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Spring Season 2016

Details of the concerts and events in Spring 2016 are posted below. Don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter if you live in the area. (Enter your email address in the space provided to the left). Tickets (except films which are pay on the door) are online. There are three ways to buy:
  • via the individual link on each event posting or visit We Got Tickets for a full list of events (10% booking fee per online ticket)
  • in the Phoenix Stores (you need to go in person) usually two or three weeks before each event (no booking fee) The Phoenix no longer do phone reservations.
  • phone 01309 691170 or email uhall@findhorn.org for more information or for space rental enquiries. Send us an email to reserve tickets that you will then collect and pay for on the night. We will do this except on events where we expect a sell-out crowd - in which case we will ask you to purchase in advance.

The Karen Matheson Band

Wednesday 1st Jun, 7:30 pm

karen m low resWidely recognised as the compelling vocals of Celtic super-­group Capercaillie, Karen has enjoyed a stellar career. Capercaillie have sold more than a million albums , performed in over thirty countries and provided music for the blockbuster movie 'Rob Roy', with Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange. As a solo performer, Karen has been involved in various projects of collaboration worldwide including recordings and performances with Algerian singer Idir, Breton singer Dan Ar Braz and Portuguese star Dulce Pontes.

Closer to home she has performed on the award winning BBC series Transatlantic Sessions, where over the last decade she has filmed tracks with artists like James Taylor , Emmylou Harris, The McGarrigle Sisters, Nanci Griffith, and a host of respected Scottish musicians. Karen will be playing music from her new album Urram which features Indian, African as well as Celtic musicians.

"…has the ability to inject pure emotion into a song. The kind of voice that can leave you shell-­shocked." The Sunday Times

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

Tickets now in the Phoenix

See below for a video of Karen

Price: £16 / £14 concs, £12 U16 (concessions)

Tashi Lhunpo Monks

Saturday 4th Jun, 8:00 pm

Tashi LhunpoEight Tibetan monks bring a moving insight into the world of sacred music and monastic dance with a performance that includes contemplative and mesmerising chants of Buddhist texts and mantras plus majestic, brocade-costumed, masked dances. Ancient musical instruments from the Tibetan Tantric tradition are used: the conch-shell trumpet, horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums and meditation bells. In addition the powerful sound of the majestic dungchen or long horns is accompanied by cymbals, bells and drums, evoking the atmosphere of sacred Tibet. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a unique and endangered culture.

"…a psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums, cymbals…" The Times

In addition to the main evening performance (paid ticket entry) there will be free workshops hosted by the monks on both Saturday 4th June in the daytime, and also on Sunday 5th in the am and pm.

SAND MANDALA WORKSHOPS on Sat 4th June from 2pm to 4pm in the Hall Auditorium. Free admission. (These will follow the mandala dedication ceremony at 11am. From 11am the monks will be making the mandala and are happy to have observers). The actual workshops will be ongoing throughout the afternoon from 2-4pm. These give an opportunity to meet the Tibetan monks, who will introduce you to sand mandala making — 'painting' with coloured grains of ground marble — the printing of prayer flags and the delicate art of butter sculpture. You can learn some Tibetan language or make a dukar wheel which will be blessed by the monks to offer protection from negative influences. Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, now re-established in exile in India. The workshops enable you to learn more about an ancient, endangered culture.

SAND MANDALA DESTRUCTION Sunday 5th June starting 9.30pm (meditation, procession and destruction ceremony finishing by 11am) with a PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP (12.30pm to 2pm) in the Hall Auditorium. Free admission. In the interactive workshop, the monks introduce details of the unique costumes worn in the dances of the Gutor Festival at Tibetan New Year, and invite you to learn a few of the steps. A demonstration and explanation of Taksel, the art of dialectical debate and teaching some of the intricate mudras (hand gestures) from Tantric prayer gives an insight into monastic life.

To buy tickets online for the Sat evening performance (10% booking fee) click here

Tickets for the Sat evening performance now in the Phoenix

See below for a video

Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Friday 10th Jun, 8:00 pm

Budapest Cafe OrchestraThe Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia. Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads are all featured. Akin to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, the Budapest Café Orchestra have won legions of fans for their small but impeccably formed orchestra of just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika creating an awesome aural alchemy. Players include: supreme accordion champion of Great Britain, Eddie Hession; Christian Garrick, one of Europe's most celebrated jazz violinists; Adrian Zolotuhin, a master of the strummed strings of domra, balalaika, guitar and saz; and veteran bass-man Kelly Cantlon formerly with northern soul sensations Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

"…awe-inspiring musicianship … will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet…" The Times

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

Tickets in the Phoenix now

See below for a video of the band

Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

Treacherous Orchestra

Thursday 16th Jun, 7:30 pm

TreacherousOrchestra croppedTreacherous Orchestra are a powerful force in Scottish music; a huge eleven strong, folk big band that delivers epic, incendiary live performances night after night. On stage the players are hugely entertaining, mixing their original tunes up with theatrical anarchic rock attitude. Here is a band that is playing at the next level, technical, impressive and yet impossibly raw, whose shows are always vital and make the audience feel truly alive and in the moment. It's members have been recruited from Peatbog Faeries, Salsa Celtica and The Old Blind Dogs to name but three excellent live bands. Having played at the Universal Hall back in 2014 we can safely say they are one of the few bands who can get the audience on its feet and dancing at the drop of a plectrum.

"… a who's who of the latest generation of Scottish tradition based music – an exciting and invigorating breath of fresh air." Folk Radio UK

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

Tickets in the Phoenix now

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Price: £16 / £14 concs, £12 U16 (concessions)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 25th Jun, 8:00 pm

SCO 2012 Photo: Marco Borggreve

SCO 2012
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's outstanding Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill ranks among the finest of a new generation of horn players, and is the soloist in a witty work by German comic opera composer Albert Lortzing. There's more party music with Mozart's wickedly good-humoured 'Night-time Serenade', written for Milan's Carnival Celebrations of 1776. Opening is Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, celebrating the Bard's influence on the world of music, in the year which marks the 400th anniversary of his death. We also hear Mendelssohn's thrilling musical postcard from Italy, radiating the warm glow of the Mediterranean sunshine in his 4th Symphony. Expect a spell-binding musical adventure from one of the finest chamber orchestras you are likely to hear. The orchestra will be conducted by Wolfram Christ.

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

Please note that paper tickets are now available by calling in person at the Phoenix Stores

Price: £16 / £14 concs, £6 U26/Student/Unemployed/Disabled/Carers (concessions)

Leaf By Niggle

Saturday 30th Jul, 2:00 pm

Leaf by Niggle, April 2016, Puppet State Theatre Company

Leaf by Niggle, April 2016, Puppet State Theatre Company photo: Brian Hartley

Adapted from the JRR Tolkien short story, Leaf by Niggle is quite different from most of Tolkien’s work in that it contains no magic, no elves or dragons. Puppet State use intimate storytelling, object animation, music and sound to bring the story to life. Niggle is a painter who, for some time, has been obsessed with one particular canvas — a curious picture of a tree with a vast landscape stretching out behind it. The painting keeps getting bigger and bigger, but Niggle has a journey to make. He doesn't want to go, but he cannot get out of it… Surrounded by ladders, bicycles and heirlooms, Richard Medrington (Jean from The Man Who Planted Trees) recounts Tolkien's miniature masterpiece, with soundtrack by Karine Polwart and MJ McCarthy. Recommended age 10+ and all adults. Running time 75 mins

"enchanting one man show' ★★★★ The Guardian

Price: £8 / £6 concs/£4 U16’s (concessions)

Roddy Woomble – ‘My Secret is my Silence’ Tour

Saturday 10th Sep, 8:00 pm

Roddy W - My SecretFamiliar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter & performer. In 2016, Roddy will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his debut solo album 'My Secret is my Silence' with a special UK tour and song book. The highly praised album debuted at number 1 in the UK folk charts back in 2006, and through word of mouth became something of a 'cult classic'. Produced by John McCusker and recorded over a week at a rural studio in Yorkshire, the album blends the melodic alternative rock that made Idlewild famous, with a more introspective acoustic, folk influence, recalling at times Bert Jansch, the Waterboys and early Fairport Convention. For this tour Roddy's band featuring Hannah Fisher (violin & vocals), Craig Ainslie (bass), Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Danny Grant (Drums) will help to create the perfect backdrop for Roddy's poetic lyrics, blending touches of country and folk to this set of poignant songs.

'…I'm really excited to play through My Secret is My Silence with the band – I always view songs as evolving things, so it'll be interested to see how they sound on stage 10 years later – the last time some of these songs were sung was the day they were recorded' Roddy Woomble

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

Tickets in the Phoenix now

Price: £14