Arts news

Lift Off! for Salisbury’s biggest free party

FOUR days of free entertainment over the August Bank Holiday weekend will celebrate the arts across the city of Salisbury and launch Wiltshire Creative’s first season of programming. The programme includes live music, street theatre, circus, fireworks and a new opera by Salisbury-based composer Howard Moody. The Lift Off! weekend runs from Friday 24th to…

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New drama season at Exmouth Pavilion

SOUTH Devon’s theatrical life gets a new boost this summer with the arrival of the first season of summer plays at Exmouth Pavilion, just a few miles along the coast from Sidmouth, where the Manor Pavilion Theatre hosts the country’s only remaining summer rep season. The debut Exmouth season is presented by Don’t Go Into…

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Mary Anning project for Lyme summer school

A NEW summer school at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, will celebrate the town’s most famous citizen, the fossil hunter Mary Anning. Exeter Northcott and Marine Theatre have joined forces to launch this significant new youth theatre project. Starting on 13th August, the Marine Young Company marks a major step forward in placing young people…

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Silent classic revived at the EP

BRIDPORT’s Electric Palace has a special film and music event on Sunday 16th September, when a rare silent film, Beggars Of Life will be shown, with a live musical accompaniment by The Dodge Brothers, followed by a Q&A with three leading cinema experts. Beggars Of Life, made in 1928 by William A Wellman, and starring…

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BSO and Resound perform Relaxed Prom at Royal Albert Hall

CONDUCTOR Sian Edwards makes her debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Monday 27th August, for the second ever Relaxed Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. The full orchestra will be joined by the BSO’s new disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound and together they will be performing music by Shostakovich, Bern­stein, Rachmaninov and Tchaikov­sky, as well as…

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Record year for Bath’s 70th anniversary festival

SEVENTEEN days of world-class music and literature saw  the 70th anniversary of the Bath Festival achieve record results, with audiences of more than 37,000 up by 70 per cent on the previous year, and the best music sales since 2004. The finale party weekend on the Rec, with a stellar line-up that included Paloma Faith,…

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Actiontrack at the David Hall

SOMERSET arts organisation Actiontrack has a summer school for eight to 18 year olds and creative lab projects at the David Hall at South Petherton in August. From Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August, the Actiontrack Summer School, a partnership with Actiontrack in Taunton and South Somerset District Council, will offer five days of…

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A summer Sunday with Bowjangles

ONE of the highlights of the Dorchester Arts summer programme, this year’s special Summer Sunday event takes place on 29th July at Whitcombe Manor, by invitation of Minette and Alec Walters, starting at noon. This year, Dorchester Arts welcome Bowjangles, the a multi-talented musical quartet with a difference, who dance, sing, leap, tumble, juggle and…

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Lauren Cuthbertson joins Hatch lineup

ONE of the Royal Ballet’s great stars, Lauren Cuthbertson is joining the line-up for this year’s Covent Garden Dance Company visit to the gardens of Hatch House near Tisbury, on 20th to 22nd July. Due to a change in schedule Cuthbertson, a Royal Ballet principal, joins an illustrious line-up at Hatch House. where she will…

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