Noah: An ace in the opera pack

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Noah Stewart is live at The Stables this evening, the start of a mammoth week for live music at the Wavendon venue.

The quite brilliant Harlem tenor is one of opera’s aces in the pack, and the So In Love show marks his welcome return to the musical hub.

The bastion for the new generation of opera lovers told us what can to be expected at the date: “...favourites from some of the most beloved melodies of opera and some wonderful songs from the world of Broadway and music theatre,” he said.

“I’m thrilled to be returning and can’t wait to share this new program with all of you!”

On Stage 2, Tinderbox will ignite. The award-winning acoustic duo boast a ‘honey-like vocal’ and ‘intricate finger-style guitar technique’ between them.

When the cameras stop rolling, the hype dies down and the record deal is terminated (as they frequently are), many an X-Factor winner has faded into obscurity.

Not so for Joe McElderry.

Six years since he took the title, and he is still working well. It’ll not be because of that Syco stuff though, but because he’s a likeable fella with a genuinely superb voice.

Listen for yourself – he is live at the venue tomorrow night.

Stage 2 hosts guitar duo Ben Smith and Gareth Pearson, from 8.45pm.

The Bon Jovi Experience rock up on Saturday night. Surely that is self-explanatory enough for you, without us having to explain that it’ll be a night full of rock anthems like Livin’ On A Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name and Blood on Blood. Oops, we just did.

There are Live Jazz Matters on Sunday morning with Rossano Sportiello, Steve Brown and Dave Green.

Join them in Stage 2 from 11.30am.

Albert Hammond will play for you on Sunday evening. He has spent the past 50 years writing hit songs, and those same songs have been responsible for more than 360 million record sales worldwide, with more than 40 chart-toppers among them.

What do Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Neil Diamond have in common?

Albert has worked with them all.

Join him for the Songbook tour date and enjoy smashes, thrashes and hits including It Never Rains in Southern California, The Free Electric Band and The Air That I Breathe.

Stage 2 will be occupied by the wonderfully titled The Monficats and Tinlin.

Pianist and singer Milly Riquelme and guitarist Tom Tooney (who also played with The Zombies and the Colin Blunstone Band) will join forces before the Tinlin brothers cut loose a mix of music with leanings to the classical as much as the modern.

Josh Rouse – ‘one of contemporary music’s most engaging singer-songwriters – arrives at the start of the new week.

He is midway through a UK tour in support of his new record, The Embers of Time.

“It’s my surreal ex-pat therapy record,” he says.

While recording the disc he admits to a mid-life crisis and sought the help of the only English-speaking therapist in Valencia, the place he has called home for the past decade.

“I’d been living in a different country for a long time, and becoming a father and being someone who travels a lot, I was having a hard time,” he admitted.

Tuesday’s date by The Fureys is sold-out, but Blue Rose Code (or Ross Wilson to his pals) will be live on Stage 2, while scene stalwart Ruby Turner has shifted all tickets for her date on Wednesday night.

Stage 2 is still booking for the Christina Martin Band.

The Canadian singer-songwriter is touring her fifth album It’ll Be Alright.

Book on 01908 280800 or take a peek online – head over to