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Cello duet Theresa Cole & David Garcia @ All Saints Church
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Talented cellists Theresa Cole and David Garcia open the lunchtime concert sessions of the Westbury Festival.

Theresa & David are both peripatetic music teachers in a number of schools in Wiltshire as well as teaching privately. They are both involved with the Wiltshire Young Musicians bands and orchestras.

David plays in a variety of bands and ensembles across the southwest, including a jazz quartet and a ceilidh band.

Theresa enjoys playing in a string quartet and for shows. She also plays with various local orchestras.



Duet for 2 cellos op. 50 Jacques Offenbach

Allegro G.F. Handel arr. Lynne Latham
Sonata in D major opL/S Joseph de Boismortier (169-1755)
Duet no 3 in G major: Andatino Pastorale F.A. Kummer (1797-1879)
Sonata no 4 op.8 W. de Fesch (1687-1761)
Variations on a Theme of Mozart arr. Niso Ticciati
Tango por una Cabeza Carlos Gardel arr. Thomas Gregory
Organ recital by Stephen Cooke & Rob Danter @ All Saints Church
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Stephen Cooke is has been a popular performer at the Westbury Festival on several occasions is returning to the festival as an organist in this concert and a piano accompanist with the Philomel singers he has wide experience as an accompanist and recitalist. Furthermore, he also builds and restores organs from his Westbury workshop.

Rob Danter is a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge and an organist, pianist and singer. He became M.D. of Con Brio choir from Bradford-on-Avon in early 2016 and also accompanies Westbury Choral Society.

their programmes will include some organ duets.


Johanna Fyfe – flautist @ All Saints Church
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Originally from Frome, Jo Fyfe has been playing the flute since her school days and taking every opportunity to join in with community music making nce then.  She currently plays with the Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra.








Selection of music for piano and flute:

Berceuse, Opus 16 by Gabriel Faure

A short piece written in or about 1879 originally for solo violin and piano.  Berceuse literally means ‘cradle song’.  Faure was a French composer born in 1845.  He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation and his musical style influenced many 20th century composers.

By the river by Gordon Jacob

Marcia Alla Burla by Gordon Jacob

Jacob was one of the most musically conservative of his generation of composers, preferring the more austere Baroque and Classical models to the Romanticism of his peers. He was born in London in 1895 and enlisted in the Field Artillery to serve in World War I. When taken prisoner of war in 1917 he amused himself and his fellow POWs by forming a small prison camp ‘orchestra’.

Selection of music for organ and flute:

Elegy by Michael Conway Baker

Baker is a 21st century composer who rarely uses key signatures because of his music’s constantly shifting tonal centres.

Pippa’s Lullaby by Terence Greaves

Saucy Sue by Terence Greaves

Born in 1933, Terence Greaves has written much music for voices, piano and various wind instruments, particularly the clarinet.

Sonata for flute & piano by Francis Poulenc

Allegro malinconico
Presto giocoso

Poulenc was a French composer and pianist born in 1899.  Although he grew up in a musical household, he was expected to follow his father into the family firm and was not allowed to enrol at a music college.  This sonata was written in 1957 for the flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal and was premiered in June 1957 at the Strasbourg Music Festival. It is now one of Poulenc’s best known works.

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.

They will perform:
Way down the hole
Where are we now?
Forbidden fruit
Autumn leaves
Lovely Joan
Apple wassail
Lisa Lan
Vem kan segla
Pokara kare ana
Eatnemen Vuelie
Yemaya asesu
Kwangena thina bo
Let it be me
La bamba
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.

Two in One – Music from the Americas @ All Saints Church
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Two in One  – Music from the Americas

Festival audiences have been delighted by this talented piano duo in past years and this year, Ruth Phillips and Pauline Ward will perform with an inspired and varied new programme of music from the Americas, including jazz, rags, blues, tangos and music from the shows.

Hilperton Recorder Players inc. Village Band @ All Saints Church
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

The Hilperton Recorder Players have featured in a number of festival events over the years and are pleased to be returning this year playing with the Village Band from Bradford and Avon.

If you have heard them play, you will know that their output is varied and highly entertaining; if you haven;t heard them, we think you will be amazed at what recorders of all sizes and shapes can do.


Hilperton Recorder Players begin with three dance tunes from the late Tudor to early Stuart period still used today by historic dance

Quatre Branles – T Susato 1551

Susato was a sackbut player in Antwerp and also a music publisher.


The Earl of Essex Measure

The Earl of Essex was Robert Devereaux, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth who was executed for treason in 1601.

Halfe Hannikin – Playford 1651, arr P Butler

Halfe Hannikin is a traditional dance tune published in Playford’s “The English Dancing Master”.


The Silver Swan – Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

The Silver Swan is a madrigal in five parts written by Gibbons around 1611.

Fairies from Ireland – three traditional tunes arr. Sheila Richards

Sheila Richards has forged a career teaching and playing recorders and violin/viola. She conducts and plays in a number of recorder ensembles and runs Willobie Press, which publishes her compositions and arrangements.

March of the Little Plastic Soldiers – Jossi Hartmann

Jossi Hartmann was born in Hungary in 1947, but has lived most of his life in Israel. He plays double bass, adjudicates, conducts and composes. This jolly march is one of his uploads to the free sheet music site


Mississippi Mule, Blue Lagoon, Quarterdeck

James D Carey (1927-2011)

James Carey was born in Wallsend, studied French and music at Newcastle and then worked as a music teacher. He was a member of the Society of Recorder players and Musical Director of their Edinburgh branch. Many of his compositions for recorder were first played in branch meetings.

The Village Band will play

Bear Dance – a Flemish Circle Dance tune

Peat Fire Flame – a traditional Scottish reel

Bonny at Morn – a traditional Northumbrian lullaby


Finally, the Village Band will be joined by Hilperton Recorder Players for Tourdion – Pierre Attaingnant – a lively dance tune and popular French song from about 1530.

David Shepard – Clarinet soloist & piano accomp @ All Saints Church
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

The combination of clarinet and piano can be both muscular and delicate.  This should be a classic lunchtime concert of musical delights.

David Shepard – Clarinet

David Shepard’s early fascination with the clarinet came from listening as a young teenager to his teacher, John Fuest , then principal clarinettist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra .

Having obtained a PhD from Liverpool, David pursued an academic lecturing career in Plant Biochemistry for ten years at several British Universities. However, his love for music eventually won through, and for the past 31 years, he has been a teacher and performer specialising in the clarinet and saxophone. He was among the first group of students to obtain a specialist post graduate Diploma in woodwind teaching offered by Reading University in collaboration with the Incorporated Society of Musicians, of which he is now a fellow.

While now semi-retired, David has taught in most of the independent schools in and around Bath and as a peripatetic woodwind teacher for Wiltshire Music Service. It was at Kingswood School in Bath, that David and Nick met and became firm friends.

Over the years, David has performed for numerous concerts, recitals, choral works and musicals in Bath and Wiltshire, both as an instrumentalist and sometimes taking up the baton himself. He is currently principal clarinettist with the North Wiltshire Symphony Orchestra, plays Bass and Eb clarinet with other local orchestras and regularly performs music in his local church.

Nicholas Thorne – piano accompanist

Nicholas Thorne first studied the piano at the age of six in Wareham in Dorset, and then in the Isle of Purbeck with the Hungarian violinist Kato Havas. Kato encouraged an early interest in accompanying and conducting by involving him in local concerts. After Swanage Grammar School, he gained a National Diploma in Design at Bournemouth College of Art, specialising in illustration and pottery. At this time he took his piano LRAM and became a qualified teacher in Art. He had also started an interest in organ playing, and helped in many of the local churches. It was after playing the harmonium for Evensong at Kimmeridge that a chance conversation with a member of the congregation resulted in the immediate offer of job as a government officer teaching art and music at Alliance High School in Kenya. These three years in pastures new were filled with plenty of piano and organ playing, as well as new experiences in Choral music with the formation of a prize winning choir. On returning to the UK Nicholas secured a place to read music at Oxford as an Academical Clerk in the choir of Magdalen College. While waiting to take up this place he was appointed as a Lay Clerk in the choir of Hereford Cathedral where he sang in many subsequent Three Choirs Festivals, also providing illustrations for the Festival guide. After gaining his Oxford MA, he became Director of Music at Lord Williams’s School, Thame, and then at Kingswood School, Bath. In all of these locations and many more he has worked as pianist, organist, singer, conductor, photographer and artist. Locally he is a Pump Room Trio pianist, an occasional deputy organist in Bath Abbey, an official accompanist to the Mid Somerset Competitive Festival and is involved with the Bath Festival. He is Bath Choral Society’s accompanist and works with many of the other choirs from Bath and the surrounding area. He has an art and music studio at his home, an old farmstead on the edge of the city. He much enjoys the teaching of singing and keyboard instruments, and works privately, and by invitation at nearby Kingswood School. Accompanying has always been one of his greatest joys.

Schools Concert @ All Saints Church
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Westbury schools, as always, will be providing an enthusiastic concert; mixed for both age and content.

Details of the programmes will become available nearer the time – a summer holiday is a long time for these young performers.

This will sometimes be the first time these children have performed outside a school environment with “known” faces and could be the start of a great life in music. We are grateful for your support at this uplifting event.

Pipes – Penny Birnstingl & Brian Tilley @ All Saints Church
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm


Central France is the heartland of song and dance. The Bourbonnais region of the Auvergne is home to the Bourrée, Schottish, Mazurka, Waltz and Polka, but it is the Bourrée, of which there are many versions to be found, that is perhaps the most typical dance. It is a rhythmic and  energetic dance that has delighted people for hundreds of years and is much loved by the French,  (and many English people who have now discovered it!) The accompanying music is typically played on Bagpipes and Hurdy Gurdy.

Even within the extensive Auvergne area, several types of bagpipe exist: these are very different to the more familiar Scottish pipes, and Penny & Brian use the Grande Cornemuse of the Bourbonnais area.

These instruments, made in different sizes and keys by meticulous artisans, are faithful copies of 18c instruments.

The Hurdy Gurdy is a medieval instrument which was played throughout Europe until the 17c. It is still much played in Central France and this curious instrument never fails to arouse interest.

Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes, Concertina and Accordion played in different combinations show the diversity of these beguiling Mazurkas, Waltzes, Schottish and Bourrées.

This is a chance to experience the vibrant rhythms and melodies of this little known area; the home of the writer George Sand.


Central France is the heartland of song and dance.  The Bourbonnais region of the Auvergne is home to the Bourrée, Schottish, Mazurka, Waltz and Polka.  The Bourrée however, is perhaps the most typical dance.  It is a rhythmic and  energetic, much loved by the French and has delighted listeners for hundreds of years. Most typically accompaniments are played on bagpipes and hurdy gurdy..

Even within the extensive Auvergne area, several types of bagpipe exist.  These are very different to the more familiar Scottish pipes; we use the Grande Cornemuse of the Bourbonnais area. These instruments, made by meticulous artisans,  are faithful copies of 18c instruments. Often highly decorated with inlaid tin designs or more simply engraved; pipes can even have no decoration but use a black wood (formally ebony, but this is no longer permitted) with contrasting turned rings. Bagpipes come in different sizes and keys, we use pipes in C, D, G and A to produce harmonies appropriate to the music of this region.

The hurdy gurdy is a medieval instrument which was played throughout Europe until the 17c. It is still much played in Central France and this curious instrument never fails to arouse interest. The instrument used for this concert is an original French example and dates from about 1840.

The concertina was made by Louis Lachenal in 1925. It was restored in 1976 by Colin Dipper, concertina maker, who lives in Heytesbury.

The accordion is the baby of the group!  It is not from France, but from Italy and was made by Vignoni in 2013.

This is a chance to experience the vibrant rhythms and melodies of this little known area; the home of the writer George Sand, who lived and died in Nohant.  She was a great admirer of the local music and even wrote a novel entitled ‘ The Bagpipers’ (Les Maîtres Sonneurs).