2019 Programme

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
April 23
April 30 May 4 May 5
May 6 May 7 May 8 May 9 May 10 May 11 May 12
May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19
Tuesday 23 April

Strictly Cookham - Beginners' Dance Course

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH

8.00 - 9.30 pm

£30 for course of four lessons

Strictly Cookham Learn from the best! Professional Ballroom and Latin dance teacher Penny Bysshe returns with a course of four 90-minute classes for beginners. During the course you learn enough basic steps in the more popular Latin and Ballroom dances to take to the dance floor with confidence! The course is open to couples and singles.
Refreshments are provided in the break.
Please contact Penny at dance@cookhamfestival.org.uk before the first lesson for information on what to wear/bring.
Tuesday 30 April

Strictly Cookham - Beginners' Dance Course

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH

8.00 - 9.30 pm

£30 for course of four lessons

Strictly Cookham Second Latin and Ballroom class (of four) for beginners, with professional dance teacher Penny Bysshe.
Saturday 4 May

The Sculpture Garden

Odney Club, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR

Daily to 19 May 10.00am - 4.00pm

Adults £2, U16s free entry

Sculpture GardensMoreton

The Sculpture Garden, curated by Lucy Irvine, opens at Odney today.

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Wild about Cookham Photography Exhibition

Sponsored by Renaissance Leadership
Sir Bernard Miller Centre,
Odney Club, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR

Daily 10.00am to 4.00pm

Free entry

Wild About Cookham Come and view the wildlife photographs entered into the competition and vote for your favourites. The best 12 will be published in a 2020 calendar. Exhibition ends 19 May.

Spring is bursting out all over!

Cookham Rise Shopping Precinct

Spring Look out for an explosion of colourful flora and fauna, nesting birds, wriggly worms, creeping caterpillars bursting into beautiful butterflies and so much more! Created by Knit1Purl1 (a group born out of the 2018 Poppy Project).Ends 19 May.

NickArt - Festival Butterfly Hunt

All over Cookham

Nick Art Local artist Nick Cook creates pieces of art on stones, tiles, broken plant pots and other waste materials, and leaves them for others to discover. Nick brings the festival butterfly hunt to Cookham. Locate his work from the clues on the Festival website and elsewhere. (Go to May 15th for Nick’s talk)

Live@ The Church

Holy Trinity Church Cookham,
Sutton Road, SL6 9SP.

7.00pm

£14. Licensed bar.

LiveatChurch Live Wire Productions returns to Cookham Church with a Festival special with country blues from Barney Newman and alt-folk duo Stables. See the church transformed into a stunning music venue with state-of-the-art lighting and sound.
Sunday 5 May

What Larks

Holy Trinity Church Cookham,
Sutton Road, SL6 9SP

7.30 pm

£10, Licensed bar.

What Larks The life and works of Charles Dickens are brought vividly to life in words and music in this new production of Andy Draper’s highly successful programme of dramatic readings and songs.
Monday 6 May

The Wonderful World of Walliams!

Community Rooms at Cookham Library,
High Rd, SL6 9JF

2.30pm.

Free entry by ticket.

Gangsta James A Bank Holiday treat for children of all ages. Stories from the children’s books of David Walliams, as told by Richard James.
Tuesday 7 May

James Ferguson Cartoons

Elizabeth House Gallery
Station Hill, SL6 9BS.

Monday to Friday to 31 May 10am - 3pm (excl 12pm - 1pm). Saturday 11 and 18 May 10am - 3pm.

Free entry

Strictly Cookham James Ferguson, a Cookham resident, draws pictures for a living, mostly for the Financial Times. We are delighted that James has agreed to show a small selection of his works as part of our Festival. Exhibition ends 31 May.

Strictly Cookham - Beginners' Dance Course

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH

8.00 - 9.30 pm

£30 for course of four lessons

Strictly Cookham Third Latin and Ballroom class (of four) for beginners, with professional dance teacher Penny Bysshe.

Brushstrokes and Bubbly

Bel and the Dragon,
High Street, SL6 9SQ

8.00 pm

£25. Licensed bar.

Brushstrokes and Bubbles Create a spring themed artwork using acrylic paints on canvas. Suitable for all abilities. Be inspired in a fun, informal atmosphere by artist/teacher Alicia Corless. All painting materials and glass of wine included.
Wednesday 8 May

The Great Exhibition Brass Ensemble

Sponsored by The Shanly Foundation
St John the Baptist Church,
Church Road, Cookham Dean SL6 9PD

7.30 pm

£10 Licensed bar.

Brass Ensemble Some of the world’s leading historically-informed brass specialists perform Nineteenth-Century chamber music on period instruments. For this performance a veritable cornucopia of old instruments, rescued variously from bar-room walls, junk yards, flea markets, car boot sales and even the scrap merchant’s furnace, receive a new lease of life in the setting for which they were originally intended.
Thursday 9 May

Brushstrokes and Bubbly

Bel and the Dragon,
High Street, SL6 9SQ

8.00 pm

£25. Licensed bar.

Brushstrokes and Bubbly Create a spring themed artwork using acrylic paints on canvas. Suitable for all abilities. Be inspired in a fun, informal atmosphere by artist/teacher Alicia Corless. All painting materials and glass of wine included.

An Evening with Will Greenwood MBE

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH.

7.30 pm

Adult £15, U18 £10. Licensed bar.

Will Greenwood From winning the Rugby World Cup to trekking the Arctic, Will Greenwood MBE will tell the story of his life as a rugby hero, pundit and Arctic adventurer and will be happy to take questions from the audience.
Proceeds from this event to be donated to Will’s chosen charity BORNE, which researches the treatment and prevention of premature birth.
Friday 10 May

Katie Cox and the Rhythm of the River

Sponsored by Vibe Teacher Recruitment Ltd and The Arts Society Thames
Taplow Court, Cliveden Road,
Taplow SL6 0ER

6.00 pm

Adults £6 U11s £3.

Rhythm of the River World Premiere of this children’s cantata, commissioned by The Cookham Festival, written by local musician and composer Rob Castell and performed by children from all four primary schools. Can young Katie Cox help the Cool Cats of Cookham beat the Mighty Men of Marlow in the Rowing Regatta? Maybe with some help from the river itself...

The Cycling Artist

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH.

7.30 pm

£10. Licensed bar.

Cycling Artist Join Timmy Mallett on his epic journey by bicycle from Cookham to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Capturing the essence of his pilgimage on canvas, Timmy will show his paintings and describe his unforgettable experiences.
Saturday 11 May

Festival Arts Hub

Parish Centre, Churchgate, SL6 9SP

From 10.00 am

£10 per workshop.

Festival Arts Hub

Work with professional artists to create your own work of art to take home in 90 minutes.

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The Anchoress’s Story

Holy Trinity Church Cookham,
Sutton Road, SL6 9SP

12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Free Entry. Donations invited.

The Anchoress’s Story Come to interactive presentations at Holy Trinity Church and learn the true and dramatic story of the Anchoress, who was immured alone in a cell outside the church wall praying for the sins of King Henry II.

Shall I carve? Talk and Demonstration

John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre,
Grove Farm, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR

3.00 pm

£5.

Shall I carve In an era sadly lacking in skilled craftsmen, local artist Colin Mantripp is a polished masterpiece. Find out about his life and works and how he has become a craftsman very much in demand.

Young Maestros

St John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Cookham Dean SL6 9PD

3.00 pm

£6.

Young Maestros This is a rare opportunity to listen to some of our most talented local young musicians. Always an inspirational concert.

Folk, Fun and Food

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH

8.00 pm

£12. Licensed bar.

Folk, Fun and Food Jez Lowe is one of Northern England’s finest singer - songwriters. A ploughmans supper included, along with Jez’s songs and wit.
Sunday 12 May

Festival Arts Hub

Parish Centre, Churchgate, SL6 9SP

From 1.00 pm

£10 per workshop.

Festival Arts Hub

Work with professional artists to create your own work of art to take home in 90 minutes.

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Peter and the Wolf - a Family Concert

Sponsored by Summerleaze Limited
Sir Bernard Miller Centre,
Odney Club, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR

3.30 pm

Adults £6, U11s £3.

Peter and the Wolf The story of a duck, a wolf and a boy named Peter, narrated by Timmy Mallett, is the main feature of this concert of musical storytelling. Also included are tales involving a prince, two ugly sisters and a fairy godmother, the pilots of five science fiction rescue craft, and a journey down a mighty river.

Festival Compline

Holy Trinity Church Cookham,
Sutton Road, SL6 9SP

6.30 pm

All welcome

Festival Complie

Come and share the beauty and choral serenity of the church’s ‘Night Prayer’ service. A tranquil and uplifting musical end to the day.

Monday 13 May

The Seven Ages of Shakespeare

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH

7.30 pm

Adults £10, U18s £5. Licensed bar.

Seven Ages of Shakespeare

Actor and playwright Richard James takes us on a personal journey through Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man.

Tuesday 14 May

Young at Heart

Elizabeth House, Station Hill, SL6 9BS

10.45 am

Free entry by ticket.

Young at Heart Songs from the good old days accompanied by accordion and piano

Squaring up to Cookham: Festival Art Exhibition

Community Rooms, Cookham Library
High Road SL6 9JF.

11am - 2.45pm

Free entry.

Young Maestros View Cookham Arts Club’s and other local artists’ unique perspectives of Cookham in a 30x30cm square. Finished artwork will be available to purchase. Exhibition ends 19 May.

Talk: Robin and Lucienne Day - the First Lifestyle Gurus

John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre,
Grove Farm, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR

3.00 pm

£5.

Lifestyle Gurus This husband and wife team were to have a great influence over 20th century design. Not only working on their own interior design projects they were the John Lewis Partnership’s interior design co-ordinators for 25 years developing the house style for John Lewis and Waitrose some of which is showcased at the Heritage Centre.

Stanley Spencer and his wife Hilda Carline Spencer in poetry

Parish Centre, Churchgate, SL6 9SP

7.00pm

£7.50. Licensed bar.

PoetryBaylis Media

Rosie Jackson, winner of the 2017 Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition, will be joined by fellow poet Graham Burchell to read from their new poems about the Spencers and to explain what inspired their work.

Strictly Cookham - Beginners’ Dance Course

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH

8.00 - 9.30pm

Young Maestros Final Latin and Ballroom class (of four) for beginners, with professional dance teacher Penny Bysshe.
Wednesday 15 May

Talk: Stanley Spencer’s Patrons’ Walk

Staney Spencer Gallery
16 High Street SL6 9SJ

10.30am

£10

Young Maestros Gallery Archivist Ann Danks leads a walk exploring the locations where Spencer’s major local patrons lived, illustrated with the works he painted for them. Following in Spencer’s footsteps you reach the homes of Mary Corbie, Gerard Shiel, Michael Westropp and others, and learn the importance of these friends and supporters in Stanley’s life. The walk (approx 2 hours) starts and ends at the gallery, crossing fields and footpaths on the way, so stout shoes are recommended. It is notsuitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Talk: Art and Mental Health – a personal story

John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre
Grove Farm, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR.

3.00pm

£5

Young Maestros Nick Cooke took up a paint brush as a way of aiding recovery from mental illness. He now visits schools and businesses to talk about the importance of mental health and how engaging in artistic pursuits can help. (See May 4th for the Festival Butterfly hunt)

Soul Train - with Renée Cullen and band

The White Oak, The Pound, SL6 9QE.

6.30pm dinner and concert £30, 8.00pm concert only £10.

Young Maestros Dinner, with music performed by this local band. From Motown classics to Atlantic Soul. Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and more. A fabulous evening in a great venue.

Delivering your Dreams

Cookham Dean Cricket Club, Ricketts Field
Whyteladyes Lane, SL6 9LF.

7.30pm

£7.50. Licensed bar.

Young Maestros Led by Cookham resident and Times journalist Clive Davis, a panel consisting of artist and illustrator Andrew Prewett, novelist Paul Connolly and playwright Andy Draper explain what inspired them to produce their work and their efforts to have it published or performed. They hope to inspire others to do the same and, based on their personal experiences, will offer advice and hints on what you might need to do to deliver your dreams. The panel will be joined by Sally Mortimore of Two Rivers Press, who will provide practical advice from the viewpoint of a book publisher.

Celebrity Organ Recital by Paul Leddington Wright

St John the Baptist Church, Church Road
Cookham Dean SL6 9PD.

8.00pm

£10.

Young Maestros World renowned organist and conductor Paul Leddington Wright performs a festive programme that spans the centuries. Among the works are Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Elgar’s Chanson de Matin, Walton’s Crown Imperial and Georgi Mushel’s exhilarating Toccata.
Thursday 16 May

Comedy Club

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH.

8.00pm

£15, tables of 12 £150.
Licensed bar.

Young Maestros The trumphant return of Peter Wilson’s Comedy Club, featuring top rank comedians from the London Comedy circuit.
Friday 17 May

Bilinguasing

Methodist Church, 1 Lower Road, SL6 9HF.

10.30am

Adult £5, children free entry by ticket.

Young Maestros A unique class for babies, toddlers and their grownups to learn fun songs in Spanish and English along with movement and exciting props.

Apollo Big Band

Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH.

8.00pm

£12. Licensed bar

Young Maestros Count Basie and Glen Miller to Jools Holland and Michael Bublé, the Apollo Band swings with the sound of the Big Band era while taking the best from more modern writers and singers.

Wild about Cookham Photography Competition Awards

Sponsored by Renaissance Leadership
Sir Bernard Miller Centre, Odney Club
Odney Lane, SL6 9SR.

6.00pm

Free entry.

Young Maestros Attend the award ceremony to see who has won each of the three prizes.
Saturday 18 May

Let’s Rock The Moor

Marsh Meadow, Cookham

www.letsrockthemoor.com

Young Maestros          Lets Rock the Moor
Sunday 19 May

Festival Eucharist

St John the Baptist Church, Church Road
Cookham Dean SL6 9PD

9.15am

All welcome

Young Maestros A traditional Choral Eucharist sung by the choir of St John the Baptist church. Everyone is welcome to this service as the Festival draws to its close.

Strictly Cookham Festival Tea Dance

Sir Bernard Miller Centre, Odney Club
Odney Lane, SL6 9SR.

2.30 - 5.30pm

£16

Young Maestros To round off the Festival, dance all afternoon to great music in the elegant surroundings of the Odney Club. Dancers and spectators are equally welcome. Enjoy a magnificent afternoon tea and watch a dance demonstration by a top prize-winning couple.

Gala Concert Cantorum Choir

Holy Trinity Church Cookham, Sutton Road, SL6 9SP.

8.00pm

£15. Licensed bar.

Young Maestros A fabulous musical finale to the Festival: music by Vivaldi and Handel performed by Cookham’s Cantorum Choir and orchestra. Under the directorship of Oliver Gooch the ensemble continues to earn itself a reputation as one of the leading chamber choirs in the area.
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