The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is proudly celebrating Black History Month throughout October with a rich programme of live entertainment, celebrating the diversity in Havering’s communities.

The programme begins with energetic jazz percussionist and vocalist Frank Holder and his Band on Friday 13 October at 2.30pm. Performing a mixture of jazz tunes, popular classics, swing and easy listening melodies, an afternoon in Frank Holder’s company is a must for any jazz lover.

A centenary musical tribute to one of America’s most beloved female jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald, will be given by vocalists Sue and Jeff Short on Sunday 15 October at 3pm.

The legendary singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone criss-crossed our lives for five decades with songs such as My Baby Don’t Care, Ain’t Got No, Feeling Good and I Loves You Porgy. Audiences will have the chance to experience her life story in song and spoken word with Claudina Edwards on Sunday 22 October at 7.30pm, a regular performer at the theatre.

The Creole Brothers will be turning up the heat on Tuesday 24 October at 8pm with a powerful, pulsating blend of British folk and roots from Cajun and Creole Louisiana. Full of driving beats and earthy passion, this is music with its dance shoes on!

The final show in the programme is Soul Legends, a feel good celebration of the genre featuring hits by Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and more. Audiences can jump aboard the soul train on Sunday 29 October at 7.30pm.

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch champions diverse strands of work all year round and is delighted to be offering a platform to some of the best tributes within black history.

For more information about these events and to book call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or visit http://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/

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