Arts news

The market that changed a town

FROME Independent is not a political party, it is a monthly market, but its impact on Frome has been more benign than any political movement! The team who run this remarkable project are coming to Denman and Gould, the design studio and arts venue in the Old Chapel at Haydon near Sherborne, on Saturday 24th…

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Opening Doors at Wells

TEN years ago, composer Helen Ottaway from Frome and dance artist Melanie Thompson collaborated on a public art project at Wells – on Saturday 24th March, they are back in the city to explore their recent travels and residencies in Denmark and Sri Lanka and to start to develop a new project. Opening Doors at the…

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BSO plays at Buckingham Palace

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performed a concert at Buckingham Palace for the orchestra’s Royal Patron, Princess Alexandra. The concert was conducted by BSO Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits and featured four organisations of whom the Princess is a Patron – the BSO, Alzheimer’s Society, Wigmore Hall and the London Philharmonic Choir. The aim of the event…

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Sound the Trumpets in Somerset schools

THE Onyx Brass Quintet will be spending time in Somerset in the coming weeks, working with a number of schools around the Frome area. They are the guests of Jackdaws Music Education Trust, based at Great Elm, and will be leading the Sound the Trumpets project, which has its finale at the Cheese and Grain…

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You shall go to the awards, Cinderella

POOLE’s Lighthouse pantomime star Lucy-Jane Quinlan, who captured hearts at Christmas in the title role of Cinderella has been nominated for Best Leading Female in the Great British Pantomime Awards. There are also nominations for other individual performers, sets and special effects and for the overall pantomime productions at Salisbury, Yeovil, Bath and Weymouth. The…

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Chorister scholarships for 11 youngsters

ELEVEN children – five boys and six girls – have gained places in Salisbury Cathedral Choir and chorister scholarships to Salisbury Cathedral School following recent voice trials. Five boys including Zeeshan Mahmud from Southsea, Jack Maltby from Pitton Primary in Salisbury, Rory Law from Sutton Veny Primary School in Warminster and two pupils from the…

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Let there be light

POOLE’s Lighthouse is not only a beacon of creativity and culture it is also – literally – shedding light on the town at the first Light Up Poole festival, which runs to Saturday 17th February. A gorgeous illuminated curtain-raiser for the arts centre’s 40th anniversary year, this digital art light festival features a varied selection…

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BSO announces founding members of Changemakers

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities, has announced the six founding members of the ensemble. The musicians, appointed after auditions last November, are: Siobhan Clough (violin/ viola), Phillip Howells (percussion), Roger Preston (cello), Kate…

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