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chdtbeatlesIt’s Full Steam Ahead to The Historic Dockyard Chatham this Easter, as thousands plan to travel to one of the South East’s biggest and best events – The Medway Festival of Steam and Transport. Visitors to the Festival on Easter Sunday and Monday, 20th and 21st April, are in for a real treat this year as one of the South East’s favourite events gets bigger and better still!

The Medway Festival of Steam and Transport is back this year with an injection of even more music to complement the classic and vintage vehicles across the 80 acre site. Visitors will be treated to a variety of music on two main stages located within a historical setting.

The Victorian Warship HMS GANNET, No. 3 Slip and No. 1 Smithery will encapsulate the Folk and Blues Stage, surrounded by vehicles dating from 1901 to 1930 and Steam Traction Engines, where visitors will be entertained with lively and toe tapping folk and blues music.

Acts performing to the crowds include: Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs an ‘off the rails’ skiffle band, well known on the Glastonbury Festival scene, with their quirky and comedic act playing music with wash boards, soap boxes, banjos and guitars and CoCo and the Butterfields, provide something a little different. A five piece band with a unique fusion of folk, pop and hip hop or ‘Fip Fok’ they are not to be missed! Funke and the Two Tone Baby a talented multi-instrumentalist will entertain with his mechanical alt-blues music; Kentish band The Flowing play alternative and folk songs with a range of instruments; and performances from Larkspur with their mix of lively traditional and modern folk music, will ensure that visitors will not be disappointed.

The River Medway sets the scene for a second stage, backed by the beautiful Commissioner’s House. This Sixties and Rockabilly Stage will be flanked by vehicles from the 1960’s, hot rods, trucks and American vehicles and this area will have an American Diner feel to it where visitors can rock ‘n’ roll the weekend away!

Acts on this stage include: Scarlett Rae and the Cherry Reds who perform a fusion of blues, rockabilly and jazz; Like…The Beatles bringing visitors the most accurate and fun Beatles tribute act in the UK, take a trip down memory lane; making a welcome return Thee Waltons, a playful act with a unique blend of hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll; The Kick-Backs are a six piece rock, funk and soul band with sing-a-long covers; The Scalextrics are a new-wave punk rock band with hits from the ‘60s, ’70s and ‘80s; and performances from Leroy and the Rockets with impressive credits in the music industry, be entertained with a mix of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and blues.

With such an impressive festival line up set to come to the Medway Towns, visitors are being encouraged to buy their discounted tickets in advance to avoid the queues, to enjoy their music filled Easter weekend at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. For more information and tickets, go to www.thedockyard.co.uk/steamandtransport
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HMD Poster FINALA holocaust survivor will recall the horrors of fleeing Nazi Germany during a special event at Rochester Cathedral.

Susi Bechhofer, who wrote a moving book of her experience, is expected to talk about how she fled Germany at the age of three and and how it took her almost 50 years to learn that her mother had died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, in Poland, in the Second World War.

Susi’s account is part of an event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at the cathedral on Monday, January 27, at 6pm.

Medway schools have been busy preparing for the event and there will be readings, poetry, drama, music, exhibits and prayers by pupils.

Pupils will also reflect on more recent genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia and Bosnia, focusing on the current problems in South Sudan.

In addition to the Memorial Day, there will be an exhibition of artwork at Rochester Guildhall produced by schools and Mid Kent College students.

A Peace Wall has also been created where individuals will be able to pledge what they can do to make the world a better place.

Members of the Medway Youth Parliament will be taking the Peace Wall to the Pentagon Centre in Chatham on January 25 and it will be at the cathedral on the day of the service, which this year has the theme of ‘Journeys’.

Holocaust Memorial Day is being supported by Medway Council, Rochester Cathedral, Medway Youth Parliament, Chatham Memorial Synagogue and Medway Inter Faith Action.

For press enquiries and confirm a place at the Memorial Day call Canon Philip Hesketh from Rochester Cathedral on 01634 843366 or email bookings@rochestercathedral.org

PaulWeller14hrPaul Weller has confirmed five forest gigs, appearing as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert programme in spectacular woodland locations across the country.
It’s been thirty years since Paul Weller first exploded onto the music scene, suited and booted, and armed with statement tunes in The Jam. Blending the best of British with his love of Motown, Weller crafted a new landscape in the UK music scene thanks to an impressive portfolio of work including amongst others, Stanley Road, Illumination, 22 Dreams and 2013’s Sonik Kicks all hitting Number One. A significant figure in popular music for the past three generations, he remains a cultural icon.
Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income from the concerts is spent on improving the woodland for both people and wildlife.

Following on from two sold out Forest Live dates last summer, Paul said of the 2014 shows, “It’s a favourite summer jaunt for me so I look forward to performing in a few of the forests that I haven’t played in a good while”.

Paul Weller plus special guests will be performing:

Saturday 14 June: Sherwood Pines Forest, Edwinstowe, Nr Mansfield, Notts.

Saturday 21 June: Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Friday 27 June: Dalby Forest, Nr Pickering, N Yorks.

Saturday 28 June: Cannock Chase Forest, Nr Rugeley, Staffs.

Friday 4 July: Delamere Forest, Nr Northwich, Cheshire.

Tickets £46.20 (including booking fee) go on sale at 9.00am Friday 17 January from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.

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tuba Saturday 19th October the Kent Police Brass Band will be playing at Hoo St. Werburgh Parish Church and there are still a few tickets available if you would like to go you can get tickets from Stuart Coombs on 01634 251705

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Children’s day 21st August Wednesday 21st August starting at 9.30 and finishing at 3 pm. Children’s Craft and fun day in and around St Nicholas Church at Southfleet for 5 – 11 year olds. First child £5, brothers and sisters £3 each. Booking and further details from Rose 01474 322807 Much More

Castle Concerts - Under SiegeTalented young people from Medway will perform at Rochester Castle gardens in Under Siege on Sunday, 21 July from 1pm to 3.30pm.

The free event is part of Medway’s Festival of Music and gives some of the area’s most gifted young performers the chance to showcase their talents on the Castle Concerts stage.

This year the Under Siege performers will follow in the footsteps of Status Quo, The Wanted, Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet, ABC and Go West as well as The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

All the acts will be able to perform on the same full-sized stage, with professional equipment and the support of an experienced crew. More

The Britannia Theatre will be hosting a wedding fair on Sunday 30th June from 11am to 3pm.

The Britannia Theatre can be found on Leviathan Way at the Chatham Dockside Complex, within Dickens World.

A New band have just been added to the line-up of FREE entertainment in Gravesend on Saturday 15 June at the Music & Motors Festival of Transport.

Defunk’d are a high-energy funk-rock band from the University of Kent, where all of the band members are studying Music Technology. With a wide range of covers, each of which has been given a unique twist, and a growing number of originals, Defunk’d have found themselves extremely busy over the past few months. More

mrphoebusGravesend shoppers will be treated to the charming spectacle of a penny farthing in motion, ridden by the very dapper Mr Phoebus – dressed head to toe in Victorian finery at ‘Music & Motors – Festival of Transport’ in the town centre on Saturday 15 June.

With a bunch of balloons in hand and coattails trailing merry cheer, Mr Phoebus will delight you with the folly of bell-ringing and horn-hooting as he cycles by in elegant form on the saddle of a modern penny farthing bicycle, pedalling old-fashioned Victorian whimsy. More

choircharlieCharlie Landsborough, multi award-winning inspirational/country artist, heads out on tour this Autumn in support of his 29th album “Silhouette”. This time, however, the tour will be very different – it will be opened by a leading local choir.

Having previously been a teacher before embarking on his musical career, Charlie has always recognised the vital role of music and choirs in the community. More

Glyndebourne has today launched its first national art competition inviting talented and aspiring young artists from across the UK to design the cover of its 2013 Tour Programme. The winning artist will see their artwork grace the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme and be exhibited at Glyndebourne and participating gallery spaces this autumn. Read the rest of this entry »

Alex Hutton Piano Trio featuring Asaf Sirkis on drums. Tuesday 14 May, 8.00pm at The Brook Theatre Chatham. Alex Hutton, brings his fine piano trio with Yuri Goloubev on double bass and the amazing drummer Asaf Sirkis, to play music with the joy and optimism found in big film scores, combined with folky nuances and a sense of space and stillness. “inventive … cinematic, folksong-like melodies.” The Guardian. Tickets: £11.00. Jazz Mailing List members and members of the Theatres Loyalty Scheme receive a discount of £1.00 per ticket. 01634 338338

Around 2,800 children from schools across Medway will take part in a series of concerts to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Medway Music Association.

The Primary Choral and Instrumental Festival takes place from Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 March at The Central Theatre, Chatham.

A 200-strong Recorder Ensemble and the recently formed Medway Junior Youth Orchestra will open the festival with a performance on Monday night (11 March) at 7pm. More

Christmas spirit will fill the air as one of Medway’s most iconic settings will come alive with the sound of festive carols next month.

More than 1,000 children will descend upon Rochester Cathedral for a series of carol concerts as part of the Medway Music Association’s (MMA) annual festive musical event.

Now in it’s 70th year, the concerts will see around 1200 pupils from over 30 Medway primary schools perform at the cathedral on Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday, 5 December. On the song sheet will be a host of traditional carols, from Once In Royal David’s City to O Come All Ye Faithful, performed to an invited audience of parents and guests. Each day the children will spend the morning warming up their best singing voices before the performances begin at 2pm. More

The UK’s No 1 Folk and Hip Hop Dance act is performing in Chatham at the Brook Theatre on Monday, 19 November, 2012.
The groundbreaking show from The Demon Barbers is called The Lock In and puts three forms of folk dancing into a theatre performance.
The Lock In has been described as Morris dancing meets the Irish Riverdance, with hip hop thrown in.
The dancers say they bring some of the UK’s oldest forms of dance bang up to date with some of the youngest in this exciting new show which comes to Chatham as part of it’s UK tour.
The show, the brainchild of award-winning folk band The Demon Barbers, sees a group of street dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub. Local rumour has it that The Fighting Cocks is the place to be ‘after hours’ but as the regulars arrive, a clash of cultures turns into a dance floor stand-off. More

A talented jazz pianist who in the past 12 months has played the Royal Albert Hall and performed with Katherine Jenkins and Jools Holland, comes to Chatham next month.
Derek Paravicini & Friends play Jazz on Tuesday, 12 June at 8pm The Brook Theatre, Chatham. More

Enjoy the uplifting sounds of African drums when Kasai Masai bring their rhythmic music, deep from the heart of Congo mixed with their own urban twist, to The Brook Theatre, Chatham. More

Get that Friday feeling and welcome in the weekend this August by heading to Rainham Shopping Centre for some themed events for all the family. Read the rest of this entry »

Some of the world’s rarest motorbikes were on display in Medway during this year’s Dickens Festival, in a special event organised by the British Two Stroke Club. More

From folk to medieval sounds through to Prog Rock the Strawbs have been one of the most influential bands in British music, More

Saturday 25th June Traditional games, stalls and entertainment; bouncy castle and giant inflatable slide; tombolas and raffles; BBQ and Pimms Tent and other refreshments; music and dance; displays; assault course fun; meet the local Fire Brigade and Police, and lots, lots more from 1pm-3pm (then stay for live music and refreshments from 3pm to 4pm!). For more information search for us on Facebook – Cliffe Woods PTA.

The sound of experience and the enthusiasm of youth combine in the Neon Quartet who perform in Medway next week. More

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