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Picture couresy John B. "I was thrilled to be asked to be the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s 2017 Artistic Patron, and to support the work of Bob Porter and his team for this year’s series of concerts. It is an excellent programme, filled with so many vibrant and stimulating events given by a huge variety of musicians. I look forward to the year’s music-making immensely.” Bob Chilcott Box Office Tickets are available (with no booking fee) via our website or by phone 07528 776625 (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm). Also in person: on the door on the day (availability permitting), one hour prior to the start of the concert, cash or cheque only. Please check the concert pages carefully for alternate booking instructions. For concerts taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields Tickets are available in person, online and by phone 020 7766 1100 (booking fees apply). For all double concerts a combination ticket is available directly from the Box Office at a reduced price. Premium package tickets comprise a reserved seat, a programme and a drink. Premium seats at St Martin's are front, central and include a cushion. Please see for further details and access information. © Brandenburg Choral Festival of London - All Rights Reserved. MMXVII This festival guide is published by Dick Jones -


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picture: Mark Thomas Brandenburg Choral Festival of London A very warm welcome to the eighth Brandenburg Choral Festival of London Spring Series. We continue to bring a varied and eclectic programme of concerts to some of London's most iconic venues, while showcasing many of the best choirs around. This Series we are delighted to include such choral delights as Mozart Requiem, Allegri Miserere and Vivaldi Gloria, as well Bob Porter - Artistic Director Brandenburg as a jazz night in the atmospheric Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and a Fringe night in the Metro Bank in Holborn! Our Brandenburg Sunday Series at The Grange Wellington Hotel in Victoria offers a relaxing late afternoon concert with the option of a splendid afternoon tea and our first Come and Sing at Sea proved so popular that this year there will be two Choral Cruises in association with Voyages to Antiquity. In May we set sail to Rome and Nice and in early Autumn to the Greek Islands. There are full details of all the concerts and events in the Festival in this brochure, and of course on our website too. You can also“like”us on Facebook, and“follow”us on Twitter and Instagram @brandenburgfest. Our Friends mailing list is free to join and the new Brandenburg Loyalty Card is already proving popular. This is the perfect opportunity to welcome Rupert Gough to the team as Associate Musical Director and of course to thank our continuing Artistic Patron, Bob Chilcott, along with our headline sponsors, Grange Hotels and Voyages to Antiquity. And just for a little look further ahead, I am delighted to announce that Eric Whitacre will be joining us from this year’s Autumn Series as Artistic Patron. This Series will open with our traditional Messiah and close on the May Bank Holiday with Haydn Nelson Mass. In between I am sure there will be something to appeal to all choral tastes – so do please come and join us! Page 1


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Voyages to Antiquity is proud to support Brandenburg and wish you all the best for an outstanding festival. Page 2 BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL OF LONDON - SPRING SERIES 2017


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THE TEAM BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL OF LONDON Artistic Director Robert Porter SPRING SERIES 2017 Artistic Patron Bob Chilcott Associate Music Director Rupert Gough General Manager Fran Birch Concert Manager Jane Kersley Development Officer Rosie Williams Marketing Manager Marc Gascoigne Fringe Manager Naveen Arles Associate Conductor Edward Reeve Administrators Karin Hayes Mervion Kirwood Charlotte Way Friends Chairman Tim Rooke Print & Design Consultant Dick Jones The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London is a collective of like-minded promoters dedicated to the promotion of high quality choral performance including: Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra Ltd, JK Management, Fran Birch Music, Oxford Concert Productions Ltd. Front cover picture courtesy - Mark Thomas Page 3


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PROGRAMME OF CONCERTS Venue abbreviations AIC American International Church CC The Cheshire Cheese GWH Grange Wellington Hotel KCL King's College London MB Metro Bank Holborn QCOTS The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy SB St Bride's SBG St Bartholomew the Great SC Swiss Church SCD St Clement Danes SJSG St James's Sussex Gardens SMITF St Martin-in-the-Fields SMITF* St Martin's Cafe-in-the-Crypt SMLB St Mary-le-Bow SPCG St Paul's Covent Garden SSN St Sepulchre-without-Newgate TEM Temple Church Fri 30 Dec 18.30 SMITF Messiah Brandenburg Festival Chorus p14 Robert Porter Fri 30 Dec 21:30 SMITF Ceremony of Carols Rodolfus Choir Ralph Allwood p14 Sun 08 Jan 15:00 SSN Angelic Voices St Peters Chorale, Brisbane p15 + Tapestry Female Voice Choir Kathryn Morton + Sarah Latto Thu 12 Jan 19:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Vivace Chorus Jeremy Backhouse p16 Thu 12 Jan 21:30 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers Skolia Choir Elizabeth de Lacey p16 Sat 14 Jan 11:00 SSN Come & Sing Community p17 with Samuel Evans Sun 15 Jan 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series p17 Sat 21 Jan 19:30 SSN Mozart Coronation Mass Mosaic Chamber Choir Benjamin Gaughran p18 Wed 25 Jan 20:00 FRINGE p18 Sat 28 Jan 18:00 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers Choir of Royal Holloway Rupert Gough p19 Sat 28 Jan 20:00 SMITF Bach Magnificat Whitehall Choir Paul Spicer p19 Sun 29 Jan 16:00 SMLB Fauré Requiem Minerva Consort John Andrews p20 Sat 04 Feb 19:30 SPCG Greatest Choral Classics The Angmering Chorale George Jones p20 Wed 08 Feb 14:00 QCOTS A Royal Bouquet Brandenburg Singers Robert Porter p21 Sat 11 Feb 19:30 SPCG Brahms The Farrant Singers Ein Deutsches Requiem Andrew Mackay p21 Sun 12 Feb 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series p22 Sat 18 Feb 19:30 SCD Thu 23 Feb 20:00 Fri 24 Feb 19:30 SSN Sat 25 Feb 13:45 KCL Fauré Requiem Northern Cantate James Kealey p23 FRINGE p23 Ave Verum Corpus Iken Scholars Matthew Dunn p24 Come & Sing Spem in alium Choir of King's College London p24 Joseph Fort Page 4 BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL OF LONDON - SPRING SERIES 2017


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PROGRAMME OF CONCERTS Sat 25 Feb 18:00 SMITF Spem in alium Sat 25 Feb 20:00 SMITF Vivaldi Gloria Choir of King's College London p25 Joseph Fort Chapel Choir of p25 Churchill College Cambridge Mark Gotham Thu 02 Mar 19:00 MB Fringe Club Special Academix p26 Fri 03 Mar 19:30 AIC World Music Exchange Eclectic Voices Scott Stroman p26 Sat 04 Mar 19:30 SJSG Duruflé Requiem The Exonian Choir Timothy Muggeridge p27 Sun 05 Mar 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series p27 Wed 08 Mar 20:00 CC FRINGE p28 Sun 12 Mar 17:00 SCD Bach to The Beatles The Cecilian Singers Jeremy Jackman p28 Wed 15 Mar 19:30 SSN Duruflé Requiem University of Reading Chamber Choir Joanna Tomlinson p29 Thu 16 Mar 19:30 SMLB Will Todd Mass in Blue Trinity Laban Chamber Choir p29 Stephen Jackson Fri 17 Mar 19:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem English Baroque Choir Jeremy Jackman p30 Fri 17 Mar 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere Choir of St Catharine's College p30 Cambridge Edward Wickham Sun 19 Mar 17:00 SPCG Eric Whitacre Cloudburst Cambridge University Symphony Chorus Steven Grahl p31 Tue 21 Mar 20:00 FRINGE p31 Wed 22 Mar 19:00 SBG Arvo Pärt: Passio Choir of Royal Holloway Rupert Gough p32 Thu 23 Mar 18:00 SB Glorious! Brandenburg Singers Robert Porter p33 Thu 23 Mar 19:45 SB Music of our Time The Chapel Choir of p33 Selwyn College, Cambridge Michael Bawtree Fri 24 Mar 19:00 SMITF JS Bach New College Choir, Oxford p34 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Robert Quinney Fri 24 Mar 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere Pegasus Choir Matthew Altham p34 Sat 25 Mar 19:30 SCD The Full Heart The Ionian Singers Timothy Salter p35 Sun 26 Mar 17:00 SPCG Sure on this Shining Night Lucy Cavendish Singers Katharina Megli p36 Sun 26 Mar 20:00 SPCG Songs for my Mother Illumination Chamber Choir p36 Alexander Campkin Page 5


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THE BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRAS THE BRANDENBURG SINFONIA and the BRANDENBURG BAROQUE SOLOISTS are two of the most popular and dynamically versatile musical organisations in the country. Playing on modern (Sinfonia) and original period (Baroque Soloists) instruments, they are both renowned for their special quality of sound and poised vivacity in performance. Highlights of their schedules include both the BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL and the THAXTED FESTIVAL, for which they are the resident orchestras. A large number of artists of international standing have worked with the orchestras including Richard Bonynge, James Bowman, Sir James Galway, Lesley Garrett, John Georgiadis, Gordon Hunt, Emma Johnson, Emma Kirkby, Yvonne Kenny and John Wallace. Repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to Lloyd Webber and members give over one hundred performances of orchestral, chamber choral and operatic music during the year. A MESSAGE FROM RUPERT GOUGH “It gives me great pleasure to be Associate Music Director for the Brandenburg Choral Festival for 2017. Over the last few years the Festival has proved beyond measure that there is wonderful appetite for choral music in our capital city. No other London festival brings together some of the finest professional and amateur choirs in the country in such a diverse range of venues within the city. I am delighted to be involved in the planning for this season and hope that alongside the opportunity to hear so many of the great choral classics, audiences will enjoy some new musical experiences along the way.” Page 6 BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL OF LONDON - SPRING SERIES 2017


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PRPORGORGARMAMMME EOFOFCOCNOCNECRETRSTS Venue abbreviations AIC American International Church CC The Cheshire Cheese GWH Grange Wellington Hotel KCL King's College London MB Metro Bank Holborn QCOTS The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy SB St Bride's SBG St Bartholomew the Great SC Swiss Church SCD St Clement Danes SJSG St James's Sussex Gardens SMITF St Martin-in-the-Fields SMITF* St Martin's Cafe-in-the-Crypt SMLB St Mary-le-Bow SPCG St Paul's Covent Garden SSN St Sepulchre-without-Newgate TEM Temple Church Wed 29 Mar 19:30 QCOTS EricWhitacreSleep Citi Choir Dan Ludford- Thomas p37 Thu 30 Mar 19:30 SC FrankMartin Mass for Double Choir Vivamus Rufus Frowde p37 Sat 01 Apr 18:00 SSN Barber Agnus Dei Chandos Chamber Choir James Davey p38 Sat 01 Apr 20:00 SSN Addison Sings The Musicals Addison Jazz Singers p38 + Ensemble + Trio Jill Jarman + Matthew Hough Tue 04 Apr 19:45 SMITF Mozart C Minor Mass Medici Choir David Gostick p39 Wed 05 Apr 20:00 SMITF* Jazz in the Crypt London International Gospel Choir Naveen Arles p39 Thu 06 Apr 19:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Joyful Company of Singers p40 Peter Broadbent Thu 06 Apr 21:30 SMITF Fauré Requiem Inner Voices Ralph Allwood p40 Sat 08 Apr 19:30 SSN Mozart and Haydn Eastbourne Choral Society p41 John Hancorn Sun 09 Apr 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series p41 Fri 21 Apr 19:30 SSN Over the Rainbow Billingshurst Choral Society p42 Cathal Garvey Sat 22 Apr 19:30 SJSG Renaissance Reimagined New Cambridge Singers Graham Walker p42 Sun 23 Apr 14:00 SPCG Come & Sing Vivaldi Gloria with Robert Porter p43 Tue 25 Apr 14:00 TC Vivaldi Gloria Wed 26 Apr 20:00 FRINGE Brandenburg Festival Chorus p43 Brandenburg Singers Robert Porter p44 Fri 28 Apr 18:00 SPCG Schubert Sussex Song Makers The Lord is my Shepherd Elizabeth Muir-Lewis p44 Mon 01 May 18:00 SMITF Vivaldi Gloria Choir of Eton College Tim Johnson p46 Mon 01 May 20:00 SMITF Haydn Nelson Mass Addison Chamber Choir David Wordsworth p46 27 May to 6 June CANNES Come and Sing at Sea with Robert Porter p47 Page 7


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VENUES American International Church 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD The American International Church was established after the SecondWorldWar to cater for American expatiates resident in London. Its first base was in North Audley Street, moving to its current home, the Whitefield Memorial Church, in 1972. Today the church caters to more than thirty different nationalities, and is particularly well known for its soup kitchen, which feeds around 70 people per day. The Cheshire Cheese 5 Little Essex Street, London WC2R 3LD The charmingly quirky Cheshire Cheese (not to be confused withYe Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street) is a Tudor style public house situated in Little Essex Street, opposite St Clement Danes church. Concerts will take place in the intimate and atmospheric upstairs room – the perfect Fringe venue. Grange Wellington Hotel 71 Vincent Square SW1P 2PA In 1828 the Duke of Wellington, victor of the Battle of Waterloo and then Prime Minister, chaired a public meeting which led to the launch of King’s College London. The College was granted a royal charter by King George IV a year later, and eventually became a place of theological study in 1846, as a dedicated Halls of Residence for training Church of England clergy. In 1923 an additional wing was added to the West side of the building, which included The Chapel. The Wellington Suite, once known as the Refectory, still contains the religious coat of arms. In 2003 the buildings were acquired by Grange Hotels. The Festival will use both the Chapel and the Wellington Suite as innovative performance spaces. King's College London The College Chapel, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS The College Chapel at the Strand is seen by many as the spiritual heart of the College. It is a focus for Christian worship at the Strand as well as a place of peace in the busy college. Situated in the heart of the Strand campus directly above the Great Hall, the College Chapel is a Grade I listed building designed by the eminent Victorian architect, George Gilbert Scott. Metro Bank One Southampton Row, London WC1B 5HA The current flagship store of Metro Bank – the first new bank in England in 100 years – has a rich history. Southampton Row was once home to conductor and cellist Sir John Barbirolli, and Leo Szilard the famous physicist. Its inhabitants continue to break new ground, Metro Bank being the latest inhabitants to join a prestigious list.The upper room at the Holborn branch is a new and different venue which will add an edge of modernity to our Fringe venues. Page 8 BBRRAANNDDEENNBBUURRGGCCHHOORRAALLFFEESSTTIIVVAALLOOFFLLOONNDDOONN--SSPPRRIINNGGSSEERRIIEESS22001177


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VENUES The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy Savoy Hill, Strand, London WC2R 0DA The Chapel belongs to Her Majesty The Queen in Her Right as Duke of Lancaster. It is a 'free' chapel or 'peculiar' not falling within any bishop's jurisdiction, but remaining firmly within the Church of England. It is the last surviving building of a hospital founded by HenryVII for homeless people in 1512. It is a beautiful, intimate space for a concert with a fine acoustic and a splendid Walker organ. St Bartholomew the Great West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great was founded in 1123 as part of an Augustinian monastery.The Priory was dissolved in 1539 and the nave demolished, but choir and sanctuary were preserved for parish use. Several parts of the building have been damaged or destroyed through the centuries until restoration began in the 1860s under Sir AstonWebb, and on into the twentieth century.The church contains a number of works by notable artists, including a remarkable gilded staºtue of St Bartholomew by Damien Hirst entitled Exquisite Pain. St Bride’s Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8AU St Bride's has one of the longest histories of the City churches – dating back almost 2,000 years to early Christianity under the Romans. Excavations in 1953 uncovered remains from all six previous churches on the site, and parts of the Roman pavement can be viewed today in the crypt. Christopher Wren created the iconic church with its unmistakable wedding-cake spire following the Great Fire in 1666. Despite being reduced to a roofless shell in 1940, the building was painstakingly rebuilt and reopened in 1957. St Clement Danes Strand, London WC2R 1DH St Clement Danes is situated across from The Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. It is one of the two 'island churches', the other being St Mary-le-Strand, and is claimed to be the one featured in the nursery rhyme‘Oranges and Lemons’– and indeed the bells do play that tune! The church was completed in 1682 by Sir Christopher Wren, but almost completely destroyed during the London Blitz on 10 May 1941, its interior gutted by fire. Following an appeal for funds by the RAF, the church was completely restored, and reconsecrated on 19 October 1958 to become the“Central Church of the Royal Air Force”. St James’s Sussex Gardens Sussex Gardens, Paddington W2 3UD St James’s Sussex Gardens is the Parish Church of Paddington. The site dates back to before 1222 as a chapel, followed by the church of St Katherine and later St James’s. The 1843 church was deemed too small by the early 1880s and G E Street – architect of the Law Courts in the Strand – was engaged to redesign the church, which was reconsecrated in December 1882. In May 1884, Constance Mary Lloyd married Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde in St James’s. > continued over Page 9


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VENUES St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ Tel: 020 7766 1100 St Martin’s, overlookingTrafalgar Square, lies at the geographical, spiritual and artistic centre of the Brandenburg Choral Festival. The Brandenburg orchestras have enjoyed performing many concerts in its superb acoustic over the years here and the recent refurbishment has transformed it into a wonderful venue for concerts. St Mary-le-Bow Cheapside EC2V 6AU St Mary-le-Bow is in the heart of the City of London – not in Bow, East London! The name refers to an architectural feature of the crypt. The church is home to the famous Bow Bells, which called Dick Whittington back to London from Highgate Hill in 1392 to become Lord Mayor. A‘True Cockney’is said to be born within the sound of the bells – and as Highgate Hill is five miles from the church many may have made that claim! The Bells rang the curfew at 9 o’clock each evening from 1469 to 1876. This also signalled the end of an apprentice’s working day. The tower and bells were destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666. Christopher Wren built a new church in 1677. They were destroyed again in May 1941, and the tower now contains a new peal of twelve bells, which were rung for the first time in 1961. St Paul’s Church Covent Garden Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED Located in the heart of theWest End overlooking Covent Garden Piazza, St Paul's Church is affectionately known as 'The Actors' Church', due to a long association with the theatre community. Designed by Inigo Jones in 1633, this beautiful church often serves as a theatre and concert venue. Its award-winning courtyard garden is a haven of tranquility in the busy West End. St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ St Sepulchre is the largest parish church in the City of London, with a history dating back to 1137. It was rebuilt in 1450, only to suffer in the Great Fire of 1666. Its shell was then rebuilt byWren's masons in 1670-71. Situated near to the Old Bailey and Newgate Prison, St Sepulchre's shares some pretty gruesome history.The Execution Bell – a hand bell on display in the church – was rung by the St Sepulchre's bellman at midnight of an execution day. More happily, in theTwentieth Century St Sepulchre's has become known as the National Musicians' Church. A young HenryWood learned to play the organ there, and was appointed Assistant Organist aged 14. In 1944 his ashes were laid to rest in what is now called The Musicians' Chapel. Page 10 BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL OF LONDON - SPRING SERIES 2017


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VENUES Swiss Church 79 Endell Street, London WC2H 9DY Rooted in the Swiss reformation of the sixteenth century, the Swiss Church in London is a truly inclusive church. It was established in 1762 by a group of expatriot Swiss, originally on a site in Soho. The current church – a beautiful Grade II listed building – dates from 1855. Despite a catastrophic fire in 1930 and bomb damage during the war, the church was rebuilt, and continues as a centre for the Swiss community, enjoying its own musical tradition, and its support of contemporary arts. Temple Church Temple Church, Temple, London EC4Y 7BB The Temple Church is a late-12th-century church in London located between Fleet Street and the River Thames, built for and by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. In modern times, two Inns of Court (Inner Temple and Middle Temple) both use the church. It is famous for its effigy tombs and for being a round church. It was heavily damaged during the Second World War but has been largely restored. The area around the Temple Church is known as the Temple and nearby is Temple Bar and Temple tube station. The church was featured in the controversial popular novel The Da Vinci Code by American author Dan Brown and was also used as a location in The Da Vinci Code film. The release of doves in the round church in the film relate to Ernest Lough's (the most famous boy soprano to come fromTemple Church) recording of "O for the wings of a dove". Why not sign up as a Friend of the Brandenburgs? It is an email service that keeps you up to date with all of our activities. There is no charge, you can withdraw from our mailing list at any time and, because we understand what a pain it can be constantly to receive unwelcome emails, we guarantee not to pass on your address to anyone else. You can sign up at Why not become a Brandenburg Ambassador? Our Ambassadors come along to experience the Festival in a very different way! Meeting and greeting, ushering, selling programmes or manning the bar – these are some of the things that they do to help make the concerts an enjoyable experience for our audiences. This normally involves turning up an hour before the concert, then, after helping out with the organisation, they get to see the concert for free! Ambassadors are a very friendly bunch who can also benefit from Special Social Events - and this is a great way to meet like-minded people and become involved in a high profile series of events. We are always very keen to add to the list, so get in touch! Page 11


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Brandenburg Choral Festival Treat yourself to a Choral Contrast! Our a cappella nights offer a fun and informal night out. Taking place in a private theatrical club in Covent Garden (our secret venue!) and a quirky London pub, you'll hear anything from pop to madrigals, folk to musical theatre and jazz to barbershop. Following the great success of Gareth Malone's 'Naked Choir' competition last year, a cappella is more popular than ever! It's a great way to spend an evening of vocal variety so come and join us to hear some of the best a cappella groups around! Previous award-winning acts have included: Morrigan, In the Smoke, All the King's Men and many more. With our new earlybird initiative 'Fringe for a Fiver' ...... what are you waiting for? Please go to our website for more details and find out how to book this very special offer. Then grab some mates and we'll see you in the bar! Page 12 BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL OF LONDON - SPRING SERIES 2017


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of London Fringe Club Fringe Diary Dates: Wednesday 25th January Thursday 23rd February Thursday 2nd March Wednesday 8th March Tuesday 21st March Wednesday 26th April Membership costs just £10 Find out more and book your membership: Any questions? Email or call us on the day for last minute availability 07528 776625 Fringe for a Fiver! The early bird catches the bargain... The first ten people to book each Club Night will pay only £5 [or two for only £10] Page 13



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