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This Tuesday 28th 4pm to 6pm join me Jon Fulcher with my special guests
The Poppy Sisters
www.poppysisters.co.uk/
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This Tuesday 28th 4pm to 6pm join me Jon Fulcher with my special guests
The Poppy Sisters
http://www.poppysisters.co.uk/

The Sunday Supplement on Sunday (obviously!) from 9am with Pete Phillips

An hour of classic 70's tracks from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:
- Andy Michaels - Darling it hurts.
- Darrell Kelley - Because of you.
- EJ O’Reilly - Control.
- Inbal Paz - The Other End.
- James Thomas Band - Eileen.
- Linda Campbell - My Geography.
- Nigel Thomas - Your Fire.
- Norquay - In Time.
- Scott Celani band - Home.
- Serenade The Stars - Dream.
- Steve Markoff and Patricia Lazzara - Hallelujah.
- Tiny world - Walk on water.

All that, plus a whole mix of music, reviews and What's Ons …

Tune in live from 9 on Sunday…
streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr
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The Sunday Supplement on Sunday (obviously!) from 9am with Pete Phillips

An hour of classic 70s tracks from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:
- Andy  Michaels - Darling it hurts.
- Darrell Kelley - Because of you.
- EJ O’Reilly - Control.
- Inbal Paz - The Other End.
- James Thomas Band - Eileen.
- Linda Campbell - My Geography.
- Nigel Thomas - Your Fire.
- Norquay - In Time.
- Scott Celani band - Home. 
- Serenade The Stars - Dream.
- Steve Markoff and Patricia Lazzara - Hallelujah.
- Tiny world - Walk on water. 

All that, plus a whole mix of music, reviews and Whats Ons …

Tune in live from 9 on Sunday…
http://streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr

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Many thanks, Pete, for adding Tiny World to your playlist for Sunday, cheers! tinyworld.hearnow.com

Thank you so much 😊 Your support means a lot to us Damian Serenade The Stars ⭐️

Thanks so much for sharing our music. Patty Lazzara and Steve Markoff

3 days ago

David Bower

Join me for 2 hours of old time rock'n'roll from 10am on Saturdays on Choice Radio for the Worcestershire Royal.
Listen here:-
streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr
and hear the hits, B sided, album track & rarities from the 50's and early 60's
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Join me for 2 hours of old time rocknroll from 10am on Saturdays on Choice Radio for the Worcestershire Royal.
Listen here:-
streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr
and hear the hits, B sided, album track & rarities from the 50s and early 60s

3 days ago

Choice Radio Worcester

It has taken two and a half years of planning, writing and rehearsals but the new show from Vamos is finally here and, for the first time in the company's history, it gets its premiere performance in its home town. This is all the more fitting as Rachael Savage's play Dead Good is partly based on conversations which took place during its development period at St Richard's Hospice.

For the uninitiated, Vamos is a "full mask" silent theatre company and, put crudely, this show is all about death. Not the most enticing prospect for an evening's entertainment, you might think. And you would be so wrong, if only because it is the only inevitable part of everyone's life and talking about it can help ease the pain.

And there is pain in the lives of Bob and Bernard. Born, it becomes apparent, on different sides of the tracks, they both end up in the same place - a hospice. Initially an annoyance to each other, a friendship forms between them as they discover they have at least some things in common. Or rather it is a bromance which develops as they become best buddies, determined to see out their days in the most enjoyable way they can - effectively by acting as kids again, albeit ones with a liking for a drink and the ladies!

Whilst the masks cannot show any emotion whatsoever and there is not a single spoken word, it is the skill of the performers in enacting the extensive mime sequences which tells the story and draws you in. Added to this are the clever set changes, moving from hospice to beach to The Ritz and back again, all carried out in the dark. One of the biggest laugh out loud sequences is when the nurse tries fit a catheter (yes, really!) and knowing that the mask prevents her from seeing what she is doing makes it priceless and hilarious!

Heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, it is ultimately an optimistic look at how end of life should be. You are laughing with them, not at them, enjoying their experiences. And you feel the pain in the final sequences as one slowly succumbs to the inevitable.

Given that this was the very first outing for the show, and on its home ground, when the actors finally reveal themselves at the end, James Greaves (Bernard) was genuinely overcome and could barely speak and the ensuing Q&A (which it was nice see most of the packed audience stayed for) allowed the cast (James Greaves plus Aron De Casmaker, Angela Laverick and Joshua Patel) along with creator Rachael Savage and Dr Maggie Keeble (who had suggested the theme for the show) to go into greater depth about how the show came about and the hurdles in bringing a show about death - often in the most awful circumstances - to become a mainstage touring play

Never thought you would be welling up by a bunch of actors wearing face masks and not saying a word? Think again... Dead Good is exactly what it says.
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3 days ago

Choice Radio Worcester

It was oddly fitting that on a murky Thursday afternoon when you couldn't see the Malvern Hills even though you were standing right in front of them, on stage, there was a depiction of the equally murky goings-on that surround political life and, more specifically, the politicians who ultimately decide how are lives will be run. For this week, it is truly The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson by Jonathan Maitland.

On stage walks a well-dressed, well coiffured, blond-haired man. This can't be who we think it is... But wait - whilst waiting for an interview with Huw Edwards, he is given a make-up mirror. And by roughing up that blond hair, pulling his shirt out of his trousers and loosening his tie, there he is. Boris Johnson, the man we all know and, er... love.

Will Barton is brilliant in his depiction of Boris, spot on in bringing out all his idiosyncrasies, a bumbling, shouty, Latin-talking womanising MP. MP because the first half of this play takes place between 2016 & 2019, so in essence is factually-based ("based on real events but using imagined dialogue and dramatic licence" according to the programme). But things have certainly changed since the show was first performed leading to a regularly updated script and references to current events as well as to the location. Boris mentions the people who live in Malvern - "That beautiful Spa town. Home of... water!", said in his usual make-it-up-as-you-go-along style.

Starting with a dinner with the Goves and Evgeny Lebedev, where Boris is in a permanent state of prevarication regarding Brexit, his decision is influenced by the appearance of other prominent figures, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, who pop in and out to give their views on the matter. Ultimately the decision was made, at least by the third attempt (no doubt the script will be updated yet again next month...)

Repositioning in the second half to 10 years in the future and things are somewhat different. Boris lasted a mere two and a half years and the hoped-for post-Brexit golden age seems to have dimmed somewhat. All of which leads to the enticing possibility of re-entering the EU, or Brentry as Boris calls it. At the same time, Harry and Megan have just announced the birth of their 7th child, called Winnipeg...

With Alexa as his therapist, Boris has to decide whether re-enter politics or to continue writing more and more volumes about Churchill, having already struck a deal worth £9m. And can he really stay faithful to his current love?

Throughout the show, the cast of Barton plus Bill Champion, Emma Davies, Claire Lichie and Tim Wallers expertly portray the various characters involved in the seemingly permanent debacle that is life in politics and the script is very, very funny (regardless of your particular political persuasion), and leads to a very unexpected and decidedly risky climax (no spoilers here!).

Whether 2029 will actually bring us those events remains to be seen, of course - in the meantime everyone can enjoy a sharply-written and thoroughly entertaining comedy of what (possibly) was and what might be…
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It was oddly fitting that on a murky Thursday afternoon when you couldnt see the Malvern Hills even though you were standing right in front of them, on stage, there was a depiction of the equally murky goings-on that surround political life and, more specifically, the politicians who ultimately decide how are lives will be run. For this week, it is truly The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson by Jonathan Maitland.

On stage walks a well-dressed, well coiffured, blond-haired man. This cant be who we think it is... But wait - whilst waiting for an interview with Huw Edwards, he is given a make-up mirror. And by roughing up that blond hair, pulling his shirt out of his trousers and loosening his tie, there he is. Boris Johnson, the man we all know and, er... love.

Will Barton is brilliant in his depiction of Boris, spot on in bringing out all his idiosyncrasies, a bumbling, shouty, Latin-talking womanising MP. MP because the first half of this play takes place between 2016 & 2019, so in essence is factually-based (based on real events but using imagined dialogue and dramatic licence according to the programme). But things have certainly changed since the show was first performed leading to a regularly updated script and references to current events as well as to the location. Boris mentions the people who live in Malvern - That beautiful Spa town. Home of... water!, said in his usual make-it-up-as-you-go-along style.  

Starting with a dinner with the Goves and Evgeny Lebedev, where Boris is in a permanent state of prevarication regarding Brexit, his decision is influenced by the appearance of other prominent figures, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, who pop in and out to give their views on the matter. Ultimately the decision was made, at least by the third attempt (no doubt the script will be updated yet again next month...)

Repositioning in the second half to 10 years in the future and things are somewhat different. Boris lasted a mere two and a half years and the hoped-for post-Brexit golden age seems to have dimmed somewhat. All of which leads to the enticing possibility of re-entering the EU, or Brentry as Boris calls it. At the same time, Harry and Megan have just announced the birth of their 7th child, called Winnipeg...

With Alexa as his therapist, Boris has to decide whether re-enter politics or to continue writing more and more volumes about Churchill, having already struck a deal worth £9m. And can he really stay faithful to his current love?

Throughout the show, the cast of Barton plus Bill Champion, Emma Davies, Claire Lichie and Tim Wallers expertly portray the various characters involved in the seemingly permanent debacle that is  life in politics and the script is very, very funny (regardless of your particular political persuasion), and leads to a very unexpected and decidedly risky climax (no spoilers here!). 

Whether 2029 will actually bring us those events remains to be seen, of course - in the meantime everyone can enjoy a sharply-written and thoroughly entertaining comedy of what (possibly) was and what might be…

4 days ago

Choice Radio Worcester

Anyone who has seen the original film is in for a real treat at the Alex as the new tour of The Bodyguard takes to the stage.

The show stars (for most performances) the undoubted vocal talents of X Factor winner Alexandra Burke as the songstress Rachel Marron with the bodyguard Frank Farmer played by Ben Lewis and the mysterious and menacing Stalker by Phil Atkinson. Equally as strong as Burke on the vocal front is Emmy Willow as her sister Nicki (fortunately, as she is one of the understudies for the main role, though the performances where Burke is not appearing will be done by Jennlee Shallow)

Burke has a hard act to follow of course, taking on the role made famous by Whitney Houston, but by now she is an old hand at it, having already performed in a previous touring version for two years and it shows, as she punches through song after song, either solo or in conjunction with the talented group of singers and dancers.

The show gets off to an impressively shocking start which had the entire audience jumping in fright and it's not then long before that awesome catalogue of songs begins as the story unfolds of the multi-award winning Marron heading for her career's biggest challenge to date - winning an Oscar. Just one thing stands in her way - the level of intrusive security required to protect her and her young son Fletcher which is demanded by her bodyguard once the existence of a stalker has been discovered. Fletcher was played by youngster Riotafari Gardner (one of 6 boys who play the role during the run) in a mature beyond-his-years style reminiscent of the young Michael Jackson, endearing him very quickly to the audience.

So what are the songs? "Queen of the Night", "So Emotional", "One Moment in Time", "Saving All My Love", "Run to You", "I Have Nothing", "Greatest Love Of All", "Million Dollar Bill", "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and one of the biggest hit love songs of all time – the Dolly Parton-penned "I Will Always Love You". The show brings to the audience one of the worst versions of the latter ever heard. Farmer's attempt to sing the song in a karaoke bar is hilarious - fortunately that is easily compensated for by Burke's rendition!

Even in a show as obviously well-choreographed, decorated and with some complex lighting and visual effects as this one, things can sometimes go a little pear-shaped. Towards the start of the show, one of the big pyrotechnic units which shoots out a very impressive hot flame decided it was not going to play ball and decided to not die down as required. Cue the curtain, an apology and an appearance by a stagehand with a fire extinguisher to put it out - to great applause from the audience!

By the end of the show and its loud and exciting finale with the entire cast on stage, the packed audience was up on its feet singing along and cheering - with the added advantage of Farmer not trying to reproduce his efforts at singing…

Whether or not you have seen the film or indeed the previous touring production, this is a night to delight in - great songs which take you back to the 80s and 90's, some classic anthems like I'm Every Woman and even a delightful rendition of Jesus Loves Me.

Get a ticket if you can - you won't be disappointed, that's for sure.
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Tuesday January 21st
4pm til 6pm join me on Choice radio, for the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. We are online and on the Hospedia bedside units.
I have music from the Beatles, Supertramp
and Coldplay plus loads more. At around 4.30 I have The missing link, a fun game to guess the link with clues.
2 hours of fun , great music.and your requests.
TO LISTEN ONLINE OR ON YOUR PHONE search for Choice Radio, Worcestershire Royal Hospital,,
Click on it and scroll down to listen live. Click and listen.
Phone in your requests on 01905760820, or via the hospedia bedside phone....
I look forward to your company 🙂
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Tuesday January 21st
4pm til 6pm join me on Choice radio,  for the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. We are online and on the Hospedia bedside units.
I have music from the Beatles, Supertramp
and Coldplay plus loads more. At around 4.30 I have The missing link, a fun game to guess the link with clues. 
2 hours of fun , great music.and your requests. 
TO LISTEN ONLINE OR ON YOUR PHONE search for Choice Radio, Worcestershire Royal Hospital,,
Click on it and scroll down to listen live. Click and listen.
Phone in your requests on 01905760820, or via the hospedia bedside phone....
I look forward to your company  :)

The Sunday Supplement on Sunday (obviously!) from 9am with Pete Phillips

An hour of classic 70's tracks from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:
- Biddy Ronelle - Storm.
- Forgetting The Future - Sara Tonin.
- Helena Mace - Take me away.
- Jamie Porter Band - Ready For Action.
- Max Raabe & Palast Orchester - I Won't Dance.
- Puppet Theory - Modern Boys.
- Rider - On Your Mind.
- Rubus Of Fences - Needless Serenade.
- Saults - Leave Me Then.
- Songwriterz - My Romeo.
- Steve Harley - I've Just Seen A Face.
- Todd Barrow - Country’s Just Cooler.
- Tyler Bank - Chase the Night.
- Uppermost - Fire Starter.

All that, plus a whole mix of music, reviews and What's Ons …

Tune in live from 9 on Sunday…
streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr
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The Sunday Supplement on Sunday (obviously!) from 9am with Pete Phillips

An hour of classic 70s tracks from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:
- Biddy Ronelle - Storm.
- Forgetting The Future - Sara Tonin. 
- Helena Mace - Take me away.
- Jamie Porter Band - Ready For Action.
- Max Raabe & Palast Orchester  - I Wont Dance.
- Puppet Theory - Modern Boys.
- Rider - On Your Mind.
- Rubus Of Fences - Needless Serenade.
- Saults - Leave Me Then.
- Songwriterz - My Romeo.
- Steve Harley - Ive Just Seen A Face.
- Todd Barrow - Country’s Just Cooler.
- Tyler Bank - Chase the Night.
- Uppermost - Fire Starter.

All that, plus a whole mix of music, reviews and Whats Ons …

Tune in live from 9 on Sunday…
http://streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr

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Thank you so much 🙌🙏

Thanks Pete for playing FTF's Sara Tonin 😉

2 weeks ago

Choice Radio Worcester

Starting - and ending - on board an expedition ship heading for the North Pole, this new stage version of Frankenstein sheds the novel's correspondence between Captain Robert Walton and his sister, Margaret Walton Saville. Instead, a much more daring and unexpected device is used by writer Rona Munro to portray the events which lead to the creation of the un-named monster. For the narration is done by Mary Shelley herself and the story plays out in real-time as the author ponders how such an act could happen and then, as she writes it, she sees it acted out in front of her. Written more than 200 years ago during what was termed the Year Without Summer, when severe climate abnormalities would have kept Shelley cooped up indoors for much of the time, this was a period which would have let her mind wander...

As the crew of the ship spot a man - and something else - on the ice, the ending has apparently already been written. The problem for Shelley is how this forlorn creature and its creator came to be in such a perilous situation and so the author neatly takes us back to beginning to build up the story of how young Victor, obsessed with theories of human creation, moves to the University of Ingolstadt and in doing so begins experiments to create one himself. The creature has thoughts and needs of his own, however, which Victor cannot, or will not, fulfil leading to a climax which is not what Victor was anticipating.

This is all done on a monochrome set - rarely is there any colour involved - which makes the special effects stand out all the more as the Creature comes to life. Eilidh Loan who plays Mary Shelley is excellent in the role, talking to the audience, writing the scenarios and then mingling with the actors as they enact their parts - a combination which really shouldn't work but which in fact does work very well indeed and moreover feels quite natural, particularly the amusing and knowing asides which she sometime makes which makes the audience laugh. Ben Castle-Gibb plays the young Victor, going through various emotions as he finally creates this living being whilst struggling with the death of his mother and his fateful relationship with his adopted sister Elizabeth (Natali McCleary). Perhaps the most difficult character to portray is the monster himself, supposedly over 8 feet tall with hideous features that disgust and repel everyone who comes into contact with him. This is handed to Michael Moreland who, whilst not being 8 foot tall, certainly cuts a great creature with a booming amplified voice and awkward motion. With Thierry Mabonga, Sarah MacGillivray and Greg Powrie taking on the other characters, this is an ensemble which works well together, with Shelley at its core.

Whilst faithfully telling the story of Frankenstein and his monster creation, for whom, in spite of his actions, there will always be some sympathy as he did not choose to be as he is, the addition of the author herself on stage and her albeit imagined writing process and the immediate enactment of those thoughts in front of her very eyes brings a new aspect to an age-old tale and the cheers from the audience at the end were well deserved and welcome.
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Tuesday January 14th 4pm til 6pm join me on Choice radio, for the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. We are online and on the Hospedia bedside units.
I have music from Otis Redding, the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel,and America, plus loads more. At around 4.30 I have The missing link, a fun game to guess the link with clues.
2 hours of fun , great music.and your requests.
TO LISTEN ONLINE OR ON YOUR PHONE search for Choice Radio, Worcestershire Royal Hospital,,
Click on it and scroll down to listen live. Click and listen.
Phone in your requests on 01905760820, or via the hospedia bedside phone....
I look forward to your company 🙂
... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday January 14th 4pm til 6pm join me on Choice radio,  for the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. We are online and on the Hospedia bedside units.
I have music from Otis Redding, the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel,and America, plus loads more. At around 4.30 I have The missing link, a fun game to guess the link with clues. 
2 hours of fun , great music.and your requests. 
TO LISTEN ONLINE OR ON YOUR PHONE search for Choice Radio, Worcestershire Royal Hospital,,
Click on it and scroll down to listen live. Click and listen.
Phone in your requests on 01905760820, or via the hospedia bedside phone....
I look forward to your company  :)
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