Turning a new Paige on concert scene

Elaine Paige.
Elaine Paige.

THE new link-up between Harrogate Theatre and the Royal Hall is bearing fruit already with a raft of major names from the world of music lined up.

As well as award-winning actress, singer, producer and radio presenter Elaine Paige, this new collaborative season features world class artists such as The Hallé, Northern Sinfonia, Tony Christie, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, London Community Gospel Choir and Sir Bob Geldof.

The appearance by Elaine Paige is a particular coup as her concert at the Royal Hall on Wednesday, April 4 is exclusive to Harrogate.

A thrilling live performer, Elaine has performed in concert all over the world, as well as recording 21 solo albums earning her eight consecutive gold and four multi-platinum discs.

She has also achieved chart topping hits including Memory, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and I Know Him So Well which have become her signatures.

Currently, this star of the West End continues to be one of the star presenters on BBC Radio 2 with her own lunchtime show, Elaine Paige On Sunday, which regularly attracts more than two million listeners.

As for Harrogate Theatre itself, it’s new season includes a vast array of musical talent topped by the arrival next Tuesday, January 31 of award-winning CBE performer Lesley Garrett.

It’s the first time this popular singer has appeared on stage at Harrogate Theatre, though she’s no newcomer to the town itself.

Hosted by BBC Radio’s Paul Harris, audience members will join the renowned star in an evening of songs and chat as she reminisces about her career.

Back by popular demand, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra will perform their renowned classic arrangements and Big Band tunes on Saturday, February 4.

Perfect for a Valentine’s day treat is Sincerely Noël, a tribute to the music of Noel Coward devised by, and starring, BBC’s renowned impressionist, stand-up comedian and Olivier-nominated actor Alistair McGowan who will be joined by soprano Charlotte Page.

Talented music group, Moishe’s Bagel will burst onto the stage on Wednesday, February 15 with their distinctive sound combining the energy and passion of Eastern European folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation.

Returning to Harrogate Theatre after a sensational success at Harrogate Theatre last year is renowned guitarist Preston Reed who plays two nights - Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11.

Last, but not least, is a show booked by the late John Haxby, the local promoter behind Kula Productions.

On Friday, February 24 classic British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe plays Harrogate Theatre for the first time having recently been nominated in the BBC’s Alternative Brit Awards for last year’s solo album The Old Magic Fit.

Never a punk himself, Lowe still played a major part in the punk and New Wave movement in the late 1970s.

Nick began his musical career as a member of Brinsley Schwarz, during which time he wrote (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding, which became a hit for Elvis Costello in 1979, and Cruel to Be Kind, a solo hit for Lowe.

Dr Feelgood’s hit single Milk and Alcohol was co-penned by Nick, which along with I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass which reached the Top 10 in 1978.

He also produced The Damned’s first single, New Rose, considered the first English punk single.

Last year, Nick played a triumphant show at Glastonbury Festival.

l Tickets for all the shows in the new season at Harrogate Theatre and the Royal Hall are available at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or 01423 502 116.