Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this weekend

The Heath Quartet. Photo: Sussie Ahlbur

The Heath Quartet. Photo: Sussie Ahlbur - Credit: Archant

The Heath Quartet return to Binham Priory's series of summer concerts, swing with Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen, family show and a one-man show about Lewis Carroll, SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Heath Quartet

Priory Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross, Binham, August 7, 7.30pm, £16, 01328 830362,

Binham again hosts a summer series of concerts running throughout August. The latest features the Heath Quartet with a programme featuring Debussy, Dutilluex and Tchaikovsky. Since their last appearance at Binham during 2012, the quartet has won several international awards as well as becoming the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artists Award. Recent highlights have included a complete Beethoven Cycle at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the world premiere of a John Tavener piece at the BBC Proms and concerts at the Louvre in Paris as well as at Carnegie Hall, New York.


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The Swing's The Thing

Norwich Playhouse, August 7, 8pm, £17.50 (£15 cons), 01603 598598,

Celebrating their 20th anniversary UK tour, Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen bring their latest show, an unforgettable evening of swinging sounds, favourite songs (sung by the Four Fairweather Friends), Latin jazz, and gorgeous selections from the Great American and British Songbooks. Led by the legendary Digby the Half Dozen (formed in 1995) toured and recorded for five years with the jazz veteran George Melly before joining Manfred Mann's Paul Jones for their show Rocking in Rhythm. The Half Dozen are nine-time award-winners for Top Small Group in the British Jazz Awards.


Animal Alphabet

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, August 8, 2pm, £8, 01493 331484,

Written by BAFTA Nominated performer Richard Digance and performed by Nicky Kemp, from the animated TV series The Tidings, in which they originally worked together as creator and performer, Animal Alphabet, which began life as a BBC series has been adapted for the stage. Sixty minutes of learning, laughing and joining in for 3 to 7 year olds. From the ape to the zebra and so many others in-between. It's fun, educational and interactive. All you need to do is join in!


Crocodiles in Cream

Granary Theatre, Wells, August 6, 7.30pm, 2.30pm August 1, £12, 01328 710193, Theatre, Norwich, August 8, 7.30pm, £15 (£12 cons), 01603 620917,

A stunning portrait of Lewis Carroll drawing from his diaries, letters, poems and stories in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first publication of his timeless classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Kevin Moore takes the audience into the world of half-dream, half reality of this complex many-sided figure; mathematician, photographer, poet and storyteller. His interpretation of the complex and fascinating character of one of the country's most appreciated authors has received critical acclaim around the world. Written, devised and directed by David Horlock.


Bars and Melody

Waterfront Studio, King Street, Norwich, August 9, 7pm, £20, 01603 508050,

Leondre Devries (14) and Charlie Lenehan (16) shot to fame in 2014 when they appeared on Britains Got Talent and Simon Cowell pressed his golden buzzer for them. They subsequently signed a deal with SYCO records and released track Hopeful which went Top 5 while the video has over 25 million views on YouTube. Since the start of 2015 they have been busy putting the finishing touches to their debut album, boasting their mix of hip hop, RnB and pop, which they will released on August 21 and to coincide they arrive for one of a select number of gigs.


A Round-The-World Tour In Music

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, August 9, 7pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01603 620917,

St Gregory's Orchestra, formed in 1986 by its conductor Martin Wyatt, gives three or four concerts each year. This latest is a musical tour featuring six very different composers. Beginning in Scotland, with Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, and passing through Egypt, France (Bizet's 'L'Arlésienne Suite no 1), Spain and Austria (Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, with soloist Helen Cozens), the orchestra's final destination is the former Czechoslovakia, represented by Dvo?ák's nationalistic Symphony no 8 in G.

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