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Pianist Rachel Fryer makes her Edinburgh Fringe debut, performing Bach‘s extraordinary Goldberg Variations, as made famous by Glenn Gould, in its entirety. The variations last 75 minutes and she will perform the work from memory. The concert takes place at St. Michael’s and All Saints Church, 28 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH on Tuesday 8th August at 3.30pm. Admission is free and there is a retiring collection.

Opera in the Park returns with Hatstand Opera

The delightful Opera in the Park live performance is back for one night only on Wednesday 26 July in the leafy setting of Victoria Park, Portsmouth. Hatstand Opera return to thrill and entertain all ages with their iconic opera highlights show “Golden Moments from Opera”.

Hatstand Opera on stage in Victoria Park, Portsmouth

The live performance is the culmination of a month of opera in Portsmouth, which includes live relays from the Royal Opera House in London on the Big Screen in Guildhall Square.

The performance is also a welcome return for the Hampshire-based touring opera company, who last delighted audiences in Portsmouth in the same location back in 2010.

And, by a spooky coincidence, the Hatstand Opera cast includes baritone Jochem van Ast, who has just finished performing at …the Royal Opera House Covent Garden!

Make a night of it

Kirsty Young, Director of Hatstand Opera, said:

“We are delighted to be back singing in Victoria Park this summer. It’s a lovely little oasis of calm, or at least, it will be until our soprano racks up to her top notes! Even if you don’t think you know any opera, come along and enjoy the show. We’ll sing all sorts of items people will recognise without realising it, as used in adverts, TV shows and blockbuster films. Best of all, it’s free! So why not come a little early, bring a picnic and some friends, and make a night of it!”

All the ‘best bits’ of opera

“Golden Moments from Opera” is Hatstand’s flag ship show of hilarious scenes and heart-rending arias from the world’s favourite operas, presented in Hatstand’s informal and entertaining style. Expect lots of well-known items and some more unusual songs too, all performed with style and passion for a great evening of music and laughter. No need for surtitles either, as mezzo and compare Kirsty explains exactly what’s happening, who’s singing what – and why.  With a emphasis on making opera fun and easily digestible, it’s no wonder that Classic FM magazine declared “Nobody does opera quite like Hatstand Opera”!

The cast for this fun evening of opera features Australia soprano Toni Nunn, afore-mentioned baritone Jochem van Ast, and mezzo Kirsty Young (not the newsreader). At the piano will be Gill Ford, just before she jets off to Hong Kong for a month!

Free entry – bring a party!

If you’d like to join in the fun, here’s the details:

Opera in the Park presents

“Golden Moments from Opera”

Wednesday 26 July 2017, at 7.30pm

Victoria Park, Anglesea Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3LD

Free Entry – please bring a rug or a chair

Further Information:

Opera in the Park is presented by Portsmouth City Council

Red Butler set to rock Chesterfield!

Once in a while a young band comes along that makes you stop, look and listen……..”Red Butler is one such a band”

The great news for rock fans, blues fans, live music lovers and aspiring musicians in and around Chesterfield, is that Red Butler will be playing at the Clowne Rock & Blues on Sunday 13th August!

Established in 2012 by Alex Butler, the band comprises of Alex (lead guitar and backing vocals), Dan Spellman (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Charlie Simpson (drums) and Mike Topp (bass and backing vocals).  Despite an average age of 24 the band members bring a wealth of experience enabling them to transmit their energy to ignite audiences

Having spent 18 months in preparation for their second studio album, ‘Nothing To Lose’ released in November 2016, their latest album sees the band deliver a mix of rock crescendos and riffs, that will leave their devout blues rock fan base in awe and take them on a sonic journey into new musical territory!  Drawing upon the combined life experiences of the band, the ten new songs not only salutes contemporary rock, but shows their gradual transition from conventional Blues to a harder, bigger and bolder sound infused with a progressive form!

The power and creativity of their music has seen Red Butler win several national awards and other accolades, including:

  • Alex – runner up in Young Artist category – British Blues Awards 2016
  • Band – third place in Best Blues Band category – British Blues Awards 2016
  • Representing the UK at the European Blues Challenge in Italy 2016
  • Winners of the UK Blues Challenge 2015
  • Runners-up in the British Blues Awards 2015 (Alex, Young Artist and Band, Emerging Artist)
  • Best New UK Act – Blues Matters Magazine 2014

At a recent sell out show, the effect their performance had on the audience was neatly summed up by the following comment, “There really are not words to describe how good last night was.  Put simply, if you were there you’ll probably still be coming down.  And if you weren’t you’ll have to live with the fact that you missed something that people will talk about for years to come.”

Words alone cannot convey the special sound and stage presence of Red Butler, but you can get a feel for what they are all about by having a look and listen to them playing “Big Bad Wolf” at or “Say Hello” at

The band is really looking forward to playing at Clowne Rock & Blues and armed with a mix of high energy new material, after seeing them live……….it becomes clear why they are getting rave reviews wherever they play!

Don’t miss out on seeing Red Butler at Clowne Rock & Blues on Sunday 13th August!

The club is located at Clowne Community Centre, Villa Park, Recreation Close, Clowne, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S43 4PL

Tickets are £5.00 (on the door) and for more information please call 01246 811 586 or go online at

To see, hear and find out more about Red Butler, their new album and where else they are playing in the UK, please visit 

Don’t be late, doors open at 8.00 p.m. and the band is on stage at 9.00 p.m



Kevin McDermott + Guests

KEVIN MCDERMOTT + GUESTS – Live at the Village Inn

Delighted to announce KEVIN MCDERMOT will be playing an ACOUSTIC show upstairs in The Village Inn in East Kilbride on Saturday 28th October 2017.

Kevin is wildly regarded as “one of the finest songwriters and performers of his time” SOLO and with his group ‘The Kevin McDermott Orchestra’ (KMO), he has written and recorded countless classic tunes over the last twenty years and is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most talented songwriters, Kevin recently completed a set of songs for the “Absent Voices” an ambitious Art project in Greenock and is still one of the biggest draws on the live circuit……

Tickets are only £12.50 each and available from the venue…. And securely online via

Mother Nature's Kitchen

by Kevin Orchestra Mcdermott [River Records UK]
Price: £10.00 EUR 12,60 EUR 14,99 EUR 15,99


by Kevin Mcdermott Orchestra [13]
Price: £8.79 EUR 11,11 EUR 11,11 EUR 11,11

River Sessions

by Kevin Mcdermott [River Records UK]
Price: £3.74 EUR 19,12 EUR 25,74 EUR 26,23

Wise to the Fade

by Kevin Mcdermott [Imports]
Price: £9.74 EUR 10,19 EUR 10,51 EUR 10,67

For Those in Peril from the Sea

by Kevin McDermott Orchestra [Tula]
Price: £3.56 EUR 8,80 EUR 3,32 EUR 9,64

Fair and Whole

by Kevin McDermott Orchestra [Tula]
Price: £13.85 EUR 97,25 EUR 15,73 EUR 4,98


by kevin mcdermott orchestra [0]
Price: £1.62 EUR 2,41 EUR 2,71 EUR 2,71


Matt Schofield & Blues for Gary by Henrik Freischlader