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6 Must See Performances in Bradford

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

The Alhambra Theatre
09 – 16 September 2017
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the Olivier award-winning West End show opens its first ever UK tour in Bradford!

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.
Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might As Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and Locomotion.

Sincerely Yours – The Vera Lynn Story

King’s Hall Ilkley
12 September 2017
Lorrie Brown brings her tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, Sincerely Yours – The Vera Lynn Story to King’s Hall, Ilkley.

Lorrie Brown has been performing a tribute show to Vera Lynn for over 20yrs and in 2013 she was honoured for her achievement by the Agents Association and named UK No.1 Vera Lynn tribute. Lorrie is now taking the next logical step with a tour of a show that she has devised with her husband and co producer Gary Birtles.
As Lorrie explains, “2017 will be Dame Vera’s 100th birthday and the nation is going to be honouring all her achievements from her life. During my show we talk about the work she did during WW2 so the next logical step was to tell people about her life and what shaped her into becoming the forces sweetheart. She started her career singing in the dance bands and that is where we will start. We will be performing on stage with a live band and singing many of the songs she would have sung in her early days, then moving on to her time entertaining the troops and hosting her own radio show ‘Sincerely Yours’, which is where the title of the show comes from. Dame Vera had many hits so we will try and get as many in the show as possible all with that live band sound. Also on the bill will be support by another wartime favourite, George Formby performed by one of the country’s leading tribute acts.”

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers

King’s Hall Ilkley
15 September 2017
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Les McKeown brings his band to King’s Hall, Ilkley

The music of the Bay City Rollers became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers growing up in the mid 70’s. The face and voice of that soundtrack belonged to Les McKeown. With Les leading the way, massive hits such as ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Shang A Lang’, ‘Summer Love Sensation’ and ‘Give A Little Love’ propelled the band to world-wide superstardom and their trademark Scottish tartan was to be seen everywhere across the planet.

Paul Chowdhry

King’s Hall Ilkley
21 September 2017
Running Time: 2 hrs 00 mins
Paul Chowdhry brings his new show Live innit to King’s Hall, Ilkley.
Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to Ilkley.

The Three Degrees in Concert

King’s Hall Ilkley
23 September 2017
Don’t miss your chance to see The Three Degrees plus support at King’s Hall, Ilkley
The Three Degrees are an American female vocal group, formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group has remained a trio with 2 original members since Sheila Ferguson left many moons ago. Original members Helen Scott and Valerie Holiday are joined by Freddie Pool.
A firm favourite with Prince Charles The Three Degrees sang at his 30th birthday party and were guests at his wedding to Princess Diana.
The Three Degrees are well known for their soulful voices, beautiful gowns, and fabulous stage shows. They are known all around the world for songs like When will I see you again, Dirty Ol’ Man and Take Good Care Of Yourself. They have been continuously touring for more than 40 years!

Benjamin Grosvenor

29 September 2017
This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bradford’s Chamber Season in the beautiful Bradford Cathedral. The season opens with British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Celebrated for his electrifying performances, Benjamin has been a soloist for the first night of the Proms and performed with leading orchestras across the globe.
Hailed as “the most remarkable young pianist of our time” (Gramophone), Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognised for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. In 2012, Grosvenor became Gramophone’s youngest-ever double award winner when he was awarded Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award and Instrumental Awards.

Benjamin is renowned for his distinctive sound, described as ‘poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch’ (The Independent) making him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.


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