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BMHS 60th Birthday Show – Thursday 21st September 2023

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.

Lissenden Players – November Music Hall Show

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.

More details about the Lissenden Players here

Music Hall Shows by the Naughty Nineties Company

The Naughty Nineties Company will be presenting THREE music hall themed shows this Autumn/Winter. Dates and venues as follows:

5 November – Blackfriars Settlement (flyer shown below)

19 November – The Mary Ward Centre, Queen Square

10 December – Blackfriars Settlement

All shows start at 2pm. Door Donation £5. 

Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1

The Mary Ward Centre, 42 Queen Square, London WC1

Joan Turner, ‘The voice of an angel, the wit of the devil’ on Tuesday 1st November 2022

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.

Click here for YouTube link to trailer.

Tickets for the 7:30pm performance on Tuesday 1 November 2022 at The Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 8BZ are available from Ticketsource here

Joan Turner/BMHS Archive

Have a Banana! Music Hall in Nottingham 22 Oct, Ely 16 Nov and London 27 Nov

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?

NOTTINGHAM, Poppy & Pint, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, NG5 5DX

Sat 22 October, 7.30pm Tickets

ELY FOLK CLUB, Arkenstall Village Centre, 7 Station Road, Haddenham, CB6 3XD

Wed 16 November 7.30pm. Tickets

LONDON WATER RATS, 328 Gray’s Inn Road, Kings Cross WC1X 8BZ

Sun 27 November, 7.30pm Tickets

Lots more information about Matthew at

‘Youth Takes A Bow’ – Zoom talk, 27th October 2022

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).

Please contact Trevor Lee for the link if you would like to join the Zoom.   Email:

Image: Mary Naylor c/o Trevor Lee

An Afternoon of Light Music – Sunday 9th October 2022, 2-6pm

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.

BMHS Birthday Show – Tuesday 6th September 2022

The BMHS 59th Birthday Show will take place on Tuesday 6th September at the Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8BZ at 7.30pm, hosted by Colin Simmons.

We look forward to welcoming Keith Hopkins, Katie Milton, Simon Bashford, Kay Carmen and Andrew Fettes as well as graduating students from LSMT. All under the watchful eye of Robert Hazle as MD.

Book via Ticketsource – here

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