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Sep
22
Fri
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
24
Sun
Westbury’s Favourite Hymns @ All Saints Church
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come and sing (or just listen to!) favourite hymns old and new in the picturesque setting of All Saints Parish Church. The churches of Westbury are organising a service with everyone’s favourite hymns.

The top 10 hymns will form the backbone of the service.

Members of a number of choirs have combined to lead the singing.  The service is open to people of all faiths or none so come along and take part as much or as little as suits you.

Organised by Westbury Area Churches Together

 

Sep
30
Sat
The White Horse Community Choir (& friends) @ West End Baptist Church
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

White Horse Community Choir will sing a wide variety of songs from Disney to pop songs from the 60s with a touch of gospel thrown in. We will be joined by Naomi Bignell with her own unique singing  talents. Director, Ian McManus, will tickle the ivories too! Come and enjoy a feast of musical delight.

Money raised in aid of Crosspoint and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Refreshments afterwards to include tea/coffee and homemade cake.

The choir is always looking for new members to join. Just pop along to one of our rehearsals on Monday evenings (Term Time) at West End Baptist Church (7:45-9:15pm) and try us out. You don’t even have to sing if you don’t want to!


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For more information contact Ian McManus 07818852142 rev.ian.mcmanus@gmail.com

Sep
22
Sat
Cardiff Male Choir @ All Saints Church
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“A wonderful performance and a truly memorable evening”  England v Wales 6 Nations Rugby Dinner 2017

Acclaimed Cardiff Male Choir makes its first appearance at Westbury Festival this year.

 

Founded in 1898, the choir is one of the oldest choirs in South Wales and sing a wide variety of songs, including Welsh hymns and arias, gospel numbers, jazz standards, West End showstoppers, timeless pop classics and even the odd latest hit!

Currently celebrating its 120th year, the choir is still going strong with over 40 members who regularly perform in the South Wales area. The choir is often invited to sing throughout the UK as part of festivals, tours, weddings and charity and corporate events.


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Music Director: Emma Laidlaw-Height
Emma Laidlaw-Height graduated from Cardiff University in 2008 with a joint degree in Music and History. During her graduation, she received the prestigious Sir Geraint Evans Award for Singers for the highest marked First Class final year recital under the tuition of WNO soprano Helen Field. Emma is a singing teacher in the South Wales area and has taught at many theatre schools and children’s organisations throughout the UK. Emma accepted the post of Musical Director of Cardiff Male Choir in 2010 and has a long history of singing with numerous choirs including the BBC National Chorus of Wales and conducting both female voice, male voice, mixed and children’s choirs.

Accompanist: Helen Roberts
Following four years as a pupil of Fazliddin Husanov, the eminent Russian pianist, Helen graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff in 2007. Helen was appointed Accompanist of the Treorchy Male Choir in 2007 and joined Cardiff Male Choir in 2017.

Sep
27
Thu
Sounding It Out (Choir) @ All Saints Church
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Sounding It Out is a mixed SATB choir from Trowbridge with around fifty members, some of whom are coming to perform a lunchtime concert for the Westbury Festival.

They are an a capella choir who learn by ear so, should you be interested in joining, reading music is not essential but  is available for those who want it. They sing an eclectic range of songs from around the world with the main ethos of the choir being that they share a joy of singing.

The choir has travelled as far as Bulgaria and the Czech Republic to sing as well as singing at The Festival Hall and The Roundhouse in London, Bath Abbey, Wells Cathedral and many festivals, pubs, prisons and Christmas markets. All of this is done under their dynamic musical director Caroline Radcliffe.

Sep
28
Fri
Meryl Thomas & Lisa Clarke – Soprano & Piano @ All Saints Church
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Meryl Thomas (soprano) and Lisa Clarke (piano) will offer a delightful mixed programme ranging from Purcell and Mozart to Ivor Novello and Gershswin.

Meryl is currently pursuing a rewarding musical partnership with pianist and accompanist Lisa Clarke.

When she was 13 years old, Meryl sang the role of Josephine in a provincial production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. Since then, she has sung various roles in opera, oratorio and popular music, ranging from Purcell and Mozart to Ivor Novello and Gershwin.

Meryl has studied with former international soprano Ruth Petter and Professor Ashley Stafford, formerly of the Royal College of Music. She has performed around the UK and in Europe, and is currently pursuing a rewarding musical partnership with pianist and accompanist Lisa Clarke.

Lisa Clarke grew up in Bath and has been an accompanist since her teens. She is currently living in Winsley, giving piano and maths lessons to private students after a career in school teaching which has taken her to Kenya and Egypt and as well as Bath, Oxford and the Isle of Wight. She enjoys singing in two local choirs and playing with the Hilperton Recorder Players as well as travelling to Kenya where she runs a small charity.

Oct
6
Sat
An Evening with the PHILOMEL SINGERS & FAYE CALEY @ Methodist Church
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

An opportunity to hear the female voice choir that is the Philomel Singers and accomplished organist, Faye Caley, for an evening of music and song. The choir will be accompanied by long time festival favourite, Stephen Cooke.

Founded in 1989, the choir sings a wide range of music, both accompanied and unaccompanied.

This is a free event sponsored by Westbury Methodist Church and with a retiring collection, the proceeds from which will be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer’s Association.