On Tuesday 26th September at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil at 7.30pm enjoy music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven performed by conducted by Victor Aviat with violin solos by Alexander Janiczek. Tickets £30.
On Wednesday 27th from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil ‘G4’ are back to due overwhelming demand. Having reformed in 2014 they have continued to transport their loyal following right back to the moment they first fell in love with G4's trademark harmonies. G4 are excited to take their classic releases of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘My Way’ and ‘Nessun Dorma’ on the road and are also thrilled to showcase some of the greatest love songs of all time as they tour the songs from their hotly anticipated album, G4 Love Songs for the very first time. An evening of classic and romantic music that will surely transport you away for the evening with these consummate entertainers. G4 will be joined by some very special guests live on stage at this show including soprano Mary-Jess (winner of the Chinese X Factor and singer of the Downton Abbey Theme), Oli Nez (internationally-renowned multi-instrumentalist), Sorrelli Strings (critically-acclaimed string trio) and a local choir. Tickets £29.50.
On Friday 29th at Ilminster Arts Centre from 8.00pm see Amy Roberts and the Richard Exall Quintet. Amy has continued to develop and is now very as a charismatic performer on flute, clarinet and saxophones. Richard has experience in widely varied jazz styles and has played with Chris Barber since 2004, the Mike Westbrook Big Band and a performance at the Barbican with the World famous Big Carla Bley Band. They are both multi instrumentalists who perform an eclectic range of high octane music on a range of clarinets, saxophones and flute. Together they make music that crosses that traditional divides of the jazz world, performing melodic and intricate arrangements that appeal to listeners of all styles of music. Tickets £16.
On Saturday 30th from 7.30pm at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio presenter, Claire Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer, Ray Gelato, for their new show together: ‘A Swingin’ Affair'. Celebrating the release of their album ‘We’ve Got a World That Swings.’ These much celebrated and respected artists take to the stage to explore Great American Songbook. If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging, this is the show for you. Tickets £17.
On Saturday 30th from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Whitney: Queen of the Night’. A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time, Whitney Houston. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level. Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s that include, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘One Moment In Time’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘My Love is Your Love’, ‘I will Always Love You’, and many more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artist. Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Tickets £24.
On Saturday 30th from8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see‘Southern Tenant Folk Union’.One of the most highly acclaimed Folk/Bluegrass bands in the UK today, they have just released their seventh album, ‘Join Forces’, and since starting out in 2006 have toured their exciting live show all over the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany. An all acoustic band with banjo, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, percussion and harmony vocals, they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmospheric Folk. Tickets £16.
On Sunday 1 October at the Octagon Theatre from 7.30pm see Yeovil Concert Band. They formed in 1999 and since then have gone from strength to strength, now consisting of over 30 brilliant musicians and earning their very own show. Their wide repertoire takes them to all sorts of events in the area under the direction of Tom Griffin. This exciting journey though some most memorable Stage and Screen moments, will be an absolute treat for everyone! Also taking to the stage will be special guest Matthew Rock. Matthew has most recently appeared at the Octagon Theatre as the Musical Director of the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir at their sell out concerts. As a highly sought after vocalist himself, he will bring some vocal delights to the show, with some all time audience favourites. Tickets: £14.50.
On Monday 2 October from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil world renowned Martin Roscoe will be performing Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. Tickets: £14.50.
On Thursday 5 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil go along to ‘And finally...Phil Collins: 10th Anniversary Tour’. They are recognised throughout the industry as the market leaders and definitive Phil Collins & Genesis tribute show. This truly amazing eleven piece band which includes the And Finally Horns faithfully re-create all the classic hits from the Phil Collins and Genesis timeless back catalogue. As always the ‘two drummer’ line up remains an integral part of the act and once again the addition of a dedicated percussionist performing the Louis Conte role has moved the And Finally experience both musically and visually to a whole different league. Tickets: £19.50.
On Friday 6 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see Liza Pulman. The acclaimed singer and comedienne of Fascinating Aida, celebrates the songs of the great Barbra Streisand with her six piece band, The Stardust Ensemble. Alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza brings glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of these now legendary songs. Expect the much loved classics ‘Evergreen’, ‘The Way We Were’, ‘New York State Of Mind’, ‘Second Hand Rose’ and many more in a full to bursting 90 minute show.. Tickets: £17.
On Friday 6 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre the Carneval String Trio will be performing works by Dohnanyi, Beethoven, Kodaly and Martina. Tickets: £15.
On Saturday 7 from 7.30pm at the Caryford Hall in Castle Cary see Charlie Dore with Julian Littman. Charlie, who is a singer-songwriter, musician and actress, best known for her 1979 hit ‘Pilot of the Airwaves’, will be joined on stage by Julian Littman from Steeleye Span, Dexy's Midnight Runners. Expect an evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as the pair swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano, autoharp, harmonies and stories. Advance tickets: £12 from 01963 350 194.
On Saturday 7 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Gaz Brookfield. Following the release of his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, and his sell out UK tour, Gaz will be bringing his unique style of upbeat and catchy Folk songs. Supporting him will be Nick Parker playing his tongue-firmly-in-cheek folk/country/straggly songs. Tickets: £14.
From Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 at 7.30pm at Octagon Theatre YAOS presents ‘9-5: The Musical’. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick and based on the 1980 hit film. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge set in an office, where the working hours are ‘9 to 5’, is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While their boss, Hart, remains ‘otherwise engaged’, the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Tickets:£16 for opening night and Saturday matinee, £18 all other performances.
On Friday 13 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton there is a very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, joined by Clare Hirst on sax and Sarah Fisher on keyboards. The superb blend of the three voices and stunning musicianship adds a sweet touch of class to their vibrant performance. Live onstage, hear her unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel’s stunning portfolio, the old and the new. There is also a special meet and greet immediately after the show! Tickets: £20.
On Friday 13 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre there is a rare treat as two of the World's top clarinettists will be playing together with Craig's Milverton trio. Clarinet duels have frequently been fought by the top players throughout the history of jazz, perhaps not so much a fight, but more in a challenge to mimic, to blend together and maybe out-do each other in terms of ideas, technique, phrasing and stamina. This concert puts together the best in the UK and the best in the USA. Tickets: £18.
On Sunday 15 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil go along to ‘Mad About The Musicals, celebrating the very best songs from the shows we all know and love. The show stars Jai McDowell winner of Britain’s Got Talent and Michael Courtney. With a host of your favourite numbers from the pen of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Boublil & Schonberg and many more, the talented cast will evoke the true spirit of the stage, with brilliant vocals and West End musicians to bring you the very best show in town. Tickets: £25.
From Sunday 15 from 7.30pm at Yetminster Jubilee Hall see James Hickman and Dan Cassidy. This is an Artsreach debut for this award winning Transatlantic Folk Duo. This virtuoso duo creates a unique sound that flows from the connection between British and American folk, bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. James Hickman's emotive vocals, driving guitar and lively English wit are complemented by Dan Cassidy's virtuosic fiddling, bone-dry irony and American drawl. Dan Cassidy (brother of the late Eva Cassidy) grew up in Maryland, but is now based in Iceland. James Hickman grew up in Shropshire on a diet of folk and bluegrass, and now tours internationally with Uiscedwr. Previously crowned winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, expect a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey from these rising stars. Tickets: £10 from 01935 873719. For more information visit www.hickmanandcassidy.co.uk
On Thursday 19 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Talon: The Very Best of the Eagles’. Over the last two decades Talon have risen from humble beginnings to one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and the 20th anniversary tour will once again feature all those classic Eagles Greatest Hits, from their timeless back catalogue including ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘One Of These Nights’, ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ and many more. This world class seven piece band are a phenomenon and have truly transcended the tag of ‘tribute’. They have become a brand name in their own right who are not only revered by their peers, respected by the music industry but dearly loved by their massive and expanding fan base. Tickets: £25.
On Friday 20 at 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see 'Oz and Armonico Drink to Music' - An Evening of Wine Tasting and Live Music. Tasting wines from across the world, expertly guided by the UK's best loved wine critic. Writer, broadcaster and wine critic Oz Clarke was a singer for many years. Tickets: £26.
On Friday 20 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘Jam Experiment’. They are a young jazz quintet from London and have won the 2014 ‘Jazz North Introduces’ scheme and played at leading jazz festivals across the UK. The lineup includes the winner of the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, saxist Alexander Bone. Tickets: £5.
On Saturday 21 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Martin Carthy. For more than 40 years Martin has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many accolades. Tickets: £17.
On Sunday 22 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Jackson: Live in Concert’. Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music. This show sees long-time fan and hugely talented Ben recreate the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs. Ben’s portrayal of Jackson has to be the most accurate and exciting tribute to the King of Pop to have ever toured UK theatres. Ben is joined on the stage by his incredible band and dancers who work their way through all the hits. Tickets: £18.50.
On Tuesday 24 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see John Illsley. John has had a remarkable musical journey since 1977, selling over 120 million albums and picking up a few Grammy’s on the way as well as an Ivor Novello award in 1988 for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. The show will feature all of the well known songs from his band Dire Straits such as ‘Sultans of Swing’, ‘Money for Nothing’ and ‘Brothers in Arms’ plus songs from John’s latest album ‘Long Shadows’. Tickets: £21.
On Thursday 26 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the ‘Magic of Motown’. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band. Tickets: £25.50.
On Friday 27 from 8.00pm see multi award winner Dave Newton at the Ilminster Arts Centre with two more London based players with the very best of reputations. Baritone sax player Andy Panayi returns and paired with trumpet player Percy Persglove, a relatively new name, but one with a burgeoning reputation that is now becoming very familiar on the UK jazz scene. Tickets: £16.
On Saturday 28 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band. Since her debut solo album in 2014, Nancy has emerged as one of the foremost composers of modern folk and social commentary songs in the British Isles. Tickets: £20.
On Saturday 28 at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 7.30pm see ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ tribute starring Rebel Dean with full live band. The rags to riches story based on the 40 hits of 80’s rock n’ roll icon Shakin’ Stevens. The performance includes a full concert (including the famous denims and pink jacket) as would have been seen during the late 80’s including all the hits such as ‘Green Door’, ‘This Ole House’, ‘Oh Julie’, ‘You Drive Me Crazy’ and many more. Tickets: £16.
On Sunday 29 from 3.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Divertimento String Quartet will bring you a programme of widely varying music, which shows the range of contrasting music written for this genre. They will play music from Mozart to Shostakovich and Beethoven to Villa Lobos. The ensemble of two violins, viola and cello has been blessed by the attention of some of the greatest, and some less well-known, composers down the ages. Tickets: £16.