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Thaxted Church
Enrico Tomasso

The Rio Trio will be part of the opening weekend of the Thaxted Festival on Saturday, June 25.

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Jane Sitch and Jeffery Wilson

Clarinettist Jane Sitch joins her friend and teacher, Jeffery Wilson to share the stage at Chelmsford Civic Theatre’s Cramphorn Studio on Wednesday, June 29. The concert is called Swapsies because they will each take turns to accompany each other on the piano. This is one of the studio’s free lunchtime concerts which showcases both London-based professional musicians and talented artists from the region. This concert starts at 1pm to be followed at 2.15pm by a relaxed event for people with special needs.

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James Ravilious exhibition

The new exhibition at the Fry Art Gallery running until Sunday, July 24 features black and white photographs by James Ravilious (1939-1999) together with some of his, and his father Eric Ravilious’s wood engravings.

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Dunmow Wind Band

Dunmow Wind Band launches its first CD on Monday, July 4 at the Angel and Harp pub in Dunmow.

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You've Got a Friend

The music of Carole King and James Taylor, a show called You’ve Got a Friend, is at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Saturday, July 2.

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King Lear is at the Cambridge Arts Theatre this month

A female soldier stands centre stage, aims her rifle at the audience and fires. This is the startling, if puzzling, opening of the new production of King Lear. The shooter is in fact Cordelia, the young daughter of the mythical monarch of Britain. She will (spoiler alert!) come to a sticky end as do all but two of the characters in Shakespeare’s very strange, very dark, very long play.

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Peter Paris

Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, written with composer Carl Davies 25 years ago to mark the 150th anniversary of the Liverpool Philharmonic in 1991, will be performed at Saffron Hall by 75 singers and musicians from Saffron Walden, Cambridge and Paris.

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Deborah Aloba

The fine voice of bel canto singer Deborah Aloba will be heard at one of the free lunchtime concerts at The Cramphorn Studio in Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Wednesday, June 22.

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Time Passes

The Gallery in the Garden in Great Saling has an exhibition of paintings by Dafila Scott. Daughter of the naturalist Peter Scott and granddaughter of Scott of the Antarctic, she began a career as a zoologist, but began painting, inspired by wildlife and landscape and is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists.

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Theatre Royal Bath Dress Rehearsal May 2016
After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber Directed by Anthony Banks 
Designer Philip Gladwell Lighting Designer Colin Richmond
Helen George/ Miss Julie  Richard Flood/ John
Amy Cudden/ Christine

It’s July 1945 and the night of the Labour landslide. In the kitchen of the house of a Labour peer, the chauffeur picks up a bottle of wine and says: “It’s like Churchill, robust, full-bodied and finished.”

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Haverhill Festival

Singer Barbara Dickson, opera from Glyndebourne, children’s theatre, a session on the history of ice cream with free samples, walks and talks, a celebration of beer and a tribute to Thin Lizzy are all part of this year’s Haverhill Festival, from Wednesday, June 15 to Sunday, July 3.

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St Mary's Church
Big Weekend

Rock stars including Boney M and The Desmond Dekker Band will appear at this year’s Big Weekend in Cambridge.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital
Ancestral Voices

A concert of Elizabethan music called The Golden Queen takes place in Clavering church on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate the current Queen’s official 90th birthday.

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Henry VIII
Midsummer Night

A traditional version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in ancient Greece, will be performed in Saffron Walden Town Hall - over mid summer.

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Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre
Dirty Dancing

A Night of Dirty Dancing is at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on June 29 with an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the movie’s soundtrack including iconic numbers such as The Time of My Life.

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Travels with my Aunt

Is it always right to choose a more exciting life than the (perhaps) humdrum one you already have?

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Thaxted Festival

In the centenary year of Thaxted Festival, the music of its founder, Gustav Holst is all through it in a programme full of tingle factor.

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Gustav Holst
King Lear

Michael Pennington, a Royal Shakespeare star since the 1970s, has received consistently rave reviews for his King Lear, which will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre from June 20 to 25 in director Max Webster’s new interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

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Clive Carroll

Guitarist Clive Carroll will be at St Mary’s Church Dunmow on Sunday, June 5 as the guest of Dunmow Guitar Club.

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