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Burns Night in aid of Noreen’s Kids @ Hungerford Town Hall
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Drum Lessons and Workshop with Steve White @ Newbury College
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Drum Lessons and Workshop with Steve White @ Newbury College

Tickets will be available from Hogan Music and Hogan Academy (cash only) – timings and prices are:

10:00-14:00 – One-on-one lessons at £50 for 30 mins (this also includes the £10 entry as mentioned below).  Must be pre-booked as we only have eight slots.

15:00-18:00 – Group workshop and Q&A session, photo etc. £10 per head


To Warm You On A February Evening @ St Mary’s Aldworth
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All To Warm You On A February Evening

Works by Schubert, some old favourites, and a selection of chamber music

With some refreshments

Saturday 10th February.2018 at 7.00pm

  • Max Fane – Tenor
  • Richard Ingrams – Piano
  • Ross Montgomery — Clarinet


St Marys Church Aldworth

Tickets (£15.OO) available from
Maurice Allen, 01635 578239,
Cheques payable to PCC via BACS (details win be sent on request)

CONCERTS – Feb 10.18

A Concert in aid of Newbury Riding for the Disabled @ Hampstead Norreys Village Hall
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Concert in aid of Newbury Riding for the Disabled @ Hampstead Norreys Village Hall
  • Reading Male Voice Choir
  • Guest Artiste Serena Kay, Mezzo-soprano
  • Clive Waterman, Musical Director
  • Alexander Turner, Deputy Musical Director

Hampstead Norreys Village Hall, Newbury Hill, RG18 0TR

7.30pm 10 February, 2018
Tickets £15, including a glass of wine
from Mary Iliffe:
01635 578 791


Johnny Herford with Will Vann @ The Hall, Challow Park
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Song Recital by Johnny Herford (Baritone) with Will Vann (piano).

  • This concert will feature a recent song cycle of poems by the War Poets from local composer Denis Wickens.
  • There will also be Schubert and Schumann lieder.

A more detailed programme will be available closer to the time.

Tickets on the door £10

Kennet Opera open rehearsal @ Majendie Hall, St Mary's Church
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm
Kennet Opera open rehearsal @ Majendie Hall, St Mary's Church |  |  |

Kennet Opera will be holding their first open evening of 2018, when we extend the warmest of welcomes to current members, former members and, most of all, potential new members to come along and join us in some of the greatest choruses from the world of opera, with excerpts from Verdi to Gilbert and Sullivan. So if you’ve ever fancied yourself as the next Pavarotti or Callas, here’s your chance to enter that magical operatic world! Previous experience is not required, as expert guidance will be provided by our musical director. A glass of wine and other refreshments will be provided.

Pagoda Project @ ACE Space
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Pagoda ProjectCaptivating and original, Folk Jazz fusion that will delight, surprise and entertain. The combination of Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar’s Feast, Hoover the Dog) on accordion with a folk background and Karen Wimhurst (Cauld Blast Orchestra) on clarinets with a classical and jazz background. is not an obvious one but works oh so brilliantly. What they do have in common is they are both supremely talented musicians who bring something new and fresh to every performance.
David Kidman (Fatea) summed what to expect really well when he wrote “expect ebullient yet sensitive playing, with infectious, well-pointed rhythms, and a talent for taking tunes off into creative tangents, a real gift for affectionate pastiche, and a keen understanding of all manner of folk and world musics, classical and jazz disciplines. Oh, and a delicious sense of wordplay”.
Since Pagoda’s last appearance at ACE Space (in the days they were a “duo” rather than a “project”) they have recorded and released their first CD “Clarion” to great acclaim. Songlines gave them a 5 star review (the only 5 star review in an edition that reviewed over 60 CDs). Their last gig is still the only one where two encores were demanded by the audience. Pagoda Project gigs tend to be few and far between so don’t miss this opportunity.

Pagoda Project website

James Foley

The son of Anglo-Irish parents, Foley has always had an inherent talent for mixing influences and styles seamlessly and in a very personal way. Living in Wantage he first came to our attention playing support for the Australian trio Bush Gothic at a gig in Oxford.
As a guitar player Foley has an individual style, based on traditional finger picking whilst incorporating elements of the delta blues and slide legends. His voice is simultaneously raspy and lush and characterised by his use of beautiful deep harmony on record.

James Foley website

Tickets: £10

Tickets are available locally in advance from Hogan Music with no booking fee or click here to buy tickets from wegottickets

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Due to nearby construction work, there is no car parking and very restricted turning capacity at the venue so please use the nearby car parks (£2 for the evening) or look for on-street parking other than in St Nicholas Road, so as not to inconvenience local residents. Most parking spaces in Bartholomew Street are free after 6pm.

The ACE Space bar usually stocks draught ale eg Good Old Boy (£3.50 pint), bottled / canned beers, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Interval drinks may be ordered in advance. Note bar is cash only.

Seating is normally informally grouped around tables in the main hall. Come early for the best choice of seats.

8pm start  (Doors open: 7.30pm)


Concert by Dodecantus uk in aid of Kennet Valley Driving Group RDA @ St James' Church
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Concert by Dodecantus uk in aid of Kennet Valley Driving Group RDA @ St James' Church | Avebury | England | United Kingdom

Featuring the music of Bob Chilcott, Morten Lauridsen, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Claude-Michael Schonberg (Les Mis).

The Slimline Shufflers at The Wheatsheaf @ The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Slimline Shufflers at The Wheatsheaf @ The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat | Chilton Foliat | England | United Kingdom

The Slimline Shufflers is a three-piece band playing a New Orleans style of rhythm ‘n’ blues. Eric Arthur, Bristol’s finest exponent of this piano style, provides a virtuosic base and is joined by Henry Slim bringing horn-like amplified harmonica and baritone vocals to the mix. They are accompanied by drummer Jai Widdowson-Jones, whose mastery of the sticks makes dancing hard to resist!

Be there early to get a table – otherwise plenty of standing room.

Pizzas served all night.

Faustus Live Gig @ ACE Space
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

“One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands” according to The Guardian.  Each member of this trio have impeccable folk credentials, together they deliver more than the sum of the parts.  Nominated for Best Band in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Paul Sartin (oboe, violin, cor anglais, vocals) is no stranger to ACE Space having appeared here as part of Belshazzar’s Feast.  Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, vocals) has appeared at Arlington Arts with his take on Hendrix and has been part of the Seth Lakeman band.  Saul Rose (melodeon, vocals) was Songman in the West End play War Horse and has a long association with the Carthys including being a founder member of new folk big band Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band. Both Paul and Benji were part of the legendary folk super group Bellowhead.

Faustus website

Start: 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:30)

Click here to buy tickets

Guitarist Legend Ace from Skunk Anansie Workshop @ Newbury College
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Guitarist Legend Ace from Skunk Anansie Workshop @ Newbury College

Join us for an exclusive workshop with Ace from Skunk Anansie at Newbury College, on Saturday 10th March 2018 from 1-3pm.

Ace will be playing some tracks from his hit packed career with Skunk Anansie. He will be discussing techniques, exercises and tips to help you get the most out of your playing.

Tickets are just £10! Pop into Hogan Music to get yours! Please note we can only accept cash.

Steamchicken at Arlington Arts Centre @ Arlington Arts Centre
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Steamchicken at Arlington Arts Centre @ Arlington Arts Centre | United Kingdom

The remarkable album ‘Look Both Ways’, was a sharp turn left for one of the country’s leading ceilidh bands SteamChicken. A conflation of British and Greek folk forms, musical theatre, jazz and soul, astonished critics and delighted audiences, with a sell-out tour in March and Boomtown, Stainsby, Warwick and Sidmouth festivals.

They return to live performance in 2018 and bring a beguiling show to theatres, arts centres, jazz clubs and pub venues throughout England, in their first major tour; a cornucopia of instrumental virtuosity, a tight rhythm section, four horns and of course the unique vocal style that Amy Kakoura brings. Exciting, heart stoppingly beautiful, majestic, powerful, playful, funny and always entertaining. Not to be missed.

Steamchicken is Ted Crum (harmonica-Peeping Tom, Somerville Gents) and his sons, Matt (sop sax-Demon Barber XL) and Joe (drums), with Tim Yates (bass-Sweet Visitor Band, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Shake the Chains, Albion Band) the latter three ex-the QP. Katy Oliver (trumpet-Just Say Nay) was found in a pub. Like Ted, Mandy Sutton (tenor sax) is a refugee from Chinewrde Morris, as is her husband, playwright and co-founder Andrew Sharpe (keys), who met Amy Kakoura (vocals) when they co-wrote the musical Songs from a Ledge featuring music therapist Becky Eden Green (clarinet, alto sax, BVs- Brightside Music) who was at Uni with Matt and in Sciorr Staged with Matt, Tim and Joe.

Photo Credit Elly Lucas

The B Naturals Acapella Workshop @ John Rankin Junior School
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:40 pm

The wonderful B Naturals are coming to Newbury on Saturday 17th March.  They are one of the Southwest’s leading a cappella quartets.

They will be teaching their 4-part harmony arrangements of songs by Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Hollies.

The workshop is open to all levels of singers as no sight-reading needed.  It will take place at John Rankin Junior School, Henshaw Crescent, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 6ES.

The cost is £27 Early Bird (till 3rd March), £30 thereafter, £35 on the door, HALF DAY £15 (£20 on the door).

Refreshments will be provided but please bring something towards a buffet lunch to share.

Oxford Sinfonfia @ Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Wantage
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Concert by the Oxford Sinfonia, conducted by Graham Blyth in celebration of his 70th birthday.

Programme includes:

  • Bruch G minor Violin Concerto with soloist Priscilla Daniels
  • Dvorak’s Symphony “From the New World”.

Please note that this concert will be held in Wantage Parish Church.

An Operatic Evening with the Marlborough Choral Society @ St Mary's Church, Marlborough
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm

The Marlborough Choral Society’s Spring Concert on Saturday April 21 will feature popular opera choruses by all your favourite composers including Verdi, Mozart, Bizet, Mascagni, Wagner and from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. The concert will be conducted by Gill Mortimer.

We will be at our usual venue, St. Mary’s Church Marlborough. We start at 7:30 pm and there will be refreshments in the interval.

The retiring collection will be in aid of Home-Start Kennet, a local charity which supports young families going through a difficult time by introducing a trained volunteer parent who visits weekly in the family home.

Tickets, which can be bought in advance from choir members or Sound Knowledge, will also be available on the door.