Four things to do in the Eastbourne area

Wondering what to do over the next few weeks? Here are four of the best events.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 10:13 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 10:26 am
Rhiannon

Fleetwood Mac tribute band offers huge rock hits

After a sell-out show in 2018, Rhiannon: The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac are back by popular demand.

The bring their highly polished show to Eastbourne’s Royal Hippodrome on Saturday, February 8 (7.30pm).

Tickets are £25.50 on 01323 802020.

A Hippodrome spokesperson said: “Rhiannon have now been recognised around Europe and further afield as the complete live musical tribute to the iconic originals. With this band playing truly authentic covers, you can be sure that you will leave happy and wanting more.

“From the wonderful ‘Rhiannon’, ‘Albatross’ and ‘Man of the World’ to the iconic ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Seven Wonders’ you can guarantee all the favourites are in the performance. The band themselves are, of course, fans and immerse themselves in the faithful recreation of the original’s discography.

“This is music that simply demands passion, commitment and high intensity.”

An in-depth exploration of Bach’s St John Passion

Music lovers can sing and discover Bach’s St John Passion with Eastbourne Choral Society this weekend.

The event takes place at All Saints’ Church, Grange Road, on Saturday, January 25.

Registration and coffee will be at 10.30am for the session from 11am to 4.45pm.

The day’s workshop will be led by Richard Wigmore and the choir’s musical director John Hancorn. It features an in-depth exploration of Bach’s St. John Passion, which will be sung in English.

The cost for the day is £15; please provide your own score. Further information and details of the choir’s performance of St John Passion on April 4 can be found at www.eastbournechoralsociety.org.uk.

Two unique acts booked for The Lamb Folk Club

Hannah Scott (pictured) and Hickory Signals offer a double-bill at The Lamb Folk Club, Old Town, on Wednesday, February 5.

The show starts at 8pm (£7 on door) and the club is upstairs at the Lamb Inn.

Hannah Scott draws much of the inspiration for her music from her affinity with Italy, and with creative partner Stefano Della Casa she creates songs that combine live elements with electronica.

Multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti (Hickory Signals) are a folk duo from Brighton. Their sound is based around Ward’s powerful leading vocals and Ronchetti’s vibrant acoustic guitar and pulsing cajon.

Two different people have a lot to teach each other

Some 40 years after it was first performed on stage, Willy Russell’s Educating Rita heads to Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, from February 17-22.

The show stars Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson.

When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course as a mature student, little does she realise where the journey will take her. Her tutor Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drunk who’s less than enthusiastic about taking Rita on, but when these two people come together they soon realise how much they have to teach each other.

Tickets cost £20-£28.50 on 01323 412000.

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