Festivals news

Morris and choirs at Petherton Folk Fest

MORRIS sides and choirs from around the region will be gathering in the historic centre of South Petherton for this year’s 6th Petherton Folk Fest on Saturday 17th June. The day-long free festival brings a wide range of folk dance and music to South Somerset – Morris and Appalachian dancing, blues, Celtic rock and busking…

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Bash Street, Brodskys and Boho Baroque – Beaminster Festival 2017

BEAMINSTER Festival director Nigel Corbett has created a delightfully diverse and musically exciting programme for this year’s festival, fromn 24th June to 3rd July. Listing some of the 2017 highlights – from the Brodsky Quartet to Red Priest, pianist Tom Poster to novelist Joanna Trollope, the Bash Street Theatre, the Festival Players, Pasadena Roof Orchestra…

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Brendel and Birtwistle collaborate for Plush 2017

A LEADING contemporary composer, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and Plush Festival artistic director and cellist Adrian Brendel have collaborated for this year’s festival to create “our most ambitious programme to date.” The summer series of classical, contemporary and jazz events in the little church in the perfect setting of Plush  Manor in the heart of Dorset,…

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Sgt Pepper and Herdwicks on the fells

CHALKE Valley History Festival is nothing if not eclectic – this year “the best history festival” (as Dan Snow calls it) has subjects that range as widely as the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the relationship between the people and the sheep on the Cumbrian fells and the life of a war…

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Festival hits new sales record

FROME Festival’s box office smashed all previous records in the first week of sales, with a total of 2,180 tickets for all events sold at the Cheese and Grain, amounting to more than £27,500 in sales. Martin Dimery, the festival’s creative director, is understandably delighted: “Even accounting for inflation, this is the best advance sale…

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Jazz sounds by the sea

THE Jazz by the Sea Festival, running at various venues in Bournemouth and Poole from 11th to 17th June, was previously known as the Bournemouth Jazz Festival. It returns with a fresh new look this year, bringing well-known jazz artists to perform with local musicians. Opening at Poole Lighthouse on Sunday 11th is Clare Teal,…

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