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New Season 2016

Details of the concerts and events in 2016 will be posted in January with the exception of the Rich Hall gig on Feb 5th which is already listed below. Meanwhile we have a series of films starting on Boxing Day and they are all now listed 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) will be online in late January. 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.

He Named Me Malala (film)

Friday 12th Feb, 7:30 pm

Malala 2This film is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Rating PG-13, runtime 120 mins

Pay on the door

Price: £5 / £4 concs/£3 U16’s (concessions)

Trio Van Beethoven

Friday 26th Feb, 8:00 pm

Trio van BeethovenWorking jointly with Scottish singers Lorna Anderson (soprano) and Jamie MacDougall (tenor), the Trio Van Beethoven puts a focus on Beethoven's and Haydn's folk song arrangements, in order to present this unique combination of classical music and folk song tradition to a wider audience. The musicians (violin, cello and piano) have been Trio in Residence at the Klassikmusikfest Mühlviertel and performed at the International Brucknerfest Linz, in London (Kings Place), as well as in Italy, Slovenia, Belgium and Lithuania. The programme includes Trio in G major, All´Ongarese by Hayden; Trio in C Minor op.1/3 and Variations in E flat Major, op.44 by Beethoven plus Trio in D Minor, op.49 by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

See also: www.triovanbeethoven.at

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

The Forres Big Choir

Saturday 27th Feb, 8:00 pm

Forres Big ChoirForres's local community choir was founded 12 years ago by Kate O'Connell and Bill Henderson and has contributed hugely in that time to creating a vibrant feast of singing around Moray. The choir's stunning sound belies the fact that many who joined the group thought they could not sing. They have sung at Community events all around Moray including The Forres Burgess Ceremony and The Commonwealth Games Relay. Now Kate is leaving and this concert is to celebrate her time with the choir. They will sing some of their favourite songs, spanning a repertoire of inspirational songs from around the world. Also on the bill are the Wee Big Choir, an offshoot of the larger group directed by Kate. And as always there will be plenty of audience participation harmony songs which will be taught on the night. An uplifting evening.

Tickets on the door

Price: £8 / £6 concs / U16s free (concessions)

The Story Of The Little Gentleman

Saturday 5th Mar, 2:00 pm

Layout 1Presented by the wonderful Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, The Story of the Little Gentleman is energetic family theatre with an original score by Danny Krass and design by Karen Tennent – a playful celebration of friendship and acceptance. All the Little Gentleman wants is a friend he can sit in the sun with and listen to the birds, a friend to walk with and share his cookies. But nobody seems to like the Little Gentleman and nobody wants to be his friend. Just when he thinks he will live a sad and lonely life forever, he is woken up by a curious dog who just wants to play. Suitable for children P1-3 and their adults. Running time 50 mins Directed by Gill Robertson.

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Price: £7 / £6 concs, £5 U16 (concessions)

And Now…

Wednesday 9th Mar, 7:30 pm

Plan B And Now…credit Roddy MackenzieA brand new dance theatre production by plan B who have previously visited the Universal Hall with A Wee Home from Home (a collaboration with Michael Marra) and The Shoogle Project (featuring the highly acclaimed Scottish band Shooglenifty). Reflecting on the sea change in Scotland in 2014, a tribe of lost children find an ethereal Neverland where present generations glimpse what promise may emerge when we finally grow up — if indeed we ever will. Accompanied by a powerful ambient score from award winning composer Jim Sutherland, the piece is overlaid with live music from the sax player Steve Kettley. This is the first opportunity to see plan B's new ensemble — four of Scotland's most electrifying dancers – Glen McArtney, Joanne Pirrie, Katie Armstrong and Kirsty Pollock. (The show will have an accompanying dance workshop – details here when we have them)

To see the And Now… trailer click here

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Price: £10 / £8 concs, £6 U16 (concessions)

Suffragette (film)

Friday 18th Mar, 7:30 pm

SuffragetteThis stirring story centers on Maud, a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst, Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women’s civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation. Rating PG-13, runtime 106mins

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Price: £5 / £4 concs/£3 U16’s (concessions)

Earthsings Festival

Saturday 19th Mar, 8:00 pm

EARTHSINGS is a week long celebration of singing that includes workshops and concerts that runs from Sat 19th March to Friday 25th. In addition to the professional concerts advertised below you are invited to two ‘by donation’ events at 8pm on Sat 19 March (local choirs – performance and participation) and Friday 25 March when workshop groups perform. See www.findhorn.org/earthsings for details.

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Northern Harmony

Sunday 20th Mar, 8:00 pm

Northern Harmony(An Earthsings event) Northern Harmony have a wide reputation for the their command of varied world singing styles. These range from rowdy American shape-note songs and bright Balkan tones to dark, sonorous Georgian harmonies, rhythmic South African songs, and ornamented Corsican polyphony. The concert program includes a variety of songs: Georgian; Corsican paghjella and sacred; South African with dances; and contemporary American shape-note. Also featured is a group of settings of Psalm 42 including German versions by Heinrich Schütz and Hugo Distler, and American by William Billings and Timothy Swan. The current ensemble is led by Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler and features special guest Ketevan Mindorashvili, director of the Zedashe Ensemble from Georgia. Tonight is their full concert and Wednesday will be the participatory evening.

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

Zulu Tradition

Tuesday 22nd Mar, 8:00 pm

Zulu Tradition(An Earthsings event). Imagine a youthful, mixed gender, Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high-energy dance and you have Zulu Tradition — a company of young Zulu singers and dancers from KwaZulu Natal, in South Africa. They deliver a heady mix of African harmonies and energetic, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed and supported by drum-rhythms. Zulu reaches back into the past to preserve ancient skills while stretching forward towards contemporary Africa. Their songs are both traditional and recently made but in traditional styles. The powerful traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums and glorious vocal harmonies are guaranteed to hold any audience spellbound.

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

Northern Harmony (Participatory)

Wednesday 23rd Mar, 8:00 pm

Northern Harmony(An Earthsings event – see also Sunday 20th March) This will be a participatory evening featuring folk dancing and singing. The Northern Harmony band will play with fiddle, clarinet, accordion and drum, and Larry will teach and lead a varied selection of Balkan, English country and American contra dances. We’ll sing through some of the songs learned during the week plus a few more singalongs taught on the spot

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Tickets on the door

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

Shine

Thursday 24th Mar, 8:00 pm

Shine posed(An Earthsings event) Shine, originally formed in 1998, combines Corrina Hewat, Mary Mcmaster and Alyth McCormack’s distinctive voices with two electro-harps, and now in 2015 they continue to lead the field with hauntingly timeless yet arrestingly modern arrangements of traditional, contemporary and original material. Recent gigs include one at the award nominated venue Douglas's House in Edinburgh, a beautiful Here come the Girls night sharing the stage with another all girl band, The Shee, and a return to form gig at last year's Celtic Connections. Since then they have re-released their much-loved album Sugarcane and they are currently working on a new single, EP and album. See also http://www.shine-trio.com

"Bewitchingly arrayed harmonies…alternating otherworldly spookiness with sparkling lighter interludes."
The Scotsman

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

Monkey

Saturday 2nd Apr, 2:00 pm

Monkey by PuppetCraft 3 copyPart of the Puppet Animation Festival and presented by Puppetcraft, Monkey is inspired by the ancient Chinese folk story about the adventures of a fan­tastical, comical superhero. Watch Monkey as he learns magic, makes mayhem, flies on a cloud, plays tricks, defeats a dragon, dodges death, and eats lots of peaches… all in search of a Great Secret! Brought to exuberant life by one of England's leading puppetry companies using exquisitely crafted mario­nettes, authentic old Chinese shad­ow puppets and enchanting live music – snappy raps and witty words written especially for PuppetCraft by the brilliant award winning poet Michael Rosen. Duration: 60 mins, for children aged 4 years + and their adults.

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Price: £7 / £6 concs, £5 U16 (concessions)

Rant

Wednesday 6th Apr, 7:30 pm

RANT smRant are now firmly established as a vibrant sound on the British folk scene. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, the band is the meeting of four of Scotland's finest fiddle players, two from the Shetlands and two from the Highlands. Using just their fiddles, Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl weave a gorgeous tapestry of melodies and textures. Acclaim for Rant arrived in the form of a Herald Angel Award for outstanding performance across all the Edinburgh Festivals. In addition the band have made major festival and concert appearances across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, and recorded strings for Julie Fowlis on her latest album Gach Sgeul. 2016 sees the release of their second album Reverie which sees them continue with this song strand, collaborating both with Fowlis and Scots singer Ewan McLennan.

"Hypnotic" The Herald

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

Alexander Chapman Campbell

Friday 8th Apr, 8:00 pm

Alexander_Chapman_Campbell_DSC04676_Credit_Hugh_Carswell_2015Amongst the hundreds of releases of autumn 2013, a new and unexpected album turned up at ClassicFM, the world's largest classical radio station. Intrigued, the Managing Editor immediately placed it as "Album of the Week" on ClassicFM Drive. The response was unprecedented. There was a flood of emails and phone-calls after every airing, the album soared into the charts and within a week Decca Records wanted to secure the rights to this beautiful and mysterious music. Since then, Alexander Chapman Campbell's debut album for solo piano, Sketches of Light, has appeared across radio and TV, featured on several chart-topping compilation albums and continues to enchant listeners around the world. His music has been described as not jazz, not classical, not improvised, but a glimpse of something new... and his second album only deepens this enigma. This concert will provide an album launch for the 27-year-old composer's second album Portraits of Earth — a collection for solo piano.

"Tipped for the top." Aled Jones

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

The Fisherman And The Seal

Saturday 9th Apr, 2:00 pm

The Fisherman and the Seal - Yugen Puppet Company (photographer - Andy Catlin)6Part of the Puppet Animation Festival and presented by Alison Monaghan of Yugen Puppet Theatre this is the story of a lonely fisherman living in a small Scottish village by the sea and looking for love. Things never quite go according to plans…sometimes true love can be found in the most unlikely of places…and with the most unlikely of soul mates! Using charming hand-crafted puppets and striking shadow theatre Yugen Puppet Company has created this comic story based on the myths and legends about the selkie, putting a charming and surprising twist on this usually most tragic of Scottish folk tales. Duration: 45 mins, for children aged 5 years + and their adults.

"Alison Monaghan is most skilled at making her puppets live within her charming and imaginative productions." Highland News

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Price: £7 / £6 concs, £5 U16 (concessions)

Altan

Wednesday 13th Apr, 7:30 pm

AltanAltan's new album, The Widening Gyre, fuses the traditional Irish music that they are known for, namely Donegal fiddling and Gaelic singing traditions, with American roots music, particularly that of the Appalachian bluegrass fiddle. Recording in Nashville for only the second time and the first time for a full album, the band was able to gather many of the roots musicians they've met over their years together, including Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Eddi Reader, Bryan Sutton, and Compass co-founder Alison Brown. The Widening Gyre is a compelling development in Altan's story proving that they are still growing as artists, even after 35 years together.

"One of the most touching things you'll hear this year." The Arts Desk

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Price: £14 / £12 concs, £10 U16 (concessions)

Laura Cortese And The Dance Cards

Wednesday 20th Apr, 7:30 pm

LAURA Cortese & The Dance CardsThe Boston-based fiddler/vocalist and song-writer, Laura Cortese has built a distinguished career following a path that led her to be one of the most in-demand musical partners and collaborators on the circuit while continuing at the same time, to make her own music… However it is as Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards that she has made the biggest impact. The band's elegant music, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock 'n' roll swagger. They also use inspiration from Americana and pop greats and lush fiddle stylings root their music in a folk tradition. Mariel Vandersteel's sensitive fiddle accompaniments, and Valerie Thompson's rock-solid cello grooves ground Cortese's dreamy, poetic vocals which are as modern and savvy as they come.

"Powerful, gutsy and set to make musical waves.” fRoots

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