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October High Notes

September may have been a music month at the Civic, but October is equally as packed for live music with big names coming to the city.

Starting off the month is Buddy Holly and the Cricketers on Wednesday 4 October. This exhilarating Buddy Holly rock ‘n’ roll show has been wowing audiences across the world for a quarter of a century and stars some of the UK’s finest actor-musicians from the West End. Hear all of those timeless Buddy Holly classics such as ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘That’ll Be The Day’, ‘Heartbeat’ and so many more great songs that were recorded over such a short time.

Former Amen Corner member Andy Fairweather Low will be coming to the Cramphorn Studio on 8 October. Andy is an in-demand guitarist and has played in the live bands of Roger Walters, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman, as well as working with The Who and Kate Bush. The night will feature his band The Low Riders for a big band soul revue that promises to be unmissable.

On 17 October enjoy ‘Tales of Offenbach‘ two hilarious one-act operas by the French master of comic opera, Jacques Offenbach. ‘Croquefer’ is the tale of Croquefer and his arch-rival Rattlebone, whose final fight-to-the-death is unfortunately prevented when they are both cunningly poisoned. ‘L’ille de Tulipatan’ is the story of King Cacatois XXII, who is unaware that his only son and heir, is in fact biologically, his daughter. Meanwhile, the wife of the King’s Field Marshall has lied to her husband about their daughter, who is in fact, a boy. What would happen if these two children were to meet and fall in love…

On Wednesday 25 October the most explosive 60s touring show hits the Civic stage when ‘Sensational 60s‘ comes to Chelmsford. The show features Mike Pender – the original singer from The Searchers, Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Fortunes and New Amen Corner. Expect to hear absolute classic songs such as ‘Needles and Pins’, ‘Sugar and Spice’, ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’, ‘I’m Into Something Good’ and many, many more hits packed into this three-hour show.

Folk legend  was the lead singer in Steeleye Span, and she will be in the intimate surrounds of the Cramphorn on 25 October. Maddy’s songbook features music from England, the British Isles and Europe and she will be joined on the night by Hannah James on accordion and Giles Lewin on violin and bagpipes.

The Lunchtime Concerts continue every Wednesday in the Cramphorn Studio at 1pm and offer a toe-tapping relaxing interlude to the day. The lunchtime concerts are free although a donation of £1 is suggested.

To book tickets to see any of these events, visit or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.