Christchurch Lunchtime Concerts in March 2016

Lunchtime Concerts at Christchurch

Following the success of the November lunchtime concerts at Christchurch, we are delighted to announce two new dates in March: Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 16th.

About the Lunchtime Concerts

Christchurch free concertOne of the fantastic developments from last year’s ArtBeat programme has been a growing partnership between local artists, musicians and the Clarendon Park Community.

Christchurch hosted a number of classical music events at last year’s ArtBeat festival. These included performances from Leicester University student musicians led by Paul Jenkins. The concerts were enthusiastically received and there were requests for more midweek daytime concerts at a local venue.

As a result, Paul has arranged for different university musical societies to perform on Wednesday lunchtimes at Christchurch. The first of these were the two lunchtime concerts which took place last November. Performances included individual solo items and a Big Band performance to audiences of children from Avenue Primary School and local residents.

This year, two more concerts are planned for Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 16th March 2016. Come along and enjoy performances from the University Chorus and Concert Band.

Two more concerts are planned for the 2 and 16 March 2016. Come along and enjoy performances from the University Chorus and Concert Bands.

Admission is FREE, each concert lasts just under an hour, stay for a coffee afterwards if you can.

Lunchtime Concert Details

When: Wednesdays at 1.30pm
Admission: free
Leader: Paul Jenkins
Venue: Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Road, LE2 3AH

Forthcoming Lunchtime Concerts

  • 2 March: University of Leicester Chorus
  • 16 March: University of Leicester Concert Band



University of Leicester Big Band

Lunchtime Concerts in November

University of Leicester MusiciansJoin the talented University of Leicester students on Wednesday 18th and 25th of November at 1.30 pm for two FREE lunchtime concerts.

The University of Leicester Musicians on November 18th will feature solo singers, players and pianists. Performances will range from classical pieces to musical theatre.

The Leicester University Big Band will treat us to 9 pieces including film favourites like; Pure Imagination, Pink Panther, Incredibles and Gonna Fly Now (Rocky).

All are welcome to these free admission 90-minute concerts, so add the dates to your diary. Refreshments will be available.

Concert Details

University of Leicester Big BandUniversity of Leicester Musicians
Date: Wednesday, November 18th
Time: 1.30 pm
Venue: Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AH
Solo singers, players and pianists in music ranging from classical pieces to musical theatre.

University of Leicester Big Band and Friends
Date: Wednesday, November 25th
Time: 1.30 pm
Venue: Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AH

About the Musicians

University of Leicester MusiciansMusic at the University of Leicester is a student-run activity organised by the Music Association. About 350 students are involved in music as a recreational activity in 7 different bands choirs or groups;

  • Orchestra,
  • Chorus,
  • Chamber Choir,
  • Voices,
  • Big Band,
  • Concert Band and
  • Band and Gigs.

The lunchtime concerts at Christchurch, Clarendon Park Road will be a showcase for the amazing musical talent of the University of Leicester students.

The concerts are a Christchurch, ArtBeat and University of Leicester collaboration.

Dancing at ArtBeat 2015

ArtBeat 2015 Dance Events

Dancing at ArtBeat 2015Once again, we will be offering great opportunities for people of all ages to get up, face the music, and dance. You could also be lucky enough to catch some inspiring performances.

We are enlisting the help of local dance enthusiasts and teachers to teach some easy steps, and also to showcase what they can do. We will be aiming to repeat the successful formats of last year which delivered friendly and fun learning sessions – and we are going one step further by offering  a dance night.

Tea Dance

An enjoyable trip down memory lane and a sociable afternoon will be hosted at South Lodge. Waltz, quickstep, and other old favourites on offer. A repeat of a successful event last year.


New for this year, a session where dance and fitness are combined. Local Zumba teacher Carol Askew is offering you a chance to come for a taster session with simple steps and easy moves to great music.

Jewish Circle and Folk Dancing

Back by popular demand, Leon Chariker will be leading another session. It’s fun, sociable and easy!

ArtBeat 2014 Bollywood danceTraditional Indian Dance

Nimisha Parma will start her session by showcasing her current students in performance and will then teach some traditional steps, moves and hand gestures.

Latin Dance Taster Classes

In response to requests for Latin dance, we have arranged some free taster lessons in Ceroc and Tango. These will be given by local expert dance teachers who will get you dancing in no time. An opportunity not to be missed, especially as you will be able to dance straight away at the Latin Dance night the following evening.


We are putting on a social dance night with both Latin and rock/jive (Ceroc) beats right on your doorstep at Cultura on Queens Rd. Beginners, enthusiasts and onlookers all welcome. Look out for more details in our programme and posters.

To find out more about these events check out the Festival Programme. There you will see a day-by-day calendar with dates, times, venues and, where appropriate, booking arrangements.

Simpletones at the ArtBeat 2015 launch party

ArtBeat 2015 Music Events

The Lonesome Pines busking at ArtBeat 2015Busking and Open Mic

A ‘stand out’ moment from last year’s ArtBeat was hearing ukelele buskers Matt and his cousin playing ‘Love Me Do’ outside the retro-styled hairdresser of the same name. Busking makes you feel happy, so we’re planning more of it, both on the weekend prior to ArtBeat (12th – 13th June) and the ArtBeat weekend itself (19th – 21st June).

There’ll be more local talent at the Open Mic event on Monday 22nd June at Dos Hermanos.

If you’d like to perform at the Open Mic night or busk on the street during the festival, please use our online booking system to grab a slot.

Greenshoots Ceilidh Orchestra at the Queens Road Allotments, ArtBeat 2015Folk and Rock Music

Folk music fans will be pleased to know that musicians from the Cohaltas and Red Fox groups will play a lively set of English and Irish tunes on Monday 22nd. Find them under the tree at the junction of West and North Avenue or in The Clarendon pub if the weather demands.

Local treasure Chris Conway will be performing alongside Mo Coulson’s Celtic harp to make the sweetest music at Fingerprints café on Friday 19th June. ArtBeat celebrates local jazz musician talent when three bands perform on Sunday 21st at The Donkey from 8pm.

Rock fans can get their fix on Monday 22nd at The Craddock where Strange Blues will be among the performers.

Musical Drama

The Leicester premiere of musical theatre’s The Last Wolf in England will be held at Lancaster School’s Drama Studio on Tuesday 22nd. A bawdy tragi-comedy, the production features the celebrated Tyrsby Players and looks at the excesses of the Tudor court from the point of view of Lady Jane Grey’s family.

Family Day

There will be a family feel to a day of workshops at Friends Meeting House on Saturday 20th. Come along for a day of Egyptian drumming, fairy-story-writing, photography and all kinds of art. There will also be two family ceilidhs during the day. Look out for ticket-booking details for some of the workshops closer to the date. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout these events.

University of Leicester MusiciansClassical and Choral Music

Classical and choral music haven’t been forgotten. Voices United with MC Willow Songsmith is revisited on Friday 19th at St John’s Church.

Christchurch will also host classical events. Paul Jenkins is organising an afternoon music fest with the Knighton Chamber Orchestra and Tudor choir on Sunday 21st, and a Leicester University musicians’ lunchtime recital featuring piano, cello and voices on Monday 22nd. Mariko will perform on her piano at lunchtime on Saturday 20th alongside some special musician friends and will be followed by a classical Open Mic – bring your instrument and entertain your neighbours!

Finally, the Griffin Singers are planning an affiliated event on the evening of Saturday 20th at Stoneygate Baptist Church. They promise choral favourites old and new, interspersed with some humorous interludes.

Whatever your tastes, the sound of music is definitely on its way to a street near you. Find out more about music events, times and venues on our festival programme.

For further information about all these events check out the festival programme. There you will see a day-by-day calendar with dates, times, venues and, where appropriate, booking arrangements.

Fun Love Learn Write

ArtBeat 2015 Literature and Poetry Events

Short Story Competition entrants at ArtBeat 2015This year we have a combination of writing workshops, poetry performances, people talking about writing and a quiz. Plus a competition!

Short Story Writing Competition

The competition is now closed and the winners will be announced on Sunday 21st June, 11am at Fingerprints Cafe. Huge thanks to the following sponsors for donating prizes:

  • Toni Fazaeli  – for the short story awards – 14 and over
  • Alan Tuckett – for the short story awards – under 14
  • Luithlen Agency (Penny Kitchener) – short story awards under 14
  • Marc Thorley – LOROS  Bookshop – Pub Book Quiz prizes

Family Events

We have events for all ages. For younger children there will be a workshop on how to make up a fairy story led by local writer Polly Tuckett and an after school storytelling session with Ruth Fraser.

There will be two workshops for teenagers. One on drama led by the lively OnCue Arts; and the other for those who want to blog about music led by Michelle Dhillon, founder of

Poetry on Toast at ArtBeat 2015Poetry

Poet and performer Liz Gray leads on reading and performing poetry, whether it is your own work or that of somebody else. If they want to, people will then be able to practise their skills at the Poetry on Toast open mic session the following morning.

Memoir Writing

Many people are interested in writing a memoir. This may be because they think their life might be of interest to others or because they simply want to make sense of it themselves. Mary Essinger will be running a workshop to encourage people to delve into their memory banks and start writing.


There are two With Great Pleasure events, one at South Lodge, and the other at Vernon House. People are encouraged to bring something to read that they particularly enjoy, share it with others and say why they particularly like it.


On Monday evening local writers Mashuda Snaith, Liz Gray and Stuart Hill will be talking about their work and the process of writing.  Readers are often aspiring writers and may be curious to know how to get the creative juices flowing. Where do you begin with a story? Is it the plot, the place or the characters; or a combination of all three? Or is there something else that acts as a wellspring to people’s ideas? Questions, questions. Why not come along to ask some more and get the answers?

Quiz Time!

Finally, for those of you who like quizzes, we will be running our first pub book quiz on Tuesday evening. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a whizz at the quiz or want to form a team with your friends and join in the fun, why not come along?  There will be prizes!

For further information about all these events check out the Festival Programme. There you will see a day-by-day calendar with dates, times, venues and, where appropriate, booking arrangements.