An Autumn of Music at The Apex...
If you're a fan of Musical Theatre, we have two great shows just for you: Back To Broadway on 6 September is an all-singing, all-dancing, theatrical sensation featuring the best-loved songs from the world’s greatest musicals. On 19 September, West End star Lee Mead will take you on a journey back to the 1940s and 1950s, with songs such as 'Singing in the Rain', 'Some Enchanted Evening' and many more.
Although Bellowhead have sold out, there’s plenty of other treats for folk fans. Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon and Steeleye Span will be making return visits (on 28 October, 11 November & 8 December respectively). Bellowhead's Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin play in Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle on 8 September, a true story of a part-made violin left behind by a World War 1 soldier, and Paul Sartin returns in Faustus on 19 October. Rura (on 23 September) play powerhouse Scottish folk, Ashley Hutchings’ Morris On Band play on 1 October (with displays of Morris dancing) and there’s a night of traditional Irish entertainment in The Irish House Party on 10 October.
Midge Ure will perform his 1995 album 'Breathe' in its entirety on 17 September, along with a selection of his other hits like 'Vienna', 'Dancing with Tears in My Eyes', 'Fade to Grey' and 'If I Was'. Steve Earle & The Dukes, famed for ‘Copperhead Road’, will play on 17 October. Other original singer-songwriters include: Tom Robinson on 27 October, Ralph McTell on 30 October, Hugh Cornwell on 1 November, Eddi Reader on 4 November and Duke Special with his inimitable style and lush musicality on 15 October.
Jazz-lovers will appreciate the exquisite playing and writing partnership of Grammy award-winning jazz pianist Alan Broadbent and vocalist Georgia Mancio on 22 September. Britain’s youngest crooner, Ray Quinn can be seen on 13 October with his jazzy, soul funk sound. Big band swingers are sure to enjoy the great songs and swing numbers from The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra (with special guest Anita Harris) on 12 September and the Goodman–Miller Tribute Orchestra on 3 November, while on 9 November there will be a rare opportunity to see legendary New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones.
Our World Music Programme kicks off with one of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula, on 28 September. Namvula has shared the stage with artists such as the legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. On 15 November, Söndörgö (say: shoen-doer-goe) will bring a vigorous virtuosity to their fresh interpretations of Hungarian folk music.
Hayseed Dixie bring their hilarious hillbilly deliverances of rock classics on 20 October, while "One of the most explosive rock/blues bands on the planet", King King will play on 22 October.
'Blasts from the past' really come to the fore in autumn: The Drifters will bring their greatest hits on 9 September. There will be more hit songs at the Simon & Garfunkel Story on 16 September, which also features original film footage. Boogie Night 4 (3 October) features classic soul and Motown from original Drifters member Roy G Hemmings. Leo Sayer's army of hits includes 'Thunder In My Heart', 'Moonlighting', ‘When I Need You' and 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing' (4 October). The Real Thing return on 23 October with their original vocalists and million-selling hits. Enjoy classic songs from The Searchers on 14 October, and Unforgettable – The Hits of the 50s & 60s on the 29 October. Lee Memphis King returns with One Night of Elvis on 13 November, while The Bachelors bring an afternoon of anecdotes, sing-a-longs and Irish blarney on 22 November. That same evening, Chas & Dave play rock & roll and rockney classics, while The Stylistics will bring their greatest hits tour to The Apex on 24 November.
This is, of course, only a few of the events in store for autumn, more are being confirmed every day. For more information, ring 01284 758000 or see www.theapex.co.uk, or keep up-to-date by joining The Apex mailing list – see website for details.