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Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival

PURBECK’s annual chamber music festival, this year from 28th August to 1st September, manages the difficult feat of being intimate in terms of venues and international in its scope, performers and programming. Under its artistic director Natalie Clein, the Dorset-born cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival…

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Praise the Lord at Edington

FOR the 64th year, the Wilt­shire village of Edington welcomes musicians and singers for the festival of music within the liturgy, from Sunday 18th to Sunday 25th August 2019. This year’s theme is Laudate Dominum, and the festival is based, as always, at the magnificent 14th century Priory church. Structured between the offices of Matins…

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Beautiful Days – at home with the Levellers

ESCOT Park, near Ottery St Mary, is the home of Beautiful Days, the Levellers’ independent family music festival, which has been running for 16 years and this year will be on from 16th to 18th August. The festival’s starry line-up includes Skunk Anansie,  Ziggy Marley, the Sleaford Mods, the Black Seeds, the Stranglers, Kate Rusby,…

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Stellar line-up at Purbeck Folk Festival

PURBECK Valley Folk Festival 2019, at its new location near Harmans Cross, from 15th to 18th August, has a stellar line-up, including Thea Gilmore, Cara Dillon and Karine Polwart (pictured). It really is a festival for everyone, with lots of activities and entertainment for children and a line-up of established and rising stars for music-lovers….

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Save the date for Bath Festival 2020

THE dates of the 2020 Bath Festival have been announced –a ten-day celebration of music and books, opening with the traditional free Party in the City on Friday 15th May and culminating in the bank holiday weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May. The festival will once again be a rich kaleidoscope of events,…

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Sidmouth celebrates the best of British folk music

THIS year is the 50th anniversary of the first Woodstock festival, generally regarded as the inspiration for the UK’s summer music festivals – but the British folk scene can claim a much older event, Sidmouth Folk Week, celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, running from 2nd to 9th August. This year’s brilliant line-up includes Richard…

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Telling tales at Wimborne

WIMBORNE’S festival of stories and story-telling, Sting in the Tale, returns this year, from Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August, with a packed programme of tall tales, puppet shows, street theatre and more, for all ages. The festival  open with a flourish with Field of Stories, a full day of free family storytelling, crafts…

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