Saturday, April 4, 2015
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
4 Parts Guitar
Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3NF
phone: 0871 220 0260
4 Parts Guitar are Raymond Burley, John Etheridge, Gordon Giltrap and Clive Carroll.
Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge partnered the legendary Stephane Grappelli for many years and tours as a duo with the world's greatest classical guitarist, John Williams.
Best known for his hit singles Heartsong and Fear of the Dark in the late 1970s, Gordon Giltrap has gone on to become one of the UK's premier acoustic guitarists, working with amongst others, Martin Taylor and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Clive Carroll began his career touring with guitar maestro and mentor John Renbourn before teaming up with Australian superstar Tommy Emmanuel, whilst Raymond Burley has performed with many of the UK's most prestigious orchestras and conducts classical masterclasses around the world.
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The Assembly is a stunning, art-deco, multi-function venue in the heart of Leamington Spa. It opened its doors in the summer of 2008 after a multi-million pound redevelopment designed by Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen. The venue won the highly coveted Music Week Award for ‘Best Live Music Venue’ in 2010 after winning the award for ‘Best Live Entertainment Venue’ at the 2009 Godiva Awards.
Built in 1926, the venue was originally named The Bath Assembly Hall. Its Art-Deco interior, indicative of the period, was the setting for balls and dances where the Foxtrot, Waltz and Quickstep were the moves of the moment. It was later named The Palais de Danse where local dancer, Robert Creelman, was master of ceremonies and music was provided by resident players, The Jack Southern Band. During this time, the venue was known for its own dance step; The Palais Glide and the building continued to host dances throughout the 30s and 40s when it was popular with locally-based American servicemen. Renamed again in 1952 as The Embassy Ballroom (later to inspire the Embassy Days events!), it continued to hold dances and local events until it became a bingo hall.
Now, after a period of closure, the 1000 capacity (or 400 seated) main hall, along with all of its original decorative and architectural features, has been meticulously renovated to reveal the original beauty of the room. In contrast to the work done to exhibit the history of the building, a brand new state of the art PA and lighting rig has been installed and a new stage which offers excellent sightlines throughout the venue. The combination of a sense of history and the traditional with the need for the comfort and practicality, achieved by using cutting edge technology, is why The Assembly has become the venue of choice for artists and audiences alike. This, alongside the helpful, friendly bar staff and security team, all help to provide a welcoming and safe environment to watch a show.
Once in the venue, there is a choice of 3 bars; the main bar area has comfortable, relaxed seating and is found beyond soundproofed doors, for those who want to escape briefly! Another bar is positioned conveniently to the rear of the main hall. With a seating area providing a view of the stage, this is the ideal spot to relax while still taking in the atmosphere. The third bar provides an intimate space from the balcony to grab a drink and watch the shows from above for the optimum view of the stage and audience.
Please check availability of tickets and confirm date / start times with the organiser before setting out, as sometimes changes are unavoidable - thank you.