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12TH JULY 2013



Madness is a band that retains a strong sense of who and what it is. Many of the same influences are still present in their sound – ska, reggae, Motown, rock’n’roll, rockabilly, classic pop, and the pin-sharp vernacular of their beloved London streets. It may be refined and updated, but its essence remains clear and true. This is what they do best. “You may use the same colours,” says Cathal, “but you don’t want to paint the same painting.”
Most colourful of all is Madness’ ability to write songs that sparkle with the stuff of British life; that find poetry in everyday reality – not the faux bright lights of celebrity; songs that may not shy away from death or darkness, but retain the right to employ wit and warmth. They are songs that have left their mark on British pop culture; their spirit endures in the music of Blur, the Streets, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Sway and Plan B (Cathal co-wrote Great Day for a Murder on Ill Manors and appeared briefly in the film.)
In 2012 Madness are in the unique position of having their legacy celebrated by the nation – with historic performances at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, and at the Olympic Games closing ceremony – while at the same time enjoying a creative renaissance that has led to some of their finest work. This purple patch began with 2009’s critically acclaimed album The Liberty of Norton Folgate, and now Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da. Turns out they never lost their songwriting edge after all.



What ho chaps and chapesses, lets celebrate with a glass of Lemonade and a spot of Pimms that The Casablanca Steps are performing at this years Henley Festival. Not an easy catch, one might say, trying to lure these bounders from their lives of luxury, but one that they could not resist when they heard what an absolutely splendid audience awaited them.

Their madcap quintessentially English take on songs from the 1920s and 30s is certainly a performance not to be missed, and will leave you wondering if you have stepped into some kind of  timewarp when the “Charleston” was all the rage and the swells were “Putting On The Ritz”.

With over 35 TV shows throughout the UK and Europe to their credit. they have entertained in festivals, theatres, corporate events and private parties worldwide with great acclaim, and have entertained on some of the worlds finest cruise ships including the legendary QE2. Their more recent maritime experience was entertaining for the launch of the new Queen Elizabeth in the presence of HRH the Queen. It is not the first time they have rubbed shoulders with celebrities and Royalty, with them being personal favourites of Prince Philip after their performance for him at St James Palace, and also performing with French & Saunders and Mark Owen from Take That on The Kelly Show and The Late Late Show in Ireland.

Wooten, Clarke, Archie and Pico dare one not to be entertained, and look forward to inviting you into their boudoir.



Harp & Percussion

There are few really unique duets in the music world, but C2 is one. It combines the talents of former Royal Harpist, Claire Jones and Percussionist/ Composer Chris Marshall. Their instruments are their passion, and their performance is about sharing that passion and love for music with the world.

Concerts are as informative as they are enjoyable. Audiences enjoy a visual feast as they enter the world of a majestic Golden Harp and an eclectic collection of Percussion instruments from around the world.

C2 have a broad classical repertoire including arrangements of works by Ravel, Bernstein, and Saint-Saens. Performances also include contemporary and new works by Chris, written especially for this unique ensemble. His composition 'Heartstrings' has been featured regularly on Classic FM, since being released on Claire's album in September 2012.

In addition to sharing their music, Chris and Claire delight in sharing information about their instruments and music making with audiences, as well as anecdotes from their colourful careers including work in the West End, recording sessions in far flung places and life as a Royal Harpist, and they are happy to answer questions.

Claire's feet have hardly touched ground since the incredible success of her debut album for Classic FM "The Girl with the Golden Harp", for which Chris was the chief arranger. This new duet sees them working together and promoting their art whilst creating new works for these great instruments. C2 are set to launch their debut album in early 2013




When Mike Oldfield released his 1973 masterpiece, Tubular Bells, it required more than 30 musicians to perform it. Now, 40 years on, performed by just two massively talented musicians, this thrilling show recreates the album on stage, in real time in a unique and compelling theatrical experience.

Tubular Bells for Two burst onto the international scene at the Sydney Festival and was the smash-hit show of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe - winning a Herald Angel Award and garnering several five star reviews.

Join us to witness this herculean feat as Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts  recreate the beauty and playful lunacy of one of the most important albums of the 20th Century with just four hands and four feet.





As night falls a magical finale event created specially by the festival featuring the mysterious beauty of Ray Lee's Chorus - 'a celestial choir of spinning sound machines'; an elegant trio of stilt walking Optioscopes; the musical magnificence of the 35 strong corps of drummers who came together to create one of the most memorable moments of the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony; and a pyrotechnic assault from the consistently brilliant Pains Fireworks. All performed to the profoundly moving sound track  'And I will Kiss…' by Rick Smith of Underworld.

Pains once again look forward to presenting the evening finale spectacular with fresh ideas helping keep the spirit of the festival and its unique status alive. Amongst all of our annual shows it is a privilege and one enjoyed by all those involved directly and indirectly in the company.

This year, as in the past 3 years, we draw on that ‘back catalogue’ that is unique within the industry to deliver a thrilling and emotional show set to music and fired from within the back drop that is quintessential England – and that will leave you buzzing for the rest of your evening and beyond – Enjoy!



The Pandemonium Drummers are the volunteer drummers from the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The ensemble of 965 drummers aged 18 to 85 performed Underworld’s memorable soundtrack to the Pandemonium segment of Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony Isles of Wonder, which saw the biggest theatre set change in history.

Led by Dame Evelyn Glennie, the performers drummed during the 15 minute powerful and moving industrial revolution scene, which memorably culminated in the formation of the Olympic Rings.

As marshals, the performers also guided the athletes during their parade in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies by drumming and dancing around them.

Building on the success of the Olympic Ceremonies, the volunteer performers continue to drum as the Pandemonium Drummers and have participated in prestigious events such as the London New Year’s Day Parade 2013, and played at iconic locations across London, including St Paul’s Cathedral, St Pancras International, and the Royal Festival Hall.

To relive the spirit and enthusiasm of the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, the Pandemonium Drummers enlist the help of their friends. These are the Working Men and Women, who transformed the Green and Pleasant Land at the Opening Ceremony into an industrial landscape, and the Brunels, who impersonated Isambard Kingdom Brunel to celebrate British engineering achievements.

The Pandemonium Drummers are still a volunteer group who share their enthusiasm at events large and small in support of good causes.



Award-winning artist and current British Composer of the Year, Ray Lee is an artist who makes music that moves. Born out of a fascination for the invisible forces that surround us, his spectacular sound art works have transfixed and delighted audiences the world over.

Ray’s latest piece, Chorus is a monumental installation of giant kinetic sculptures, a celestial choir of spinning sound machines. Towering above the audience, a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches, singing out a siren call to all those present. Tiny lights create the effect of planets in motion, creating mesmerising orbits of colour. These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a hypnotic, harmonious whole that is both uplifting and transfixing.

Chorus is produced by Simon Chatterton and commissioned by Newbury Corn Exchange, Brookes University and Oxford Contemporary Music.






The Revue have become known as one of the most exciting and authentic acoustic duo's available in the country. After years of playing throughout the UK and Europe, they have performed for the BBC, Silverstone F1, Vogue magazine, Henley Regatta, Cheltenham Gold Cup and many more.

The Revue Duo have developed an excellent reputation through their exciting live performances and incredible tight sound. With a repertoire covering everything from 1950’s Rock n Roll through to modern Pop and Rock, the duo guarantee an incredible show.



Mojo Filter is the production guise of Ben Zaven Crane. Since his meteoric rise into the remix elite, Ben has performed far and wide bringing together a wealth of dancefloor experience to as many occasions as you could imagine. From regal affairs to national sporting events - there is dancefloor waiting to happen with his name on it.

Whilst defining his style may be tricky, suffice to say the results are all to evident. From 50's swing to 60's sha-wing, 70's glam to 80's sham right up to modern day classics, Mojo Filter hones the tools of dance to provide both insight and intrigue into a practical understanding of dance music from the floor, up.. Creatively, he is also renown for his crafty remixes of classic tunes revitalising and invigorating them for those special moments of realisation where everything comes together. Like an adventure playground, Mojo's dancefloors are full until the end keeping everyone guessing and moving until the cows come home. Which, when they do, often join in!

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