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Clark Tracey Quintet plays Herts Jazz

7.30 pm-10.00 pm Tuesday 16 October

Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans

Clark Tracey – Drums, Alex Ridout – Trumpet, Sean Payne – Alto, Elliott Sansom – Piano, James Owston – Bass 

Tonight we present Clark’s own group, formed in January this year.  This is his latest incarnation of superb young talented musicians, deserving of a wider audience and a national platform.  The group has just released its debut CD entitled No Doubt and has already received critical acclaim for its live appearances at Ronnie Scott’s Club, Swanage Jazz Festival and the South Coast Jazz Festival.  In the ranks are the winner of the BBC’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2017, Alex Ridout, while Sean Payne and Elliott Sansom were runners up in that competition.  Partly a celebration of Clark’s 40th year in jazz, this band is a credit to British jazz and the many years Clark has led his own ensembles featuring young stars of the future.


Tickets: Advance: £11 members/£12 concessions/£13 full.

Walk-ups: £12 members/£13 concessions/£15 full.


Book online www.hertsjazz.co.uk/current-season             


Email info@ovotheatre.co.uk


Box office: 0333 666 3366



More about Herts Jazz Club:

Established in 1969, HertsJazz has become renowned as THE venue for jazz fans young and old. Gigs featuring the very best jazz talent in the country happen every Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans. The gigs have a very relaxed atmosphere where music is top of the agenda for aficionados and newcomers alike. Covered parking is available for £2.50; there is disabled access and a bar serving beers, wines, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks. 

For more information about Herts Jazz Club, see www.hertsjazz.co.uk.

More about The Maltings Arts Theatre:

The Maltings Arts Theatre is a 140-seat theatre and has long been a part of St Albans' cultural make-up, enjoying a rich heritage over the years and providing a home for scores of live performance events that might otherwise have struggled to find a stage. 

St Albans theatre company, OVO, took control of the theatre in 2011, when it was under threat of closure, and since then has been working with external production companies and associate partners to bring the good times back to The Maltings.

Sporting a fresh, new, contemporary look and run by one member of staff and a host of passionate volunteers, the theatre now hosts a range of dramatic, musical and youth performance, spanning a range of traditional and classic drama, comedy, blues and folk nights, youth theatre projects, dance, opera, chamber music, workshops and poetry.



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MaltingsTheatre

Twitter: @MaltingsTheatre


The Maltings Arts Theatre

Level 2, The Maltings

St Albans




Press contact for Maltings Arts Theatre:

Sara Raimondo stowpr@gmail.com



Rip It Up 60’s


New show. New decade. New cast. It’s Rip it Up the 60s, starring Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith, appearing live at The Alban Arena on Friday 19 October at 7.30pm.

Following the smash hit success of Rip It Up Dancing Through The 50s last year which sold over 50,000 tickets and was acclaimed as the most exciting Strictly Come Dancing spin-off tour ever Rip It Up brings the fabulous soundtrack of the 1960s to life in an explosion of song and dance!

Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry Judd and Louis Smith MBE and peoples champion Aston Merrygold will tour together as the ultimate boy band of dance, presenting everlasting hits from the decade that changed not just (y)our generation but the world; from Mersey Beat, Motown and Mod to West Coast and Woodstock.

Backed by the exceptional Rip It Up live band and a stunning supporting cast of singers and dancers, the Strictly champions will dance to songs from British legends such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, the Bee Gees, Small Faces and The Kinks, and American superstars such as The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Doors, and The Mamas & The Papas.

Mix in a bit of Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Phil Spector with soul classics from Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and Motown legends Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes, and Rip It Up celebrates some of the most iconic sounds, sights and events from that tumultuous period which transformed the 20th Century. From Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, the deaths of JFK, Marilyn Monroe and Martin Luther King, The Berlin Wall to James Bond, Doctor Who, the pill, the Mini Skirt, bell-bottoms, the emergence of Mary Poppins, the rise of Beatlemania and England winning the World Cup.


Tickets: £37.50, £30.00, £22.50

Ticket + Meet and Greet: £100

Alban Arena Box Office 01727 844488



Milkshake! Live


An assortment of children’s favourites appear on stage at The Alban Arena in Milkshake! Live on Saturday 20 October at 12pm & 3.30pm.


Starring Milkshake! favourites; Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshakes very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the worlds favourite fairy tales.

Set amongst Milkshakes magical bookcase, this brilliant live show is sure to amaze and delight! The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love.

The Milkshake Live show will feature 2 Milkshake! Presenters. Jen, Derek, Kemi, Amy, Olivia, David and Sita may only appear at certain venues.


Tickets: £15

Under 16s: £13.50

Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £53

Alban Arena Box Office 01727 844488



Hertfordshire Wedding Fair


The Hertfordshire Wedding Fair returns to The Alban Arena on Sunday 21 October from 11am until 4pm. 

Whether you are looking for the latest wedding gift ideas or a beautiful wedding venue from around Hertfordshire or beyond, this is the wedding fair to visit for inspiration.
The wedding fair hosts over 70 quality exhibitors and includes some of the oldest and best known wedding companies in the region. There are two professional fashion shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm featuring dresses from a number of bridal shops both in Hertfordshire and further afield. In addition, you can view the latest menswear on the catwalk.

For family members you will also see bridesmaid dresses and the latest collections for mother of the bride or mother of the groom. We hope that you will enjoy the surprise live entertainment which in the past has included everything from a string quartet to a comedian, even a brass band. 

Visited by over 500 brides each year, this is certainly a wedding fair not to be missed. We look forward to meeting you. 

Tickets: Free entry 

Alban Arena Box Office 01727 844488