Festivals news

For the love of Bach

FANS of Bach in particular and baroque music in general have an annual winter treat at Bath – this year’s Bath Bach Fest runs from 21st to 23rd February and includes leading international musicians including Xuefei Yang and The Sixteen. Directed as always by Amelia Freedman, the eighth Bach Fest, produced by the team which…

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Festival of theatre and more

FEST West 2019 (formerly known as Theatre Fest West) is back from Thursday 14th February to Saturday 2nd March,  bringing some of the south west’s most exciting new theatre to Salis­bury, Corsham and Trow­bridge. This year film and dance  have been added to the mix with theatre performances. Companies and artists from Bristol, Devon, Som­er­set…

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EP celebrates Mike Leigh

MIKE Leigh is a towering figure in 20th and 21st century British cinema – for nearly 50 years, this creative inspiring man has been making memorable and original films. His work is being celebrated with a festival at Bridport, from 21st to 24th February, and the man himself will be there at all screenings. Mike…

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Registration open for Shaftesbury Fringe

ONLINE registration for this year’s Shaftesbury Fringe Festival is open. The Fringe, this year from 5th to 7th July, is England’s third largest open performance festival. Sue Allatt (pictured), who chairs the event with Rob Neely, is keen for more local people to take part, as the fame of the event spreads: “We had twice…

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Keep on Celebrating Voice

RUSSIAN spooks, complex poisons and an attempt to nick the Magna Carta from the Cathedral – what’s life in Salisbury coming to? Thank goodness for Celebrate Voice, the annual festival that gives everyone in the community a chance to sing and to listen to singing, together. The 2018 festival, now running until 3rd November, has…

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A literary smorgasbord at Sherborne

WHATEVER your tastes, this year’s Sherborne Literary Festival has something to delight, fascinate and enthrall – from the Vietnam war to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, from The Women Who Flew for Hitler to the musical life of Britain’s greatest film critic. The festival, from 10th to 14th October, offers “a diverse smorgasbord of…

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Dazzling line-up for Bridlit 2018

FOOD writer and Great British Bake Off resident expert Prue Leith, novelist Fay Weldon, mental health campaigner, marathon runner and Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, yachtsman Sir Robin Knox Johnson and historians Sir Anthony Beevor and James Holland are among the top authors coming to this year’s 14th annual Bridport Literary Festival, from 4th to 11th…

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Beethoven cello sonatas for Plush finale

BEETHOVEN’s five cello sonatas, a sublime chamber work by Schonberg and a favourite Schubert string quintet are among the masterpieces which bring the 2018 Plush Festival to a close over the weekend of 14th to 16th September. On Friday 14th, the Plush ensemble, including artistic director and cellist Adrian Brendel and pianist Tim Horton, will…

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