The Russian State Ballet
bring Nutcracker to Preston
THE highly acclaimed Russian State
Ballet and Opera House is returning to Preston Guild Hall with their dazzling
production of the world's most famous Ballet - The Nutcracker.
beloved Christmas classic, directed and choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet
Soloist, Konstantin Uralsky, will take place at the Preston Charter Theatre, on
Monday, 13 November 2017. The show will be accompanied by a large live orchestra
with over 30 musicians, and will tell the story of a rather sad little girl
Marie, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on
Christmas Eve, which later turns into a prince.
Snow flurries, sweets,
princes, magic, love, victories and defeats, and Tchaikovsky's rousing score,
are just some of the ingredients that will be brought together by this renowned
Russian State Ballet.
Producer Alexej Ignatow, of Amande Concerts Ltd, who has co-ordinated the UK
tour, said:- "We are constantly on the lookout for new challenges, to
ensure that our opera and ballet audiences get a chance to experience a wide
spectrum of various classic pieces. No experience is needed to enjoy these
classics. Our sets and costume designs, as well as the informative programmes
make the productions very accessible and most of all, enjoyable."
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is a gem for the Russian cultural
traditions, bringing as they do the passion and vibrancy of Russian character to
this well-known ballet. It has built an international reputation for delivering
performances of outstanding quality, and never fails to delight audiences. The
Nutcracker Ballet will be performing, at Preston Charter Hall, on Monday, 13
November 2017, at 7.30pm.
To book your tickets for the Preston show, visit:-
PrestonGuildHall.Co.UK. For more
information, please go to:-
Russian State Ballet UK Tour Schedule
► Sunday, 15 October 2017, Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
Romeo and Juliet, call:- 01743 281 281.
► Tuesday, 17 October 2017, Yeovil, Octagon Theatre
Romeo and Juliet, call:- 01935 422 884.
► Wednesday, 18 October 2017, Weymouth, Pavilion
Theatre Swan Lake, call:- 01305 783 225.
► Thursday, 19 October 2017, Weymouth, Pavilion
Theatre Nutcracker, call:- 01306 783 225.
► Friday, 20 October 2017, Eastbourne Theatres Swan
Lake, call:- 01323 412 000.
► Saturday, 21 October 2017, Eastbourne Theatres
Nutcracker, call:- 01323 412 000.
► Sunday, 22 October 2017, Eastbourne Theatres Romeo
and Juliet, call:- 01323 412 000.
► Monday, 23 October 2017, Coventry, Belgrade Theatre
Swan Lake 024 7655 3055.
► Tuesday, 24 October 2017, Coventry, Belgrade Theatre
Nutcracker 024 7655 3055.
► Wednesday, 25 October 2017, Coventry, Belgrade
Theatre Romeo and Juliet 024 7655 3055.
► Thursday, 26 October 2017, Cheltenham, Everyman
Theatre Nutcracker, call:- 01242 572 573.
► Friday, 27 October 2017, Cheltenham, Everyman
Theatre Romeo and Juliet, call:- 01242 572 573.
► Saturday, 28 October 2017, Cheltenham, Everyman
Theatre Swan Lake, call:- 01242 572 573.
► Sunday, 29 October 2017, Stevenage, Gordon Craig
Theatre Nutcracker, call:- 01438 363 200.
► Tuesday, 31 October 2017, Swansea, Grand Theatre
Nutcracker, call:- 01792 475 715.
► Wednesday,01 November 2017, Swansea, Grand Theatre
Romeo and Juliet, call:- 01792 475 715.
► Thursday, 02 November 2017, Stafford, Gatehouse
Theatre Nutcracker, call:- 01785 619080.
► Friday, 03 November 2017, Chesterfield, Pomegranate
Swan Lake, call:- 01246 345333.
► Saturday, 04 November 2017, Halifax, Victoria
Theatre Nutcracker, call:- 01422 351 158.
► Sunday, 05 November 2017, Malvern Theatre Romeo and
Juliet, call:- 01684 892277.
► Monday, 06 November 2017, Lincoln, New Theatre
Royal* Swan Lake, call:- 01522 519999.
► Tuesday, 07 November 2017, York, Barbican Theatre
Nutcracker 0844 854 2757.
► Wednesday, 08 November 2017, Newcastle, Tyne Theatre
and Opera House Swan Lake 0844 2491 000.
► Thursday, 09 November 2017, Dundee, Caird Hall
Nutcracker, call:- 01382 434940.
► Friday, 10 November 2017, Perth, Concert Hall Swan
Lake, call:- 01738 621 031.
► Saturday, 11 November 2017, Carlisle, Sands Centre
Swan Lake, call:- 01228 633753.
► Sunday, 12 November 2017, Billingham, Forum Theatre
Romeo and Juliet, call:- 01642 552 663.
► Monday, 13 November 2017, Preston, Charter Hall
Nutcracker, call:- 01772 804444.
► Thursday, 15 November 2017, Wellingborough, Castle
Theatre Swan Lake, call:- 01933 270 007.
► Thursday, 16 November 2017, Harlow, Playhouse Romeo
and Juliet, call:- 01279 431 945.
► Friday, 17 November 2017, Aldershot, Princes Hall
Swan Lake, call:- 01252 329155.
► Saturday, 18 November 2017, Isle of Wight, Shanklin
Theatre Swan Lake, call:- 0198.3 868000.
► Sunday, 19 November 2017, Basildon, Towngate Theatre
Nutcracker, call:- 01268 465 465.
► Monday, 20 November 2017, Yeovil, Octagon Theatre
Nutcracker, call:- 01935 422 884.
► Tuesday, 21 November 2017, Swindon, Wyvern Theatre
Nutcracker, call:- 01793 524 481.
► Wednesday, 22 November 2017, Swindon, Wyvern Theatre
Romeo and Juliet, call:- 01793 524 481.
► Thursday, 23 November 2017, New Brighton, Floral
Pavilion Swan Lake, call:- 0151 666 0000.
► Saturday, 25 November 2017, Basingstoke, The Anvil
Nutcracker, call:- 01256 844244.
► Sunday, 26 November 2017, Buxton, Opera House Romeo
and Juliet 0845 127 2190.
► Monday, 27 November 2017, Llandudno, Venue Cymru
Swan Lake, call:- 01492 872 000.
► Tuesday, 28 November 2017, Llandudno, Venue Cymru
Romeo and Juliet, call:- 01492 872 000.
► Wednesday, 29 November 2017, Tunbridge Wells,
Assembly Halls Nutcracker, call:- 01892 530 613.
► Thursday, 30 November 2017, Crawley, The Hawth Swan
Lake, call:- 01293 553636.
► Friday,01 December 2017, Grimsby, Auditorium
Nutcracker 0300 300 0035.
► Sunday, 03 December 2017, Grimsby, Auditorium Swan
Lake 0300 300 0035.
► Tue 05 December 2017, Scarborough, The Spa Swan
Lake, call:- 01723 821 888.
► Wednesday, 06 December 2017, Harrogate, Royal Hall
Nutcracker, call:- 01423 502 116.
► Thursday, 07 December 2017, Harrogate, Royal Hall
Romeo and Juliet, call:- 01423 502 116.
* On these dates Russian State Ballet
will be performing to playback music.
here to download the tours flyer.
86% of people in the North
West would be reluctant to perform CPR on cardiac arrest victims
86% of people surveyed in the North West would
be reluctant to perform CPR on cardiac arrest victims, according to latest
statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The BHF warns that a lack of public knowledge of CPR could be costing lives as
new research from the University of Warwick also finds that those who have been
trained in CPR are three times more likely to perform it.
The main reasons for reluctance to step in were fear of causing more harm than
good (48%) and lacking the skills and knowledge to perform CPR (40%). But
experts warn that the benefits of performing CPR far outweigh the risks, as
survival rates are almost zero if people collapse and get no support until
paramedics arrive. There are over 30,000 out of Hospital cardiac arrests every year in the UK, and
devastatingly less than 1 in 10 survive. But according to the BHF, if survival
rates matched those reported in Norway, where CPR is taught more widely, as many
as 5,000 lives could be saved.
Every minute without CPR or defibrillation can reduce a person's chance of
surviving a cardiac arrest by around 10%.
A survey of people in the North West found:-
Only 43% would feel confident giving CPR to a stranger.
► By contrast, 74% would offer a stranger a seat
on the bus, and 82% would give directions to a stranger.
► Just 22% were able to identify the 2 signs of
a cardiac arrest, which are when someone is not breathing or not breathing
normally, and that they have collapsed and are unresponsive.
► The worrying figures have been released for Restart
A Heart Day; an annual day to increase awareness of the importance
The BHF, Resuscitation Council (UK), St John Ambulance, British Red Cross,
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)
and all the UK NHS ambulance services along with Fire and Rescue services are
working together to train more than 150,000 young people across the UK in the
largest ever CPR training event of its kind.
Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said:-
"CPR may be the difference between life and death for hundreds of people every
year in the North West who suffer a cardiac arrest. Every second counts, and it
simply isn't enough to hope that someone who knows CPR is present.
We need everyone in the North West to learn this life saving skill to give them
the confidence to step in and give CPR when someone collapses after a cardiac
That's why we are urging Secondary Schools across the UK to apply for our free
training kits and help create a Nation of Lifesavers."
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:- "I am delighted to be part
of this year's Restart a Heart Day and look forward to learning CPR alongside
Greater Manchester School children while supporting the European campaign. The
more people that are trained in giving CPR and feel confident to step in and
help someone suffering from a cardiac arrest the better and it's thanks to the
likes of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and North West Ambulance
Service that even more people will today become life-savers, including myself."
David McNally, Community Engagement and Resuscitation Manager at NWAS, said:-
"Cardiac arrest kills people and the power to change this lies within our
Knowing what to do in an extreme emergency situation cannot be underestimated.
CPR skills are so simple to learn and they absolutely do save lives. We are
targeting Secondary Schools because children pick up new skills with ease and
can take them into adult life."
To help the BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers, or find out how you can teach CPR
in your School, workplace or community group visit:-
Communities unite for litter picking
AN army of volunteers of all ages will
be on the streets and open spaces of Wirral in
a concerted clean up campaign. More than 20 community litter picks will be
Friday, 20 October 2017, as Wirral residents demonstrate how much they:- 'Love Where
They Live.' The 'Love Where You Live' campaign encourages local people to team up and
clean up their communities.
Wirral Council are backing the series of activities next week by co-ordinating
the planned litter picks, providing litter picking kits to those who need it and
arranging for Biffa to take away the full bags of rubbish at the end of each
The week of activity is following on from the regular litter picks organised by
existing environmental groups such as the New Brighteners and the High Tidiers.
A number of local Schools and residents groups are also organising litter picks
in their area, as well as a number of charities. Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment, said:-
"It is excellent to see so many individuals and groups committed to making
their community as clean as it can be, their efforts are an invaluable
contribution to our pledge to create a cleaner local environment and I'd like to
thank everyone who has already signed up to support the week of action." The week will culminate with a celebration event for everyone who takes part, at
Birkenhead Town Hall, on Friday, 20 October 2017, between 1pm and 3pm.
Throughout the week of activity, groups will be providing photos and updates of
their work which will be posted on Wirral Council social media channels.
Flu campaign gets underway in Liverpool
LIVERPOOL is launching its annual flu
campaign; with a particular emphasis on encouraging pregnant women and toddlers
to get the vaccine.
Free vaccinations are available to all pregnant women, all children aged 2 to 8,
residents with health conditions including chest or heart ailments, those aged
65 and over and carers of older or disabled people.
This year there is a special focus on mums to be and toddlers, as take up rates
have historically not been as high as for other groups that are eligible for the
vaccination. In 2016 just 44% of expectant women got a jab, leaving them at risk of getting
flu during their pregnancy and complications such as pneumonia and premature
Awareness and take up is also lower for younger children; only 1 in 3 of those
aged 2 to 3 had the nasal spray vaccine, which is far lower than the 60% of
children who receive it through their Primary School. This year, all Primary
School children from reception to year 4 will be offered the vaccine at School.
Councillor Paul Brant, Cabinet member for adult health, said:- "We want to
keep people well over the winter and out of Hospital, and the vaccine is the
best protection we have against an unpredictable virus which can cause misery
for the whole family and in some cases can be a killer. Flu can lay you low for
months and is easily avoidable for those who are eligible for the free vaccine,
particularly those who are most vulnerable such as pregnant women, young
children, over 65s, those with long term health conditions and their carers. It
is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus which can affect
and cause misery for the whole family, and in some cases can sadly be a killer.
If you have a long term health condition, like bronchitis, diabetes, heart
kidney or liver disease or have suffered a stroke, the effects of flu can make
it worse and you could end up in Hospital; even if your condition is well
managed and you normally feel well. We're particularly keen to get the
message across to pregnant women that the flu vaccine is important to protect
them and their baby, and is safe for pregnant women at any time in pregnancy.
Pregnancy naturally weakens the body's immune system and the vaccine reduces the
risk of complications like premature birth and pneumonia. I encourage everyone
who is eligible to contact your GP or pharmacist now to get vaccinated. It is
vital because it protects against different strains of flu which change every
The drive is being backed by midwives at the Liverpool Women's Hospital and
Councillors; including 1 who is pregnant and another who was off work for 3
months after coming down with flu.
Jenny Butters, Matron at Liverpool Women's Hospital said:- "It is
extremely important that we get the message across to pregnant women about the
importance of flu vaccination. The vaccine reduces the risk of complications of
flu like premature birth and pneumonia and I encourage all pregnant women to get
vaccinated. You can safely have the flu vaccine at any time in pregnancy to
protect you and your baby, and it also helps to protect babies from flu in their
first few months of life."
Councillor Michelle Corrigan is expecting her 1st baby in October and has
recently had her flu injection. She said:- "I wanted to make sure that
both myself and the baby are fully protected. I want to have the healthiest
pregnancy I can and not put either of us at risk by getting flu. The 1st few
months can be exhausting and I also wanted an assurance that I didn't get the
virus while I am a new mum. Getting the jab was quick and easy and I can now
Flu can be horrible for little children and if they get it, they can spread it
around the whole family. The vaccine is available as a free nasal spray for
If you have a child aged 2 or 3, you can contact your GP now to get the vaccine.
Your child will get a quick spray up each nostril and it is an easy way to
protect him or her from flu and stop flu spreading around the family as well.
The vaccine is being offered in all Schools to children in reception class and
years:- 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Councillor Richard Wenstone is a Consultant in critical care at the Royal
Liverpool University Hospital and has 1st hand experience of how serious flu
can be. He was seriously ill with flu in 1995 and was off work for three months
as a result. He said:- "I got flu and was off work for a few days, but
didn't properly recover from it. I was later diagnosed with low platelets which
meant my blood wasn't clotting properly and put simply I could have bled to
death if I hadn't received treatment. I was off work and on medication for 3
months as a result. The fact it happened to me when I was pretty fit and healthy
shows that it could happen to anyone, and so I would urge anyone who is eligible
for a free vaccine to get one because it could end up saving their life. Through
my work at the Royal, I see lots of people ending up in intensive care with flu
and it could easily be prevented if they had gone for the vaccine."
People are seven times more likely to die from flu if they have chronic
bronchitis, emphysema or asthma; 11 times more at risk of death if they have
heart disease or angina and 48 times more likely to die if they have chronic
For further information on the flu vaccination, please contact your GP surgery
or a local pharmacy. Alternatively visit:-