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Cambridge

The award-winning Philharmonia Orchestra returns to Cambridge Corn Exchange on Saturday March 4. Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, the concert opens with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. For the centrepiece of the evening, soloist Alexandra Soumm performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, the composer’s most enduring and best-loved work.

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Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra will play Wagner, Chopin and Sibelius at Saffron Hall on Sunday, February 26 with Richard Hull conducting and Sam Haywood on the piano. The windswept atmosmphere of Sibelius’s Symphony No 1 is an homage to Wagner’s thunderstorm from Das Rheingold, contrasting with the melody of Chopin.

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National treasure, broadcaster, poet and comic Ian McMillan will be joined by leading cartoonist Tony Husband at Holy Trinity Chrishall Church on February 24 for a fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two hilarious men reflect upon life.

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BBC Radio

North and south and class and culture collide in Torben Betts’comedy Invincible at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Wednesday, March 1 to Saturday, March 4.

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United Kingdom

Icarus Theatre Collective presents their sexy, bloody and fast-paced tour of Hamlet at The Mumford Theatre, Cambridge on February 27 and 28. This production, described as Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation, embraces the play’s brutality and amplifies the violence of the story.

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Denmark

In an intriguing combination of science and art, a robot took to the stage at Cambridge Junction.

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Cambridge

Gaslight, written in 1938 but set in the Victorian era, about a woman whose husband is trying to drive her mad, used to be a staple of repertory companies because it is such a gem.

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Elizabeth

Alan Ayckbourn’s play Henceforward will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre from February 22-25.

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London

A new adaption of Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece Frankenstein comes to the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on Tuesday, February 21.

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France

MATT MONRO Junior pays tribute to his father in a show about the singer’s life at the Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford on Friday, March 17. The man who was called “the singer’s singer” and “the man with the golden voice” sold 100 million records in his lifetime.

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Russia

Trumpeter Alison Balsom, three times winner of the Classical BRITs, and Cambridge Corn Exchange artist in residence trumpeter Alison Balsom will give a recital on Tuesday, February 21.

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Alison Balsom

The historic Gardens of Easton Lodge open with two Snowdrop Sundays on February 19 and 26. The Gardens have carpets of snowdrops under the trees and in the walled kitchen garden, and they also spring up all across the Gardens. Many of the common single and double blooms (Galanthus nivalis) were planted in Victorian times or before. Children have lots of room to run around and find this their favourite flower. Hot drinks, bacon rolls and soup will be available to warm up visitors and there will also be homemade cakes on sale.

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Wales

Here’s a round up of some of the fun activities for all the family for half-term next week.

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Haverhill Arts Centre

Uncle Funk and The Boogie Wonderland, have been booked to play Glastonbury again in June, and have three shows in Essex for this month.

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Haverhill Arts Centre

A concert based on the picture book Max the Brave with author Ed Vere creating live illustrations on stage will be held at Saffron Hall on Saturday, February 18 with the Britten Sinfonia playing the music.

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Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce, stars of BBC Radio 4’s The Croft & Pearce Show, winners of the Spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe award, and proud recipients of the official Edinburgh Fringe (2016) Total Sell Out Show, present their brand new sketch show, Croft and Pearce are not Themselves, at Cambridge Junction on Friday, February 10.

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BBC Radio

The Academy of Ancient Music, called the finest period instrument orchestra in the world by Classic FM, comes to the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on Saturday, February 18 as part of the venue’s Classical Concerts Series.

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In a show called Some Guys Have All The Luck, Rod Stewart tribute Paul Metcalfe will sing the Rod Stewart story at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Saturday, February 11.

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