Isolational ideas

Bruton show goes online

THE annual summer Bruton Art Society exhibition is always one of the visual arts highlights of the season. Consistently attracting work by many of the area’s finest amateur and professional artists, it is not only a delight for visitors but also a major showcase for the participating painters, sculptors and print-makers. Covid-19 could have meant…

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Beethoven concerts cancelled

THERE was disappointment on 6th August when Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival announced that the Beethoven concerts scheduled for 4th and 5th September had been cancelled. The statement from the festival said “Unfortunately, on 31st July the Government postponed the planned re-commencement of indoor concerts and this has left us with no choice but to…

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Museums and heritage centres reopen

SOUTH West Heritage Trust’s museums and heritage centres are re-opening to the public during August. The sites included are the Museum of Somerset, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Somerset Heritage Centre, Devon Heritage Centre and North Devon Record Office. To keep visitors safe, and comply with government guidelines, the trust has made some changes to the…

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Outdoor concert at Glastonbury Abbey

MUSICAL stars from the West Country are taking part in an outdoor concert at Glastonbury Abbey on 30th August. Overseen by choreographer and director Andrew Wright – well-known in previous years from shows at Strode Theatre at Street – with input from Cameron Mackintosh and Glastonbury Festival’s founder Michael Eavis, the event will feature a…

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Theatre Royal Bath on Red Alert

BATH Theatre Royal will join theatres and entertainment venues around the UK on Tuesday 11th August to take part in the Red Alert campaign, drawing attention to the difficulties which the industry continues to face, with the ongoing restrictions on indoor performances and social gatherings. Red Alert is the second national event in the Light…

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Concerts in the West go online

LOVERS of chamber music and fans of Concerts in the West, the organisation which brings rising stars of the chamber music scene to venues in Dorset, Somerset and Devon, can enjoy a series of concerts online, from 20th August to 22nd October. Concerts in the West founder and director Catherine Maddocks describes the project as…

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Creative lockdown in Dorset

TEN artists and groups in Dorset have won funding for micro-commissions as part of Creative Communities in Quarantine, a project to create engaging work to help beat isolation during lockdown. In May, Dorset-based arts organisatioln Activate promoted an opportunity for artists and theatre makers to submit their ideas for ways to engage communities through the…

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Double blow from Wiltshire Creative

THEATRE and performing arts audiences and supporters in Wiltshire heard the sad news at the end of July that Wiltshire Creative was beginning redundancy consultations with staff, and that the Salisbury Playhouse pantomime was being postponed to 2021. In a statement, marketing and communication manager Tim Croall, said that the staff had been advised that…

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Strode Theatre to be “mothballed’

STRODE Theatre at Street has had a digital programme throughout the lockdown, but as the Job Retention Scheme comes to an end, the theatre will be mothballed, says theatre manager Robin Peters. He described as “heart-breaking” the decision to enter redundancy discussions with the staff. The theatre has been supported during the Covid-19 crisis by…

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Contemplation at The Art Stable

THE Art Stable is in contemplative mood with the new exhibition. Contemplation, an exploration of contemporary ceramics and furniture, which runs from 1st to 29th August, features  ceramics by Adam Buick, Nel Faulkner, Jonathan Garratt, Ali Herbert, Nigel Lambert, David Roberts, Jason Wason, and furniture by the Wiltshire-based maker Matthew Burt. On the walls there…

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