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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.

 

 

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
25
Mon
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.

Programme

  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
Sep
26
Tue
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.

Sep
27
Wed
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

Westbury Leigh – from the archives @ The Hollies Inn
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Westbury Leigh

County archivist and Westbury rResident, Steve Hobbs revisits Westbury Leigh. Last time he covered this subject he led a popular walk around the village. Many people said they would have liked to have heard more and not everyone was able to join a walk – also Steve ran out of time before covering all that he researched. So Steve will return to Westbury Leigh and this time you can sit down!

Not only can you sit down but you can have a drink or a meal from the Hollies’ extensive menu.

If you want to eat, we strongly recommend you book your table direct with the Hollies to avoid disappointment.  Tel. 01373 864493

 

Sep
28
Thu
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.

 

Sep
29
Fri
Festival Rhymetime @ Westbury Library
Sep 29 @ 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.