April Highlights

Published on 19th March 2024

We have a jam-packed month of exciting events for you at Brewery Arts this Month! Our live music programme is brimming with all kinds of loveliness. Benjamin Francis Leftwich, sets the tone with his beautifully introspective acoustic set and The Breath bestows their musical storytelling magic on us. Award-winning Daoirí Farrell shows us why he was quoted as being “The Real Deal” on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and Scottish powerhouse quartet, Fara, weave their wonderful harmonies, to entrance and delight.

We are very excited to bring you The Royal Ballet Live, performing Swan Lake to Tchaikovsky’s stunning score as part of our Stage on Screen offering. And for a truly unique on-screen experience, The General and the Great Train Robbery is paired with live improvised piano in our theatre.

Tom Houghton brings the funnies this month and gets us all laughing about the dichotomies we are faced with in the modern world.

Visit Brewery Arts this April, and be part of a buzzing hub of arts and culture.

Live Music

Maya Youssef ft. Zoe Rahman and Elizabeth Nott

Friday 5 April | Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £20.50 | Theatre

Hailed as ‘The queen of the qanun’, Maya Youssef is a globally renowned and award-winning composer.

Born in Damascus, and endorsed by Arts Council England as an Exceptional Talent, Maya has pushed the boundaries of the qanun (a 78-stringed plucked zither traditionally played by men).

For this incredible performance, Maya is joined by Zoe Rahman, one of the UK’s foremost jazz pianists and composers, and acclaimed percussionist Elizabeth Nott.


Thursday 18 April | Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £18 | Malt Room Standing

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners, Ímar are Glasgow’s hottest folk property.

With a wide-reaching fanbase throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Canada, the quintet has fast become one of the trad scene’s most talked about groups.

Their two albums – Afterlight and Avalanche – have since amassed a devoted listenership, whilst live audiences are transfixed by Ímar’s collective and individual technical prowess. The group’s collective synergy and live energy are positively electric.

Briana Corrigan

Thursday 18 April | Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £13.50 | Theatre

With a voice that “could melt icebergs at 50 paces” (VOX), Briana Corrigan of The Beautiful South returned to the stage after a 10-year hiatus in Autumn 2023, with a handful of sold-out, intimate shows throughout the UK.

Belfast-born Corrigan is best known for delivering Beautiful South’s most successful single, the chart-topping, No1, Brit award-winning ‘A Little Time’ where her unique vocal and Heaton’s brilliantly acerbic lyrics and catchy melody combined to create an unforgettable anthem to broken love

As a songwriter in her own right, Corrigan has released 2 critically acclaimed solo albums.


Thursday 20 April | Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £16.50 | Theatre

Forged in Scotland and Ireland’s traditional music scene, but drawing on the music of the Balkans and North America, Dallahan take their listeners on a journey. Traversing styles and countries of the world in a dazzling live show, they create their own unique brand of World-folk delivered with stunning virtuosity.

In its first year, Dallahan was awarded the Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK and their debut album was shortlisted for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Brìghde Chaimbeul

Thursday 25 April | Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £15.50 | Theatre

Brìghde Chaimbeul (Bree-chuh CHaym-bul) is a leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music and of the Scottish smallpipes. She has devised a unique way of arranging for pipe music that creates a trance-like atmosphere, played with enticing virtuosic liquidity.

Brìghde’s mesmerising musicianship has earned her global recognition, including a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, and in 2021 performed to world leaders at the opening ceremony of COP 26.

Also performing Live this April…

Feast of Fiddles: 30th Anniversary Tour

The Wedding Present

Kendal Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival

Police Dog Hogan

John Smith

Transmission: Sound of Joy Division


View all Music here.

Comedy & Spoken Word

Tom Houghton: It’s Not Ideal + Support TBC

Thursday 4 April | Starts: 7.30pm | Tickets: £17 Students: £13.60 | Theatre | Age Guidance 14+

After an incredible break-out year, the multi-viral social media sensation, star of Netflix “The Circle”, host of “Very British Problems: Live” and “Bad Manors” podcast, Tom Houghton sets out on his biggest and most hilarious show yet.

Having now taken to the international stage with tours of Europe and America, the man who asked us “Do you ski?” returns to the UK to ponder a new question.

Brewery Poets: Book Launch & Poetry Reading

Friday 19 April | Starts: 7.30pm Online: 7.25pm | Tickets: £6 Online £3 | Warehouse

Launch of Antony Christie’s new book: Conjuring a Ghost Road + guest readers Katie Hale and Richard Smith + music and songs by The Demix

Antony Christie’s poetry has been published in England, Ireland and Canada.

View all Comedy & Spoken Word here.

Cinema & Stage On Screen

Join Kendal-born director Michael Cumming & Nightingales super-fan Lou George for an exclusive and expanded screening + Q&A, of cult classic, King Rocker.

A fascinating and important film, Six Inches of Soil + Post Screening Discussion – is a British independent full-feature documentary shining a spotlight on soil health and regenerative farming.

John Singer Sargent was an Artist who defined an era. This Exhibition on Screen is an exploration of the Artist’s works, showcasing interviews with curators and influencers.

Creative Learning 

brand new season of Creative Learning goes on sale for Members on 2 April and to the general public on 4 April.

Our excellent programme of classes offers creative opportunities for all ages and levels of learning. From adult dance classes and beginners’ drawing to craft clubs for kids and mini-movies for tots.

To get advanced priority booking on all our creative learning courses (and lots more benefits!) sign up to be a Brewery Arts Member today.

View all Creative Learning here.

Food & Drink

Come and try our new menu. You can expect your usual favourites with some additional seasonal updates and local produce, lovingly prepared fresh every day by our brilliant kitchen team.

Also new to the menu – fresh, homemade soup and artisan bread, served daily from 11am-3pm. The perfect way to refuel after a class or before a jaunt around town.

As always, you will be met with a warm, friendly welcome and exceptional service in our delightful Bar & Restaurant, serving dishes for all tastes, including plant-based and gluten-free options.

Visit breweryarts.co.uk to view the Menu and opening times and to book a table.


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