Calne Music & Arts Festival 


3rd - 12th October 2008








English Perspectives 2008

Events 3 - In front of Sainsbury’s: 10.00am – 12.30pm  
Street Entertainment
To get the Festival off to a lively start several events will be taking place in front of Sainsbury’s on the first Saturday morning.  The Calnevalistas, Calne’s own very loud, community Samba band (they recently performed at the Bath Festival) will be playing from 10.00am. Then at 11.00am the celebrated Chippenham Morris Men (who recently toured Finland and France), will be dancing their intricate patterns on the mosaic pavement backed by some very talented folk musicians. Calne’s Town Crier, Mark Wylie, with bell and in full regalia, will be announcing the Festival to the townsfolk.

Event 4 Marden House - 10.00am-midday       

Art workshop by Genevieve Browne- textile artist

The Big Draw - Save the Children’s Doves for Peace Campaign
Please add your support to Save the Children’s Doves for Peace Campaign. Take part in creating the world's largest flock of peace doves for Oslo's Nobel Peace Prize Festival this December. The aim is to raise international awareness and funds to help 3 million children affected by conflict receive a good quality education and become ambassadors of peace within their communities. There are plans for a curtain of doves on the Peace Laureates' platform outside Oslo City Hall. Your drawings and paintings of doves could be there too. So come along and we’ll supply all materials needed to make spectacular doves. Open to all ages.

Admission free 

Voluntary Contributions to Save The Children


Calne Photo Fest 2008 Opening Reception

Calne Woodlands Camera Club will hold an opening reception from 12 noon to 2.00pm at the Heritage Centre.

By invitation only

Piano Marathon - Marden House - 12 noon – 3.00pm
Local piano players provide background music for the Art Exhibition.

Admission free

English Perspectives 2008

Event 5 - St Mary’s Parish Church - 7.30pm 
Choral Concert and Festival Ensemble
Vaughan Williams, Andrew Carter and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem 

Calne Choral continues to go from strength to strength, not just in numbers (now boasting over 60 members) but also in quality, under the indefatigable leadership of Philip Springate. The first half of the programme will be devoted to English music and to mark the 50th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ death the choir will perform his Five Mystical Songs and his setting of the Old Hundreth.. This will be followed by Andrew Carter’s Musick’s Jubilee. The second half will be a performance of the much-loved Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. The soloists are Michelle Sheridan (soprano) and Peter Grant (baritone).

Admission £8 (patrons £6)

Event 6 - Marden House - 8.00pm until 11.00pm
Tim Newman and the Celebration Jazz Band

For many years Tim Newman (from Malmesbury) and the Celebration Jazz Band have been acclaimed as the leading authentic New Orleans style jazz band in the West Country. Tonight they return to the Festival featuring the full seven-piece band (trumpet, double bass/tuba, banjo, clarinet/tenor sax, trombone, drums and piano). They have frequently performed abroad and have hosted a number of top soloists.

Their repertoire relies on the popular songs of yesteryear – rags, marches, spirituals with composers such as Handy, Joplin, Morton, Armstrong and Oliver. Enjoy an evening of good old-fashioned, foot-stomping, traditional jazz!

Admission £7 (patrons £5)

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Friday 3rd October

Festival Opening, Folk Session

Saturday 4th October

Street Entertainment, Calne Choral, Celebration Jazz

Sunday 5th October

Lindsay Howard Academy of Dance, Piano Quartet, Gaulois Brothers

Monday 6th October

Piano Recital, New Scorpion

Tuesday 7th October

Marlborough College, Colin Howard, Belly Dancing, Calne Baroque

Wednesday 8th October

Organ & Poetry, Helicon Ensemble, Calne Silver Band, 
Chippenham Male Voice Choir, Barbershop

Thursday 9th October

St Mary's Staff, Sambuca, World Music Choir

Friday 10th October

JBS Performing Arts, Opera Sulis, Against the Grain

Saturday 11th October

Vaughan Williams Concert, Découpage, Apollo Wind Ensemble

Sunday 12th October

JohnPilikington Talk, Quarter Peal, Thanksgiving, Finale Cocktail Piano

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English Perspectives 2008 indicates events which feature this year’s Festival theme