Festivals news

Salisbury looks west for 2017 festival

THE fourth year of Salisbury Festival director Toby Smith’s journey to the four compass points takes the  Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival to the west, with a particular focus on Canada’s  Quebec province for the 2017 programme, from 27th May to 11th June. As always, the Cathedral is at the heart of the festival’s classical…

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Lottery funding for Salisbury archive project

THE Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival has been awarded a grant of £28,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project, Animating the Archives, in partnership with Salisbury Cathedral. As part of the 2017 festival’s learning and participation programme, Animating the Archives will allow local community groups unprecedented access to a treasure-trove of some of…

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BSO partners Grange Festival in new singing competition

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced a partnership with the Grange Festival, launching a major singing competition for young singers, with the chance to sing with the BSO. The Grange International Singing Competition, formerly the Hampshire National Singing Competition, will offer emerging talent under the age of 33 significant cash prizes and a role in…

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BSO at Grange Festival

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orches­tra will be one of the Orchestras in Residence at the inaugural Grange Festival at Northington this summer. The BSO joins the Academy of Ancient Music in providing the music for artistic director Michael Chance’s first festival, which runs from 7th June to 17th September at the venue north of Winchester.  The new…

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Hinton St George festival

THE first event of this year’s Hinton St George Festival is on Saturday 25th February when locally based Reg Meuross previews songs from his new album. One of Somerset’s prettiest villages, Hinton St George has a biennial festival, and in the intervening year there are a series of concerts around the village. The village, full…

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Fawcetts renews festival sponsorship

SALISBURY-based Fawcetts Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors has renewed its sponsorship of the family programme in this year’s Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. It is the fifth year that the firm has sponsored the family events. This year’s festival runs from 26 May to 10 June. Festival director Toby Smith said: “With outdoor theatre, the…

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Starry music and literary line-up for Bath Festival 2017

SOME of the world’s leading musicians and writers will be coming to Bath in May for the first of the new-style Bath Festival, running from 19th to 28th May. The line-up includes Sir Salman Rushdie, Coim Toibin, Margaret Drabble, Mary Berry, Lionel Shriver, the Philharmonia Orchestra with Herbert Blomstedt, Steven Isselis, Madeleine Peyroux, Martin Carthy,…

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