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Edition No. 133

Date:- 10 January 2004

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SELL OUT SHOW RETURNS

UNDOUBTEDLY the UK’s Number one spirit medium, Derek Acorah returns to Southport Theatre for two new shows, following a sell out show in December.

Derek Acorah recent series for Living TV, ‘MOST HAUNTED’, saw him investigating haunted properties. The programme proved to be a huge success with the viewing public achieving phenomenal audience figures. This prompted Living TV to use Derek for a live 3.5 hour broadcast on Halloween where he had viewing figures in excess of 1.4 million! There have subsequently been three further programmes in December 2002, April 1 2003 and June 21 2003, and on each occasion the viewing figures increased.

‘MOST HAUNTED’ Series 2 aired on April 8 2003 and a new show entitled ‘THE ANTIQUES GHOST SHOW’, began on Living TV on July 8 2003

Prior to working for Living TV, he appeared regularly on Granada Breeze for three years. His skills as a Clairaudient made him a huge hit for them, resulting in the broadcaster being inundated with calls, something that also happens on his regular broadcasts on The James Whale Radio Show on TalkSPORT. Indeed, his success on this show led TalkSPORT to give Derek his own 3 hour show on New Year’ Eve

He has recently completed recording a pilot programme in the United States, to which the response has been quite staggering!

His hugely entertaining and charismatic character that he displays on TV, Radio and during his live theatre performances is proving to be a major attraction, which combined with his unique talent, should ensure that he becomes a major star both in the UK and the U.S.A.

You can see him at Southport Theatre on Tuesday 17th and on Wednesday 18th February at 7:30pm. 

Tickets £15.50 and can be got from Ticketmaster, phone:- 0870 6077560 (subject to booking fee). For groups call the hotline on:- 01704 500036

You can all so get tickets by visiting the Southport Theatre Box Office, open on Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.

FIRST NORTH WESTERN LAUNCHES JANUARY TIMETABLE

REGIONAL train operator First North Western is advising passengers to check the times of their journey before travelling, as new timetables come into force from Sunday January 4th until Sunday 22nd May. 

Denise Lennox, First North Western’s Commercial Director, says:- “Passengers should be aware that minor changes have been incorporated into the new timetables and some regular services have been slightly retimed. We have tried to make the changes as clear as possible by ensuring timetables and information posters are available at stations and on our website.” 

Customers on the Crewe line will be affected in the New Year by the next major phase of the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line through Cheshire. From 5 January until 22 May, local services on the 22 mile route between Crewe and Cheadle Hulme will be replaced during this period by a rail-replacement service. Please see your local station staff for details. 

To check journey times call First North Western’s 24-hour train running hotline on 0800 528 0200 or contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50. Alternatively, visit this
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Lloyd Webber stages masterclass for Liverpool's future stars

A QUARTET of gifted musicians got some world-class tuition on 6 January when top international musician Julian Lloyd Webber came to town. 

He is widely regarded as one of the most creative musicians of his generation and he was in the city to give the next generation, for four of Liverpool's most gifted music students, a once in a life time masterclass.

St Edwards College's Eve Mosedale (Age 15) with her Clarinet. Julia Crossley (Age 17) who plays the Cello and comes from King David School. Matthew Hardy (Age 17) who plays Trumpet from Calderstones School and Alison Benson (Age 22) who plays Tenor Sax from Liverpool Hope College, who all have ambitions to follow musical careers, received expert tips on how to improve their technique, style and how to perform on the world stage.

The master class is an endorsement of the city's excellence in music education and a boost to Liverpool's build up to European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Sir Bob Scott, who is in charge of Liverpool's preparations for European Capital of Culture in 2008, said:- "What a great coup. To have one of the world's greatest musicians tutoring some of our top music students is marvellous. Celebrating cultural excellence is an important part of Capital of Cultur plans. These exceptional youngsters are the classical stars of the future."


Councillor Paul Clein, executive member for education in the city, said:- "Liverpool is not just the capital of pop - our schools have a long history of producing talented classical musicians - and that tradition is going strong.

I'm delighted that Julian Lloyd Webber is passing on some his talents to some of our most gifted students - they are the apex of a huge pyramid of musical talent in our schools. Music is an important part in the education of thousands of Liverpool children.

Our music service is amongst the best in the country, we have an outstanding youth orchestra and our thriving Saturday Morning Music School continues to produce top-class musicians."


The four students each performed a piece before Julian, who then discussed their performance and maked suggestions on how to improve their skills. This was all before a specially invited audience of the finest young musical talent in the city.

The city's senior music advisor, Richard Woolford, said:- "The students are a bit nervous about performing in front of someone of such International standing. They are all exceptional instrumentalists, but the expert tips and skills they will be getting from Julian Lloyd Webber will be invaluable. They are very lucky."

Next week, Mr Lloyd Webber will be releasing a two CD-set 'Gentle Dreams' featuring Elton John and later this month, he will recording Philip Glass's Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwarz.

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