Monday 18 May



Music at Lunchtime: ‘Passion and Reason’
Music from the Baroque era for recorder & harpsichord. Chris Orton (Recorder), Charlotte Wilson (Harpsichord)

An exciting programme of music from Italy, Germany and England, exploring the drama, passion and ‘musica poetica’ of the Baroque era. Including works by Dario Castello, G.F. Handel, Daniel Braun and contemporaries. Chris Orton and Charlotte Wilson are two young and experienced early music specialists who have performed throughout Europe as soloists and in various ensembles.

St Clement’s Church  |  1–2pm   |  Free


The Tempest

Full details in Arts in Schools

Blue Box Theatre  |  7.30pm  |  £5/£3


An evening with the Hatherleys

The Hatherley String Quartet met at Manchester University in 2003. Since then it has built a reputation as a talented recital quartet, performing throughout the north of England. Still locally based, it takes its name from a quiet residential street in Withington, where it first rehearsed. The quartet will be performing a varied programme, including Ravel’s sublime F major quartet and, in his bicentennial year, Mendelssohn’s Op. 44 in E minor.

A retiring collection will be made in aid of St. Ann’s Hospice

St Clement’s Church  |  7.30pm  |  £5/£3


Twelfth Night

Full details in ‘Arts in Schools’.

Blue Box Theatre  |  7.30pm  |  £5/£3



Book launch - Elaine Bousfield

Tonight we celebrate the launch of the first novel by local author Elaine Bousfield.
Albion, the first book of The Jewel Keepers’ Trilogy, was published in early May by Kings Hart Books. It is a compelling fantasy fiction novel for readers aged 10 plus.
Come along and listen to a reading, meet the author and enjoy a glass of wine.

The Lloyds Hotel (Upstairs)  |  8pm  |  Free


Growling Fruitcake and the Mad Donnas

Festival regulars Growling Fruitcake present an evening of humour and harmony with a variety of songs and styles, old and new, folk, country and old time. Joining them are the Chorlton Mad Donnas with an eclectic mix of songs, including popular music from different decades and cultures, spiritual songs from the Iona Community, and swing. Audience participation welcome.

The Lauriston Club  |  8.30pm  |  Free


Mirth on Monday

Iguana’s weekly comedy spot with MC Des Sharples, Chris Forbes, Graham Goring and Jayne B Edwards.

Iguana  |  8.30pm  |  £3


The Chorlton Fiddlers

Traditional Irish music of the highest quality from The Lloyds’ regulars.
Photo by Rachael Magowan

The Lloyds Hotel  |  9pm  |  Free



Late Night CAF: Microphonia

A late night feast with some of the best bands around. Line-up includes Steve O’Donaghue, She Blooms, Ivan Campo and Zacc Rogers.

Uluru   |  9.30pm  |  £4


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