Kansas Smitty’s House Band at EFG London Jazz Festival

Fresh from a UK-tour that included selling out four nights at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, The Kansas Smitty’s House Band arrive back in London at Shoreditch Town Hall for an EFG London Jazz Festival special.

The Kansas Smitty’s House Band have been quietly, or depending on where you’ve been spending your evenings, not so quietly, carving out a name for themselves as one of the driving forces in the UK jazz scene. Their reputation, built on their incendiary live shows, including four sold out main shows at Ronnie Scott’s, has recently been cemented by the release of their full debut album and the opening of their own bar venue in East London.

Both bar and band have received praise across the jazz and mainstream press, with extensive coverage from The Evening Standard, and reviews in the Sunday Times and Telegraph. The Band’s debut record was nominated as one of the top jazz albums of 2015 by the Telegraph. The Sunday Times summed it up nicely, saying “Conservatories or cocktails? If jazz is to survive it will need more bands (like this one)”. The House Band don’t like to be boxed in.

As their debut album exemplifies, they make wide use of the sour mash of styles that has allowed them to cross the divides between generations and dispositions. Moving through sounds of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans ethnic music, and gospel, they relentlessly pursue a sound of their own, seeking out and creating a genre-blind audience for their music.

Rachel Tucker at Shoreditch Town Hall

Following a triumphant UK tour, including seven sell-out shows in London, Rachel Tucker performs her biggest concert to date at Shoreditch Town Hall.

With very special guest Emma Hatton, Rachel will be joined by a nine piece band and thirty kids from Stagebox Musical Theatre.

Led by MD Kris Rawlinson, Rachel will showcase some of the musical theatre classics she has become famous for and material from her recent tour, as well as brand new material from the On The Road sessions. Book now for the Wicked star’s hottest concert yet.

Directed by Guy Retallack

Book tickets below. 

Doors: 7pm

Show Start: 8pm

Victoria Derbyshire ‘Dear Cancer, Love Victoria’

A much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015, she herself was in the news, after receiving a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that aimed to demystify the illness. The diaries have so far amassed 17 million views.

Victoria’s story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one but it is so often laugh-out-loud too. Moving, wonderfully heart-warming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer.

Join Victoria for an evening of conversation, questions, answers and above all, openness.

The Other Palace show is in aid of You Can, who provide emotional support for young people aged 10-29 years of age who’ve been through cancer treatment.

Matt Cardle and Kerry Ellis

Kerry is recognised as the leading lady of West End and Broadway musicals, with a number of starring roles in London, New York and around the world. Meanwhile, Matt has become a multi-platinum recording artist having completed five sold-out tours since winning The X Factor’s highest rating series in 2010, watched by over 19 million.

This summer will see two of the most powerful and award-winning voices of this century appear in concert together for the very first time… Kerry Ellis and Matt Cardle will take to the stage for an epic evening of entertainment for two-nights only.

Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years


In the exclusive London launch of the long-awaited sequel to Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, world-renowned actors bring Mandela’s reflections on his time in power to life, and a select panel including his co-author the acclaimed South African novelist and poet Mandla Langa and the Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, and chaired by Jon Snow, discuss his legacy in a troubled world.

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years draws heavily on the second volume of memoirs that Mandela began writing in the last days of his presidency (but was unable to finish) and tells the story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcame to make a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa. What are the enduring lessons that can be drawn from Mandela’s time in power? How can the landmark achievements of the Nobel Peace Prize winner inspire the next generation?

The book’s title, Dare Not Linger, is derived from the closing paragraphs of Long Walk to Freedom: “I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

Wolf Hall Live

Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novel Wolf Hall was transformed into a riveting six-part drama by the BBC to huge acclaim in 2015.

Accompanying Thomas Cromwell’s machinations and hushed conversations in shadowy palace corners was original music by Debbie Wiseman, performed by members of The Locrian Ensemble of London; the soundtrack CD reached no.1 in the classical charts. Wiseman and the Ensemble perform selections from her acclaimed score, alongside extracts from Wolf Hall and its first sequel Bring Up The Bodies read by Anton Lesser – who played Thomas More in the BBC series.

Wiseman has over 200 film and television soundtracks to her name including Wilde, Wolf Hall and, more recently, Dickensian. Consisting of some of the country’s finest musicians, the Locrian Ensemble is at the very top of its game, delivering stunning performances which range from the blisteringly dramatic to the heart-rendingly mournful. The concert roughly follows the narrative of the television series with Lesser’s intense readings setting the scene for a musical commentary. The most intense part of the concert must surely be the depiction of Anne Boleyn’s execution, as the impassioned readings leave the audience hanging on every word, with music that is gripping and moving in equal parts.

Maria Friedman

Maria explores the work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim in her critically acclaimed show, comparing and contrasting songs from their separate catalogues, as well as their joint masterpiece ‘West Side Story’. Songs include ‘New York, New York’, ‘I Can Cook Too’, ‘Losing My Mind’ and ‘Send In The Clowns’.

Book fast for the four-time Olivier Award Winner in an intimate Cabaret setting. Maria will be joined by MD, Tony nominee Jason Carr.

Aled Jones Christmas Special

Alongside the release of his new album, join Aled Jones for a special one-off concert this Christmas at Guildford’s G Live on 21st December.

He is the original crossover star and has had an extraordinary career over the past three decades. Aled Jones has sung for the Pope and the Royal Family, has received an MBE, released over 30 albums, with over 10 million album sales and counting and has over 40 Silver, Gold and Platinum Discs.

Limited Meet & Greets available. These do not count as tickets to the show, which need to be purchased separately. These will take place in the theatre at 5.30pm and include 30minuites with Aled, a photo opportunity and a glass of prosecco.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Takeover the Brasserie

Join The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as they takeover Brasserie Zédel.

Surrounded by guests in the middle of their art deco dining room, the UK’s most renowned large ensemble will perform pieces by Mozart, Puccini and Bach to name just a few.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Music of James Bond

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be closing this year’s Curious Arts Festival with a sensational evening celebrating over 50 thrilling years of iconic songs and themes from films about everyone’s favourite secret service agent – 007!

This is a night of 00Heaven featuring musical highlights from some of the best Bond films ever such as ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Licence to Kill’, ‘You Only Live Twice’, ‘Diamonds are Forever’, Live and Let Die’,‘Goldeneye’, ‘From Russia with Love’, ‘Skyfall’, ‘Casino Royale’ and many more.