Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham




Shrek The Musical

Show dates: Wed 10th September – Sun 28th September Running time: 2hours 42mins

Direct from the West End and larger than life!

We are delighted to announce our fabulous new cast for the SHREK THE MUSICAL UK Tour! Joining Dragon and Dean Chisnall as the beloved Shrek are Faye Brookes as Princess Fiona, Idriss Kargbo as Donkey andGerard Carey as villain Lord Farquaad!

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year’s must-see show for all the family.

Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!

Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a BelieverSHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure.

Recommended for ages 5+. Children aged 3 and under will not admitted.

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Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Fri 12th September

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

Show dates: Fri 12th September Running time: TBC

The Saturday’s
Plus Special Guests Bribry, SD*Jem and Beth Sherburn

Since The Saturday’s formed in 2007, the multi platinum-selling band have become a household name in the UK. They’ve scored 11 Top 10 singles (including signature hits like ‘All Fired Up’ and ‘Higher’) and three Top 10 albums (‘Chasing Lights’ ,’Wordshaker’ and ‘Headlines’). Renowned for their energetic live performances, The Saturdays have embarked on three nationwide headline tours (including 2011’s All Fired Up arena tour, their biggest to date).

The Saturdays have also become unavoidable on screens across the nation, not least as part of their own fly-on-the-wall TV shows The Saturdays 24/7 and What Goes On Tour. Add to this a loyal following of over 1 million fans on Facebook, over 3 million combined followers on Twitter and over 67 million video views on YouTube, and it’s clear that The Saturdays have become the UK’s foremost girl group.

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Together Amrinder Gill, Gurpreet Ghuggi and Ammy Virkdeliver the fully-loaded entertainment package of both singing and comedy.

Brit Asia Best Album award winner Amrinder Gill will perform in the UK for first time with his live band.  Gurpreet Ghuggi is an Indian stand-up comedian, actor and also works in Bollywood and Punjabi movies.  Ammy Virk is a newly established Punjabi singer who has won peoples’ hearts with his passionate singing. He is performing for the first time in the UK with his album Jattizm.

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Hector and the Search – Errol Flynn Filmhouse: Fri 29 Aug – Thu 04


Director: Peter Chelsom
Cast: Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike
Hector (Pegg) is an affluent young London shrink with a spirited live-in girlfriend (Pike), and various troublesome and troubled patients who reinforce his misgivings about the existence of true, enduring happiness.

So he throws everything aside and jets off around the world in a quest to find it.
Along the way he meets a disparate group of insight-providers, including an über-rich banker (Stellan Skarsgård), a golden-hearted hooker (Ming Zhao), a Californian guru (Christopher Plummer) and the guru’s assistant (Collette) – who happens to be Hector’s ex-lover.

Together they eventually restore our hero’s faith in humanity. Writer-director Chelsom – who demonstrated his aptitude for feel-good movies with Shall We Dance and Serendipity – rolls things along with huge style and infectious energy

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Errol Flynn Filmhouse: Hector and the Search


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Eloise Wyatt Art

  A selection art work by Loughborough based artist Eloise Wyatt© ‘Isolation’  Soft pastels on paper board. Exploring utopian juxtapositions through concept and material.    ‘Self Portrait #1’  acrylic on board, exploring light and composition using impasto paint application.     ‘Self … Continue reading


18 videos featuring some of the best bands on the circuit!!!

All artists and bands featured on TheGuyWithaStick  Vid-Lists also have reviews on just use the search box on the right of this page… ENJOY!



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Hailing from Ilkeston in Derbyshire, Matt Henshaw describes his current location has Derby, Nottingham and Leicester… he gets about this guy! In fact, Matt Henshaw has to be one of the hardest working musicians around. It often seems there is not a day or night goes by that Matt is not adorning a stage somewhere in the UK, it’s quite understandable to suspect there may well be several Matt Henshaws, all cloned from the original, but no! I can assure you there is only one Matt Henshaw… only one, brilliantly talented, trend setting, soul saving, Matt Henshaw!

Matt describes his style of music as ‘rhythmic gospel’, and in doing so Matt invents a whole new genre which, without the blink of an eye or  a scratch of music journalists head, the genre is accepted… and why not! What Matt does, and does expertly, is his own thing! He’s not bothered about ‘pigeon holes’ or classifications, he is bothered about his life and his life is music!

Matt has had something of a rebirth lately, standing-down from his University job to concentrate on relaunching his career in music, following his epiphany on the road to stardom and alcoholism which saw the demise of his former, and very highly rated, band ‘Censored’ in 2008. Since this time Matt has done some amazing things, from recording a cracking album with MC Rudimental st al, to re-launching his career. You can’t keep this guy down, he is determined, he’s confident and he is one of the most decent human beings I have had the pleasure of meeting he’s also destined for success!!!

TheGuyWithaStick have included a couple of Matt Henshaw tracks on the acoustic playlist on the ‘Feature’ tab at

Matt Henshaw can be seen all over the UK including OSFEST Music Festival in Derbyshire on July 26 and Leicester’s Simon Says on July 27th

For a fuller list of Matt’s upcoming events follow this link



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Matt Henshaw



The beautifully enchanting Elizabeth Cornish and her band, comprising of: on drums – Adam Wykes, bass – Jason Skinner and on additional guitar – Mark Riley Cardwell, are wonderful a tremendous acoustic folk band following in a great tradition, and doing it justice!

Influenced by the likes of David Gray, Alanis Morissette and Laura Marling (which comes across in Elizabeth’s guitar playing) with undertones of Susan Vega, Elizabeth Cornish and the band are becoming quite a force in the region. Elizabeth’s voice is well suited to the genre mature yet amazingly gentle…


… her finger-picking guitar play is highly complimented by Mark’s electric guitar and Jason’s bass play with it all brought together by Adam’s drums and Elizabeth’s vocal, and what vocals they are… a master class in folk pop!

I always thought that the best thing to happen on the 15th of March was my birthday, so you can imagine how distressed I was to be ‘gazumped’ by a piece of plastic!!! Ok! it wasn’t ‘just’ a ‘piece of plastic’, it was something much more precious it was the birth of an album… Elizabeth Cornish’s album called ‘Displaced’ which had it’s launch at the Cookie on March 15th this year… and what an album it is!

Below is the title track…


…It truly is a must for any music collection!

There’s an old saying about ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’, well, in time, Elizabeth Cornish and the band will be those giants!


Elizabeth Cornish can be seen at Leicesters SimonSays Festival on the 27th July and at The Musician on the 19 August… and you just know in between these dates they’ll be playing somewhere. x




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Elisabeth Cornish

Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra: Resident at De Montfort Hall


The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Acknowledged as the UK’s foremost musical pioneer, with an extraordinary recording legacy, the Philharmonia leads the field for its quality of playing, and for its innovative approach to audience development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching a global audience.

Together with its relationships with the world’s most sought-after artists, most importantly its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia Orchestra is at the heart of British musical life. Alongside its programme of over 150 concerts per year across the world, the Philharmonia can often be found in the studio recording for CD and soundtrack for the latest film video game releases.

Beyond its London home at the iconic Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia has also been resident orchestra in Leicester since 1997 and during this time has played a central role in Leicester’s rich artistic life. Each Season consists of seven to nine concerts, featuring the world’s leading conductors and soloists, performing the same repertoire we take to concert halls as far afield as Tokyo and New York. Artists for this season include some of the most established names in the classical music world including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel and Hélène Grimaud, as well as introducing a new generation of artists such as conductor Nicholas Collon and violinist Esther Yoo.
Beyond the stage, the Philharmonia runs an extensive programme of education and community projects working with a wide variety of Leicester residents. Past projects have included commissioning and performing the opening ceremony fanfare for the Special Olympics in July 2009, involving Philharmonia players performing alongside youth brass bands and children from five Leicester City SEN schools. In March 2010, we worked in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company to create a major project around Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet working with five Leicester City primary schools culminating in a major performance at the Curve.

Currently the orchestra is running the exciting Orchestra Unwrapped project, offering every 7-11 year old child in Leicester the opportunity to hear the world-class Philharmonia Orchestra. Click here to read more about this groundbreaking project.

The Philharmonia is also in partnership with the University of Leicester to offer students the opportunity to receive individual instrument tuition with members of the Orchestra; the University’s various orchestras and bands receive coaching from Philharmonia players; and a new student audience scheme has been created for students to attend Philharmonia concerts at DMH.

Leicester has also provided the venue for some of the Orchestra’s cutting edge digital projects, including in 2010 the award-winning Re-Rite project, an interactive, virtual orchestra installation of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which saw over 2000 people visiting the installation in five days.

You can keep fully up to date with the Philharmonia’s latest news, by look forward to seeing you at a performance at De Montfort Hall soon.

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De Montfort Hall is owned and funded by Leicester City Council.

Philharmonia Orchestra: Resident at De Montfort Hall