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Exciting line-up for Bath Festivals

RENAISSANCE music in the Roman baths, Mel Giedroyc talking about her new book, the super-musical Kanneh-Mason family and a guided walk around the Bridgerton locations – this year’s Bath Festivals promises delights and treats for all tastes. The festival, including music from medieval to contemporary, world, rock and more, and literature, comedy and poetry, will…

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Petherton Folk Fest 2021 cancelled

THE organisers of the annual Petherton Folk Fest at South Petherton have announced that this festival, due to be held in June, will not take place, due to the impact of the coronavirus restrictions. Folk Fest chairman Pete Wheeler says: “Due to the pandemic, Petherton Folk Fest 2021 has been cancelled – but the Folk…

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The songs of the lacemakers

A FASCINATING insight into the working lives of women and girls in lace schools is revealed in a YouTube video by Windrose Rural Media Trust which works across Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.. Somerset folk singer and collector Amanda Boyd found out more when she was putting together a Zoom presentation for people with dementia during…

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Bath prepares to party

GET your dancing shoes on and be prepared to party as Bath Festivals’ finale weekend on the Rec in the heart of the city brings some big names to Bath over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August. Bath Festivals and music promoters Orchard Live have announced the re-scheduling of the music festival…

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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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Wiltshire Music Centre reopens

WILTSHIRE Music Centre at Bradford-on-Avon has reopened after nearly six months, with a programme of concerts from classical to jazz to folk. In July the centre launched a £60,000 Community Fundraising Appeal to help to reopen the venue for an autumn and winter programme that puts the community centre stage. With the closure affecting more…

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Lighthouse commissions lockdown song

A SONG commissioned by Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre to celebrate the part that music has played in the history of the arts centre is a tribute to the famous “bouncing floor” in the concert hall. The multi-use centre hosts drama, dance and all forms of visual art but its beating heart has been popular music….

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