Tuesday, 3 January 2017

23rd and 24th December 2016 - Wokingham Living Advent Calender

On the 23rd we were snug inside St Paul's Church for some spectacular choral singing by their resident choir. Including the "Truth from Above" and a bit of a singalong to carols including, "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "Oh little town of Bethlehem". Rev'd Richard Lamey gave a couple of short readings and there were complimentary drinks and nibbles.

On the 24th we were down in Howard Palmer Gardens for a sunset performance including some great Wokingham Living Advent Calender talent of the past to party for the final performance of the year. Check out this live video courtesy of Mountain Entertainment of Danny as Elvis.

We hope you had a great time this December and we will be back later in 2017. Have a happy and healthy New Year.

Friday, 23 December 2016

22nd December - Bruce Neil at Antique Rose

Last night once again saw us back in Bush Walk. Georgina Hustler, owner of Antique Rose handed out Prosecco, then introduced Bruce Neil to the crowd. Bruce played guitar and sang some of  his more recently written songs that he is planning to release in the New Year. His daughters Elsie and Betsy spurred him on and offered to warn their Dads numb fingers from the cold air! A good crowd was gathered, and Bruce closed with his famous acoustic version of "Paradise City" which was well received.

Antique Rose has been described as 2 floors of lovely pretty things ... gorgeous gifts .... festive treats ... plus Wokingham's winter Wonderland.. a whole Floor of Christmas loveliness !!! And there is still time to go visit.

Tonight we are inside St Paul's Church for a performance by their Church Choir and tomorrow at 4pm work off those mince pies by joining us at Howard Palmer Gardens for what can only be described as a Wrap Up Party. Come one, come all for what may be a real mix of acts but will be a good time.

21st December - the 4Bones at Brown Bag Cafe

Brown Bag hosted a great night for our 21st Wokingham Living Advent Calendar of 2016. With mulled wine and mince pies being enjoyed by one of our largest crowds to date, the 4Bones played Christmas greats like "Have yourself a merry little Christmas", "Frosty the snowman" and "We wish you a merry Christmas". All performed with four trombones that gave this performance that difference the crowd loved.

A message from Brown Bag,
'Brown Bag has been in Wokingham Town Centre for over 10 years, serving the finest hot drinks, handmade sandwiches produced daily in our very own kitchens and cakes! We love being part of the Living Advent Calendar and hope lots of people come and join us’

Tonight we are inside St Paul's Church, sheltering from the forecast bad weather, for a performance by their Church Choir.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

20th December - Not the North Band at the Dukes Head.

There was a real festive buzz in the Dukes Head last night as lots of people flooded in for the Living Advent Calendar. Local band "Not the North" warmed the crowd up playing some great covers including "Valerie". The 4 piece band then showcased some originals whilst the landlord of the pub handed out prosecco cocktails and mince pies. A really good atmosphere created by a very talented band who describe themselves as "Berkshire based, Four piece rock fusion band playing mainly originals and a few covers, drawing on a variety of styles, including prog rock, funk, swing, blues and Latin beats".

The video features one of their original tracks "Route 120".

Tonight we are at Brown Bag cafe just off Denmark Street with the 4Bones who are a four piece trombone act.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

19th December - The Mighty Lemons at the Hope & Anchor

The Hope & Anchor was our venue for the 19th performance of the Wokingham Living Advent Calendar.

We were joined by the Mighty Lemons who are quite simply the best Ukulele covers band in the world (at least that's what Nigels' mum says). They only play for charity and good causes and they played a few awesome Christmas tunes as well as some rocking covers. Normally a 7 piece Ukulele band they were short a couple of lemons but proved to still be pretty mighty despite this handicap.

No sour notes were heard during their renditions of "Jingle Bells", "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and the Queen classic "Fat Bottomed Girls" among a number of other songs. Finishing off with "I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)" originally by the Proclaimers and with an encore of "Brown Eyed Girl" the audience sang and occasionally danced along throughout the performance.

Tonight we will be at The Dukes Head for Not the North band a four piece rock fusion act which from their description will be quite an interesting mix of styles from Prog Rock to Latin beats.

Monday, 19 December 2016

18th December - The Live Nativity!

Sunday saw Wokingham gathering in the Market Place at 3pm to see donkeys (supplied by JAC) and make some crafts amoung other activities before processing on mass to Howard Palmer Gardens for the Live Nativity.

Howard Palmer Gardens saw almost 500 people young and old enjoy a performance of the Nativity story.

BottleTop is a community of people from all backgrounds and ages. They are passionate about telling stories and building relationships. Since September they've worked with around 100 members of the local community to make this event possible, from churches, schools, choirs, shops, the Salvation Army and craft groups. So many people have worked tirelessly to make today possible and for them to be able to tell what we believe is most exciting, inspiring and hope filled story ever told.  

With a story influenced through an exploration of the senses it was fitting that Bottletop brought Kim an adept of British Sign Language on to sign the whole performance.

Click the photo for the full album. 

Wokingham Living Advent Calendar - Live Nativity

Tonight we will be at the Hope & Anchor for a performance by a 7 piece Ukulele band, The Mighty Lemons.

17th December - Meet a minion at Dollshouse Boutique

Saturday's performance saw us outside Dollshouse Boutique who gave out drinks and homemade nibbles. The Mountain Entertainment Minion "Jorge" featured in his very own "meet a minion" show! He danced the YMCA with the boys and girls joining in, as well as "chu chu ah" . There was then a photo opportunity to have a picture with Jorge, before everyone clapped and danced along to "Happy" which was a highlight- even for passers by!

Tonight you will find us at the Hope & Anchor for a performance by 7 piece Ukulele act The Mighty Lemons.