Ever since the Military Wives Choir first burst onto our television screens and into our hearts in 2011, the courage, comradeship and passion of its members has inspired the nation.
In a 50-year career, Gilson Lavis has provided the beat for some of the biggest names in popular music: from Chuck Berry to Dusty Springfield, with chart-topping band Squeeze and for the past two decades with national treasure Jools Holland. His drumming still makes him happy, but the discovery five years ago that he could paint has taken that happiness to a different level.
In an age of conceptual artists and installation art, when pickled sharks or unmade beds can sell to collectors for absurd prices, Karen Devereux creates her artwork the old-fashioned way – with skill, care and intelligence.
No part is too big for this ambitious actor and performer
I have spent many happy evenings at Tolethorpe Hall, picnicking in the sunshine whilst looking forward to a night watching the Stamford Shakespeare Company giving one of their brilliant performances.