The Beat from Troy Music Hall #66, The All English Edition

Ahh, the English.

Here are a few things we have learned over the course of the last year; English game shows, talk shows, and comedians are the absolute best. As is British slang. As is British pop music. Do you see where this is going? This morning, relax, have a cuppa, and let’s get on with it. Everything is tickety-boo!


Adele is amazing! We can’t think of anyone better to kick off this edition. This English Queen of Pop hit the top of the charts with her first release, 19, in 2008 and her career hasn’t slowed down. Rumor has it that a new album will be released soon, but if you need a 2021 Adele fix, check out her Instagram account.

The Elusive British Accent

It’s hard to get the British accent correct. Watch this brilliant collection of stars like Anne HathawayJamie FoxUsher, and a young Justin Bieber (with his perfectly coiffed hair), attempt it on the Graham Norton Show. We guarantee you’ll be chuffed!

Alison Moyet’s Fight with Fame

If you are a child of the ’80s, you’ll remember the powerhouse pairing of English singer Alison Moyet with Vince Clarke from Depeche Mode. (Vince later went on to form Erasure.) Together, they created the group Yaz (or Yazoo) and the seminal 80’s album, Upstairs at Eric’s. What happened to Alison and her career after Yaz dissolved? She went on to make hits but didn’t find happiness until much later in her career.

Two Fat Ladies Make A Proper English Tea

These two ladies are a delight! The late and amazing Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson created the cooking show Two Fat Ladies. They traveled the United Kingdom on a Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle with a sidecar, and their love of butter was well known! So much so that critics feared their influence on the British diet, prompting their TV network to release this statement: “The Ladies are cooks, not chefs – they reject the pretensions and elaborations of haute cuisine and are aggressively unfashionable, delighting in such ingredients as clotted cream, lard and fatty meats.”

two fat ladies


Taskmaster. We’ve featured it in The Beat before, but it bears repeating, you should be watching this! Greg Davies and Alex Horn help create comedic genius and chaos. Here is one of the best Taskmaster moments, and one that caused a fair bit of controversy over the final call. If you want to watch full episodes, click here.

Do You Think You Could be a Contender?

Only Connect is a British game show, hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, that may quickly shake your confidence. The title is based on a quote from E. M. Forster‘s 1910 novel Howards End: “Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted.”

Contestants have to figure out the connection between four clues, which may sound easy, but it is designed to be quite challenging. Play along and see how you do.


Music @ Noon is back! We can’t host an audience, but we can broadcast from our stage. Enjoy this past April [email protected] performance which featured Carol Daggs playing tastefully arranged Jazz standards and hip, groovy originals from Jazzage’s Brown Girl Blue Collection

Upcoming Streaming Performance!

TSBMH & WEXT present The UpLift Commissioned Series

We are excited to bring you new music!

The UpLift Commissioned Series features musicians commissioned to create one new song that reflects their experiences during this time. Each song was performed and filmed on the Hall’s stage. The resulting videos will be premiered on YouTube and Facebook, followed by an online discussion with the artist.
The complete series:

Veena Chandra & Devesh Chandra
Friday, May 7, 2021, 7 PM

Taína Asili
Friday, May 21, 2021, 7 PM

Uplift Commissioned Series is sponsored by Price Chopper/Market 32


Educators, students & homeschoolers – register for these FREE virtual performances with the Hall’s Artists-In-Residence, Quintocracy!

The Hall and Quintocracy have created a series of three free, hour-long virtual programs that introduce local students, through performance, lecture-demonstration, and Q & A sessions, to a variety of woodwind instruments. They explore “endangered instruments” not commonly found in use today, and discover the importance of collaboration as a group. More info here.

The complete series:
What in the World is a Wind Quintet? – Friday, April 30, 7 PM
A Very Musical Journey – Friday, May 14, 7 PM
Endangered & Auxillary Instruments, May 28, 7 PM

Quintocracy educational series is sponsored by National Grid

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