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11TH JULY 2013



A charismatic jazz musician with the ability and versatility to blur musical genre with his unique take on jazz, pop and rock.

With a Grammy, two Golden Globe, two BRIT and numerous other award nominations under his belt, Cullum is a success story around the globe; the most successful UK jazz artist ever.

The singer-songwriter's albums 'Pointless Nostalgic', Twentysomething','Catching Tales' and 'The Pursuit' have sold over five million worldwide.

Jamie's success is truly global, taking him from Seoul to Sao Paolo, FujiRock to Glastonbury, and from Hamburg to Hollywood where he has achieved huge success collaborating with Clint Eastwood on the Golden Globe nominated score for Gran Torino.

Jamie has written for the London West End Stage, and for BBC TV, he has presented shows on VH-1, Sky TV and BBC TV, and has hosted several documentaries for BBC Radio 2 featuring such eminent subjects as Blue Note Records, Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, and Quincy Jones. He currently presents his own weekly prime time evening show for BBC Radio 2, the most highly rated station in the UK.

Presently Jamie is putting the finishing touches to his sixth album which will be released in late spring 2013. At the end of the year he will head out on a worldwide tour.



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.



Oliver Poole believes in making the world a better place through music.

He has performed at venues and festivals around the world and has been described as having a stage presence, charisma, talent for communication & improvisation that make him a desirable performer of unique entertaining talent.

The youngest ever winner of an EPTA trophy, he performed with the National Youth Orchestra aged eight, became the subject of numerous reports & was broadcast live across Europe aged fifteen, toured Siberia & founded the British-registered charity
Siberian Appeal at seventeen, and has since performed at venues & festivals including the Royal Albert Hall, Del Sole Festivals, Al Bustan Festival, Serenata Festival, London 2012 Olympic Park & for charities including UNESCO, Children in Need, HemiHelp, Starlight Children's Foundation & Unicef.

In the past year, he has been covered by the BBC, Russia Today, Culture TV, News 24, Voice of Russia and was awarded a medal by Russian Parliament for services encompassing his music and charity work.

He recently wrote the music for a new play, 'Enchanted by Death' ( St Petersburg ), now one of the city's highest rated plays, has written & co-produced songs for various international pop artists and frequently peforms for his charity Siberian Appeal - recently returning to Cadogan Hall where he gave the world-premiere of a state-of-the-art British piano ( Phoenix ),  instrument of choice at the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge's royal wedding.



Alexander Armstrong is best known for being one half of comedy duo Armstrong and Miller with Ben Miller. He co-starred in four series from 1997 to 2001 before renewing his partnership with Ben for BAFTA winning The Armstrong and Miller Show in 2007 for three further series. Alexander has also turned his hand to straight acting and has starred in numerous TV dramas including Love Life, Life Begins, Mutual Friends and most recently in Julia Davis’ new comedy Hunderby.

Alexander has hosted popular quiz show Pointless since it began in 2009 alongside other presenting roles including Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask and Epic Win as well as frequently guest hosting on the BBC's Have I Got News for You. In the New Year, Alexander will be seen co-presenting the new and action-filled ITV1 game show Prize Island. He’ll be supported by an all-star quartet featuring Simply Red keyboardist Harry the Piano, Rick Astley’s sax-man Simon Bates, Jools Holland’s bassist Dave Swift and Van Morrison’s drummer Jeff Lardner.

‘His patter is wonderfully relaxed and vaguely raunchy, as you would expect. Can he really hold a tune? Yes, indeed’ said The Times, adding ‘His band, with the versatile Simon Bates on saxes, gave him classy support, the virtuoso sideman known simply as Harry the Piano coming close to stealing the show with his ability to turn any tune requested by the audience — in this case, “Mud, glorious mud” — into a Rachmaninov concerto, a Bach fugue or a TV sitcom theme. A mad idea but great fun’



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.




A four piece band dedicated 100% to getting people up on their feet and who will play in pretty much any style so far invented to make sure it happens – they always manage to pull it out of the bag. Their tools? Up beat jump swing, Django Jazz, Boogie Woogie, western swing, classic 50's rock and roll, latin, Tijuana, spaghetti westerns, film themes, songs from musicals, cabaret numbers, audience participation… you name it, they do it.

"From the moment The Swervy World walked on to the stage it was apperent this band is different. Embarking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of infectious dance gems. Reeling off song after song after song like a tommy gun the band boiled over with near olympian musicical energy" Blue Clue Magazine



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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