WEST BERKS PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY – Tea and Cake Concert Programme 2017



Tea and Cake Concert Programme 2017

Tickets from Picture It, High Street, Thatcham, or on the door 

Concerts will start at 4 p.m. 

Refreshments available beforehand from 3.30 p.m.

3rd September Sally Goodworth with Sue Addison  Trombone and Piano
17th September  Jo Harrop – Jazz Singer, Fever, the music of Peggy Lee
1st October  Mark Kesel, Trumpet
22nd October Charlotte Rowan, Violin
5th November Victoria Benjamin and Sam Wynne  Saxophone and Euphonium   

Sunday 5th February – The Manon Quartet


Thatcham Performing Arts Society

The Manon Quartet

The newly formed Thatcham Performing Arts Society presents the award-winning Manon Quartet, who are giving the first concert in the Tea and Cakes concert series for 2017, in the Old Bluecoat School.

 The Manon Quartet was formed in 2013 by musicians from the Royal College of Music in London.  Since then, they have won several awards and have performed at many venues across the UK, including the Wigmore Hall and the Elgar Room at the Royal Festival Hall – and the Old Bluecoat School!

 They are performing Quartets by Haydn (Op 54 No 2 in C major) and Schubert (No 14 “Death and the Maiden”).

This concert is on Sunday 5 February 2017, and, unusually, it will start at 3pm as Ren (violin) has to catch a plane to Finland, for an audition.  Tea and cakes will of course be served beforehand.

Tickets cost £10 (£5 for school age children) on the door and available from Lily’s ladies Fashion in the Kingsland Centre, Thatcham.

 Do come if you can – it will be good!



Thatcham Festival 2016

Old Bluecoat School Events

The Old Bluecoat School was proud to host a number of popular, free events showcasing its hirers and other local groups during the Thatcham community Festival 2016.

Thatcham Photographic Club launched the Festival celebrations in the building on Friday, 7th October with a reception and preview of its weekend-long Exhibition of local photographers’ work. This was attended by Civic Dignitaries and other invited guests.

Photo by Sue Lloyd

Renu Mohan introduced newcomers to the benefits of her yoga class on Monday evening and on Tuesday morning the building was full of preschoolers who went on musical adventures with Jo Cooke and Hartbeeps enjoying state-of-the-art music production, puppets, dance, drama and much more!

The building offered the perfect atmospheric setting on Tuesday evening for Mark T and Charles Spicer’s welcome return with their unique mix of mesmerizing early music and English folksongs with Celtic and Mediterranean-inspired backings.  A very appreciative audience enjoyed vocals, small pipes, bouzouki, cor anglais and also the melodeon played by guest musician, Keith Holloway, in the closing set.

Photo by Alan Woolfenden

Hickory Smoke’s four-piece band on Wednesday included banjos and penny whistle and played traditional Irish, Celtic and Country folk music to a capacity audience, who enjoyed covers from legends such as the Dubliners, Ralph McTell and Bob Dylan.  There is already talk of another concert in the Spring in response to popular demand!

On Thursday morning preschoolers, babies, their mothers and carers were entertained in a range of activities organised by Hartbeeps, A Spoonful of Nana’s Sophie Osgood, yoga and baby massage practitioner, and Life After Birth’s Sam Bounds, Doula and Holistic Therapist.  Homemade cake and a cup of tea were also very welcome!

Photo by Sue Lloyd

Thatcham Art Experience, the local community art group, organised the following weekend’s Festival Art Exhibition featuring the work in diverse media of local professional and amateur artists.  Many compliments were received on the high standard of work displayed and a number of pieces were sold.  Artists’ donations raised a generous sum for the Old Bluecoat School Building Maintenance Fund.

Photo by Sue Lloyd

Finally, but by no means least, Nik Stoter’s ‘Just A Singalong’ choir, who have rehearsed weekly in the OBS for many years, had the honour of being chosen to close Thatcham Festival 2016 in St. Mary’s Church on Friday, 21st October.  Their sparkling programme of contemporary songs included ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’ and perennial favourites from one of the most popular musical of all times, Les Miserables.  A relaxed and happy finale to a delightful evening.

All in all, a very successful and enjoyable Festival 2016 for the OBS and its hirers, demonstrating yet again the versatility of this wonderful old building.

Photo by Sue Lloyd

Information concerning activities and classes organised by the current OBS hirers may be found on the lettings calendar.

If you would like to hire the building, please telephone the Bookings Secretary on 07914 321681.                                                                                                               

October, 2016