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Sep
21
Thu
Drop In Jigsaw @ Lions Bookshop
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm

Are you a closet jigsaw puzzler?  Then drop by the Westbury Lions’ Bookshop during the three weekends of the festival and while away some time puzzling your way through the three 2000-piece jigsaws on display – each one an iconic view of our town.  Children are very welcome too – they can help with the puzzles or try their hand at some colouring in some of the giant posters.

Call in any time from 10.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m. Thursday, Friday or Saturday – no charge!  Enjoy!

Sep
22
Fri
Festival Rhymetime @ Westbury Library
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhyme Time for Younger

Rhyme Time

Songs and Rhymes for the under 3s and their parent/carer.

A popular feature of the Festival returning for another year.  Why not join us for lots of bouncing, clapping, songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers aged 0-3 years and their parent/carer.

This is a fun, free session, no need to book.

10-10.30 am for babies and 11-11.30 for toddlers.

 

Artist’s Open Studio @ Andrew Cottrell Art Studio,
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm

Once again, local landscape artist Andrew Cottrell is opening up his studio at 158 Eden Vale Road, Westbury for anyone to drop by and see how an artist works.  No appointment is needed during these days so pop in and take a look!

Andrew is a local artist and illustrator inspired by colour, light and texture taken from where the UK and abroad.  He works in acrylics and his work is influenced by N.C. and Andrew Wyeth as well as Anthony Green RA.

 

 

Opening Night @ The Laverton
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

As usual our festival will start with a variety of acts, some local, some old friends, some new, some young, some old and we hope something for everyone.

We welcome a performance from international soloist Graham Dalby who, among his many talents, is the Director at the London Swing Orchestra.  We are also delighted with the return of Nicole Micheli and Vincent Ling who thrilled us alllast year with their performances on saxophone and piano.

Young performers fromMatravers School’ will performing some selections from their upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast:junior

Madeline Hewitt (Belle) – “Home”
Nathan Chadwick (Gaston) & Cameron Sinden (Le Fou) – “Gaston”
Joe Medway (Beast) – “If I Can’t Love Her”
Mollie Green (Mrs Potts) – “Beauty and the Beast”

And totally unrelated but back by “popular demand”:
Tom Bond – “Feeling Good”

New to the Festival this year is Emma Webb.  Known to us locally as the leader of Westbury’s Rock Choir, Emma will be performing solo with a mix of musical theatre and acoustic pieces with her guitar and also some of her own songs.

More info to come!

 


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Sep
23
Sat
Family History Group @ Prince & Princesses Event @ Leigh Park Community Centre
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Are there any Princes or Princesses in your family tree?

The Westbury Family History group will be on hand to show you how you can get started in the fascinating activity. And although they won’t be able to go back to medieval times in just a few minutes, they can probably find out quite a bit about your family from names, a few dates of birth and some addresses.

No need to book, no additional charge, just walk up and ask them – the group will be in the hall during the Princes and Princesses event.

Note this event is only available to those attending the Princes, Princesses, Nights & Damsels event.

 

Princes, Princesses, Knights & Damsels @ Leigh Park Community Centre
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

After leaping into the future last year with our Star Wars – Attack of the Craft event, Westbury Festival is teaming up again with the Wiltshire Scrapstore this year to take you into the past.

 

Come along and get creative making costumes and accessories inspired by our medieval ‘Knights & Damsels’ theme.  All materials will be provided and assistance will be given by experienced staff from 

 

Refreshments will be available and adults can also investigate to see if there are any prince or princesses in their family tree with the Westbury Family History Group who will be present.

Please Note:    Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Beyond the Blue Plaques @ Westbury Library
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
County Archivist, Steve Hobbs

County Archivist, Steve Hobbs

Popular County Archivist, Steve Hobbs returns to the Festival and this year will be looking at those buildings in Westbury which are not included in the town’s Blue Plaque Trail but hold fascination in their own right.

Spaces are limited so please book through the Library on 01373 822294.

Breaking Baroque: Monteverdi’s Magic Jubilee @ Stormore Baptist Church
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Musicke in the Ayre

 

Locally-based early music specialists Musicke in the Ayre make a welcome return to Westbury Festival with a recital celebrating the 450th anniversary of the birth of one of the most important composers in the history of Western classical music, Claudio Monteverdi.

Monteverdi and his colleagues wrote wonderful music that brought in the Baroque. Musicke in the Ayre (soprano Jane Hunt and lutenist/luthier Din Ghani) will bring it magically to life in Stormore Chapel using just: the great acoustic there, Jane’s lovely voice, and the unique sound of period plucked strings (instruments made by Din just down the road).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lutenist/luthier Din will play archlute and baroque lute  which were both made by him.

Teas will be available after the event.

The concert is being held by Stormore Baptist Church  to celebrate the  recent refurbishment of this charming little building.


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Dr Zebo’s Wheezy Club @ The Laverton
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 11:15 pm

Dr Zebo’s Wheezy Club brings together the lively genres of jazz & swing from the 1930s & 40s, with original and traditional fiddle tunes.  It’s all very jolly and guaranteed to keep everyone on their toes.

The band consists of Simon Taylor – guitar and vocals, Mike Fossett – fiddle and vocals and Ralf Dorrell – double bass. With a combined performance record of greater than 100 years, there is no lack of experience!

Simon and Mike go back a long way, having grown up together in the swamps of Filton, Bristol. Both play together in the well-established pub and ceilidh band The Electric Lobsters. The Lobsters have been together for nearly 30 years and are still banging it out! Mike also plays in the Prog/Rock outfit, Bluedog.

Ralf is very active on the South West music scene as a composer, performer (double bass, bass guitar and trombone), bandleader, ensemble director, lecturer, teacher and workshop tutor. He has been leading workshops on improvisation, composition and jazz since 1984. His compositions have been performed on BBC Radio 3 and at venues including the Purcell Rooms, South Bank, London and St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol. As a performer he has played at music festivals both in the UK ( including Glastonbury and Edinburgh ) and abroad ( Le Mans Jazz Festival ), and has performed on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 as well as on BBC 1 and Channel 4 television.

Zebo’s site

 

The band have just released a new album, Painting the Clouds

it will be on sale on the night.

 

Sponsored by: Haine and Smith – 19 High Street Westbury BA13 3BN

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Painting the Clouds

The whole point of Dr Zebo’s music is to put a new spin on older material and to mix this with original tunes. Our set consists of quirky juxtapositions of material from a wide variety of sources within a single piece. Elements of the mix include 1920’s jazz songs sung in close harmony, original folky tunes by members of the band and quotes from well-known TV and film music: the theme music of Tom and Jerry might turn into a 16th century dance tune followed by a Tom Waits song. Even when we perform a complete piece by someone else (such as Steely Dan or Nat King Cole) it will become “Zebo-ised” by the fact that we play it on acoustic folk instruments or we will change the rhythm to something bizarre like a tango or with a reggae-feel, and often play it in a tongue-in-cheek way.

 Overall, this bizarre, funny and quirky kaleidoscope of music is very difficult to get across in a 20 sec video or audio clip. You have to experience it in the flesh!

 The gig should coincide with the launch of our first CD “Painting the Clouds”.

Dr Zebo’s

Sep
24
Sun
French Country Dancing @ Westbury Leigh Community Hall
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

French Dance Instruments

An opportunity to take part in traditional French Country dancing accompanied by La Vieille Rue and led by experts.  Beginners Welcome

La Vieille Rue is a Wiltshire based band of musicians  who play the traditional evocative dance music of the Bourbonnais region of Central France, using instruments such as the Vielle a Roue (hurdy gurdy), grande cornemuse (French bagpipes), diatonic and chromatic accordions, concertina, violin and guitar.

The traditional dances of Central France, the Bourrée, Schottish, Valse, Mazurka and Polka will be taught in this session.  We will teach you the steps and walk you through the dances.  Beginners and more experienced dancers are welcome.  Our aim is pleasure and enjoyment in music and dance for both adults and children.


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