New season at Ropery Hall

The popular Sax on Sunday gets Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall programme underway on Sunday, September 3.

Premiered for the first time in February, Sax on Sunday sees world-renowned musician Snake Davis linking up with some of his favourite musicians.

This month’s Sax on Sunday’s special guest is John Ellis, pianist, singer, composer and producer. John, from Manchester, has worked with Tom Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lily Allen, John Squire (Stone Roses) and others as well as being a founder member of The Cinematic Orchestra and the original pianist of The Snake Davis Band.

“After our summer break what better way to get the autumn season underway than with Snake Davis?” asked Liz Bennet of Ropery Hall.

She added some events would shortly be sold out – some weeks before the scheduled performance.

“Once again Hazel O’Connor has proved to be very popular even though her show here this October, with harpist Cormac de Barra, is very different to the sell-out show last year,” she said.

“Tickets to see Toyah make her first appearance in North Lincolnshire, again in October have only been recently released and we are more than half-way to a sell-out audience, Liz went on.

“The opportunity to see Martin Kemp, perhaps known for Spandau Ballet, The Krays and appearing in EastEnders as Steve Owen, has prompted a huge response and again only a few tickets remain to see him at the end of September.”

“And not surprisingly, one of my favourite people Jeremy Hardy continues to draw the crowds with his appearance here in early October.  Last time he was here was in 2015 and so much has happened since then so I am sure he will find something worth talking about!”

As well as music, theatre includes with North Country Theatre returning with two terrifying tales in Nightmares in Norfolk, the touching story of one of the country’s greatest stars, George Formby, and the return of Rebecca Vaughan in her one-woman show, Christmas Gothic – just right for a bleak, dreary, winter’s night.

Children’s theatre comes in the form of an October half-term treat with two showings of The Dream Factory and the week before Christmas there is the heart-warming tale of Lily and the Snowbear with puppets, music and a magical snowy setting.

Full details of the Ropery Hall programme can be found at

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