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Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - February 2017

PUBLISHED: 15:24 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:24 30 January 2017

Tenors Unlimited: Paul Martin, Scott Ciscon and Jem Sharples

Tenors Unlimited: Paul Martin, Scott Ciscon and Jem Sharples

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February offers a warming feast of entertainment and days out at venues across Buckinghamshire

Q&A with Tenors Unlimited

The trio known as the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’ of Jem Sharples, Paul Martin, Scott Ciscon perform at The Stables, Wavendon, on Saturday, 25 February, tickets £19.50.

How long have you been singing together?

Eleven years, but it doesn’t feel that long! We’re too busy having fun…

You’ve sung alongside so many celebrities such as Sting, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé and Simply Red. Who was your favourite and why?

It’s hard to say as they were all so different to be around with different levels of entourage, etc. It was, however, a very surreal moment when you find yourself sharing a glass of wine with Sting (and Trudy) after that particular show. Like you do…

What songs will you be performing?

All the ones you’d expect to hear and as we always do, we’ll mix it up with a few sidewinders and unexpected songs. The best way to describe the show is an ‘eclectic’ mix of repertoire. Ever popular classics ‘La Donna E Mobile’, ‘The Pearl Fishers Duet’ and ‘Nessun Dorma’ as well as crooner and pop favourites such as ‘Volare’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Summertime’ as well as songs written by ourselves including ‘Senza di Te’, a track from our current album ‘The Journey, as well as the title tracks to our previous albums ‘Brand New Day’ and ‘Viva La Vita’.

How many songs have you written yourselves?

We are writing a ton of songs at the moment – some that are right for the group, some that are outside the box. We all enjoy the process and bring our ideas to the table – sometimes very embryonic and sometimes the finished article.

You travel round the world. What’s your favourite country and why?

We always feel really welcome when we go to the USA – not to say we’re not welcome elsewhere, of course. That said, there’s something (obviously) magical about singing in a villa on say, Lake Maggiore in Italy. If we had to give one answer, Italy might be our favourite at the moment – great food, great wine, fantastic coffee.

Who would you like to sing with?

There are so many artists doing amazing things out there that it would be hard to choose. I (Scott) would love to record a track with Sting or Seal or even Metallica – now that would be an interesting session!

What do you like doing in your spare time?

We all have a great passion for cooking (and eating.) To be honest, there’s not much we won’t eat (or try) and while at home it’s always easy to fire up the barbecue, throw on a few steaks and relax. When spending a bit more time in the kitchen, you wouldn’t be disappointed with the variety of dishes we all can whip up; anywhere from a French bistro menu, traditional Sunday roast all the way to an authentic Indian curry or two.

Although American, Scott has developed a keen interest in cricket and often opens the bowling for his Sunday side. Paul has recently started playing for his local club… In fact, we often travel with a cricket bat and ball and have been known to play a few overs before a gig in hotels all over the world. Jem also loves touch rugby.


Solve some murders

Joy Swift MBE has been the Queen of Murder for 35 years and must be Britain’s most prolific crime writer having now come up with 130 original plots for Murder Weekends Ltd. It’s spread to the US, cruise ships, hotels and on trains, and usually has 8 to 10 actors staying in character throughout, at least four of whom will be suspects. With a ‘police’ incident room set up to help guests solve the crimes, these weekends are great fun.

Why not book for the De Vere Horwood Estate, Little Horwood event over 24 to 26 February? It’s £300 person, which includes welcome cocktail reception, two night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, Saturday lunch and afternoon tea, full entertainment and murder weekend programme with a Saturday night party.

See murder.co.uk for the full list of Joy’s weekends around the country.


Other events

• Until 5 March, Stowedrops and Spring Flowers, Stowe, tel: 01280 817156

• Until 28 February, Snowdrop Walk, Cliveden, Taplow, tel: 01628 605069

• 4-5 February, Sensational Snowdrops, Claydon, Middle Claydon, tel: 01296 730349

• 4-5 February, Potato Day & Late Winter Scionwood Swap Day Weekend, Buckingham Garden Centre, Tingewick Road, tel: 01280 827910

• 4-5 February, Winter House Tours, Claydon, Middle Claydon, tel: 01296 730349

• 9 February, An Audience with Mike Tindall MBE in aid of Scanappeal, Adams Park, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 734161

• 11 February, Model Railway Exhibition, Stantonbury Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes, tel: 01494 773759

• 11-12 February, Winter House Tours, Claydon, Middle Claydon, tel: 01296 730349

• 12 February, Snowdrop Walk, West Wycombe Park, tel: 01494 569049

• 20 February, Waddesdon Cookery School: Winter Warmers, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 820414

• 20-28 February, Cliveden Entertains: Daily Talks, Cliveden, Taplow, tel: 01628 605069

• 21 February, Butterflies – An Illustrated Talk by Nick Bowles, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, tel: 01296 624511

• 21-24 February, Waddesdon Cookery School, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 820414

• 23 February, Behind the Scenes Manor Tour, Hughenden, tel: 01494 755573

• 26 February, Wedding Fair, Berry Hill, Taplow, tel: 07990 711444


AYLESBURY

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, tel: 08448 717627

1 February, An Evening with Aggers & Tuffers; 2 February, NT Live Screening: Amadeus; 2-4 February, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet presents Swan Lake; 7 February, RSC Encore Screening – The Tempest; 7-11 February, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; 12 February, Stand by Me; 16 February, NT Live Screening: Saint Joan; 18 February, The Illegal Eagles; 20-25 February, Dreamboats and Petticoats; 25 February, Oye Santana; 27 February, Round the Horne; 28 February, ROH Live Screening: The Sleeping Beauty

HIGH WYCOMBE

Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, tel: 01494 512000

1 February, Jimmy Carr 2017; 11 February, Monstersaurus; 14-15 February, Cirque Berserk; 16-19 February, Russian State Ballet of Siberia: Coppelia; 16-19 February, Russian State Ballet of Siberia: Swan Lake; 16-19 February, Russian State Ballet of Siberia: The Nutcracker; 24 February, Chicago Blues Brothers; 25 February, RPO Mozart Clarinet Concerto

MILTON KEYNES

Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 08448 717652

Until 4 February, Not Dead Enough; 5 February, Ross Noble: Brain Dump; 7-8 February, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom; 11 February, Sue Perkins Live in Spectacles; 14-18 February, Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes; 19 February, Chas & Dave; 20-25 February, La Strada; 28 February – 4 March, Funny Girl

The Stables, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800

1 February, Fairport Convention 50th Birthday Tour; 2 February, Toploader; 10 February, The Christians; 12 February, Forever in Blue Jeans; 15 February, Limehouse Lizzy; 16-17 February, Roy Orbison & The Travelling Wilburys Tribute Show; 21 February, Darius Brubeck Quartet; 22 February, Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush; 23 February, Sean McLoughlin; 24 February, Dr Feelgood; 25 February, Tenors Unlimited; 26 February, Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson; 26 February, Kimmie Rhodes

Stantonbury Theatre, tel: 01908 324466

11 February, Music for Miracles; 12 February, A Pocketful of Grimms; 16-18 February, High School Musical; 22 February, The Best Thing; 28 February – 4 March, Spamalot

Winslow Public Hall, tel: 01296 715185

2-4 February, Dick Whittington

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