The Fair wouldn’t be complete without some music and dancing and we have three amazing groups performing at the WI Fair for the delight of everyone.
David Jaggs – Classic guitarist
David Jaggs attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the direction of Antonio Albanes. After graduating with distinction, David was privileged to become a private student of one of the world’s leading classical guitarists, Manuel Barrueco in New Jersey, USA.
David has played in masterclasses given by Hector Quine, David Russell, Benjamin Verdery, Robert Brightmore and Ignacio Rodes. He has won several prizes and scholarships including the Peter Latham Leaving Scholarship and the Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Award. David has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes.
His career has taken him to many major venues up and down the country both as a soloist and in ensemble work. David feels equally at home in the world of easy listening music and has produced eight albums in this genre. Recently David has produced a number of films to entertain and teach classical guitarists many aspects of style and technique. Many of these films feature guest musicians at the very top of their field in the world of classical music including John Mills, Maggie Cole and David Miller. In addition, David has his own record label, “Timespan Recordings”.
David Jaggs will be playing his exquisite music in the West Hall.
Come along and try Tapfit – the new tap dance inspired fitness sensation! Tapfit is for anyone who wants to get fit, have fun and learn to tap dance. If you can walk on the spot, you can do TAPfit. The workouts are easy to follow and your instructor will take you through step by step. Feel the excitement and exhilaration of exploring different tap styles such as Classic, Broadway, Funk, Street and Latin workouts.
Susi Pink is a dancer, choreographer and TapFit Instructor. As well as running her own online business, Susi performs and choreographs with a London amateur theatre company and enjoys teaching TapFit to adults. TapFit is an upbeat exercise class that is unique – it is highly energising and is sure to put a smile on your face.
Susi will be teaching a trial Tapfit class in the Great Hall from 3:45pm to 4:30pm on Friday 31st March. No special shoes required!
Funky Voices are Essex and Suffolk’s largest, multi award winning modern community choir. Founded in 2007 by Musical Director, Sandra Colston – who is also an approved WI speaker and workshop leader – Funky Voices bring energy, enthusiasm and their recognised ‘wall of sound’ with their performances where ever they go. They sing upbeat, modern music known by artists such as Queen, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince and many more.
Funky Voices have had the honour of performing at outstanding venues and prestigious events both nationally and internationally, including London West End Theatres, London Southbank, New York, Berlin, Disneyland Paris, Ireland, Barcelona and Turkey, as well as multiple music festivals, theme parks, awards ceremonies, weddings, charity events and more. Funky Voices have also had the honour of performing alongside established artists such as G4 at their Reunion Concert at The Barbican, X Factor’s Marcus Collins and Joe McElderry, and Loose Women host Jane McDonald to name a few. Funky Voices have also had massive success in 2016 when they entered the charts at number 23 with their version of the Spandau Ballet classic ‘Through The Barricades’, which they recorded alongside Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley for BBC Children in Need.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, Funky Voices have helped to raise huge amounts of funds for charities local and worldwide with their performances, and will continue to do so for years to come. Funky Voices have grown from strength to strength, and now have over 800 members rehearsing weekly through the two counties.
Funky Voices will energize us on Saturday 1st April in the Great Hall from 12:00pm- to 12:30pm and from 4:00pm to 4:30pm.
Barraca Flamenca (or Flamenco Shack) is a group of ladies based in London with a passion for flamenco dance from traditional to modern! Lead by Sam Quy (flamenco dancer from Strictly and Carmen), they have performed in the Trafalgar Square Big Dance, Culture 8 at Wembley Arena, Move It Dance exhibition at Olympia, Excel, and in the London Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Barraca Flamenca is delighted to be dancing at the Women’s Institute Fair at Alexandra Palace. Here, they’ll perform a new flamenco tango. The flamenco tango is no relation to the Argentinean kind, but is traditionally a solo performance deeply rooted in Spanish Gypsy culture. It is believed to be one of the “ida y vuelta” styles of flamenco meaning to “go and return”. These forms of flamenco left Spain with their creators and were strongly influenced by other cultures before returning to Spain. This new contemporary tango, based on a traditional choreography, brings the form into a new modern group piece set against the beautiful backdrop of Alexandra Palace’ glass entrance hall!
Barraca Flamenco will bring the art of Spanish flamenco to the WI Fair. They will be performing on Saturday 1st April at 2pm in the Great Hall.