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Sep
20
Fri
Festival Rhymetime @ Westbury Library
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

It just wouldn’t be festival fortnight without the rhymetime events that take place every Friday morning at the Library.

Led by library staff and amazing volunteers, the sessions are free to attend and there’s no need to book, so parents/grandparents.carers just come along and have some fun with your baby or toddler!

The 10-10.30 am session is aimed primarily at babies with nursery rhymes, bouncing and clapping.  The 11-11.30 session is for slightly older toddlers with lots of action, songs and musical instruments.

Sep
21
Sat
Speaking Volumes @ Westbury Library
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

One of our regular talks organised through Westbury Library.  ‘Speaking Volumes’  is a talk by Gordon Griffin MBE who is the most prolific recorder of audiobooks in Europe.

Gordon has been an actor for over 50 years and has done it all – from Shakespeare to rock musicals and for quite a while he was the voice on the London Underground telling you to ‘Mind the Gap Please’

Tickets only available from Westbury Library 01373 822294

Renewal Gospel Choir @ All Saints Church
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

If you love gospel choirs, then you are in for a real treat!

Westbury Festival opens its festival fortnight with an exciting evening of music from Bristol-based Renewal Gospel Choir.

With its usual high energy gospel music, the choir delivers a dynamic repertoire of songs and this promises to be an exhilarating and unforgettable night.

Don’t delay, tickets will go fast!

Sep
23
Mon
Cantacordi Trio @ All Saints Church
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Bach to the Beatles

The Cantacordi Trio features Mike Bardsley on piano, Sue Collins on violin and Lyndsay Winpenny on cello. Their name – a variation of “The Singing Strings” reflects their origins as a trio: they met up and started playing together largely through their membership of the Wychwood Chorale, a West Oxfordshire based choir.

Mike is a pianist and harpsichordist who studied at Dartington College of Arts and has played in many ensembles over the years as well as giving solo harpsichord recitals, most recently at the Bate Collection and Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, as well as in Westbury in 2017 and 2018.

Sue started playing the violin aged eleven and played in the Essex Youth orchestra. She now enjoys playing in a variety of ensembles and also plays in Cirencester Philharmonic, Chandos Symphony Orchestra and Cambiata Strings.

Lyndsay has also been playing the cello since she was eleven and has been a member of several orchestras, including the LuxPhil, an amateur orchestra based in Luxembourg. She is a long-standing member of the Burford Orchestra, as well as several local ensembles in Oxfordshire. Both Sue and Lyndsay have immensely enjoyed returning to playing as career and family commitments have permitted.

The Trio plays an eclectic mix of styles, ranging from baroque trio sonatas, which call on Mike’s skills as a harpsichordist, through the classical repertoire of piano trios, to palm court-style arrangements of modern pieces, including show songs, 20th-century classics, jazz and pop. This recital, coined “Bach to the Beatles” reflects the Trio’s enjoyment of many different musical genres.

Title

Composer

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel arr.  P. Martin
Air on the G String Bach arr. Peter Wilson
Chanson De Matin Elgar arr. Tom Bayliss
Melody in F Rubinstein arr. Peter Wilson
Black Eyes Trad/Ferraris arr. Peter Wilson
Pennies from Heaven Johnston arr. Bill Thorp
Here, There and Everywhere Lennon/McCartney arr. Bill Thorp
Jealousy Jacob Gade arr. Peter Wilson
Hernando’s Hideaway Adler/Ross arr. Peter Wilson
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Harburg/Arlen arr. N. Iles
Autumn Leaves Prevert/Kosma arr. N.Iles
Sep
24
Tue
This Side of Paris @ All Saints Church
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

We are pleased to welcome to the festival for the first time, the Jazz trio, This Side of Paris, who hail from Bradford on Avon .

Playing swing/jazz, the trio comprises Stash Huchrak on double bass, Jim Marshall on guitar and Lindsey Huchrak on vocals.

 

Stained Glass in Wiltshire Churches @ Methodist Church
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In association with Westbury Heritage Society, this illustrated talk by historian, Brian Woodruffe, explores some of the 400 windows installed in Wiltshire churches during the last 100 years.

Covering war memorials, millennium commemorations and other local themes touching on local scenes and figures and the use of abstract and symbolic designs.

 

Sep
25
Wed
Alan Burgess & Neil Moore @ All Saints Church
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Alan Burgess & Neil Moore @ All Saints Church | England | United Kingdom

Piano & clarinet

Heritage walk around Westbury @ Heritage Centre
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

From the moment you start the walk, you will be led by two of Westbury Heritage Society’s expert guides on a fascinating journey around the historic parts of Westbury.  It covers the town’s conservation area and town centre and will include the cemetery and the former workhouse and will tell the story of the town’s built heritage.

The walk is in association with West Wilts Ramblers and Westbury Heritage Society.

Participants should meet at the Heritage Centre in the High Street at 2 pm and the walk is approximately 3.5 miles long.  At the end of the walk, participants are invited to join the leaders for tea and cake in the Heritage Centre.  No charge for the walk but donations for refreshments are welcomed.

Please wear practical footwear and clothing – the walk will go ahead during wet weather.

Flowers from the Farm with Justine @ The Laverton
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A fascinating evening of artisan floristry with organic flower farmer, Justine Scouller.

First a short talk on the principles, high and lows of flower farming before a demonstration of a large urn arrangement in her natural free-flowing way with a seasonal style and a wild vibe and then a chance to make up your own posy to take home.  You are encouraged to indulge your artistic side and surprise yourself!

Justine gives talks and demonstrations all over the country and is a regular at RHS shows from Cardiff and Malvern to Tatton Park.  She uses ‘no dig’ techniques, makes her own plant and soil food and can talk about compost until the cows come home!

Trained in horticulture at Sparsholt College, Justine worked as a garden designer before establishing her flower farm at Far Hill in 2014.  She now combines growing and artisan floristry and produces masses of flowers and foliage for lots of weddings, event florists and direct to the public.  She also teaches courses in flower farming and growing cut flowers and holds workshops throughout the year.  Justine is co-chair of Flowers from the Farm, a nationwide network of flower farmers promoting the use of British flowers. Find out more at www.farhillflowers.co.uk 

Justine will bring buckets of flowers grown on her farm and foliage foraged from her woods and fields so all you need to bring is yourself!

Spaces are limited for this event so please book early.

 

Sep
26
Thu
Sounding it Out @ All Saints Church
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

A return visit to the festival for members of the Trowbridge-based mixed choir, Sounding it Out.

They are an a capella choir which sings an eclectic range of songs from around the world with the main ethos of the choir being that they share a joy of singing, led by their dynamic musical director Caroline Radcliffe.