"Invisible" at the New Wolsey Theatre, October 2011.


At one time, when a foreign language was heard on our streets, we assumed it was a tourist – nowadays the immediate response is to think “immigrant”. With asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and economic European migrants too often lumped together in the public mind, it is good to be reminded that each, however they arrived on our shores, is an individual with a story.


Keeping a Conference Running Smoothly – the role of the facilitator.


How often have you been to a conference in a great venue, with lovely food and potentially inspiring speakers, yet there was something missing? Perhaps the timing was out, the introductions clumsy or it was just, well, boring? Whether the conference is organised by your company, trade association, a charity, community group or statutory body, it must achieve its aims and objectives and be a positive experience for organisers, speakers and delegates.

Family Values with Wendy Cope


Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 30 November 2011 

Looking like a rather stern school teacher, Wendy Cope slipped unobtrusively onto the stage at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, sat down next to a small table and with barely a glance around, proceeded to read some of her witty, and thought-provoking, rhyming poems.

One of Britain’s most popular poets, she only began writing poetry when she was 27, but now is one of the few British poets who can earn a living from their writing.


Poetry Proms


Poetry Proms 2011 at Snape Malting Concert Hall.


In her introduction to the Poetry Prom at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Director Naomi Jaffa, said that the three poets that were to perform had been chosen for the quality of their work but also because of their differing styles, voice and subject matter. She added that she also loved the idea of an all-women line-up!


That they were very accomplished, yet very different, poets was certainly true, as the capacity audience was to discover.



A Celebration of Fred Astaire and his Leading Ladies


A Celebration of Fred Astaire and his Leading Ladies by John Wilson Orchestra at Snape Proms 31 August 2011.


Last year John Wilson opened the Snape Proms with his concert of Rogers and Hammerstein music. This year he closed the month-long music extravaganza with his latest composition, a reworking of the Great American Songbook, A Celebration of Fred Astaire and his Leading Ladies.



Jazz Jamaica


“Jazz Jamaica” at Snape Proms, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Sunday 14 August.


Imagine music that mixes ska and reggae sounds into classic and modern jazz, performed by eight Jamaican musicians and one vocalist. Add a packed Snape Proms audience on their feet and dancing, and you can get some idea of the terrific buzz that  filled Snape Maltings Concert Hall by the end of the performance by “Jazz Jamaica”.




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