EdgeMagazine April 2014 FREE EDITION
Your essential guide to Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands
Escape the Chains
Jill Wheelock-Lines Pearls and Fine Jewellery
Rachel David, Textile Anarchist
Moore Rodin At Compton Verney
Haute Pastry Pâtisserie du Château
Easter Feasts Celebrate at the table
Food & Drink • Culture • Business • Fashion • Lifestyle
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aybe it’s the birdsong, or the first pink buds of cherry blossom but we’re seeking beauty this month. Our Escape the Chains feature showcases textile anarchist Rachel David and her statement garments, which can be found in her boutique in Leamington Spa. We have also visited Jill Wheelock-Lines in Worcester, who designs and curates modern and often bespoke pearl and diamond fine jewellery. April’s edition celebrates some fantastic exhibitions and performances. We met Aubrey Powell, part of the design team behind some of the music industry’s most famous artwork. We’ve also got all the backstage gossip from the Alexandra Theatre’s production of West Side Story. Compton Verney’s impressive Moore Rodin exhibition will be on show right up until August 2014 too. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Michael Abu-Zalaf Editor-in-Chief
Easter certainly calls for delicious treats and family get togethers. Our Easter Feasts feature lists some great pubs and restaurants for you to enjoy the festivities. We’re taking our taste buds on a little trip across the channel for review of Le Bistrot Pierre in Stratford-upon-Avon and a review of Pâtisserie du Château in Kenilworth. Wine lovers will also feel light and heady with our April feature, focusing on floral notes, with a special competition to win a case of wine. Make sure you keep up-to-date with all the latest local stories, features and exciting events on our website. On behalf of the team at Edge, have a great April and we hope to see you all again in May. If you like what you see in Edge Magazine, please show your support by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter, as well as checking out our website at: www.edgemagazine.org
FEATURES Escape the Chains.........................................38 Haute Pastry.................................................48 Rachel David, Textile Anarchist
Pâtisserie du Château
April Jewel.....................................................40 Moore Rodin..................................…............68 Jill Wheelock-Lines Pearls and Fine Jewellery
At Compton Verney
Easter Feasts.................................................42 Celebrate at the table
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CONTENTS The Aesthetics colour wheel
The local kitchen
Fear no mirror
Premident- nervous patient support
Save the date
The grass is always greener
The golden glows
Droitwich Golf Club
The chia craze
Sit back and relax
Mind the gap
St Georgeâ€™s School
When Andrew met Klara
The Stratford Literary Festival 2014
A match made in the countryside
The Bathroom Studio
Masters of album cover artwork
Escape the chains
Meet the cast
A special gift for special someone
Out and about
The Palaeolithic diet
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THE AESTHETICS COLOUR WHEEL Spring hair hues to brighten your days Lucinda Bunn
ew season, new style. And this spring it’s all about colour. Be inspired by natural boho easy-living and pastel palettes to make a statement. Low maintenance colour makes for healthier hair and Aesthetics even has tips on the best products to use to treat your tresses and maintain your colour.
Sombré is the softer side of ombré. With summer approaching, this new hair trend sees soft, natural shadow from dark to light, with no definition, just healthy relaxed-looking colour. The technique involves clever placement to look effortless and chic.
Brunettes are cooling down too. A muted tone with subtle ash highlights makes for a naturallooking brown sugar shade. Reds are rose gold and strawberry with Titian inspiration rocking the catwalks. Gorgeous light auburn manes are envy-worthy this spring.
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Nothing says spring/summer more than floral notes; think lemon, buttermilk yellow, peppermint, pale pink, violet and turquoise. This can be panels of permanent colour or experimental temporary flashes for fun.
Soft, glossy hair is the only way to wear your colour this spring. Maintain your locks with some of the best products for coloured hair, like Redken’s Color Extend range which enriches, recharges and adds shine. Pureology hair products are sulphate-free and work to improve your hair’s condition. And the Aesthetics stylists now use Kerastase ritual treatments for concentrated repair and to rebuild your hair’s strength.
Blonde in the bleachers Think super glossy blondes in a range of tones. Turn the dial down to cool with ice cream hues like vanilla and muted hazelnut. The key for this look is to keep your hair in excellent condition. Icy blondes work well on edgy cuts or make a statement with shoulder length locks with a pearl toner and deep side parting.
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Have the confidence to enjoy your reflection Lucinda Bunn
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t Premident we’re aware that many people find a trip to the dentist a daunting prospect, and in fact some people are so scared that they simply never book an appointment. Oral health is incredibly important, and with recent studies showing there’s a link between gum disease and heart disease, there’s an even greater need for people to take care of their teeth, though this can’t be done without the expertise and guidance of a qualified dentist. We genuinely believe that no one tries harder to help nervous patients overcome their fears than we do. Our success rate of working with nervous patients and helping them to actually enjoy their treatments and enjoy the benefits of modern dentistry is phenomenally high, but what do we actually offer? Familiarisation Even before any commitment to proceed with treatment, we offer nervous patients a lot of support. We invite you to our welcoming clinic where you can enjoy a half hour discussion with one of our nervous patient support team. During that session you are also given the opportunity to have a look around the surgery to familiarise yourself and you will be given the chance to explain the nature of your fears and concerns; because everyone is different. Tailored Support We will then tailor a solution or ‘support path’ to address your specific concerns. It may involve choosing a form of sedation, or it may just require speaking to our nervous patients’ coach. We take into account all the information you give us; your fears, your concerns, your past experiences, and create a tailored solution that will help guide you through your experience. IV sedation IV sedation is a pain-free injection which makes you feel like you’re asleep, without you actually being asleep. This means that you are unaware of what is going on around you, but can still follow the dentist’s instructions. Most people have no recollection of the treatment afterwards, making it perfect for anxious or nervous patients. If you’re scared of injections we can offer you oral sedation in the form of tablets taken before a procedure. If you’re concerned about your oral health, but are too scared to visit the dentist then just come and talk to us. We genuinely believe we can allay your fears, and provide you with potentially life-changing help. For more information on the support we can offer you, head to our website or give us a ring on 024 76 231 814 www.premident.co.uk
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GET GLAM Tim Scott-Wright at the Hair Surgery Helen Archer
’m sure I’m not the only person who has a hair gripe that’s bothered them for a long time. For some of my friends it’s flat, fine hair, for others its wiry, dry ends but for me, it’s the way my hair flicks out on one side. On days when I’ve spent a long time blow-drying and styling, I get very frustrated. But this month, my trip to Tim Scott-Wright’s salon, the Hair Surgery in Wollaston, finally answered my prayers.
gold pigment sparkles to create volume and add shine. Tim blow-dried my new ‘do and used straighteners to create big curls, adding plenty of volume which was really fun. The most notable difference for me is the correction to my cut which finally saw off that awkward flick. My new brunette hue works wonders with my natural colouring and my hair feels thick, shiny and hydrated.
A converted doctor’s surgery and waiting room, Tim’s passion for the client experience is clear throughout; from the lounge area where you can help yourself to coffee and wine, to the prescriptive advice about maintaining and enhancing your look at home with tailored treatments.
Tim loves to make women feel glamorous, he’s not into unwearable high-fashion cuts; he wants his clients to enjoy feminine, classic and healthy hair from root to tip. ‘Beauty first’ is the philosophy at the Hair Surgery, with a laidback, friendly and fresh approach to hair styling. The salon is sleek and simple with vintage flourishes, which add to Tim’s vision of the old salon experience, where his clients can socialise, relax and escape their day-to-day duties. There’s no pretension at the Hair Surgery, just Tim’s creative energy, Salon Manager Andreas’ warm welcome and an opportunity to treat your tresses.
According to Tim, ‘the consultation is vital’ and he wasted no time in asking me what I liked and disliked about my hair, my hair history and how I style my hair at home. From this, Tim was able to guide me to a new colour turning my warm, chestnut brown with red tones into a cool, dark chocolate brown with gold tones to bring out my blue eyes. Tim thought my jaw-length bob was just the right length to frame my face and enhance my features but he decided to add more shape to it, cutting into the ‘flick’ so it sits better. Using Clynol and Schwarzkopf products, my hair was coloured and washed. Tim swears by both ranges. He then used Bonacure Miracle Oil and Bonacure Amplifier to prep my hair for styling. The Miracle Oil makes hair smooth without making it greasy and the Amplifier has
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he awards season is over but we’re still swooning over the award-winning glow of all the winners. Cate Blanchett’s flawless complexion, Lupita Nyong’o’s luscious lips and even Matthew McConaughey’s Texan tan are all enviable. And here’s how you can get your very own golden glow. The absolute key to gorgeous glowing skin is to keep it simple. Always begin with a strong primer, something like Get up & Go by Oskia (£64.50). This product should be a staple in everyone’s everyday makeup routine as it wards off those early ageing signs and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production and protects the skin from everyday damage such as UV rays and pollution. It absorbs instantly and creates a great base for makeup. On lighter days, it can be worn alone. Get the barely made up look by putting aside those matte foundations and going for lighter formulas like tinted moisturisers and BB creams.
They’ll moisturise your skin and provide light, even coverage and are an incredible base to work with. Estée Lauder Daywear BB Crème (£32) is an excellent example as it controls shine during the day, has natural antioxidants to allow the skin to breathe and it’s SPF35. Concentrate bronzer around the cheekbones, temples, hairline and jaw line to add definition. The big tip here is to start out lightly and build, build, build. If you can do this in natural light you will find your natural bone structure easily and you can even add some colour down the sides of the nose to really tailor the look to your features. A top product for this is Yves Saint Laurent Terre Saharienne Bronzing
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THE CHIA CRAZE The superpowers of chia seeds Mel Taffs
hia seeds are native to South America and have been a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries. Today they draw the interest of many people for their health benefits and uses in cooking and as it turns out they are a very rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. Below are just some of the health benefits of chai seeds.
Omega 3 fatty acids
Chia seeds are high in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega 3 fatty acids. The lipid profile is 60% omega 3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids. The omega 3s in chai seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance your memory performance and will help reduce cholesterol.
The outer layer of chai seeds swells when mixed with liquids to form a gel. They can be used in place of eggs to lower cholesterol and increase nutrient content of foods and baked goods. To make the egg replacement, mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 15 minutes.
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Fibre is associated with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function. These seeds are an excellent source of fibre with a whopping 10 grams in just two tablespoons. That is one third of your daily allowance of fibre per day.
The combination of fibre, protein and the gelling action when mixed with liquids all contribute to them filling you up for longer. This will help you with food cravings between meals.
Antioxidants Antioxidants help protect the body from free-radicals, the ageing process and cancer. The high antioxidant properties give them a long shelf life and they can last at least 1 year without refrigeration. Minerals Just two tablespoons of chia seeds contain calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and manganese. These minerals prevent hypertension, help you to maintain a healthy weight and will boost your metabolism. Gluten-free They do not contain any gluten or grains, so can be consumed by people with that intolerance.
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SIT BACK AND RELAX At Thomas Hearn Ltd Hannah Griffiths
homas Hearn Ltd is a family business located in the heart of Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Priding themselves on offering an unrivalled friendly service, the team brings you the ultimate choice in modern and traditional furniture from top brands at unbeatable prices. The wide variety of living room, bedroom and dining room furniture, showcased in their extensive showroom, caters for every room in your house. Whether you prefer modern or traditional pieces the experienced Thomas Hearn team are on hand to help you choose from some of the best furniture brands including Duresta, Parker Knoll, Stressless, ercol and many more. Duresta Producing high quality handmade furniture in their Nottingham-based factory, Duresta is a key brand for those looking for pure British luxury. Crafting pieces that are not only functional but also establish the character of a room, Duresta produces a number of statement living room pieces to the highest standards, each with a personal touch. Parker Knoll With an incredible 140 year history the Parker Knoll brand has established itself at the heart of furniture making in the UK. The extensive range of beautifully designed upholstery combines stylish pieces with sumptuous comfort, offering the best of British quality, hand in hand with a timeless design you can appreciate forever. Stressless The Norwegian company, Stressless, pride themselves on being the innovators of comfort. The modern range of living room sets, recliners and office chairs provides you with unparalleled comfort in every part of your life. The multitude of colours means that whatever your décor there’s something to suit every taste.
ercol ercol furniture aspires to be a part of the enjoyment of everyday life for you in your home. The British manufacturing brand brings its qualities of integrity, design and value at all levels to the widest audience. From dining collections to kitchen collections, living room sets to bedroom ranges, ercol designs and manufactures products that you will value and cherish. The ethos at Thomas Hearn is simple; ‘offering the best modern and traditional furniture all at unbeatable prices.’ So if your home is desperately seeking that injection of modern furniture or your living space is lacking the traditional warm feeling, call in to see the friendly and experienced staff today and get your hands on an unbeatable bargain. 102 Warwick Road Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 1HL 01926 854884 www.thomashearn.co.uk
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If you’re on the lookout for a new home, there’s a great selection from Bovis Homes which offer sought-after locations, modern fittings and a variety of accommodation. Read on for a little inspiration…
Church Meadows, Bromsgrove SHOW HOME The Bromsgrove is a delightful four-bedroom home and one of a range of lovely homes that make up the picturesque Church Meadows development in Worcestershire. This beautiful home can be found in the heart of the village of Catshill, a thriving community located less than 15 miles from Birmingham.
Accommodation: You won’t want to miss out on your chance to relax and unwind in your very own dual aspect 17ft sitting room with French doors to
the rear garden. You’ll also be able to cook up some mouth watering meals in the open plan kitchen and entertain friends and family in the dining area.
Long queues for the bathroom will be a thing of the past, as an en suite to bedroom one makes for leisurely living. An integrated fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher will make everyday chores a breeze, while a useful utility room will provide all the additional storage space you need.
Location: A number of amenities will be located right on your doorstep, as Catshill has its own Post Office, convenience store and bakery. Further independent stores, supermarkets and national brand stores are available in nearby Bromsgrove, including a monthly farmers’ market, while Birmingham’s Bullring has more than 160 leading shops. For further leisure opportunities, Bromsgrove’s Astrix is a cinema, music, theatre and comedy venue that’s well worth a visit.
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WORKED UP A space to contemplate and create Lucinda Bunn
t can be a desk in the corner of a room, a private library or a summer house at the end of the garden, but a home office must be fun and functional to be efficient. Sitting at the kitchen counter with your laptop will not inspire creativity, nor will it stop others preparing food on your paperwork. Finding a quiet, organised and inventive space to ‘get things done’ is the key to working from home. Easy organisers and decorative touches will ensure your work space is as stylish as it is functional. Consider the environments you work best in. If you need visual reminders and you like to be surrounded by books and magazines then put your walls to work with pinboards or even chalkboard paint to jot down all your exciting ventures. Or maybe a clean, Scandi-style sideboard with just your laptop and a houseplant would suit you. There are so many interesting and storage options to keep all the chaos organised. Think fabric boxes, paint-can cubbyholes and co-ordinated containers.
Necessity is the mother of invention. And creating a workspace when there’s no space to spare is a chance to find a clever design solution. Fold-down desktops, secretaires and bookcase desks provide storage and a tabletop whilst neatly fitting in with little square footage. Crafty creations are also a great way to cut costs as you design your workspace. An old door makes a cool upcycled worktop, or industrial-style light fixtures can be created with cord and filament bulbs. Hang them from the ceiling on either side of your desk for a modern and inexpensive addition. Scrap yards and antique barns are perfect for decking out your new office. Keep things organised, stay creative and get worked up over inspiring office designs and desk decor.
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Tardis of contemporary furniture, Insitu is an independent, family-owned furniture store that since 1985 has been based in the historic city of Worcester. Insitu stocks a fantastic range of high quality innovatively designed furniture, lighting, gifts and accessories from around the world, displayed over three floors. You’ll find all the inspiration you need for every room of your home, from artwork to occasional furniture, statement clocks and mirrors, to bespoke recliners and seating. Owner Jonathan Macmillan and his team Nadine, Dan and Debbie are extremely proud of the fact that they are the only stockists in Worcester for a number of exclusive ranges of furniture including the fabulous Togo collection from Ligne Roset. Other high quality ranges include Collins & Hayes, Fama, Rom, Calligaris, Varier and many others. Take your time to browse the three floors, as at each turn you’ll notice something different and unique will add character to your home, along with statement pieces from quality designers. From sofas to dining tables, lighting to imaginative and creative storage ideas, new ranges and displays are
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House of Dogs is proud to offer the first in our very own line of unique carob chocolate treats, just in time for Easter. Our delicious range can now be paired with hand-made honey, peanut and carrot confections for a mouth watering and roll over treat.
Salivating our thoughts already, Chocolate Day 12th April
Worcester businesses join in and celebrate all things chocolate, or in our case carob. A selection of high quality white and dark carob beautifully crafted into 3d layered Easter eggs, mini eggs, lollies with the addition of carrot and oat biscuits for those with sensitive pallets. More Chocolate Day information can be found at /www.facebook.com/WorcesterBID
Easter Photo Shoot - Sunday 6th April 0930 - 1600 Appointment only basis at House of Dogs £5 deposit to guarantee your private fifteen minute shoot. Spend over £30 on photo memorabilia to receive all photos that were take for FREE on a disc. In partnership with Max Spielman The Photo Experts. Ask in store for further details.
30 New St Worcester WR1 2DP 01905 731645 hodsboutique @hods_boutique
ESCAPE THE CHAINS Designer and maker, Rachel David Lucinda Bunn
extile anarchist, Rachel David, creates looks from the bold, to the bohemian to the unexpected. Each statement garment is designed and pieced together by Rachel herself. With years of collecting buttons, lace, tartan, silk, wool, thread and ribbons, Rachel’s workspace, which is part of her boutique in Leamington’s Park Street, is a fashionista’s dream. The boutique is carefully curated to showcase Rachel’s unique talents. Rails line the walls, with sumptuous garments making their debut. Handmade and crafted from existing clothes, Rachel pieces together her coats, jackets and knitwear from beautiful and often vintage fabrics. No two garments are the same. Rachel’s inspiration comes often from the original garment, and her large collection of costume and historical reference books. She buys high quality, hardly worn items from designer sales and morphs them into unrecognisable creations adding details using techniques she’s mastered over the years. For Rachel, it’s all about colour. She says, ‘We are surrounded by dull, dreary monotones – the sky, our buildings and cars, we shouldn’t be wearing it as well.’ Rachel’s love of art, particularly folk art is evident in her designs too and you’ll be mystified and uplifted by her ingenuity with refreshing colour ways. Rachel’s talents were recognised at the Painswick Wearable Art Competition, where she was presented with the winning prize
www.edgemagazine.org by artist Grayson Perry. Rachel says, ‘I made a wedding dress using lace handkerchiefs and brocade which I heavily overlayered with yet more lace. The other panels of the dress were used tea bags which I pressed and embroidered together.’ Her work is increasingly sought after by artists, musicians and those not afraid to stand out in the crowd. It has been seen on television – Folk singer June Tabor wore a Rachel David coat on Later...with Jools Holland – on stage and at film premieres. Of course, there’s a reason why Rachel does what she does. Her green politics is the thread that brings each of her pieces together. The textile industry’s exploitative systems have always encouraged Rachel to break the cycle and reuse fabrics in the traditions of our ancestors. And her commitment to doing so sets the tone for her highly original boutique, her own creations and the fine jewellery, socks and other accessories she has selected to complement them in store. The Rachel David boutique is open Monday to Saturday from 10:30am to 5pm but Rachel is often in the shop from early in the morning to later into the evening. Fans of Rachel’s work coming from afar can call in advance and make an appointment to ensure she’ll be there on the day. You can see the artist in action; a trailblazer in artisanal craft and a colourful character too. Rachel David Textile Anarchist 25 Park Street Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV32 4QN 07725020804 www.racheldavid.co.uk
Images courtesy of Venture Photography
Jill Wheelock-Lines Pearls and Fine Jewellery Lucinda Bunn
n Worcester’s Friar Street you’ll find Jill Wheelock-Lines Pearls and Fine Jewellery. The story behind this family-run business is a simple one: with years of experience in the field of fine jewellery, diamonds and pearls, Jill designs and curates modern and often bespoke pieces.
details. Jill’s range of clasps become centrepieces to each rope of pearls; with rose gold baroque clasps and magnetic mechanisms in-keeping with the original beauty of each piece. This is pearls reinvented, celebrating their natural irregularity and showcasing them in inventive ways.
Jewellery says so much; about you, your style and the sentiment behind each piece. Jill’s personal service will guide you through concept and design, choosing diamonds and pearls as you go. Jill sources all of her pearls and diamonds from around the world. Each piece of jewellery is handselected for its quality and originality. South Sea, Tahitian, fresh water, Keshi and Akoya pearls are all available in the shop. The pearls are chosen, arranged by Jill and threaded and knotted on silk by Jill’s favoured specialists in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Worcester. Jill occasionally works with antique Roman and Greek coins dating back to 500BC, nestling them between gold rims and introducing semi-precious stones, like amethyst and peridot, and diamonds to complement the pearls’ iridescent overtones.
An education in pearls becomes a reminder of how treasured these jewels are, coveted for centuries. And Jill’s keen eye for design and modern detail makes each piece timeless once again. Earrings, rings and pendants, all with their individual intriguing charm, from interchangeable diamond and pearl drop earrings to a pink pearl ring, set with an avant-garde diamond overlay, you won’t find jewellery like this anywhere else.
It’s the details at Jill Wheelock-Lines that makes each piece unique, enhancing the natural features of the exquisite pearls and creating refreshing
Timeless jewels, modern design and new luxury, all at Jill Wheelock-Lines.
Jill Wheelock-Lines Pearls and Fine Jewellery 8 Friar Street Worcester WR1 2LZ 01905 613799 www.jillwheelock-lines.co.uk
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EASTER FEASTS Celebrate at the table this Easter Hannah Griffiths
The King’s Head Aston Cantlow This 15th century village inn is located in the picturesque Aston Cantlow in the heart of Warwickshire. The listed building oozes character with its original oak beams and open fires, making for a favourable destination for your Easter Sunday Lunch. Serving only the finest cuts of meat and fresh vegetables, sourced locally where possible, the King’s Head is well worth a visit for your Easter feast. 21 Bearley Road, Aston Cantlow, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 6HY 01789 488242
Hillers If you’d prefer to cook your Easter lunch at home why not visit Hillers, a family run enterprise that is passionate about bringing you the best in quality local produce? Growing much of their own produce on their farm, Hillers offers a selection of seasonal vegetables that will complement your Easter lunch. Also on-site, you’ll find Ragley Estate Meats, a butcher producing top quality local meat. 01789 772771 www.hillers.co.uk
Nailcote Hall Sunday lunch is always a special fine-dining experience, and with an inspired range of dishes available, Easter is no exception. The seasonably changing menu is bursting with flavour. Using only the finest cuts of meat, carved at your table, fresh vegetables and a delectable selection of desserts, the 2, 3 or 4 course menu caters to all tastes. Nailcote Lane, Berkswell, Warwickshire CV7 7DE 02476 466174
The Stag at Offchurch, the Moorings at Myton and the Forest at Feckenham Owned by the CD Pubs Company, the Stag at Offchurch, the Moorings at Myton and the Forest at Feckenham are all set to give you and your family the perfect Easter lunch. Situated in 3 picturesque locations the group collectively produce the finest quality meals using local butchers and producers. Call now to book your family in for a feast they won’t forget. www.thestagatoffchurch.com or call 01926 425801 www.themooring.co.uk or call 01926 425043 www.theforestatfeckenham.com or call 01527 894422
Friday 20 June - Sunday 6 July Festival Highlights Friday 20 June Celebration of Local Food and Drink Dinner
Last year Droitwich Spa held its first Food & Drink Festival in conjunction with the existing Music and Arts Festival and it was acknowledged by local residents, businesses and visitors to the town as a great success. This summer The Droitwich Spa Festival Committee is putting together a fantastic programme of local food and drink, music and arts events in this historic salt town that will be even bigger and better than 2013. It takes place in the town centre and pubs, clubs and venues around town and offers great opportunities and entertainment for both local residents and visitors. Taking place from the 20 June to 6 July this year’s calendar is jam packed with lots for Droitwich people and visitors to truly enjoy a summer spectacular. Throughout the festival there will be a whole host of fun activities taking place in Droitwich Spa, these include: Food and Drink Festival; Live music in the town centre; Literary Festival; theatre performances; jazz and classical concerts; art displays and activities; and a selection of competitions. The Droitwich Spa Festival is run by a committee of representatives from Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival, For Droitwich Spa, Droitwich Arts Network and Wychavon District Council. If you would like to find out more please contact the organisers or visit the website. For further information email email@example.com or call 01386 565355
Enjoy a splendid meal with guest Restaurateur Mark Hix and Food Critic and MasterChef judge, Charles Campion. St Andrews Town Hotel
Saturday 21 June Food and Drink Festival
Up to 100 local food and drink stalls; demonstration kitchen featuring the 5 Worcestershire Chefs; Great Junior Bake Off; Live music and entertainment; real ale and cider bars. Town centre
Saturday 28 June Literary Event and Live Music Poetry readings, comedy and live music. Parks Café and St. Andrews Square Shopping Centre
Cheese and Cider Festival
Come and enjoy a feast of local cheeses and cider. Gardeners Arms, Vines Lane
Sunday 29 June Friar Street Festival of Culture and Music
Live music, food and drink, street performers. Old Cock Inn.
Tuesday 1 July Jazz Concert
Gaudet Luce Golf Club
Friday 4 July Classical Concert Sacred Heart Church
Saturday 5 July Arts for All
Art displays and competitions; open air demonstrations; ‘have a go’ activities. Town centre
Event supported by Droitwich Spa
Droitwich Spa Festivals
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BISTROT MODERN Le Bistrot Pierre: A review Helen Archer
ne look at the menu and you’ll wish one of the 11 Bistrot Pierres nationwide was on your doorstep. Luckily for us, there’s one in Stratford-upon-Avon and one in Leamington Spa. Expect flavour-packed cooking and a kitchen skilled in all the right departments. The team travels to France regularly, sampling cuisine and picking up inspiration for their seasonal menu. The rustic restaurant is a simple space of bare-wood tables and natural furnishings. We went for Saucisse de Toulouse – soft poached egg with pan-fried Toulouse sausage with a warm tomato dressing and Moules au Roquefort – rope-grown mussels steamed in a mild Roquefort sauce served with crispy bacon lardons. The Toulouse sausage, a southwest speciality was perfectly seasoned, with the quality of the meat elevating the entire dish. The soft, oozing poached eggs and the sweet tomato dressing softened the flavour of the pork. Mussels deserve a rich, creamy sauce and the Roquefort did not disappoint, but the addition of the salty lardons added intrigue and textural contrast. Le Bistrot Pierre’s menu is one at ease with itself and with some knowledgeable recommendations from our server Jordan, we had no trouble in choosing our mains; Filet de morue aux écrevisses – roasted fillet of cod with crayfish, sautéed mange tout and garden peas, tossed in a light mint and lemon butter, and Faux filet – the 9oz rib eye. The Filet de morue is a dish for people who really love fish;
the crayfish is sweet and tasty alongside the meaty cod, which was crisp on the skin with soft and understated on the other side. The medium rare steak was fantastic, the meat pink and mouth-watering and served with a wild mushroom and shallot jus. Spinning a classic French tale, this food makes its mark with assertive flavours and a fun and friendly approach to the cuisine. The dessert menu has the same impact. We went for the Délice au chocolat – a warm chocolate torte served with blackcurrant ice cream and pouring chocolate and the Café Gourmand – mini portions of the menu and espresso coffee. The torte was rich but not heavy and the tartness of the ice cream balanced the flavours perfectly. The mini dessert selection included a lemon tart, mini chocolate fondant, apple tart and strawberry sorbet. Tasty, elegant, simple and straightforward. This is food made by people who like to eat. The food looks good but it’s not the focus; the focus is how it tastes. At Le Bistrot Pierre each plate is deftly executed with a French modern style. So much so, you’ll want to eat here often. Swan’s Nest Bridgefoot Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LT 01789 264804 www.lebistrotpierre.co.uk
THE PALEOLITHIC DIET Learning from our ancestors Andrea Bayles, Nutritional Therapist, Natural Solutions
here’s a new buzz word in the world of nutrition…Paleo! Paleo is derived from ‘Paleolithic’ referring to the prehistoric period and in terms of a diet it is based on the idea that human genetics have hardly changed since the beginning of the agricultural revolution (i.e grains and cereals) when the Paleolithic era finished. There is strong evidence coming out from Paleo experts that saturated fat is not as ’evil’ as we may think and that wholegrains are not as good for us as we are led to believe. But more and more people are feeling the benefits of following a Paleo diet and are improving their health, particularly those with chronic conditions. The diet is based on the foods that our ancestors ate mostly meat, organ meat (offal), fish, eggs, plants, and traditional fats such as lard, coconut oil and olive oil. Bone broth soups figure highly in the diet and for those who can tolerate them, nuts and seeds and some fruit. The diet does not include dairy and all its products – so out with the cheese, yoghurt and butter. All grains are to be avoided and this includes wheat, rice, oats, spelt, rye, barley, cous-cous and any other starchy cereal. In addition, all beans and pulses should be completely avoided, so vegetarians and vegans, this is not a diet for you. Fats are a major source of energy to the body (as well glucose) and they help to support our immune system, provide us with healthy skin and hair and they help to keep our body temperature under control. We know that fat-free and low-fat products on the shelves of our supermarkets contain additives and sugars to make them taste good. In fact nutritional researchers have shown that there is more sugar added to a lowfat yogurt than the calorific value of the fat it would contain if it was full-fat. Sugar is converted to glucose, which, if it isn’t used up as energy just converts to body fat. Going back to this ancestral way of eating has been explored by many scientists and nutrition experts all over the world and this Paleo way of life is growing all the time in the western world. The health benefits and weight loss potential are great reasons for using the Paleo diet as a way of defining your own personal dietary regime. www.andreabayles.co.uk
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Do you know where your â€˜localâ€™ produce comes from?
Vegetables from Salford Priors
Eggs from Clayhall Farm, Bickmarsh
Ć” Treat your loved one this Easter with a handmade chocolate gift from Chocolate Deli Hillers Farm Shop, Dunnington
Ć” Luxury Handmade Chocolates
Cabbages from Hillers Farm, Dunnington
Ć” Unique chocolate mouldings, personalised chocolate gifts or hand select your box of chocolates.
Hillers pride themselves in offering a wide range of fresh, quality produce with enough choice to complete the weekly shop. As well as supporting local farmers, we strongly believe this local food gives you a fresher and higher standard of produce for your money. Most of these growers are within 10 miles of the farm shop. When they say â€˜localâ€™, they mean â€˜localâ€™, as often the fruit and vegetables you buy are picked that very same day.
www.hillers.co.uk â—? 01789 772771 Dunnington, Nr Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5PD
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The Kingâ€™s Head Aston Cantlow
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HAUTE PASTRY Pâtisserie du Château
ithout a doubt, France is famous for its pastry chefs, chocolatiers and flavour alchemists. And Kenilworth’s new patisserie boasts all three. Pâtisserie du Château captures the spirit of French and British classics in new ways. True gourmands and proprietors, Céline and Sébastien and their team of pastry chefs create high-flying pastries, with subtle flavours and perfect execution. The pastry case reveals an eye-catching procession of sumptuous treats; mille-feuille, Black Forest mousse, tarte au citron, huge cascading meringues and a rainbow of quirky-flavoured macaroons. There are also savoury delights like traditional croque-monsieur, brunch croissants and rustic vegetable quiche. Enjoy café and cake or café, soup and cake for special lunchtime deals or book a table for an afternoon treat, tasting a selection of piquant sweets. The French country style of this patisserie reflects Céline and Sébastien’s purist approach to the craft, perfectly in-keeping with Kenilworth Old Town’s quaint high street. Vintage signs decorate the wooden walls of the ‘chalet chic’ décor and the service is friendly, relaxed and unobtrusive. With three pastry chefs trained in both Paris and Brittany, there are new ideas and techniques coming out of this Kenilworth kitchen, with cleverly injected doses of creativity in each step of the culinary process. Coming up this Easter, the team will be showcasing inventive chocolatey treats to make your celebrations special.
www.edgemagazine.org PĂ˘tisserie du ChĂ˘teau also makes custom wedding cakes, macaroon towers and flans for summer parties. Check out their Facebook page for design ideas and updates on their plans to extend the pĂ˘tisserie. PĂ˘tisserie du ChĂ˘teau has brought the luxury of beautiful French pastries to Kenilworth. The cakes are exciting and avant-garde. If you choose a traditional chocolate ĂŠclair, the shape, the topping will be different. Itâ€™s not an ĂŠclair as you know it â€“ itâ€™s special. Each mouthful is a sensual experience, a combination of the finest ingredients from France and Belgium and the traditional techniques of French pastry chefs. CĂŠline and SĂŠbastien are also trying out British classics and adding a French twist. Patisserie, thereâ€™s pleasure in that very word. And PĂ˘tisserie du ChĂ˘teau shows what a patisserie should be; a good place to stop, eat cake and be happy.
16 High Street Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 1LZ 01926 853120 www.facebook.com/patisserieduchateau
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THE LOCAL KITCHEN Everything that's cooking in the three counties Peel’s at the Manor The team at Hampton Manor have secretly been preparing to launch a brand new dining concept, Peel’s at the Manor; relaxed country house dining that allows you to experience the original manor house with its fresh and contemporary interior. Head Chef Ryan will be cooking for an ‘audience’ with the opening of the 8 seater ‘Tasting Room’ and Peel’s will find a new home in the original dining room of the Manor house. Offering a newly formatted à la carte menu, with the additional option of 4 and 7 course tasting menus, the restaurant is now open and the staff are eagerly awaiting your visit. Hampton Manor, Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull B92 0DQ 01675 446 080 www.hamptonmanor.eu
Number Six Castle Street Nestled in the heart of the glorious County town of Warwick, and just a stroll from majestic Warwick Castle, the doors of Number Six Castle Street will open this summer, revealing a new and beautiful townhouse restaurant. Under new local ownership and fronted by General Manager, Andrew Paul, Number Six is currently undergoing an exciting and stylish transformation to create a chic cocktail bar and contemporary dining experience. Andrew said: “After many years in the industry it’s so exciting to bring this concept to the area that I have loved and lived in for the past few years. I can’t wait to demonstrate my passion for friendly and professional service, our incredible menus and of course my amazing cocktails.” Number Six Castle Street also proudly welcomes Shahid Ahmed, a highly acclaimed Chef, with an all-encompassing culinary repertoire. With vast experience gained from his involvement in five-star restaurants all around the World, until recently Shahid has been a Consultant Chef in the UK and Dubai, and prior to that he held the prestigious role of Head Chef at the Tate Modern on London’s culinary hotspot, South Bank. www.number6restaurants.co.uk
Fig & Favour Despite only opening in December of last year, Fig & Favour is becoming the toast of Hagley with its delicious food and friendly atmosphere. Described as a “modern food emporium” by its owners, it’s a must-visit for anyone passing through the town. The varied breakfast menu, with dishes ranging from a classic English breakfast to eggs Benedict, is one of its many highlights and the café takes pride in only serving freshly prepared food. As the buzz around it continues to grow, make sure that you don’t miss out on the area’s best-kept secret. Kidderminster Road South, Cross Keys, Hagley, DY9 0JY 01562 882291 www.facebook.com/figandfavour
EdgeMagazine Weston’s makes cider and perry the way you want it Deep in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside, Weston’s Cider Mill is situated in the old village of Much Marcle. The Cider Mill is a great day out for you and your family. Open 7 days a week, visitors of all ages are invited to discover the secrets of traditional cider making by joining one of the daily guided mill tours. Hear how cider is produced from the planting of the orchards to the moment it is poured. Adults are invited to sample a wide selection of ciders and perries on offer in the on-site cider shop. There’s even free car parking for the designated drivers. Weston’s also has a children’s play park which is free and there is the restaurant, the Scrumpy House, and the Bottle Museum Tea Rooms on site. To book a table for lunch at the Scrumpy House, call 01531 660626. For more information and opening times, visit the website www.westons-cider.co.uk or phone on 01531 660108. The Bounds Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2NQ 01531 660233 www.westons-cider.co.uk
The Foal Yard - The original STORE WASH PREP COOK kitchen Whether you’re a weekend cook or a professional chef a Foal Yard Kitchen is designed to fit your own unique lifestyle and home. This four-piece kitchen ensures there is a home for everything with everything in its place, built to your exact requirements. STORE: All your chilled fresh and frozen foods in purpose made larder cabinets with integrated appliances. WASH: Bespoke sink cabinets with integrated dishwasher topped with a double bowl porcelain butlers sink. PREP:On a traditional butchers block or prep island with built-in.knife rack. COOK: With an AGA or induction hob and the very best in extraction hoods, all accompanied by spacious pan drawers and clever pullouts for all your favourite pots and pans. Foal Yard is an experienced team of designers and cabinetmakers, creating kitchen-living spaces that reflect your individual way of life and approach to cooking and entertaining. The Foal Yard, Bransford, Worcester, WR6 5JB 01886 833337 www.foalyard.co.uk
Events at Belle House Belle House Restaurant in Pershore has just celebrated 10 years in business and continues to go from strength to strength. The Michelin-trained team of passionate chefs led by Steve Waites (Proprietor & Chef) create modern menus with Mediterranean influences and innovative twists using the best locally sourced ingredients from the Vale of Evesham and nearby Cotswolds where possible. Coming up this April: CHILDREN’S COOKERY: Thursday 24th April Belle House wants to get children excited about cooking and so are hosting the first in “kids” cookery class which features PERFECT PASTA. Suitable for boys and girls aged 7 – 11. 5 Bridge Street, Pershore,WR10 1AJ 01386 555055
NEW RESTAURANT AND MENUS
Our little gem in the country is available for private dining, weddings, conferences and celebrations. Join us this spring for seasonal menus, afternoon teas or Pimms on the terrace.
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FLORAL NOTES Wine this spring Laura Clay
pring is a time of new life, a fresh and positive beginning, looking forward to the bright sunny days ahead. Let’s at least try to be optimistic. In the vineyard, the soils are warming up, the sap is rising and the leaves are beginning to push through the buds in what’s known as bud burst or bud break. It’s both a time of positive excitement and stark anxiety. Within a few days, if the temperatures are sufficiently high, the leaves separate from the bud and emergent tendrils unfurl looking for light and the ‘vintage’ is underway. These tender shoots, however, are sorely vulnerable to spring frosts. If all goes well the wine-maker is on the first couple of rungs of the wine-making ladder. I’m putting away my woollies and wellies; my recipes for hearty casseroles and winter soups will not be used for a while and down in the cellar. I’m looking at lighter reds and fresh whites. At this time of year, we might be drinking the newly bottled white and rosé wines from
grapes picked the previous year, from both Europe and the Southern Hemisphere. Fresh and floral aromas with fruity flavours on the palate are a great way to say goodbye to the winter months and to welcome the longer, sunnier, brighter days ahead. Look to warmer countries like Spain and Portugal, to Argentina and Australia. Look to grape varieties you don’t know for a change, perhaps a Torrontés from Salta in Argentina; citrusy, spicy and delightfully aromatic. Or a Fernão Pires (weirdly also known as Maria Gomes) from the Tejo in Portugal with its exotic fruit character and lovely freshness. And, of course, there’s no need to ignore the reds. Look out for such juicy numbers as Aglianico from Campania in Italy or Agioritiko from the Gaia Estate in the Peloponnese, and Portugal has literally hundreds of unusual varieties, well, unusual to us, and the wines are often very good value.
Widely available is the Portuguese Tagus Creek range produced by Falua, a progressive and forward thinking wine-making company owned by João Portugal Ramos. Located about 40 miles north of Lisbon on the banks of the river Tagus, the company has over 100 hectares of vines and in this range they are blending both classic and universally known varieties along with the country’s classic and traditional grapes. These are great wines for the spring; fresh and fruity, easy and approachable, perfect with or without food and we have 6 bottles to give away.
COMPETITION Tagus Creek is available in Waitrose, Asda, Morrisons & Tesco stores nationwide but you can win 6 bottles (2 of each) by answering this simple question: Tagus Creek comes from which country? Greece Portugal Argentina
Please send your answers to email@example.com by 30th April 2014. Competition open to UK residents only. You must be over 18 to enter. 1 entry per person.
SAVE THE DATE At Chateau Impney Hotel Lucinda Bunn
hateau Impney makes an iconic impression on the Worcestershire landscape. The 19th century hotel has completed the first phase of its major refurbishment, modernising half of its accommodation, reinventing the restaurant and updating all function rooms. It’s been important for the team, led by General Manager Ben Elder, to enhance the original features of the hotel whilst finishing all interiors, increasing natural light, opening spaces and giving traditional elements a fresh look. As a favoured wedding venue for those looking for historical grandeur and the most romantic setting, Chateau Impney boasts 110 acres of picturesque grounds and an ornamental garden. In fact, as part of the multi-million pound refurbishment, 200 trees will be planted in the grounds to return the landscape to how it was 150 years ago. Like many of the trees originally planted on the site, the new saplings will be a mixture of ash, oak, beech and hornbeams. The new orchard will help the hotel become more self-sufficient and attract more wildlife to the parkland. The hotel is already producing its own lamb for the restaurant with hopes of adding more ‘field to plate’ favourites in the near future.
If you’re hoping to book your wedding at Chateau Impney, you’ll be romanced by the Grand Ballroom; fresh heritage green, high ceilings and soft sconces. The space works for wedding breakfasts, dinner and dancing for up to 160 guests. With civil weddings and partnership ceremonies being held in the Burgundy Suite next to the ballroom, each wedding party can enjoy the full space of the ground floor. Guests can also be entertained in the Grand Bar, where most brides take the photo opportunity on the oak-carved Jacobean staircase in front of the exquisite stained glassed windows. Both bridal suites make up the twinned towers at the front of the hotel. Each with their own complementary but individual décor, the design team have worked hard to restore each suite to its former glory as the bedrooms of the original owner, John Corbett, and his French wife, Hannah Eliza O’Meara. Free-standing bath tubs, vintage French furniture and balconies for breakfasts of champagne and eggs Benedict make up the finest features of the two rooms. Another notable change at the hotel is the restaurant which has been reinvented as an Art Deco dining space; a fresh, clean, contemporary affair with vintage accents,
like the sunrise motifs and ornate chandeliers. Sup on the signature craft beer, The Imp, brewed especially for Chateau Impney by a local brewery, before choosing from the ‘modern take on classic British’ menu. The beauty of Chateau Impney is in its contrasting charm; both its grand spaces and vast grounds and its cosy corners and intimate luxury. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a celebratory dinner or the wedding of your dreams, Chateau makes the perfect setting. Chateau Impney hosts a programme of events throughout the year, so keep updated with what’s on by looking on the website. For more information on wedding packages and how to secure Chateau Impney exclusively for your big day, complete the enquiry form online or request a callback and a member of the team will be happy to talk to you. Alternatively, call the Wedding Co-ordinator on 01905 77 44 11 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER At Bransford Golf Club Hannah Griffiths
t the heart of the strikingly beautiful Worcestershire countryside is Bransford Golf Club. A stunningly picturesque 18 hole golf course and driving range that enjoys panoramic views of the Malvern Hills. Only a short distance from the M5 motorway and offering a number of business and pleasure packages Bransford Golf Club is a golfer’s paradise. Following a recent investment from the Bank House Hotel, the Bransford Golf Club has undergone a major overhaul to improve the clubs facilities. Boasting brand new state of the art equipment to help maintain the course, upgraded changing rooms and a large car park with a capacity for over 100 visitors, the golf club is a destination course for any golfer. The Florida style course The course offers keen golfers the chance to play at a real Floridian style golf course featuring 14 lakes, island greens and curving doglegs towards well-kept greens. Spanning over 6,000 yards in length, Bransford will challenge even the best abilities to keep on a straight line in order to avoid the hazardous water traps. Business or pleasure? Whether you prefer to golf for business or pleasure, Bransford Golf Course is flexible to your requirements. If it’s an afternoon with a friend, business associate or client, a society day or corporate event, the scenic course and outstanding facilities will make it a memorable day for all. Play, stay and save There’s even the opportunity to turn your golf day into a mini getaway with a number of golf break packages
available. Staying at Bransford’s sister hotel the Bank House Hotel, located only a few hundred metres away, you can enjoy bed, breakfast and dinner alongside your rounds of golf. For a golf break quotation please contact Lynne Darling at: email@example.com Driving range With a stock of over 5,000 balls you’ll be able to play throughout the day at the Bransford Golf Club 19 bay driving range. Set on a slight incline you can spot your ball when it lands and with five covered bays you can enjoy the pleasure of the driving range all year round. The 19th hole Once you’ve completed the 18 hole course it’s time to pack the clubs away and head to the 19th hole; the Bransford Golf Club Clubhouse. Following its recent refurbishment clubhouse offers a vast choice of food, snacks and drinks that can be enjoyed throughout the day in a relaxing and welcoming environment. Morning golfers can enjoy the tasty selection of breakfast baps whilst those golfing from midday can sample the delights of the new clubhouse menu served until 9pm. Keen golfers of all ages and abilities are welcome at Bransford Gold Club with a number of membership offers available. For more information on the golf club, facilities or to find out how to become a member please visit the website, call or pop in today. Bransford Golf Club, Bransford, Near Worcester, WR6 5JD 01886 833621 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bransfordgolfclub.com
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DROITWICH GOLF CLUB The best kept secret in Worcestershire
ocated in the heart of Worcestershire is a golfer’s haven. Easily accessible from junction 5 of the M5 and with superb views over the surrounding hills you’ll find Droitwich Golf Club, a hidden gem in the Worcestershire countryside. The top class course, run by members for members, consists of mature parkland with easy walking, playing to nearly 6000 yards and with a par of 70. Offering keen golfers the chance to experience a difference for less, Droitwich Golf Club has no tee booking and no joining fee for 2014; the perfect opportunity to take your golf to the next level. The excellent on-site facilities include the spike bar, snooker table, lounge bar with dance floor and first class catering, alongside the short and long game practice areas and the Pro Shop offering a comprehensive range of golf equipment and clothing supplying the very latest technology and fashion. Recently hosting the EWGA National Grand Medal Final, the Men’s Worcestershire County Championships and the WHLCGA Ladies County Championships, the course is a hub for golfers playing at a variety of different levels.
There are a limited number of memberships still available for 2014. For more information about the golf club and to find out how you can join please visit the website, call or pop in today. Westford House, Ford Lane, (Off A38 Opposite the Chateau Impney) Droitwich WR9 0BH 01905 770 207 or 01905 774 344 www.droitwichgolfclub.co.uk
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Enjoying all the hazards of a full scale course, including ditches, water, elevated greens and no less than twenty-three bunkers, the only thing missing is that first long drive. Offering the privacy that new players often seek, the Cromwell Course is perfect for golfers of all abilities. Once your golfing day is done it’s time to kick back and relax in the Nailcote Hall clubhouse where you can enjoy a variety of snacks and refreshments; for those taking up the offer of unlimited golf on the Par 3 Championship course your first pint's on the house after 5pm from the 1st April to 30th September 2014.
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et amid stunning scenery this fabulous nine-hole golf course, which hosts the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, has been cleverly designed to ensure it is perfect for beginners, whilst at the same time providing the most experienced golfers with a tough test of their short game.
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If you'd prefer to extend your golfing experience there's the option to stay for a golf break. Choose to stay and play with a 'Birdie' break, 18 holes, or an 'Eagle' break, 36 holes, both with a one night stay in the traditional 17th century hotel, including dinner in the Oak Room restaurant and a traditional full English breakfast. Whether you're visiting for a pleasurable game, as a visiting society or for a corporate golf day, the Cromwell Course caters to all. For more information on the golf packages please visit the website, call or pop in today. Nailcote Lane, Berkswell, Warwickshire CV7 7DE 02476 466174 www.nailcotehall.co.uk
MIND THE GAP Reducing the digital divide Brett Laniosh
or me to receive an invitation to attend a presentation in London is not that unusual, but this one was from Lord Putnam so I was a little more intrigued and decided to attend. When I arrived at the Microsoft Offices I found that the introduction was being given by the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee. Yes, I got a photo. The event launched “Mind the Gap”, a campaign to highlight the fact that half a million school children do not have the internet at home and yet are increasingly being set homework to do online. The digital divide has been a major challenge for world governments especially as so much of our lives now revolve around the internet. Think how many times you go online – to pay your bills, to order goods, to talk to others or to look up things for example. Places of learning are key players in reducing the divide. For some years I’ve been working with schools to promote Get Online@ Home, an initiative backed by Microsoft (and a key part of Mind the Gap) to provide desktop computers with flat screen monitors or laptops for £99 or £149
respectively to families. These are fully refurbished computers and come with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office. As these computers are broadband ready they are ideal for families who don’t have a computer or who are looking for a second PC so that children can do their homework without being distracted by other family members queuing up to go online. I fully support the Mind the Gap campaign and will be promoting Get Online@ Home with schools to target parents. After all, no child should be at a disadvantage through something as easily fixed as access to the internet. Mind the Gap has been jointly launched by the e-Learning Foundation charity and Quib.ly a new education website. More details at catshill.com/mindthegap. Quib.ly is a useful website for parents to help them in the day to day rigours of bringing up children. It is a place where questions can be asked on a variety of topics and expert advice can be sought. The questions are varied in both depth and the range covered. Being a multi-national site there can be a US flavour to some of the questions but I can see how Quib.ly could be useful for a parent trying to look up information that they’ve been unable to find elsewhere. To give you an idea of the site here are a few questions asked and answered: Do social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have a positive effect on the children’s future? If male and female brains are different, should schooling be single sex? How valuable is knitting as a skill and hobby for children? How can I keep my autistic seven year old daughter entertained? Is the PlayStation 4 good value for money? As you can see a wide range of topics are covered. A site to watch. Brett Laniosh has been working in schools promoting creative learning and online safety for over thirty years. Follow him on twitter @ brettlaniosh, on LinkedIn or drop him an email email@example.com
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Give your child the very best start in life with an education at St George’s School, Edgbaston.
ear 11 students at St George’s achieved outstanding results in maths last November, with in excess of 81% pupils achieving A*- C. Students wishing to study maths at A-Level now have the opportunity to start accessing the A-Level curriculum and those wishing to improve their grade at GCSE can do so by focusing on the necessary elements. ‘I am absolutely thrilled with the results,’ says Gary Neal, Headmaster. ‘It’s wonderful that the students have the confidence to know they can achieve and exceed their potential. I am positive our students will achieve similar results in other subject areas.’ The results come in the wake of St George’s recent full Independent Schools Council inspection. The inspectors reported that ‘throughout the school, pupils display secure knowledge and understanding; they are attentive listeners and thoughtful speakers. A high level of creativity is evident in the work of pupils at all ages. Pupils from many nationalities and ethnic backgrounds get on very well together in an atmosphere of ease and harmony, demonstrating a growing emotional maturity. The teaching is good and consequently pupils of all ages make good progress in response to a good curriculum.’ The inspectors went on to praise the positive attitude of pupils towards learning, stating that students take their studies seriously, are focused and co-operate with one another, willing to tackle the unfamiliar and enjoy challenges. However, life is not all about academia at St George’s. Students also enjoy weekly extra-curricular activities and are able to choose from an exciting range of 25 different sessions, including some out of school activities such as skiing, rowing, squash and golf, as well as a number of inschool clubs including science, computing, DT, arts and crafts, and music. St George’s School is proud of its students - their achievements and continued successes. The ISC inspectors said teaching throughout the school is excellent. They recognised the time taken by teachers to know every pupil well, creating a stimulating and supportive environment for learning, tailored to the specific needs of each individual. ‘The ISC report wholeheartedly supports our approach to the needs of students – offering an individual approach to education.’ says Gary Neal.
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BIRMINGHAM MIND For better mental health Hannah Griffiths
ne in four people will be affected by mental illness in any year. Mental illness does not discriminate – it affects people from all backgrounds, irrespective of age, gender, intelligence, race and religion. It comes in many forms, including depression and anxiety among many others and unfortunately it also carries a lot of stigma. Mental health affects not only individuals but also families, friends, employers and carers.
cared for. Further home support services also provide assistance to individuals in their homes with cooking, shopping and accessing medical services. Respectfully catering to people of all ages with mental health issues, the older adults service supports people over the age of 65 and suffering from a mental health problem, including dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Birmingham Mind is a registered charity that offers high quality recovery based services to adults and older adults in the Midlands, helping them to overcome the challenges they may be facing with their mental health. Funded by a range of sources including local councils, trusts, grants and donations, Birmingham Mind works hard to ensure any funds received are applied effectively and efficiently to ensure the best possible support is provided to those who need it. Established for over 50 years, Birmingham Mind is continually seeking ways to challenge the stigma of mental health and support those struggling with a variety of conditions. Speaking on behalf of the charity Chief Executive Officer Helen Wadley states the importance of the charity relationship with the people needing a service: ‘Birmingham Mind is a charity that embodies resilience. It always has and always will have the person at the heart of what it does.’ The charity prides itself on offering a number of supportive services locally, with over 3,000 people benefiting from the services last year alone. Services offered by the charity include the wellbeing and recovery service, running every day across the city and includes depression and anxiety courses, voice hearers support groups and other supportive activities that enable people suffering mental distress to take control of their mental health for a happier and healthier lifestyle. The charity’s floating support services provide support to people struggling to maintain tenancies due to their mental health issues. Whilst short-term and long-term residential accommodation is also available; supporting people towards independence and resilience against the onset of mental health problems and ensuring those enduring mental health issues are supported and
Birmingham Mind also delivers external training to employers and voluntary organisations wishing to raise mental health awareness, gain practical skills to support people in mental distress and challenge the stigma associated with mental health. Birmingham Mind works very hard to support everyone who comes to them in distress or looking for information and advice. But with further funding cuts proposed to take place next year mental health organisations including Birmingham Mind continually need your help and support. For more information on the services the charity offers, fundraising ideas, volunteering opportunities or to make a donation please visit the website. www.birminghammind.org
THE STRATFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL 2014 Journeys to thrill and inspire
t’s become almost impossible to separate Stratfordupon-Avon with the work of William Shakespeare. But, for a few days each year, the Bard takes a backseat, as dozens of writers from across the globe come together to celebrate the Stratford Literary Festival. Now in its 7th year, the event is going from strength to strength and shows no signs of slowing down. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Journeys’, in all its interpretations. Events will be running throughout the nine days of the festival, ranging from talks about the future of the written word through to the history of gardening (via everything in-between). Beginning on the 26th April, headline speakers appearing at this year’s festival will include; the Kinks’ Ray Davies, award-winning journalist Gavin Esler, comedian and writer Tim Brooke-Taylor, Labour MP Alan Johnson and Baroness Shirley Davies. The festival will also feature topical panel discussions, creative writing workshops for aspiring authors and open mic poetry nights, all taking place in venues in and around the town. Festival director Annie Ashworth is looking forward to the event, saying “This year has more events on a wider range of topics than ever before.” As well as all this, the festival is planning to find out the nation’s favourite novel to travel with. Having launched a poll on www.onefortheroad.org.uk last month, the winning novel will be announced during the nine-day celebration. Annie Ashworth said, “we’ll be asking all the authors who come to the festival to pick their favourite too. We all love to take a book with us when we go away and I think this poll will keep people guessing our favourite right till the end!” The festival will be finishing on Sunday 4th May with a special ‘Children’s Book Day’. Taking place at The Croft School, guests will include illustrators Nick Sharratt and Axel Scheffler, writer Philip Ardagh. Rounded off with a special performance of The Wimpy Kid Show, the event promises to be fun for all the family. With such a huge choice of things to see and do, the Stratford Literary Festival promises to thrill and inspire. For more information about the all the events taking place over the festival and to book tickets, visit: www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk 01789 207100
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Henry Moore, Three Piece Sculpture
A MATCH MADE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE Moore Rodin at Compton Verney Sam Skillings
rue to its mission to share its passion for art with as many people as possible Compton Verney will be celebrating its 10th anniversary season with an exhibition of two giants of modern sculpture, Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin. Their sculptures will be on display in the stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland at Compton Verney with accompanying exhibition of works inside the galleries. This awe-inspiring exhibition includes important loans from Musée Rodin, Paris, the Henry Moore Foundation, Hertfordshire and public collections throughout the UK. Amongst the works on display are Rodin’s magnificent bronze sculpture Monument to the Burghers of Calais (1889), on loan from the Royal Parks, a coup as it is rarely removed from its usual location outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Magnificent works by Moore include the monumental Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae (1968) and stunning The Arch (1969). The works will be sighted within Compton Verney’s complementing parkland, challenging and creating new perspectives to vistas ‘Capability’ Brown formed in the 1760s. As well as key sculptures, the exhibition inside displays an extensive range of drawings by both artists
and a set of photographs taken by Moore of his cast of Rodin’s Walking Man at his home in Perry Green. From both there is no doubt that Moore’s debt to Rodin was profound “I began to realise that a lot of things one might be using and being influenced by are, compared with Rodin, altogether too easy, so that as time has gone on, my admiration for Rodin has grown and grown.” The exhibition draws parallels between the artists’ treatment of the figure which is revealed through a beautiful collection of models the artists made for larger works. These include maquettes for two of Rodin’s most famous works, The Gates of Hell and a final study for the sculpture of Balzac commissioned by Emile Zola at the height of Rodin’s fame in the 1880s. The exhibition also includes beautifully formed models by Moore, including the iconic Mother and Child works, a subject which he returned to again and again throughout his lifetime, alongside studies for abstract and reclining figures. These works are drawn together to explore the exhibition themes of interlocking forms, the torso, finished/ unfinished and the figure in landscape. Visitors will also be able to see what inspired both these artists through a display brought together by Moore’s daughter Mary. This reveals that both Moore and Rodin
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were keen collectors of antiquities and found objects and reflects their contrasting working methods; Moore being drawn to African, Oceanic, pre-Columbian and Cycladic sculpture, which Rodin concentrated on classical antiquities. Dr Steven Parissien, Director at Compton Verney said: “We are delighted to be hosting this awe-inspiring exhibition in celebration of our 10th anniversary. This is a rare opportunity for audiences throughout the UK to see the works by two of the greatest sculptors of the twentieth century together, and I cannot think of a better setting for them. The works have been placed in our landscape to take full advantage of Capability Brown’s fabulous parkland, enabling visitors to see the works relating to one another as well as to their historic setting. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from near and far, who will be able to get up close to the works and to appreciate their scale and construction. Having an exhibition installed within our galleries which also exploits our incomparable landscape is something that we have not done since our first year in 2004, with Peter Greenaway, and it is an excellent way of celebrating our 10th birthday.”
The exhibition has been organised by the Henry Moore Foundation in collaboration with the Musée Rodin, Paris. The exhibition has been curated by Anita Feldman of the Henry Moore Foundation with Penny Sexton, Curator at Compton Verney. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue Moore Rodin with introduction by Anita Feldman, essays on Moore, Rodin and Photography by Hélène Pinet, Rodin and Moore’s Collections by Moore’s daughter Mary Moore, Larger Figures, Simpler Forms by François Blanchetière and Rodin: A Conversation – Henry Moore with Alan Bowness. The catalogue is published by the Henry Moore Foundation and Compton Verney and will retail at £17.50. Running alongside the exhibition are a series of related events and activities. To find out more, please visit the Compton Verney website. Moore Rodin will be at Compton Verney until Sunday 31st August 2014. Compton Verney Warwickshire CV35 9HZ 01926 645500 www.comptonverney.org.uk
MASTERS OF ALBUM COVER ARTWORK We meet Hipgnosis’ Aubrey Powell Lucinda Bunn
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etween 1968 and 1983, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and the late Storm Thorgerson produced some of the most iconic album covers of the period. Having worked with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, 10cc and most notably Pink Floyd, Hipgnosis was wildly successful. St Paul’s Gallery’s latest exhibition showcases new unseen prints from Scorpions, Strawbs and Wishbone Ash as well as a new collection of 10cc covers including Sheet Music, How Dare You! and Deceptive Bends. The Hipgnosis pun represents the contradiction between ‘hip’, meaning new and cool and ‘gnosis’ relating to ancient learning, which ultimately mirrors the creative struggle and symmetry of Storm and Po’s partnership. Storm’s world of illusions combined with Po’s practical visual puns made the twosome pioneers in photo manipulation and packaging techniques. Here’s what Po had to say when we met him at the launch. Have you always been a creative person? Yes, always. I started out working for television as a scenic artist in set design. Then I shared a
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flat in London with Storm and Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd. We got involved in experimenting with photographing, in a very amateur way. It was the ‘Summer of Love’ and there was a huge revolution going on both in music and culturally, with psychedelic drugs and things like visual art. Peter Blake who did Sergeant Pepper for the Beatles, he really started it because that cover was so radical. We started creating surreal imagery, very much influenced by Dali and Magritte. Maybe because of the revolution of the time, it just caught on. So what was your relationship with Storm like? Was there always a creative balance? It was a very volatile relationship. We were very different characters. Storm was very much an ‘ideas’ person. I was the photographer. We loved each other like brothers and I always thought we were like Mick and Keith or Robert and Jimmy.
www.edgemagazine.org You used experimental techniques for the majority of your work, were there any times when the vision and execution just didn’t come together?
You spent a lot of time musicians and creatives, was there anyone who stood out to you as really special?
Yes, there were a bunch of turkeys that will never see the light of day. I’m not trying to compare us here but when you look at Picasso or Francis Bacon, the amount of canvases they destroyed or are not considered good enough for exhibit or sale, you can see that is the norm when you’re continually experimenting.
Peter Gabriel. He was a joy to work for. And the reason being was that he immersed himself in the process of working with us. Peter Gabriel has a fantastic sense of humour and to watch him and Storm together, playing off each other was a joy to behold. It was a cross between some surrealist, dadaist conversation and a working men’s club in the north of England.
How did you put art before business? The beauty of an album cover was that most were 12 inches by 24 inches. And that’s a big canvas to work on. And when people got home, they would explore the cover, they’d look inside, they’d look at the lyrics, they’d look at photographs and posters and whatever was given away inside. The only way a person could have some understanding of the band that they loved was either through musical papers like Rolling Stone or by what they saw on the album cover. Well, we were there in 1967 and there was no way we were going to put a band on the front cover of anything. And of course this was so antiestablishment; record companies and management were down on us like you couldn’t believe. If there are two forces in art, beauty and order and chaos and instinct, where was the balance with Hipgnosis? With Hipgnosis, the balance tipped towards the chaos side. A lot of our pictures were contrived in a sense that we always believed in creating images that were sharp focus front to back which is what makes them very different. We thought a good idea is a good idea and we’d often present the same idea to different bands. I always remember Robert Plant turning over an image I’d given him as a rough drawing and on the back was crossed out Wishbone Ash, 10cc, Pink Floyd, and he said ‘Have you shown this to all these other bands?’, I said, ‘Yeah’, he said, ‘You’re a bit of a f***ing chancer, aren’t you?’.
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Is there a piece for you that stands out as representing the zeitgeist of the ‘60s and ‘70s? Dark Side of the Moon is the obvious example. It’s become such an iconic image. The band loved it immediately. It’s actually a very uninteresting artwork, just line-drawings on bits of tracing paper. Without Pink Floyd we couldn’t have done it but people tend to know that image better than they know the songs on that album. And that’s not putting Pink Floyd down, that just shows that that image has transcended 45 years. What’s coming up for you this year? I have two big projects coming up. One is a Pink Floyd exhibition. I can’t discuss it but it’s going to be enormous. And the other thing is that I’m directing a film for Monty Python. We’re shooting at the O2 and creating a movie out of that. Hypgnosis: Masters of Album Cover Artwork will be at St Paul’s Gallery until April 6th 2014. St Paul’s Gallery has a range of exclusive album prints charting the last 50 years in music. St Paul’s Gallery 94-108 Northwood Street Birmingham West Midlands B3 1TH 0121 236 5800 www.stpaulsgallery.com
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West Side Story at the New Alexandra Theatre Fiona McCartney
hink of mid-century musical theatre and you’d probably think of a tuneful slice of escapism, lavish sets and eye catching costumes, toe-tapping dance routines; a boy; a girl, a love story. West Side Story’s 1957 opening marked a significant departure from that formula, and set a new template for the modern musical. Here, 55 years on, the musical sensation with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim is once again touring the UK as part of a major revival lead by an all-new energetic young cast, visiting the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham in April 2014. West Side Story changed the course of musical theatre when it opened on Broadway in 1957 and it still remains one of the most successful stage shows of all time. The 1961 film version won ten Academy Awards. Based on Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs; one white, the other Puerto Rican. When Tony falls in love with Maria; the sister of the rival gang’s leader, the feud takes on a new dimension, and as their love blossoms so begins a fatal journey overshadowed by violence and hatred. The score includes the unforgettable songs ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’.
West Side Story is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The entire original production is directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Leading the cast are Katie Hall as ‘Maria’, Louis Maskell as ‘Tony’, Djalenga Scott as ‘Anita’ and Jack Wilcox as ‘Riff’. Katie Hall was most recently seen as ‘Christine’ in the national tour of “The Phantom of the Opera”. She was a boot camp contestant for the BBC1’s search for ‘Nancy’ in “I’d Do Anything” and was a final round contender for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for the Eurovision entry, “Your Country Needs You”, also for BBC1. She has also played ‘Christine’ in “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and ‘Cosette’ in “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre in the West End, on the 25th Anniversary tour and also at the O2. Katie spoke of her love of the role. She said: “I haven’t had one day where I’ve come into work and thought ‹oh God, I’ve got to sing those songs again...! It’s amazing, and the music is so lovely to sing. Bernstein just knows how to write for the voice, it just feels easy because it’s been done so well. I really like I Have a Love. That sits nicely in my voice.”
www.edgemagazine.org “The role of Maria has been quite of a stretch for me... obviously you can see I’m a white blonde girl! She’s far from what I’m like, I’m from Peterborough and that’s quite far from Puerto Rico. We sat down with our director and just asked ourselves questions like ‘What was it like in America at the time, who was there?’ and it didn’t matter if it wasn’t true fact it just helped us to gain a broader knowledge of things. I didn’t read books like Louis did...” Louis Maskell has previously appeared in the national tour of “Scrooge: The Musical” and “Iolanthe” at Wilton’s Music Hall. Louis is delighted to play the ever optimistic character of Tony. He said: “In the show, Tony is quite an individual, he started the Jets and then left the gang to pursue his dreams and aspirations - obviously in those times that›s pretty hard to do. He’s a fantastic part to play because he not only oozes this masculinity but he also gets to fall in love... and so quickly, which I think is rather rare these days, that sort of love at first sight moment.” This production features the entire original Jerome Robbins choreography. Over Christmas 2012, this production played a completely sold out season at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, having previously sold out in cities around the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Berlin, Madrid, and Beijing. This production was last seen in the UK in 2008/9 when it also sold out for a season at Sadler’s Wells and played to capacity houses throughout a year- long UK tour. This production is directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely using the full original Jerome Robbins
choreography. Joey is the former assistant to Jerome Robbins. He has worked extensively on Broadway where his choreography credits include “Smokey Joe’s Café” (Tony Award nomination) and “The Boy From Oz” starring Hugh Jackman. His other credits include Hal Prince’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Whistle Down the Wind” and Nicholas Hytner’s production of “Twelfth Night”. This fantastic production of West Side Story plays at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham for three weeks from 1 - 19 April 2014. Tickets can be booked by ringing 0844 871 3011 or www.atgtickets.com/birmingham Station Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4DS 0844 871 3011 www.alexandratheatre.org.uk
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Easter holiday activities at the Heritage Motor Centre This Easter there is Mayhem in the Museum as Shaun and the rest of the flock have been let loose. Come and join in the Shaun the Sheep Easter Trail 5-27 April, and Shaun the Sheep crafts and activities, along with Lego Technics and lots more running from the 12-27 April. There are different activities on everyday so be sure to check the website first. 01926 641188 www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk/schoolholidays
Easter funday Join in the fun at Birmingham Botanical Gardens this Easter Sunday for a special action-packed day full of Easter fun. You can meet a variety of Easter animals with feeding sessions, keeper talks, animal handling and much more. There will also be plenty of other activities including face painting, egg hunt, crafts and pony rides to name a few. Keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny on the day too. And there is free admission for under 16s. 0121 454 1860
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To mark the release of his ‘greatest hits’ collection earlier this year, the 40-year-old singer songwriter is heading out on an extensive European tour. Known for his witty lyrics and powerful voice, his reputation as a showstopping performer has entertained audiences for over a decade. Don’t miss the chance to see him at such an intimate setting later this month. www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
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Where: New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham When: 1st-12th April 2014 It’d be a fair comment to say that West Side Story was one of the most important pieces of musical theatre in the 20th century. Now, nearly 60 years since its first performance, the show is going back on tour across the UK. With recent performances receiving rave reviews from critics, you could do much worse than to go see this new interpretation of an old classic. www.atgtickets.com/ venues/new-alexandratheatre-birmingham/
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