Armstrong takes to stage

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Comedian, actor and presenter of quiz show Pointless, Alexander Armstrong, pictured, fresh from his starring role in ITV’s Your Face Looks Familiar, is showing off yet another side of his versatility - his powerful bartione voice.

A new stage show celebrating his love of music and song. is touring to the Lyceum, Sheffield, on October 14. It will feature the songs he loves, from jazz standards and rock classics to some lesser-known pop delights such as Louis Jordan’s Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby, to Spandau Ballet’s True and Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

After a successful performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony at the City Hall in April, the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra turns its attention to another mighty symphonic challenge, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.

Members of the professional standard orchestra gathered at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire this week for an intensive residential rehearsal course for the work, rarely attempted by amateur, let alone youth orchestras.

The performance of the symphony, famous for its fourth movement adagietto, is at Ecclesall Parish Church on Monday and follows one in London two days earlier.

Famous for its bluebells at another time of the year, Hodsock Priory in Blyth, North Nottinghamshire, is preparing itself for the arrival of a blaze of different colours next week.

HandleBards, a troupe of travelling players from innovative theatre company Peculius, will perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (yellow stockings, red lips and all) outdoors on the lawned pavilion next Wednesday and Thursday. The four male actors, four bicycles and 40 characters will be pedalling 926 miles from Glasgow to London, stopping off at 25 heritage venues across Scotland and England on the World’s first Shakespearean cycling tour.

To add to the challenge, The HandleBards, who are supported by the Old Vic Theatre, will carry all the required set, props, costumes and camping equipment necessary for the 926 mile adventure with them on their bikes.

Gates open on both evenings at 6pm for picnics before the performance starts at 7pm. Tickets from www.hodsockpriory.com or 01909 591204.

Before then, they stop off on Monday at Recycle Bikes at Heeley.

A collaborative arts project is taking place at an abandoned church, St Silas’s in Broomhall, and involves music dance poetry and art.

The band Tomorrow We Sail are filming a music video in the church to soundscapes inspired by the artwork of sheffield artist foster_m. Contemporary dance will be interspersed with spoken word by poet, novelist and director Ian Enters, again inspired by foster_m.

As well as the music promo for YouTube the film crew are making a documentary about the whole process.

The latest name to join the Sheffield comedy bonanza in October is Phill Jupitus (pictured) whose appearance at the Memorial Hall on Thursday, October 3, will help kick off the Last Laugh Comedy Festival 2013.

The long standing panel member of Never Mind The Buzzcocks is touring with You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here, a quick witted show which sees Jupitus (pictured) put his improvisation skills to the test by taking the persona of three characters.