What’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth: listings, September 18 edition

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Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth in the coming week. Please email news@leamingtoncourier.co.uk with details of your events at least a week before publication date. Thank you.

ONGOING

Leamington Art Gallery & Museum: Terry Frost: A Leamington Lad, an exhibition running until October 11.

The Art Barn at the Old Rectory in Preston Bagot, Henley in Arden hosts an ‘Arts’ Oddyssey’ until October 4, featuring paintings, ceramics and sculptures by a range of artists. It’s open from 10am to 6pm. Call 01926 843023 for details.

Kenilworth library’s meeting room hosts the Coventry Watercolour Society’s annual exhibition until September 26. This year’’s exhibition will feature a range of work from the society, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Opening times are Saturday 10.30am to 1pm, Monday to Friday 10.30am to 4pm. There will be original paintings in watercolour and gouache, prints, and cards from many of the 52 members from the Coventry and Warwickshire area.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18

Orchestra of the Swan will be giving a special performance in support of the £1 million fundraising appeal for the new Stratford Hospital. It takes place at Stratford ArtsHouse and will include works by Vivaldi and Mozart. Tickets can be booked via the box Office on 01789 207100 or online at www.stratfordartshouse.co.uk

One album, two men, too many instruments – two barefoot Aussies wield over 20 instruments to faithfully recreate Mike Oldfield’s epic 1973 masterpiece Tubular Bells in an unusual performance at the Spa Centre, Leamington at 7.30pm. Following sell-out seasons around the world and a Best Music Award-winning appearance at the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Tubular Bells for Two comes fresh from its third sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it previously won Herald Angel and Bobby awards. Ticket prices: £19.50, concessions £17.50. Call 01926 334418 or visit: www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre

Punk pioneers The Damned bring their brand of alternative theatre, showmanship and classic songs to Warwick University’s Copper Rooms. Having released one of the earliest punk singles, New Rose, in 1976, The Damned have never been afraid to push themselves musically and have explored any areas of progressive, psychedelic, goth and pop rock that have taken their fancy. Although the line-up has changed over the years, original lead vocalist Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible remain. Nine of their singles reached the UK’s top 40 in the 1970s and 1980s, including Love Song, Grimly Fiendish, The Shadow of Love and the 1986 hit Eloise, which reached number 3. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available for ages 14 and over. See www.thecopperrooms.com for more.

Thomas Abela, guitar and Ali Rafiee, oud perform at Holy Trinity church, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington from 1.15pm to 1.45pm. Lunchtime concert of Anglo-Iranian music utilizing an amalgamation of British and Persian culture and some Maltese played on an Arabic type of lute. Free admission.

Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Music from Nuve On.

Sherbourne Flower Festival Weekend, with the theme of Classic Books, begins with a preview concert by the The Rocco Quartet at 6.30 pm. Tickets cost £ 10, including wine & nibbles, at All Saints’ Church, Church Road, Sherbourne, Warwick CV35 8AN.

SEPTEMBER 19

The Royal Naval Association Male Voice Choir present a fundraising concert at Dale Street Methodist church at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 each from Leamington Tourist Information Office or by calling 01926 422958.

Sherbourne Flower Festival Weekend continues with flower displays, tombola, raffle, teas and light lunches at All Saints’ Church, Church Road, Sherbourne, Warwick CV35 8AN from 10am to 5pm.

My Quirky Little Wedding Fair is coming to Leamington, with ideas to suit tastes including alternative, vintage and rockabilly. It takes place at Family Tree in Kenilworth Street from 11am to 3pm and features traders, a fashion show and workshops. Entrance is free. Email quirkylittlefair@hotmail.com for more information.

SEPTEMBER 20

Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington, 3pm to 7pm: Justin’s Open Mic.

Leamington Chamber Orchestra, with Daniel Sanford-Casey on clarinet and Richard Laing, conductor, perform at Leamington Town Hall at 3pm. Includes Haydn Symphony No 8 ‘Le Soir’, Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Ives The Unanswered Question, Bizet Symphony in C. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions), under 18s and students free. Call 024 7644 1243 or Presto Classical on 317025 or visit www.leamingtonchamberorchestra.org.uk for more.

Piano and Song recital: Arthur Bocaneanu and Deidre McCabe. St Nicholas Church, Warwick, 3pm Admission free. Refreshments available.

Sherbourne Flower Festival Weekend continues with flower displays, tombola, raffle, teas and light lunches at All Saints’ Church, Church Road, Sherbourne, Warwick CV35 8AN from 10am to 5pm. A Festal Evensong service takes place at 6pm, with speaker the Rev Mervyn Roberts and music led by the Charlecote Festival Singers.

SEPTEMBER 21

The Sydenham Evening Townswomen’s Guild will meet at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Mindy Chillery whose talk is entitled A Story Of Victorian Leamington Spa. The meeting is to be held at St Mary’s Church Hall, St Mary’s Road, Leamington. Visitors welcome. Admission costs £3 including refreshments.

SEPTEMBER 22

Methodist Church, Barrack Street, Warwick, 7.30pm: Harvest Supper for members and guests. Please bring plants, vegetables etc for sale and sweet or savoury snacks.

Learn to dance rock’n’roll with the Warwickshire Rock and Rollers, every Tuesday evening at The Westend Centre, Hampton St off Hampton Road, Warwick CV34 6JP (Warwick Showband premises near the racecourse). Beginners lesson at 7.45pm followed by social dancing until 10pm. Admission £4. Everyone welcome, no partner necessary. Contact (evenings) 07956 245711 or 07913 603583.

SEPTEMBER 23

The 2015-16 season of Leam Jazz begins with Michael Janisch, one of the most respected names on the British jazz scene today. Mike is a highly acclaimed bassist, composer, producer and record label owner (Whirlwind Recordings) and since moving here from the US a few years ago has been a major figure creatively and commercially As part of the launch tour for his new album called Paradigm Shift, Mike will play a concert at Leamington Rugby Club in Kenilworth Road with his sextet. His band is an all-star line-up with includes the award-winning saxophonist Paul Booth, Jason Yards, (sax), Alex Bonney (electronics/trumpet), Cedric Hanriot (piano/keys/synth) and Colin Stranaham (drums). Admission: £8.

For more information call Stewart on 07780 954909 or John on 07919 210510.

Organist Tim Campain from Coventry URCplays a recital at St Mary Magdalene Church, Vicarage Road, Lillington at 7.30pm. Free admission.

Loft Theatre, Leamington, 7.30pm: The Hollow Crown, a cornucopia of speeches, letters, gossip and music, tracing the history of the British Monarchy over a period of 800 years, from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria. Tickets can be booked online at any time via the Loft website (www.loft­theatre.co.uk), or by calling 0844 493 4938 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. In addition, the box office will be open from 6.45pm to 8.30pm on Monday September 21 and Tuesday September 22 and on each performance evening.

We’ve Only Just Begun is a celebration of the Carpenters music and the spirit of Karen Carpenter. Every song in the show is a chart hit, performed by vocalist Toni Lee with her Big Band and singers. This production includes an audio visual presentation. It takes place at the Spa Centre in Leamington at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £23.50. Call 334418 to book or for more information.

SEPTEMBER 24

Radford Road Church Film Club in Leamington will show Sense and Sensibility at 2pm. Rich Mr Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are opposites, hence the title. Followed by tea and homemade cakes. £2 per person.

Felix Francis, son of renowned thriller writer and jockey Dick Francis, and now author of the bestselling ‘Francis’ racing thrillers, will be speaking at Leamington Waterstones. He recently published his tenth novel Front Runner.

Loft Theatre, Leamington, 7.30pm: The Hollow Crown, a cornucopia of speeches, letters, gossip and music, tracing the history of the British Monarchy over a period of 800 years, from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria. Tickets can be booked online at any time via the Loft website (www.loft­theatre.co.uk), or by calling 0844 493 4938 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. In addition, the box office will be open from 6.45pm to 8.30pm on Monday September 21 and Tuesday September 22 and on each performance evening.

Following its West End success at the Leicester Square Theatre, London in February 2015, The Simon and Garfunkel Story comes to the Spa Centre at 7.30pm. It tells the tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Tickets: £18.50 or £17 for concessions. Call 334418.

SEPTEMBER 25

Loft Theatre, Leamington, 7.30pm: The Hollow Crown, a cornucopia of speeches, letters, gossip and music, tracing the history of the British Monarchy over a period of 800 years, from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria. Tickets can be booked online at any time via the Loft website (www.loft­theatre.co.uk), or by calling 0844 493 4938 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. In addition, the box office will be open from 6.45pm to 8.30pm on Monday September 21 and Tuesday September 22 and on each performance evening.

Stripper troupe The Dreamboys appear at the Spa Centre at 7.30pm. They have featured on The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Pineapple

Dance Studios, Loose Women, This Morning and The Only Way Is Essex. Contains nudity. Tickets: £23.50. Call 334418.