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June 2016

The Hallé Celebrate Roald Dahl At Tatton Park

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The wonderful world of master storyteller Roald Dahl will be sensationally brought to life by Manchester’s Hallé orchestra as part of this year’s Tatton Park Concerts by the Lake.

A specially created set list themed around the author’s life and works will be performed at the concert which rounds of three nights of live music on July 30.

Widely revered as one of the greatest ever storytellers for children, Dahl’s books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.

Hall é Pops Conductor Stephen Bell , said:“The writing of Roald Dahl is loved by children and adults alike all over the globe.

“His storytelling prowess and ability to transport people into a world of pure imagination was second to none and we’re delighted to perform this musical celebration of a great talent.

“Tatton Park Concerts by the Lake present a beautiful setting for us to perform and join with their existing programme of Dahl themed events this summer.”

Well known for their wide ranging repertoire The Hallé are now in their 158th season and are ranked as one of the top symphonic ensembles in Europe, so it is sure to be a treat for those heading to Tatton for the concert.

On the night The Hallé will recognise Dahl’s time as a WW2 fighter pilot who flew numerous actions, with a performance of Walton’s iconic Spitfire Prelude and Fugue.

During his life Dahl also spent time working at the British Embassy and MI5, meeting James Bond creator Ian Fleming. He went on to write the screenplay to You Only Live Twice and the orchestra will perform Barry’s song of the same name.

In 1971 Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was adapted for its first movie outing with music created by Lesley Bricusse and Anthony Newley. The soundtrack is a favourite with people of all ages and on the night concert goers will hear Pure Imagination composed for the film.

Saint Saens’ Danse Macabre will provide a hint of Halloween when thinking about one of Dahl’s spookier stories The Witches. The song tells the tale of Halloween where Death calls forth the dead to dance for him while he plays his fiddle, in this performance represented with a lone violinist.

In 1968 Dahl wrote the screenplay for much loved family film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang based on Ian Fleming’s novel. Sure to have the audience singing along, the orchestra will perform the title song on the night.

Although born in Wales, both of Dahl’s parents were Norwegian and the author shared his name with national hero and explorer Roald Amundson. In a nod to his Norwegian roots The Halléwill round off their set with Grieg’s Norwegian Dance No. 2.

Promoters Cuffe and Taylor are no strangers to The Hallé after they performed at Lytham Festival in 2014 plus Concerts by the Lake in 2015, and are delighted to be working with them once again in 2016 for this special celebration of all things Dahl.

Cuffe and Taylor director Peter Taylor said:“The Hallé are, for me, unequalled in classical music circles and they are sure to be the perfect way to round off a weekend of live music.

“Not only that but this is a fantastic chance for families to come together to celebrate Roald Dahl as well as the stunning musical arrangements The Hallé have in store for us.

“Combining the storytelling, picnics, music and full fireworks spectacular this is shaping up to be a stunning night that you’ll remember for years.”

Theorchestra will be led on the night by Conductor Stephen Bell who has a wealth of experience having conducted the BBC Proms in the Park every year from 2005 to 2010, and has since then conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra each year for their televised Last Night of the Proms concerts.

The Hall é are an English Symphony Orchestra and have been based at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall since 1996. They also support a choir, youth choir, youth trainer choir, children’s choir and youth orchestra, and regularly release recordings on their own award-winning label.

Tickets for all three ‘Concerts by the Lake’ events are on sale now.

For further information and to ensure you secure your ticket go to or call 0844 888 9991.

Ticket prices:

Tom Jones – Adults from £37.50, children (aged 5-15) from £15

Wet Wet Wet – Adults from £45, children (aged 5-15) from £15

Hallé – Adults from £29.50, children (aged 5-15) from £15

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Bangor Cathedral Choir To Perform With Aled Jones

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Bangor Cathedral Choir are to perform with Welsh singer Aled Jones MBE on Saturday 2 July in the homecoming concert of his 22-date Cathedral Tour.

The tour sees Classic FM presenter Aled visit cathedrals across England, Scotland and in his home country of Wales on a series of dates throughout May and June, following the release of his hugely successful album One Voice which soared to the number three spot in the Official UK Album Chart last month, making him the highest charting British male classical artist in a decade.

One Voice has also smashed Aled’s own personal best becoming his highest ever charting solo album, marking a sensational comeback for the former choirboy, with his first Top 10 album in 30 years.

The choir, which has 30 members and is based at the Bangor Cathedral, haven’t performed with Aled before but are very excited to be supporting him at his homecoming concert.

Speaking about the performance Paul Booth, Director of Music at Bangor Cathedral, said “It is great to welcome Aled Jones back to the place where his singing career began. Aled was a chorister here at the Cathedral in the 1980’s and it is most fitting, and a real privilege, that the current Cathedral Choristers will be singing with him at his ‘homecoming’ concert.

“The boys and girls are thrilled to be a part of what promises to be a fabulous evening and to be meeting and singing with Aled, who is a great supporter of Cathedral Music in general and in particular the Cathedral Choir at Bangor.”

Aled started out his musical career as a member of the choir at Bangor Cathedral and hasn’t sung with his hometown choir for 33 years.

Aled added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be returning to where it all began for me. Bangor Cathedral has a very special place in my heart as does its choir.

“I’m really looking forward to giving audiences the chance to experience some of my favourite songs in the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral.

“I’ve not performed with the choir for a long time so I’m sure that this is going to be a really special night for everyone.”

During the tour Aled will perform many of his most loved songs along with a selection of folk songs which he recorded as a boy and which feature on his album One Voice.They include:Danny Boy, All Through the Night, Eriskay Love Lilt, O Rowan Tree and Ye Banks and braes. He will also perform the much-loved You Raise Me Up.

The Aled Jones Cathedral Tour is being presented by music promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Tickets for the Aled Jones Cathedral Tour 2016 are available from £19.50 from or by calling 0844 844 0444.

Gusto Gets Ready For First Lytham Club Day

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Lancashire’s hottest new restaurant Gusto is set to head outdoors to join in the celebrations for Lytham Club Day on June Saturday 25.

The 130-cover Lytham restaurant has added to the town’s thriving gastronomical scene and has received rave reviews from customers since its sensational opening back in April.

Gusto will be offering brunch lunch dinner and cocktails throughout the day (including our Make Your Own Childrens Menu) and will have a special outdoor Terrace Peroni Bar especially for the day.

Gusto Lytham’s General Manager Anna Whalan said:“We are really excited to be part of our first Lytham Club Day and can’t wait to be involved in the day.

“We’re looking forward to the whole experience but mostly we can’ wait to meet all the guests from the local community, it will be great to see Lytham coming together for the day

“We have received amazing support since opening in April and it’s days like Club Day that are really great to be part of.”

Following the Lytham Club Day celebrations, Gusto will host a special Hunters Gin tasting evening on Tuesday July 19.

On the night Gusto’s expert mixologists Founders of Hunter’s Gin will have a range of gin cocktails to try as well as sumptuous deli boards to share with friends – all making the perfect evening for the discerning gin lover.

And it is not just fine dining and amazing cocktails on offer at Gusto as Stars in their Eyes winner and George Michael tribute act Rob Lamberti will be performing at the restaurant on September 21 to delight fans of the 1980’s heartthrob.

Rob has carved out a reputation for being one of the best George Michael tribute acts in the country and will perform a full set of hits on the night including Faith and Careless Whisper.

All of the special events from Gusto will take place in the lavishly refurbished 4,000sq ft restaurant, bar and terrace in its stunningly renovated Grade II listed home on Dicconson Terrace.

Gusto Lytham threw open its doors in April with a special star studded launch party, giving food lovers the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Lancashire Cricket Captain Steven Croft, England Test Spinner Simon Kerrigan, Paralympian Shellie Woods, comedy legend Bobby Ball, Coronation Street star Jacqueline Lennod and Dancing on Ice’s Dan Whiston.

Gusto, which opened its first site in Cheshire’s Alderley Edge in 2005, boasts a real sparkly vibe with its fashionable décor and a choice of more than 50 stylish cocktails.

The classic and contemporary menu uses fresh, carefully selected, simple ingredients to offer a wide choice of premium British and European dishes.

A lunch and brunch option, comprehensive worldwide wine list and a selection of unique specials with a family focused Children’s Menu served until 6pm.

For more information or to book for any of the special events or call 01253 737001.

Picnic Invite For Tatton Park Crowds

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June 20, 2016 – Music promoters Cuffe and Taylor are delighted to announce that fans of Sir Tom Jones and Wet Wet Wet will be able to bring picnics to concerts at Cheshire’s Tatton Park this summer.

Since Sir Tom’s concert was announced earlier this year Cuffe and Taylor have been contacted by a number of fans requesting they be allowed to bring their own food and drink, as has happened when the music legend last appeared at Tatton Park.
After listening to these requests Cuffe and Taylor are pleased to announce that picnics will be allowed to be brought to both Sir Tom’s concert on Thursday July 28 and chart toppers Wet Wet Wet’s gig on Friday July 29.
Peter Taylor, director of concert promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “We pride ourselves on listening to our customers.“From our experience at previous concerts we have promoted with Sir Tom at other venues his fans want to dance the night away while he performs.
“However, we are aware that the Tatton Park audiences have historically enjoyed such events accompanied by their own spectacularly lavish picnics – candelabras and all!
“In order that we can safely accommodate both those who want to stand and dance and those who want to bring their own picnics we are delighted to announce we will create zones for both on the night.
“We cannot wait to bring Sir Tom and Wet Wet Wet to Tatton Park, together with the Halle, for what promise to be three concerts to remember.”
The standing area for the concerts will be directly in front of the stage. Picnics will be allowed in other areas outside of this zone.
The events are all part of ‘Concerts by the Lake’ – three days of spectacular live music which takes place at Tatton Park from Thursday July 28 to Saturday July 30.Sir Tom will take to the stage on Thursday July 28.
Chart toppers Wet Wet Wet will perform on Friday July before the sensational Hallé take to the stage for a picnic proms on Saturday July 30.
Tickets for all three ‘Concerts by the Lake’ events can be bought via or by calling 0844 888 9991.For more details go to

Lytham Festival Send Invite Into Space

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Lytham Festival organisers have fired a message into space inviting UK astronaut Major Tim Peake to come and see Noel Gallagher perform his intergalactic classic.

Major Peake is due to arrive home to earth today (Saturday, June 18) after an historic six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
While in space Major Peake has been kept entertained by his own 117-song Spotify playlist which he put together before blast off.
It includes the Noel Gallagher and Oasis acoustic classic D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman (see link below).Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be headlining Lancashire’s Lytham Festival on Thursday August 4 and organisers have Tweeted Major Peake while still in space inviting him to the gig as their guest of honour.
Lytham Festival Director Daniel Cuffe said: “Major Tim Peake is a national hero and a man who has boldly gone where no English man has gone before.
“He took a playlist of his favourite tunes with him into space including D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman. As the song is part of Noel’s current set we would love to welcome Major Peake to Lytham Festival and see Noel sing it in person.
“Not only this, and in-keeping with the space theme, the night before Noel’s appearance we have the largest ever seaside screening of Star Wars.
“We cannot think of a more fitting person to be here on the night as our guest of honour than Major Tim Peake and we all wish him a safe journey home today.”
During his stay in space, Major Peake made the first spacewalk by a UK astronaut, remotely steered a robot on Earth and ran the equivalent of the London Marathon.
A Soyuz capsule carrying Major Peake and two other crew members is due to land in Kazakhstan at 10.15am on Saturday.Speaking in his last live link-up from space, Major Peake said: “It’s been a fantastic six months up here – really remarkable, incredible experience.
“I’m looking forward to coming home, looking forward to seeing my friends and my family, but I am going to miss this place [the ISS].”
Lytham Festival will be held in the stunning coastal resort of Lytham and St Annes between August 1-7Together with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Canadian rock giant Bryan Adams, and a stellar line-up of West End stars in main Lytham Green Proms Arena.
Tickets are on sale to all Lytham Festival events now and more events will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Lytham Festival Box Office will open in Lytham Piazza from Sunday June 26.For more details about all events at Lytham Festival 2016 go to

Wonder Stuff’s Miles And Erica Join Lytham Festival Line Up

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Acoustic duo and Wonderstuff members Miles and Erica are joining the line up for this year’s Lytham Festival on the Pavilion Stage.

Made up of vocalist and guitarist Miles Hunt and violinist Erica Nockalls, the pair will perform a selection of their own tracks plus Wonderstuff material on Saturday 6 August.
They join the already packed line-up of live music across seven days on six stages, with highlights including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Canadian rock giant Bryan Adams, The Village People, Bay City Rollers and musical theatre band Collabro who are all headlining the main Lytham Green Proms Arena.
Lytham Festival Director Peter Taylor said “Lots of people will remember the Wonderstuff from their late 80s and 90s hits and will have fond memories of them.
“A personal favourite is their cover of Dizzy which they performed with the hilarious Vic Reeves, reaching number 2 in the UK chart.
“Miles and Erica are definitely a welcome addition to the already packed Lytham Festival bill are sure to have audiences lapping up their unique sound.”
Miles joined the Wonderstuff as part of the original line-up back in 1986 and has been a member of the band ever since, while Erica joined in March 2005.
The duo has been working together independently since 2006 and have released two studio albums alongside one live album and have toured extensively in the UK, Europe and USA.
As well as the music they are set to bring Miles’ trademark inter-song banter and insight into some of the tracks which will be performed on the night.
A host of other artists will also will also perform throughout the Festival’s fringe events across five stages throughout the week. Highlights include a punk-rock double header featuring The Dolls and Space on the Pavilion Stage and indie foursome The Lottery Winners on Stage Too both on Wednesday 3 August, plus much more besides.
There will also be special outdoor film screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Labyrinth at Lytham Hall and the UK’s largest ever seaside cinema will showcase Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Lytham Green Proms Arena.
Tickets are on sale to all Lytham Festival events now and more events will be announced in the coming weeks.The Lytham Festival Box Office will open in Lytham Piazza from Sunday June 26.
For more details about all events at Lytham Festival 2016 go to 

Celebrate 40 Years Of Punk With Double Header In Leafy Lytham

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The usually quiet Lancashire seaside town of Lytham is to be anything but when it hosts a one-off gig celebrating 40 years of punk as part of Lytham Festival.

The Festival has expanded its music offering this year with a packed line-up across six stages throughout Lytham and runs from 1-7 August.

Bands The Dolls and Space will take to the Pavilion Stage in a musical explosion that is sure to keep the venue rocking on Wednesday 3 August.

Lytham Festival director Peter Taylor said: “Punk turned the country upside down 40 years ago when it swept the nation and we’re really looking forward to it doing the same at Lytham Festival this year.

“The Dolls offer an ear-splittingly loud sound that is guaranteed to get punk music lovers pogo-ing at the Pavilion, while many will have fond memories of Space from the 90s music scene.

“We have worked really hard this year to select an eclectic line-up for this year’s Festival that will cater to all musical tastes and we’re sure that people will love what we’ve got in store for them.”

The Dolls are an all-girl five piece whose punk credentials are second to none and are coming to Lytham as part of their 2016 Daughters of Anarchy Tour. Formed in 2014 the band, like many others, started out covering songs they loved.

Spaceformed in 1993 in Liverpool and are one of the longest running bands performing at this year’s Festival. Best known for their hits Female of the Species, Me and You Versus The World and Avenging Angels, they are no strangers to the festival scene with stacks of appearances over the years. They also famously dueted with Cerys Matthews from Catatonia with a special tribute to everyone’s favourite Welsh singer titled The Ballad of Tom Jones in 1998.

The Dolls and Space play the Pavilion Stage at Lowther Pavilion on Wednesday 3 August (£25.50).

Organisers Cuffe and Taylor have already revealed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Canadian rock giant Bryan Adams, The Village People, Bay City Rollers and musical theatre band Collabro are among those who will headline in the main Lytham Green Proms Arena.

A host of other artists will also will also perform throughout the Festival’s fringe events across five stages throughout the week. Highlights include London based pop-rockers Room 94 at Stage Too and Lawson at the Pavilion Stage, plus much more besides.

There will also be special outdoor film screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Labyrinth at Lytham Hall and the UK’s largest ever seaside cinema screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Lytham Green Proms Arena.

Tickets are on sale to all Lytham Festival events now and more events will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Lytham Festival Box Office will open in Lytham Piazza from Sunday June 26.

For more details about all events at Lytham Festival 2016 go to

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