Music of the Night

Music of the Night 2012 is to be staged at the Royal Citadel Plymouth Monday 16 July – Friday 20 July 2012.
The Military Wives choir will be singing at the show so it’s going to be a very special show with a lot ao talented performers entertaining just for you. So come and support the show – you will not be disappointed.

The event, which began in 1992 to commemorate the re-dedication of the Royal Citadel after its refurbishment, has developed into a major biennial event in the West Country, raising over £600,000 for local and military charities.

Boasting a cast of hundreds of local amateur singers and dancers of all ages and the professional musicians of the Royal Artillery and Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, the final production of Music of the Night will be hosted by 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the Commando Gunners and will take place Monday 16 – Friday 20 July 2012 (for five performances only – note there is no Saturday performance).

As in previous years, all profits from the staging of Music of the Night will be donated to local and military charities, with the recipient charities being announced in February 2012.

Plymouth to host first evening celebration of Olympics as torch passes through city

THOUSANDS of people are expected to gather in Plymouth when the city hosts the nation’s first evening celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay on May 19, 2012.

The event will be the first evening celebration during the 70-day, 8,000 mile torch relay leading up to the lighting of the Olympic Flame at the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July.

The torch will arrive in Land’s End and make its way through Cornwall on the first day of the Torch Relay before arriving in Plymouth where thousands of spectators are expected to gather.

As part of the event the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the presenting partners will stage entertainment shows and a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day’s events.

Plymouth is the first of 66 Evening Celebration locations across the UK confirmed today by LOCOG. The evening events will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit.

When the Olympic Torch was brought to the London games from Greece in 1948 it was carried aboard two Royal Navy ships – HMS Whitesand Bay and HMS Bicester, and the first man to carry it on Brotosh soil was a Petty Officer.

After leaving Plymouth the flame will be carried to Exeter for a carnival style street celebration.

The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday 18 May 2012 and the 70 day Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of the 19 May 2012.

On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to their doorstep.

The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Councillor Vivien Pengelly, leader of the Council, said: “We are delighted that Plymouth is hosting the first Olympic Torch Relay evening celebration event in the UK. It will be a wonderful opportunity for people in Plymouth to be part of the Olympic experience. People will be able to line the route as the torch arrives in Plymouth and then enjoy an evening of entertainment and witness the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. I know that Plymouth will give the Olympic Torch relay team a very warm welcome.”

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “We are thrilled that Plymouth has agreed to host the Olympic Flame on its journey right across the UK. The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across Plymouth, celebrating the culture and heritage of the area and showcasing the very best of Plymouth. We have no doubt that the welcome Plymouth will provide will demonstrate how the spirit of the Olympic Games is reaching out across the UK and excitement builds as the start of the 2012 Games draws closer..”

Members of the public are also to get the chance to nominate “inspirational” individuals from their communities to make up the majority of the torchbearers who will carry the flame across the country.

More South West locations for the relay are expected to be revealed later this year, with the aim that 95 per cent of the population will be within a one hour journey time.

The Olympic Torch will arrive in the Duchy after being ignited at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece.

Eleven women, representing the Vestal Virgins, perform a ceremony in which the torch is kindled by the light of the sun’s rays concentrated on a mirror.

Its final carrier is likely to be a British sports celebrity, although organisers of London 2012 are keeping tight-lipped about their plans for the big moment, which has become increasingly high-tech over the years.

After being ignited, the flame burns throughout the Games and is extinguished at the closing ceremony.

The idea of the torch has its route in Greek history and mythology and the relay has been a part of the modern games since the 1940s.

Running for six weeks from today, the LOCOG Torchbearer programme to find 2,012 inspirational people who have gone beyond their personal best will see nominations judged by local panels set up in each Nation and Region of the UK.

Go to to make your nomination. The deadline for making nominations is 11.59pm on Wednesday 29 June 2011.

BBC Dance Day – May 2010

3 May
Piazza, Armada Way

The Piazza will yet again play host to dancers from Plymouth and surrounding areas on 3 May for the BBC Dance Day. Featuring dancing on the Big Screen and plenty of activities for you to get involved in, make sure to take a look and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

World Dance Day – April 2010

29 April

Join us in the city centre to celebrate World Dance day. With a variety of dance focussed activities taking place in the city centre, the Piazza will be transformed into a performance space – perfect for taking a break from your day to enjoy some relaxation and entertainment in the city centre.

The Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival – May 2010

May 2010

1-9th    The Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival

The Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival 2010 brings music, fun and entertainment to the historic quayside quarter of Plymouth, UK.Cuban Music

We have a Grand Festival Jazz Parade and Swing Sunday, where thousands take to the streets, we have excellent free gigs, we have astounding ticketed performances and some magical music is made live in front of everyone’s eyes.

A tremendous success last year and no doubt will be even better this year. So come to Plymouth Barbican and have some fun.

Anton & Erin – Steppin’ Out

Thu 18 February 2010, 7:30pm. Plymouth Pavilions

Do you want to dance like the professionals. Then learn some of the steps from these two great performers. Check out the music as well – some classics from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irvin Berlin and much more!!

Join Anton du Beke and Erin Boag from BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ return to Plymouth Pavilions with their new show; Steppin’ Out! After the sell-out success of their ‘Cheek to Cheek’ dates at Plymouth back in January, we expect this show to prove equally popular!

Dance icons and national treasures Anton & Erin will dazzle and charm with their ballroom magic that perfectly showcases their enchanting talent. The inimitable partnership is joined by singer and West End star Graham Bickley (The Phantom of the Opera and Joseph), guest dancers and a live orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.

With music from Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin the evening includes classic hits such as Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Steppin’ Out With My Baby and Strike up The Band.

Johann Straus Gala

Plymouth Pavilions

Fri 5 February 2010, 7:30pm

The hugely popular Johann Strauss Gala is now in it’s 35th year. Waltz back in time to the glittering ballrooms of 19th Century Vienna with a magical mix of music, song and dance from the Strauss Family and Friends.

With music from the Johann Strauss Orchestra, directed from the violin in the traditional Viennese manner by David Juritz and a beautiful soprano from Caroline MacPhie, the show will feature some of most popular dances of the time, such as The Blue Danube Waltz, Radetzky March, Thunder and Lightning Polka and many more, performed by the Johann Strauss dancers in beautiful period costumes!