Raft of entertainers and groups lined up to appear at The Apex

Yes, there is life after Christmas! Next year The Apex has a wealth of entertainment to see you through the winter and into spring.

Countdown’s Queen of Dictionary Corner, Susie Dent explains the surreal origins of words and relates her funniest TV moments on January 15.

There’s lots more chat from Marian Keyes (February 15), Lady Glenconner (February 23), Roddy Doyle (March 15), John Challis in Only Fools and Boycie (April 4), Brian Blessed (April 14), Gyles Brandreth (May 11) and Trevor Eve (May 31).

Tickets for comedy events sell out very quickly, but (at the moment) there are still seats available for Rich Hall’s Hoedown (March 4), Kojo Anim (March 18) and Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens as Eric & Ern (March 19).

If you miss your fix of Strictly Come Dancing, you can see some of the artists in all their glory; Kristina Rihanoff in Dance to the Music (January 28); Graziano Di Prima (March 10); Ian Waite and Vincent Simone (May 2); Giovanni Pernice (June 1 and 2); and Neil Jones (June 29).

The multi-award-winning son of blues legend Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield plays charismatic Chicago blues on January 14; blues-rockers King King return on April 6; Fish pays a visit on March 24; and Lloyd Cole on April 13.

The longest serving member of The Drifters, Roy G Hemmings brings the sound of Motown and Philadelphia on February 15, and there’s funk and soul from Brother Strut on April 11. There’ll be more chances to dance at Showaddywaddy (March 6) and Altered Images, still led by Clare Grogan (March 7).

You can hear two of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, Shostakovich’s stunning chamber symphony and two beautiful pieces by Arvo Pärt on January 19, courtesy of Britten Sinfonia. Jon Boden, ex-frontman of folk-giants Bellowhead, joins the Sacconi Quartet on February 27, for a reprise of The Juliet Letters, Elvis Costello’s 1993 collaboration with the Brodsky Quartet. Aurora Orchestra bring another one of their extraordinary memorised performances – Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony – on March 23.

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the stage on January 26; Brubecks Play Brubeck hits such as ‘Take Five’ and ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’ on March 11; Pete Long’s All-Star Goodmen Orchestra bring all the repertoire from Benny Goodman’s famous Carnegie Hall Concert on February 10; The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue explode onto the stage in their trademark yellow suits for an exciting mix of hot jive and swinging’ rhythm and blues on February 20; and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra are Live and Swinging on March 26.

Fans of country music should get on down to Nathan Carter and his band on February 6 and Honky Tonk Angels on February 21. While folkies will enjoy traditional music from Scotland’s Highlands and Islands from Blazin’ Fiddles (March 3); Britain’s fiddling supergroup” Feast of Fiddles (March 29); and folk duo Ninebarrow with their band (March 25).

There’s also a host of top tribute acts and many other gigs and concerts to help brighten the long dark nights.

See www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758000 for more information or to book tickets.

Pictured above is Clare Grogan who will be appearing with Altered Images on March 7 at The Apex.

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