Digging the Blues, jazz, opera and folk at Sheringham Little Theatre

The Spikedrivers in action. Picture: Tim Calloway

The Spikedrivers in action. Picture: Tim Calloway - Credit: Tim Calloway

North Walsham couple Ron Sayer and Charlotte Joyce, who regularly help the venue's panto with vocal coaching and musical direction are back in their own right.

Ron Sayer and Charlotte Joyce. Picture: Steve Dulieu.

Ron Sayer and Charlotte Joyce. Picture: Steve Dulieu. - Credit: Steve Dulieu.

A cocktail of blues, jazz, brass, folk and opera is stirred into the music mix at Sheringham Little Theatre in its autumn and winter programme.

North Walsham couple Ron Sayer and Charlotte Joyce, who regularly help the venue's panto with vocal coaching and musical direction are back in their own right.

Earlier this year Ron was on the stage with his new Guitar Legends show mimicking the music of aces such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

Next month he and Charlotte, who have a tour bus full of blues awards to their names, return with their band to play their own songs.


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Blues fans have another diary date in 2017 with a full afternoon and evening looking at the beginnings of genre which has influenced much of modern day music.

Diggin' the Blues by the Roots is a full afternoon and evening presented by The Spikedrivers.

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It will explain and explore the origins of the blues, its instruments, and rhythms with noon and 5pm shows in The Hub. A 2.30pm workshop will also get the audience involved with clapping, playing percussion and their own instruments, before a 7.30pm concert with guests Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke.

October's line-up showcases the range of music heading to the seaside venue – with the comedy and music of Richard Digance, and jazz from the Simon Brown Trio.

There is also a screening of a 25th anniversary performance of Miss Saigon and a live feed of a new and different production of Cosi Fan Tutte from The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The production uses the opera world as the setting for a quirky comedy where two men try to woo each other's partners for a bet, putting a new slant on the classical music.

November highlights include folk during An Evening of Banter featuring songs and tunes given a cheeky twist by Simon Care (Edward II and Albion Band ) on squeezebox, Nina Zella on piano and vocals and Tim Walker on percussion and cornet.

Music programme highlights - September: 24 – Last Night of the Proms by the Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band

25 – Jazz in the Hub, Red Shadow Quartet.

October: 8 – Ron Sayer and wife Charlotte Joyce with their originals band; 16 – Musical theatre screening – Miss Saigon 25th anniversary performance; 17 – Opera live screening from the Royal Opera House, Cosi Fan Tutte; 29 - Richard Digance – mix of music and comedy from the popular entertainer; 30 - Jazz in the auditorium, Simon Brown Trio with Alan Barnes.

November: 20 - Jazz in the Hub, Tony Parsons Quartet; 26 - Banter – folk band Simon Care, Nina Zella, and Tim Walker perform dance tunes and songs with a difference

December; 11 - Jazz at the Hub, Martin Eaton Quartet.

March: 19 - Diggin' the Blues by the Roots with The Spikedrivers.

April: 1 - Hayley Moss a classical soprano discovered busking in Norwich's Royal Arcade.

For more information and tickets call the theatre box office on 01263 822347 or visit the website www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

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