range of her

Gordie’s thrilling dance style, while simultaneously playing the

virtuosic skills with a mesmerising interpretation of Sibelius’ Violin

violin, mixes with close-harmony bluegrass vocals & blistering

Concerto. Rachmaninov bookends this superlative concert;

guitar solos to make old-time roots music with an energy level that

opening with the spritely fantasia The Rock and concluding with

practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar. If ever

the elegant and vivacious Symphony No.3. Pre-concert talk: 6pm

someone was deserving of the nickname ‘Crazy Legs’, it is Gordie

at Cambridge University Press Bookshop - Free to concert ticket



Rudimental announce Forest show Dance giants Rudimental have announced they're playing at Thetford Forest on June 30th as part of the Forest Live series of concerts. Rudimental’s debut album, ‘Home’, now double platinum selling over 600,000 copies in the UK, spawned five huge hit singles including two UK Number Ones with ‘Feel The Love’ ft. John Newman and ‘Waiting All Night’ ft. Ella Eyre. For their second album release, ‘We The Generation’ marks a progressive Rudimental, a genre-defying collective that continues to change the face of dance music not just within the UK music scene but globally. Collaborations abound with both new up-and-coming acts and established artists such as ‘New Day’ ft. Bobby Womack and the hit singles ‘Bloodstream’ and ‘Lay It All On Me’ with Ed Sheeran. Renowned for their electric live performances, fans can expect a formidable set from the Hackney four-piece and their supporting cast. Other confirmed acts are Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Simply Red and James Bay.

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Incredible Achievement for Norwich Phil In March 2016 the Norwich Philharmonic Society, one of the oldest music societies in the country, celebrates a remarkable

March 19th, St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich The Phil’s 175th Birthday Concert

landmark – its 175th anniversary. The Society has been

A programme of classic pops for orchestra and chorus:

making music in Norwich continuously since its first concert

Orff: O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)   

on March 5th 1841 and to celebrate this they are presenting a

Dvorák: Slow movement from Symphony No. 9 (New World)             

special 175th Birthday Concert at St Andrew’s Hall Norwich on March 19th. 

Verdi: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco) Khachaturian: Adagio from Spartacus                             Borodin: Polovtsian dances from Prince Igor (with chorus)

The orchestra and chorus combine for a whole programme of

Rossini: Overture William Tell

classical pops. The concert includes favourites like the

Handel: Hallelujah Chorus (The Messiah)       

Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, the Adagio from

Faure: Pavane (with choir)

Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus (used as the theme to The

Elgar: Nimrod

Onedin Line), the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture (choral version with cannon and mortar effects) Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra

Borodin (the chorus singing the melody made famous as ‘Stranger in Paradise’) and it ends with the rarely done choral version of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture - complete with cannon

Norwich Philharmonic Chorus Matthew Andrews, David Dunnett, conductors

effects. As further special celebration on May 21st, the Phil presents an extra concert to its normal season - a performance of the monumental 8th Symphony by Mahler, ‘The Symphony of a Thousand’, for an audience of 2,000 at the Royal Norfolk Showground Arena, as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ is so-called because it is scored for a vast orchestra, multiple choirs, organ, off-stage band and eight solo singers. Indeed it is conceived on such a large scale that the Royal Norfolk Showground Arena is the only venue big enough to stage it, the first time an event of this kind has been held there. In addition to the musicians and singers of the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the concert will also involve musicians from other local orchestras, notably the Academy of St Thomas, and singers from at least four other Norfolk choirs including Norfolk & Norwich Festival Chorus, Norwich Cathedral Choir, Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society, and Kings Lynn Festival Chorus. 

May 21st - part of the 2016 Norfolk & Norwich Festival (at the Showground Arena) Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat ‘The Symphony of a Thousand’ Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra Academy of St Thomas Norwich Philharmonic Chorus Norfolk & Norwich Festival Chorus Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society Kings Lynn Festival Chorus Norwich Cathedral Choir Matthew Andrews, conductor Kirstin Sharpin, soprano Katherine Broderick, soprano Catherine May, soprano Anne Marie Gibbons, alto Anna Burford, alto Peter Wedd, tenor             James Harrison, baritone   Richard Wiegold, bass February 2016 | 25


Win a Ukulele! Balaam's Music - in Bury St Edmunds - is an independently owned business supplying printed music and musical instruments of all kinds, from traditional stringed instruments like Violins and Cellos to Flutes, Saxophones, Trumpets and all kinds of brass and woodwind. Stocks include Guitars, Ukuleles, Banjos, Keyboards and Digital Pianos from leading manufacturers like Yamaha, Roland, Casio and Tanglewood. Balaam's Music is unusual in that it has a NAMIR repair workshop

shop, and an Instrument Rental Programme is run to put good quality instruments into the hands of students of all ages, without a large outlay.

on the premises, which can take care not only of the initial setting-up of instruments (all-important for inexperienced players!) but they can also take care of work ranging from Services and Overhauls of wind and stringed instruments, to emergency running repairs. Balaam's Music stocks a large range of instrument tutor books from all the leading publishers, as well as examination material

C O M P E T I T I O N ARTSeast has teamed up with Balaams Music to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Makala Soprano Ukulele - Light Blue with Dolphin Bridge fitted with High Quality Aquila Strings, r.r.p. ÂŁ34.99 Simply the best entry level uke on the market. Sound and playability usually suffer at these affordable prices but not with Makala. A fun and exciting Ukulele for all ages.

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address and telephone number to


World Class Opera comes to Ipswich

Puccini's Tosca Ipswich Regent - April 6th AN EXPLOSION OF LOVE AND TREACHERY Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra. Starring the International Sopranos Maria Tonina and Alyona Kistenyova* This traditional production is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a truly blood curdling villain. A magnificent new set with towering marble pillars, with fabulous costumes, and featuring a boys’ choir with a shepherd boy’s solo, this most popular of operas is sure to delight with its tender, moving arias “Vissi d’arte” and “E Lucevan le Stelle”. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.


*Cast subject to change.

WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with the Ipswich Regent to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Tosca on Wednesday April 6th. To be in with a chance of winning, please email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: February 22nd, usual terms and conditions apply February 2016 | 27

Arts Council

Look Sideways - East By James Gorry, Cultural Tourism Project Manager, Spring As the project manager for Look Sideways – East, Norfolk and Suffolk’s cultural tourism initiative, I want to conduct an experiment. Think back to the last time you went to a cultural

Culture is a crucial part of Norfolk and Suffolk. We are home to 13 Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations, working across a variety of art forms ranging from music to experimental performance to touring theatre to dance (to everything in between).

event, whether it was dance, theatre, visual art or music, and

The social benefits of culture are frequently talked about. A

remember what else you did whilst attending.

strong cultural sector helps increase creativity, improve the

Did you pay for parking? Perhaps you met friends for a coffee before? Go to a local restaurant for dinner afterwards? Maybe it was a bit further away from home, did you stay overnight in a hotel? Thinking back to this moment, try to remember exactly what else you did other than the cultural experience itself. Chances are you did at least one of these things, if not several, and you’re not alone.

quality of life of a region and is crucial in place-making (it’s near impossible to think of Edinburgh without thinking of its International Festival and the Fringe, for example). But it’s culture’s economic benefits that are often underemphasised, particularly in this region. In 2015, Suffolk arts organisations contributed more than £20 million to the county’s economy, spending more than £4.7 million across 1,400 Suffolk businesses, whilst the 20 cultural organisations supported by Norfolk County Council provided 450 jobs and worked with over 1,000 volunteers.

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Arts Council

These figures are a perfect compliment to the ‘softer’ benefits

2016 is a extraordinary year for Suffolk and Norfolk culture,

we already know about, and go a long way to silence critics

with an outstanding programme of events across the region

of a publicly-supported cultural sector. Economic impact isn’t

this year (the recently announced Aldeburgh Festival line-up

a new concept, but it’s something that cultural organisations

and Norfolk & Norwich Festival are just two of the highlights

are still reluctant to shout about, but it’s something we need

in the coming months).

to start doing.

The first campaign takes the form of Culture365, a story-a-

Look Sideways – East aims to raise the profile of culture in

day, designed to highlight the sometimes obvious, sometimes

the region to residents, repeat visitors and first time

hidden cultural gems of the East. It might be a piece of art

holidaymakers – the project is for anyone that is interested in

with a unique story on one day, and a special one-time-only

travelling for unique cultural experiences.

performance the next.

The project focuses on collaboration between cultural

For more information about Look Sideways – East, and to

organisations and the tourism sector to offer packages of

discover a growing collection of Suffolk and Norfolk cultural

events to entice local and visiting audiences.

gems, visit and follow @Look_Sideways for up-to-date information.

Photo: Steve Tanner

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Food & Drink

Fine Dining at The Park Located within walking distance of the lovely Norfolk market town of

usual premium spirits. They also have a range of speciality coffees and

Diss,The Park Hotel is a fine place for a relaxing overnight stay, a

teas as well as delicious mulled wine in winter and Pimm's in summer.

lovely meal out or as a base for a wide range of functions or events.

When it comes to overnight stays, the Park Hotel has 19 rooms in a

The Park Restaurant offers a varied menu which evolves in line with the

range of different sizes. The rooms are split between two sites - the

seasons, the quality of local produce and, most importantly, customer

hotel itself and the Limes, a separate house set in lovely landscaped

requests. Where possible, produce is sourced locally and meals are

gardens.Their Bridal Suite offers pure luxury to finish off your perfect

served all day everyday. The Sunday Carvey is always popular with its

day. There is also a family room which unusually boasts a separate

selection of the choicest cuts of meat and trimmings to suit even the

twin room from the master bedroom.

largest appetite.

Corporate clients can enjoy a range of facilities including a split level

The restaurant also houses private rooms for six to ten people which

main hall ideal for exhibitions, tournaments and fairs, a conference

are available for quiet family dinners, luncheon parties or business

room which seats up to 28 delegates (or 40 when used in theatre-


style) and a business meeting room with its own bar.

As well as a balanced wine list, the Park offers a choice of real ales,

Whatever your reason for visiting, the staff at The Park Hotel offer a

draught lagers and a good range of quality soft drinks as well as the

warm welcome.


Easter Special Thursday 24th March – Easter Afternoon Tea with Chocolate Bingo Tea from 3pm Bingo from 4pm £15 per person including bingo books

Friday 25th March – Ribs and Steak Night 2 for 1 on all ribs and steaks between 5pm and 9pm

Saturday 26th March – Come and join us for a Family Ceilidh From 7pm Family tickets £10, Adults £4 and Children £2 Hotdogs and Burgers will be available to purchase on the night

Sunday 27th March All you can eat three course lunch time carvery £23 per person, under 12’s half price, includes an Easter egg for all children

Park Hotel, 29 Demark Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4LE Tel: 01379 642244 Email: 30 |

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Constable Bicentenary Celebrations

The National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Wivenhoe House hotel in Colchester is loving landscape in 2016

substantial grounds, now home to the University of Essex. It was a

with a series of events for art-lovers everywhere as the four-star

labour of love for Constable.The money helped secure his

hotel celebrates 200 years since artist John Constable painted

financial future and win the hand of his fiancée Maria Bicknell,

Wivenhoe Park.

whose father was not keen on the marriage.

You can sign up now for the Constable Challenge June 12th when

The painting now hangs in pride of place at the National Gallery of

members of the public of all ages, are invited to set up their easels

Art, Washington and with the recent £9.1 million sale of

in the grounds of the Grade II listed hotel on the University of Essex

Constable’s The Lock as a guideline, it was 100 guineas well



The hotel, home of the Edge Hotel School, has also launched a

Amateur artists can also enter The University of Essex’s annual art

competition to commission a professional landscape artist to

competition, which closes at the beginning of March. Following the

create a 21st century interpretation of the original painting which

Constable theme, this year the University‘s competition is also

will be unveiled at an autumn exhibition at Wivenhoe Park, also

focusing on landscape with a top prize of £100 for adults and

featuring selected works from the Constable Challenge day.

other prizes including afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House.

In 1816 the then owner of Wivenhoe House, General Francis

For more details on all the projects please visit

Rebow, paid Constable 100 guineas to paint his family home and

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What’s On

Kid’s Corner This half term, why not treat the family to a trip to the theatre to see one of these fantastic family shows….. The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, Norwich Playhouse -

What the Ladybird Heard, Cambridge Arts Theatre -

February 19th

February 17th-21st

Roll up, roll up, for the most magnifical, tremendible and

Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog,

fantasticulous experience in town! The caravan of curiosities

the fat red hen and the dainty dog in

and its crew of mysterious misfits have arrived to entertain,

this brand new stage adaptation of

amuse and beguile you. Handa's Hen, New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich -

Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks' colourful farmyard adventure.

February 15th-16th

Sid's Show, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds - February 18th

Join Handa and Akeyo on an exciting

Join Sid from Cbeebies live on stage in a fantastic fun-filled

adventure! Based on the wonderful

adventure that'll knock your socks off! Sid is setting out on a

book by Eileen Browne, and following

heroic quest to find out where in the world his favourite socks

Little Angel’s incredibly popular

and shoes have got to - share in the adventure at the bottom

production of Handa’s Surprise, this

of the sea, deep in the jungle or floating in

engaging and interactive

outer space you’ll meet some funny characters

production is perfect for the very young.

along the way. In an interactive experience

Peppa Pig's Surprise, King's Lynn Corn Exchange -

crammed with games, songs, poems and magic, Sid's Show will leave you with a smile on your

February 13th-14th

face and a spring in your step. Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back with a brand new live stage show. It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig

Tom Thumb, Norwich Puppet Theatre - February 13th The makers of ‘Chicken Licken’ and ‘Terry Jones Fairy Tales’

and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her

bring the story of 'Tom Thumb' to life in an exciting adventure

and George – they can’t guess what it is,

for 4-9 year old children and their families. The very first folk

can you? Enjoy fun, games and of course,

story ever printed in English in 1621

surprises in this charming, colourful new

mixes a legend set in the times of

show with new songs and new life size

King Arthur with Celtic folklore. This


epic tale of the smallest hero in the world is told with superb puppetry, music and fantastic design.

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What’s On

Science meets Faith at Norwich Cathedral Next month sees Norwich Cathedral's first ever Science Festival two weeks of exciting and stimulating events for all ages. The Cathedral has joined forces with partner organisations including UEA, the John Innes Centre, the SAW project, Norfolk Museums Service and Science & Faith in Norfolk to offer a varied selections of talks, art, poetry, film, exhibitions, workshops and experiments. Running from March 6th-18th, the Festival offers the chance to explore how our world continually changes, how science impacts on faith and how faith impacts on the world of the scientist. The Festival is designed for people of all ages and schools are encouraged to come and take part in a series of exciting workshops and events. On March 12th a Family Fun Day offers the chance to watch a volcano erupt, launch a rocket, meet a dalek and much more!

Other events include the chance to see parts of the West Runton Mammoth skeleton, join an engaging panel discussion on food research, bake bread and see art and poetry created by local schoolchildren inspired by the scientific understanding of volcanoes, earthquakes and coastal erosion.

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Local Arts Scene: Saron Walden

Stunning Saffron Walden Lying just 15 miles south of Cambridge, the delightful medieval

The town's Fry Art Gallery displays a unique collection of paintings,

Essex market town of Saffron Walden is rich with both heritage

prints, books and ceramics showing the artistic 20th century

and culture.

heritage of the local area. Artists featured include Edward Bawden,

In the 16th and 17th centuries the saffron crocus was widely

Eric Ravilious, Michael Rothenstein and many more.

grown, giving the town its name. The flower was very precious as

Historians will enjoy visiting the 12th century Walden Castle which

extracts were used in medicines, perfume, as a condiment and as

is still visible yet fell into ruins after the medieval period and the

an expensive yellow dye. In recent years, Saffron has once again

town's award-winning museum which houses an eclectic

started to be cultivated in the area around the town, thus reviving

collection from Samurai armour and Saxon riches to an Egyptian

what had become a dead industry. Culture lovers will find a wealth of things to enjoy in the town. Audley House, owned by English Heritage is home to summer picnic concerts and Proms-style concerts.

Mummy. Close to the castle ruins, the unusual turf maze is the largest example of this style of maze in the country today. Gardeners will love the stunning Bridge End Gardens in the town. Seven interlinked gardens, including a rose garden, maze and walled garden, have been extensively restored.

The 740-seat Saffron Hall - under the direction of the former head of music at The Barbican Centre, Angela Dixon - is home to an

All in all, Saffron Walden is the perfect destination for a day out.

impressive selection of concerts and events.

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Friends’ has a number of mini buses which serve the surrounding area, from Cambridge to Royston, Bishop’s Stortford to Great Dunmow and also Audley End station, Saffron Walden’s closest train station.

“Our search for the right secondary school ended as we walked through the doors of Friends’ School. Just starting his second year at Friends’, our son is academically and socially developing beyond our expectations.” A Year 8 parent Visit Friends’ on their next Open Morning - you can speak to the Head, tour the Nursery, Junior School and Senior School and chat to staff and students.

OPEN MORNINGS Thursday 10th March, 9.30am Wednesday 11th May, 9.30am Alternatively, if these dates do not suit please call to arrange an individual visit. You can be assured of a warm welcome. Call Alison Stanbury on 01799525351 or email

Local Arts Scene: Saffron Walden

Saffron Screen launches Short Film Comp The independent cinema Saffron Screen, housed within Saffron

film and TV agent and trustee of Saffron Screen, Matt Bell, a 1st

Walden County High School, is launching the STARTER FOR

Assistant Director and director of short film, Fire Horse, and

10 short film competition to celebrate its 10th anniversary, giving

Jonathan Glazier, the former Editor of BBC Entertainment.

budding film makers a chance to win cash prizes and see their film on the BIG SCREEN!

Two film making workshops will also be run in conjunction with Signal Media Arts Centre at Fairycroft House on Monday

Sponsored by local estate agent Arkwright and Co, STARTER FOR 10

February 15th(half term). Family Claymation workshop and

is for films of up to 90 seconds in length (including credits) and is

Introduction to film-making on your Phone / Tablet.

open to all ages. There are two categories, 16 & under and 17 & over and films should take inspiration from the number 10.The closing date is April 11th 2016 and entrants can download the entry form and rules at or pick up a copy at the cinema box office of Tourist Information Centre. Saffron Screen is delighted that four industry professionals will judge the films. All with links to the local area, the judges are: Al

Saffron Screen is a not-for-profit independent community cinema. Its professional auditorium boasts a full size screen, 200 cinema seats, Dolby Digital surround sound and both 35mm and digital projection equipment.  Ticket and refreshment prices are kept low to benefit all and parking is free. For Saffron Screen’s full listings and news - and workshop tickets please visit

Morrow, an award-winning documentary producer,Tracey Hyde, a


The Art & Craft Shop in Saffron Walden

The 650 year old building is complemented by a marriage of the Cross Keys Elizabethan architecture and contemporary design.

The Cross Keys and Molly’s Coffee and Cake Shop offers delicious fresh food, an amazing wine led bar and nine boutique bedrooms.

Breakfast served from 8am – 11am daily Restaurant open daily from 12 noon – 10pm 32 High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1AX Tel: 01799 522207 Email

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Colorcraft, 1 Emson Close, Saffron Walden CB10 1HL Open 9.30am - 5pm, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat. Closed Thursday. Lunch 1.30pm - 2.30pm

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Local Arts Scene: Saron Walden

Spotlight on.... Joan Sanderson, owner of Colorcraft in Saffron Walden Q. Please explain your background and how you became involved in the art business?

Q. What does your typical day involve? A typical shop day is anything but typical, it is never the same

I grew up in Norfolk during the war where I learned to knit,

two days running. I enjoy meeting new people and it's lovely

sew, do tapestry and cross-stitch. I'd help my mother out

to see people who come back to the shop as adults after

knitting socks and balaclavas for the soldiers. At 18 I moved

remembering how much fun they had coming in as a child.

to London and began working in PR, first for a big department

Over the years we've built up relationships with customers

store and then for a wool supplier. Then, in 1964, I moved to

both amateur and professional. Famous war artist Edward

the village of Duddenhoe End with my husband. Five years

Bawden was a regular customer for many years and it's lovely

later, I spotted an empty shop in the nearby town of Saffron

to be able to see his work in the local Fry Art Gallery. Most

Walden and the rest is history.

new visitors are surprised at the stock we carry and if we don't

Q. How long has the shop been trading and how has it

have what they're after, we can usually source it fairly quickly. We have people coming in who have thought about going


online for stuff, but say they would rather pay a little extra I started Colorcraft in 1969 with the aim of helping people to

(plus there is no postage costs) to be able to see and feel

create their own arts and crafts and to learn the things that I'd

what they want.

learned. That is still our aim today. In my younger days, I loved travelling to exotic locations like Sierra Leone, Peru, Sri Lanka

Q. What makes Saffron Walden a special place?

and Madeira to learn new skills from local craftspeople. Over

To us Saffron Walden is special, because along with having

the years I've taught many people to learn new skills including

lots of good places to eat, a growing twice weekly market and

canvas tapestry work, kiln enamelling and cross-stitch.

Q. Please give examples of the type and range of things that you stock?

Porcelain Cascade

lots of independent shops still, it has a lot of places of interest without being stuffy! We have a castle, and a good local museum, lots of old buildings on a mediaeval street plan, several art galleries, a magnificent Church, gardens to visit, the

Colorcraft, (Old English spelling, not necessarily American!)

turf foot maze, local hostelleries full of character and links

has over the years added to its range until, now we are

with several famous artists, both living and dead. We even

bursting at the seams! We stock art supplies, paper, canvas

have an excellent music venue in Saffron Hall and a regular

paints brushes and sundries, from Winsor & Newton, Daler

cinema called Saffron Screens. It is a cliche to say it, but it is

Rowney, Seawhite. Watercolour Papers by the sheet, pads or

true, Saffron Walden is a typical Old English Market town. Long

rolls, Knitting yarn by Sirdar and King Cole and others,

may it remain so.

Appletons and Coats tapestry wool, DMC & Anchor threads, clays and paints for children, clothing dyes, glass and ceramic paints, raffia, pergamano decoupage and pens for Calligraphy, our list is endless, which is why we have not produced a catalogue.

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Stunning Saffron Walden Venue Saffron Hall is an award-winning 740-seat performance space built in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School - a one-of-a-kind world-class auditorium in the heart of a state

Angela Dixon, former Head of Music at London’s Barbican Centre,

comprehensive. The £10-million venue, funded by the Yellow Car

came to Saffron Walden in March 2014 to take the helm of

Charitable Trust, is renowned for its critically acclaimed acoustic

Saffron Hall. Under her leadership, the venue has gone from

and state-of-the-art facilities.

strength to strength. The carefully programmed season weaves

Since opening in November 2013, Saffron Hall has welcomed

international artists together with local performance groups,

world-class artists including the London Philharmonic Orchestra,

developing young and regional talent. After only two years at the

Maxim Vengerov, Penguin Cafe, Nicola Benedetti, Courtney Pine,

venue, Angela Dixon has been named ‘Concert Hall Manager of

Alison Balsam, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael

the Year’ at the prestigious Association of British

Morpurgo and The Sixteen.

Orchestras/Rhinegold Awards 2016.

In addition to its public concerts, Saffron Hall has initiated a

Drawing an audience of over 23,000 each season from across

pioneering learning and participation programme which sees

East Anglia – Saffron Hall is quickly establishing itself as a thriving

hundreds of schoolchildren take part in performance and

performing arts venue for the region, producing outstanding

backstage roles, and sets a trailblazing model for state school and

events with world-class artists, whilst maintaining education and

community music provision.

regional development firmly at its core.

Highlights: Kronos Kr onos Quartet The Hot Sardines Sardines Bach Collegium Japan The English Concert Schiff Sir András Schif ff Maxim Vengerov Vengerov Group oup Mahogany Opera Gr Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis

On sale now: 0845 548 7650 Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre

The Hot Sardines ©Leann Mueller/Decca Records

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The Last Photo ‘Games Over’ by Den Reader from Stokesby, Norfolk 'This image was taken at home. By using a long exposure in subdued day light, I aimed to achieve strong colour saturation; that, and a nostalgic "found in the attic" feel, are what motivated me.'

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Welcome to the February issue of ARTSeast Magazine. In this issue we meet Alan Partridge's sidekick Simon Greenall ahead of his starring...