LALG & Settlement Concert Series

18th June: Rachel Thomas and Derek Blyth


LALG and the Settlement are delighted to announce the seventh in a series of musical events.

Thanks to the hard work of the Settlement team, we are able to offer, to LALG Members or Settlement Members only, a limited number of seats within the Kincaid Hall where the concert will take place. These seats will be socially distanced and will meet all of the Covid Secure requirements. A copy of the Settlement’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment can be found here.

We are pleased to announce that our next performers are Rachel Thomas and Derek Blyth Both are professional musicians with excellent reputations. They will perform a selection of ‘Quirky Love Songs’, on what should be a memorable evening and will allow the Settlement to make use of its piano, as Derek accompanies Rachel’s singing.

Rachel is a product of Hertfordshire Music Service, gaining her degree in music and a PGCE at Leeds University, enjoying a varied career in Music education, teaching class music to all ages. She is a vocal and choral specialist but also plays viola and piano .She has taken many lead roles in Drama and Theatre productions including Maria in the Sound of Music and Florence Foster Jenkins in Glorious. 

Our own Derek was born in Edinburgh and studied music there, and at the Universities of Aberdeen and Durham. He is a very experienced conductor and recitalist and is a member of the London Accordion Orchestra. He regularly lectures for the Manchester Wagner Society, of which he is president, and for many other organisations around the country. He has helped us create and run the Concert Series, being responsible for booking all of the artists who have entertained here; we finally persuaded him to book himself!

How to Attend?

The next concert will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 18th June with the doors of the Kincaid Hall opening at 7pm to allow the audience to be seated in good time.  As we are limited to only 40 seats, the concert will also be broadcast live via Zoom and tickets for this are also available.

Tickets are now on sale, and in the case of the Zoom tickets will close on Thursday 17th June. Live ticket sales will cease once sold out.

The live audience tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis via telephone only at the Settlement on 01462 682828 and will cost £10 just for the seat or £15 if we can tempt you to a glass of wine to add to the enjoyment. A maximum of two tickets per person please, and you will need to provide your contact details including name, email address, telephone number and membership number of either LALG or the Settlement at the time of booking. Non-Members can also buy tickets at £15 or £20 respectively.

Anyone joining us live on the evening should be aware that:-

  • As required, the Hall will be ventilated by leaving doors/windows open so please wrap up in case the heating system does not fully compensate for any cold air.
  • Face coverings will need to be worn at all times, except when drinking.  
  • Please enter the Hall only as directed by the Team Members who will be there to seat you safely, and your patience would be appreciated as they do so. You may need to queue for a little while and we ask that you socially distance whilst doing so.
  • You can view our Covid-19 Risk Assessment for the event here

Zoom tickets cost £5.00 (£7.50 for non-members) and are available below. To purchase online you must create an online account with us, which should only take a couple of moments. Tickets are available to Settlement and LALG Members.

Please note: If you purchase a Zoom ticket, you will recieve an email shortly before the event with instructions on how to join.

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CALCOMP Calendar Competition Settlement Calendar Competition 17 Mar 2021 00:00 9984

Forthcoming Concerts in the Series:

We are pleased to announce that our next performer is Opera Singer, Christine Bunning, whom we last saw as part of Eagle 3. This time however she is treating us to her Diva Dismantled Performance, where she presents a fast-paced evening of songs and anecdotes from a rich and varied career on the stage, accompanied on the piano by Kate.

Join her on a fascinating journey through musical theatre songs, current internet trends and operatic favourites. You will discover how the Diva got paid for singing in the bath and how she narrowly escaped appearing on Top of the Pops….

Be prepared to laugh, to cry, and do some of the singing as well!

The concert will start at 7:30pm and tickets will be available for Zoom or in-person viewing. More information will be available nearer time time.