What’s On

Welcome to our what’s on section, divided into sections for ease of use.

MUSIC

Darlington Piano Society

The society’s concerts take place Sundays 3pm in Central Hall, Dolphin Centre

Forthcoming concerts:
Mei Yi Foo (24th February) a virtuosic programme including works by Messiaen, Stravinsky and Balakirev
Leon McCawley (24th March), eminent British pianist in a programme celebrating early and late works

  • For full details of the society’s season, visit the society’s website
  • Season tickets – £55 – can be purchased using the brochure’s booking form or via the website
  • Tickets cost £12 for single recitals from the Dolphin Centre and on the door (U21 – £6)

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

It’s a bumper year for Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club as it welcomes a record number of bands to play lunchtime gigs at the town. There’s a total of 18 gigs booked throughout the year, up from the usual 12, which says so much about the popularity of the club.

Things got off to a truly New Orleans start on Saturday 2 February with a stellar performance by Dale Storr on piano.

On Saturday 16 February, the Club will host dynamic young street group Frog & Henry from the Big Easy itself. Formed in New Orleans French Quarter as a collective of several street performing groups, the band plays and records old dance and jazz music from the early 1900s on brass and string instruments, with plenty of vocals.

Saturday 2 March sees clarinetist and composer Adrian Cox visiting St Augustine’s with his show ‘Profoundly blue’, celebrating the music of his favourite clarinet player Edmond Hall.

  • The club takes place at St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. Doors open at noon for a 12.30pm to 3pm session.
  • The venue has free onsite parking, and a licensed bar that serves tea and coffee. Bring your own food for a picnic while the band is playing.
  • £10 at the door. Children under 16 free with an accompanying adult
  • Darlington for Culture members get a 20% discount on production of their membership card
  • For more information visit the club’s website

Opus 4 Jazz Club: Alan Barnes and the Paul Edis Trio

This effervescent and renowned reedman Alan Barnes will be at Opus 4 on Friday 8th February starting at 8pm; doors open at 7.30pm for the club’s revised start time.

Tickets for this concert are £12 on the door and the organisers advise early arrival to secure a table in view of the large turnout expected for with this event.

The club takes place at Travellers Rest, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER.

For more information, visit Opus 4 Jazz Club’s website, or follow the Jazz in Darlington at Opus 4 Home/facebook page.

Gareth Davies Jones at Neasham Reading Room

Highly regarded as a gifted and perceptive songwriter (BBC’s Bob Harris, Iain Anderson are fans), Gareth’s music is laced with a vivid and powerful sense of the aesthetic. A natural storyteller, reviewers have placed his performances alongside the best in the Troubadour tradition.

Combining elements of Guthrie, Dylan, Taylor and Browne, attention to musical detail is evident throughout his seven solo and three collaborative albums. He plays a variety of instruments and features a keen sense of melody woven around a rich, distinctive voice.

Darlington Music Society

This promoter of classical chamber music concerts in the North East brings the finest music played by world-class musicians to Darlington for live performances at reasonable prices. To find out more, visit the DMS website.

Please note: the Jubilee String Quartet concert, which had to be postponed on 6 October, has been rescheduled for Sunday 31 March 2019 starting at 3pm.

  • £14 per concert or £54 for a season ticket (there are six concerts in the year)
  • Tickets from the Dolphin Centre; season tickets available from Mr Tooze, 66 The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RZ. Tel: 01325 467163

Events at The Forum, Borough Road
For the full list of gigs and events, please visit www.theforumonline.co.uk. Tel: 01325 363135.

February @ The Forum:
Film Club at The Forum:
Monday 4th February: A Bunch of Amateurs (2008, 15)
Monday 11th February: That Hamilton Women (1941, PG)
Monday 18th February: The Shinning (1980, 18)
Monday 25th February: Groundswell, The Grassroots Battle For The NHS
Q&A with director John Furse

Friday 8th – Darlington RnB Club
Robin Bibi Band
Tickets £12/Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 9th – Hey Beatles
Playing all of the hits and eras of The Fab Four
Tickets £12/Doors 7.30pm

Valentines Night: Live Music from Hayley McKay & David Neil Crabtree
Ticket price includes 3-course Tapas sharing Platter
Tickets £17.50 – Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 16th – The Killerz
Tickets £12.50/Doors 7.30pm

Friday 22nd – Quadrophenia Night
Featuring The Atlantics +DJ Drew Stansall ( Ex Specials)
Tickets £12/Doors 7pm

Saturday 23rd – Electro Night
Featuring tributes to both Gary Numan & Yazzoo
Tickets £8/Doors 7.30pm

Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday at the Copper Beech in Neasham Road, 8pm start. More details available on the website www.darlingtonfolkclub.com

Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Club
Check out their programme at the Forum at www.darlington-r-n-b-club.co.uk

Voodoo Café
There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington – Double Entendre – DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late.

Burden of Paradise with Snake Davies

At Neasham Reading Room on Thursday 4 April 2019.

After a fantastic sell-out performance in 2018 Neasham Reading Room is delighted to announce the return of these great musicians.

Snake has played sax with M People, Eurhythmics, Take That, Ray Charles and many, many more. Band member Dave has played bass with Martha and the Vandellas, Edwin Starr and the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. Helen from the trio has sung with The Eagles, Emmylou Harris and Little Feat. Burden of Paradise’s unique interpretations of evocative songs from Dylan to Dowland to Billie Holiday are spellbinding.

THEATRE

The Hullabaloo

Children’s theatre organisation Theatre Hullabaloo runs a programme of events at its flagship venue, The Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington. To buy tickets and for more information visit the website.

Darlington Hippodrome

For details of shows after the pantomime season, see Hippodrome launches spring season.

Performing Arts – competition

Darlington Festival for Performing Arts (DFPA) is a competition comprising three disciplines on three days: Music on Saturday 2nd March; Speech and Drama on Saturday 9th March; and Dance on Saturday, 5th October; all at Longfield Academy.

The organisation provides the opportunity for children and adults to perform competitively in front of professional adjudicators, showcasing their talents in Performing Arts. DFPA is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals. It is run by volunteers.

DFPA encourages entries for its competitions from all over the area and beyond incorporating state and private schools/private tutors and independently run music/speech and drama and dance schools.

Contact and entry information:

  • Visit the website dfpa.co for further information and costs
  • The syllabus for the March competitions is available at dfpa.co/music and dfpa.co/speech-drama together with entry forms
  • For more information about the speech and drama section contact andrea@dfpa.co, trevor@dfpa.co for music, and zoe@dfpa.co for dance
  • General Secretary, email linda.lawson1511@gmail.com

The Majestic Theatre – spring season’s programme.

An Evening of Mediumship with Toby Stockwell
Tuesday 5 March 7.30pm
The popular star of TV’s Street Psychic, Psychic Private Eyes and Psychic Academy, Tony Stockwell has a long-established credibility as one of the top Intuitive Mediums and has shared the stage all round the world with international mediums such as Colin Fry, James van Praagh and Lisa Williams.

Viva Neil Diamond
Friday 8 March 7.30pm
While performing in Las Vegas two years ago Bob Drury was described “one of the world’s finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond” and he’s now back touring the UK with his new show celebrating the legendary Neil Diamond and his incredible back catalogue of songs.

History of Rock
Saturday 9 March 7.30pm
A must see for any fans of ROCK! Experience this iconic music brought back to life by an exceptional eight-piece band.

Friday 15 March 7.30pm
The George Michael Story
A musical journey of George’s biggest hits celebrating his life and generosity, with 5% of the profits being donated to George Michael’s Charities. To purchase tickets please use the following options, www.thegeorgemichaelstory.com or www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/569815.

Saturday 16 March 7.30pm
All Shook Up
The sensational Andrew King as Elvis backed by the fantastic Central Park Band, will take you on a journey through the decades featuring all the Greatest Hits, from 1954-1977.

Coldplace
Friday 22 March 7.30pm
As a leading tribute to Coldplay they have played over 650 shows in 24 different countries. They pride themselves on attention to detail both musically and visually.

Miss Julie
Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 April 7pm
Strindberg’s electrifying play of sex and class comes to passionate life on the Majestic stage in a powerful new production by Elysium Theatre Company.

Death and the Maiden
Thursday 13 June 7.30pm
The award-winning London smash-hit play and subsequent feature film is revived in this exclusive tour by Baroque Theatre Company. Gripping high drama, with great intensity, this is a unique and first-rate thriller.

The Tina Turner Experience
Saturday 15 June 7.30pm
This live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the worlds iconic performers. Full of hits like “Private Dancer”, “Nutbush City Limits”, “Proud Mary”, “River Deep Mountain High” and “Let’s Stay Together” to name but a few, this show is the ultimate night out.

 

Darlington Academy of Performing Arts

Does your child enjoy acting, singing and dancing? The Darlington Academy of Performing Arts holds regular classes take place at Hummersknott Academy.

For more information, visit the website.

 

COMEDY

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club brings the best of the UK and international comedy scene to venues throughout the North East of England.

For details of events, visit the Hilarity Bites website.

TALKS

Darlington Historical Society (DHS)

Talks and meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NG (accessed via the archway on Skinnergate) starting at 7.30pm. Annual membership £10 covering all talks. Visitors £3 per meeting.

For more information, visit the Darlington Historical Society website.

20 February 2019
Gertrude Bell: The uncrowned Queen of Iraq – with Gordon Hetherington

20 March 2019
The English Civil War in the North East – with Phil Philo

17 April 2019
Members evening and AGM
Hummersknott Allotments & SHA, Darlington’s Only Surviving Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden … The Movie – with Ted Lickrish

The Darlington Lecture Association

Lectures take place from September to April, usually second Monday of each month 7.30pm, at Carmel RC College, The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RP.

Membership is £25; visitor entrance is £5.

For more information, visit the website, call 01325 363350 or email dlecture@live.co.uk

Lectures:
11 February “Treasures of the Turf” Christopher Garibaldi
11 March “Putting on the Proms” David Pickard
8 April “The Wynyard Dynasty” Ron Tempest

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild

The local guild hosts talks each month. Meetings held at 1.30pm in Elm Ridge Methodist church hall. New members always welcome. For more information, visit the website.

LITERATURE

Open Mic nights for writers

The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture, offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, in the upstairs room at HASH, 14 Coniscliffe Road, Darlington DL3 7RG (usually on the last Thursday of the month, except July, August and December).

The nights have given dozens of writers from Darlington and further afield the opportunity to read work including poetry, short stories, novel extracts and scripts to appreciative audiences. Readers range from published authors to those just starting out on their writing careers, and pieces read out range from completed pieces to work in progress for which the authors are seeking feedback. It all makes for an enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

  • Each session starts at 7pm and the cost of entry is £3 paid on the door
  • A share of the proceeds is donated to Darlington for Culture to help further its work supporting arts and culture in the town
  • Dates for 2019: 31st January; 28th February; 28th March; 25th April; 30th May; 27th June; 26th September; 31st October; 28th November

Writers meet
Bennet House Writers meet every Monday at 10.30am at Age UK, Bradbury House, Beaumont Street West, Darlington DLI 5SX. The group read and discuss new and old work from members that includes poetry, short stories and novels. Further details can be obtained from Mary Sweeten on 01325 283401.

VISUAL ARTS

The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts

The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts launches its range of spring courses, term started 14th January 2019.

Check The Bridge website for start dates and prices.

The Bridge Centre is located at the junction of Yarm Road and Hundens Lane DL1 1ED and runs programmes of 10-week courses in a variety of arts media throughout the year as well as a programme of exhibitions by local artists and art groups.

The Bridge houses a variety of local groups and is available for private hire.

‘Almost A Memory’ at Town Hall

An exhibition of prints by local photographer Chris Walker takes place at The Town Hall Gallery Space,

‘Almost A Memory’ includes monochrome photographs illustrating decline and decay in the built environment and takes as its subject a derelict farm in the countryside to the north of Darlington.

Free admission during Town Hall opening times.

Exhibition is on until 22 February 2019.

 

Rejig’s Skills Courses take place at South Park Education Centre, Darlington, £25, includes materials and light refreshments.

Visit the website www.luckyfisharts.co.uk/courses

Meet, Make, Mend: provides drop-in sewing sessions throughout the week covering all sorts of skills, from quilting, to clothes making, and beyond. For more information visit the website www.luckyfisharts.co.uk

Knitting Café
The Knitting Cafe holds its Monday night sessions at Lingfield Point, off McMullen Road, taking the craft of knitting home to the site. The Café meets at Lingfield House on the site which was home to Patons and Baldwins, at one time a leading manufacturer of knitting yarn in Darlington. The Monday evening sessions are designed to introduce people to knitting, and also for experienced exponents of the pastime, and take place between 7-9pm. Sessions cost £3. For more information, contact Becky on 07550

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DANCE

Darlington Festival of Performing Arts

Dance competition showcases various styles of dance by children and teens.

Morris dance team seeks members

The Cotswold Morris Team/Black Diamond Mixed Cotswold Morris is seeking new members.

Named after one of the first steam locomotives to operate on the Darlington and Stockton Railway/Black Diamond, this new Cotswold Morris team is based in Darlington.

Dancing traditional dances from the Cotswold villages, this team comprises of both women and men.

They practise in the upstairs room of the Voodoo Cafe Bar on Skinnergate in Darlington from 7.30pm until about 9.30pm.

They welcome any dancers and musicians who would like to join them and if you’re not a dancer or musician then you are still more than welcome to come and join and learn these traditional dances.

Harlequin Women’s Morris

From 8th January 2019, Harlequin Women’s Morris will be meeting to practise at a new venue: Village Hall The Green, Cleasby, N Yorks DL2 2QZ.

The group meets on Tuesdays from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

New dancers and/or musicians welcome to try this traditional English (North West) morris dancing. It is fun and helps keep mind and body fit; comfortable shoes and clothes are all that’s needed. First week is free, then £4 per week.

For further information call 01325 465129 or 0795 1251004 or email harlequin.morris@gmail.com

6th Street Swing

Transport yourself back to the swinging world of the 1940s and learn the dance sensations that took the era by storm.

6th Street Swing are a group of local swing dancers keen to encourage more people to take up this fun and sociable partnered dance style. We run informal beginners classes weekly as well as evening socials every few months. No partner is required.

Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30 followed by social dancing at Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate

Cost: £3 – first class free

Contact: Angeline a.unique.rose@gmail.com

Love Tango Darlington

This group dances both traditional Argentine and modern Nuevo Tango.

Class every Thursday 7.30pm followed by dancing until late with John Paul Tango at Haughton Le Skerne Working Men’s Club, 25 Haughton Green, Darlington DL1 2DD.

More details: call 01325 468738 or visit group’s Facebook page.

 

Group piano lessons for adults

Lessons with Tracey Chad ALCM(TD) DipLCM(TD).

At The Forum, Borough Road.

For information and to book, email traceychad1@gmail.com

 

 

GARDENING AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

Darlington Amateur Gardening Club: meets in Bondgate Methodist Church, Winston Street entrance, and the talk starts at about 7.20pm, after tea/coffee. For club information contact the club secretary on 01325 468870.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England, CPRE Darlington: meets in the Upstairs Restaurant, Dolphin Centre, Darlington, at 6.30pm. Meetings are informal and usually held the third Tuesday in the month. They cover mainly planning applications and so give the opportunity to air any views on issues which could affect your quality of life. Please ring 01325 485107 to check dates and inform them of your attendance.

RAILWAY HERITAGE

The Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway were formed in 2013 to take forward ambitious plans to conserve and promote the 1825 line in the lead up to the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the opening of the railway in 2025.

The Friends’ vision is to establish a walking and cycling rail trail using the route of the 1825 S&DR from Witton Park to Stockton on Tees.

More information is available on the Friends website www.sdr1825.co.uk/ Or at their Facebook page; where notice of regular meetings and events can be found www.facebook.com/groups/304912612980375/. The Friends hold a regular monthly meeting on the first Thursday of the month, 7.10pm, usually at Darlington Cricket Club, Feethams. Email info@sdr1825.co.uk for information.

GENERAL

National Council of Women Great Britain
The National Council of Women (NCW) wants to ensure that women play a full role in our society. In Darlington they meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month between 10am and midday at the Millennium Centre, All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road, Darlington DL3 8DT. They welcome women from around the wider area. There are also lots of opportunities to attend other discussions/seminars/meetings both locally and nationally during the year to keep up to date with what’s happening. Want to know more then check out the NCW website www.ncwgb.org or Twitter @NCWGB, call 01325 367375 or search for National Council of Women Great Britain on Facebook.

Keeping fit
Darlington Keep Fit Association is celebrating its 55th year of movement to music with fregular sessions. The first takes place every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. at St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall and is choreographed by Catherine Gilsenan; and the second is held every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at Sadberge Village Hall and is choreographed by Margaret Marston. Both are qualified teachers with regularly updated training, costs are £3.50 per session with a view to membership if liked. Ages range from 18 years upwards.