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Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
01309 691170 http://universalhall.co.uk.34spreview.com/events/

The Universal Hall was built as a labour of love by literally thousands of people (mostly volunteers visiting or living at the Findhorn Foundation Community) in the ten years from 1974 to 1984. Its basic shape is a pentagon and, at its heart, is an auditorium that will seat 280 people comfortably and up to 400 on a ‘get-well-aquainted’ basis. The Auditorium is primarily used for music, drama, dance and mixed media shows and makes a great conference venue.

Designed by British architect George Ripley, the building has a hand-carved stone exterior facing, a magnificent stained glass entrance, geodesic roof construction and five enormous wooden ring beams hold up the roof.

From the exterior you can get a good view of the glass roof lantern, again pentagonal in shape, giving the building a highly unusual outline. Located at the edge of a sand dune/wilderness area, the Universal Hall was built to be the theatre, conference centre and meeting point for the Findhorn Foundation and Community.

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March 2019

Simon Evans – Genius

26 March @ 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£13

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans'. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But…

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Pied Piper (Norwich Puppet Theatre)

30 March @ 2:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£7

When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands and the children dance… Presented by Norwich Puppet Theatre this new humorous and irresistible one-person show combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling which will entrance audiences young and old. As one of England's leading companies Norwich Puppet Theatre have been producing brilliant productions for the past 30 years. For children aged 3-7 years and their adults. Runs 45 minutes. Part…

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April 2019

All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre – Heroes

10 April @ 7:30 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£12

The new aerial dance show from All or Nothing and Room 2 Manoeuvre, Heroes explores the cult of celebrity and the fall from grace, the hidden heroes, superheroes and asks, who do we really, actually look up to? Light hearted with something for all the family, the show mixes aerial skills with dance theatre and contemporary circus. Asking profound universal questions with humour, straight talking and lots of moving, we follow the journey of the two performers as they navigate…

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Claire Hastings Band – Those Who Roam Album Tour

13 April @ 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£14

Glasgow based folksinger, songwriter and ukulele player Claire Hastings has made a name for herself on the folk scene since winning BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015. She has toured throughout the UK, Europe and New Zealand as a solo artist, and with The Claire Hastings Band, sharing the stage with the likes of Lulu, Jamie Cullum, Deacon Blue and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Her much-awaited second album "'Those Who Roam', released at Celtic Connections 2019,…

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May 2019

Randolph’s Leap

11 May @ 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£14

Singer-songwriter Adam Ross is the prolific mastermind behind the music of Randolph's Leap. Hailing from Nairn, he has been steadily building up an eclectic back-catalogue of uplifting folk-pop - a mixture of solo home recordings and full-band studio epics. One of Scotland's most versatile lyricists, Adam can deliver a riotous party when accompanied by his 7-piece full band, complete with brass section. Randolph's Leap's sonic world is one of heart-bursting melody combined with funny and poignant lyrics "Masters of melody;…

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Rant

17 May @ 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£14

Rant is the meeting of 4 of Scotland's finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique brand of 'chamber-folk' far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish; fiddle player. The band…

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My Big Fat Fabulous Diary – Leah MacRae

25 May @ 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£20

After sell out performances in Glasgow and Ayr, Leah MacRae comes to the Universal Hall. Join the star of BBC's River City, Gary Tank Commander and the huge hit stage comedy "Shades Of Maggie" as she delves into the hilarious pages of her Big, Fat, Fabulous Diary With stories including; Cleaning Cupboard First Winch, The Hold In Pants Naked Truffle Shuffle; some hysterical comedy songs and a belting ballad or two this show is one to put in your own…

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Sassy Knack – Phill Jupitus

26 May @ 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£16

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life. Since last touring Scotland, Phill Jupitus has upped sticks and moved here. In this new show SASSY KNACK, Phill shares yarns and thoughts from his time North of Hadrian's Wall. Adult themes and situations but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar…

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Fara

29 May @ 7:30 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£14

Following their debut release Cross the Line in 2016, Orcadian folk Quartet FARA are touring the UK to coincide with the October 2018 release of their second album, Times from Times Fall. Comprised entirely of self-penned songs and instrumental tracks, FARA will celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians - an album rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Isles and its people. The songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets: George McKay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie,…

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June 2019

Coig

5 June @ 7:30 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£14

With the release of the new album Rove, Nova Scotia's powerhouse Coig has cemented its status as one of today's most exciting new North American Celtic groups. With a combined total of over 30 group and solo awards and nominations, the four members of the band are already recognized as major stars of the Celtic world. Rove is the group's third album, after 2014's Five, and 2015 seasonal favourite Carols. Five, won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album…

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Budapest Cafe Orchestra

14 June @ 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£14

Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick The Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia incorporating Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads. With just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz and balalaika creating an aural alchemy normally characteristic of far bigger ensembles. Accordionist Eddie Hession is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain and Christian Garrick is one of the world's most celebrated jazz…

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Moishe’s Bagel

29 June @ 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£14

Moishes Bagel's music consists of driving klezmer grooves, rootsy Scottish folk and tango stylings, classical virtuosity and power, inspired Latin jazz flavours; all brilliantly complemented by a richly unique percussion sound that includes Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darabuka. Equally at home in concert halls, village halls and on festival stages - the Bagels have all the right ingredients to make an evening special. In the 15 years they have been together, the Bagels have developed an instant musical chemistry…

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July 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

19 July @ 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£17

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is back with its annual (and usually sold-out) concert. The Orchestra's superb principal Cellist Philip Higham is soloist in Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations - a work that tips its hat to the eighteenth century, but is utterly Romantic at heart. The opening of Mozart's 'Paris' Symphony is one of the grandest, most thrilling sounds, with Mozart making use of clarinets for the first time in a symphony. Conductor Philipp von Steinaecker continues the genial high spirits and…

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