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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'An Ideal Husband' Rehearsed Reading (4 Feb)

Oscar Wilde's classic play is brought to life by our award-winning storytelling comany Unbound, as a rehearsed reading. Sir Robert Chiltern MP and his wife Lady Gertrude are hosting a dinner party. However, one of the guests has designs to blackmail the honourable member of parliament. For Sir Robert has been keeping secrets, and the truth will out... Stripped back to jus the words on the page, this script-in-hand production gives every line of Wilde's witty and wry exploration of political corruption a chance to shine.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'Christmas with Inspector Murder' (11 Dec)

Christmas isn't just for kids! This special seasonal show brings Unbound Theatre's sleuthing audio sitcom to the stage for a very special festive performance. In Victorian London there is one man people turn to when faced with an impossible mystery. The Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. And when Holmes is too busy to help, Inspector Murder takes up the mantle! Come and revel in the fantastically funny misadventures of the second-best consulting detective agency, including the eponymous Inspector, his fellow sleuth Laura Norder, their genius inventor and bondsman Luc Vercluse, and thoroughly unhinged housekeeper Constance Urveillence. Join the cast and crew as they perform a live reading of two episodes from the show, including the 2020 Christmas Special, which sees the agency embark on a madcap retelling of 'A Christmas Carol'... Suitable for ages 16+

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'The Wizard of Oz' (9-31 Dec)

DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 9 Dec (7.30pm) & Fri 16 Dec (7.30pm) SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 10 Dec (1:00pm) & Fri 30 Dec (7:30pm) RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 18 Dec (5:30pm) Written & Directed by Gareth Johnson Prepare to get swept away on a magical adventure as the Queens Park Pantomime returns with a brand-new adaptation of an all-time classic tale. There's trouble in Oz. Elma the Wicked Witch of the West is determined to seize control of all the magic in the land, and it's up to Glinda the Good Witch of the North to stop her. A magical spell brings Dorothy Gale to Glinda's aide, but even the two of them may not be strong enough. To defeat Elma, they're going to need help from the greatest sorcerer ever known - the mighty and powerful Wizard of Oz. Only the Wizard is not all he seems. Hidden away in Emerald City is a dreadful secret; one that could spell disaster for everyone... This must-see family pantomime is packed full of slapstick and songs, dances and derring-do, and features beautiful handmade scenery, costumes, and props from the artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre. The show is produced by Queens Park’s in-house storytelling company Unbound, and once again features amazing dance routines choreographed and performed by SDSD. Show Run-time (incl. interval): TBC Praise for previous Queens Park pantomimes: "Truly brilliant, we laughed ourselves silly.'i> "It was stunning - the professionals couldn't out-do you." "Absolutely fantastic. My children loved it and will be talking about it for quite a long time to come. Thanks to all the cast & crew who made it such a brilliant night."

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Workshops for Children, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Afterschool Art Club is a weekly art session for 7-11 year-olds where we'll: - Make art and take it home - Paint, draw, print, sculpt and try new skills - And enjoy ourselves! Be sure to bring a water bottle and an apron with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Workshops for Children, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Pottery (Making)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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An Introduction to Chinese (Weekly Class)

This is a weekly class running on Saturdays during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP This weekly drop-in class offers students the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese language, working at a beginner level. Students will also be able to learn about calligraphy. This is a great chance for anyone with an interest in liguistics to beging learning a new language. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jay is a multi-liguist who has volunteered for QPAC for several years, working with students in workshops, attending events, and helping run front of gouse during performances. He's now bringing his expertise in languages to students as a tutor. WHAT TO BRING - A notepad - A pen or pencil

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Dance, Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Bollywood Dance Workout for Women (Weekly Class)

A weekly class running on Tuesdays, 11am-11.45am ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Bollywood dance is a style of dance that is heavily influenced by music and culture originated in Bollywood films. This class delivers a Bollywood dance workout session to ladies to encourage physical activity and have fun at the same time. Dance to beats of hottest Bollywood songs and enjoy. It is a fantastic workout with a feel-good factor. It is also a great way to make new friends and socialise. Bollywood dancing is a full-body workout which helps in working both the upper and the lower body at the same time. Bollywood dance is not only an art form but also a physical activity that supports good physical health and mental wellbeing. It’s dancing for everyone from all walks of life – whether you have never danced before or a seasoned dancer, older or younger, you’re sure to find fun in Bollywood dancing. The class is open to ladies only and will be suitable for 18 years - adult. People of all cultures and nationalities are welcome to join. ABOUT THE TUTOR Supriya More is trained in Kathak - North Indian classical dance, Bharatnatyam and different styles of folk dances. She is passionately interested in dance and have been since childhood and believes that dance is the best form of exercise which not only improves physical health but also mental wellbeing. She has experience in delivering Bollywood dance sessions, which includes delivery of innovative forms of dancing mixed with exercises. She has experience in teaching dance to beginners as well as advanced levels to different age groups of people. She has delivered professional performances in Vienna, Austria, India as well as the UK at cultural events and large functions. She has also trained young people and adults to deliver dance performances on stage at annual celebrations, gatherings and social functions. WHAT TO BRING Wear comfortable clothes and bring water along. Please note, the workshop will take place in the Centre’s dance studio and participants will be barefoot. This workshop is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2022 DATES 8 December - Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Fridays during term time, 10am-11.30am This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Painting & Drawing

Colour Mixing

One-off half-day class. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this course I will take you through how to mix vibrant colours and the reasons why you get muddy colours. By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of yor paints and how to mix your desired colours in either watercolours or acrylics. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING Students should bring a selection of paints of their choice (acrylics or watercolours) and the appropriate paper and brushes for these, also water pots and palettes.   If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (13 Jan, 10 Feb, 10 Mar)

A brand new regular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 13 JANUARY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) JOSH PUGH DAN EVANS TADIWA MAHLUNGE * FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINDSEY SANTORO VICTOR DANIELS ASH FRITH * FRIDAY 10 MARCH (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) MATT BRAGG JENNY LAVILLE MICHAEL LEGGE PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Jewellery, Weekly Workshop

Contemporary Jewellery (Weekly Classes)

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) & Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop ideal for anyone with a passion for the art of contemporary jewellery. Whether a complete beginner or a practiced jeweller, this friendly drop-in class allows students aged 16+ to direct their own learning and create beautiful, unique pieces. Our experienced tutor Susie Upstone will help guide you through the design and making process – be sure to bring a sketchbook and pens to jot down your ideas! We provide all the tools you need, however raw materials such as metal and gems must be purchased by students. Susie will be able to advise on what you’ll need for your project (including the necessary PPE), and where to source it.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will build on ‘Drawing for Beginners -Part 1’. You will have the opportunity to learn more by drawing landscapes, looking more into light and shade, and figures. This is suitable for those with a little drawing experience. Full tuition and demonstrations will be given. WHAT TO BRING A selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B An A4 Sketch pad Rubber Pencil sharpener Ruler Willow Charcoal White pencil or chalk ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Guitar Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Guitar Club caters for those wishing to improve their acoustic guitar skills with fellow players in an informal, supportive environment. Taking a song-based approach to workshops, the club aims to practice and refine each number to performance standard, encouraging all to participate and develop their skills. This class is aimed at improving players with knowledge of the basic open chords. For more information email christopheryoxall@outlook.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Harmonies on Handbells (Fortnightly Class)

This workshop runs on selected dates during term time - see below for upcoming dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Come along and learn to ring on this unique and historic collection of handbells representing the work of many bell foundries. The workshops are open to all adults. THe workshop will cover: (a) how to make music with handbells. (b) how to read a series of numbers and how these translate into music. (c) the art and pleasure of ringing as part of a group. (d) a brief history of the unique set of bells and their origins and (e) a brief history of the Launton Handbell Ringers. ABOUT THE TUTORS The Launton Handbell Ringers were formed 70 years ago and so have vast knowledge of ringing handbells in the “four-in-hand” style. The team Leader has been with the team for 67 years and two other members of the team also have 50+ years ringing knowledge.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

How To Draw Cats (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will take you through step by step how to draw cats. We will look at how to draw their features, how to draw fur, and put it altogether into a full drawing. The techniques learnt in this class can then be used to help you to draw other animals. Whether you enjoy drawing animals, have a beloved pet that you would like to draw, or are just interested in improving your drawing skills, this class will help you with all the above. WHAT TO BRING - Selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B - A4 Sketch pad - Rubber - Putty rubber - Pencil sharpener - Ruler - Coloured pencils (optional – if you want to work in colour) ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Short Courses

Introduction to Interior Design - Part 2 (6-week course)

6-week course running for six sessions (6pm - 7.30pm): 6 Dec, 13 Dec, 10 Jan, 17 Jan, 24 Jan, 31 Jan ABOUT THE CLASS Part 2 of the 'Introduction to Interior Design' course - please be sure to have attended Part 1 of the course before booking onto this one. Introduction to Interior Design will give you the practical skills and knowledge to create a design for a domestic space. Through workshops you will develop your design awareness and learn the fundamentals of planning an interior design scheme. Part 2 is taking the skills you have learned and building upon them by drilling down deeper, looking at more complicated client briefs, drawing plans to scale and working with budgets. You will be introduced to three-dimensional thinking and analysis as you begin to plan and stylise a residential interior space. There will be an emphasis on developing your practical design skills as you learn how to produce scale drawings, mood boards and sample boards. In addition, you'll find out where to source materials and how to create that designer look. If you have a passion for interiors, have a project you would like to work through or simply want to gain some new ideas for your home, come along to this 6 week course and enjoy yourself. If you have a passion for interiors, have a project you would like to work through or simply want to gain some new ideas for your home, come along to this 6-week course and enjoy yourself. ABOUT THE TUTOR Our Tutor, Julie, is a very experienced creative Lecturer of 19 years. She studied interior design 22 years ago and has been passionate about interiors ever since. Julie is an experienced practitioner in Interior Design and has also worked and taught within the theatre industry in set design. This is a fun and friendly course and half time biscuits will be provided! WHAT TO BRING Lined notebook, pen, pencil, and pictures of interiors that inspire you. Other materials will be provided.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: owing to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be some alterations to this class in terms of instruments used and performance practices. Please contact Rick via the details above for more information.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Knitting Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting Club is open to all knitters and those interested in learning to knit. It is led by an expert tutor who will help to start your knitting journey, sort out your knitting problems and challenges and generally discuss knitting. Learn to knit or just come and knit with us. Two and a half hours of protected knitting time every week in school term time. WHAT TO BRING Please bring your knitting or knitting supplies, including pattern or projects that you need help with. Complete beginner knitting packs containing everything you need to get started can be purcahsed directly from the tutor. Email ahcreative95@gmail.com for details. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda Hutcherson is an expert knitter with an advanced adult teaching qualifications (MA Academic practice, PGCE and 10 years university lecturer experience). Amanda is looking forward to working with you as you develop your knitting skills from beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Short Courses

Knitting for Beginner/Improvers (5-week course)

5-week course running for five consecutive 2 -hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Our Successful beginner/improver knitter class provides a fantastic opportunity for you to learn to knit or to polish up your basic knitting skills. It is suitable for all those who want to learn to knit or can already knit a little. All techniques required for accomplished knitting will be taught on an individual basis If you are an accomplished knitter with a variety of knitting skills already under your belt the Wednesday knitting club will be more suitable for you. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda is a lifelong, talented knitter with advanced qualifications in adult education. A background in healthcare and student mentorship adds to her understanding of your individual support and learning needs. WHAT TO BRING All tools and materials to get you off to a good start.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Lacemaking (Untutored Weekly Class)

Untutored class running Thursdays during term time, 1.30pm-4pm. This informal, social class gives lacemakers a chance to work independently on their own projects, whilst sharing their skills with likeminded artists and makers. Equipment needed: a lace pillow, bobbins, pins and thread plus a pricking or pattern.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Life Drawing (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (7pm-9.30pm) and Saturdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. TUESDAY TUTORED CLASS with Ellie Kirkup | 7pm-9.30pm (Term-time) This class is open to all levels of experience and ability. Students will have the chance to draw from a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. If you are brand new to life drawing, tutor Ellie Kirkup will provide all of the guidance you need to get started and plenty of ideas for developing your drawing. Artists with more experience are welcome to come along and simply draw. Ellie has been practising life drawing for ten years and is enthusiastic about keeping experimenting with drawing. She likes to work from other artists, life drawing and everyday life to explore interesting new ways to draw. SATURDAY UNTUTORED CLASS | 10am-12.30pm (Term-time) Whether you’re a beginner starting out or you’ve been coming to Life drawing classes for years; all are welcome at the Saturday Morning Life Drawing. We are an untutored group that gives members the opportunity to work with highly professional models in various poses. The class runs in 2 halves with a coffee break in between. The first includes 5, 10, 15 minute poses and the second is a long singular pose. We are a group made up of people who simply enjoy life drawing and although the class not tutored, there is plenty of help on hand from within the group, with tips, hints and the odd extra medium, if you need it. Our aim is to give the opportunity to experience life drawing and develop skills in an supportive environment. Why not come along and give it a try. WHAT TO BRING (Both Sessions) While easels and drawing boards are provided, attendees are asked to bring your own mediums but what you use it down to you. E.g. pencil, charcoal, inks or paints on paper, canvas or panels (a good range is available from the QPAC shop).

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Meditation (Weekly Class)

Weekly class running on Thursdays, 10am-11am, during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this workshop you will experience the peace and tranquillity which lies within us through different guided meditation techniques. You will also learn some easy yogic exercises, chants and breathing techniques that will help you to settle down and prepare yourself for meditation. This workshop welcomes beginners. ABOUT THE TUTOR Gargi is a meditation and yoga teacher at The Art of Living organization founded by H. H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She has been volunteering and teaching the stress-releasing yogic techniques for past 7 years. Gargi is also a 400-hours trained yoga teacher from India. WHAT TO BRING - Mat / yoga mat / cushion if one wish to sit on the floor - A bottle of drinking water - Small towel DATES 2022 September 8th : Meditation on the 5 sheaths of our existence September 15th : Aura Meditation September 22nd: Om chanting and Meditation September 29th : Yogasanas and Meditation on the Chakras October 6th : Meditation on the chakras October 13th : Meditation on Mooladhar Chakra October 20th : Suryanamaskar followed by Lying down Meditation (health condition will be noted) October 27th : Suryanamaskar (health condition will be noted) followed by Meditation for health and well-being. All sessions will have pranayamas / supporting breathing exercises. Participants must bring their yoga mat/ comforter/ something to spread on the floor to lie down and to wrap up if required. We request you to pre-book your seat.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where students can bring their own creative project to work on, share ideas and “leave the world behind”. A great way to meet like-minded people. Group members explore at a variety of crafts, including silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dought craft and more! Members of the group pursue their own projects in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. If there's a particular craft you'd like to try then let the group know and they'll see if they can help or advise. The group is facilitated by Irene Scott, who has been involved in arts & crafts (and QPAC) for 40 years, and has a broad knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Textiles, Short Courses

Needle Felting Landscapes & Seascapes (Half-day course)

A one-off half-day workshop running on multiple dates during the autumn term. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for beginners or those wishing to brush up on needle felting techniques. You will create a 15cm X 15cm needle felted wool picture, (landscape or beach scene), with hand stitching . We will focus on how to use the tools safely and blending dyed wool fibres to achieve depth and perspective. Iron on fabric stabiliser will be used to secure the work. At the end of the session, you will take home your own unique artwork ready for framing. ABOUT THE TUTOR Marie is a second career, self taught fibre artist with a passion for wool crafts. There’s always something new to learn! She enjoys participating in art fairs and exhibitions. These include MS Centre Pop Up Art Weekend, Longwick Art Show, Sally Evans Events, Thame Art Crawl, Chiltern Made Craft Fair. WHAT TO BRING All materials and tools included in the course price.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Oil Painting (Weekly Class)

Mondays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in painting with oils, whether a practised hand or a beginner exploring the medium for the first time. Tutor Michael Navarro is a local artist who has been working for several years in various media, predominately oils. His works range from landscapes to pop art and murals. Our painting studio has easels, painting boards and other communal facilities. We also have an art shop selling paints, paper and brushes, if you don’t have them already. Michael will be happy to advise on what resources you need to get started.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Open Art Studio (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed as an opportunity for artists to get together and work on projects of their choosing in the friendly, creative, and inspiring environment of the QPAC painting studio. Attendees can be of any level of ability, from novices to very experienced artists. All forms of media are welcome, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Though not a formally-tutored class, this open studio session is a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your art form. We have easels, drawing boards and other communal resources, plus an on-site art shop stocked with paints, pencils, charcoal, paper and brushes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Release your creativity in this weekly workshop open to all levels of experience, from complete beginners to professional painters. Students are welcome to work on any subject they please in whichever medium they prefer, whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil or mixed media. Anyone just starting out in painting & drawing can seek advice from tutor Anne Bennison, whilst those with more experience are welcome to work at their own pace. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Materials such as paints, paper, pencils and brushes are available at the QPAC art shop.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Painting with Acrylics (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly weekly workshop. Work from reference photographs in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (e.g. Picasso, Matisse, Fedden, Van Gogh) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Themes are set approximately every 3 weeks and you may work from your own photograph or those provided by the tutor. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own materials. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Additional materials such as paints, paper and brushes are available to buy from the QPAC art shop. Tutor Amanda Curbishley joined QPAC as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Patchwork (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (Advanced Class, 10am-12.30pm) during term time. This class is ideal for patchwork students looking for a space to work on their projects. Our Textile Studio is the perfect place to meet fellow needle-workers and textile artists. As well as progressing your project, these sessions off the chance to discuss your work with others and share ideas and inspiration. Students should bring their own sewing machine with them when attending a class – we have plenty of room to accommodate students working on projects large and small!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Phil Beer (3 Feb)

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west country’s award-winningacoustic duo, Show of Hands. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances, which are an eclectic mix of traditional tunes, covers of Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions and songs from his contemporaries. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Tutored) (Weekly Classes)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. PLEASE NOTE (23/11/21): The Tuesday afternoon class will be running as untutored until further notice. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC. We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Tue – 7pm-9.30pm Laura Peacock Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Untutored) (Weekly Classes)

Two-and-a-half-hour sessions (see calendar for dates and start times) during term time. In addition to our tutored classes, we also offer a number of untutored pottery sessions. These weekly classes are ideal for experienced potters looking to work independently on their projects in our fully-equipped studio spaces. We have a wide variety of dates and times available – please see the calendar below for the latest availability. If you’re looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, we recommend attending a tutored class before booking an untutored session. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out. Click here for tutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery Glazing (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

A weekly two-and-a-half-hour untutored ceramics session for experienced potters looking to decorate their work in our glaze studio. We have a good variety of glazes and slips available to use. Students wishing to apply their own glaze recipes (or any not in stock at QPAC) should have a chat with our Technician before decorating their work to make sure the glaze(s) are suitable for our firing temperatures. There is a small charge for glaze firing, which is calculated by weight of the finished piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Glaze Studio

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Pottery Throwing (One-day Class)

Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly one-day class. This class is ideal for students working at all different levels of ceramics. Whether a first-timer looking to get to grips with clay, or a more experienced potter wanting to explore new shapes and forms (e.g. bowls, bottles, plats, faceting and external decoration), our tutor is here to help! Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery for Teens (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (4.30pm-6pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers, led by Laura Peacock. Students ages 13+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Charlie will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Hats (2-week course)

This course runs for two consecutive weekly sessions from the start date/time listed below. ABOUT THE COURSE In this course you will make your own classic summer raffia hat which is perfect for the beach or a wedding…. or maybe even just a picnic. Raffia is the leaf of the Raphia ruffa tree in Madagascar, it is a beautifully flexible (and forgiving!) material to work with which means that no prior experience is necessary for this craft – beginners are more than welcome. In this two-part workshop you will learn how to make a simple hat. No experience is needed and you do not need to be a great sewer either….  In week one Claire will introduce how the raffia can be dyed including usual natural dyes, where it comes from (it is a sustainable resource) and you will then quickly move to plaiting with the raffia which is the basic technique for making the hats. The second week will be involved with shaping your hat on a sized hat block. There will be some plaiting homework between the sessions so that you have enough raffia prepared to make your hat. All students work with natural raffia and at the end of the second week will leave with a completed item and the skills to make more for family and friends as they wish. All instruction worksheets for the workshop are yours to keep. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades. WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all raw materials needed to complete the course. You will need to also bring: - A pair of comfortable scissors - A thimble if you like to use one

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Lampshade

This is a one-day class, running from 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Do you have a perfectly lovely small lamp at home that would like a raffia facelift?  Perhaps you just love the look of raffia in your home as an interiors material – why not, what’s not to love?  Now is your chance to create your own bespoke raffia lampshade. Choose from a variety of styles, see below for inspiration. If you like to up-cycle, this is the workshop for you.  Why not buy a lampshade bargain from a charity shop and give it a raffia make over? In this workshop you will have the chance to experience the joy of working with raffia, learn new techniques and different styles and take home a lamp that has just enjoyed a lovely raffia face-lift. All raffia is supplied,  and if you have a small table lamp with a shade at home then please bring along. Otherwise there will be a small lampshade available for students to purchase and work on – please note that this may be a charity shop purchase. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Recorder Group (Weekly Class)

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. An untutored weekly workshop for recorder players keen to perform as part of a group. The recorder is wonderfully fun to play, and this class aims to revive our enjoyment of an easy yet undervalued instrument. Even if you haven’t picked one up for years, come along and enjoy rediscovering your skills in this untutored group.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

Skamungas (24 June)

A night with the Skamungas is a night not to be missed! If you thought you didn’t like ska and reggae this band might well change your mind, or even your life, with their infectious enthusiasm and unique take on those instantly recognisable ska and reggae standards. Expect a musical jaunt through the history of ska and reggae – do you know the difference? From 60s Caribbean artists such as Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals, and Jimmy Cliff, through the 70s with Dave and Ansell Collins and the wonderful songs of 80s bands Madness, The Selecter, The Specials, and Bad Manners. Then on to the 90s and Reel Big Fish, and more recently, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Paolo Nutini. Just to name a few! And that’s not all. The band in ska/reggae tradition takes classic pop and rock songs and feeds them through the Skamungas machine to be performed as though always intended as ska or reggae numbers. Their ska rendition of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is a particular favourite as is “These Boots Were Made for Walking”, yes, the Nancy Sinatra number! In 2017 some very talented musicians from across the Home Counties came together to do something different. Skamungas was formed and rapidly achieved a great live reputation evidenced by headlining Astonbury 2017, their first festival, and Live In The Park 2018 in Aylesbury before 10,000+ people. The band was selected from hundreds of contenders to play PennFest 2018, on the bill with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Feeder and Manic Street Preachers. 2019 was a triumph of sell out dates, the band now playing far and wide across Southern England, continuing to headline festivals and being courted by ever bigger venues and clubs stretching from the south coast up through London to the Midlands. With a terrific brass section of trombone and tenor sax, driving drums and bass, rhythmic guitar and keyboards, harmonised backing vocals and a lead vocalist to die for, Skamungas is set to achieve even greater things. Please note, this will be a seated gig. Skamungas Follow Skamungas on Facebook.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Sunday Specials, Mixed Crafts

Stained Glass (One-day class)

One-day workshop running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP There will be a choice of spring and summer-themed projects for indoor or outdoor use including hearts, flowers, bees and lambs - encapsulating Spring! In this fun, sociable day, you will learn how to cut glass, copper foil and solder to create your own beautiful piece of art ABOUT THE TUTOR Carrie Kearsey is a professional teacher and artist who will guide you through the Tiffany technique of copper foiling. In this fun, sociable day. WHAT TO BRING All materials are provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a mask and apron. If bringing a drink with you, please ensure it is in a bottle or lidded cup.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (25 Mar)

‘Unlock Me & Other Lockdown Laments’ In a brand new one man show Steve will perform material that surfaced over two years of isolation and inactivity. Songs such as the ‘Bristol Slaver’ and ‘You’ll Get By’ were refreshed by headlines and current affairs whilst classic covers such as ‘Forever Young’ and ‘The Boys of Summer’ struck a chord with the thousands that tuned in to his hours of online content. Insights, anecdotes and a bunch of new songs will attempt to chronicle and draw a line under an extra episode in all our lives.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Tapestry (Weekly Class)

Mondays (4.30pm-7pm) during term time. This class will show you the simple and basic techniques of Tapestry, and share the enjoyment of creative weaving. You can create an interesting woven tapestry piece of fabricated wall art in a very short time, using just about anything to weave with from wool, wire and fabric to hard things like twigs or leaves. You can experiment with different materials to make the wall art you desire for your home, learning simple aspects of colour theory to help chose the right colours for your project. Once you have developed the basic skills, you can design your own abstract pattern in landscape or portrait. WHAT TO BRING: Most materials can be provided for your first session, however regular attendees should bring the following: -A old picture frame (minus glass) - A4 or larger -A flat piece of wood slightly wider than the frame -String -Knitting wool, wire, fabric, etc to weave with -Plastic Needles -Plastic Fork

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Totally Blondie (25 Feb)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present Totally Blondie. Since forming early in 2018, Totally Blondie have rapidly gained a reputation as the best Blondie tribute band in the UK! Unlike so many tribute acts, this is a pro band who are passionate about the music they play, and have built their reputation on the back of full-on, no-holds-barred live gigs where they totally play their hearts out … Blondie were one of the most iconic bands of the 70’s & 80’s, with posters of Debbie Harry adorning most teenagers’ walls, and they’ve continued turning out hits and great music right up to 2017’s Pollinator album. People of all ages, not just hardcore fans, know and love songs like Hanging On The Telephone, One Way Or Another, Call Me, Atomic, Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Denis and all the other famous chart-toppers. And Totally Blondie make sure these fantastic tunes sound as fresh and exciting today as they did back then. With a stunning lookalike and soundalike singer, an exceptional, professional live band, their full-on, passionate performances are winning over audiences up and down the country. So, come along and relive those classic moments – it’s totally authentic … it’s totally awesome … it’s Totally Blondie! All proceeds from this event to Dementia UK. - Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Website | Facebook Totally Blondie Website Dementia UK Website

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2 hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to watercolours. It is suitable for beginners, those returning to using watercolours, or those wanting to try out different techniques. You will learn some of the basic techniques such as blending, washes, and wet on wet to paint a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) White gouache paint (small tube) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 10 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch) A4 Watercolour paper pad (minimum 250 gsm cold pressed/NOT paper) Masking tape Masking fluid (ideally frisk masking fineliner/ needle tip) Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler Fine tip waterproof black drawing pen

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This untutored weekly workshop is perfect for woodcarvers with enough experience to direct their own learning, offering a chance to work on projects alongside likeminded artists and makers. The group isn’t suited to beginners, however if you’ve had experience of woodcarving before and want to continue the art in a supportive atmosphere then this is the group for you. Students are welcome to use the communal facilities in the QPAC woodwork studio, however must bring their own timber and carving tools. Casual clothes and stout shoes recommended!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodwork (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Complete at least 1 project. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis. During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Yoga for Adults (Weekly Class)

This class runs every Thursday, 5.30pm-6.30pm, during term time. Click here for term dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Mindfulness yoga incorporates the practice of mindfulness within the practice and is conducive for students physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. The class includes warm up, joint loosening, stretching, yoga poses, breathing practices (pranayama) meditation and relaxation. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helena is a yoga teacher trained in classical Hatha yoga, and a minded yoga therapist and teen yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga since 1998 mainly within NHS settings until she retired in 2015. Since her retirement, Helena has been teaching in various community settings and, for the last two years since lockdown, has been teaching her classes via Zoom. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a yoga mat with you. You may also wish to bring additional cushions for support, and/or a blanket / shawl.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion (21 Jan)

Vibrant and melodic, funky rocking blues featuring Hammond-organ, drums, guitar and vocals, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion refresh the blues genre with eclectic arrangements, virtuosic playing and vocal prowess. Expect an exciting live set based around rootsy original songs, strong catchy riffs and exciting grooves; they mix old school tradition with contemporary flair and sophistication. Zoe’s dynamic and commanding vocal delivery and interpretive ability is complimented by the unmistakable and inimitable touch and flow of Rob Koral-guitar; together with the highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Eddy John-drums they bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions. They have made a considerable impact this last decade and is one of the bands that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues scene, receiving awards and nominations including finalists in the UK Blues Awards with Female Vocalist, Band, and Album of the Year, several times. “A great band. Terrific musicians all four of them” Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'An Ideal Husband' Rehearsed Reading (4 Feb)

Oscar Wilde's classic play is brought to life by our award-winning storytelling comany Unbound, as a rehearsed reading. Sir Robert Chiltern MP and his wife Lady Gertrude are hosting a dinner party. However, one of the guests has designs to blackmail the honourable member of parliament. For Sir Robert has been keeping secrets, and the truth will out... Stripped back to jus the words on the page, this script-in-hand production gives every line of Wilde's witty and wry exploration of political corruption a chance to shine.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'Christmas with Inspector Murder' (11 Dec)

Christmas isn't just for kids! This special seasonal show brings Unbound Theatre's sleuthing audio sitcom to the stage for a very special festive performance. In Victorian London there is one man people turn to when faced with an impossible mystery. The Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. And when Holmes is too busy to help, Inspector Murder takes up the mantle! Come and revel in the fantastically funny misadventures of the second-best consulting detective agency, including the eponymous Inspector, his fellow sleuth Laura Norder, their genius inventor and bondsman Luc Vercluse, and thoroughly unhinged housekeeper Constance Urveillence. Join the cast and crew as they perform a live reading of two episodes from the show, including the 2020 Christmas Special, which sees the agency embark on a madcap retelling of 'A Christmas Carol'... Suitable for ages 16+

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'The Wizard of Oz' (9-31 Dec)

DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 9 Dec (7.30pm) & Fri 16 Dec (7.30pm) SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 10 Dec (1:00pm) & Fri 30 Dec (7:30pm) RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 18 Dec (5:30pm) Written & Directed by Gareth Johnson Prepare to get swept away on a magical adventure as the Queens Park Pantomime returns with a brand-new adaptation of an all-time classic tale. There's trouble in Oz. Elma the Wicked Witch of the West is determined to seize control of all the magic in the land, and it's up to Glinda the Good Witch of the North to stop her. A magical spell brings Dorothy Gale to Glinda's aide, but even the two of them may not be strong enough. To defeat Elma, they're going to need help from the greatest sorcerer ever known - the mighty and powerful Wizard of Oz. Only the Wizard is not all he seems. Hidden away in Emerald City is a dreadful secret; one that could spell disaster for everyone... This must-see family pantomime is packed full of slapstick and songs, dances and derring-do, and features beautiful handmade scenery, costumes, and props from the artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre. The show is produced by Queens Park’s in-house storytelling company Unbound, and once again features amazing dance routines choreographed and performed by SDSD. Show Run-time (incl. interval): TBC Praise for previous Queens Park pantomimes: "Truly brilliant, we laughed ourselves silly.'i> "It was stunning - the professionals couldn't out-do you." "Absolutely fantastic. My children loved it and will be talking about it for quite a long time to come. Thanks to all the cast & crew who made it such a brilliant night."

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Workshops for Children, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Afterschool Art Club is a weekly art session for 7-11 year-olds where we'll: - Make art and take it home - Paint, draw, print, sculpt and try new skills - And enjoy ourselves! Be sure to bring a water bottle and an apron with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Workshops for Children, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Pottery (Making)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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An Introduction to Chinese (Weekly Class)

This is a weekly class running on Saturdays during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP This weekly drop-in class offers students the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese language, working at a beginner level. Students will also be able to learn about calligraphy. This is a great chance for anyone with an interest in liguistics to beging learning a new language. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jay is a multi-liguist who has volunteered for QPAC for several years, working with students in workshops, attending events, and helping run front of gouse during performances. He's now bringing his expertise in languages to students as a tutor. WHAT TO BRING - A notepad - A pen or pencil

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Dance, Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Bollywood Dance Workout for Women (Weekly Class)

A weekly class running on Tuesdays, 11am-11.45am ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Bollywood dance is a style of dance that is heavily influenced by music and culture originated in Bollywood films. This class delivers a Bollywood dance workout session to ladies to encourage physical activity and have fun at the same time. Dance to beats of hottest Bollywood songs and enjoy. It is a fantastic workout with a feel-good factor. It is also a great way to make new friends and socialise. Bollywood dancing is a full-body workout which helps in working both the upper and the lower body at the same time. Bollywood dance is not only an art form but also a physical activity that supports good physical health and mental wellbeing. It’s dancing for everyone from all walks of life – whether you have never danced before or a seasoned dancer, older or younger, you’re sure to find fun in Bollywood dancing. The class is open to ladies only and will be suitable for 18 years - adult. People of all cultures and nationalities are welcome to join. ABOUT THE TUTOR Supriya More is trained in Kathak - North Indian classical dance, Bharatnatyam and different styles of folk dances. She is passionately interested in dance and have been since childhood and believes that dance is the best form of exercise which not only improves physical health but also mental wellbeing. She has experience in delivering Bollywood dance sessions, which includes delivery of innovative forms of dancing mixed with exercises. She has experience in teaching dance to beginners as well as advanced levels to different age groups of people. She has delivered professional performances in Vienna, Austria, India as well as the UK at cultural events and large functions. She has also trained young people and adults to deliver dance performances on stage at annual celebrations, gatherings and social functions. WHAT TO BRING Wear comfortable clothes and bring water along. Please note, the workshop will take place in the Centre’s dance studio and participants will be barefoot. This workshop is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2022 DATES 8 December - Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Fridays during term time, 10am-11.30am This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Painting & Drawing

Colour Mixing

One-off half-day class. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this course I will take you through how to mix vibrant colours and the reasons why you get muddy colours. By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of yor paints and how to mix your desired colours in either watercolours or acrylics. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING Students should bring a selection of paints of their choice (acrylics or watercolours) and the appropriate paper and brushes for these, also water pots and palettes.   If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (13 Jan, 10 Feb, 10 Mar)

A brand new regular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 13 JANUARY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) JOSH PUGH DAN EVANS TADIWA MAHLUNGE * FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINDSEY SANTORO VICTOR DANIELS ASH FRITH * FRIDAY 10 MARCH (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) MATT BRAGG JENNY LAVILLE MICHAEL LEGGE PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Jewellery, Weekly Workshop

Contemporary Jewellery (Weekly Classes)

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) & Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop ideal for anyone with a passion for the art of contemporary jewellery. Whether a complete beginner or a practiced jeweller, this friendly drop-in class allows students aged 16+ to direct their own learning and create beautiful, unique pieces. Our experienced tutor Susie Upstone will help guide you through the design and making process – be sure to bring a sketchbook and pens to jot down your ideas! We provide all the tools you need, however raw materials such as metal and gems must be purchased by students. Susie will be able to advise on what you’ll need for your project (including the necessary PPE), and where to source it.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will build on ‘Drawing for Beginners -Part 1’. You will have the opportunity to learn more by drawing landscapes, looking more into light and shade, and figures. This is suitable for those with a little drawing experience. Full tuition and demonstrations will be given. WHAT TO BRING A selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B An A4 Sketch pad Rubber Pencil sharpener Ruler Willow Charcoal White pencil or chalk ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Guitar Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Guitar Club caters for those wishing to improve their acoustic guitar skills with fellow players in an informal, supportive environment. Taking a song-based approach to workshops, the club aims to practice and refine each number to performance standard, encouraging all to participate and develop their skills. This class is aimed at improving players with knowledge of the basic open chords. For more information email christopheryoxall@outlook.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Harmonies on Handbells (Fortnightly Class)

This workshop runs on selected dates during term time - see below for upcoming dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Come along and learn to ring on this unique and historic collection of handbells representing the work of many bell foundries. The workshops are open to all adults. THe workshop will cover: (a) how to make music with handbells. (b) how to read a series of numbers and how these translate into music. (c) the art and pleasure of ringing as part of a group. (d) a brief history of the unique set of bells and their origins and (e) a brief history of the Launton Handbell Ringers. ABOUT THE TUTORS The Launton Handbell Ringers were formed 70 years ago and so have vast knowledge of ringing handbells in the “four-in-hand” style. The team Leader has been with the team for 67 years and two other members of the team also have 50+ years ringing knowledge.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

How To Draw Cats (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will take you through step by step how to draw cats. We will look at how to draw their features, how to draw fur, and put it altogether into a full drawing. The techniques learnt in this class can then be used to help you to draw other animals. Whether you enjoy drawing animals, have a beloved pet that you would like to draw, or are just interested in improving your drawing skills, this class will help you with all the above. WHAT TO BRING - Selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B - A4 Sketch pad - Rubber - Putty rubber - Pencil sharpener - Ruler - Coloured pencils (optional – if you want to work in colour) ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Short Courses

Introduction to Interior Design - Part 2 (6-week course)

6-week course running for six sessions (6pm - 7.30pm): 6 Dec, 13 Dec, 10 Jan, 17 Jan, 24 Jan, 31 Jan ABOUT THE CLASS Part 2 of the 'Introduction to Interior Design' course - please be sure to have attended Part 1 of the course before booking onto this one. Introduction to Interior Design will give you the practical skills and knowledge to create a design for a domestic space. Through workshops you will develop your design awareness and learn the fundamentals of planning an interior design scheme. Part 2 is taking the skills you have learned and building upon them by drilling down deeper, looking at more complicated client briefs, drawing plans to scale and working with budgets. You will be introduced to three-dimensional thinking and analysis as you begin to plan and stylise a residential interior space. There will be an emphasis on developing your practical design skills as you learn how to produce scale drawings, mood boards and sample boards. In addition, you'll find out where to source materials and how to create that designer look. If you have a passion for interiors, have a project you would like to work through or simply want to gain some new ideas for your home, come along to this 6 week course and enjoy yourself. If you have a passion for interiors, have a project you would like to work through or simply want to gain some new ideas for your home, come along to this 6-week course and enjoy yourself. ABOUT THE TUTOR Our Tutor, Julie, is a very experienced creative Lecturer of 19 years. She studied interior design 22 years ago and has been passionate about interiors ever since. Julie is an experienced practitioner in Interior Design and has also worked and taught within the theatre industry in set design. This is a fun and friendly course and half time biscuits will be provided! WHAT TO BRING Lined notebook, pen, pencil, and pictures of interiors that inspire you. Other materials will be provided.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: owing to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be some alterations to this class in terms of instruments used and performance practices. Please contact Rick via the details above for more information.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Knitting Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting Club is open to all knitters and those interested in learning to knit. It is led by an expert tutor who will help to start your knitting journey, sort out your knitting problems and challenges and generally discuss knitting. Learn to knit or just come and knit with us. Two and a half hours of protected knitting time every week in school term time. WHAT TO BRING Please bring your knitting or knitting supplies, including pattern or projects that you need help with. Complete beginner knitting packs containing everything you need to get started can be purcahsed directly from the tutor. Email ahcreative95@gmail.com for details. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda Hutcherson is an expert knitter with an advanced adult teaching qualifications (MA Academic practice, PGCE and 10 years university lecturer experience). Amanda is looking forward to working with you as you develop your knitting skills from beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Short Courses

Knitting for Beginner/Improvers (5-week course)

5-week course running for five consecutive 2 -hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Our Successful beginner/improver knitter class provides a fantastic opportunity for you to learn to knit or to polish up your basic knitting skills. It is suitable for all those who want to learn to knit or can already knit a little. All techniques required for accomplished knitting will be taught on an individual basis If you are an accomplished knitter with a variety of knitting skills already under your belt the Wednesday knitting club will be more suitable for you. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda is a lifelong, talented knitter with advanced qualifications in adult education. A background in healthcare and student mentorship adds to her understanding of your individual support and learning needs. WHAT TO BRING All tools and materials to get you off to a good start.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Lacemaking (Untutored Weekly Class)

Untutored class running Thursdays during term time, 1.30pm-4pm. This informal, social class gives lacemakers a chance to work independently on their own projects, whilst sharing their skills with likeminded artists and makers. Equipment needed: a lace pillow, bobbins, pins and thread plus a pricking or pattern.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Life Drawing (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (7pm-9.30pm) and Saturdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. TUESDAY TUTORED CLASS with Ellie Kirkup | 7pm-9.30pm (Term-time) This class is open to all levels of experience and ability. Students will have the chance to draw from a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. If you are brand new to life drawing, tutor Ellie Kirkup will provide all of the guidance you need to get started and plenty of ideas for developing your drawing. Artists with more experience are welcome to come along and simply draw. Ellie has been practising life drawing for ten years and is enthusiastic about keeping experimenting with drawing. She likes to work from other artists, life drawing and everyday life to explore interesting new ways to draw. SATURDAY UNTUTORED CLASS | 10am-12.30pm (Term-time) Whether you’re a beginner starting out or you’ve been coming to Life drawing classes for years; all are welcome at the Saturday Morning Life Drawing. We are an untutored group that gives members the opportunity to work with highly professional models in various poses. The class runs in 2 halves with a coffee break in between. The first includes 5, 10, 15 minute poses and the second is a long singular pose. We are a group made up of people who simply enjoy life drawing and although the class not tutored, there is plenty of help on hand from within the group, with tips, hints and the odd extra medium, if you need it. Our aim is to give the opportunity to experience life drawing and develop skills in an supportive environment. Why not come along and give it a try. WHAT TO BRING (Both Sessions) While easels and drawing boards are provided, attendees are asked to bring your own mediums but what you use it down to you. E.g. pencil, charcoal, inks or paints on paper, canvas or panels (a good range is available from the QPAC shop).

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Meditation (Weekly Class)

Weekly class running on Thursdays, 10am-11am, during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this workshop you will experience the peace and tranquillity which lies within us through different guided meditation techniques. You will also learn some easy yogic exercises, chants and breathing techniques that will help you to settle down and prepare yourself for meditation. This workshop welcomes beginners. ABOUT THE TUTOR Gargi is a meditation and yoga teacher at The Art of Living organization founded by H. H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She has been volunteering and teaching the stress-releasing yogic techniques for past 7 years. Gargi is also a 400-hours trained yoga teacher from India. WHAT TO BRING - Mat / yoga mat / cushion if one wish to sit on the floor - A bottle of drinking water - Small towel DATES 2022 September 8th : Meditation on the 5 sheaths of our existence September 15th : Aura Meditation September 22nd: Om chanting and Meditation September 29th : Yogasanas and Meditation on the Chakras October 6th : Meditation on the chakras October 13th : Meditation on Mooladhar Chakra October 20th : Suryanamaskar followed by Lying down Meditation (health condition will be noted) October 27th : Suryanamaskar (health condition will be noted) followed by Meditation for health and well-being. All sessions will have pranayamas / supporting breathing exercises. Participants must bring their yoga mat/ comforter/ something to spread on the floor to lie down and to wrap up if required. We request you to pre-book your seat.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where students can bring their own creative project to work on, share ideas and “leave the world behind”. A great way to meet like-minded people. Group members explore at a variety of crafts, including silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dought craft and more! Members of the group pursue their own projects in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. If there's a particular craft you'd like to try then let the group know and they'll see if they can help or advise. The group is facilitated by Irene Scott, who has been involved in arts & crafts (and QPAC) for 40 years, and has a broad knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Short Courses

Needle Felting Landscapes & Seascapes (Half-day course)

A one-off half-day workshop running on multiple dates during the autumn term. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for beginners or those wishing to brush up on needle felting techniques. You will create a 15cm X 15cm needle felted wool picture, (landscape or beach scene), with hand stitching . We will focus on how to use the tools safely and blending dyed wool fibres to achieve depth and perspective. Iron on fabric stabiliser will be used to secure the work. At the end of the session, you will take home your own unique artwork ready for framing. ABOUT THE TUTOR Marie is a second career, self taught fibre artist with a passion for wool crafts. There’s always something new to learn! She enjoys participating in art fairs and exhibitions. These include MS Centre Pop Up Art Weekend, Longwick Art Show, Sally Evans Events, Thame Art Crawl, Chiltern Made Craft Fair. WHAT TO BRING All materials and tools included in the course price.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Oil Painting (Weekly Class)

Mondays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in painting with oils, whether a practised hand or a beginner exploring the medium for the first time. Tutor Michael Navarro is a local artist who has been working for several years in various media, predominately oils. His works range from landscapes to pop art and murals. Our painting studio has easels, painting boards and other communal facilities. We also have an art shop selling paints, paper and brushes, if you don’t have them already. Michael will be happy to advise on what resources you need to get started.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Open Art Studio (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed as an opportunity for artists to get together and work on projects of their choosing in the friendly, creative, and inspiring environment of the QPAC painting studio. Attendees can be of any level of ability, from novices to very experienced artists. All forms of media are welcome, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Though not a formally-tutored class, this open studio session is a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your art form. We have easels, drawing boards and other communal resources, plus an on-site art shop stocked with paints, pencils, charcoal, paper and brushes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Release your creativity in this weekly workshop open to all levels of experience, from complete beginners to professional painters. Students are welcome to work on any subject they please in whichever medium they prefer, whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil or mixed media. Anyone just starting out in painting & drawing can seek advice from tutor Anne Bennison, whilst those with more experience are welcome to work at their own pace. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Materials such as paints, paper, pencils and brushes are available at the QPAC art shop.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Painting with Acrylics (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly weekly workshop. Work from reference photographs in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (e.g. Picasso, Matisse, Fedden, Van Gogh) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Themes are set approximately every 3 weeks and you may work from your own photograph or those provided by the tutor. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own materials. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Additional materials such as paints, paper and brushes are available to buy from the QPAC art shop. Tutor Amanda Curbishley joined QPAC as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Patchwork (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (Advanced Class, 10am-12.30pm) during term time. This class is ideal for patchwork students looking for a space to work on their projects. Our Textile Studio is the perfect place to meet fellow needle-workers and textile artists. As well as progressing your project, these sessions off the chance to discuss your work with others and share ideas and inspiration. Students should bring their own sewing machine with them when attending a class – we have plenty of room to accommodate students working on projects large and small!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Phil Beer (3 Feb)

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west country’s award-winningacoustic duo, Show of Hands. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances, which are an eclectic mix of traditional tunes, covers of Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions and songs from his contemporaries. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Tutored) (Weekly Classes)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. PLEASE NOTE (23/11/21): The Tuesday afternoon class will be running as untutored until further notice. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC. We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Tue – 7pm-9.30pm Laura Peacock Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Untutored) (Weekly Classes)

Two-and-a-half-hour sessions (see calendar for dates and start times) during term time. In addition to our tutored classes, we also offer a number of untutored pottery sessions. These weekly classes are ideal for experienced potters looking to work independently on their projects in our fully-equipped studio spaces. We have a wide variety of dates and times available – please see the calendar below for the latest availability. If you’re looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, we recommend attending a tutored class before booking an untutored session. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out. Click here for tutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery Glazing (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

A weekly two-and-a-half-hour untutored ceramics session for experienced potters looking to decorate their work in our glaze studio. We have a good variety of glazes and slips available to use. Students wishing to apply their own glaze recipes (or any not in stock at QPAC) should have a chat with our Technician before decorating their work to make sure the glaze(s) are suitable for our firing temperatures. There is a small charge for glaze firing, which is calculated by weight of the finished piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Glaze Studio

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Pottery Throwing (One-day Class)

Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly one-day class. This class is ideal for students working at all different levels of ceramics. Whether a first-timer looking to get to grips with clay, or a more experienced potter wanting to explore new shapes and forms (e.g. bowls, bottles, plats, faceting and external decoration), our tutor is here to help! Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery for Teens (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (4.30pm-6pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers, led by Laura Peacock. Students ages 13+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Charlie will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Hats (2-week course)

This course runs for two consecutive weekly sessions from the start date/time listed below. ABOUT THE COURSE In this course you will make your own classic summer raffia hat which is perfect for the beach or a wedding…. or maybe even just a picnic. Raffia is the leaf of the Raphia ruffa tree in Madagascar, it is a beautifully flexible (and forgiving!) material to work with which means that no prior experience is necessary for this craft – beginners are more than welcome. In this two-part workshop you will learn how to make a simple hat. No experience is needed and you do not need to be a great sewer either….  In week one Claire will introduce how the raffia can be dyed including usual natural dyes, where it comes from (it is a sustainable resource) and you will then quickly move to plaiting with the raffia which is the basic technique for making the hats. The second week will be involved with shaping your hat on a sized hat block. There will be some plaiting homework between the sessions so that you have enough raffia prepared to make your hat. All students work with natural raffia and at the end of the second week will leave with a completed item and the skills to make more for family and friends as they wish. All instruction worksheets for the workshop are yours to keep. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades. WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all raw materials needed to complete the course. You will need to also bring: - A pair of comfortable scissors - A thimble if you like to use one

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Lampshade

This is a one-day class, running from 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Do you have a perfectly lovely small lamp at home that would like a raffia facelift?  Perhaps you just love the look of raffia in your home as an interiors material – why not, what’s not to love?  Now is your chance to create your own bespoke raffia lampshade. Choose from a variety of styles, see below for inspiration. If you like to up-cycle, this is the workshop for you.  Why not buy a lampshade bargain from a charity shop and give it a raffia make over? In this workshop you will have the chance to experience the joy of working with raffia, learn new techniques and different styles and take home a lamp that has just enjoyed a lovely raffia face-lift. All raffia is supplied,  and if you have a small table lamp with a shade at home then please bring along. Otherwise there will be a small lampshade available for students to purchase and work on – please note that this may be a charity shop purchase. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Recorder Group (Weekly Class)

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. An untutored weekly workshop for recorder players keen to perform as part of a group. The recorder is wonderfully fun to play, and this class aims to revive our enjoyment of an easy yet undervalued instrument. Even if you haven’t picked one up for years, come along and enjoy rediscovering your skills in this untutored group.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

Skamungas (24 June)

A night with the Skamungas is a night not to be missed! If you thought you didn’t like ska and reggae this band might well change your mind, or even your life, with their infectious enthusiasm and unique take on those instantly recognisable ska and reggae standards. Expect a musical jaunt through the history of ska and reggae – do you know the difference? From 60s Caribbean artists such as Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals, and Jimmy Cliff, through the 70s with Dave and Ansell Collins and the wonderful songs of 80s bands Madness, The Selecter, The Specials, and Bad Manners. Then on to the 90s and Reel Big Fish, and more recently, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Paolo Nutini. Just to name a few! And that’s not all. The band in ska/reggae tradition takes classic pop and rock songs and feeds them through the Skamungas machine to be performed as though always intended as ska or reggae numbers. Their ska rendition of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is a particular favourite as is “These Boots Were Made for Walking”, yes, the Nancy Sinatra number! In 2017 some very talented musicians from across the Home Counties came together to do something different. Skamungas was formed and rapidly achieved a great live reputation evidenced by headlining Astonbury 2017, their first festival, and Live In The Park 2018 in Aylesbury before 10,000+ people. The band was selected from hundreds of contenders to play PennFest 2018, on the bill with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Feeder and Manic Street Preachers. 2019 was a triumph of sell out dates, the band now playing far and wide across Southern England, continuing to headline festivals and being courted by ever bigger venues and clubs stretching from the south coast up through London to the Midlands. With a terrific brass section of trombone and tenor sax, driving drums and bass, rhythmic guitar and keyboards, harmonised backing vocals and a lead vocalist to die for, Skamungas is set to achieve even greater things. Please note, this will be a seated gig. Skamungas Follow Skamungas on Facebook.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Sunday Specials, Mixed Crafts

Stained Glass (One-day class)

One-day workshop running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP There will be a choice of spring and summer-themed projects for indoor or outdoor use including hearts, flowers, bees and lambs - encapsulating Spring! In this fun, sociable day, you will learn how to cut glass, copper foil and solder to create your own beautiful piece of art ABOUT THE TUTOR Carrie Kearsey is a professional teacher and artist who will guide you through the Tiffany technique of copper foiling. In this fun, sociable day. WHAT TO BRING All materials are provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a mask and apron. If bringing a drink with you, please ensure it is in a bottle or lidded cup.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (25 Mar)

‘Unlock Me & Other Lockdown Laments’ In a brand new one man show Steve will perform material that surfaced over two years of isolation and inactivity. Songs such as the ‘Bristol Slaver’ and ‘You’ll Get By’ were refreshed by headlines and current affairs whilst classic covers such as ‘Forever Young’ and ‘The Boys of Summer’ struck a chord with the thousands that tuned in to his hours of online content. Insights, anecdotes and a bunch of new songs will attempt to chronicle and draw a line under an extra episode in all our lives.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Tapestry (Weekly Class)

Mondays (4.30pm-7pm) during term time. This class will show you the simple and basic techniques of Tapestry, and share the enjoyment of creative weaving. You can create an interesting woven tapestry piece of fabricated wall art in a very short time, using just about anything to weave with from wool, wire and fabric to hard things like twigs or leaves. You can experiment with different materials to make the wall art you desire for your home, learning simple aspects of colour theory to help chose the right colours for your project. Once you have developed the basic skills, you can design your own abstract pattern in landscape or portrait. WHAT TO BRING: Most materials can be provided for your first session, however regular attendees should bring the following: -A old picture frame (minus glass) - A4 or larger -A flat piece of wood slightly wider than the frame -String -Knitting wool, wire, fabric, etc to weave with -Plastic Needles -Plastic Fork

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Totally Blondie (25 Feb)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present Totally Blondie. Since forming early in 2018, Totally Blondie have rapidly gained a reputation as the best Blondie tribute band in the UK! Unlike so many tribute acts, this is a pro band who are passionate about the music they play, and have built their reputation on the back of full-on, no-holds-barred live gigs where they totally play their hearts out … Blondie were one of the most iconic bands of the 70’s & 80’s, with posters of Debbie Harry adorning most teenagers’ walls, and they’ve continued turning out hits and great music right up to 2017’s Pollinator album. People of all ages, not just hardcore fans, know and love songs like Hanging On The Telephone, One Way Or Another, Call Me, Atomic, Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Denis and all the other famous chart-toppers. And Totally Blondie make sure these fantastic tunes sound as fresh and exciting today as they did back then. With a stunning lookalike and soundalike singer, an exceptional, professional live band, their full-on, passionate performances are winning over audiences up and down the country. So, come along and relive those classic moments – it’s totally authentic … it’s totally awesome … it’s Totally Blondie! All proceeds from this event to Dementia UK. - Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Website | Facebook Totally Blondie Website Dementia UK Website

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2 hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to watercolours. It is suitable for beginners, those returning to using watercolours, or those wanting to try out different techniques. You will learn some of the basic techniques such as blending, washes, and wet on wet to paint a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) White gouache paint (small tube) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 10 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch) A4 Watercolour paper pad (minimum 250 gsm cold pressed/NOT paper) Masking tape Masking fluid (ideally frisk masking fineliner/ needle tip) Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler Fine tip waterproof black drawing pen

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This untutored weekly workshop is perfect for woodcarvers with enough experience to direct their own learning, offering a chance to work on projects alongside likeminded artists and makers. The group isn’t suited to beginners, however if you’ve had experience of woodcarving before and want to continue the art in a supportive atmosphere then this is the group for you. Students are welcome to use the communal facilities in the QPAC woodwork studio, however must bring their own timber and carving tools. Casual clothes and stout shoes recommended!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodwork (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Complete at least 1 project. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis. During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Yoga for Adults (Weekly Class)

This class runs every Thursday, 5.30pm-6.30pm, during term time. Click here for term dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Mindfulness yoga incorporates the practice of mindfulness within the practice and is conducive for students physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. The class includes warm up, joint loosening, stretching, yoga poses, breathing practices (pranayama) meditation and relaxation. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helena is a yoga teacher trained in classical Hatha yoga, and a minded yoga therapist and teen yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga since 1998 mainly within NHS settings until she retired in 2015. Since her retirement, Helena has been teaching in various community settings and, for the last two years since lockdown, has been teaching her classes via Zoom. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a yoga mat with you. You may also wish to bring additional cushions for support, and/or a blanket / shawl.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion (21 Jan)

Vibrant and melodic, funky rocking blues featuring Hammond-organ, drums, guitar and vocals, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion refresh the blues genre with eclectic arrangements, virtuosic playing and vocal prowess. Expect an exciting live set based around rootsy original songs, strong catchy riffs and exciting grooves; they mix old school tradition with contemporary flair and sophistication. Zoe’s dynamic and commanding vocal delivery and interpretive ability is complimented by the unmistakable and inimitable touch and flow of Rob Koral-guitar; together with the highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Eddy John-drums they bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions. They have made a considerable impact this last decade and is one of the bands that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues scene, receiving awards and nominations including finalists in the UK Blues Awards with Female Vocalist, Band, and Album of the Year, several times. “A great band. Terrific musicians all four of them” Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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