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Although 40 years may have passed since the release of Mike Oldfield’s ground-breaking and best-selling Tubular Bells album the music still has the power to inspire and amaze.

Tubular Bells tours the UK

If you listened carefully during the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony you will have heard a brief re-arrangement used in the piece celebrating the NHS.

Fast forward from 1973 and the three sequels Oldfield released in the 1990’s to 2008 and Australia. Picture two musicians, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, who are long-time friends, sat around a camp fire, trying to play Tubular Bells the whole way through, using only their two guitars. That’s how Tubular Bells For Two, the multi-award winning musical show was born.

It took them nine months of rehearsal and the introduction of nineteen other instruments, but eventually the pair were able to perform the album live and its no exaggeration to say that their show has gone from strength to strength since. After wowing audiences Down Under and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Tubular Bells For Two is ready to hit London, with its premiere at Union Chapel in Islington on May 25..

When Mike Oldfield released his 1973 classic, it required more than 30 musicians to perform it. But now, exactly 40 years later, it just takes two musicians, albeit massively talented ones, to recreate the album on stage, in real-time and in a unique and compelling theatrical experience.

The original album shot to number one around the world, throwing its young composer into the international spotlight whilst kick-starting Richard Branson’s Virgin empire.

You really must get tickets to the show to witness the herculean feat of Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts racing from instrument to instrument , juggling pianos, organs, guitars, mandolin, drums, glockenspiel, loop pedals, synthesizers and, of course, Tubular Bells.

These amazing musicians  recreate the beauty and playful lunacy of one of the most important albums of the 20th Century … with just four hands and four feet.

For more information on Tubular Bells for Two tickets go to www.britevents.com 

MAY 
WED 22 St David’s Hall Cardiff
THU 23 De Montford Hall Leicester
FRI 24 Royal and Derngate Northampton
SAT 25 Union Chapel London
MON 27 Eden Court Glasgow
TUE 28 City Halls Glasgow
WED 29 King’s Theatre Edinburgh
JUNE
SAT 1 Harrogate Theatre Harrogate
TUE 4 The Orchard Theatre Dartford
WED 5 South Hill Park Bracknall
THU 6  Palace Theatre Newark
FRI 7 Town Hall Birmingham
SAT 8 Corn Exchange Cambridge
SUN 9 The Anvil Basingstoke
TUE 11 Opera House Buxton
WED 12 The Stables Milton Keynes
THU 13 St Georges Bristol
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FRI 14 New Theatre Oxford
SAT 15 Venue Cymru Llandudno
SUN 16 The Lowry Salford Quays
TUE 18 Mill Voilvo Tyne Theatre Newcastle
WED 19 Grand Opera House York
THU 20 St Georges Hall Bradford
FRI 21 The Venue Leeds
SUN 23 The Grand Theatre Blackpool
TUE 25 Wonderground London
WED 26, Whire Rock Theatre Hastings
THU 27 Kings Theatre Portsmouth
FRI 28 Queens Theatre Barnstaple
JULY 
TUE 2 Hall for Cornwall  Truro
WED 3 Princess Theatre Torquay
FRI 5 Playhouse Norwich
SAT 6 Mike Oldfield Convention Reading
SUN 7 The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury
MON 8 Theatre Royal Brighton
WED 10 Palace Theatre Southend On Sea
THU 11 The Hawth Crawley
FRI 12 Henley Festival Henley
SAT 13  Corn Exchange Ipswich
SUN 14 The Alban Arena St Albans
FRI 19 Deer Shed Festival Thirsk
SAT 20 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
SAT 27 Arts Festival Galway
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