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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
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
23
Sat
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.

 

Beyond the Blue Plaques @ Westbury Library
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
County Archivist, Steve Hobbs

County Archivist, Steve Hobbs

Popular County Archivist, Steve Hobbs returns to the Festival and this year will be looking at those buildings in Westbury which are not included in the town’s Blue Plaque Trail but hold fascination in their own right.

Spaces are limited so please book through the Library on 01373 822294.

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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Sep
24
Sun
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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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.

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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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