Writer and arranger of many of the band’s tunes Andy works as a solo singer/songwriter playing eastern folk, African tunes and original pieces. He has collaborated with Hugh Stanners in the Eastern European influenced band Klunk.
He also performs as a classical guitarist and in the trio Eastern Straynotes playing jazz from the 30s & 40s.
Hugh Stanners – accordion, flugelhorn
Hugh has played in bands since he was knee high to a grasshopper and has played with various outfits covering a variety of styles including World and Roots music, Jazz and Americana. During this time he studied Music at the Royal Academy and at Kingston University with Andy Kirkham.
After playing trumpet/flugel, piano and keyboards Hugh took up accordion. He has since collaborated with Andy Kirkham and others on Eastern European influenced projects, including the popular Klunk and Pinky Umbrella, leading to the current Moxy Garbanzo extravaganza. Hugh also plays with the popular local combo, The Vagaband
We have launched our new season of films at Aylsham Picture House. You can see the full listings online but here’s a quick reminder of our screenings for February.
We are showing two films in February. The first to be screened on Friday 26 February at 7.30pm is the hit movie “WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS” while the second is screened the following day at 3pm on Saturday 27 February and is the hit animated film “UP” from Pixar Disney.
ALL TICKETS ON SALE AT BARNWELLS NEWSAGENTS, MARKET PLACE, AYLSHAM
HALF PRICE FOR CHILDREN
Tickets for UP are offered at a special price for Children at £2.50. Adults will pay £5 per ticket
Please note that we classify children as being under 12 years.
The doors to Aylsham Town Hall will open at 6pm on the Friday for the Bar and other entertainments, whilst the matinee on Saturday will see the doors open at 2.30pm. Child friendly refreshments will be available.
WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS
Starring Billy Connelly, David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Ben Miller
From the creators of “Outnumbered”, this comedy, as you might expect, is centred around children and their interaction and manipulation of adults.
On a family holiday, warring parents Doug and Abbie, (Tennant and Pike), take their 3 slightly unusual children to stay with relatives, including their grandfather (Connolly) and pompous uncle (Miller). The middle child shares a fascination in the Vikings with Grandpa, which, on an outing to the beach, leads to unexpected and far reaching consequences.
Directed by Richard Curtis, 109 minutes.
Voices include Edward Asher, Christopher Plummer and Jordan Nagai.
This comedy adventure is about retired salesman Carl Frederickson finally fulfilling a lifelong dream of adventure and exploration. In a series of flashbacks, we learn of his childhood friendship with a tomboyish young girl, with whom he shares a love of exploration and derring-do in South America, and their admiration of adventurer Charles Muntz, who disappears on one of his journeys.
Carl marries his girl, and after her death, in old age, he sets off on his Great Adventure, by tying hundreds of balloons to his house; however, on take off, he discovers he has a stowaway, an 8 year old cub scout called Russell, on a mission to collect his “Assisting the Elderly” badge. The unlikely couple land in South America, and experience a series of almost surreal scrapes, including talking dogs and birds, and the long lost explorer, Muntz.
Directed by Pete Docter & Bob Patterson, 101 mins. 2009
We look forward to seeing you at our first screening for 2016 – Friday 8 January. There is a great cast in “The Falling” including Maxine Peak, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh and Greta Scacchi. Set in a girls’ public school in 1969, it concerns the friendship between the rebellious and beautiful Abbie (Pugh) and her less than worldly-wise companion Lydia (Williams).
Gradually, more and more secrets are revealed, and the back stories of girls, staff and Lydia’s mum Eileen (Peake) add extra spice to the mysteries.
As the fainting fits alluded to in this film’s title become increasingly widespread at the school, the girls’ behaviour becomes more extreme.
This film was written and directed by the incredibly talented Carol Morley in 2014.
We were thrilled with the turnout for our last film of 2015 “In love with Alma Cogan”. A near sell-out audience enjoyed a full evening of entertainment that began from doors opening at 6pm. Live music was provided by Jonathan and Delve for those arriving early to enjoy a festive drink of mulled wine, snacks and a fantastic raffle organised by Carol Wisby, of No5 Dress Agency in Red Lion Street.
FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS 2016
We sold raffle tickets for a fantastic £390 on the night and look forward to our next fundraiser in February 2016. All the funds raised will be used to finance our Festival of Short Films and Animation planned for July 2016. We will publish more details of this in the coming months and hope that as many of our supporters will get involved with this project that will bring together schools and colleges together with other generations of participants in Aylsham and its surrounding areas to learn about making short films using smart phone technology. People taking part will work with mentors from the film and TV industry as well as graduates and undergraduates from Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) leading to a screening of the best films at a celebration of film over the last weekend of July (29-31 July, 2016).
We have now published the next set of films in our new season for 2016. Brochures for this have now been produced and will be distributed with the next edition of Just Aylsham. Films chosen include one chosen through our Audience Choice vote. Suggestions made by audiences at Aylsham Picture House in September, October and November 2015 were put to a vote in December and the winning film by far was Leviathan – a russian language film to be screened in March 2016.
We have launched a prize draw with some wonderful gifts, donated by individual and business supporters from across Aylsham and its surrounding areas.
You can buy tickets in advance of the draw (to be made after the screening of our next film “In Love with Alma Cogan” this coming Friday 11 December). Carol at No5 Red Lion Street – No 5 Dressing Agency – is selling tickets at £2.50 for a strip of 5 tickets. Buy 2 strips and you will have 10 chances to win one of these great prizes!
You can download a list of the great prizes donated so far here: OUR-PRIZES
Here are some reviews that will make you wonder if you can afford to miss this modern classic. This is the tale of a suburban husband as he begins to visit gay bars to pick up men, while his wife develops an intimate relationship with their black gardener.
Sandy Powell is the extraordinary and award winning costume designer for Far from Heaven. She says that Todd Haynes was obsessively well-prepared and he broke the script down scene by scene with visual references for everything. The film was inspired by Douglas Sirk’s 1955 film All That Heaven Allows, which starred Jane Wyman as the lady of the house and Rock Hudson as her gardener. They have an affair and her children reject her. Todd updated this, making the gardener black.
Far From Heaven also mirrored All That Heaven Allows in terms of colour intensity with Todd Haynes allocating different Pantone colour charts (colour profiles used in printing) to each scene. This gives the film a unified look. Powell says that “Most people remember one scene in particular, featuring a group of ladies standing outside a house after having lunch, and how their dresses match the fantastic autumnal trees. I’ve always been drawn to the theatrical, to designs that have a heightened reality. It beats being pale and timid”.
Todd Haynes’s powerful study of racial and sexual bigotry in Fifties America is heartbreaking and uncannily accurate. Philip French, The Guardian
I came to mock and stayed to pray … instantly and correctly hailed as a capo lavoro, a masterpiece. Peter Bradshaw