The Interview

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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Meeting Brian Patten at Lyme Regis

ONCE upon a time, poet Brian Patten was walking on Dartmoor and, squinting into the sun, saw a cairn of stones in a different light. “What if the stones were books, and the books were the library of a giant,” he thought. And so The Story Giant was born – a book that weaves folk…

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