Opera & Dance

Opera & Dance

Verdi Requiem

Verdi’s much-loved Requiem is a highly operatic setting of the Catholic funeral mass for four soloists, double choir and orchestra. Unmistakably Italian in flavour, it was composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi admired.

This performance features over 180 singers from both Newbury and Billingshurst Choral Societies, accompanied by the London Ulysses Orchestra and four renowned soloists all under the baton of Cathal Garvey.

James & Ola: Uncensored

James and Ola Jordan are hugely saddened to have to announce the postponement of their forthcoming UK tour this March due to an unforeseen required extension to the recovery of an injury incurred by James during rehearsals.
 
James will make a full recovery and in fact the medical team are surprised with how quick he has recovered so far, however to ensure that a there is no reoccurrence, James’ medical team have strongly recommended further conservative management of the healing period which means the tour will need to be postponed.
 

Kevin & Karen 2018

Following a sensational sell-out debut tour last year, Strictly's Kevin and Karen Clifton are back in 2018 with a brand new show. Expect a sultry, hip-swinging journey through the Waltz, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Tango and Salsa. It’s a high-energy performance filled with sassy tunes, heart-pounding choreography and sparkling costumes.
 
Kevin and Karen will dazzle you as they weave their own spellbinding style of ballroom magic.

The Magic of Hollywood - Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis

Lights, camera, ballroom! Strictly Come Dancing favourite Pasha Kovalev returns with his brand new show The Magic of Hollywood

Jam-packed with sequins, glitz and glamour, Pasha takes to the stage with his sensational dancers as they perform Oscar-worthy performances all set to a Hollywood theme.

It promises to be a night not to be missed!

Kathakali

Celebrating 30 years of touring the UK, The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company is back.

Direct from Kerala, with top performers, superb singers, rhythmic drummers and highly skilled make-up artists, Kathakali is a masterpiece of sacred theatre that erupts on stage with striking visual images, revealing the magical world of South India. Nurtured for centuries by the remarkable people of Kerala, Kathakali leads the audience into an entrancing world of storytelling.

An Audience with Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse

Strictly Come Dancing pros Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle and wow! Oti is fondly remembered with her celebrity pairing with Danny Mac where they received a perfect score of 40 in the Samba. Ian is a regular on our screens with the spin off programme It Takes Two on BBC 2.

Prepare to be transported to a place of wonderful moments with fun-filled entertainment and a close up history of all things related to their life. 

Basingstoke Choral Society

Erica Eloff soprano
Alexander James Edwards tenor
John Lofthouse bass
David Gibson
New London Sinfonia

Basingstoke Choral Society presents a selection of the most popular operas.

Swan Lake

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score.

From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moonlit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. From Odile, the temptress in black tulle as she seduces the Prince by spinning with captivating precision to the spellbound purity of the Swan Queen, Odette as she flutters with emotional intensity, the dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges.

The Nutcracker

This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy tale world where nothing is quite as it seems. Toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse King and his mouse army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins...

The Snow Maiden

Protected from the outside world by Father Frost, the exquisite Snow Maiden plays innocently amongst the dancing snowflakes in the enchanted Land of Frost. 

Based on a traditional folk tale, set in the snow covered landscape of rural Russia, this seasonal sparkler follows the Snow Maiden as she dances into the human world. Captivated by the colourful village and the people who live there, she ventures too far and is swept up by feelings of love, temptation and betrayal. When finally she surrenders herself completely and warms to love, her heart melts in a tragic embrace.

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