The Interview

Tastes of summer at Summer Lodge

DORSET is blessed with great food, gorgeous scenery and some wonderful hotels and restaurants where you can enjoy the best of both. There are few that can compare with Summer Lodge at Evershot, an 18th country house which is one of the region’s finest hotels, set in one of the loveliest parts of West Dorset,…

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Lucia Lacarra makes her Hatch debut

WHEN you meet an international ballet star, even a small ordinary mortal feels lumpen! You look at this tiny, featherlight creature and have to remind yourself how astonishingly strong she is – and how hard she works. I met the Basque-born Lucia Lacarra on the dress rehearsal evening of this year’s Covent Garden Dance Company visit…

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Rooted in Wiltshire

Playwright Barney Norris talks to Fanny Charles about finding his voice and the impact of the Great War on ordinary rural lives BARNEY Norris is looking forward to seven weeks in the rehearsal rooms. Yes, you read that right. Rehearsal ROOMS. This prolific and brilliantly talented young playwright currently has two new plays in rehearsal….

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Lark Rise to Hambledon

Celebrating 30 years of a unique ceilidh band TELEVISION brought millions of people to Lark Rise To Candleford, Flora Thompson’s stories of growing up in a remote rural village at the turn of the 19th century. In 1978-9 a previous generation of theatre-goers had enjoyed an inventive adaptation with music at the National Theatre, followed…

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Andy the Tuba, Cresci that is

FOR pushing 30 years now, Andy Cresci has been a familiar presence in the back row of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with his trademark tuba. Having served under principal conductors Rudolph Barshai, Andrew Litton, Yakov Kreizberg, Marin Alsop and Kirill Karabits, he is in as good a position as any to assess where the orchestra…

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High BSO standards bring violinist Vadim Gluzman back to Poole

Vadim Gluzman, the Israeli virtuoso violinist, recently visited Poole for two performances of Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with Kirill Karabits conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Between concerts he met Paul Jordan, the FTR’s Classical Music reviewer. VADIM Gluzman is firmly up there amongst the elite group of international violinists. Now in his early forties, he is in…

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Martin Clunes looks forward to Buckham Fair

MOST of us would hesitate about welcoming thousands of people on to our land every year. But television star and animal lover Martin Clunes opens fields at his farm at Beaminster every August for Buckham Fair, a one-day country show which has become a firm favourite with visitors and people from across the region. Now…

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