Whether it’s contemporary dance, traditional theatre, jazz, or classical music, The Hamble Valley is bursting with cultural offerings.
Housed in a beautifully-renovated late Victorian town hall and library and surrounded by landscaped parkland, The Point theatre is located in the very heart of Eastleigh.
One of the leading venues for contemporary performance and dance in the South, the theatre offers a rich and textured programme that has seen it build up a loyal and extensive audience since it opened 13 years ago.
In 2009, the addition of a state-of-the-art Creation Space with attached accommodation saw the theatre firmly fixed on the international arts scene, attracting critically-acclaimed performers and companies to the exceptional facilities.
Renowned for its exciting and innovative programming, the Eastleigh venue has played host to such luminaries from the world of contemporary dance and theatre as Hofesh Schecter, Ballet Boyz, The Featherstonehaughs, Akram Kahn, Gregory Maqoma, Frantic Assembly, Teatr Pieśń Kozła as well as household names including comedians Rich Hall and Lenny Henry and actor Alan Rickman. Under the leadership of artistic director Sarah Brigham, The Point runs a series of residencies for emerging and graduate artists and performers, making it a hub for creative development, mentorship and enrichment.
In keeping with its contemporary vision, The Point boasts a gallery, Watch This Space, that stages regular exhibitions of modern art by artists from across the region often with an accompanying Meet The Artists event. There is also a stylish café bar, serving a seasonal menu of locally-sourced produce and a wide selection of drinks, making it a perfect destination to drop in, sit back and relax.
Whatever your musical taste, Thornden Hall has something to offer. From classical and choral to traditional pop and big band sounds, the beautiful concert hall has a programme rich in musical diversity. Opened in May 2003, Thornden Hall, located at Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford, boasts high quality acoustics and a stage large enough to accommodate a full orchestra – one of the only venues in the region to do so.
Home to Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, Eastleigh Area Schools Orchestra, Thornden Community Wind Bands, Pops Incorporated UK, Tribe and Thornden Community Choir, Thornden Hall is a centre of musical development and excellence. As well as hosting regular concerts and recitals with its resident orchestra and bands, Thornden Hall offers a year-long programme of events. Past performers include Ashley Fripp, the Winchester Symphony Orchestra, Southampton Choral Society, City of Southampton Orchestra, The Romsey Male Voice Choir and The Bristol Male Voice Choir.
Opening its doors this year, The Berry Theatre offers innovative, exemplary programming to the local community and beyond through a broad range of artistic provision and outstanding drama. The new 312-seat state-of-the-art theatre in Hedge End is a magnet for the highest quality performing-arts; an inspiring and creative hub, where artists and audiences collide and engage.
Building on the success of its sister venue, The Point, Eastleigh, artists sit at the heart of the programming. The theatre presents professional touring classics; dynamic performances for children and their families; live music; film screenings; contemporary performance and place a specific focus on the development and support of new work for children and young people. This strand of work includes: New writing programmes and master-classes; technical theatre training, career support and an audition-free Youth Theatre Group, giving children the invaluable chance to work collaboratively with a professional creative team – stirring their emotions and imaginations and instilling them with confidence.
Set in a beautiful old school house on the edge of Eastleigh, The Concorde Club is an internationally renowned jazz club which was voted by British jazz fans as the top jazz venue for 2009. Appearances have included Stacey Kent, Clare Teal, Kyle Eastwood (Clint’s eldest son) and the late Humphrey Lyttleton who performed one of his last ever gigs at the club. Although a members' club, The Concorde Club has nights open to non-members such as Wednesday’s International Jazz evening and the excellent Moldy Fig wine bar is open during the day.