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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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There’s lots of great theatre, sporting events and concerts coming up across east London in 2017. Check out our top picks below.

Christina Clark leads the Wanstead Rock Choir

With vocal chords well rested over summer, a 100-strong choir is set to rock it out with popular feel good songs.

An acrobat at Wanstead Festival 2015

A popular community festival will prolong summer celebrations with a day of family activities, performances and live music.

Wanstead Fringe's open air Kinema.

If you’ve ever wanted to go to the Edinburgh Fringe, but don’t fancy the long journey up to Scotland, then head to the borough’s very own fringe this weekend.

Field of dreams: members of Art Group Wanstead outside the overgrown Evergreen Field, the focus of some of the workshops during the Trail, carrying artwork by Ron Filer and Ron Bowman which will be going outside Allan Burgess House, used by Age UK.

Many of us dream about living in a friendly, cultural hub, with brightly coloured artwork in windows and perhaps even workshops so we can all discover our inner artist.

Music lovers at the one love festival

As the sun began to set on the weekend at Hainault Forest Country Park the words “jah Rastafari” carried on ringing through the air.

Saxophonist Leszek Kulaszewicz playing at the Rafa Club, Cranbrook Road, Ilford

Tucked away from public view, the Ilford Rafa Club is one of Redbridge’s hidden gems where friends meet for a drink to the gentle sounds of jazz music. 
Chloe Farand visited and took a trip back in time

Festival goers at the One Love festival

The founder of one of the world’s biggest reggae festivals has said he’s excited to return to Redbridge, which is the event’s “spiritual home”.

Saxophonist Leszek Kulaszewicz playing at the Rafa Club, Cranbrook Road, Ilford

Tucked away from public view, the Ilford Rafa Club is one of Redbridge’s hidden gems where friends meet for a drink to the gentle sounds of jazz music.

Boorskale cast rehearsing at the Kenneth More Theatre.
It’s a musical comedy about four widows from a small village and their trial and tribulations.
Paul Ritchie Tonkinson, Patrick Clancy, David Alder, Mark Hutchinson,

A musical director swapping Broadway for Ilford is feeling excited about bringing a comedy with a “black sense of humour” to the borough.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is set to perform at the O2 Arena on August 14. Picture: The O2

A veteran Qawwali singer is set to perform his greatest hits at a “magical” arena show.

The Spinettes, who are performing at The Streets on Saturday.

For the second year running an exciting street festival will take over Ilford town centre with live music, dance and art.

Violinist Charlotte Rowan, who is part of the classical quartet raising money for Grace Boxall's charity Smiles With Grace.

A talented musical quartet will play their first ever gig in memory of a girl who tragically died of cancer aged just 15.

The Barkingside-based Valentine Singers performing in Oxford.

A choir is set to mark the Queen’s birthday with a concert paying homage to the music spanning her lifetime.

Robert Habermann will be performing Frank Sinatra: His Way at the Kenneth More Theatre later this month

He’s the most successful male solo artist of all time, so nothing but the best will please fans of the one and only Frank Sinatra.

Nishi Pangali with her Bollywood dancers

A popular dance troupe has brought its impressive moves over to the borough to teach children and adults routines made famous in the Indian film industry.

Emerging classical guitar talent Alexandra Whittingham will be playing in Wanstead Library on Tuesday.

In only 18 years Alexandra Whittingham has already accomplished what many guitar players might hope to achieve in an entire lifetime.

Jack Productions are putting on

Two of pop music’s best-loved talents will be celebrated on the stage over the next week, with renditions of their famous songs sure to thrill audiences.

Reggae legends the Twinkle Brothers who will be performing at One Love Festival

A reggae festival celebrating Bob Marley’s famous One Love concert has found a permanent home in Redbridge.

Shots from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel at the KMT

The manager of the Kenneth More Theatre feels confident that the show will go on, following staff’s latest efforts to keep the establishment running.

IDMC gospel choir leader John Fisher. Picture: idmcgospel.com

John Fisher is confident everyone who takes part in his song workshop will leave with a smile on their face.

Pop Factor performers will be taking the stage at the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford. Picture: Adrenaline Productions

An all-singing, all-dancing cast is set to put on an “electric” performance dedicated to pop music’s biggest stars.

Members of the Valentine Singers. Photo: Kathleen Beaumont

A round up of news from the borough’s clubs and societies.

fame cast

Grab your leg warmers, slogan T-shirts and a cup of ambition and let Kenneth More Theatre transport you on a journey from Ilford to the streets of New York.

Theatre director Steven Day and singers rehearse for the upcoming Rogers and Hammerstein musical at Kenneth More Theatre,

The director of the Kenneth More Theatre has promised customers “something they’ve never seen before” with their third ever fundraising show.

Cher look a like Lisa Mills empties the tumble drier

For many people, living the life of a popstar would be a dream come true and for one mum-of-two it has - by impersonating her idol.

Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen

One of Britain’s top jazz ensembles is kicking off its 21st birthday tour in Ilford next week.

London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra: (Left clockwise) Martyn Oram, Captain Cabbage, Ronald Regan and Mike Martin.

We’re not really a skiffle band Mike Martin explains to me when I catch him on the phone.

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