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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.


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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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

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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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


Harpsichord Concert @ All Saints Church
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

An opportunity not to be missed!  Listen to eminent harpsichordist Mike Bardsley perform some of his favourite pieces including Bach and Scarlatti.


Following a Junior Exhibition to Trinity College of Music, Mike read Music at Dartington College of Arts, where he studied the harpsichord with Roy Truby and John Wellingham. Whilst at Dartington he was also able to take advantage of master classes with several eminent visiting harpsichordists, including Christopher Hogwood and Kenneth Gilbert. More recently he has studied with the harpsichordist Penelope Cave.

Mike performs as a piano and harpsichord accompanist and recitalist with a variety of soloists, including recent concerts with the violinist David Juritz and with fellow-Dartingtonian, Arne Richards. Over the last few years he has worked with the ensembles 4’s Company and Good Company as a piano accompanist, and as a harpsichordist with The Compton Chamber Ensemble, which concentrates on the Baroque repertoire. As a soloist he has given harpsichord recitals in Chelmsford Cathedral, Sulgrave Manor, Chastleton House, Chipping Norton Theatre and the Ashmolean Museum and has recently completed an acclaimed series of recitals for the Bate Collection in Oxford.


  1.  Lo Ballo dell’ Intorcia Antonio Valente (ca. 1520 – 1581)
    Ballo della Battaglia Bernardo Storace (ca. 1637 – 1707)
  2.  Ciacona Georg Muffat (1653 – 1704)
  3.  Suite in C minor William Croft (1678 – 1727)
    Ground – Almand – Corant – Saraband – Hornpipe
  4. Prelude and Fugue in F minor J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
  5. Sonata in B minor K.87 D. Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)
    Sonata in B minor K.377
  6. Suite in G minor Domenico Zipoli (1688 – 1726)
    Preludio – Corrente – Sarabanda – Giga
Celia Waghorn & Friends @ All Saints Church
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Ceilia with Tony (left) and Timothy (right)

Celia Waghorn (flute) returns to the Festival with her friends Tony James (piano) & Timothy Woods (recorder). Last year’s concert proved to be amongst the most popular of the series and this year the talented trio will delight us with an all new programme.

The performance will feature recorder (treble and maybe sopranino), C flute, alto flute and piano.

It will be wide ranging in style, including Telemann sonatas, Latin dances by Richard Kershaw and Idylle by Godard (flute and piano) as well as pieces written for alto flute and piano and arrangements of well-loved solos.

Organ Recital @ All Saints Church
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Gareth Bennett in Bradford on Avon

Gareth Bennett returns to Westbury where, for several years, he was Director of Music at All Saints Church.

Gareth was one of the original organisers of the Little Lunch series of concerts.

Gareth has been playing the organ since he was five years old, when he used to play, sitting on his aunt’s knee at the Methodist Chapel where she was the organist at the time.  He has played the organ for churches ever since.

Gareth studied first at Hampton School, where he played the organ every day for assembly, then at the University of Sussex, where he also regularly played the Chapel organ for important occasions.

After spending nearly 20 years working in IT, Gareth decided to switch careers to become a professional musician, and went to study in Liverpool under the tutelage of Noel Rawsthorne, the cathedral organist.

Since being awarded a Music & Worship BA in 1989, Gareth has held positions at many major Anglican parish churches in the south of England, including Horsham Parish Church, St. Nicolas Guildford, St. Andrew Chippenham, Amesbury Abbey Church, Holy Trinity Church Bradford-on-Avon, and All Saints Westbury.

Most recently, Gareth has renewed his interest in the Worship part of his degree alongside returning to his roots in the United Reformed Church.  He is currently Music Minister at Christ Church, Chelmsford (the URC ‘cathedral’ for the East of England) and enjoys applying himself to a wholehearted music ministry for the church and for the City of Chelmsford, as well as playing the large and beautiful Hill, Norman & Beard pipe organ with which Christ Church is blessed.


The Bevington Organ in All Saints Westbury

Brass Ensemble from Bratton Silver Band @ All Saints Church
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Brass Instruments

This ensemble was formed especially for the festival by members of Bratton Silver Band. In addition to a varied programme, there will be an opportunity for audience members (especially the young) to find out a little about how brass instruments work.