Wednesday 8 April 2015

Mill Hill Music Festival 2015 Programme - Lineup announced

The programme for the 11th Mill Hill Music Festival is available below. The Festival will run between the 12th and 20th June. For more information about the festival click here.

If you would like to purchase tickets – information on how to do so and online purchases can be made in our box office area.

Friday  12 Jun 

The Hendon Band of the Salvation Army
Time: 7.30pm

We are delighted to open this year’s festival at the recently rebuilt Hartley Hall and are equally excited to once again play host to this wonderful 40+ piece brass ensemble. The Hendon Salvation Army Band was formed in 1882 with the purpose of assisting with worship and to hold ‘open air’ services in the area to attract new worshippers in the district. The band now travels extensively in the United Kingdom and has been able to play further afield in Europe, Canada and America - playing at the famous Hollywood Rose Bowl. Renowned for their high quality music The Hendon Band of Salvation Army, under the leadership of Dr Stephen Cobb, will be playing from their large repertoire of brass, contemporary, swing and classical pieces.

Tickets: £8 (+£1 online admin fee per ticket). Light refreshment available.

Friday 12 Jun 

Later @ The Adam & Eve with JJ and The Ukettes
Time: from 8.30pm

From 8.30pm. Local Mill Hill band JJ and The Ukettes will be playing at Adam & Eve on our opening night. This superb quartet are made up of Jason on acoustic guitar and three ukulele players made up of Jules, Lucy and Claire. With a genuine love of music and playing together they bring a unique sound to any gathering. They play an eclectic mix of great tunes - from Blondie to The Who via The Everly Brothers - always with their distinctive ukulele sound. With the recent resurgence of the popularity of the ukulele - now featuring in many major artists’ repertoires - this little instrument in the hands of tonight’s band makes a big impression. Come down and enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and some great food whilst listening to this fantastic group.

Food served. BBQ weather permitting. Free entry.
Saturday 13 Jun 

Film Music Gala - BBC Elstree Concert Band
Time: 7.30pm

The BBC Elstree Concert Band will treat us to a feast of movie favourites from the silver screen such as John Williams’s thrilling Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark themes. With the band’s grass roots originating from the world-famous Elstree Studios, film scores are a regular feature of all their performances, including music from movies that were actually made at Elstree. Formed in 1984, the 40+ piece band has a repertoire of light classics, show music and contemporary wind band arrangements. Their performances have been broadcast both nationally and internationally through the BBC World Service. They have given concerts in aid of The Voice of the Listener Trust, North London Hospice and several other charitable organisations and further afield in France and Germany. This thrilling concert is not one to be missed.

Tickets: £10 (+£1 online admin fee per ticket). Cash Bar.

Sunday  14 June

The Ron Russell Band
Time: from 12.30pm to 3.00pm
The Rising Sun Pub,  Mill Hill, 137 Marsh Lane, Mill Hill, NW7 4EY [Map]
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue - The lovely setting of the Rising Sun pub provides us with special afternoon of jazz. Bassist Ron leads this six-piece group of jazz legends, Digby Fairweather (cornet), Roy Williams (trombone), Tim Huskisson (clarinet), Jim Douglas (guitar) and Stan Bourke (drums). Ron’s band will delight lovers of Dixieland and mainstream jazz. Dancing is permitted! For food - book early to avoid disappointment (please call the Rising Sun directly on 020 8959 1357).

Food served. BBQ weather permitting. Free entry.
Sunday 14 June

A Night at the Raj
Time: from 8pm (please book with restaurant)

From 7pm. Perhaps you fancy something a little different tonight? The Day of the Raj will be hosting an exclusive evening of bhangra style music. A selection of delicious Indian dishes will be specially prepared for this event served up with some fantastic live Indian music. To book your table and get further information on the evening please contact the Day of the Raj directly on 020 8906 3477 or 0208 906 3363.

Tickets: Check with restaurant on 020 8906 3477.

Monday 15 June

Klezmer Night with Shir
Time: 7.30pm

We are grateful to be using Mill Hill United Synagogue for this performance. Shir is the complete Jewish music band - klezmer, Israeli, Yiddish, Ladino, Sephardi and simcha music - all played with a spontaneous energy, emotion and love for the rich and diverse repertoire they represent. The band has established itself as one of the leading Jewish music bands in the UK, performing concerts and charity events around the country as well as music festivals in Europe. The award winning band recently celebrated 16 years of playing music together, with Maurice Chernick on clarinet and vocals, Ivor Goldberg on guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and vocals, Piotr Jordan on violin and viola, Steve Rose on bass, piano and melodica and Ronen Kozokaro on percussion.

Tickets: £12 (+£1 online admin fee per ticket). Cash Bar.
Tuesday16  June

Opera Night - Rossini's The Barber of Seville
Time: 7.30pm

OperaUpClose presented a sell-out performance of La bohème at our last festival. This year we are delighted to welcome them back to perform their version of The Barber of Seville. Rossini’s classic comedy has been transported to Jane Austen’s England, a world of rich, eligible bachelors, feisty heroines and snobbish relations familiar from much-loved BBC costume dramas. Obsequious Doctor Bartleby has designs on his ward Rosina, but she is far more interested in the attentions of a handsome stranger (actually a womanising Count in disguise). The whole affair is stage-managed by Figaro, the barber who knows everyone’s business and can fix your hair and love life with ease. A talented and classically trained cast, directed by Robin Norton-Hale, bring this vibrant new English version of this always popular opera to life. Accompanied by a virtuoso piano score, this is a captivating piece of operatic escapism. The production ran for a two week totally sold out run in London in January 2015.

Plucky and purposeful... a farcical romp. - The Guardian
Real comic swagger - The Metro
Hilarious - The Stage
photos by Christopher Tribble

Tickets: £18 (+£1 online admin fee per ticket). Cash Bar.
Wednesday 17 June

Classical - The Hermitage Quartet with soprano Carola Darwin
Time: 7.30pm

St Paul's Church, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, NW7 1QU [MAP]
The Hermitage Quartet started meeting in 1989 at the home of their cellist, a Mill Hill resident. Since then, the quartet has given regular concerts in music clubs and churches and has also toured around Europe. David Bogle leads the quartet, Michael Jenner plays second violin, Michael Blee plays viola and Elizabeth Nevrkla plays cello. Tonight they are joined by distinguished English soprano Carola Darwin. Carola was trained at Royal Northern College of Music, and went on to gain a PhD in Music from the University of Sheffield. They will be playing a selection of pieces from Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky including Mozart’s sublime, Exsulate, Jubilate.

Tickets: £8 with a glass of wine or soft drink included.

Wednesday 17 June

Jazz - Anita Wardell @ Mill Hill Jazz Club
Time: 8.30pm

From 8.30pm. We are very proud to present this evening’s performance in association with Mill Hill Jazz Club by bringing you the breathtaking voice of Anita Wardell. Anita is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos, using her voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion. She received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz category in 2006 and in 2013 she won the Best Vocalist category. Anita will be joined by Barry Green on piano, Dario De-Leche on double Bass and John Scott on drums.
Anita Wardell is a singer who takes no prisoners. The Australian vocalist is an uncompromising exponent of bebop... Clive Davis, The Times

Tickets: £12 Jazz Club Members (£14 Non-Members) on the door only. Cash bar. Seating limited.

Thursday 18 June

100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes
Time: 7.30pm

The Jazz Repertory Company has been selling out this wonderful tour de force up and down the country. This evening’s performance encompasses the history of jazz from its beginnings in the blues and ragtime through to the present day. The six multi-instrumental jazz virtuosi create a highly entertaining journey through the decades taking in everything from New Orleans to bebop, swing to Latin, hot to cool, from Chicago and New York to around the world, with an A-Z of jazz’s biggest names: Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Joe Zawinul to just name a few. The music is interspersed with fascinating stories from the music’s history as well as the inimitable humour of the band’s musical director Pete Long. The band is comprised of Richard Pite on drums, sousaphone and bass, Georgina Jackson (pictured above) on vocals and trumpet, Pete Long on reeds, Enrico Tomasso on vocals, trumpet, and trombone, Dave Chamberlain on basses and guitars and Nick Dawson on vocals, piano and clarinet.

It is, quite simply, one of the most daring and brilliantly executed evenings of jazz entertainment doing the rounds today. - Jazz Journal
In Pete Long, reeds player, raconteur, bandleader and all-round wit, we have a genuine home-grown treasure... In another life, he might easily have been a vaudeville entertainer... - Clive Davis, The Times!100-years-of-jazz-in-99-minutes/c15v8

Tickets: £15 (+£1 online admin fee per ticket). Cash Bar.
Friday 19 June

Rock and Roll night - Born in the USA
Time: Doors Open: 7.30pm

Mill Hill Golf Club, 100 Barnet Way, Mill Hill, NW7 3AL [Map]
The Boss UK are described as Europe’s premier tribute to Bruce Springsteen. All of the Boss’s best-loved hits in a sweat-drenched, two hour show with all of the passion, intensity and realism of the man himself. The party explodes from the blistering opening of Born in the USA and there’s hardly a let up until the audience themselves are exhausted from dancing and singing along. The band have to include a few of the slower ballads like I’m on Fire and My Hometown to allow you to catch your breath and the show ends up being one huge party sing-along. Come and join us for what is sure to be another evening of great music and dancing.

It’s rock, it’s party, it’s dance, it’s loud and its entertainment at it’s very best - The Evening Standard
What a party - Undoubted the next best Boss - The Independent

Tickets: £10 (+£1 online admin fee per ticket) (£12 on the door). Over 18s only. Cash Bar. Food Available.

Saturday 20 June

Party Night with Joe Angel & the Pamodzi Band
Time: from 8.30pm

This year our party night will be at the Three Hammers for an evening of great rocking reggae with Joe Angel & The Pamodzi Band. The band have built a big following on the London reggae scene with their big roots reggae sound. With Joe’s soulful lead vocals and self penned lyrics, two backing vocalists, three guitars, and double keyboards we are in for another night or great music. With support from Misdemeanour playing hits of the 60s and 70s, come and join us on our final night for a great party.

Free Entry. Over 18s only. Cash Bar.

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