Busy March for Music and Entertainment at Sodbury Town Hall

March 01 2015

It’s set to be a busy few weeks at the town hall, as Stuart Hobday, a former BBC Radio 2 Music Producer and organiser of Sodbury Jazz and Blues Festival reports.

Mike Hurst

It’s set to be a busy few weeks at the town hall, as Stuart Hobday, a former BBC Radio 2 Music Producer and organiser of Sodbury Jazz and Blues Festival reports.

On Friday 6th March the Inner Wheel Club of Chipping Sodbury is presenting a fascinating event in aid of local charity Jessie May. The guest will be BBC TV producer and personality Dale Templar who is based at the world famous Natural History Unit and who ran the double BAFTA winning series landmark Human Planet. During the evening Dale will be talking about her career and, with the aid of clips from the Human Planet series, recalling anecdotes about people who go to extremes to find food. Tickets priced £10 are available by calling (01454) 311617 or 853346. There will be a bar available, plus nibbles and a raffle.
A few days later on Tuesday 10th, the Chipping Sodbury Music Society are staging their monthly concert. Under the title ‘Men With Horns’ it features the Cornucopia Horn Quartet (Paul Sawbridge, Steve Macallister, Alistair Smith, Allen Cheshire) along with Niall Hoskin Baritone, Steven Hollas Piano and a Men’s Choir, conducted by Mike Daniels. The performance will include dramatic songs, stirring choruses and romantic horn quartets. Tickets are priced at £12.50 for adults, accompanied school-age children are admitted free . The phone number for tickets is 01454 315741(open Mon-Fri, 10 am - 8 pm).
The major concert this month is on Friday 13th March when the Town Hall will be the venue for The Springfield Story. Featuring original member Mike Hurst along with The Springfields, they’ll trace the musical success of the members of the remarkable hit 60s group. Following the chart hits from the original trio, Dusty went solo and had at least a couple of dozen of her own. Tom had a good deal of chart success as writer and producer of the Seekers and others and, as a producer, Mike Hurst created around 40 hits for a variety of artistes including Cat Stevens, The Move, PP Arnold, Manfred Mann and many others. Add them up and you have around 80 hits in total. It’s no wonder that the Penguin Encyclopaedia of Popular Music claims that, “The Springfields, jointly and severally, were probably responsible for more hit records than any other British group apart from The Beatles”. During the show Mike Hurst & The Springfields perform many of these songs and tell some of the stories behind them. It’s a trip down memory lane - for the group as well as the audience.
Tickets priced £17.50 and £15 can be obtained by calling the ticket hotline 01454 334410 or by using the website www.sodburyjazzandblues.com
Looking ahead to next month, you’ll need to make sure that you have tickets for The Witches of Eastwick. Presented by Sodbury Vale Musical Comedy Club there will be a number of performances from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th April. Seats priced £10.50 can be booked online through www.ticketsource.co.uk/svmcc