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HARD Days Night Hotel teamed up with John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird and a duo of Liverpool choirs in a bid to show the love for the hotel’s new owners, Millennium Hotels and Resorts.

Julia Baird
Julia Baird

Julia, together with The Choir With No Name and twenty members of The Liverpool Signing Choir, descended on the grand entrance of the North John Street building to perform a special rendition of the Beatles classic ‘All You Need is Love’.

As the heartfelt occasion aimed to ‘rejoice Liverpool’s community spirit’, the choirs were also accompanied by a number of the hotel’s team members and Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ CEO Aloysius Lee, who helped to ‘spread the love’, as 75 red roses were handed out to the public.

General Manager of Hard Days Night Hotel Mike Dewey said: “The hotel team and I thought that both of these altruistic singing groups would offer the warmest of welcomes. Together with what was a show stopping performance by The Choir with No Name, we were delighted to be joined by inspirational people, who add a refreshing twist to musical sign language.

“Following their moving rendition, the choirs were then treated to a celebratory lunch here at our in-house restaurant, Blakes. The day was a fun and inimitable way of welcoming our new partners and increased global visitors to our wonderful city in classic Beatles style.”

Established in January 2014, The Choir with No Name runs choirs for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantaged people, with the aim of building confidence, morale and support amongst its members. The Liverpool based choir, conducted by Meike Holzmann, meets once a week to rehearse all genres of music and is based on the feel-good factor that singing creates.

Liverpool Signing Choir
Liverpool Signing Choir

Conducted by Catherine Hegarty, The Liverpool Signing Choir was founded on the basis of encouraging social inclusion for deaf people through the performance of musical sign language. Notable acts include a rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine at the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games, as well as a surprise performance in honour of Julia at Liverpool Town Hall in 2011.

Mike added: “Not only is the song a favourite amongst many members of both the choir and our hotel staff, its original message also sits well with what we were trying to project on the day – this being the coming together of partnerships from across the world and showcasing what Liverpool has to offer.

“It was wonderful to be joined by Julia, Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ CEO Aloysius Lee and the two inspirational choirs – the day certainly made a lasting impression.”

For more information about Hard Days Night Hotel visit www.harddaysnighthotel.com or call 0151 236 1964.

THE commitment and passion displayed by green-fingered trainees inspired to make a positive difference at Liverpool’s Festival Gardens will be honoured at a special celebration ceremony.

This year 27 local people have taken part in the Big Lottery-funded Green Angels course – a free programme, provided by national charity the Land Trust, which aims to improve the quality of life for local communities by providing new environmental training opportunities. Participants, who come from a range of backgrounds across Liverpool, have benefited from undertaking courses that include: Countryside Management and Parks Maintenance, Business Skills, Environmental Education and Horticulture. On Thursday 1 October, at Toxteth Town Hall, the culmination of all their hard work at Festival Gardens will be rewarded with a celebration ceremony, providing the participants with certificates marking the completion of the Green Angels courses and training. Carolyn Hassall, Green Angels Project Manager, said: “The Green Angels programme is all about equipping people with new skills and experiences and we are incredibly proud of the progress all our participants have made. “Along with gaining a qualification and enhanced career prospects, our Green Angels have benefited from improved confidence, made new friends and enjoyed enhanced health and wellbeing provided by the great outdoors setting.” To find out more about the Green Angels, visithttp://www.liverpoolfestivalgardens.com/green_angels.html

In a bid to raise vital funds and awareness of dementia, a top city accountant is set to take part in the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk.

On Sunday, October 4, Director of Haines Watts Liverpool Russell Silverman will join thousands of other supporters for a six-kilometre journey, in order to help change the lives of people affected by the illness.

By taking part in the flagship walk, Russell hopes to collectively highlight the importance of staying active, as almost eight in ten people (79%) do not exercise – despite evidence that it can reduce a person’s risk of dementia.

Russell said: “I’m glad to be taking part in this charity event for The Alzheimer’s Society, as it’s a cause that’s very close to my heart. Not only do I want to raise much needed funds for the charity, which can help sufferers to live a happy and independent life for longer, but I also hope that the event raises awareness for the often misunderstood progressive disease.

“It is eye opening to discover that this year an estimated 850,000 individuals will suffer with dementia in the UK alone, with the figure set to rise to one million people by 2025. This is why charity initiatives such as the Memory Walk are so important to provide support to those affected by the disease.”

Commencing at Liverpool’s Festival Gardens at 11am, participants will take part in a scenic walk along Riverside Drive towards Otterspool Promenade before returning to the Gardens for refreshments.

Similar planned walks will go ahead across England, Wales and Northern Ireland throughout September and October, with participants receiving sponsorships from family and friends to donate to the society.

To donate and support Russell visit www.justgiving.com/Russell-Silverman

THE Epstein Theatre has a real treat in store for music fans this autumn/winter season with a sensational line-up of concerts to suit every musical taste from guitar greats and chart-topping pop to Irish folk and 90s indie rock!

The iconic venue on Hanover Street has established itself on the city’s live entertainment circuit since it reopened in May 2012 and continues to attract national and household names to the theatre as part of its regional and national tours – and this new season is no different with the diverse choice of shows and concerts on offer.

Who said that girls can’t play guitar? October gets off to a great start when Planet Rock Live presents Joanne Shaw Taylor on 1st October. This celebrated British blues rock guitarist and singer/songwriter performs songs from her critically acclaimed album The Dirty Truth.

Following his nationwide debut last year, Liverpool’s John O’Connell will be bringing Simply Dylan, his personal exploration and celebration of the rich and diverse work of Bob Dylan to the Epstein on 2nd October and promises to delight Dylan fans young and old.

Returning to the Epstein for the third time is legendary pop icon Dean Friedman who will perform songs from his three decade career including the chart-topping hit Lucky Stars on 10th October.

An evening with China Crisis on 17 October will see this ever popular 1980s band perform their classic album, Flaunt The Imperfection. Relive their hit songs which saw the band spend 92 weeks in the charts.

Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith will captivate the Epstein audience on 20th October with his deeply sensitive songs and bittersweet melodies.

Meanwhile, the talented Ron Vincent will draw you into a wonderful journey through the repertoire of Cat Stevens on 23rd October.

Carla Dillon
Carla Dillon

On November 26, Cara Dillon will be serenading the Epstein Theatre with songs of lost love and emigration from her native Ireland. With her staggeringly beautiful voice, it’s hard to find a more emotive and captivating performer.

She is followed by fellow Irish musicians The High Kings on 27th November – the most exciting Irish Folk Group to come along in years. The High Kings play 13 instruments between the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs and a few old favourites.

A perfect present for the Beatles fan in your life, Mersey Beatles present the Liverpool premier of their new show The Movies & The Magic on 1st December – a celebration of the best songs from The Beatles movies. To avoid being a Jealous Guy or gal, get your Tickets to Ride for this very special show.

With a remarkable resemblance to Kate Bush in vocal style and appearance, Maaike Brejiman brings the music of Kate Bush live to the Epstein stage on 3rd December in Dreaming of Kate.

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SPACE

To finish the year off with a flourish, nineties’ Liverpool band Space take to the Epstein stage on 4th December with iconic hits including Female Of The Species, Neighbourhood, Me And You Versus The World, and Tom Jones.

Theatre Manager Rebekah Pichilingi said: ““We are committed to bringing our audience a diverse range of high-quality music and I can’t wait for them to hear all the wonderful concerts we have on offer this autumn/winter. So don’t get left out in the cold, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!”

SHOW LISTINGS

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR

Date: Thursday 1 October 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £20.50

SIMPLY DYLAN

Date: Friday 2 October 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £20.00

DEAN FRIEDMAN

Date: Saturday 10 October 2015

Time: 8.00pm

Tickets: £26.50

CHINA CRISIS

Date: Saturday 17 October 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £25.00

RON SEXSMITH

Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £25.50

RON VINCENT IN CONCERT SINGS CAT STEVENS

Date: Friday 23 October 2015

Time: 8.00pm

Tickets: £25.00

CARA DILLON

Date: Thursday 26 November 2015

Time: 8.00pm

Tickets: £20.50 Advance

THE HIGH KINGS

Date: Friday 27 November 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £18.00 Advance / £20.00 Door

MERSEY BEATLES’ CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

Date: Tuesday 1 December 2015

Time: 8.00pm

Tickets: £15.50

DREAMING OF KATE

Date: Thursday 3 December 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £15.50

SPACE

Date: Friday 4 December 2015

Time: 8.00pm

Tickets: £15.50

How to book: Call 0844 888 4411, visit www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk or book in person at the theatre box office (open 2-6pm Mon-Thu, 12-6 Fri-Sat). The Epstein Theatre, 85 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ.

With the festive season fast approaching, Trattoria 51 has unveiled its trio of Christmas menus set to whet all appetites.

Featuring creative Italian cuisine accompanied by classic winter warmers, the array of three course menus available at the popular Old Hall Street eatery are ideal for celebrations amongst family, friends and work colleagues alike.

Devised with the classic colours of both the Italian flag and Christmas in mind, diners can choose from the Menu Verde (green), the Menu Bianco (white) and the Menu Rosso (red) – all of which feature a range of seasonal meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, in addition to an assortment of indulgent desserts.

Restaurateur Attilio Sergi said: “Following the popularity of last year’s Christmas celebrations at Trattoria 51, we are now offering a variety of festive menus with choices ranging from succulent and simple to more extravagant and elegant dining options.

“The Menu Verde and Menu Bianco feature an array of start and share dishes, making them the perfect choice for group celebrations, while our more luxurious Menu Rosso option provides culinary delights such as Beef Mignon and Artisan cheeseboards.

“Our latter two menu options are perfectly finished off with a choice of pallet cleansing digestifs including Limoncello, Amaretto or Sambuca – which add to the festive merriments.”

Consisting of a varied selection of classic Christmas dishes created with Trattoria 51’s signature Italian flair, menu highlights include Roast Turkey Roll stuffed with Mozzarella and Spinach, White Wine and Rosemary Sauce, Sautéed New Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables; Grilled Seabass Fillet with Leek Puree, Crushed New Potatoes with Rocket and Seasonal Vegetables, as well as Homemade Goats Cheese and Sundried Tomato Ravioli, served with Olive Oil, Courgettes, Cherry Tomatoes and a touch of Garlic.

Those with a sweet tooth can then choose from an assortment of seasonally inspired desserts including Zuccotto Panettone – Ice Cream Cake, Amaretto, Vanilla Creme Anglaise and Coconut Flakes; Classic Homemade Tiramisu and Warm Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Attilio added: “Our location within the city’s business district proves extremely popular, as it offers diners a relaxing hub away from the hustle and bustle associated with the flurry of town centre Christmas shopping.

“Following customer demand from last year’s holiday season, our Old Hall Street venue will also be opening its doors on Christmas Day to serve up our deluxe £51 menu. As many families choose to eat out now for their festive feast, we thought it would be great to share an authentic Italian family dining experience with the North West.”

The Menu Verde is priced at £15.95, the Menu Bianco is priced at £19.95 and the Menu Rosso is priced at £27.95. All menus are available throughout December. A £51 menu is also available exclusively on Christmas day at the Old Hall Street venue. Party menu available for parties of 6 or more. Pre-ordering is required and all party members must choose from the same menu.

Trattoria 51 Old Hall Street is closed from December 26-January 6.

For further information or bookings visit www.trattoria51.com or call 0151 236 4739.

YOU can check-in at a supermarket this week for a free health MOT.

Around 15 organisations will be at the Tesco Store in Mather Avenue for a family health information day on Friday 25 September (1pm to 4pm)

As well as health checks they will also be offering advice on a range of issues including mental health, pharmacy issues, responsible drinking and dental health.

There will also be information available on topics ranging from organ donation to children’s centres.

Among the partners represented are the Royal and Women’s Hospitals, Age Concern , the community health ambassador team, Safe Place and Healthy Homes.

Councillor Richard Wenstone, said: “This is a great opportunity to have a health check-up and get advice an information on whole range of issues – all for free. I would encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of this event.”

PILOT Theatre return to the Playhouse this October with their new play Outsiders, from 13 to 17 October. Yorkshire-based Pilot were last in Liverpool in 2012 with The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, and their new production also offers a fresh perspective on a classic novel – Albert Camus’ L’Étranger (The Outsider).

This compelling reimagining of Camus’ enigmatic story is written by Emteaz Hussain following her highly acclaimed play Blood which, like Outsiders, gave new life to a well-known story, placing the story of Romeo and Juliet in to a Pakistani community in contemporary Britain.

The sun was beating down on the beach. Five shots rang out and a man fell to the ground. A nameless Arab, dead.

Many years later two women, one French, one Algerian look up at the so blue sky and wonder what really happened to their lives that day and who they and each other are now.

Directed by Fraser Corfield (Artistic Director for the Australian Theatre for Young People), Outsiders looks back to the murder of an unnamed man in Algeria in the 1940’s and reimagines the surrounding events from the perspective of the gunman’s girlfriend and the dead man’s sister. The two women, Marie and Sumaya, are both trying to understand and come to terms with the traumatic ordeal. They share their experiences, taking the audience on their individual journeys to ask whether in their meeting they are able to reconcile deep rooted personal, cultural, social and political differences.

Outsiders brings to life two forgotten voices from very different perspectives, taking the audience on a journey that explores deep rooted personal, cultural, social and political differences, drawing compelling reference to contemporary issues. This is a production that will have an impact on everyone who sees it.

The cast features Lou Broadbent and Sara Sadeghi. Lou has featured in Holby City, Atlantis and Land Girls for the BBC. In theatre, her credits include playing Lady Macbeth for the Young Shakespeare Company as well as Keepsake and Two Rooms for Free Trade Productions. Sara’s theatre credits include Come Closer and Hunger for Trade for the Royal Exchange, Veil for Mama Quilla and Aladdin for CAST in Doncaster. In television, Sara has featured in Hollyoaks, Ordinary Lies and Coronation Street.

CONSTRUCTION firms in Liverpool are inviting 200 local subcontractors to bid for contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds in a unique new partnership.

In what is believed to be a first in the UK, nine contractors involved in major regeneration projects in the city such as new schools and hospitals are holding a special event at Liverpool Town Hall on Thursday 24 September, at which they will inform local businesses about opportunities over the next 12 months.

It has been organised by the Liverpool Regeneration Contractors’ Group, whose key objectives are to maximize spend, employment opportunities and particularly apprenticeships across city region through the local supply chain.

The Supply Chain Engagement Event at Liverpool Town Hall will see BAM, Galliford Try, ISG, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall, Seddons, Wates and Willmott Dixon coming together through the North West Construction Hub, NSC, City of Liverpool College and the city council’s employment arm Liverpool in Work to showcase what is on offer.

In total, the contractors represented at the event have work on their books worth in excess of £260 million over the next three years – a total that is set to rise as they secure more contracts.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Ann O’Byrne, who will open the event, said: “In recent years the council has had great success in insisting that firms we issue contracts to meet tough targets around local spending. With some of our new schools, more than 85 percent of the contract has been spent with firms based in the city region, securing their future and enabling them to take on more staff.

“What we are now doing is taking that a step further and bringing together construction firms working on a range of private and publicly funded schemes in Liverpool and putting them in the same room as local companies who can bid for work on their schemes.

“We are proud to be the first council in the country to do this and I believe it is a blueprint that will be taken up by other towns and cities. At a time when public sector funding is being squeezed massively, it is more essential than ever that the money we do spend is pumped back into the local economy, putting money into the pockets of local workers.”

The event will be split into three zones – planning, employment and skills and the supply chain – giving firms an overview of the projects happening in the city and how they can bid for work.

IN the run up to International Coffee Day (September 29), award-winning Delifonseca has teamed up with independent speciality coffee roasters Neighbourhood Coffee to create its own premium house espresso blend.

The exclusively named ‘Delifonseca Espresso Blend’ will be served at Fonseca’s ‘Downstairs’ Café Bar, located between the edge of the central shopping zone and the city’s business district.

The blend will also be available at the Dockside eatery and stocked for purchase at its in-house food hall.

Proprietor of Delifonseca Candice Fonseca said: “I’ve known the guys behind Neighbourhood Coffee for many years and they are as crazy about good food and drink as I am. Not only that, they have been international coffee traders for the last five years so their detailed knowledge from green bean to final roast is impeccable. I was so pleased to hear that they were taking the leap and setting up a roastery on their home turf in Liverpool and jumped at the chance to work with them to create a new Delifonseca product.

Delifonseca & Neighbourhood Coffee LR (2)“In honour of the new coffee blend, staff members have been on additional coffee training and barista skills have been brushed up. Fonseca’s will now be without doubt be serving the best coffee in the business district and our aim is to be the ‘go-to’ daytime coffee meeting venue with our great hot beverages and free Wi-Fi.”

Neighbourhood Coffee roasts the finest Arabica coffee while maintaining strong relationships with its coffee-producing communities to ensure the best quality working conditions for its suppliers.

Candice added: “At Delifonseca, we enjoy teaming up with local businesses to bring exciting and innovative offerings to our customers. Our affiliation with Neighbourhood Coffee follows a long history of working collectively with independent producers. In fact, our regulars can rest easy in the knowledge that we will continue to retail the great coffees produced by Adams & Russell in Birkenhead – another longstanding relationship which we intend to continue.”

Co-founder of Neighbourhood Coffee Chris Holloway added: “If you think of Liverpool food and drink heroes, then Candice and the team at Delifonseca are top of the pile. We’re really excited to be working with them to continue to develop Liverpool’s growing specialty coffee scene. It’s a great opportunity to combine the love we have for specialty coffee and telling the story behind it, with their all-round excellence and passion for artisan food and drink.”

For more information about Delifonseca visit www.delifonseca.co.uk

OVER the course of five albums, Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall has carved out a niche for himself on the UK music scene as one of it’s brightest talents. His languid, soulful music has won friends from Jamie Cullum and Gilles Peterson to Jazz FM and Mojo as well as an ever-growing international following.

His previous albums have found Halsall exploring the modal jazz of John and Alice Coltrane alongside his travels in Japan to create his own, uniquely British, rain-streaked spiritual jazz. His latest album Into Forever takes the Halsall sound still further, influenced by contemporary electronica, the classic Cadet recordings of Dorothy Ashby and psychedelic-soul arrangements of the great Charles Stepney (Rotary Connection, Minnie Ripperton and Terry Callier). Into Forever features Halsall’s Gondwana Orchestra expanded with strings, percussion and two guest vocalists Bryony Jarman-Pinto and Manchester based soul-poetess Josefine Oniyama. This concert, recently tipped by The Guardian as one of the Autumn highlights of the Jazz calendar, is the first concert in national tour and will feature music from the albums Into Forever, When the World Was One and Fletcher Moss Park. Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra Into Forever

Thursday 1st Oct, 7.30pm

The Capstone Theatre, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP

Tickets: £14 via https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/online/matthew-halsall

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