A BEAUTIFUL Noise, celebrating the life and music of Neil Diamond, comes to The Anvil on Friday, 2 November, charting the story of Neil’s career and the man behind the songs.

Award-winning Fisher Stevens, together with his band and backing singers, takes you through five decades of Diamond’s biggest hits including Brooklyn Roads, Heartlight, September Morn, Hello, and, of course, Sweet Caroline.

With Stevens’ extraordinary vocal range, relaxed sense of humour and stage presence, don’t miss this cracking show.

The Four Seasons by Candlelight returns to The Anvil for an afternoon concert on Sunday, 4 November at 3pm, performed in an evocative candle-lit style setting with the Mozart Festival Orchestra resplendent in costume of the period. The verve and virtuosity of that time is recreated in this enchanting concert with its elegant staging of favourite works.

The performance will feature a number of greatest hits of the period such as Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and Water Music, Bach’s Air on the G String, Purcell’s Trumpet Suite, and Mozart’s Alleluia from Exsultate jubilate, before concluding with Vivaldi’s masterpiece.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) performs a special concert for Armistice Day on Saturday, 10 November with a programme that includes Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis, his first success which connects composers across the centuries, and Brahms’ A German Requiem, one of his greatest and most moving works.

Since its conception three decades ago, the OAE has shocked, changed and mesmerised the music world. With its period-specific instruments and high quality performances, it is Anvil Arts’ Orchestra in Association.

Marin Alsop conducts with soprano Elizabeth Watts, baritone James Newby and the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment.

Anyone under the age of 25 can now buy the best seats in the house to any concert in The Anvil’s International concert series for just £11.

This is a great opportunity to come and hear some fantastic classical music played in one of the best concert halls in the country by some of the most talented musicians, renowned conductors and famous orchestras in the world – all here in Basingstoke.

For more information or for tickets, visit anvilarts.org.uk or call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244.