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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.


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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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
Magical Tea @ Fairfield Farm College
Sep 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Afternoon Tea at Fairfield Farm College, in Dilton Marsh has become something of a festival tradition.

Each year the young people and staff lay on a generous and impressive buffet tea. [Some regulars at this event advise that you should not only skip lunch on the day but perhaps breakfast as well!].

This year we have something a little different: as you sit at your tables and enjoy your tea selections, professional magician, Jayne Corrigan will be passing amongst you with her baffling close-up magic.

Jayne is a full member of Equity and one of fewer than seventy women worldwide to be elected to the prestigious, world famous ,Magic Circle

“Quality, Fun Close Up Magic” – The Stage


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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


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.


White Horse Piano Trio @ All Saints Church
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

With Tom Budden on violin, Chris Hurn on cello and Steven Doran on piano, the White Horse Piano trio is a newly-formed chamber music ensemble hailing from Wiltshire towns in the shadow of Westbury’s White Horse.  They came together to explore and celebrate the beautiful and powerful music written for piano trios.

They will be performing Beethoven’s first ever published work, his sparkling Piano Trio in E flat Op 1 No. 1 plus a surprise treat.



The Many Faces of the Harp @ Holy Trinity Church
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

After her electrifying short performance at last year’s Little Lunch Music, the Festival welcomes the return of harpist, Catherine White – this time for a whole evening organised by Dilton Marsh Arts!  Her programme will include pieces ranging from the classical to modern and the exotic to folk – something for everyone to enjoy.

Catherine has enjoyed a wide-ranging career on both sides of the Atlantic.  After winning several prestigious awards in her native USA, she toured widely presenting hundreds of solo and chamber recitals, including Carnegie Recital Hall, as well as concertos in the UK with the Birmingham Chamber Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.  She has performed at many festivals, including Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Belfast, Buxton, Chipping Camden, Bury St Edmunds and the BBC Proms.

She is Professor of Harp at the Royal Academy of Music, for which she was awarded an Honorary ARAM and formerly led harp studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire as well as conducting masterclasses throughout the UK and abroad.  Her former students hold orchestral and teaching positions around the world.

She has released a solo CD Bouquet for Harp and you can find out more about Catherine on her website 

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The Classical

Rondo “Zitti Zitti”                                                       N C Bochsa

from Rossini’s Barber of Seville

The Folk Part 1 – Celtic

The Boatman                                                            Traditional Scottish

The Musical Priest                                                   Traditional Irish

Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn                                        Welsh, arr John Thomas

The Exotic

Pistache, Paprika and Canelle                                Bernard Andres

from “Épices”

The Virtuoso

Variations on a Theme of Paganini                   Mikhail Mchdelov


The Lyrical Modern

Sonata for Harp                                                    Paul Hindemith

Moderately Fast


Song – Very Slow

The Romantic

Une chatelaine en sa tour                                      Gabriel Fauré

La Source                                                                  Albert Zabel

The Popular

Love Theme and Main Theme                             Henry Mancini

from The Thornbirds

The Folk Part 2 – Latin America

El Picaflor                                                               John Marson


Catherine White, harpist, has enjoyed a wide-ranging career on both sides of the Atlantic.  After winning several prestigious awards in her native USA, she toured widely presenting hundreds of solo and chamber recitals, including Carnegie Recital Hall, as well as concertos in the UK with the Birmingham Chamber Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.  She has performed at many festivals, including Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Belfast, Buxton, Chipping Campden, Bury St Edmunds and the BBC Proms.


Catherine has performed with many outstanding colleagues including flautist Philippa Davies of the Nash Ensemble, violinist Lesley Hatfield, leader of the National Orchestra of Wales, violist Robin Ireland, formerly of the Lindsay String Quartet, the Gaudier Ensemble, and the Cotswold Flute and Harp Duo with Diane Clark. Her broadcasts include live solo and chamber music for the BBC, Czech Television and National Public Radio (USA), where she was also featured as a composer.


As an orchestral harpist, Catherine has performed at home and abroad with many of this country’s finest ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English National Opera, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and with such distinguished
conductors as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Bernard Haitink.  Less formally, she has entertained notables ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Prince of Wales, and has been honoured to play for British and foreign Royalty on many occasions. For nearly 11 years Catherine held a residency at Le Meridien Hotel in London’s Piccadilly and very much enjoys performing and arranging light music.


Catherine has served on the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress, and has performed several times at these leading world events of the harp community (Copenhagen 1993, Prague 1999 and Amsterdam 2008).


She is Professor of Harp at the Royal Academy of Music, for which she was awarded an Honorary ARAM, and formerly led harp studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, as well conducting masterclasses throughout the UK and abroad.

Her former students hold orchestral and teaching positions around the world.  She has released a solo CD, Bouquet for Harp.

Green & Pleasant Land @ Victoria Gardens
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Friends of Victoria Garden are pleased to present a prose and poetry reading on the theme of ‘Green and Pleasant Land ‘, given by the Festival Committee’s own Jane Russ. A stalwart of the Oxfordshire charity event scene when she lived in Banbury, Jane will be performing a programme including anything from Shakespeare to Alan Bennet and A.A. Milne to Wordsworth. There will be no entrance fee and the event will begin at 2.00pm in our green and pleasant Victoria Gardens in the heart of the conservation area of Westbury.

The event is free but refreshments are provided by the Friends of Victoria Gardens to swell their coffers.  As they say at the best green and pleasant land events, “in the Parish Rooms if wet!”