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The FB Pocket Orchestra
Sat 8 July 2017, 17:30 – 20:30 BST
Riverhill welcomes The FB Pocket Orchestra to our beautiful Walled Garden. Enjoy a Summer's evening of Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Songs and Dances from a long time ago, with a spectacular view across the Weald of Kent.
Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music.
The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire - taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed.The FBPO became an 'official' project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in October. The aims of the orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
'Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.'
Jazz FM review October 1st 2012
We open The Walled Garden at 5.30pm for you to take your seats and picnic on the grass terraces overlooking the staged area. We recommend that you bring a rug to sit on, and chairs are also permitted. We will be offering Champagne, Wine, Beer, Pimms, ice cream and other refreshments during the evening. We do not allow alcohol to be bought into the Walled Garden.
Are children welcome at the event?
Yes, children are welcome, and tickets are available for children (age 4-16) at £10 each. Please do be considerate of our other guests when deciding to bring very young children.
What should I bring to the event?
Seating for the event is on the grassy terraces in our Walled Garden, so we recommend you bring a blanket to sit on. You may also bring chairs if you wish. As this is an outdoor event you should bring an extra layer of clothing as the air is likely to get chilly as the evening continues. You should also consider checking the weather forecast in advance, and bringing an umbrella in the event of rain.
Due to the gradient of the path from the car park, we recommend you wear flat shoes. High heels are not suitable for this event.
You are welcome to bring a picnic to the event. We do not allow alcohol to be bought into the Walled Garden, but wine and beer will be available to purchase during the evening.
Is seating reserved?
No, seating is on the grassy terraces of The Walled Garden and is not reserved. The Walled Garden will be open from 5.30pm for guests to take their places on their own blankets or chairs, and you may wish to arrive early to make sure you are able to sit where you wish.
How long is the performance?
The Walled Garden opens at 5.30pm for you to take your seats and get settled. The performance begins at 6.30, and lasts approximately 2 hours with an interval.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring either a print out of your email confirmation, or be prepared to show the email on your mobile device.
What happens if it rains?
If light showers are forecast the performance will continue. Please do check the weather forecast in advance, and remember to bring your umbrellas if required.
Performances are only cancelled in storm conditions. In the unfortunate event that a performance does need to be cancelled due to weather conditions, the decision will be made 30 minutes before curtain up. An announcement will be made to the audience within The Walled Garden and on Facebook.
What is the refund policy?
Unfortunately tickets are non-refundable.
If the performance is unfortunately cancelled due to storm conditions before the performance has started you will be offered a refund for your tickets. The decision to cancel the performance will not be made until 30minutes before curtain up. If the decision to cancel the performance is made, an announcement will be posted on Facebook.
If the performance is unfortunately cancelled due to storm conditions after the performance has started you will be offered tickets to an alternative performance by The Pocket Orchestra, where possible. We will only be able to offer tickets to alternative performances where tickets are still available.
Is the event accessible?
Although The Walled Garden is accessible, please be aware that seating is on our grassy terraces, and that we do not currently have accessible toilet facilities.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is free. As you enter the Gardens our parking is sign-posted to your left. Please be aware that the car park is on a hill, so our gravel walk ways and paths are sloped. For accessible parking, please follow the signs down the drive towards Riverhill House.
For further information about how to get to Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, including public transport links, visit our website http://www.riverhillgardens.co.uk/new-findus.html
Can I come earlier?
Your ticket is for the performance by The Pocket Orchestra in The Walled Garden and does not give you access to the rest of the Gardens. The Walled Garden opens at 5.30pm for you to take your seats, and the production starts at 6.30pm.
Can I bring my dog?
Although this year we welcome well behaved dogs on leads throughout the season, we are not able to accept dogs to this event. Assistance dogs are of course welcome.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any further questions about this event, please contact Katie Goddard at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01732 459777.