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Live Music Weekend At The Arches This Summer

Some amazing artists return ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 26/04/2022 @ 8:00AM

We are delighted to announce our exciting weekend of live music at our outdoor theatre this August. From much-loved '70s pop and a BAFTA nominated entertainer to a world-renowned British musician and local bands, we bring together an eclectic range of music that offers something for everyone ...

Richard Digance will be joining us for our live music weekend!

Richard Digance will be joining us for our live music weekend!

copyright: richard digance / the arches theatre

ABBA Sensation returns this summer to kick things off on Friday the 12th of August. Become the ultimate Dancing Queen by getting your disco gear on and joining this phenomenal ABBA tribute band for an evening of live classics and high energy fun. ABBA Sensation will have you on your feet and singing along from the moment they step onto the stage.

"Experience ABBA like you never have before!"

BAFTA-nominated musician, Richard Digance, also returns for another year on Saturday the 13th of August with an evening of fun, laughter and ingenious comedy folk music. Expect to hear entertaining stories and nostalgic songs for you to of course join in with. As a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Songwriters, Richard is the very best at what he does.

Richard will be joined by a variety of local bands (TBC), including Arches' owner, David Pibworth, and his band The Bolivian Sunshine Dogs, a nine-piece comedy jazz band! This is an evening not to be missed.

Closing the weekend, we have world-renowned British dulcimer player, guitarist and composer, Dan Evans, who will be performing on Sunday the 14th of August with an intimate concert of dulcimer and guitar music and song. As a stylish guitarist and master of his instruments, don't miss this classical concert experience at our beautiful outdoor theatre.

"So, that is the line-up for our live music weekend for 2022!"

We hope there is something there that you will come and enjoy with us. This year we have chosen to hold our live music performances in just one weekend. This is because the vision for The Arches Theatre has always been to host live theatre productions. When the pandemic occurred, we wanted to help as many artists as possible to perform during very difficult times for the arts industry. This is where we introduced music and dance performances.

We still want to include music in our lineup each year, but it will now be held over one weekend. The date for your diary this year is the 12th to the 14th of August 2022 and tickets are selling quickly via our Box Office.

We hope you are able to join us this summer.

Until next time ...



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If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about live music at the Arches Theatre, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.

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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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