Queen’s Theatre prepares star-studded programme to celebrate Black History Month

PUBLISHED: 09:30 12 October 2017

Soul Legends pays tribute to the late James Brown. Picture: PA

Soul Legends pays tribute to the late James Brown. Picture: PA

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A programme celebrating the achievements of some of music and theatre’s most talented black performers is coming to the Hornchurch stage as part of Black History Month.

Ella Fitzgerald in concert. Picture: PA Ella Fitzgerald in concert. Picture: PA

The Queen’s Theatre, in Billet Lane, has booked five talented artists and tribute bands who are planning to bring an eclectic mix of music to life onstage throughout October.

A theatre spokeswoman said: “The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch champions diverse strands of work all year round and is delighted to be offering a platform to some of the best tributes within black history.”

Kicking off the diverse programme today, Friday, October 13, is energetic jazz percussionist and vocalist Frank Holder and his band, who will be performing jazz tunes, popular classics, swing and easy listening melodies.

Critics agree that an afternoon in Frank Holder’s company is a must for any jazz lover!

Claudina Edwards sings Nina Simone. Picture: Queen's Theatre Claudina Edwards sings Nina Simone. Picture: Queen's Theatre

Then, on Sunday, October 15, a centenary musical tribute to one of America’s most beloved female jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald, will be given by vocalists Sue and Jeff Short.

The queen of jazz and first lady of song was born 100 years ago.

Next up, it’s a tribute to legendary singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone, who criss-crossed people’s lives for five decades with songs such as My Baby Don’t Care, Ain’t Got No, Feeling Good and I Loves You Porgy.

Audiences will have the chance to experience her life story in song and spoken word with Claudina Edwards on Sunday, October 22.

Creole Brothers play a blend of Cajun and Creole music. Picture: Queen's Theatre Creole Brothers play a blend of Cajun and Creole music. Picture: Queen's Theatre

The Creole Brothers will be turning up the heat on Tuesday, October 24, with a powerful, pulsating blend of British folk and roots from Cajun and Creole Louisiana.

Full of driving beats and earthy passion, this is music with its dance shoes on!

And last but by no means least, the final show in the programme is Soul Legends, a feel good celebration of the genre featuring hits by Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and more.

Havering residents can jump aboard the soul train on Sunday, October 29.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of the events, visit or call the box office on 01708 443 333.

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