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“In The Cooler” Friday 1st February 2019

In this week’s show…....  7-9 pm

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A chat with a member of 70s group Lindisfarne..Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell are back on the road with The Lindisfarne Story in 2019. ..and coming to Cheltenham on Sunday 24th March 2019 at the Cheltenham Town Hall Pillar Room.

Steve Burrows talks with us about the book “Secret Worcestershire”..and there’s a book signing at Broadway Tower on Saturday 2nd February 2019… an arresting experience..!!

Jessica May tell us about the Youth outreach programme, the forthcoming summer season at Longborough Festival Opera and the  FREE TASTER DAY – OPEN TO ALL Saturday 9 February 2019  St David’s Centre, Church Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0LT.  11am – 4pm. Group work in the morning, followed by individual short performance slots in the afternoon.

..and Vicky Bennett outlines the programme for the forthcoming Chipping Campden Literature Festival (7-11 May open from 1st February 2019!..

and appropriate music!!


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NCCR:”In The Cooler” Friday 25th January 2019. Holocaust Memorial Day Special.

Sunday 27th January 2019 is Holocaust Memorial Day.. with a theme: Torn From Home.

So, “In the Cooler” will make its own contribution to the event with several interviews…

Jennifer Silverston, chair of Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation outlines the day’s events.

Holger Off (of the internationally renowned Berlin Comedian Harmonists) reflects on the music and legacy  of the 1930s Comedian Harmonists.

Barbara Winton (daughter of Sir Nicholas) tells us about how her father  contributed to saving 669 Jewish children from Prague in 1938.

John Fieldsend, one of the 669 “children” rescued reflects on his life since being torn from his home..and his parents..

Paul Curran reads “The Welcoming Land”,by Clemence Dane.

Sean Dudden is a Youtube film maker who determined to film Auschwitz.. and speaks of the emotional cost in doing so.

Professional film and internationally acclaimed documentary producer Paul Kittel acquaints us with the background to the Chris Tarrant Extreme Railways episode “Hitler’s Holocaust Railway” ..

Joe Twilley of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust outlines the Trust’s educational work, and its current involvement with present situations

..and historian Simon Schama adds the historian’s perspective..

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What is Holocaust Memorial Day?   Simon Schama

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And Kenneth Woods discusses music that came out of the Holocaust in the first February programmes of “Cooler Classics.”

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RAW COMEDY End the January Blues! 8pm Fri 1st February 2019. Tickets £5 adv, £6 at door.

Break free of the January Blues at Raw Comedy on Friday 1st Feb! Six fresh comedy acts fill the Arts Centre’s foyer bar with funny – it’s Evesham’s Comedy Club!

The fun begins at 8pm sharp as the brilliantly self-deprecating compere WILL MARS does the introductions. He’s a comedy circuit veteran with loads of club nights, Edinburgh shows, international performances, TV & radio appearances to his credit.

The night’s crop of acts are

  • the award winning HARVEY HAWKINS, who runs comedy clubs across Warwickshire
  • the “edgy, thought-provoking & insanely interesting” BILLY McGUIRE (who might wear his kilt)
  • ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ semi-finalist CHRIS JONES, straight outta Glasgow’s East End.
  • Shrewsbury’s deadpan, witty and prolific pun-monger MAX POOLE
  • ‘2018 Jewish Comedian of the Year’ finalist SARAH LEE

The evening’s finale act will be the “humble, modest & gorgeous” MIKE KEENAN. Bringing wry observations & well crafted gags all the way from Warrington, he’s been called “rude, political & clever” and “Comedy God”.

Audiences are invited to forget that the weather is pants, Christmas over & the world off to hell in a handcart – and come & have a laugh!

LIMITED TO 80 SEATS – advance booking advised!  Min age 16. Tickets £6 at the door or £5 (students £4) in advance from Evesham Almonry Abbey Road WR11 4BQ and the arts centre website  The fun starts at 8pm Fri 1st Feb.

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NCCR “In the Cooler” Friday 18th January 2019

In this week’s edition of “In the Cooler”… former bass player with Dire Straits, John Illsley talks about his 4o years with Dire Straits and his latest tour…and more..

Another chance to hear the interview with debut novelist Richard Vaughan Davies “In the Shadow of Hitler”…..and the distinct possibility that we shall be talking trains…..


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NCCR “In The Cooler” Friday 11th January 2019

In this week’s edition (repeated Sunday 8-10 am)… Tina Lee will tell us all about the Rat Pack Tribute show at Bretforton on 26th January support of the British Heart Foundation

Debut novelist Richard Vaughan Davies explains his book “In The Shadow of Hitler”.. with a local link..

Greta Barnes reminisces about her time as a trainee nurse in 1959-62 , when nurses “Perched Like Doves”….

and their musical choices, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,Sammy Davis Jr, Ketty Lester, Joan Sutherland, music from “Hairspray”, La Boheme, Mozart’s Horn Concerto, and The Beatles!

And, time allowing, we’ll open the 2018 Interview Archive!!

Join us tonight on NCCR   7-9pm(repeated Sunday 8-10 am)

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“In The Cooler” Sunday 8-10 am

This edition is a 3 hour special, with a (partial!)review of the year (2018)

Featuring: Ben Holder (Moreton Jazz Club), Tony Prince-the Royal Ruler, Noella Coursarsis – international supermodel and ambassador for Malaika Charity, Jethro..Cornwall’s comedy legend, The Three Degrees ..and Eddy Grant..

Be sure to listen in  a Full English is not the same without it!!

The Three Degrees (Used with permission)

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Ric Sanders,Noella,Ben Holder,Jethro.

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Eddy Grant (used with Permission)                  PL & Tony Prince.

Future editions of “In The Cooler” may well more include archived interviews!!

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Benjamin Grosvenor at Evesham Arts Centre Friday 11th January 2019 – 7.30pm

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Benjamin Grosvenor
Evesham Arts Centre
Friday 11th January 2019 – 7.30pm

Programme to include:
Schumann Blumenstück, Op.19 & Kreisleriana
Janacek Piano Sonata 1. X. 1905
Prokofiev Visions fugitives, Op. 22 (selections)
Liszt Réminiscences de Norma (Bellini)

Winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven, Benjamin Grosvenor is now an internationally regarded pianist performing with esteemed conductors and orchestras across the world. A BBC New Generation Artist from 2010-2012 Benjamin has performed at the BBC Proms on a number of occasions and in 2015 starred at the Last Night. Exclusively signed to Decca Classics, the youngest British musician to do so, his recordings have received numerous awards and in October 2016 he was announced as the inaugural recipient of the Ronny and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize at the New York Philharmonic. Playing since the age of six, Benjamin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012 with the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’.