The Art of Sound

Exciting future for Yeovil Octagon

YEOVIL’S Octagon Theatre, which has provided the launchpad for many professional careers in theatre, music and dance, as well as bringing a huge variety of performances to audiences across the region, will be enlarged and improved in a £23m expansion, approved in principle by South Somerset District Councillors. The scheme includes a new circle of…

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Change at the top at Wiltshire Music Centre

THERE has been a change at the top of the management at Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon. Maud Saint-Sardos has stepped down as chief executive and the current artistic director James Slater has taken over as interim chief executive until a public recruitment process in 2021. Miss Saint-Sardos, who joined in WMC in…

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Sebastian is the Choristers’ Bishop

THE installation of the Boy Bishop is a time-honoured tradition at Salisbury Cathedral, but this year’s ceremony was a bit different. For the first time, the Cathedral choristers made the choice – 13-year-old Sebastian Kunzer. Usually candidates are chosen by the director of music, David Halls, consulting with colleagues in the Cathedral music team and…

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Christmas dates at Wells for Tasmin Little

NEW dates before Christmas have been confirmed for two concerts at Wells Cathedral by the renowned violinist, Tasmin Little. Earlier this month, the internationally renowned musician’s two planned Remembrance Concerts at Wells Cathedral were cancelled due to the second lockdown, so the cathedral authorities are thrilled to report the new dates in December. Tasmin Little…

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Iuventus String Quartet concert

MUSIC-lovers in Dorset and Somerset missed the annual Sherborne Abbey Music Festival, thanks to the pandemic, but there is good news for fans of the Iuventus String Quartet, who are giving a concert online on Monday 23rd November. Led by Ruth Rogers, from Shaftesbury, the Iuventus Quartet was formed in 2003 and has since excited…

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John Eliot Gardiner and Beethoven

LOVERS of the music of Beethoven were deprived of one of this year’s great events, when the pandemic and the resulting restrictions forced the cancellation of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Beethoven 250 symphony cycle. However, this week there is a treat with the Dorset-based conductor talking about Beethoven each day on BBC Radio 3’s Composer…

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Guitarist restarts Avon Valley season

POPULAR classical guitarist Craig Ogden makes a welcome return to Hampshire on Friday 13th November, re-starting the Avon Valley Concerts 2020 programme at Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood. The Australian-born musician, who is now principal lecturer in guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, last visited Avon Valley in November 2018. He…

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Carrivick Sisters join local musicians at Wiltshire Music Centre

TALENTED folk star twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick head the line-up for a free community concert to mark the reopening of Wiltshire Music Centre, at Bradford-on-Avon, from noon to 4pm on Saturday 26th September.The concert will celebrate the local musical community, with performances by many of the ensembles and groups who regularly rehearse and…

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Young musicians play for the Ath

FOUR talented young musicians who live in or have connections with Warminster are taking part in concerts to raise funds for the historic Athenaeum theatre, on 26th and 27th September. The concert has been put together to showcase some of the talented artists who started their careers at the Ath and who now wish to…

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