Tickets are now available to book for our 60th Birthday Show on Thursday 21st September 2023 at 7pm. This will be held at the Phoenix Arts Club, One Phoenix Street, London WC2 right in the heart of London’s West End. You can book your tickets via their website here.
We are delighted that Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay will be topping the bill.
This month’s Music Hall Show by the Lissenden Players at the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institute in Pond Square, Highgate is on WEDNESDAY 16th November 2022. Doors open 7.30 pm for 8 pm start. Admission £8 at the door.
In the cast: Orla Roberts, Sheila Miller, Sue Yager, Barbara Kealy and Martin Nail. With Pamela Mundy in the Chair and Derek Marcus at the piano.
Join us to celebrate the life of the internationally-renowned actor/comic/impressionist & opera singer, Joan Turner. Actor/Author/Comic/Singer David Benson hosts a deliberately-excessive celebration of La Turner’s ‘best bits’ covering the six decades, during which she developed and shared her unique talent with fans – who, loyally, stayed with her through thick and thin.
Singer-storyteller Matthew Crampton (and BMHs member) has a new show called Have a Banana! It’s a fun evening which asks the big questions: Why are some old songs, especially music hall classics, still potent today? Why do humans crave singalong? And what is it about bananas?
But mostly it’s a show of bad jokes and lots of singalong. Come sing chorus medleys from the music hall, gospel and World War One. Enjoy in full some classics such as The Man on the Flying Trapeze and With Her ‘Ead Tucked Underneath Her Arm plus little-known treats such as Strolling Down the Strand.
Woven through the singalong are fascinating facts. Back in 1910, for example, there were three million pianos in Britain, one for every 15 people, so Saturday night saw singing down every street. Plus big questions: How do you create a comic song? Is syncopation the enemy of singalong?
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Our friends at the Derby and Nottingham Music Hall Association are hosting a Zoom talk on Thursday 27th October 2022 at 7.30pm and BMHS members are invited to join the talk.
‘Youth Takes A Bow’ – The legendary 1939 stage show and an in depth tribute to one remarkable lady, Nottingham’s very own MARY NAYLOR – TOB star on Radio & TV, in Revue, & Variety. A Lady Ratling, now living in California where Mary Naylor – Kodell is celebrating her 96th year(and who will be joining the Zoom talk).
The London Light Music Group is holding their October meeting at the Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 on Sunday 9th October 2022.
The event includes presentations including recordings. For further information, see the London Light Music Group website here
There will be a special presentation featuring the composer and pianist Robert Docker. His daughter Beverley and son Eric will be in conversation with Tony Clayden discussing his life and work, and a selection of his compositions and arrangements will be played, many of which were specially written for BBC broadcasts.
BMHS member Anthony Wills will mark 100 years of BBC Wireless with a presentation of music and laughter, including excerpts from a Missing Believed Lost recording of a Gala Concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz, presented by Richard Stilgoe, with special guests Peter Skellern and Maryetta Midgley.