Arts news

Bath Theatre Academy launched

THEATRE Royal Bath has announced an exciting and ambitious new partnership with Bath College – the Bath Theatre Academy. The new academy will offer students studying on the full-time Level 3 UAL Performing and Production Arts course at Bath College a unique curriculum that combines a practical introductory theatre programme with real-life industry experience. The…

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Grange Festival and BSO dates for young singers

THE winners of the new Grange International Singing Competition will have opportunities to sing with the prestigious opera festival and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the festival’s partner in the competition and Grange Festival’s Orchestra-in-Residence. The public rounds of what was  formerly the Hampshire National Singing Competition, will take place in September. Lunched in February this…

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BSO at the Proms

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra travels to the Royal Albert Hall in Ken­sing­ton on Monday 7th August to perform a programme of “revolutionary music” at the BBC Proms. Now in its 123rd season, the Proms is the world’s largest classical music festival. It was founded in 1895 by conductor Henry Wood, and remains true to his original…

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Lucia Lacarra makes her Hatch debut

WHEN you meet an international ballet star, even a small ordinary mortal feels lumpen! You look at this tiny, featherlight creature and have to remind yourself how astonishingly strong she is – and how hard she works. I met the Basque-born Lucia Lacarra on the dress rehearsal evening of this year’s Covent Garden Dance Company visit…

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Major refurbishment planned for Taunton Brewhouse

TAUNTON’s Brewhouse Theatre is at the centre of a major development and refurbishment plan for the site at Coal Orchard beside the river Tone. The £20 million plan will give a new look and a new lease of the theatre which went into administration in 2013. Its fortunes were revived by a small dedicated team…

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Book now for Stevenson/Williams Mary Stuart in Bath

THE highly praised West End production of Mary Stuart, starring Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams, makes one of only three stops in Bath next April on a short UK tour. Robert Icke’s adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s political tragedy, created for the Almeida, comes to the Theatre Royal from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 14th April, directly…

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Arts Council funding for Dorset County Museum

DORSET County Museum at Dorchester has been awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England and will share in a £1.2 million award for four museums in Dorset and Wiltshire The grant will enable the Wessex Museum Partnership, a consortium led by Poole Museum Service, with Dorset County Museum, Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum,…

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Ten years at The Exchange

THE Exchange, Sturminster Newton’s impressive arts and community centre, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017, and on 15th September there will be a special birthday event, featuring Julian Fellowes. The Exchange, which replaced the old Sturminster  Hall, was officially opened in 2007 by Lord Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, Oscar-winning writer of Gosford Park,…

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A week of celebration for Artsreach

THE Artsreach team is thrilled that Dorset’s rural arts touring charity has retained its Arts Council National Portfolio Funding for 2018-2022 at a level of £55,319 per annum. The news came at the same time as recognition of the work of the Artsreach long-serving director, Ian Scott. The confirmation of the NPO funding will ensure…

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