The Manchester Chamber Choir performs under the baton of Lancaster-born maestro, Justin Doyle, at Lancaster University’s Great Hall tomorrow with a selection of choral music by Britten and his contemporaries to celebrate the centenary of the composer’s birth in 1913.
Manchester Chamber Choir regularly appears on BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship. They have also appeared on Radio 2’s Sunday Half Hour, Radio 5 Live and BBC Television’s Songs of Praise. The choir was created by singers for singers and all members share the desire to perform choral music to the highest standard.
Justin’s father founded Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra and Justin’s first musical achievement was conducting them at rehearsal aged just five. Box office: 01524 594151 or www.liveatlica.org
Legends of Irish music The Fureys & Davey Arthur, will be making their third concert appearance in the Opera House on St Patrick’s Night – Sunday March 17.
And in a new adventure The Chuckle Brothers – meet The Phantom! Songs, slapstick, spectacular magic and fun for all the family on March 24. Box office: 0844 871 3018 or www.atgtickets/manchester.
Six talented playwrights bring England’s North West and South West together as Box of Tricks Theatre launches the first cross-regional tour of Word:Play at the Octagon in Bolton, then touring regionally from March 2-27 – including a Preston date.
Six playwrights, three from each region, have been set the task of writing a 15 minute play inspired by the word ‘division’. Bringing together these two regions of England, and featuring an ensemble cast of four, these experimental works concern issues from identity and loss to relationships and the class divide.
Details: www.octagonbolton.co.uk. Or miss it here and catch it at The Continental in Preston on March 7. Box office: 01772 2499 425 or www.newcontinental.net.
The Lowry in Salford gives families an opportunity to travel back in time as Horrible Histories go on the Two of Terry Deary’s award-winning books, Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians, will be brought to life on stage. Both use actors and special effects to take the audience back to the rule of those hideous Henrys of the 16th century, or through the misery of the mines and filth of the factories in the 1800s.
Deary is the world’s best-selling non-fiction author for children and one of the most popular children’s authors in the country. The shows run from Tuesday to Saturday at child-friendly times. Box Office: 0843 2086005 or www.thelowry.com
The “Sherpa of stand-up” (according to fellow comedian Stewart Lee) Tony Law brings his comedy tour to the region next week.
His critically acclaimed Maximum Nonsense was a total sell out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and TV credits include Have I Got News for You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Russell Howard’s Good News and 8 out of 10 Cats.
Catch him at the Lowry in Salford next Thursday. Box office: 0843 2086000 or www.thelowry.com.
Other Voices is a programme of new drama, music and arts events presented at Manchester’s Three Minute Theatre throughout International Women’s Week from March 3-10.
There are also five new plays, including the comedy Rucking Fantastic detailing the lives of a Manchester Women’s Rugby Team, Asylum of Grace, a true story of domestic coercion in the 1980s, I’m Your Man, a tale of love and sexual identity and two experimental plays, Release and Surrender and Unbearable Weight.
This year’s Flying Solo festival at Manchester’s Contact Theatre features six free performances from March 4 to 9.
The ability of a single artist to captivate an audience is one of the great performing traditions and Flying Solo celebrates this skill with performance including live art, spoken word, music, with theatre and pop up performances throughout the week from partner company, Piece of Work.
This is the third Flying Solo Festival at Contact and 12 artists have pitched to win commissions for £3,000 for mentoring, development and rehearsal space. Details: www.contactmcr.com/flyingsolo
Tomorrow sees two more of the popular Legends shows from the local Ann-Louise Holden School of Dance with afternoon and teatime performances in Preston Charter Theatre. Box Office: 0844 844 7710 or www.prestonguildhall.com.