Arts news

Cathedral girls get ready for Advent and Christmas

SALISBURY Cathedral’s girl choristers are preparing for the busy Advent and Christmas period during which choristers sing 30 services and two major concerts. In readiness for this packed programme, five girls have been promoted to senior positions in the choir. Grace Stephens-Spada, from Finchley, North London,  has become Dean’s Chorister, the head girl chorister. A…

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Bath Theatre Royal tribute to Sir Peter Hall

THE great theatre director Sir Peter Hall, who died on 12th September and was closely connected with both the RSC and the National Theatre, also had a long relationship with Bath Theatre Royal. Director Danny Moar has paid tribute to “a great friend of the Theatre Royal and a legendary director with whom we enjoyed…

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Foreground’s Plymouth film series

FROME-based arts organisation Foreground has co-ordinated a cinema programme, We The People Are The Work, at Plymouth from Thursday 28th September to Saturday 11th November The films, documentary and fiction, complement the themes of the exhibition, We The People Are The Work – power, protest, place and the public. The first film, on Thursday 28th…

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Dorset Corset goes site specific in Wiltshire

CHRISTMAS comes with a difference at Trowbridge Town Hall, when the Dorset Corset theatre company comes north with a site-specific version of Stone Cold Murder, from 19th to 23rd December. The thriller stars Leon Ockenden, who has spent the summer in Coronation Street as Michelle’s old flame Will Chatterton. The production is funded by Arts…

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Free Colston birthday bash

BRISTOL’S famous Colston Hall celebrates its 150th birthday on Wednesday 20th September, and the doors are open to the public to join in the fun. The free  Birthday Bash, from 6.30pm, offers a spectacular night of live performance. The halls and foyers will be filled with a host of artists tipping their hat to the…

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Tough Mudder boost for BSO dementia work

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has a long-term commitment to music therapy – particularly the power of music to help people suffering from dementia. At the end of August a team of BSO players took part in one of the most challenging outdoor competitions – the Tough Mudder – and raised more than £1,500 for the…

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Cult Irish classic rounds off Artsreach summer

A HILARIOUS performance of The Third Policeman, a cult Irish surrealist novel adapted by Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre, rounded off a successful summer season for Dorset’s Artsreach touring programme. More than 170 people enjoyed the finale in the beautiful surroundings of Springhead Gardens in Fontmell Magna, with late summer sun and mute swans gliding by on…

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Mayflower refurbishment after War Horse

THE tour of War Horse, which returns to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton from 16th May to 9th June next year, will be the final production before the theatrer closes for refurbishment. The National Theatre adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s has been seen by more than seven million people around the world. It completed its record-breaking eight-year…

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