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John Eliot Gardiner and Beethoven

LOVERS of the music of Beethoven were deprived of one of this year’s great events, when the pandemic and the resulting restrictions forced the cancellation of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Beethoven 250 symphony cycle. However, this week there is a treat with the Dorset-based conductor talking about Beethoven each day on BBC Radio 3’s Composer…

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Locked down and locked in at Bristol Old Vic

FOR acting and production students, being able to attend their places of education is only half of their learning experience – they have to perform and prepare productions for performance. This second lockdown has hit the arts community hard. Just as the Government made grants to venues and companies hit earlier this year, and tentative…

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Salisbury Cathedral recovery appeal

SALISBURY Cathedral, like other historic churches and heritage sites, closed to visitors in March, with all tours, events and concerts cancelled. Taken together, the effect on the cathedral’s income has been catastrophic, a loss off up to £2 million this year, which marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of one of Europe’s greatest churches. …

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Romantic Anonymous from Bristol Old Vic

BRISTOL Old Vic has announced a series of live events, as well as a week of performances of the enchanting musical Romantics Anonymous, which will be live-streamed to dozens of British theatres and to theatres and festivals around the world. Following the reopening of the bar and café and the launch of Live at Bristol…

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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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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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