Manchester Camerata will return to perform at Crewe Lyceum in the New Year with a season of three orchestral concerts. The concerts, supported by the Arts Council England and Cheshire East Council, will showcase one of Europe s best chamber orchestras. It will feature top classical talent from across the world.
Crewe Lyceum theatre director Gordon Millar said: We are privileged to welcome an incredible series of revered and popular classical concerts to the Lyceum.
Not only does it ensure we can stage the concerts but it also provides an opportunity for members of our local community to engage in a series of complimentary music workshops. The programme starts on January 4 with a Viennese concert featuring soprano Olena Tokar and up-and-coming conductor, Alpesh Chauhan. On Friday March 11, the Lyceum welcomes pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet for an all-Mozart programme.
Violin sensation Nicola Benedetti makes her debut on June 2 with another Mozart inspired concert. Benedetti is joined by conductor, Andrea Marcon who is renowned for his vivid interpretations of Baroque and Classical pieces. As well as the concerts, Manchester Camerata s Learning and Participation team will be working with young people across South Cheshire. Eighty young people from four Cheshire colleges are being invited to create a piece of music theatre called Fatal Distraction .
It aims to raise awareness of the dangers of distractions while driving. They will work with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and teacher training students from University of Chester. Crewe Lyceum and Manchester Camerata will also work with Cheshire East Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to invite young people with a mental health condition and families to rehearsal visits, social sessions with musicians and attendance at concerts.
Bob Riley, Chief Executive of Manchester Camerata, said: We are delighted to be back in Crewe again and are looking forward to bringing some of the world s most exceptional musicians to the town.
Tickets for three performances are now on sale to the general public, priced 25,
Crewe and Nantwich favourites Moving Moscow headline The Box this week as they conclude their winter tour with a single release show. The six-piece head up a four-band special at the Pedley Street venue on Friday as they release their fourth single, Cut Me Down. Their tour has taken them around the country, including London s trendy Surya venue, and they wrap it all up back in South Cheshire this weekend.
Joined by The Eyres, Skeletal Damage and Blunderbuss Benefit, the band are looking to round off a busy period in style. Singer Dan Parry said: The winter tour has been really great and we ve enjoyed taking our music around the country.
But coming back to The Box is always the highlight and we re really looking forward to seeing our South Cheshire-based fans again!
We ve been in and out of the studio a lot over the past few months and some really good stuff has come out of those sessions.
We released Defiance at the end of October we re really proud of that song, and it ll be included on a four-track EP we re releasing early in the new year. Also included on that EP, to be titled Battles, is Cut Me Down a fans favourite which sums up the band at their most anthemic.
Dan said: We wrote it quite some time ago but it s a song we always knew gets peoples attention.
We ll be announcing how people can get their hands on that song this Friday night at The Box don t miss out!
Brave Nantwich girl Elle Morris has notched another one of her 10 wishes meeting superstar singers Olly Murs and Rita Ora! The nine-year-old cystic fibrosis sufferer was invited down to London by promoters for Murs after they read about her 10 wishes. Elle, who is waiting for a double lung transplant, penned the wishes she wanted to fulfil before her 10th birthday in January.
She is pictured with her younger sister Cara meeting Olly and Rita at an event in the capital on Saturday. Elle, a pupil at Stapeley Broad Lane, will also be ticking off more wishes when she takes part in a charity ride on her way to the Wingate Children s Centre Santaland event. And her mum Becky has revealed that many kinds offers of help have been flooding in so Elle can fulfil the other wishes on her list.
These include offers of a Cocapoo puppy and venues for a Sleepover and birthday party. Before then, Elle will be travelling back to London with mum and sister to watch the final of X Factor. Big-hearted donors have also helped Elle s gofundme page raise well over 3,000 in just 10 days including one donation of 400.
View all of Elle s wishes, below: