Martlets Classical Spectacular

Martlets Classical Spectacular

“Martlets Popular Classical Spectacular”


We are proud to announce a Classical Spectacular which will take place on Sunday 9th March at All Saints Church in Hove in support of the Martlets Hospice.

Inspired by the world famous Dutch musician Andre Rieu, this concert features some of the most popular classical orchestral and vocal pieces with music by Johann Strauss, Elgar, Bizet, Puccini, Sullivan, Lehar and Verdi.

The audience is invited to sway, hum, sing-a-long, clap their hands, stamp their feet in the glorious, fun-packed, joyous atmosphere that this music radiates.

The programme includes Strauss’ The Blue Danube Waltz, the Trisch-Trasch Polka, the Radetzky March, Elgar’s Chanson du Matin, the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, arias and choruses from Carmen, Tosca, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, the celebrated duet from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, the Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly and many more, finishing with a “Last Night of the Proms” finale.

The wonderful line up of soloists includes soprano Jacquelyn Fugelle who has sung as a soloist at the Royal Opera and with all the major British opera companies as well as extensively across Europe. She is a regular soloist on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio Two. Hyacinth Nicholls (mezzo soprano) is from Trinidad but is based in London. She has performed as a soloist with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Royal Opera and English National Opera. Gavin Sayers (tenor) has sung with Glyndebourne and Scottish Opera; Darren Jones (baritone) has sung with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North and with the Cologne City Opera.
Soprano Karen Orchin has sung with Regency Opera and English Festival Opera and is regular performer with MT2000. Also taking part is special guest singer Andrey Ganchuk from the Ukraine.

The chorus of some 50 plus singers is made up from the combined choruses of MT2000 and Actually Gay Men’s Chorus and the large orchestra consists of players from the English Festival Opera conducted by Brighton based musician Simon Gray.

The concert, sponsored by Streamline Taxis, starts at 7.00pm on Sunday 9th March and tickets from £12.50 are available from the Box Office on 01273 555089

More information and press tickets available from SIMON GRAY (see below for contact details)

Music Theatre 2000
72 Balsdean Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 6PF
Tel. (01273) 301220 Mobile 07885 833579
email: [email protected]




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Celebrity Tom Daley goes head to head with World Champions

Celebrity Tom Daley goes head to head with World Champions

 Celebrity Tom Daley goes head to head with World Champions

The Caribbean is voted the UK’s number one dream destination

Celebrity Tom Daley goes head to head with World Champions in first ever Caribbean Cup Challenge

Tom Daley sharpens his competitive edge in his latest high adrenaline conquest, The Caribbean Cup Challenge.  Pitting his skills against other renowned World Champions, fans of Tom get to see him like never before in an online trailer for The Caribbean Cup Challenge which premieres online today.  Research also unveiled today that The Caribbean Cup Challenge takes place in the destination Brits have voted as their number one dream destination.

Tom DaleyThe Caribbean Cup Challenge puts three world champions through their paces and comprises ten challenges, each demanding a different skill from the gold medal winners.  From kayaking to sushi making, water polo and rockclimbing, the Caribbean Cup Challenge is set against the stunning backdrop of the Caribbean seas and islands.

The diving champion and TV presenter explains “I never thought I’d be competing against two other legends of sport. It was so cool to be alongside them.  Anything dangerous or has got heights or is scary excites me.  It was quite an experience.”

Tom Daley’s participation in the Caribbean Cup Challenge coincides with Brits nominating Tom as one of the top three men they would most like to be stranded with on a Caribbean island. The Caribbean also emerged as a popular dream destination choice for weather weary Brits, beating many other sunny destinations, including Mexico and India. The scenery, climate and food all contribute to the Caribbean’s popularity according to research released by Royal Caribbean International.  The survey also reveals:

  • 1 in seven Brits are planning to holiday in the Caribbean in 2014
  • 38% of Brits said the purpose for a trip to the Caribbean was a family holiday, whilst 36% said romantic getaway.
  • A quarter of Brits aged 35-60 would prefer to get to experience the Caribbean by cruise ship
  • The top three items women would take to their dream destination would be a camera, bikini and mascara whilst men declare the radio a must have item
  • Escapism, Luxury accommodation and music were other reasons why the Caribbean makes people happy.
  • 61% of woman aged 35-60 said the climate is the most appealing about the Caribbean, whilst 57% of men aged 35-60 said it is the scenery
  • The Caribbean is voted the number one ‘dream destination’ by women in the UK aged 35-60

The Caribbean Cup Challenge takes place on the Allure of the Seas. This is the most innovative and newest ship in the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis fleet which features a host of activities on board to keep families entertained, including the zip line, aqua theatre, ice skating rink and a rock climbing wall which – at three stories tall – is the biggest climbing wall at sea. For adults seeking a different vibe there are also plenty of opportunities to relax in the solarium or spacious rooms and indulge in a massage or facial at the Vitality at Sea Spa.

To get more information on Royal Caribbean’s Caribbean Cup Challenge and see Tom in action visit

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Bacardi Freedom Fighter Revealed In New Film

Bacardi Freedom Fighter Revealed In New Film

Bacardi Freedom Fighter Revealed In New Film


Short Film Tells The Story Of The Bacardi Family’s Role In Cuba’s Turbulent Political History


Cuba’s fight for independence during the 1890s is well documented, but now a new film tells the story from the perspective of one of Cuba’s most influential families – the Bacardí family – who played a significant role in the revolution.

Emilio Bacardí, the eldest son of  Bacardí rum founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, was a fearless advocate of freedom in Cuba.  On numerous occasions, he narrowly escaped the sharp end of Spanish rule.

With Emilio’s political stance and Bacardi family prominence during this complex and critical war, the stakes were always high.

On one occasion Emilio’s life was saved, due to the quick thinking of his dependable maid.

She ensured that secret letters thought to contain evidence of Emilio’s involvement with the Cuban rebel army were kept from the Spanish Governors, thus enabling Emilio to continue his campaign.

This exclusive behind the scenes video is one of three movies, providing a window into some of the  true stories of the Bacardí family’s rich past in Cuba.

Containing expert historical commentary and footage from the making of the film, this video tells the story of the Bacardí family and its fascinating Cuban heritage

Click here to view the series of films Please note this film is a fictional romanced re-interpretation of an episode of the life of Emilio Bacardí who participated to the struggle for Cuba’s independence in the late 1800’s and was imprisoned and exiled for that.

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Sir Elton John & David Furnish Discuss Their Defining Moment

Sir Elton John & David Furnish Discuss Their Defining Moment

 Sir Elton John & David Furnish Discuss Their Defining Moment

Sir Elton John & David Furnish Look Ahead to the Grey Goose Winter Ball To Benefit The Elton John Aids Foundation

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is one of the foremost independent AIDS charities in the world. The mission is to provide focused and sustainable funding to frontline programmes that help to alleviate the physical, emotional and financial  hardship of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS, and to continue the fight against this worldwide pandemic.

Following the loss of many close friends to AIDS in the early 90s, including Freddie Mercury and American teenager Ryan White, and seeing the lack of understanding and stigma attached to the disease at that time, Sir Elton John established EJAF in the US in 1992, and subsequently EJAF in the UK the following year (1993). While functioning as separate organisations, both EJAF UK and EJAF US pursue the common goals of empowering people infected, affected and at risk of HIV/AIDS;alleviating their physical, emotional and financial hardship; and improving their quality of life, enabling them to live with dignity and exercise self determination.

This Saturday 10 November, GREY GOOSE, the World’s Best Tasting Vodka, will host its annual GREY GOOSE Winter Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation

100% of the funds raised from the event including ticket sales are donated directly to the Elton John AIDS Foundation (charity registration no. 1017336).

To date, the GREY GOOSE Winter Ball has raised more than £2.3M for the foundation and is becoming one of the charity’s biggest fundraisers.


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