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Issue 67 June 2017

FINEEvents FINEplaces Festival Time


We take a look at the Aldeburgh Festival, The Holt Festival and Latitude


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The Annual Agricultural Show is upon us once again

Pete Goodrum gets to know David Whiteley inside out!

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Issue 67 June 2017




We take a look at the Aldeburgh Festival, The Holt Festival and Latitude


FINE people



The Annual Agricultu ral Show is upon us once again


Pete Goodrum gets know David Whiteleto yinside out!


Parlours in Norwich

Ice Cream for your frozen delights


FINE places

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Investing in Uncertain Times With challenges both at home and overseas, investing in equities can appear risky. Phil Beck looks at why it’s still OK to be an investor.


he year 2017 is certainly turning out to be an interesting one with the General Election, Brexit negotiations and new leaders in both Europe and the US making some investors nervous and timid.

However, investing in equity-based funds does still make sense for investors who are looking for the potential for above-inflation growth and who are prepared to accept at least a moderate degree of risk. Risk is the critical factor when looking at equity investments. When we advise clients on their investment portfolios, we always assess their attitude to risk to ensure that any investment elements are aligned to their risk profile. Every investment element has a risk rating and clients are matched to suitable investment assets. Any client who is completely risk averse will normally be steered to safer cash-based investment routes. Another key factor in recommending an investment portfolio is diversification. The old adage of not putting all your eggs into one basket is still true today. Unless there are specific circumstances that indicate a different approach, we normally recommend that clients avoid concentrated sources of risk by spreading their investment capital over a range of different assets.

is perfectly suited to keeping a close watch on what is happening with your investments. Their focus is your portfolio and they will make adjustments within the parameters agreed with you. Your financial adviser will be entirely focused on ensuring that your financial strategy is still delivering what’s needed as your life changes and will ensure that any investment management service you have adopted continues to meet your objectives. The value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested. The tax treatment of investments depends on individual circumstances and is subject to change. For independent financial advice, contact Phil on 01603 706740 or email Please remember that the advice here is generic and we recommend that you get individual personalised advice.

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Investing in equities is rarely something that we would recommend for clients looking for a quick return but is rather something that forms part of a medium to long-term strategy for growth. However, that doesn’t mean that we believe that you should make your investment and then leave it alone to weather whatever the markets throw at it. Managing your investment portfolio is essential. Investment Management is a highly specialised service that involves a careful watch on market trends and indicators and then adjusts your investment holdings accordingly. When you sign up to an Investment Management service, you give the Manager the authority to make changes to your portfolio without having to consult you within agreed parameters such as your risk profile and any specific preferences you have expressed. Most financial advisers will provide a range of Investment Management services that vary in their reactivity. The good news is that there are forms of Investment Management to suit every size of portfolio and every pocket with the use of standard or model portfolios. Fund managers provide a range of model and risk-graded portfolios made up of a variety of investment assets. The portfolios are aligned to different levels of risk which can be matched to the investor’s own risk profile; they are rebalanced as markets change, usually quarterly but more often if needed. If you are looking for a fully proactive service, then full Discretionary Fund Management is available where your portfolio is specifically tailored to you and is monitored on a daily basis. However, this level of proactivity does come at a cost and is not always suitable for a small to medium-sized portfolio. Investment Management can be provided by the advice firm themselves but is often outsourced to city specialists whose expertise 06 | June 2017

David Whiteley Pete Goodrum meets BBC’s David Whiteley.

2017 June | 07



t was his fault. David Whiteley’s. When they come to take our coffee order he asks if they have those ‘syrups’, which they do. It’s a weakness of mine, and by the time we’ve finished talking we’ve had more than one sweetened coffee each which means that our caffeine levels are off the scale. Not that one needs any artificial stimulants to enhance a hour or so’s conversation with David. It fizzes and sparkles along at a heady pace. It’s to be expected really, because, as if proof were needed, he’s a consummate communicator. As we sip the first cup I begin by asking him about his early life. He was born in Rochford, Essex and grew up in Leigh on Sea. His education started there, although he says, ‘I wasn’t a great fan of school’. He went to the Deanes School in Thundersley which he says ‘is posher now’ but quickly adds that it was going to Sea Scouts that interested him most. “I loved it. Camping, and sailing on the Thames Estuary’. Such distractions didn’t stop him doing quite well in his GCSEs, although it was a performance that wasn’t sustained when it came to ‘A’ Levels. ‘I didn’t do well in them’. Not tempted by re-sits and probably university David found some work at Essex FM. They were he says great days in commercial radio, and things happened quickly. On his first day he interviewed a Jimi Hendrix tribute band, and the piece went out that same evening. ‘I loved it’. He was hooked. Well, almost. They put him in the news room, ‘and I didn’t want to be in the news room. I wanted to be a DJ’.

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It didn’t deter him though. Quite the contrary. He worked there for no money, supporting himself by working in a chip shop, and a boat yard. Any ideas of continuing his education were now shelved. David Whiteley was going to be in radio. He’s reflective about his start in the media, and goes so far as to say ‘I’m not sure I’d recommend my route to young people now’. At 19 he was officially taken on as a trainee journalist and was soon reading the news, reporting and presenting the evening news programme. Within a year he’d been approached by BBC Essex to go and work for them. ‘To be honest’, he says, ‘I was a little reluctant at first. I was having a good time. It was work hard, play hard ethic and I liked it’. But, he went. And what happened next is something that recurs in David’s career. An uncertainty at first, followed by falling in love with it. The uncertainty in this case lasted about a week! He was soon in his stride, getting up at 4.00am, presenting the news programme and, ‘doing bits of tv reporting for Look East’. Look East must have been impressed because they asked him to come to Norwich and join them. Again, he wasn't sure at first. But he went. And when he got there wasn’t instantly happy. But, about a week later, he fell in love with it. ‘I really did. I loved, and still do, the city, the people, the work’. Quite why this pattern of initial uncertainty followed by total enthusiasm repeated itself is, at first, hard to understand. This isn't a man who lacks confidence, or talent. But, as our conversation progresses I begin to see what it’s about. David Whiteley has to be absolutely certain that he can deliver. If he can’t do the job to the highest of standards, he’s not going to be happy. Which is probably why he is a happy man - because he does his job superbly.

Looking back at his start with Look East he readily acknowledges the help and support he had from colleagues. ‘I’ll give you a great example’ he says. ‘I did a report and I knew it wasn’t great. Stewart White spoke to me ‘About your report….’ I said ‘it was terrible wasn’t it?’ And Stewart said….’Yes!’. But the thing is he asked me to sit down with him and go through it. It was constructive and truly helpful’. Nowadays of course David straddles radio and tv and I ask him if he has a first love in either of them. He smiles broadly - which he does often - and says that that’s a bit like asking someone to choose a favourite from their children. Which is not a bad metaphor actually because he plainly does love both media. Pausing to think he adds, ‘The odd thing is, looking back at it now, having started in radio, it was only when I’d appeared on TV that I got the opportunity to do real radio shows’. And he really does do real radio shows. Treasure Quest is hugely

FINEPeople popular, as was his Saturday Show. He also presented ‘Wake up With Whiteley’ for almost 7 years and often covered the Nick Conrad show too. As for tv, he presents new programmes of course, but the big one is ‘Inside Out’. He is a producer , he’s the Series Director, and of course he presents it. And it is big. The show covers stories of real interest and is broadcast into 8 counties. I should point out at his stage that all you’ve read so far is the result of a short time in conversation. Things move quickly with David Whiteley. We’re talking, but our table is covered in lap tops, phones and memory sticks as we check references and examine photographs (some of which you’ll be looking at now). It’s what he does. Words and pictures. Information. Communication. But it’s not a cold technological exchange. It’s warm, witty, friendly. It’s what you see and hear on radio and TV. Because he’s a talented broadcaster, yes. But he’s also - David Whiteley. That’s what makes it work. And he does a lot of work. Just back from filming overseas (‘It’s still under wraps I’m afraid’) his is a demanding schedule. As is that of his wife, fellow BBC journalist and presenter Amelia Reynolds. They live south of Norwich, and have two daughters. ‘I couldn’t possibly do what I do without the support of my wife’ he says. They plainly carry out a juggling act of childrens’ activities, (swimming, dancing, drama..), school runs and who is out of the house first and back whenever. Press him on what he likes to do in

any spare time, and time with Amelia and the girls comes out top. That said, he’s a keen runner, and has completed marathons. He’s also a dedicated surfer. ‘I took it up after doing a piece about it on Inside Out some years ago’. He surfs, in the North Sea (!) all year round and is Patron of the North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club.

We return to his work. We talk of films he’s made, and ones he’s about to make. And that’s when it happens.You see, as I said, our table is covered in devices through which he could (actually he does show me a bit) play me examples of the work. But he doesn’t need to. He tells me how the narrative is built up, he paints word pictures of how the film will look, says the words that will accompany the pictures, actually presents it, with all the passion and inflections that make it work. And suddenly you get it. He’s a fantastic, border line unique, media professional. He has a total grasp of the story, or the radio show, and he can see it, articulate it and deliver it, seamlessly, imaginatively and creatively. He’s just done it - not on screen but across a restaurant table. It’s breathtaking. It’s time up. We say our good byes, and he gives me a memory stick with the pictures for this column. (See? Totally professional!). And we leave. Outside it’s a welcome sunny day, and there’s a definite spring in my step. But it’s not the caffeine. It’s time spent with a man who really does know how to communicate. A man called David Whiteley.

feature by:

Pete Goodrum

Writer, broadcaster @petegoodrum

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Get to know a nutritionist! Diet and exercise. What is right for you!?

Firstly, let me tell you a bit about myself. My name is Adam Beard and I run a personal training and nutritional coaching business. My passion for health and exercise began shortly after leaving high school as I suffered with insecurities about my weight. During my late teens, I actively tried to make a difference to my body, however, without my knowledge I was developing mild eating disorders as I followed the cliché of reducing my food intake and increasing the amount of exercise I was doing. This threw me into bouts of lethargy, headaches and mood swings. Now being in the peak of my teens I should have been feeling full of life and wanting to take on the world, but this was not the case. It was not until discovering a men’s health magazine where I read an article on how important calories are to maintain good health and reaching goals. The article was brief and I soon realized that I needed to seek advice from a specialist as even doctors only have a basic knowledge on nutrition. I visited my local sports nutrition shop where I knew of their qualifications based around nutrition and exercise. It was here I discovered a whole new world and was influenced beyond belief, I even asked for a job! Months later, I was on the team and studying for my A-level equivalent in sports nutrition. After a few years as assistant manager, the shop closed down and I was made redundant. Despite the set back I was determined to get back into the health and fitness industry so I decided to embark on the route of personal training. Starting later than most, I knew I couldn’t settle for a basic qualification so I set out to find a more in depth approach to personal training qualifications and a course that would help me improve my knowledge on training and nutrition. Since January I have set up my business in personal training and nutritional coaching, I work online and have my one to one sessions at 24/7 Fitness on Riverside in Norwich.

MODERATELY ACTIVE- 3-5 days’ exercise per week. X 1.55 VERY ACTIVE- hard exercise 6-7 days per week. X 1.725 Now you have the total amount of calories you should be consuming to maintain healthy weight and bodily functions. “What do I make these calories consist from” I hear you say. I won’t go too deep into individuals today, but I will leave you with my three simple steps to making you a healthier version of yourself. Step 1. Aim for at least 300g of green veg per day, i.e. broccoli, spinach, kale, green beans etc, as these foods are high in vitamins and low in calories. Use them to bulk up your plate and your immune system. Step 2. Do not snack on fruit. Although fruit is vitamin dense, it still contains natural sugars, which will stop your body from using fat as its energy source. Snack on things such as nuts and other healthy fat sources, this enables your body to keep its sugar levels low and use your fat as energy. Step 3. Do not avoid carbohydrates at night. The trick is to consume whole meal carbs as they digest slowly over night, helping recovery during sleep, especially if you have an active job. Keep a healthy balance and be good to your body as it’s the only one you’re going to get.

Before we get into quirky tips and tricks to help become fitter and healthier, let’s think about the science behind it all. The most important factor is to know how many calories you should be eating, now I know you’re all probably thinking, the label on a packet of crisps or cereal box tells me how much I should be eating. Well I hate to break it to you but that is a misguided estimate that it probably doesn’t even relate to you. So, let me give you something for free, all you need is a calculator, your height “cm”, age and weight “kg” and to know how much exercise you get, as well as being honest with yourself. This is known as the “Harris Benedict Formula” WOMEN= 655 + (9.6 x KG) + (1.8 x CM) -(4.7 x Age) MEN= 66 + (13.7 x KG) + (5 x CM) - (6.8 x Age) The number you’ve come up with is called your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), not to be confused with BMI “Body Mass Index”. The next step is to multiply that number by your activity level. Here are the categories;SEDENTARY- little or no exercise. X 1.2 LIGHTLY ACTIVE- 1-3 days’ exercise per week. X 1.375

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Hole In One Coach Cunliffe moves to Dunston Hall


enowned coach James Cunliffe has been appointed head golf professional at Dunston Hall, Norwich.

Cunliffe, 42, moves from Sedlescombe GC, in East Sussex, where he had held the post of senior PGA professional for four years. He was also coach at the Sedlescombe-based James Andrew Golf School, voted the UK’s leading residential golf school by Golf Today. Cunliffe – a native of the north-west – began his golf career at Ormskirk GC, in Lancashire, joining as an assistant professional and rising to the position of head coach. During his time at the club he created the popular and successful Tick Tock academy. Following his move to Sussex, Cunliffe became a proficient and qualified club-maker and fitter among the team of qualified PGA professionals at the golf school. A specialist in intensive group

coaching for all abilities, his focus on ladies and junior coaching has been fruitful in recruiting new members and players alike. He is looking forward to immersing himself in the busy golf club at Dunston Hall and getting to know the members. He said: “I am passionate about both coaching and growing the game of golf and I feel I will be in an ideal place here at Dunston Hall to embrace both those ambitions. There is a very active membership here and I am keen to meet everybody as quickly as possible and to determine how I can help them improve. “

group, Dunston Hall’s Elizabethan-style mansion, dating from 1859, has been lovingly restored to all its former glory as a four-star hotel. Built against 150 acres of stunning wooded Norfolk parkland, the setting is just as unique as its history. The golf course is a 6,275-yard, par-71, USGArated layout which contours around the estate, with magnificent parkland fairways dotted with trees and strategically placed bunkers. And, in 2016, Dunston Hall completed a £500,000 expansion of its health club facilities.

Dunston Hall’s director of golf, Tom Turner, added: “James is a very welcome addition to our team at Dunston Hall. His dynamism and enthusiasm is palpable as soon as you meet him and we are sure the members – and hotel guests and visitors – will welcome his positive and friendly approach to everything he does.”

The multi-award-winning, four-star QHotels group offers championship-standard courses in 10 unique resort locations including Slaley Hall – voted ‘Best Golf Hotel/Resort in the North of England’ for the third successive year in the 2017 Today’s Golfer Travel Awards and host of 18 European Tour and European Seniors Tour events – Belton Woods, Oulton Hall, Mottram Hall, and Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort.

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Some Like It Hot! Steve Browning, who writes for us often, has just gone over to Taiwan where he spends a few months each year doing ‘bookie’ things like signings and promotional work as well as actually writing new books for the Asian, Hong Kong and Chinese market. Always one to keep in touch, here he sends greetings to FineCity readers, along with some pictures and comments on some of his favourite things about Asia…

1. The Weather. I usually avoid May/June in Asia because it’s hot – I mean hot as in ‘oven’, not as in ‘beautiful English summer’s day’. You get used to it though and get a new love of cold showers and ice cream (see next item). The rest of the year it’s just gorgeous with warm days and cool breezes. 2. Cheese ice cream. This is fantastic and something I haven’t been able to buy in England. It is expensive but once tasted makes pretty much all other ice cream taste a bit bland. Fattening it is to be sure, and I have personal testimony to that fact. Here is a black and white pic of me eating the biggest carton I could find, appropriately enough, considering the sugar content, in a Japanese sugar-cane plantation.

succulent mix – with tofu, ginger strips and soy sauce. The other food pic is of one of my favourite starters – layered turnip cake with chili sauce. You can also have a snake burger and noodles or marinated chickens’ feet if that’s your thing. 4. The sense of history. As a historian, it seems to me that life – the glory and problems – go in cycles. China once led

the world as well as inventing writing and philosophy, then dipped as the Brits amongst others, ran amok, and now it is once again on what seems an inexorable rise. The frightening-looking canon here was made by the British and installed in the British Cultural compound in Taiwan. Britain never occupied Taiwan – the Japanese were the last to colonize the island until kicked out after World War 2 – but still had interests worth

3. Street food. This night photo of a street scene is taken in Kaohsiung but is typical of many cities in Asia. Probably 80 per cent of the neon lights are promoting food that is being cooked down below them. For the price of a UK supermarket sandwich and drink you can feast on everything your little heart desires. One of my personal favourites is egg fried rice – and the sad stuff sold in the UK, white rice with the odd pea and fleck of egg in it, bears no relationship at all to this 12 | June 2017

FINEPLACES protecting here, mainly to do with Botany. The old men playing a board game on the street will well remember these different times. 5. The Countryside. It is well worth venturing out of towns if you can when in Asia. Buses are cheap and if, as on one of my journeys, they come to grief in a large pothole, taxis are always on tap. You may see ladies up to their waists in water, planting crops in the countryside or maybe the ubiquitous duck looking for pickings in a newly sprouting rice field. 6. People take their leisure seriously. Here is a photograph of a man on a bridge with a Buddhist temple behind him and a single colourful kite fluttering to his left. Kites are everywhere and the art of these things, both in the design and the flying thereof, is awesome. At weekends, there are often kite flying exhibitions in the local parks. Another photograph I like is of a ‘big wheel’ for kids – the different feature of this one is that it is on the back of a lorry and depicts the smiling owner, who travels from place to place making his living. The third picture in this section is of a lake with an intricate zig-zag bridge and was taken on a Sunday afternoon when whole families walked slowly across the lake – and then back again. Later the sun went down and the scene was possibly even more beautiful at that time than it is here. 7. The architecture. Many buildings have intricate roofs on which are positioned deities to ward off evil spirits. The picture here is a section of a town hall roof and is just a little different from Norwich City Hall!

FLYING OVER Food flying all over the place A funny thing happened on the flight over. The flight consisted of a very long trip – about 12 hours, from Amsterdam to Hong Kong – and two little ‘hops’: from Norwich to Amsterdam and from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung, both of which are about an hour. This is about the ‘hops’, and more specifically the food. On the first hop from Norwich you get a container of water and a biscuit – takes about two seconds to give you and about the same to eat and to clear up after. On the second hop, though,

China Air likes to do the complete meal-on-atray thing with accompanying drinks and tea/ coffee to follow. It’s always a bit of a struggle for the cabin crew to handle this, the passenger to eat it and to clear away afterwards given that the total flight is about one hour and five minutes. This time it was quite comical because there was a stormy sky and turbulence on the first half of the flight which only abated after about thirty-five minutes. I thought the crew would abandon the meal but No! The girls - for there were no boy attendants on this flight - decided to go ahead with complete meal service with just thirty minutes of the flight left. I couldn’t believe my eyes: the plane

8. The plants. It seems exotic to a westerner but lotus plants of every shade, especially purple, magenta, lemon, pure white and pink, are all over.

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FINEPLACES was chocka with several hundred on board. I was near the back and watched as the meals came towards me. As I received my tray the pilot announced ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, we are now beginning our descent into Kaohsiung International Airport’. There were still several rows behind me to be served. To cut to the chase – I have never seen such a feeding frenzy in my life as passengers acted like Billy Bunter in a sweet shop, eating with phenomenal speed, plastic forks whirring away in a continuous loop. Then the girl crew actually came around with coffee and cleared up after. The empty wheeliebins to collect the rubbish came down the aisles pretty quickly and we all threw our bits and pieces in. A few missed, especially those in the middle rows but it was all very good natured. My, did the crew earn their wages! If it was an Olympic event for fast-feeding several hundred people, my China Air flight that day would have won Gold. As for the passengers, I think they are just happy that no film exists – please say it is so! – of them eating and throwing rubbish about. The black and white photo is from the 1960’s and shows how little food service in the air has actually changed since then. How to get there. To fly to Taiwan, Hong Kong or China, travel from Norwich

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International Airport. The best route in Norwich – Amsterdam – Hong Kong then onwards. KLM do the whole journey or at least will automatically arrange your ongoing trips on associate airlines (probably China Airlines and Dragon Air, both of which are excellent with new fleets mostly). You can go from Heathrow, of course, and I have done this a few times but I do not recommend it as the volume of travellers makes for a frustrating experience. I once was delayed at check-in because two women had a disagreement in line, which became a row,

which became a bloody hair-pulling fight on the floor. When eventually split, one said she would hunt out the other no matter where on the planet they were. It was a very hot day…. How much? A travel agent will charge you probably about 1,200 pounds return but if you book online at, say, or ebookers. com, you should pay not more than 800 pounds economy. If you have a rich uncle, Business Class (which is nice but not, in my opinion, nice enough for the price charged –

FINEPLACES you get a much more spacious seat, champagne on entering and food on real china plates, but you get there about three yards ahead of the rest of us in economy class behind you) comes in at about 2,500 pounds upwards. When to go? Anytime: Christmas is very nice – and yes in answer to your question, people do celebrate it, a bit, with Santa Clauses and ‘Hey Ho’s all over but really the big one here is Chinese New Year which is on a date in February. But, as I say, summer is a touch hot for cold westerners – at this moment, writing this in June, I feel a little like a boiled lobster. There is only one solution, of course – please get me a very large cheese ice-cream! For more about my books, articles and other news please see my website or facebook page

feature by:

Steve Browning


2017 June | 15

FINEPLACES Joining shops in the county located in Swaffham, Wymondham, Downham Market, Long Stratton, Diss, Norwich and Holt is a new premises at 35 Upper Market in Fakenham, to be unveiled on Thursday, 22 June. It will offer the same range of high-quality goods customers of current EACH shops are used to, helping to fund the care and support of children and young people with lifethreatening conditions and their families. Sarah Throssell, EACH Retail Area Manager, said: “We’re delighted that plans are now well under way to extend our retail offering to Fakenham. The signs are up on the new premises and as ever when we open new shops, we’re on the look out for good-quality donations and volunteers to help us become successful. All donations make a difference, for example a top, skirt or pair of trousers worth £5 could pay for art supplies for a session of art therapy.”

EACH EACH nook appeal passes £5 million mark

200 miles, with dinner, bed and breakfast included in the registration fee. .

In November 2014, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) launched the nook appeal to raise £10 million to transform children’s palliative care in Norfolk.

The route has been designed to weave through scenic countryside, visiting some of the region’s lovely villages and towns for refreshment breaks. Cyclists will be asked to gain sponsorship for the charity and they will be spurred on by a cheering squad at each of the charity’s three hospices.

The charity are pleased to report that the appeal currently stands at £5.3 million thanks to the support of many companies, individuals, charitable trusts and the local community. There is a way to go until enough money is raised to start building a purpose-built hospice on the five-acre site at Framingham Earl, but there are lots of ways to get involved and help provide this vital facility for local families. For more information about the nook appeal visit NEW Rife for Life event

To book your place in this exciting new event, visit or contact the Fundraising Team on 01953 666767. New EACH shop coming to Fakenham! East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is excited to announce a new addition to its retail portfolio in Norfolk.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can drop into the shop to find out more at the open days on Monday, 12th or Tuesday, 13th June. EACH is after donations of the following clean and good-quality goods to sell: clothing, brica-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs/CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes and small electrical items. These can be dropped off at the new shop from Monday, 5th June. In the past financial year EACH shops generated an impressive profit of more than £700,000, which all goes towards helping local families make the most of their precious time together. If you would be interested in more information on volunteering at the new shop please email or call 01223 205183.

EACH has revamped its popular Ride for Life event to offer a bigger challenge for cyclists across the region. The most adventurous participants will cycle 200 miles over three days and across three counties, taking in EACH’s hospices at Quidenham in Norfolk, The Treehouse in Ipswich and Milton in Cambridgeshire. The event starts on Friday, 29th September and finishes on Sunday, 1st October at the home of the headline sponsor, Johnston Logistics UK, in Snetterton, Norfolk. Cyclists can choose to enter for one day, riding around 65 miles or alternatively, those feeling up to the challenge can enter for the full three days, cycling over 16 | June 2017


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The Aldeburgh

The Snape Maltings Concert Hall (home of the Aldeburgh Festival) opened its doors to the public a half-century ago. FineCity arts correspondent, Tony Cooper, reports


ounded by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier in 1948, the Aldeburgh Festival, centred on the Borough’s cosy and intimate Jubilee Hall in Crabbe Street, seated around 235 but when Britten and Pears conceived the bright idea of turning the Victorian-built malt-house at Snape - situated about five miles inland from Aldeburgh - into an 832-seat venue in 1967, it was a brave decision.

more buildings on the site and established a centre for talented young musicians.

But it paid off handsomely and, justifiably, opened up the festival to a new and wider audience while the venue could also attract much larger ensembles and orchestras as opposed to Jubilee Hall. Ambitious as ever, Britten and Pears never stood still and within five years they reclaimed

The development and expansion of the site continues to this day and as recent as 2006 the festival authorities purchased a 999-year lease on the Maltings’ complex investing around £14 million in new studios and rehearsal spaces which came into being in 2009. Now

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Officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1967, the Snape Maltings Concert Hall suffered serious fire damage two years later, re-opening in time for the Aldeburgh Festival the following year. The conversion of the building was undertaken by Arup Associates with acoustics supervised by Derek Sugden.

the Creative Campus at the Maltings has four performance venues and over 20 rehearsal and public spaces. The Hoffmann Building, for instance, features two excellent spaces suitable for performances as well as a number of additional rehearsal rooms and a social area. The centrepiece of the building - aptly named The Britten Studio - is cleverly designed offering an excellent and flexible acoustic with a high level of sound insulation for recording. It’s ideal for orchestral rehearsals and can also be used as a 340-seat venue too. The smaller-scale building - Jerwood Kiln Studio - seats up to 80 people in a flexible



configuration and is a purposeful space for smaller groups to rehearse and suitably equipped for video and electro-acoustic installations. And a nice touch, architecturally speaking, is to the fact that the venue retained its double-height roof and much of the existing fabric of the original kiln structure. Opened by HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, in 1979, the Holst Library (connected to Snape Maltings Concert Hall) contains many of the original contents donated by Imogen Holst, a bosom friend of Benjamin Britten and an artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival from 1956 to 1977. ‘The Gustav Holst Library will be a working library for the use of students,’ she said. ‘It’s being

(photo: Matt Jolly) The elegance and naturalness of Snape Maltings Concert Hall

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FINEARTS called after him in gratitude for his music and his teaching.’ Open by appointment, the library comprises a large collection of books, scores and audio materials covering many genres. Much of the stock is available, too, for searching on the web catalogue of the Britten-Pears Library. Always striving for the best, Britten and Pears brought to the Suffolk coast a host of international stars and emerging talent including such world-renowned figures as the German lyric baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the American violinist/conductor Yehudi Menuhin, who, incidentally, spent most of his performing career in Britain, the Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter and the Russian cellist Mstislav (Slava) Rostropovich as well as a coterie of young stars in the making such as the Swedish soprano Elisabeth Söderström, the American pianist Murray Perahia and the English-born virtuoso classical guitarist/lutenist Julian Bream. The wisdom of books, the wisdom of music, the wisdom of art, are all employed and entwined within the wonderful Maltings complex that Lowestoft-born Britten - who was President of the Norfolk & Norwich Music Club for many years - dearly loved so much. Without doubt, Britten was a pioneering figure in the world of classical music and long before arts organisations ever thought of engaging in education and supporting young artists, Britten, along with Pears, established both. Gladly, the educational side to life at the Maltings is blossoming like there’s no tomorrow. And so is the festival, this year running from 9th-25th June and marking its 70th anniversary while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

The Britten Studio (photo: Philip Vile)

one of the most frequently-performed operas written since the Second World War. It was staged a year after its première at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, directed by John Gielgud and conducted by Georg Solti. And when Snape Maltings Concert Hall was inaugurated in 1967, the Dream was the first work to be performed there. What history! In this timely revival, Ryan Wigglesworth conducts a stellar cast featuring Iestyn Davies (Oberon), Sophie Bevan (Tytania), Clive Bayley (Theseus), Matthew Rose (Bottom) and Andrew Shore (Quince). The festival will also include the first-ever staging of Billy Budd at the Maltings with Garry Walker conducting Opera North’s outstanding and well-received 2016 production in a specially-devised concert performance

featuring Roderick Williams, Brindley Sherratt and Alan Oke. They’ll take the pivotal roles of Billy, Claggart and Captain Vere respectively. Another highlight will celebrate the venue’s history with performances of five works by Britten that were premièred at the Maltings: the composer’s third string quartet (Belcea Quartet, 10th June), The Golden Vanity (Jubilee Opera, 17th June), The Building of the House (CBSO, 17th June), third cello suite (Steven Isserlis, 19th June) and Sacred & Profane (Vox Luminis, 20th June). And no stranger to the Maltings, the celebrated oboist, Nicholas Daniel, will perform Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid on the water of Thorpeness Meare, recreating a moment of Aldeburgh Festival history. The recital starts in Jubilee Hall with

During the course of the festival exciting visionary plans will be unveiled as to how the Maltings’ site is going to be developed even further in order to expand the Creative Campus and the organisation’s artistic development, learning and inclusion programmes. Exciting times lay ahead! And, indeed, exciting times now as the festival opens in grandeur with four performances of Netia Jones’ new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which first saw the light of day in Jubilee Hall on 11th June 1960 conducted by the composer and directed by the South African-born choreographer, John Cranko, who’s well known for creating the Gilbert & Sullivan-inspired comic ballet, Pineapple Poll, arranged by Sir Charles Mackerras. The Dream soon entered the repertory of opera-houses the world over and has become 20 | June 2017

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London Sinfonietta

a new set of six companion pieces by Mark Simpson, Helen Grime, Huw Watkins, Joanna Lee, Huang Ro and Sean Shepherd, all taking Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid as inspiration illuminated by readings by Dryden, Hughes and Kenneth Graham. Audience members will be transported from the Hall to the Meare by a fleet of vintage buses dating from the 1950s. Thirteen world premières will be heard at this year’s festival including Oliver Knussen’s O Hototogisu, a tribute to former Birmingham Contemporary Music Group directors. Stephen and Jackie Newbould, as

well as new works by Michael Finnissy, Neville Bower, Joe Cutler and Tansy Davies while this year’s featured composers are the German Jörg Widmann, the Austrian Olga Neuwirth and the American Bill Fontana. The first-named I came across last year in a stunning concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin at the Berliner Philharmonie under Daniel Barenboim as part of his Festtage programme. His orchestral

work, Con brio Konzertouvertüre, turned out to be an exciting, adventurous and riveting piece of writing featuring timpani and percussion by the dozen. It seems that Widmann’s the man of the moment as he wrote the large-scale oratorio, Arche, to inaugurate the new concert-hall in Hamburg (the Elbphilharmonie) earlier this year. Telling the story of the Creation and the Flood, it’s a mammoth work in every conceivable way featuring two choirs, a children’s choir,

Saint Ephraim Choir

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Row, row, row! Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears having fun on Thorpeness Meare with close friends.

soloists and an oversized orchestra, namely the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg under Kent Nagano. The work used almost every possible instrument at hand ranging from a glass-harmonica to the organ and from an accordion to a pistol. Anyhow, for this year’s Aldeburgh Festival, the focus on Widmann’s relatively-new work is a single instrument as one will be treated to the UK première of his viola concerto dating from 2015 performed by the work’s dedicatee, Antoine Tamestit, while Neuwirth’s contribution, Maudite soit la guerre (A Film Music War Requiem), will receive its UK première, too, by the London Sinfonietta under the baton of Gerry Cornelius. And installations created by Bill Fontana well-known internationally for his pioneering experiments in sound-art - will draw attention to the Maltings’ heritage from its industrial past to the rhythm and beat of its natural environment. To complement the installation, Fontana will give a talk about his work and his creative approach to projects over a span of more than 45 years at the Peter Pears Recital Room on Tuesday, 13th June, 11am. 22 | June 2017

In residence will be the highly-acclaimed Belgian early music group, Vox Luminis, specialists in the performance of 16th- to 18th-century vocal music. They’ll also be making their Aldeburgh Festival début with a three-concert residency presenting a repertoire ranging from Schütz to Britten. And star sitar player, Nishat Khan, who in 2013 premièred his The Gate of the Moon at the BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under David Atherton, will collaborate with the Saint Ephraim Male Choir - one of the most popular vocal ensembles from Budapest - presenting a trio of concerts in Orford church (17th June) comprising Indian ragas from early morning to late night but preceding this concert (Friday 16th) the Saint Ephraim Choir have their own concert in Blythburgh church performing European choral music ranging from the 20th to the 21st century featuring works by Bartók, Janáček, Ligeti and Lutosławski. Other highlights of Aldeburgh’s 70th anniversary festival include performances of Poulenc’s La voix humaine staged in a local house near Snape Maltings. And following their outstanding Aldeburgh Festival début in 2015, the dynamic, young and talented Multi-

Story Orchestra return to Suffolk to give two contrasting concerts in an unusual location in Ipswich while the Lithuanian-born conductor, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, makes her Aldeburgh début with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducting an entertaining programme which will include Britten’s The Building of the House - so appropriate for this year’s festival as it was written for the inauguration of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 1967 - and Beethoven’s fifth symphony which E T A Hoffmann described as one of the composer’s most important and finest works. What could be better! Check out the full programme by visiting Box office: 01728 687110 On-line booking:

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Tony Cooper




Where and What is it?

Each year, an ex-brewery just a few minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station hosts the world’s top design fair: The London Design Fair. The whole world is here. It makes for an enthralling trip for both professional designers and members of the public who want to see the latest cutting trends. Tickets for the day are £12 or free if you can produce a journalist’s credentials. It is easy to spend the whole day there and, as you are given a wrist band, blue for trade access and red for the public, you can

wander in and out. There are a zillion places to eat and sit around in this part of town which has had a meteoric rise in recent years.

I go every year, so I can report back to my friends in Asia what’s what. Last year I took part in a ‘Food Design’ concept from Taiwan - even got to make my own ice cream from fresh fruit using liquid nitrogen! I reported it in FineCity magazine last year. This year, Asia is heavily represented with pavilions from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and,

this year, China, which is making quite a splash. India, also, has a large space today in a pavilion that seems to be made up of upturned flower pots. As you might expect, Scandinavia has much to show – furniture, lighting, artwork and wall coverings. Scotland and the isles just off have a large presence and is exhibiting one of my favourites - exquisite hand made silver figures of bears, sealions, fish and sugar/salt bowls: clever because, as the designer told me, if you fill the bowls with salt or sugar, it looks like ice and snow. The other end of the country, Cornwall, is also well represented, especially in wooden things. Ireland always causes a buzz and this time is no exception, particularly in hand-woven cloth and furniture. Then, of course, we have the usual suspects, countries that have been at the forefront of design for decades, Spain, Portugal and Italy. The building in which it is held is an old brewery – a huge rambling place with cracked windows and obsolete parts of machinery left to tastefully rust, the ultimate in shabby-chic given the price of real estate around here. It has a good atmosphere and I hope it will be a long time before it is turned into city offices. So here are some of my favourite pictures of the latest event. What do we have? Well, furniture, fabrics, soft furnishings, pottery, wall

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FINEARTS coverings, ceramics - also as decorations for walls – things to hold that feel good, glassware, woodcraft, fabrics, clothes and artwork for ceilings and walls that make you do a doubletake. Comments by the designers So, what are the various designers wanting to achieve? Why do they use the materials that they do and how are they fashioned? Here are some quotes from people and representatives of countries exhibiting at the festival – Mexican handblown glass: ‘For all of our products we use 100% recycled glass. This creates surprisingly tiny air bubbles inside the glass surface and creates a special appeal combined with light’. English tiles: ‘The quality and permanence of the crafted glazed surfaces creates a human connection, adding value to your space’. Glassware from Scotland: ‘That’s the challenge – to create something beautiful from things that people are about to discard…..explores how intuitive play can jumpstart new ideas’.

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FINEARTS Scotland’s Pavilion: ‘Drawing from its rich heritage, Scotland cultivates a pioneering spirit within its creative industries and encourages each maker to develop a strong unique voice’. ‘The Courtyard Installation at London Design Fair is a compelling showcase of how craft materials can be used to explore new boundaries. Students from the Material Practice Programme at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, have created a rooflike structure and wooden furniture for The Courtyard.’ Irish Pavilion: ‘The force of the wild Atlantic cuts and contours the island of Ireland; shaping its landscape, its people and their ways. This constant process of change creates new from old, exposing beauty and ruggedness, strength and fragility. Rooted in a heritage that has evolved over centuries, contemporary Irish design and craft continues to be shaped by three key forces – materials, landscape and people.’ About the Design Fair itself: ‘The organisers not only understand creativity but more importantly support it. As a result, the show is sophisticated, dynamic and professional. Above all, it is spirited and passionate, both elements you do not associate with traditional trade fairs.’ ‘It’s not about making connections with people, it’s about making connections with the right people.’ About the Portuguese Pavilion: ‘Inspiring Portugal aims to showcase the contemporary design scene of a country where art and history have always walked hand-in-hand.’ Norway Pavilion (called 100% Norway): ‘Through products and prototypes in a broad range of design disciplines, 100% Norway aims to explore the country’s material heritage, consider its creative legacy and challenge a few assumptions about what ‘Norwegian Design’ really means.’ Form&Seek: ‘Form&Seek is a collective of young designers who are interested in both the functional and poetic appeal of design. They believe that objects have the power to communicate meaningful messages and new ways of looking at the world.’

and more exotic corners of our planet, and beyond, discovering new sights, art, architecture, languages, foods and people. Travel gives us perspective on how big – and small – the world really is. Travelling expands our minds and creativity, and it influences all aspects of our lives at home, work and at play.’ Design Prize Switzerland: ‘The Design Prize Switzerland is an association and a private initiative which encourages design with the aim to foster the exchange, mediation and promotion of Swiss design across disciplines….. A selection of 21 products and projects from the list of winners and nominees is presented at London Design Fair.’

Design in the South of Italy: ‘Design in the South of Italy features traditional and contemporary products alongside a varied selection of surface material applications and coverings.’

China Academy of Art: ‘design has a prospective and retrospective. In China, we think and criticize the cutting-edge design issues under the premise of respecting the traditional culture. China’s traditional culture and crafts are an important source and spirit of Chinese design; we need to start from the perspective of modern design and look for a new research system for traditional handcrafts in modern living context.’

Talk – How Travel Influences Design: ‘We love to travel. We have travelled throughout history and continue to do so in our millions to further

If you fancy going next year, google ‘London Design Fair, for details. Norwich to Liverpool Street is about two hours and the venue about

ten minutes away on foot– or if you get lost as I did some years ago, a whole lot longer, so best take a map. Are there other Design Fairs? Yes, lots, most having a specific angle and purpose. If you are into British Design, the British Craft Trade Fair is held in April each year. It promises ‘The Largest and most selective range of handmade British products to be found at any trade fair in UK or Europe’. It covers Home, gift and fashion design and is has one eye on retailers but is fascinating for the design student, too, as the upcoming trends can be seen here. Where and when is it? For photographs and an article on last year’s ‘Food Design’ at the festival, please see FineCity magazine – click bookshelf on or my website

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Norwich – A City Of Centuries FineCity arts correspondent, Tony Cooper, talks to Simon Floyd, the producer behind a new variety-type show about immigrants who found a new life in Norwich


alled Come Yew In!, an initiative of Norwich-born producer, director and performer, Simon Floyd, who has gathered together a trio of local writers, participatory artists, a team of researchers and actors working in tandem with Anglia Ruskin University to produce a free, inclusive outdoor variety-type show that will be seen in some of Norwich’s grand open spaces later this month and early into July. Dr Jeannette Baxter of Anglia Ruskin University acted as a research consultant to Come Yew In! collaborating with the Norwich-based theatre group The Common Lot (www.thecommonlot. org) as well as the Norwich-based charity New Routes Integration Project ( uk) who heartily support the integration of modern-day migrants to the city whose wealth and trading links have attracted people from mainland Europe for centuries

understand and, indeed, celebrate the longstanding history of the contribution that ‘‘Strangers’’ have made to the Fine City of Norwich which, by the way, was England’s second largest city for the majority of the medieval period and well into the late-18th century. ‘The well-known Norfolk expression ‘‘Come Yew In!’’, I think, is an appropriate name for the show as it comprises a highly-paced historical and contemporary account of the city of Norwich told through dance, song, comedy and audience participation as well as personal testimony. ‘The impact on the city’s economy, society and institutions have, I believe, benefitted so much from the cultural mix that immigration brings. For instance, the Protestant silk-weaving Huguenots made a big contribution to the workforce of the city’s flourishing textile trade.’

‘The show’s structure will highlight how the prosperity and flavour of modern-day Norwich has developed greatly under the influence of migrants or ‘‘Strangers’’, said Dr Baxter, ‘while addressing the important message of supporting tolerance and social cohesion by building positive images and new connections among people of different backgrounds.’

The Huguenots (known to locals as ‘Strangers’) arrived in Britain in the second half of the 16th century coming from Flanders and major silk-weaving cities in France such as Lyon and Tours. Fleeing from religious persecution, they arrived on our shores around the time of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and soon found refuge in Norwich.

Simon further explained: ‘The whole purpose of Come Yew In! is to help Norwich people

But settlers arrived in East Anglia (and Norwich) much earlier, of course. Jutes from Denmark

and Angles and Saxons from Germany (AngloSaxons) as early as 360AD. These settlers brought place-name suffixes such as -ham and -ton which are self-evident in city place-names today such as in Earlham and Eaton. The largest Saxon borough was Conesford - the name derives from the Danish version of a Saxon name meaning ‘King’s Ford’ - lying south of the river near Tombland. The earliest landing of Vikings (869AD) was followed by further Danish settlers thereby expanding and integrating with the existing Saxon communities. They settled north of the river at Northwic. The river also allowed easy access to North Sea herring fisheries. Therefore, on the north bank of the Wensum, a quay was built for unloading fish. The area was (and still is) named Fishergate. ‘Gate’ was a popular Danish or Old Norse suffix meaning ‘way’. The impact the Danes had on Norwich was strong judging by the many street names that are still in situ today: Pottergate and Colegate, for instance, while Tombland is derived from another Scandinavian word: ‘tom’ meaning ‘open’ or ‘empty’. But the name ‘Norwich’ originates as far back as the 10th century as coins were minted in the borough bearing the name ‘Norwic’, meaning

The Common Lot (Photo: Robert Eke)

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Cow Tower, Norwich Riverside (Photo: Robert Eke)

‘north settlement’ or ‘little port’, thereby illustrating the importance of Norwich as a trading centre. When the Romans came, sailing across the Channel all wrapped up in tin and flannel, they brought with them a myriad of cultural influences spanning their rich, vast, militarybased empire which spanned from Germany to North Africa and from Spain to the Middle East. Although there’s no substantial evidence of a Roman town within Norwich city walls, Venta Icenorum (Caistor St Edmund), lying south of the city in the Tas valley, was a major Roman settlement. And with the rivers Yare and Wensum, this was the largest and most important Roman centre of northern East Anglia. They were fully in control until around 410AD but by this time the Anglo-Saxons were gaining a stronghold on the area that was to become Norwich.

Then, of course, the Normans came and bedded down. And their major contribution to the city is none other than Norwich Cathedral. What a legacy! And the all-important marketplace they moved from the original AngloSaxon site at Tombland to where it exists and thrives to this very day - facing Gentleman’s Walk. Therefore, Norwich has always been a city of ‘Strangers’ and, indeed, a ‘city of centuries’. In recent history, following the First World War, a large Italian community arrived with many finding lodgings in Ber Street while setting up shop purveying ice-cream, fish and chips and so forth. Pizza was a long way off! Immigrants are still arriving (and still being heartily welcomed) coming from former Eastern European countries such as Poland, Lithuania and Romania and, indeed, farther afield, from such war-torn countries as The Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Come Yew In! open rehearsal (Photo: Robert Eke)

Therefore, Come Yew In! seems the right type of entertainment to present in today’s unsettled and changing climate. And to give the show some bite three locally-based writers - James McDermott (Writers’ Centre Norwich) and Mags Chalcroft and Liam Offord (UEA School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing) - have come up with a script that encapsulates the hopes, fears and joys of today’s immigrants arriving in Norwich - a city of centuries! - to forge a better lifestyle for themselves and, in so doing, keep the wheels of industry turning in the timehonoured tradition. The COME YEW IN! project has been fully funded and supported by contributions from the Town Close Estate Charity, Norwich City Council, Norwich Arts Centre, The Common Lot and Anglia Ruskin University. Take in one of the shows at a site near you. Admission is free. What could be better? Tour itinerary Friday, 30th June, 7.30pm: Heigham Park Saturday, 1st July, 2.30pm / 7.30pm: Kett’s Heights Sunday, 2nd July, 2.30pm: Cow Tower Tuesday, 4th July, 7.30pm: Peterson’s Park, Mile Cross Estate Wednesday, 5th July, 7.30pm: Cadge Road Community Centre (Larkman Estate) Thursday, 6th July, 7.30pm: Jubilee Park, Lakenham Friday, 7th July, 7.30pm: Whiffler Theatre, Norwich Castle Gardens Saturday, 8th July, 1pm: Whiffler Theatre followed by Lord Mayor’s Procession Sunday, 9th July, 2.30pm / 7.30pm: Whiffler Theatre / Norwich Arts Centre Garden for the Lanes Festival

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Thirty Years At Salle

Norwich-based chamber orchestra, Academy of St Thomas, is in celebratory mood this year as they notch up 30 years of concerts at Salle. BBC Radio Norfolk’s culture vulture, Tony Cooper, finds out more


nd the person leading the Academy of St Thomas in their 30th anniversary concert at Salle is none other than the celebrated cellist, Alexander Baillie, who has played here, there and everywhere whilst making a trio of appearances at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Here he played the Schumann, Delius and Beethoven Triple concertos but at Salle he’ll treat the audience to a couple of favourite works of the repertoire: Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. A wonderful and inspiring work, the Haydn concerto has become a standard of the cello repertoire after its successful 20th-century première by Miloš Sádlo and the Czechoslovak 28 | June 2017

Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, in May 1962, while the Rococo Variations - the closest that Tchaikovsky ever came to writing a full concerto for cello and orchestra - is a sparkling piece with technical fireworks and expressive lyricism running throughout each of its seven vividlycontrasting variations.

also includes the first performance of Elegy by Kenneth Leighton in a special arrangement for cello and orchestra by Mr Baillie as well as Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings (K136) composed in Salzburg in the winter of 1772 following the Wunderkind spending two extended periods working in Italy.

Inspired by Mozart - Tchaikovsky’s role model - it is abundantly clear that Tchaikovsky greatly admired the Classical style. He actually wrote the Variations for Wilhelm Fitzenhagen who gave the première in Moscow in November 1877 with Nikolai Rubinstein conducting.

During his Italian visits, Mozart’s dramatic works found enormous success and, as a result, he wrote Lucio Silla for the 1773 carnival season in Milan. The opera was the 16-year-old Mozart’s most ambitious Italian-language serious opera to date while the Divertimento is one of three such works composed during the winter of 1772.

A challenging and entertaining programme, the concert on Saturday, 24th June, 7.30pm,

Originally a piano piece, Fauré wrote his Pavane in 1887. An inviting and well-loved work, it

FINEARTS make things happen while Jim and Patsy Laws’ lighting add a strong and pleasing atmosphere to the overall stage picture.’

Salle concert: star violinist, Lorraine McAslan, takes a bow with the leader of the Academy of St Thomas, Ben Lowe, looking on.

ebbs and flows from a series of harmonic and melodic climaxes conjuring a haunting Belle Époque elegance obtaining its rhythm from the slow processional Spanish court dance of the same name. Without a shadow of doubt, the Academy’s annual Salle concert is one of the highlights of the county’s Midsummer musical calendar. It always attracts a large and appreciative audience who picnic, whatever the weather, in the beautiful surroundings of the quintessential English setting of this magnificent Norfolk church dedicated to SS Peter & Paul bordered by a large and imposing green space - home of the village cricket team. The first concert took place in 1981 and was directed by the late violinist, Hugh McGuire, while Julian Webb took over the baton in 1986 and again in 1988 which led to the annual Midsummer concert.

Soloist/directors have included violinists Fionnuala Hunt, Hannah Perowne and Lorraine McAslan, violist Philip Dukes and oboist John Anderson while the list of conductors include Paul Hoskins, John Forster, Mark Forkgen, Simon Bowler and Matthew Andrews. However, to get the church ready for the concert requires a big effort. For example, extra chairs are needed, lighting has to be rigged and staging imported. And that’s just for starters. ‘In the early years,’ explained Sally Wortley, AST’s long-serving fixer and general factotum, ‘we were able to provide a marquee and enjoy the riches of having a strong team of helpers. They conjured up all sorts of things including that all-important gathering point, the licensed bar. In the end this all became too expensive. Therefore, we’re very grateful in today’s climate for the heroic support given by one of Salle’s churchwardens, Jolyon Booth, who, together with a team of willing helpers,

The whole process begins around 10am on the day of the concert when the orchestra’s chairman/treasurer, Jonathan Wortley, set out 250 chairs in readiness for the 3pm rehearsal. But the clearing-up process continues long after the last notes are played when Salle church once more returns to the peace and tranquillity of its idyllic village setting portrayed against a wonderful, mesmerising and glorious Norfolk dusk sky and, of course, on the longest day of the year. What could be better! Academy of St Thomas’ 30th anniversary concert at Salle, near Reepham (sponsored by Hilary and Lewis Jarrett), Saturday, 24th June, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 to £17, students and under-18s £5, available on-line at

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Tony Cooper


2017 June | 29


Holt Festival 2017 Full programme for Holt Festival 2017 revealed

‘One of the most important cultural events in Norfolk’ Peter Wilson, former Chief Executive, Norwich Theatre Royal


he full programme for Holt Festival 2017, North Norfolk’s award winning, multi-arts, international festival has been announced. Now in its ninth year, the Festival brings outstanding theatre, music, comedy, literature, children’s and visual art events to the picturesque Georgian town for eight days, from 22 to 30 July.

broadcaster Luke Wright, who enjoyed massive multi award winning success with his first play ‘What I Learned From Johnny Bevan’ including a three week sell out season in London’s West End, performs his new show The Toll and Norfolk resident James McDermott brings his five star hit Rubber Ring back to the region that inspired it.

This year’s festival is the final year of Charles Pugh’s tenure as Artistic Director, and he has delivered a programme that combines the best of national and international talents with some of the cream of our own Norfolk performers.

There are lots of free events for families and children too, with a full day of outdoor family fun and an extensive programme of free activities and shows for children through the week.

Major new announcements include former Today/Women’s Hour anchor Sue MacGregor interviewed by Alan Johnson MP, an exclusive exhibition of original paintings by internationally renowned, Norwich born artist Edward Seago, and, by popular demand, a repeat appearance by Margaret Hodge, renowned as the scourge of the waste and inefficiency of successive governments. UEA graduate poet and

Outgoing Artistic Director Charles Pugh said ‘ I’m so proud of this programme. I think, perhaps the most diverse we’ve yet delivered. From the unabashed popularity of glam rocker Suzi Quatro and one of the country’s funniest comedians Jasper Carrott, to tales of warmongers, witch hunters, brain attacks and public money squanderers. We begin and end this year’s festival with tributes to radio

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broadcasting - my favourite medium and in between take in some of the finest music, theatre, comedy, cabaret/burlesque and literary events that Holt has seen’. Theatre The Auden Theatre at Gresham’s School has always been a precious resource for the Festival and this year hosts five star hits and a brand new show that are sure to prove popular with audiences. Don’t Mime Me is a new, mime show that holds its world premiere in Holt. As a theatre handyman pursues his destiny around the world, a hat stand, a downtrodden housewife and a few countries are just three of the obstacles that prevent him finding his soul mate. A 1940’s radio studio is the setting for The Gin Chronicles, a vintage radiostyle comedy that follows the adventures of two amateur detectives searching for a missing gin magnate. Four actors and a foley artist present this five star rollercoaster verbal and visual comic treat. Edinburgh hit Cautionary

FINEARTS Tales for Daughters by Tanya Holt, described as having the ‘playfulness of Victoria Wood with the satrical bite of Tim Minchin’, features a mix of comic song, live action and animation. It comes to Norfolk, following a sell out London season that delighted audiences and critics alike, to take the festival audience on a musical foray to the dark heart of growing up and the dark arts of modern parenting. Rubber Ring, written and performed by Norfolk resident James McDermott, tells the story of sexually confused, teenager Jimmy; a Morrissey obsessive stuck in Sheringham. When Morrissey comes to London he flees to the city to find his hero and himself. Based on James’ own experiences of his struggle with his sexuality and regional identity this laugh-outloud one man play received rave reviews in Edinburgh and London. Talks & Literature Luke Wright is now one of Britain’s most popular poets as well as a broadcaster, playwrite and curator of spoken word programmes for Latitude, Festival Number 6 and the Edinburgh Book Festival. Following the unprecedented success of his first play Luke has chosen poems for The Toll from his recently published collection of the same name. A wordsmith at the top of his game, his verse explores the flat-roofed pubs and half-bought couches of Brexit Britain and the toll it takes on us all. Wright’s poetry ranges from the laugh out loud funny to the tear-inducingly poignant and back again. One of the UK’s most experienced and respected broadcaster’s, Sue MacGregor CBE will be in conversation with Alan Johnson MP to reflect on 50 years of broadcasting, including the tensions that can arise between politicians and the media. Margaret Hodge talks to former Director of Norwich Theatre Royal Peter Wilson about her book Called To Account that takes readers on a fascinating first hand journey inside the NHS, the BBC and defence, as well as tax avoidance from the likes of Amazon, Starbucks and G4S.

Music The evocative open air Theatre in the Woods stage hosts some old favourites this year covering rock, pop and a little folk/country music. Suzi Quatro, the godmother of glam rock, is still rocking the leather jumpsuit and playing gigs around the world. Expect a rockin show featuring old favourites like Can the Can, Devil Gate Drive and 48 Crash. Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock closes the festival with a blend of comedy and the best 60s and 70s rock and pop music, played by an all star band featuring Bev Bevan, founding member of The Move and ELO, and Geoff Turton from the Rockin Berries. Roots in the Woods brings together The Vagaband and The Wangford Bass Combo Featuring Bj Cole for a night of Americana, country and folk/rock. Featuring Norfolk’s finest exponents of original roots music, and Hank Wangford’s boombastic experimental country experience this will have everyone on their feet. The musicians and dancers of Viva Cuba are a joyous combination of some of the biggest UK artistic talents in the genre. They bring their wide variety of latin styles, blending in dance heavy funk and R&B fusion along the way. Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Soho Songbook celebrates the unique world of London’s worldfamous

jazz club and its incredible history, combining world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images. There’s more jazz as Suzie Heath returns with her trio augmented by harmony group The Samphires for a heartfelt tribute to Cole Porter. Lovers of classical Spanish guitar will be pleased to hear that one of the world’s greatest classical guitarists Mariano Mangas is returning this year, following his sell-out show in 2015. Million selling, Brit Award winning (and former Gresham’s School pupil) Humphrey Berney takes temporary leave from Blake for an evening of songs and virtuosic piano featuring mezzo soprano Charlotte Tetley and pianist James Sherlock. Pop Up Opera bring their innovative performance of Emmanuel Chabrier’s deliciously madcap and witty Une Éducation Manquée to Holt. This rarely seen tale of two very young and very innocent aristocrats striving to solve the puzzles of a unfulfilled marriage in the time of Louis XVI is both a pleasure and a delight. There will be a UK exclusive visit from Spanish opera stars Javier Agulló (tenor) & Amparo Navarro (soprano) who will perform Jalousie, a story of operatic passion with arias and duets from Monteverdi and Mozart to Verdi and Puccini.

Professor Michael Trimble sheds light on the 17th century witches of Norfolk whilst writer and former editor Robert McCrum discusses matters of life, death and literature in conversation with Festival Artistic Director Charles Pugh. Doctor, scientist, TV and radio presenter, politician and IVF pioneer Lord Robert Winston discusses our obsession with our genes in Modifying Humans: When Does Genetics Stop? Drawing on more than 25 years of global reporting experience for the BBC and Sky News Tim Marshall shares his insights on the world of global politics as set out in his latest books: Prisoners of Geography and Worth Dying For.

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FINEARTS Children’s and Family Events There’s plenty for the kids and families. Rhubard Theatre’s Granny’s Game is a delightful tale for 4 - 10 year olds based on the real-life heroism of journalist and explorer Nellie Bly. A combination of physical theatre, song, puppetry, shadow and dance create a real theatrical extravaganza. Tinderbox sees Norwich Puppet Theatre retell Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale for ages 3 – 8. A roguish soldier acquires a magic tinderbox giving him the power to summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding. Young people 8-18 are invited to join Sheringham Little Theatre to create A Musical In A Day. There’ll be coaching in singing and dancing and the fun-filled day will end with the creation of a new musical to be performed in front of family and friends. There’s also storytelling from Amy Finnegan and Paul Jackson and the opportunity for youngsters to run away to the circus with hours of fun with Foolhardy Circus Troupe’s Circus Skills Workshops. The 2017 Festival also has a full day of outdoor events when the town centre will come alive with free fun for the young and young at heart. Music comes from Cromer & Sheringham Brass Band who recently celebrated their 60th anniversary and there’s jazz, folk and classical from Hoofbeat Street Band. Three Suitcases is a street-treat for all the family from Rhubarb Theatre. Three quirky characters waiting for a train pass the time with mime, physical theatre, music and fun. Close-up magician Robert Rathbone will amaze, amuse and astound as he performs astonishing feats that defy explanation. Comedy and Cabaret As well as Jasper Carrott there’s an evening of stand up comedy with double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Andrew Maxwell, Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year 2016 Eshaan Akbar, deliciously dark musical comedian Kate Lucas and TV regular David Morgan as compere. Cirque du Cabaret returns with a new show featuring thrills, chills and plenty of slightly inappropriate behaviour from cast members old and new. Amongst the newcomers are 1920’s burlesque starlet Bonnie Fox and circus thrills from international stars from as far afield as Russia. 32 | June 2017

Norfolk-based duo Kit & McConnel also return to their favourite festival for a riotous evening of freshly-minted, up-to-the-minute cabaret songs, musical improvisation and allround silliness. Visual Art It had become something of a tradition for Sir John Hurt to award the prize to the winning artist of The Holt Festival Art Prize, and following his untimely death in January, the prize was renamed Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize as a tribute to one of the Festival’s most loyal and generous supporters. The winning entry will be announced on 23 July and will be exhibited in the foyer of the Auden Theatre throughout the festival alongside all short-listed entries. Holt is renowned for its galleries and many of them are taking part in the annual art-trail. There are also two exclusive loan exhibitions running throughout the Festival with works drawn from public and private collections. The Instinctive Artist – Edward Seago features original works by the Norwich born, Norwich School artist best known for his landscapes and portraits. Largely selftaught Seago (1910 – 1974) received great acclaim during his lifetime with admirers including the Royal Family and the Aga Khan. Benton End and Friends features original paintings and sculpture telling the story of painters Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, their

houses The Pound and Benton End, and their informal art school on the Suffolk/Essex borders. The show includes works rarely seen in the county by Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Lucian Frued, Maggi Hambling, John Nash and others. A series of free gallery talks from leading experts including Holt Festival visual art curator James Glennie will give an insight into the exhibitions and the stories behind them. Chair of the Board of Trustees Adney Payne concluded ‘Once again I am astounded that Charles has managed to bring us an amazingly eclectic mix, there truly is something for everyone. I’d like to pay a special tribute to him as he completes his third and sadly final year as our Artistic Director. I’d also like to thank our Ambassadors, Sponsors, Friends, Subscribers and Advertisers who provide much needed funding, and to our wonderful volunteers, all 70 of them, for the work they put in over the year, as well as during the week itself. Our gratitude goes to our media partners North Norfolk News, Eastern Daily Press and Future Radio and of course to Gresham’s School, Holt Parish Church, the Community Centre and Holt Bookshop, without whom the Festival simply would not happen.’ Each year Holt Festival makes a substantial donation to the Holt Youth Project - one of England’s most imaginative, award winning youth schemes. Serving young people across north Norfolk, it prides itself on preventative programmes that allow young people to reach their full potential. For details of all these and other Holt Festival events, and to book, visit www. Holt Festival 2017 Full listings: Saturday 22 Sunday 30 July 11am to 5pm FREE BENTON END & FRIENDS (exhibition) Original paintings and sculpture telling the story of Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, their houses The Pound and Benton End and their informal art school on the Suffolk/Essex borders. Includes works by Cedric

FINEARTS comedy series as detectives search for missing gin magnate Cornelius Juniper. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Monday 24 – Saturday 29 July 10am for under 7s FREE CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING with AMY FINEGAN (children’s) Songs, stories and games for under 7s. Holt Festival at The Holt Book Shop, 10 Appleyard Holt NR25 6AR Monday 24 July 11.00am ages 3-8 FREE STORYTELLING WITH MUSIC by PAUL JACKSON (children’s) Songs and tall tales from round the world blended with appropriate musical accompaniment. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Morris and Lett Haines, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Lucian Freud, Maggi Hambling and John Nash. Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 July 11am to 5pm FREE THE INSTINCTIVE ARTIST – EDWARD SEAGO (exhibition) Work by Norwich School artist Edward Seago best known for landscapes and portraits. Born in Norwich, self taught Seago received international acclaim and had admirers including the Royal Family and the Aga Khan. Holt Festival at The Garden House Studio, Station Road, Holt NR25 6BS

£1,500 and will be shown at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre Foyer, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 23 July 8.15pm £20/£5 THE GIN CHRONICLES (comedy/ theatre) Join The Misfits of London for the first adventure in their 5-star reviewed vintage

Monday 24 July 2pm £15/£5 ROBERT McCRUM: Life, Death and the Endgame (talk) Former Literary and Associate Editor of The Observer, BBC Radio Four broadcaster and distinguished veteran of the British book world discusses matters of life, death and literature. In conversation with Festival Artistic Director Charles Pugh. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Monday 24 July 4pm £12/£5 TIM MARSHALL – WORTH DYING FOR & PRISONERS OF GEOGRAPHY (talk) Drawing on more than twenty-five years of global reporting experience Tim Marshall shares his insights on the world of global politics as set out in his two latest books: Prisoners of Geography and Worth Dying For.

Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 July 11am to 5pm FREE ART TRAIL (exhibition) Discover an eclectic variety of historic, modern and contemporary art and photography at Holt’s many art galleries. Holt Festival at various galleries around Holt town centre Sunday 23 – Sunday 30 July 11am to 5pm FREE SIR JOHN HURT ART PRIZE EXHIBITION (exhibition) The winner and all the shortlisted entries from this prestigious art prize. The winner receives

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FINEARTS Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Monday 24 July 6pm £20/£5 MARIANO MANGAS (music) One of the finest exponents of classical Spanish guitar in the world returns to Holt after his sell out performance in 2015. Holt Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Monday 24 July 8.15pm £20/£5 TANYA HOLT – CAUTIONARY TALES FOR DAUGHTERS (theatre) A hugely acclaimed journey through comedy, song and animation to the dark heart of growing up and the dark arts of parenting. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Tuesday 25 July 11am Ages 4+ FREE TINDERBOX by NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE (children’s) Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale about a roguish soldier who acquires a magic tinderbox which gives him the power to summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Tuesday 25 July 11am FREE GALLERY TALK Edward Seago (talk/ exhibition) James Glennie talks about the Norwich born artist. Holt Festival at The Garden House Studio, Station Road, Holt NR25 6BS Tuesday 25 July 2pm £15/£5 PROFESSOR ROBERT WINSTON - Modifying Humans: When Does Genetics Stop? (talk) Doctor, scientist, TV and radio presenter, politician and IVF pioneer discusses our obsession with our genes. Very soon we may be able to enhance humans by genetic modification. Will ethical considerations prevent us from the next step – manufacturing stronger, more gifted and very intelligent children? Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Tuesday 25 July 4pm £12/£5 DON’T MIME ME (theatre/mime) World Premiere of mime show about a theatre handyman pursuing his destiny around the world. A hat stand, a downtrodden housewife and a few countries are just three of the obstacles that prevent him finding his soul mate. Work in progress Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Tuesday 25 July 7pm £20/£5 VIVA CUBA (music & dance) 34 | June 2017

A joyous Cuban Combination of some of the biggest UK artistic talents in the genre. Musicians and dancers offer a wide musical variety of latin styles from danzon and traditional Cuban son to salsa and merengue styles, blending in dance heavy funk and R&B fusion along the way. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Wednesday 26 July 11am FREE GALLERY TALK Benton End and Friends (talk/exhibition) James Glennie talks about the artists in the festival loan exhibition Benton End and Friends. Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Wednesday 26 July 4.15pm FREE GALLERY TALK Maggi Hambling in Conversation (talk/exhibition) Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Wednesday 26 July 9.30am (ages 4-8) and 11am (ages 9-16) CIRCUS SKILLS WORKSHOPS with FOOLHARDY CIRCUS (children’s) Hours of entertainment and fun with the infamous foolhardy circus troupe teaching circus skills including juggling, diabolo, devilstick, unicycling, and even a low standing tightrope. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Wednesday 26 July 2pm £15/£5 LUKE WRIGHT – THE TOLL (poetry/ spoken word) Stunning new show from the latest collection from one of Britain’s most popular poets that finds him at the peak of his powers. These poems explore the flat-roofed pubs and halfbought couches of Brexit Britain and the toll it takes on us all. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA


Wednesday 26 July 4pm £12/£5 THE WITCHES OF NORFOLK with PROFESSOR MICHAEL TRIMBLE (talk) Witches were identified in abundance in Norfolk in the 17th century. Professor Michael Trimble, author and an Emeritus Professor of Behavioural Neurology, identifies key people, illnesses and trials in this saga of religion, misogyny, masochism and the emergence of neuropsychiatry. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Wednesday 26 July 6pm £20/£5 JALOUSIE – AN OPERA GALA by Javier Agulló & Ampara Navarro (music/opera) A rare visit from Spanish opera stars Javier Agulló (tenor) & Amparo Navarro (soprano) who will perform a story of operatic passion with arias and duets from Monteverdi and Mozart to Verdi and Puccini. Holt Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Wednesday 26 July 8.15pm £20/£5 CIRQUE DU CABARET (circus/ burlesque/cabaret) A brand new show from London’s longest running cabaret company with thrills, chills and a dollop of sauce. Mz Marelena (AKA Abi Collins) returns as host and new cast members include 1920’s burlesque starlet Bonnie Fox

and spectacular circus skills from international stars from as far afield as Russia. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Thursday 27 July 10am-4pm, ages 8-16 FREE MUSICAL IN A DAY with SHERINGHAM LITTLE THEATRE (children’s) A musical theatre workshop for young people to create and rehearse an original piece of theatre with popular musical songs and dance routines. Performance at 3.30pm for family and friends. Holt Festival at Gresham’s Pre-Prep School, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BB

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Thursday 27 July 8pm £16/£5 STAND UP COMEDY CLUB (comedy) The best of contemporary comedy with double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Andrew Maxwell, Eshaan Akbar, musical comedian Kate Lucas and TV regular David Morgan as compere. Holt Festival at The Feathers Hotel, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BW

Thursday 27 July 11am FREE GALLERY TALK Cedric Morris – Gardner, Plantsman and Iris Breeder (talk/exhibition) By Sarah Morris Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Thursday 27 July 8.15pm £20/£5 HUMPHREY BERNEY AND GUESTS (music/opera) Million selling, Brit Award winning, Humphrey Berney goes on temporary leave from Blake for an evening of songs and virtuosic piano featuring mezzo soprano Charlotte Tetley and pianist James Sherlock, themselves both major award winners. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Thursday 27 July 6pm, £12/£5 SUZIE HEATH TRIO presents: King Cole – a musical tribute to the 1930s (music) Vocalist and pianist Suzie brings her trio to Holt to celebrate the unforgettable and poignant songs of Cole Porter and his contemporaries. She is joined by harmony group The Samphires.

Friday 28 July from 10.30am FREE HOLT FESTIVAL GOES OUTDOOR (music/children’s/family) Entertainment for all throughout the day featuring music from the Cromer & Sheringham Brass Band, Hoofbeat Street Band, Rhubarb Theatre’s mime performance Three Suitcases and magic from Robert Rathbone. Holt Festival at Fish Hill, Holt NR25 6BD 2017 June | 35

FINEARTS Norfolk’s finest exponents of original roots music, and Hank Wangford’s boombastic experimental country experience featuring pedal steel maestro Cole. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 29 July 2pm £18/£5 SUE MACGREGOR CBE IN CONVERSATION WITH ALAN JOHNSON MP (talk) Renowned broadcaster Sue MacGregor reflects on 50 years of broadcasting including tensions between politicians and the media as she is interviewed by Alan Johnson MP. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 29 July 6pm £18/£5 POP UP OPERA: UNE EDUCATION MANQUÉE (music/opera) Innovative touring company performing Emmanuel Chabrier’s deliciously madcap and witty Une Éducation Manquée - a rarely seen tale of two very young and very innocent aristocrats striving to solve the puzzles of an unfulfilled marriage in the time of Louis XVI. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Friday 28 July 11am Ages 5y+ GRANNY’S GAME by RHUBARB THEATRE (children’s) John and Julia discover a mysterious game at Gran’s house and embark on a globetrotting adventure, wrestling snakes and climbing ladders. Based on the real-life heroism of journalist and explorer Nellie Bly. Holt Festival at The Feathers Hotel, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BW

CONVERSATION WITH PETER WILSON (literary talk) The former MP and scourge of waste and inefficiency to successive governments discusses her book Called To Account that takes people on a fascinating journey inside the NHS, the BBC and defence, as well as tax avoidance from the likes of Amazon, Starbucks and G4S. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Friday 28 July 2pm £20/£5 RONNIE SCOTT’S ALL STARS SOHO SONGBOOK (music/jazz) A unique afternoon celebrating the unique world of London’s world-famous jazz club and its incredible history, combining world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images. The programme will include music from the many greats that have performed at Ronnie Scott’s such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Dave Brubeck. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Friday 28 July 6pm £20/£5 KIT & MCCONNEL (music/cabaret) Norfolk-based duo Kit & McConnel return to their favourite festival for a riotous evening of freshly-minted, up-to-the-minute cabaret songs, musical improvisation and all-round silliness. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

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Friday 28 July 8pm £15/£5 ROOTS IN THE WOOD: The Vagaband & The Wangford Bass Combo Featuring BJ Cole (music/ americana) Americana, country and folk/rock featuring

Saturday 29 July 8.15pm £35/£5 SUZI QUATRO (music) Still rocking the leather jumpsuit and celebrating a career that spans over 50 years and 101 weeks in the UK charts. Suzy comes with her full 7-piece band for a set that promises to set the (Theatre in the) Woods on fire! Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 30 July 6pm £15/£5 RUBBER RING: JAMES MCDERMOTT (theatre) Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham. When pop star Morrissey visits London he flees to the city to find his hero and himself. A laugh-out-loud one man play about a Norfolk boy’s struggle with his sexuality and regional identity, that has had rave reviews in London and Brighton. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 30 July 7.30pm £30/£5 JASPER CARROTT’S STAND UP AND ROCK (comedy/music) A unique show that sees the legendary comedian perform his new stand up show before introducing his musical compatriots - an all star band featuring ELO and The Move’s Bev Bevan that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA


Dr Harry Brünjes and Dr Andrew Johns

Dial Medicine for Murder FineCity arts reporter, Tony Cooper, lifts the lid on a notorious, murderous and conniving couple of medical doctors in a new play coming to Norwich Playhouse this month


he couple in question are Irish-born (but practising in Eastbourne) Dr John Bodkin Adams and Nottinghamborn, Dr Harold Shipman - both serial killers.

frequent visitor there in the 1950s. Over the years, too, Harry’s been a frequent visitor to Norwich, a city he knows well. He was born here but grew up in Great Yarmouth. What could be better?

years as a clinician whilst Andrew became one of the leading forensic psychiatrists in the UK and given evidence at least 100 times in murder trials including the famous Harold Shipman enquiry.

And a relatively new play - appropriately entitled Dial Medicine for Murder -surrounding the sinister nature of this deuce has been penned by another doctor of medicine, Dr Harry Brünjes, who with fellow performer, Dr Andrew Johns, will treat the audience to an entertaining and fascinating hour dissecting the notorious careers of these two most infamous physicians of the 20th century.

In the end, Shipman was found guilty of 15 murders on 31st January 2000 - a later inquiry went on to find that he was actually one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history. Bodkin Adams, however, was never convicted of murder in his lifetime. He died a free man aged 84 in 1983 when complications set in after a fall whilst out shooting.

Aside from medicine, there’s a strong link to the world of show-business in Harry’s family as his father, Harry Otto Brünjes, was in showbusiness and with his brothers, Tom and Drew, formed a close harmony, Tartan-clad, singing trio, named The Singing Scott Brothers. They had the honour of performing in the presence of The Queen at the 1952 Royal Variety Show at the London Coliseum.

Playing Norwich Playhouse, Tuesday, 13th June, 8.00pm, Dial Medicine for Murder - chronicling the juxtaposition of these two serial killers - received its début at Folkington Manor, the country house of Dr Brünjes and his wife, Jacquie Storey in East Sussex. Here the Brünjes’ have a private 150-seat theatre. This was a couple of years ago now. Later, it was seen at the Edinburgh Fringe in which the critic of The Times praised the show saying that ‘the subject-matter is sensational’. Coincidentally, Folkington Manor is a place that Dr Bodkin Adams knew well as he was a

Bizarrely, Harry was a junior doctor at Eastbourne Hospital when Bodkin Adams was a patient at the time of his death. Shipman, however, found his end by hanging himself in his prison cell in January 2004 - just one day before his 58th birthday. If Dr Jonathan Miller - the opera director and one of the patrons of Norwich Playhouse - is often referred to as the ‘Good Doctor’ that accolade can well be extended to Dr Harry Brünjes and Dr Andrew Johns, who, in actual fact, are bosom pals forging their friendship when medical students at Guy’s Hospital in London. On graduating, Harry spent sixteen

Their act comprised traditional Highland songs such as ‘Westering Home’ but their repertoire expanded in keeping with the popular music trend of the day. Therefore, songs from the movies and contemporary covers such as ‘My Foolish Heart’ and ‘That Lucky Old Sun’ (a big hit for Frankie Laine) became the order of the day. They also incorporated impersonations of other famous groups in their act including the well-loved, American close-harmony group, The Ink Spots. The Brothers’ stage appearance was anything from Tam o’Shanters and Tartan-clad suits 2017 June | 37

FINEARTS to traditional dinner suits while their singing delivery was accentuated by a shared vocal tone that hit the right note with post-war audiences looking for a bit of light relief and, indeed, light entertainment after years of anguish, heartache and austerity. The Singing Scott Brothers quickly gained acceptance in the fickle world of showbusiness while building up a national following, too, delighting audiences in such popular seaside towns as Scarborough, Bridlington, Bournemouth and, of course, Great Yarmouth, let alone Blackpool and the famed Opera House. ‘They appeared alongside major stars of the day,’ enthused son Harry, ‘and enjoyed spectacular summer seasons with the likes of Vera Lynn, Morecambe & Wise and Charlie Chester while they regularly performed on various BBC radio shows of the early 1950s.’ But with the advent of rock ‘n’ roll in the late 1950s with Elvis, Tommy Steele and Bill Haley coming along rocking them in the aisles, closeharmony groups began to wane and Harry and his brothers had to think about their future and think quickly, too! Therefore, as a stop-gap measure and to bring in the bacon, they took up temporary

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positions as school-teachers with Harry accepting a post at St Margaret’s School, Lowestoft, where he lived with his family. He made rapid progress on the educational path of his career becoming headmaster of Ampthill Road School, Bedford, in 1965. Eight years later he was appointed headmaster of Alameda School, Ampthill, when the school was in the forefront of comprehensive education.

‘This led to me gaining a valuable insight and foothold in show-business and I enjoyed several summer seasons working in such grand and proud seaside resorts as Llandudno, Newquay, Ilfracombe, Great Yarmouth and Plymouth and working alongside such big names as Frankie Vaughan, Ronnie Carroll, David Whitfield, Roy Castle and Tommy Trinder. They were heavenly and exciting days for me and taught me a lot about people, life and, indeed, business.

Harry senior was actually born in Glasgow in 1924 and educated at St Mungo’s Academy later attending Glasgow University where he read Modern Languages, French and Spanish. He encouraged his son Harry - who, by the way, is Chairman of English National Opera at the London Coliseum, successfully steering this troubled house to deep and calmer waters - in every conceivable way to fulfil his dreams and ambitions in life.

Qualifying as a doctor, Harry spent five years as a junior surgeon and the same amount of time as a GP while another five years was spent in Harley Street. Harry, incidentally, happened to be the junior hospital doctor on duty on the night of the Brighton Grand Hotel bombing during the Conservative Party Conference in 1984.

‘In the early 1970s,’ Harry fondly recalls, ‘I was a medical student at Guy’s Hospital, qualifying in 1980. But to help me through my studies and help pay my way, my father, through his strong links to the entertainment industry, got me my first job as a holiday-camp entertainer at Gunton Hall, Lowestoft, working as a singerpianist.

Following life in Harley Street, Harry branched out on his own in the medical business taking a big risk by founding the Premier Medical Group in 1995 which he sold to Capita for £60 million in 2014. The core business of Premier Medical is a chain of over 200 private clinics throughout the UK. Recently, he bought the company back again. Harry married Jacquie Storey, a singer and dancer, in 1980 and Jacquie has the distinction

FINEARTS of becoming the English ballet champion at 16 years of age. After training at the famous Arts Educational School, she went on to enjoy a highly-successful career in London and throughout the regions taking lead roles in such well-loved musicals as The Wizard of Oz and Calamity Jane. Currently, she’s in demand as a choreographer working in theatre and television. They’re blessed, too, with four children who, not surprisingly, all work in the entertainment industry. Their eldest child, Emma, runs her own production company, Emma Brünjes Productions (ebp) and, of course, is presenting her Dad’s play, Dial Medicine for Murder, Harry junior is a director/playwright and runs his own company, too, Deckchair Productions, Eric - aka as ‘Brvnjes’ - is an international music producer, pianist and guitarist based in London who cut his performing teeth playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Ralph is a singersongwriter who has performed extensively worldwide and also toured in the four-piece band, Howe, with his brother, Eric. He’s also a co-director of ebp working as its commercial

manager. This year the company’s proud to be producing national tours for the likes of Henry Blofeld, David Gower, Joe Stilgoe, Nina Conti and Graeme Swann. All in all, you could say that Dr Harry Brünjes has led three lives: medicine, business and show-business. But tracking back to his student days, Harry’s greatest claim to fame was performing as a punk-rock pianist on the 1970s TV show, Rock Follies, alongside Charlotte Cornwell, Julie Covington and Rula Lenska. I can only conclude that if medicine gave Harry a career, show-business gave him a wife, a good wife whom he met working on a bill headlined by none other than Tommy ‘You lucky people!’ Trinder. That’s romance! That’s show-business! There’s nothing quite like it, really! Here’s what the critics said about the show: ‘Dial Medicine for Murder is a fascinating insight into the pathological mind.’ TV Bomb

‘The show, whose subject-matter is sensational, offers the same detailed portrayal of restoring order out of chaos as its fictional counterpart but with the added inbuilt frisson that the events described actually happened.’ The Times ‘This is one of those unexpected pleasures the Edinburgh Fringe is good at producing. Dial Medicine for Murder tell the facts with humour and efficiency and this is a pleasant and enlightening hour.’ The Arts Desk Dial Medicine for Murder, Norwich Playhouse, Tuesday, 13th June, 8.00pm. Tickets £16.50 available on the door or from the Playhouse box office situated at Norwich Theatre Royal: 01603 598598.

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Tony Cooper


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FineCity arts correspondent, Tony Cooper, highlights some of the outstanding acts booked for Latitude Festival being held next month


elebrating its twelfth edition, Latitude - a festival that’s a cut above all others - runs from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July held in the stunning and idyllic grounds of the vast rolling Suffolk estate of the Earl of Stradbroke, Henham Park, just north of the village of Blythburgh at the intersection of the A12 and A145. Over the years the festival has hosted a plethora of top acts and this year is no exception as one of the highlights is the Manchester-based rock group, The 1975, who, incidentally, come by their name by way of American novelist/poet, Jack Kerouac’s beatpoetry book. The origins of the band - comprising Matthew Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Adam Hann (lead guitar), Ross MacDonald (bass) and George Daniel (drums) - stretch back to boys’ days at Wilmslow High School in Cheshire. Their self-titled début album, ‘Dirty Hit and Polydor’ - released four years ago - topped the UK albums chart while their second album, ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’, fared much better. Released only last year, it hit the bull’s-eye topping both the UK charts and US Billboard 200. They come to Latitude (where they first performed in 2013) fresh from winning Best British Group at the BRIT Awards and two sold-out shows at the O2 Arena. You don’t get better than that! Another headline act beating a path to Henham Park is none other than Grammy Award winners, Mumford & Sons, comprising Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums), Ben Lovett (vocals, 40 | June 2017

keyboard, piano, synthesiser), Winston Marshall (vocals, electric guitar, banjo) and Ted Dwane (vocals, bass guitar, doublebass). They’re bringing their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover to Latitude (playing the Obelisk Arena) presenting a personallycurated Saturday night line-up featuring some of today’s biggest (and freshest) new bands before drawing the night to a close with a promising (and unmissable) headline performance.

‘This collaboration with Latitude is one of the most exciting things we’re doing this year’, said Marcus Mumford. ‘Ever since we started working on Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers we’ve really enjoyed ourselves curating line-ups and sharing not only our own music but also sharing music of artists whom we love and are listening to regularly. It’s almost like creating a mix tape with a best friend but instead it’s a whole day of music stretched across multiple stages with 40,000 people!’


And making their Latitude début is American indie folk-band, Fleet Foxes, who’ll be headlining the Obelisk Arena on Sunday evening. Returning from a hiatus and armed with a platinum début album, the band’s appearance at Latitude is their first British performance in five years, therefore it promises a gig to be remembered as well as a fitting and memorable end to the weekend. ‘After being holed up in the studio for a year,’ a band spokesperson declared, ‘there’s nothing we’re

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FINEARTS and Esau Mwamwaya, a singer from Lilongwe, Malawi - will, surely, perform at their very best! Their music has been described as a mix of Afro-Western dance, hip-hop, pop and the traditional music of Malawi. Another big name heading to Henham Park is John Cale, founder of Velvet Underground, whose set encompasses over five decade’s worth of solo material. He’ll share the stage of the Obelisk Arena with orchestral pop band, The Divine Comedy, and Chicago-born gospel legend, Mavis Staples.

more excited about than performing new songs and revisiting our catalogue at Latitude!’ Melvin Benn, founder and creator of Latitude Festival, had this to say: ‘Following the incredible success of our eleventh edition last year, we had set the bar high for this year’s festival. The 1975 have more than proven themselves over the past year and I’m thrilled to give them a well-deserved headline slot while Mumford & Sons have chosen Latitude as the only stop in the UK for their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover and Fleet Foxes will headline their only UK appearance at a festival this year.’ Lucy Wood, talent booker for Latitude music stages, said: ‘We have phenomenal headliners this year but in addition to these there are hundreds of other acts to stumble upon. The festival’s legacy of championing undiscovered music is stronger than ever. This is my first year at Latitude and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come.’ The Obelisk Arena will also host performances by some of today’s most exciting and respected artists. Making their Latitude

début, for example, after almost two decades together, is the London-based electronic duo formed in 1999, Goldfrapp, comprising Alison Goldfrapp (vocals, synthesiser) and Will Gregory (synthesiser) while returning festival favourites include the captivating Englishborn, singer-songwriter, Lucy Rose, and rock band, The Horrors, formed in Southend-onSea in 2005 comprising Faris Badwan (lead vocalist), Joshua Hayward (guitar), Tom Cowan (keyboard and synthesiser), Rhys Webb (bass) and Joe Spurgeon (drums). Their music has been classified as garage rock, garage punk, gothic rock, shoegazing and post-punk revival. Following from their huge 2016 hit and release of their second album ‘How To Be A Human Being’, Glass Animals will also bring their energetic live show to Latitude alongside returning indie rockers, Grandaddy, off the back of their first album in a decade, Senegal’s mesmerising, Baaba Maal, and the critically-acclaimed award-winning group of Tuareg musicians, Tinariwen, who hail from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, while The Very Best - a collaboration between London-based DJ/production duo, Radioclit,

And joining The 1975 on stage is fellow label-recording artist, The Japanese House, comprising solo indie singer, Amber Bain, who has three EPs to her credit: ‘Pools to Bathe In’, ‘Clean’ and ‘Swim Against the Tide’ for Dirty Hit Records. Many of the tracks were produced either by Amber or in collaboration with George Daniel of The 1975. Bain’s atmospheric synth-pop music will be heard against countrysinging duo, Ward Thomas, and enigmatic Belgian rapper, Baloji. Incidentally, the name, The Japanese House, was inspired by a house in Cornwall previously owned by Kate Winslet. The furnishings were reminiscent of a traditional Japanese tea-house in which Bain and her family stayed at in her childhood. A regular (and popular) attraction at Latitude, the BBC Music Stage, will roll out the carpet to welcome alt-rock pioneers, Placebo, for their Latitude début and UK Festival Exclusive performance. They’ll be performing from their extensive back catalogue playing such favourites as ‘Infra-Red’, ‘Every You, Every Me’ and ‘Pure Morning’ while the iconic RIDE will deliver their seminal shoegaze and legendary Fatboy Slim will bring his barrage of hits to Henham Park in what promises an amazing set. Also joining the line-up is innovative-rising rapper, Loyle Carner, backed by the recent release of his touching début album, ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, working alongside the incomparable SOHN, Irish national treasure, Lisa Hannigan (in support of her recent album, ‘At Swim’) and BBC Sound of 2016 winner, Jack Garratt. The BBC Music Stage will also host Londonbased electronic duo, Mount Kimbie, hotlytipped pop powerhouse, Maggie Rogers, prodigious multi-instrumental two-piece, The Lemon Twigs, and the return of young indie rebel, Declan McKenna, while The Radio Dept. make their Latitude début alongside indie-pop duo, Sylvan Esso, and Antipodean songwriter, Julia Jacklin. Festival favourites, Ibibio Sound Machine, model-turned-folk-singer, Karen Elson, dance

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FINEARTS pop prospects, Formation, BBC Sound of 2017 nominee, Tom Grennan, and Icelandic garagerockers, Kaleo, will also be heard on the BBC Music Stage. Appearances will also come from the French-based duo, HER (the first signing on Ben Howard’s label, ‘A Blaze of Feather’) as well as American folk favourites, The Head and the Heart. Latitude will also welcome Kurupt FM as headliners of the Music and Film Arena. The stars of the BBC smash-hit ‘People Just Do Nothing’ will take over the arena, dropping nothing but first-rate garage, grime, reggae and DnB. The critically-acclaimed singer, Will Young, headlines the Music and Film Arena and will be joined by his band for a rare performance of ‘Summer Jazz Sessions’. Irish musician, Imelda May, will also share the stage performing songs from her recent album, ‘Life Love Flesh Blood’.

Performances will also come from iconic dub poet, writer, social commentator and musician, Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds, a re-imagination of Henry Purcell’s opera, ‘Dido and Aeneas’, by Festival Voices and a Swing Jazz Takeover by White Mink, who’ll transport the audience back to the early 20th century through a collection of DJs and burlesque performers. The Sunrise Arena’s back, too, with an eclectic line-up boasting some of the most exciting, genre-defying musicians of the moment. Atmospheric krautrock trio, Beak>, will give a headline performance as well as one of the hottest names on the UK hip-hop scene, Dave. The Arena will also offer a platform to American troubadour, Kevin Morby, psych revivalists, Temples, the highly-praised power trio, Sunflower Bean, hyped London-based quartet, Palace, and the exuberant duo,

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Honeyblood. Joining them will be Chicago slacker sweethearts, Twin Peaks, Scandinavian starlet, Sigrid, the much-loved Liverpudlian trio, All We Are, the ever-evolving might of Esben and the Witch, genre-straddling experimental trio, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, and classical pianist, Lubomyr Melnyk.

And hidden away deep in the woods grungerock singer, Margaret Glaspy, will be lurking about keeping good company with electronic producer, Max Cooper, raucous London-based outfit, Goat Girl, contemporary soul singer, Kadhja Bonet, mysterious producer, Seramic, and ascendant Irish singer, Áine Cahill, followed

by Joe Goddard who’ll DJ the night away to the wee small hours. Latitude’s most intimate and adored arena, DIY, will present on the Alcove Stage the hugelyhyped 4AD sensation, Pixx, the much-loved hushed and hymnal, Benjamin Francis Leftwich,

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FINEARTS fellow Dirty Hit signees, King Nun, rising pop sensation, Youngr, German electronic duo, Lea Porcelain, British singer-songwriter, Joe Fox, and driving four-piece band, Mosa Wild, who have made such a big impact on the British music scene over the past couple of years. Arts curator, Tania Harrison, enthused: ‘Latitude gives space to emerging as well as established artists working across a myriad of art forms and this ethos, for example, is embodied in the fullness and diversity of the dance bill. We’re incredibly proud to offer audiences not only the chance to see the very best ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance from around the globe but also the opportunity to learn from these companies through practice, with BalletBoyz, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Far From The Norm offering Latitude audiences the chance to take part in a workshop or class on our iconic Waterfront Stage.’ In fact, BalletBoyz’ new work ‘Life.’ will, surely, light up the Waterfront Stage choreographed by internationally-acclaimed choreographers, Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos. The scenario takes an elegant, powerful and sometimes provocative look at life and death. Presented in BalletBoyz’ inimitable style, the work will be performed by an all-male cast comprising ten incredible, talented and welldisciplined dancers. The UK’s leading dance house, Sadler’s Wells, returns to the Waterfront Stage, too, for the tenth year in succession, presenting a diverse programme including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, who are celebrating 30 years of innovative and entertaining dance this year. They’ll perform an extract from ‘Town and Country’ a heartfelt pastiche led by the evocative music of Sir Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger et al. Following the Grammy Award nominated success of INALA, a Zulu ballet performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sadler’s Wells is also presenting ‘Sisters Grimm’s Voices of the Amazon’. The piece tells the majestic tale of a water spirit from the Amazon River through enchanting contemporary ballet and capoeira - a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. The show will be accompanied by live music by Brazilian songwriters and world-renowned percussionists, Olodum. Sadler’s Wells will also be presenting the BBC Young Dancer 2017 Finalists, a showcase providing the Latitude audience a taste of the best of young British dance talent from the competition’s finalists. One can enjoy the energy and electricity of a street-dance solo, the versatility of contemporary dance, the

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classical precision and artistry of ballet and the grace and fine detail of a South Asian dance. A specially-curated event comes with ‘The Get-Down’ featuring Boy Blue Entertainment whose compelling contemporary dance strives to reflect the world in flux. The work showcases the very best movers and shakers in the world of hip-hop theatre complete with performances and demonstrations set to a live DJ soundtrack. Completing the Sadler’s Wells line-up is The National Youth Dance Company with their latest production ‘Tarantiseismic’ created by guest artistic director, Damien Jalet. The piece (commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and performed by 40 dancers) addresses important themes such as melancholia, ritual, control and abandon. Jalet’s revered choreographic style, combined with the dancers’ energy and talent, is set to produce a mesmerising experience that shifts the consciousness of the audience.

Stone, will present the première of her orchestral work, ‘The Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra’ on the Waterfront Stage. The work - the first of its kind in the world - fuses comedic songs with classical music. Opera North, committed to challenging conventional perceptions of opera, are doing just that at Latitude as they’ll be transforming the enchanting woodlands of Henham Park into a magical immersive soundscape with their new show, ‘Underworld to The Faraway Forest’, a Greek-based mythology experience formed through words, music and light. And in the Cabaret Arena, a brand-new yoga experience, Disco Yoga, will encourage Latitude audiences to ‘Glitter Up’ before a session of flow yoga which is set to a disco soundtrack.

Acclaimed hip-hop choreographer and dancer, Botis Seva, also returns to Latitude with his company, Far From the Norm, offering their new work ‘Da Native’, a piece exploring the timely topic of cultural displacement through a high-energy combination of physical theatre, contemporary dance and hip-hop.

To make a series of late-night party performances swim along nicely, Latitude has gathered a battalion of DJs at Henham Park to spin the discs while in the Comedy Arena one can enjoy the world’s best travelling dance party, Hot Dub Time Machine, who are making their festival début with lead DJ, Tom Loud, geared up to take audiences on a whirlwind tour of pop music from 1954 to the present day.

And award-winning comedian and presenter of BBC Proms Unplucked podcast, Vikki

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FINEARTS unashamedly and unapologetic chart hits, Buttoned Down Disco also return to deliver their eclectic mix of pop, indie, quirky covers and house and late-night Latitude favourites, Disco Shed, are back on the scene at Pandora’s Playground complete with their 8 x 6 foot garden shed. They’ll be keeping the party a-going every night with the best in soul, funk, house and techno.

Adult day tickets £77.50 plus £7 booking fee per ticket

You want more! There is more! There always is at Latitude. Therefore, check out the festival’s website to find out.

Adult weekend tickets £197.50 plus £8 booking fee per ticket

Carlsberg - Latitude’s official beer partner - will offer a touch of Danishness to Henham ( and Somersby Latitude’s official cider partner - will be serving refreshing cold-filtered cider ( while Smirnoff is Latitude’s official vodka partner and Pepsi Max, Latitude’s official cola partner - Twitter @ PepsiMaxUK

Accompanied teen weekend tickets (13-15 years) £132.50 plus £8 booking fee per ticket; child weekend tickets, £8

Pimm’s will be on site throughout the festival in tow with their Croquet Club in which festivalgoers can enjoy a game of croquet

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Child day tickets, £10 Further ticket information and ticket availability visit Festival partners:

or, alternatively, relax in a deckchair over an ice-cold glass of the quintessential summer drink - Facebook ( Instagram @pimmsgb or Twitter @PimmsGB And to keep one a-going and up to full strength, the Waitrose Green will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring new foodie favourites such as avocado on toast, deli platters and veggie burgers. ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ or produce your myWaitrose card to gain admission to their rooftop lounge. You’ll be more than welcomed (and treated) to a free hot drink. Not a member? Don’t worry! Just sign up at What are you waiting for?

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British Museum presentation: Hokusai

Cinema City Norwich-born film buff, Tony Cooper, looks at special screenings at Cinema City this month

Films to look out for in June My Cousin Rachel A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Berlin Syndrome

Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

A disturbed teacher holds a young photographer captive in his Berlin apartment after bringing her home for a night of romance.

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Thursday 1st June (8.30pm)

The untold story of Britain’s most celebrated leader uncovering the true nature of Churchill’s herculean wartime status and his vital relationship with ‘Clemmie’ - his backbone and total confidante - the love that inspired him to greatness.

In 2012, the Ivy House pub in Peckham was sold to property developers as part of the ongoing gentrification of south London but the locals triumphantly saved it as the first asset of community value in the UK.

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The film - followed by a Q&A session with Sarah Turner - tells the story through a communal portrait of intertwining voices which can be heard as a collection of individual testaments or as a folk-operatic arrangement.

This participatory documentary weaves dance, poetry and song through its multi-layered soundscape but the Ivy House itself remains the central character embodied and inhabited by memories beyond its current guests. Kids’ Club: Sing 2D Saturday 3rd June (11am) Autism-friendly showing: Sunday 18th June (10.30am) Buster Moon is a koala whose pride and joy is his theatre. But the once grand building has fallen on hard times and looks set to close its doors forever unless Buster can find a way to revive its fortunes. The one idea he has is to put on the world’s greatest singing competition. Will he find the next Leona Lewis or the next Honey G? From acclaimed director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow) comes this charming and hilariously-funny animated comedy featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C Reilly and Taron Egerton. British Museum presentation: Hokusai


The Elephant Man

Sunday 3rd June (3pm) This fascinating new cinema event, Hokusai, is a ground-breaking documentary and exclusive private view of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition ‘Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave’. Filmed in Japan, the USA and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Introduced by British art historian and broadcaster, Andrew Graham-Dixon, the documentary features such artists as David Hockney, Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling.

This is the first UK biography of Japan’s greatest artist and uses extraordinary close-ups and pioneering 8K Ultra HD video technology in which Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts at the forefront of digital art history.

who was hideously brutalised in childhood and scrapes a living in freak shows. As he battles with the prejudices of Victorian society, Merrick’s gentle and refined true character is slowly revealed but his passions are doomed to frustration.

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ROH Live: Triple bill - The Dream, Symphonic Variations, Marguerite & Armand

Sunday 4th June (7.45pm); matinee showing: Monday 5th June (1pm) In this moving and delicate film, John Hurt plays the deformed John (real name Joseph) Merrick,

Wednesday 7th June (7.15pm) This gorgeously-mixed programme demonstrates the superb creative vision of Frederick Ashton, founder choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations Ashton’s first work following the Second World War - was one of the company’s first works to be performed on the main stage of the Royal Opera House in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to César Franck’s brooding work, Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite & Armand is a beautiful and emotional retelling of the well-known story familiar to many through Verdi’s grand and moving opera, La traviata. Ashton created this poignant ballet for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963. 2017 June | 49


Glyndebourne Opera: La traviata

NT Live: Peter Pan

Sunday 11th June (2.15pm)

Thursday 8th June (7.30pm)

Saturday 10th June (2.45pm)

With its world-famous arias, La traviata (sung in Italian with English subtitles) is the perfect introduction to opera. The scenario surrounds Alfredo, a young man from the provinces, who falls madly in love with Violetta, the stylish toast of Paris. But she’s not the marrying kind - at least not until now. However, their dreams are threatened by both a merciless society that condemns Violetta’s racy past and an equally-merciless disease. Russian soprano, Venera Gimadieva, portrays the iconic role of Violetta seen alongside American tenor, Michael Fabiano, as Alfredo. The visual beauty of Tom Cairns’ opulent production aptly echoes the irresistible allure of this beloved opera.

When Peter Pan, leader of The Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues in this classic story penned by JM Barrie. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrouslyinventive production, a co-production with Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre.

Deservedly collecting the top prizes at the 2012 Venice Festival, The Master is Paul Thomas Anderson’s essay on complex, troubled individuals and their insidious power. But unlike There Will Be Blood and Magnolia, here we have not one but two such protagonists: war-damaged sailor Freddie Quell (Joaquim Phoenix) and charismatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd (Seymour Hoffman) under whose influence Freddie falls.

Live from the O2 arena: Take That: ‘Wonderland’ Friday 9th June (8pm) The audience will be able to experience the ‘Wonderland Live’ concert close up from the best seats in the house! For the first time ever, Gary, Mark and Howard will perform in the round at the O2 arena giving fans a unique and unbeatable cinematic experience. Walls of water, enormous holograms, circus performers, aerialists, a custom-made flying machine and a huge ball of fire have all graced their stages and the ‘Wonderland Live’ concert will be no less spectacular. Get ready for it! 50 | June 2017

Kids’ Club: Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang Saturday 10th June (11am) Naughty twins, Zip and Zap, are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict reeducation centre run by Falconetti, who rules with a heavy hand and an eyepatch and forbids all forms of recreation and entertainment. They form the Marble Gang, a children’s Resistance, in order to defy the evil headmaster. Guided by intelligence, bravery and unbreakable faith in friendship, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. UEA Philosophers at the Cinema: The Master

Scientology founder, L Ron Hubbard, is the thinly-disguised model for Dodd whose The Cause employs brainwashing methods masquerading as soul-cleansing. Here the interplay between the hair-triggered Quell and his oily guru develops into an intense mutual dependency. Phoenix and Seymour Hoffman have never been better and nor has Amy Adams as the latest Mrs Dodds who senses the threat Quell poses to The Cause. Their performances are intensified by rich, 70mm cinematography and stunning art direction. Exhibition on screen: Michelangelo Tuesday 13th June (6.30pm) To coincide with a smashing new exhibition at London’s National Gallery, this film offers a full and fresh look at Michelangelo who, with Leonardo da Vinci, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance - and

perhaps of all time. This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice which included painting, sculpture and architecture. Among the works explored are the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna, now in the possession of the National Gallery). NT Live: Salome Thursday 22nd June (7pm); Encore showing: Tuesday 27th June (2pm) The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl in question, Salomé, at the centre of a revolution. Internationally-acclaimed theatre director, Yaël Farber (Les Blancs), draws on multiple accounts to create an urgent, hypnotic production, broadcast live from London’s National Theatre.

Heat Monday 26th June (7.30pm) Two of America’s finest and most charismatic film actors come together for the first time on screen in Michael Mann’s highlyintelligent, stylish, violent thriller - the result is electrifying. An absorbing duel between two men - one the icy cool mastermind of a criminal gang specialising in high-risk, highyield heists (Robert De Niro), the other the dogged detective assigned to his case (Al Pacino) - plays out on the battleground of contemporary LA, a moody, ever-shifting city of twisted morals and crumbling relationships. Beautifully crafted, superbly paced and boasting a superlative heist gone wrong among several unforgettable sequences, Heat brought Michael Mann the recognition he long deserved as one of America’s most talented directors. ROH Live: Otello Wednesday 28th June (7.15pm)

World-famous tenor, Jonas Kaufmann, makes his role début as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano, Maria Agresta, sings Desdemona and baritone, Ludovic Tézier, Iago, in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director, Keith Warner. A major work of the opera repertoire, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally-potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona’s rapturous love duet and Desdemona’s poignant ‘Willow Song’. Royal Opera music director, Antonio Pappano, conducts this Italian masterpiece.

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Summer’s Here!

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And so are the country’s agricultural shows. Norfolk boy, Tony Cooper, takes a look at the Royal Norfolk one of the finest!


eld over 28th-29th June, the Royal Norfolk Show is the UK’s largest two-day county show. Established for over 150 years it regularly attracts crowds of 80,000 visitors. The show - a great celebration of Food, Farming and the Countryside - attracts some of the largest showings of livestock in the country and is a highly-regarded opportunity to qualify for a number of Horse of the Year Show classes. In addition, it is a platform for everything that is great about Norfolk. Routinely, the show includes well-established sectors covering local food and drink produce, education, innovation, horticulture, agricultural machinery, art, Norfolk landscape, crafts, health and well-being, cookery and the Armed Forces. Over 700 businesses regularly trade at the show and for 2017 the top-level themes are: • Food, Farming and the Countryside • Innovation and Enterprise • Celebrating the Arts Today the Royal Norfolk Show has become the county’s major social event of the year, with families and friends gathering together to celebrate food, farming and the countryside. And incorporating all the traditional aspects of the show is the Food, Farming and Countryside Area. This is where showgoers can enjoy the equine and livestock championship classes as well as the much-loved Adnams Food and Drink Experience plus the rolling programme of events presented on the ‘Grow it, Cook it, Eat it’ stage - a new attraction last year which proved immensely popular. This year the stage

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FINEEVENTS will host Jimmy Doherty of Jimmy’s Farm in addition to many of Norfolk’s top chefs. But new this year is the Forestry and Wood Village which will showcase a variety of skills and trades associated with the industry. And after its introduction last year The Broads Village is back and here visitors can discover all those organisations and people promoting and working in the Broads National Park. Showcasing the exciting and dynamic research and development underway in Norfolk is the Innovation Hub which gathers in one place the latest advances in agricultural science, technology and engineering emerging in the East of England. The presence of over 700 retailers and businesses promises to be a great demonstration of enterprise in the county.

Mark Nicholas, show director, says: ‘This year’s show will support food, farming and the countryside in Norfolk. Additionally, it will bring together people from across the county showing Norfolk at its best.’ He also added: ‘There’s so much on offer from exciting new foods to try, new Grand Ring attractions, a bigger and better music and arts experience and plenty of entertainment throughout the entire two days ranging from

livestock and show-jumping displays to cooking and fashion shows. ‘I’m pleased to say that this year will see the introduction of a new partnership between the Royal Norfolk Show and Archant. The official show guide, for example, will be distributed in advance with the Eastern Daily Press keeping visitors updated on all things to do at the show while free copies will also be available at the event.’

Another headline attraction is the ‘Choir of a Thousand’ featuring singers recruited from all parts of Norfolk performing a speciallycommissioned work under the baton of Mark De-Lisser of The Voice (BBC1). The words will have strong connections to Norfolk and its rural landscape while the work has been composed by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, a British composer who graduated from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, with a triple first in 2001. She began composing at the age of eight while studying cello and piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Since then she has won a host of prizes including the Purcell Composition Prize, the Bach Choir Carol Competition, the BBC Young Composers’ Workshop 1996, the Cambridge Composers’ Competition and the Birmingham Conservatoire Composition Competition. A new performance space within the newlycreated Royal Square will widen the musical offering of the show and the new bandstand located within the Retail Area, accommodating performing groups of up to four people, will be widely used. Visual art is well represented, too, as the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts will have a presence at the show while the Show Art Gallery will offer a spectacle of colour and artistic talent. And in a ‘first’ for the show, the Paint Out movement will be seen in full action painting a variety of scenes. This year’s Retail Experience (a popular aspect of the show) sees over 700 businesses trading at Norfolk’s largest outdoor experience and showgoers will be able to browse and buy from an eclectic range of shops trading in everything from luxury goods and clothing to banking and cars. There’ll also be a range of agricultural suppliers on site many showing the latest state-of-the-art farming and agricultural equipment. 54 | June 2017

FINEEVENTS And one of this year’s Grand Ring attractions is none other than the appearance of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery celebrating the 70th anniversary year of their founding by King George VI. In a jaw-dropping display, showgoers will be able to witness the power and skill of over one hundred horses and soldiers perform one of the most famous equine displays one will probably ever see as they drive a team of six

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FINEEVENTS horses pulling six First World War ‘thirteen pounder’ state saluting guns. Stationed at Woolwich, The Troop is an integral part of the Household Troops Division and their duties include the firing of royal salutes in Hyde Park and Green Park on royal anniversaries and state occasions, providing a gun carriage and team of black horses for state and military funerals and performing the worldfamous musical drive around the country and farther afield. The Troop also performs the duties of the Queen’s Life Guard at Horse Guards for one month each year and the men and women of The Troop are trained as fighting soldiers and, recently, served in Afghanistan while augmenting other units deployed overseas. ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to have The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at this year’s show,’ exclaimed show director, Mark Nicholas. ‘This is an extremely proud moment for the county as it is their only appearance in the UK outside

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of London in their 70th anniversary year. Their unique display - which will be seen in the Grand Ring on both days of the show - offers a big treat for showgoers who will, I’m sure, not have seen anything like this before.’ Over the years, though, the Grand Ring has seen a host of top attractions which help to make (and keep) the Royal Norfolk Show one of the county’s major social events of the year where families and friends gather together to celebrate the best of Norfolk from food to farming not forgetting, of course, the countryside. Without doubt, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association does a grand job while enjoying an illustrious history. It was in 1908 when it was granted the ‘royal’ prefix by King Edward VII. And in 1952, following over 70 years of holding the show at a range of locations throughout the county, the Association purchased land at Costessey to create a permanent showground. The Royal Norfolk, by the way, is one of only six royal shows held in the UK today and,

indeed, one of the country’s largest agricultural shows. A great deal of investment has been devoted to enhancing and improving the Costessey site over the past few years. The latest development, for instance, is the completion of a £1.4 million investment in the Norfolk Showground Arena, making it one of the largest and most sophisticated event spaces in the region. And through the funds it generates, the RNAA annually supports its charitable aims through an extensive educational outreach programme and by making grants and donations to agricultural projects and related organisations around Norfolk. All of this investment, activity and thoughtfulness by the RNAA, under the direction of its chief executive, Greg Smith, helps to keep Norfolk and the Royal Norfolk Show moving in the right direction. Long may it continue!

FINEEVENTS Online tickets for this year’s show are on sale now and advance tickets can only be bought from the Royal Norfolk Show website This year sees the introduction of a new two-day ticket for £30 (only available online), a saving of £20 if you were to buy two single adult tickets for each day. Advance purchase adult tickets cost £20, children (aged 5-16) £7 (under 5’s are free) and family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5-16) £45. A range of concessions are also available. Advance car parking costs £6 per vehicle. For information on the Royal Norfolk Show please visit For information about the RNAA please visit

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What’s on for Children at Holkham Country Fair


orth Norfolk’s biennial Country Fair is offering fun for all the family with an action packed line-up of child friendly activities and attractions across the two-day event on 22 & 23 July. And what’s more children aged 14 years and under will be able to enjoy all the entertainment absolutely free. Originally set up by the 7th Earl of Leicester Edward Coke, Holkham Country Fair has always been an event to educate children about country life in a fun, cost-effective and memorable way. The much-loved event will be welcoming back some of its popular attractions as well as offering some brand news ones too, including: • The 60 meter long Zip Wire which is a first for 2017. Suitable for all ages, children can enjoy an adrenaline rush as they speed through the grounds of Holkham Hall. • Charlotte Hill’s Birds of Prey. Families can enjoy performances taking place in the Grand Ring or visit the falconry area to listen to talks and displays about the birds. • Exotic Animal Encounters. Children will have the chance to meet and interact with exotic

animals which would normally only be seen in a zoo. Enjoy learning about the animal kingdom before meeting meerkats, skunks, coatimundi, snakes and much more.

programme of events taking place including Dzhigitovka! – The Way of the Cossack Warrior, a Gamegoer Gundog Display and The Red Arrows* to name a few.

• Children can enjoy the Old Tyme Fairground complete with Galloping Horses, a Helter Skelter, Chairs-o-Planes and a Ferris wheel.

Holkham Country Fair aims to provide children with the opportunity to learn something new and this year sees the introduction of a Family Fishing area in association with the charity Get Hooked on Fishing. Children can have a go at basic coarse fishing sessions; learn some top tips about how to catch more fish from angling experts and enjoy pond dipping to find out what lurks under the water.

• To encourage participation, the Children’s March Past gives younger visitors the opportunity to march with the band around the Grand Ring. One lucky child will also be named Drum Major and lead the march. • Ferret Racing and Showing. The Cambridgeshire Ferret Welfare and Rescue Society will be joining the Fair to allow children to learn more about the animals and possibly even pet them. Sarah Green, Organiser for Holkham Country Fair, comments: “More and more children today have less contact with the countryside because modern-day technology, as much as it offers many benefits, is consuming their time and energy. Holkham Country Fair is all about encouraging children to put the smartphone down and embrace the great outdoors in a fun environment with the whole family. We appreciate these type of events can be quite a pricey affair so we do allow children 14 years and under to enter for free.”

Sarah continues: “We work really hard in the lead-up to the two-day event so we can offer an abundance of activities suitable for all ages and abilities. The great thing about Holkham Country Fair is the fun doesn’t have to stop after the event closes its gates as we offer camping / caravanning pitches so families can really get back to nature.” Tickets for day, weekend and camping are now available. For more information or to book tickets visit:

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National Recognition For Norwich Book Follow-up title now available for pre-order ‘Norwich in the Great War’, published by Pen and Sword, has received enthusiastic acclaim from some of the most respected critics in the UK. ‘It’s a lovely feeling after all the research and hard work,’ says the author, Stephen Browning who lives in Norwich. ‘I am absolutely thrilled’.

British Army and claiming to have up to five million hits a month, goes into greater detail before concluding it is ‘an excellent book’:

So, what is being said? This is from Paul Norman of Books Monthly:

‘This book is from an excellent and growing “Your Towns and Cities in the Great War” series from Pen & Sword. Obviously, the standard and scope of each book depends on the skill and interests of the author, as well as the characteristics of the town, city or area described.

‘Stephen Browning uncovers many surprising and fascinating facts about the ‘fine city’ of Norwich at the time of the outbreak of the First World War and this is a superb example of one of Pen and Sword’s very best series’.

The author, Stephen Browning, has written several other books about Norfolk, including Norwich Cathedral, Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path (long distance walking paths), books for learners of English in Asia and detective stories.

The Army Rumour Service, seen by some as the unofficial website of the

The book is well illustrated, with a mixture of photographs from World War One

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era, buildings used at that time illustrated in modern times, posters from WWI and memorial structures and windows installed after Armistice, all in black and white.

Norwich, sometimes nicknamed “A Fine City”, was a city of manufacturing, surrounded by agricultural land, with seaside holiday resorts. Factories changed their products. Many footwear companies, including Haldinstein, Howlett & White, Wm Hurrell, Sexton, Son & Everard and S. L. Witton produced thousands of boots for field use, shoes for hospital patients. Boulton and Paul, a firm which grew out of ironmongery, produced building used as stables, huts, hospitals, prisoner of war camps, Royal Flying Corps hangars, field kitchens, plus electric lighting plants. They are probably best remembered for their work, from 1915 onwards, producing more Sopwith Camel aircraft than any other. These aircraft were test

FINELIVING flown at Mousehold Heath. Other famous firms from Norwich played their roles. Norwich Union insurance guaranteed that employees volunteering for armed service would get their jobs back, and pay was supplemented if they earned less in forces. Colemans reduced the acreage used to grow mustard to grow more essential crops. Caley’s produced “Caley’s Marching Chocolate” bars, which are still on sale at Caley’s Coffee Shop in the Old Guildhall. Many local men enlisted, with the Norfolk Regiment the local infantry regiment. Some joined a cyclists’ battalion, “mounted infantrymen”. Those who joined 2/6th battalion became known as the Half Crown Boys, as 2s/6d was half a crown, a crown being 5 shillings. The Peppermint Boys got their name from the black and white stripped hats worn by boys of Bracondale School. Many old boys joined 8th Battalion. The Army Service Corps and Royal Flying Corps also included many Norwich local men. Two famous people in the Great War had strong Norwich connections: Woodbine Willie and Edith Cavell. All considered, an excellent book, with information about nationally important characters, as well as details for those resident in, or visiting, Norwich and around. I am leaving this book with friends, after reading while house and pet minding near Cromer, for use by adults and school age children’. Dr Giovanni Timmermans of the prestigious Western Defence Association, comes from a slightly different angle, drawing attention in particular to how interesting the book is and to the depth of research undertaken:

Norwich in the Great War by Stephen Browning is filled with all sorts of detailed information and facts that make interesting stuff to read. Recipes featuring Norfolk food recommended at the time on the one hand and on the other hand there is the story of the Mann brothers. Reading that story brought back memories of that famous movie, “Saving Private Ryan”. From the four Mann brothers William, Oscar and Percy died in 1916/17. To save the family further heartbreak the authorities sent the remaining brother Alfred, home to Norfolk where he saw out the war. The book looks at Norwich on the eve of conflict and charts everyday life in the city year on year, extensively using original material from the period. It not only focuses on how it felt to live in the city and on the changes to people’s lives but also on the joy and sadness, on the courage and humour and on the pride and determination shown by its inhabitants. Both dramatic events and the details of daily life are illustrated by many unique photographs taken at the time. Most importantly, this account details the incredible deeds of the heroes who travelled from Norwich to the fields of conflict. The book concludes with a view of the city as the surviving troops finally came home while a closing appendix gives the route for a fascinating “Great War Walk” around the city centre, taking in many of the places discussed in this book. Stephen Browning has written a series of books with Norfolk themes in which can be noticed that before writing them he researches

his subject in depth. This can also be seen in Norwich in the Great War; a most interesting book for those who take pride in their city but also for those who have more scholastic interests. NEW BOOK LAUNCHES 30 JULY – AVALAIBLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW ‘Norfolk Coast in the Great War’ A follow-up book, ‘Norfolk Coast in the Great War’ is now available for pre-order and take-up is very healthy. It is the first study of its type and will interest historians generally as well as those interested in how our society functions at times of great pressure and peril. It will especially appeal to citizens of Norwich and Norfolk. A ‘sweep’ around the critical coastline This study, the first of its type, takes the reader on a ‘sweep’ of the Norfolk coastline during the Great War. This area, from Kings Lynn, around to Hunstanton, on to Weybourne and Cromer, and down to Harwich and beyond, was seen as vulnerable to invasion, especially during the first half of the conflict. It was to the coastal settlements and fishing fleet that the first orders of the war were issued. Amazing stories of courage and ingenuity There are some wonderful tales to tell – Chaim Weizmann, future President of Israel and his

“The Living Honour the Dead, Only a Breath Divides Them” is written on the monument which stands immediately behind the War Memorial in Norwich which was commissioned by Norwich City Council in 2010. In Norwich Cathedral you can admire a beautiful stainedglass window to commemorate the sacrifices made by Norwich soldiers. So Norwich has many cherished memorials to ‘ordinary’ soldiers in the numerous churches throughout the city. All these monuments honour the many men from Norwich who served, and died, in many regiments all around the World during many conflicts, including World War I. But the price was enormous; the loss of life at Ypres and the Somme was unprecedented and heartbreaking; the city lost 3,500 men in Flanders and Picardy and other theatres of war.

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FINELIVING 180 pictures, many of them rare archive shots There are upwards of 180 pictures and photographs. Some are rare archive photographs and in a dozen cases of locations it has been possible to take another on the same spot today. Top Norfolk photographer, Daniel Tink, has taken some classic scenes highlighting better than any description the often vast open spaces and vulnerable nature of the coastline. 46 mile walk itinerary A separate appendix gives a plan for a 46mile walk - in seven sections or all at once - along the magnificent Norfolk Coast Path between Hunstanton and Cromer as this more than anything will give the senses a taste of why so much concern was given over to this ‘critical coastline’. In great stretches of the walk, the vista has not changed at all in 100 years. Is your community covered?

heroic attempts to produce cordite in Kings Lynn and elsewhere; the long-time secret story of Bayntun Hippisley and his Hut in Hunstanton, some people regarding this as crucial in winning the war; the bravery of the greatest of the life-boatmen, Henry Blogg of Cromer and his crew; the essential work of women who took

to factories or cornfields when the young men were suddenly absent; the war service, extraordinary life and terrible death of the vicar of Stiffkey, the ‘Prostitute’s Padre’; and the barelybelievable tales of heroism out to sea by the likes of Captain Charles Fryatt and Tom Crisp VC. These and many other stories are told here.

Featured communities include Norwich, Kings Lynn, Castle Rising, Sandringham, Dersingham, Snettisham, Heacham, Hunstanton, Holmes, Brancaster, The Burnhams, Holkham, Wells-nextthe-sea, Stiffkey, Cley next the sea, Salthouse, Holt, Weybourne, Sheringham, Beeston Regis, Swaffham, The Runtons, Cromer, Mundesley, North Walsham, Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Caistor-on-sea, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-sea, and Harwich, with a special chapter on the war out at sea. Both ‘Norwich in the Great War’ and the forthcoming ‘Norfolk Coast in the Great War’ by Stephen Browning are published by Pen and Sword in paperback at 12.99. The first is available at all good bookshops including Jarrold and Waterstones as well as all the usual online sites. The second will also be available in these bookshops on publication on 30 July 2017 and meanwhile is available for pre-order now from online sites such as and Please visit the website and use the ‘Contact me’ section to start a chat if you like. Alternatively, latest books and news are at www.facebook. com/stevebrowningbooks

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Steve Browning


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Take a seat in one of these charming Norwich cafĂŠs to enjoy its frozen delights in style.

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taste of Italy in the centre of Norwich, Cafe Gelato opened in October, serving traditional Italian gelato prepared in store, authentic Italian coffee imported from Florence, and much more. The family-run business is the first of its kind in the city, giving customers an insight into the subtle differences between traditional ice cream and a delicious Italian gelato, which is thought to be closer to cream and is served with a spatula instead of a scoop. Which flavour will be your favourite? Hazelnut, pistachio, rose, strawberry or tea, perhaps? 6 Opie Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3DW. Tel: 01603 662527. Open 10.30am to 6pm.



pen for breakfast and lunch, Delice is a lovely little cafĂŠ offering a wide variety of sweet and savoury options including sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes, homemade cakes, pastries, milkshakes and desserts. But it is the amazing selection of mouth-watering ice cream sundaes that have really put the place on the map! From a classic Knickerbocker glory, chocolate fudge brownie and mint sensation sundae, to a more adventurous rhubarb crumble, lemon meringue or decadent mocha sundae, each is made from smooth and creamy locally-produced Ronaldo ice cream... Yum! 2 Castle Meadow, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3PY. Tel: 01603 527788. Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm; Sunday, 11am to 4pm.



elebrating the truly English experience of afternoon tea, Harriets provides a warm and cosy environment, boasting eye-catching, ornate 18-arm chandeliers and comfortable seating, with pianists performing on selected afternoons throughout the week. The impressive menu offers a huge choice of teas, coffees, light meals, hot dishes, handmade cakes and miniature patisseries, as well as velvety macaroons in a range of tempting flavours. As for the premium ice cream, it comes from an award-winning Suffolk dairy farm and is made using double cream and only natural ingredients... Three scoops please! 38 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1LD. Tel: 01603 614848. Open Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 6pm; Saturday, 8.30am to 6pm; Sunday, 9.30am to 5pm.

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Dianthus Pink Kisses

To unpot or not…


he Chelsea Show with, for all involved, it’s annual maelstrom of preparation, energy and exhaustion is now over.

I’ve designed and built (with trusty helpers to whom I’ll always be always endebted) many gardens at The Sandringham Show… an excellent local showcase for my work as a garden designer. With each garden my knowledge and skills as a designer and plantswoman developed. A bone of contention between designers was to unpot or not…we always unpotted the plants, I felt this allowed the plants to relax, breathe and be at their best. Shock horror... when being interviewed today Sarah Raven admitted some were planted in their pots! Controversial! Tongue in cheek, of course! Geranium

This year I have watched Chelsea from the peaceful surroundings of my comfortable armchair, positioned so I can see out of the double doors across a meadow and over a gentle Norfolk landscape. The evenings this week have been refreshingly cool after the daytime heat, the open doors and windows allowing the occasional waft of heady scent from white wisteria…I think I’m in the right place. Maybe next year I’ll venture south and check for the telltale signs of plastic rims showing through compost.

The month of May brings not only our harvest of strawberries, but also lots of seasonal plants, returning like old friends, adding colour and vibrancy to the nursery. The peachy tone of this geranium contrasting against the dark green leaves is today’s favourite and will certainly be one I’ll be planting, perhaps alongside some lavender Hidcote…this combination would be lovely in some glazed black, or galvanised planters.

The bright orange calendula is known for its culinary and medicinal uses, but I’m going to plant some of these in my raised bed and sprinkle some of the petals over summer salads…maybe some nasturtium flowers as well. I’d better get some seeds sown tomorrow! All the above and lots more are available from… Sue Huckle Posh Plants at Seven Acres Nursery, East Tuddenham NR20 3NF.

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FineCity - June 2017  

The June 2017 edition of FineCity Magazine. Dedicated to the Fine City of Norwich in Norfolk.

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