Victorian style music hall wraps up Garden Season

Jan Hunt: Victorian style music hall
Jan Hunt: Victorian style music hall

Internationally famous pop-folk vocal trio The Springfields were the number one group in the UK in the early 1960s and – alongside Dusty and Tom Springfield – top producer Mike Hurst was part of the original line-up, writes Georgina Butler.

They parted company in 1963 but you can catch the re-formed Springfields (Mike Hurst, Marina Berry and Andy Marlow) at The Stables on Thursday night – with 80 hits to choose from, they’ll not be short of tunes.

Friday brings some of the best-loved American and British proms-style music – and plenty of flag waving to boot – with the Tring-Carroll Gala Concert, which will celebrate 14 years of musical collaboration between Tring School in Hertfordshire and Carroll High School in Texas, US with jazz, classical and concert band pieces.

It’s the last weekend of this year’s Music in the Garden season too, and on Saturday the Enrico Tomasso Quartet, and The Legends play in the Old Rectory Gardens. Perfection from the pros is a given.

On Saturday evening –

back in The Stables –British singer-songwriter Julia Fordham takes to the stage.

Tickets to see this songstress are now pretty thin on the ground at the box office, though.

Progressive Irish folk band Tir Na Nog will liven up Stage 2 on Saturday – from strong Celtic roots, their compositions combine intricate acoustic guitar playing with close harmony singing.

A talented cast of 10 performers will capture the true Victorian style of music hall entertainment on Sunday when Paper Moon Theatre Company perform a colourful show – full of audience participation – in the Old Rectory Gardens, led by Jan Hunt, left.

Rounding off your weekend, is energetic Dave Koz.

The king of smooth jazz (he has a star on Hollywood Boulevard to prove it) makes his third visit on Sunday evening.

The Grammy-nominated American saxophonist is ready to win your heart and light up your life with a spectacular show.

He will be joined by music director Brian Simpson on keyboards, Simply Red’s Mark Jaimes on guitar, Frank Felix on bass and Marc Parnell on drums.

Box office: MK 280800.