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Poole play commission for our Covid times

A NEW play, commissioned by Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, which will be performed in the open air in June, will explore the lives, hopes and dreams of young people in Poole. Writer Andrew Muir’s play will provide a snapshot of the struggles they have faced living with the extraordinary pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioned…

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Public worship at Salisbury Cathedral

PUBLIC worship resumes at Salisbury Cathedral on Mothering Sunday, 14th March, after the months of lockdowns and  live streaming. The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Rev Nicholas Papadopulos, says: “We are delighted to be welcoming local worshippers back to Salisbury Cathedral from Mothering Sunday. Our pattern of services has been sustained throughout the third lockdown,…

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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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New CD and a medieval music course

THE return of live music to the Concerts in the West venues is still three months off, but the organisation, which supports and promotes young chamber musicians, has news of an exciting new CD and a course on medieval music. Catherine Maddocks, the founder and artistic director of Concerts in the West, has announced that…

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Gardiner conducts Brahms

DORSET-born conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner joins the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough for a concert streamed live from Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Wednesday 24th February at 7.30pm. The main work will be Brahms’ magnificent Piano Concerto No 1, following the opening work, Schumann’s Genoveva overture. The presenter will…

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Reading Is Magic – and free

FREE access has been extended for events in last year’s successful Reading is Magic Festival, organised by Bath Children’s Literature Festival. The autumn event, featuring a line-up of top children and young adults’ writers and illustrators, reached more than 155,000 children in 30 countries. Festival organisers, who realised that they weren’t able to put on…

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Super-Spies zoom in on Dorset

LOCKED down and feeling miserable? Super-Spies are on their way. Promising help and fun for home-schooling families and observant young people, the team is on a lockdown mission around Dorset during the February half term – and they need your help! Devised by Dorset-based Angel Exit Theatre, Super-Spies in Lockdown is an interactive performance that…

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Plastic bad, plastic good, plastic opera

SHAFTESBURY-based composer and musician Karen Wimhurst has created a chamber opera, Synthetica – A Toxic Enchantment, which addresses one of the biggest challenges of our time –plastic. First performed as WRAP-2, a work in progress, at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre in 2018, the opera was due to be toured around the country, but now Synthetica…

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