An Evening Entertainment

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Date(s) - 12/10/2013
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

St Giles Church



Oct 12 ZG Concert

Two well known Cambridge actors are joined by international musicians and a versatile recorder band to present an evening of words and music inspired by the countryside.

James Dowson is an acknowledged writer, director and actor performing in Edinburgh, Birmingham and taking many leading roles here in Cambridge, including his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Alan Turin in Breaking the Code. Fresh from his fourth season at the Edinburgh fringe, James performs alongside Madeleine Forrester whose many stage credits span comedy and tragedy, both as an actress and choreographer, most recently appearing in Terry Pratchet’s Wyrd Sisters in Cambridge. Her professional voice work includes character voices and narration, and she has significant broadcast experience.

Harpist  Ruth Wall has worked with the BBC Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Graham Fitkin, Ross Hughes, Goldfrapp, Andy Sheppard, Kathryn Tickell, conductor Charles Hazelwood and theatre director Cal McCrystal.

She joins  Evelyn Nallen, possibly the only recorder player to have appeared on BBC Radios 1,2,3 & 4 and the drummer  Tom Hooper who is equally at home in the worlds of jazz and rock, having toured Europe and the US with a range of artists, from jazz violinist Chris Garrick to the indie band Stroke and pop diva Grace Jones. He has also played on 5 number one singles in the Netherlands.

The line-up is completed by Cambridge’s Recorder Band  Zero Gravity. Directed by Evelyn, the band has performed with jazz piano trio and baroque ensembles and has given 1st performances by Gavin Bryars and Jonathan Dove.

This unlikely but compelling combination of actors and musicians interweaves poetry, story-telling, drama and comedy with airs, serenades, jigs, jazzy grooves, baroque laments and some wonderful arrangements for a unique and captivating evening entertainment.