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A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her career on exploring various musical avenues. Latest album 3 For Joy is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that she loves. Together with new musical partners Giles Lewin (Carnival Band) and young accordion player Hannah James, Maddy returns to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style.
Tuesday 4th April, 7.30pm. This event is now sold out. Please contact the Box Office to be added to the waiting list. 01379 384505.
Open Space, our resident theatre company here at the Barns, return in the Spring with ‘See How They Run’, a farce by Philip King.
A former colleague calls on a vicar’s wife and ignites a delicious farce of mistaken identity. Set in a post-war English village, King’s play originally ran for 18 months at the Comedy Theatre in London’s West End, notching up 589 performances with a cast which included the young Joan Hickson. A fast-paced drama of blissful hilarity.
Friday 7th April, 7.30pm
Tickets £11 and £9 (concessions)
Adrian Adlam is Head of Strings at Winchester College. His varied musical career has led to his appearance as guest leader with several European orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hague Philharmonic, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Scottish BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has given masterclasses in England and Spain, and broadcast for both radio and television, while his CD recordings have included major chamber music works by Spohr, Beethoven, Bartok, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Tchaikowsky.
Adrian will be performing at the Barns on Saturday 15th April at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 - on sale now! 01379 384505
We are thrilled to be welcoming back Richard Digance to the Barns this year as part of his Golden Anniversary Tour. With support from the Broadside Boys.
Saturday 6th May, 7.30pm. Tickets £18.
“Do I stand there? I never had a brother.”
Following their sell out tour of A Christmas Carol, RoughCast return to Shakespeare with a typically fast-moving and energetic production of the most delightful of his romantic comedies – Twelfth Night. With the action transposed to the world of the Spaghetti Western, it’s the perfect entertainment for a hot and lazy summer evening.
Shipwrecked twins, Viola and Sebastian, wash up on the shores of sleepy Illyria. Although distraught in the belief that her brother is lost in the shipwreck, the resourceful Viola dons man’s clothing and seeks employment with Duke Orsino, head man in Illyria. Things get complicated though, when Viola is sent to woo the beautiful Olivia on Duke’s behalf and Olivia inconveniently falls in love with Viola in his male disguise. To this we can add the drunken antics and practical jokes of Olivia’s uncle Toby and Olivia’s other hapless suitor Andrew Aguecheek, alongside their ongoing battle with the pompous and self-satisfied steward Malvolio (who also has his eye on the delightful Olivia.) Inevitably, to cap it all Viola’s twin arrives just in time to be mistaken for his sister to whom he bears an uncanny resemblance.
This will be an open air performance. Please bring chairs/blankets with you.
Tickets £10/£8.50 conc/£30 family On sale now! 01379 384505
We are happy to welcome Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross, a true modern troubadour representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. “There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song” Townes Van Zandt. In the mid-1980s Reg Meuross formed the Panic Brothers with Richard Morton, mixing Americana with humour and slick harmonies. Then came the Flamingos, Hank Wangford, and now 11 highly acclaimed solo albums have established his songs as ‘the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk’ (Folkwords).
Reg’s songs comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories from the ghosts of WW1 soldiers to the ravages of dementia, and some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. 2017 heralds a new album, Faraway People.
Sunday 2nd July 7.30pm
Tickets £14/£12 conc. On sale now! Call 01379 384505 or book online here
Drama is a crucial part of the programme of events and includes performances by professional companies. We are also delighted to host plays by local societies and are keen to promote events by students in local schools and by pupils of local music teachers.
Please call 01379 384505 if you would like to discuss Wingfield Barns hosting your community group performance.
Looks stunning, sounds wonderful
The plot thickens!