Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - March 2017

PUBLISHED: 10:21 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2017

The magical voice of Matt Monro took him all over the world

The magical voice of Matt Monro took him all over the world


Tributes to music legends from Matt Monro to Dylan in a month of nostalgia at Buckinghamshire venues

Barb’s continuing odyssey with Bob

Many fans will have been delighted by the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan (even he was once he acknowledged it) but, we suspect, none more so than acclaimed singer Barb Jungr, who is known in particular for her interpretations of Dylan songs.

Over the years she’s released albums paying tribute to the American singer-songwriter, fusing jazz, blues and soul to produce versions of classic Dylan songs as well as those less frequently heard. In a career spanning four decades she’s also paid tribute to the likes of Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Leonard Cohen and Elvis Presley, but Dylan has clearly been the abiding love to whom she returns again and again.

Along the way Barb’s built up a fanbase both side of the Atlantic, but it’s not all been about the singing. With The Little Angel, Britain’s leading puppet theatre for children, she composed and wrote The Fabulous Flutterbys, which after a London run toured the country four times. A collection of Beatles songs, arranged and performed with the acclaimed Emmy and Grammy winning musical director and composer John McDaniel, was released recently and is available on CD via Amazon.

But back to Dylan we go with her current tour, which celebrates previous releases including Hard Rain and the latest one, Shelter From The Storm – Songs of Hope for Troubled Times. The latter, featuring Laurence Hobgood, includes interpretations of Bowie’s Life on Mars and Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock.

Barb plays The Stables at Wavendon on 3 March.

Family pick: Mr Bloom’s Nursery

Family The two 60 minutes shows at Aylesbury Waterside on 4 March provide a perfect way to introduce little ones to theatre. Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour, and getting the nursery ready for a very special occasion - a member of the Royal family is paying them visit! Ben Faulks, as Mr Bloom will be joined by all his gardening friends: Margaret, Joan, Colin, Raymond and Sebastian, the lovable Wee MacGregors, and his trusty machine ‘The Compostarium’ in this interactive sing-along show. 

The Matt Monro Story

Matt Monro, dubbed ‘The singer’s singer’ and ‘The man with the golden voice’, clocked up a staggering 100 million sales in his lifetime. He was the first to sing on a James Bond film and he contributed the score to that best loved of films, The Italian Job.

He built up a following in some parts of the world which outranked the fan bases of Sinatra or the Beatles.

For instance, in the Philippines his version of ‘My Way’ sold eight million while Frank’s version sold a mere 300,000.

From Russia With Love, the Impossible Dream, Portrait Of My Love, Softly As I Leave You, Walk Away, My Kind Of Girl, Yesterday, Gonna Build A Mountain… just some of the songs that made him a household name in the 1960s. And then, of course, there was Born Free.

Sadly, Matt passed away in 1985, succumbing to cancer at just 54.

Now Matt Monro Jr pays tribute to his legendary father with a new CD, ‘A Father’s Legacy’ and a new show, The Matt Monro Story: One Voice.

And on 21 March he continues the story, bringing the show to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.

All Happening at The Venue

The Jersey’s – Oh What a Nite show comes to The Venue, Walton High, Fyfield Barrow, Milton Keynes on 22 March. Before that on 18 March they have Rock Chorus - The Big Gig, sponsored by The Lions Club of Bletchley with proceeds shared between Hearing Dogs for The Deaf and the Lions Charity Fund, tel: 01908 528808, see

Other events

• Until 31 March, Stowedrops and Spring Flowers, Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156

• 4 March, Vale Harvest Local Food Market, Banks Park, Haddenham Village Hall, HP17 8EE

• 4-5 March, MK Handmade and Vintage Weekend Extravaganza, In front of John Lewis in Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

• 11 March, Wedding Fair, Chartridge Lodge, Chartridge Lane, tel: 08003 689366

• 15-16 March, The Chilterns Vintage Cinema, Kings Chapel, The Kings Arms, Old Amersham, info and booking via:

• 19 March, Chilterns Cycle Challenge, Kingsbury Square, Aylesbury, tel: 01442 82074

• 20 March, Boutique Cinema, Clayton’s Marlow, Oxford Road, Marlow, tel: 01628 488404

• 22 March, Orchid Day, Buckingham Garden Centre, Tingewick Road, tel: 01280 827910

• 25 March, Rock and Fossil Fun Day, Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Church Street, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441

• 26 March, Open Garden for NGS, Chesham Bois House, HP6 6DF, tel: 01494 726476


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

1 March, Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook; 2 March, MACCA – The Concert; 3 March, Ellen Kent’s Nabucco; 4 March, Mr Bloom’s Nursery – Live; 7-11 March, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story; 13 March, William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play; 15 March, The 80’s Invasion Tour; 16 March, A Country Night in Nashville; 17 March, Brendan Cole; 18 March, The ELO Experience; 21 March, The Matt Monro Story; 22 March, Halfway to Paradise: The Billy Fury Story; 24-25 March, Nutcracker & Ballet Etudes; 26 March, Lee Nelson; 27 March – 1 April, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre, Queens Park, tel: 01296 424332

3 March, Iain Stirling; 4 March, The Dung Beatles; 24 March, An Evening with Isla St Clair; 26 March, Murder by Matrimony


Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000

1 March, Pasadena Roof Orchestra; 3 March, Back to Bacharach; 6-11 March, Thoroughly Modern Millie; 9 March, Hellfire; 10 March, Only Fools and Three Courses; 12 March, Rose-Marie; 14-18 March, Running Wild; 19 March, Chiltern Academy – Read All About It; 20-22 March, Babe The Sheep Pig; 23 March, S’wonderful – The Great American Songbook; 24 March, Take That Experience; 26 March, Noel & Gertie; 25 March, The Great American Musical Legends – Let There be Love; 30 March, Brendan Cole; 31 March, Yamato Drummers of Japan


Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

Until 4 March, Funny Girl; 7-11 March, Fantastic Mr Fox; 12 March, Milton Keynes City Orchestra; 13-18 March, The Play That Goes Wrong; 19 March, Menopause: The Musical; 21 March, WNO: Le Vin Herbe; 22 March, WNO: La Boheme; 24-25 March, WNO: Madam Butterfly; 27 March – 1 April, Shirley Valentine

The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800

1 March, Seann Walsh; 2 March, Counterfeit Stones: Satisfaction; 3 March, Nights on Broadway – The Bee Gees Story; 3 March, Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan; 4 March, Nine Below Zero; 7 March, Hazel O’Connor; 10 March, Elkie Brooks; 12 March, Iain Lee Versus Radio; 17 March, Weekend celebrating Mozart; 20 March, Marc Almond: 60th Birthday Tour; 25 March, T-Rextasy; 29 March, Howard Jones; 31 March, Are You Experienced – Jimi Hendrix Tribute

Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, tel: 01908 324466

Until 4 March, Spamalot; 7 March, Caribbean Soldiers; 10 March, Chekhov Shorts; 16 March, Twelfth Night; 16 March, Romeo & Juliet; 17 March, The Very Hungry Caterpillar; 21-25 March, Ruddigore

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