What's on this weekend, 2nd and 3rd February, 2019

European Union Chamber Orchestra

The EUCO gave its first concerts in 1981 and soon gained an international reputation as a musical ambassador for the European Union. Funding from the European Commission enabled its name to become familiar worldwide with tours to East Asia, India, North, South and Central America, North Africa and the Middle East as well as all across Europe. It regularly performs in major concert halls throughout the UK and has broadcast several times live on BBC Radio 3.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Saturday, February 2, 7.30pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Sinatra, Sequins and Swing

Get set for a spectacular swing extravaganza. Wowing audiences for over six years, the show relives the iconic hits, 50s Hollywood glamour and vocal majesty of Sinatra’s sensational Capitol Records years of 1953-61 with plenty of fun in between. Featuring all the greatest hits, including Lady Is A Tramp, Come Fly With Me and Fever, recreations of Sinatra’s famous movie song scenes, a vocally mesmerising Marilyn Monroe and Sinatra’s stunning Capitol stablemate Peggy Lee.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Sunday, February 3, 3pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Celebrity Jazz

Enjoy the very best Dixieland jazz, featuring celebrity guest Nick Dawson.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, February 3, 12.45pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

JSC Band

The hybrid creation brought about by welding part of The Higham Flyers with part of Shiver will be playing a wide range of well-known tunes.

The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HF, Saturday, February 2, 8.30pm. Details: 020 8520 3709 coppermillpub.co.uk


Rangeela, the biggest student-run variety show in London, is returning in 2019 for their biggest, most colourful display to date. UCL Hindu Society are proud to present a night of traditional and western music, dance and theatre at, featuring students from across London and highlighting the best of South Asian and western culture. Come and see talented actors, dancers and singers showcase their skills on stage, all in the name of charity.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ, Sunday, February 3, 7pm. Details: 02089 852424 hackneyempire.co.uk

Noise Next Door: At Sea

The Noise Next Door are the UK’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm. The boys are back and will once again be delighting family audiences with a shiny new family show. Join the crazy crew for an adventure on the high seas as they need your help to chase down the fearsome Captain Bloodbeard. The Noise Next Door will take your suggestions and transform them into jaw-dropping scenes and mind-blowing songs in the blink of an eye that are equal parts swash-buckling and side-splitting.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Saturday, February 2, 2pm. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com

New Act of the Year

After 10 years on the road, the annual search returns to find the next generation of comedy acts to freshen up and challenge the comedy scene, and follow in the celebrity footsteps of previous NATYS Harry Hill, Gina Yashere, Russell Brand, Lee Nelson, and Nina Conti.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ, Saturday, February 2, 8pm. Details: 02089 852424 hackneyempire.co.uk

March of the Penguins (U)

Getting ready for awards season with a screening of this Oscar-winning classic documentary that was one of the first to open our eyes to the journey of emperor penguins. Emperor penguins overcome daunting obstacles in order to return to get home for mating season. This tells the story of one year in the life of a flock – focusing on one couple in particular – as they trek across the Antarctic on an annual journey that invokes just about every major life experience: from birth to death, from dating to mating, from comedy to tragedy, and from love to fighting for survival. With a special introduction from Will McCallum this is a timely reminder that there is still much work to be done to protect this majestic species. Adults can only watch this screening if they’re bringing a child.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, Saturday, February 2, 11am. Details: barbican.org.uk

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.

V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL, Saturday, February 2, to Sunday, July 14. Details: 020 79 422000 vam.ac.uk

Heralding Spring

Join in the reopening of the Chelsea Physic Garden after a long, dark winter to herald in the spring. Their ‘Heralding Spring’ programme is filled with exciting talks, walks and workshops including the usual Snowdrop Trail and theatre along with other early spring blooms.

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HS, until Sunday, February 4. Details: inchelsea.co.uk