Hippodrome treats

AS the historic Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth nears the end of its season of the spectacular show Celebrate on September 6, new shows have been announced for the autumn that cater for the full range of musical tastes.

AS the historic Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth nears the end of its season of the spectacular show Celebrate on September 6, new shows have been announced for the autumn that cater for the full range of musical tastes.

On September 11 and 12, Dusmagrik Productions present Take That: Could it be Magic, a refreshing show with a cleverly unique storyline and electrifying music by the world famous Take That.

Providing 11 number ones since forming in 1990, and many other well-known hits such as Shine, Rule the World, Only Takes a Minute and Relight My Fire, Take That have also broken Michael Jackson's record after 22 years in becoming the artist to have the fastest selling tour and most tickets sold in UK history with their recent Circus tour.

The songs are fluently merged into a story involving a fictional summer theatre school called The Starstruck Academy, which faces its biggest trials and tribulations to date, meaning the students of the school have to seriously work together to produce the best annual show Starstruck has ever seen!

On Sunday afternoon, November 1 at 3pm, the Norwich Pops Orchestra perform a Halloween Spooktacular - a children's concert with even a costume competition for the children.

With nearly 70 musicians, the orchestra will perform classical favourites and hits from films and musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter and Wicked.

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On Friday, November 6, at 7.30pm, Radio Norfolk and the Salvation Army present the Best of British, with over 70 musicians from the Norfolk and Anglia Fellowship Band performing well-known classic numbers, including the Dam Busters March etc, music from the Last Night of the Proms and Remembrance. All proceeds go to the Christmas toys and tins appeal.

On Tuesday, November 10, at 7.30pm, the International Concert series of Seachange Arts presents the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under their music director Jacek Kaspszyk, in a programme that includes Elgar's In the South, which was inspired by his admiration for Richard Strauss and echoes the German composer's love of sumptuous orchestral textures.

Chopin's First Piano Concerto will be familiar to many, but in fact is not often performed. The eminent Russian pianist, Mikhail Rudy, will play this most lyrical of piano concertos. In the second half, the orchestra will perform Brahms' epic Symphony No.1, which the composer always regarded as following in the line of Beethoven's symphonic compositions. Tickets �6 to �28, �1 off for concessions, subscription to all four Seachange concerts all seats �70.

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular starts on December 12 and runs until January 3.

All these shows can be booked online at www.hippodromecircus.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01493 844172.