Calne Music & Arts Festival 


3rd - 12th October 2008








Official opening of the Ceramic Mosaic and Tree Planting in Castlefields. - 11.30am.

The Festival committee commissioned the Calne Artists' Group to design and make a feature to celebrate 30 years of the Festival's existence. The Project now completed is a large Ceramic Mosaic, consisting of 16 individual panels, with each panel reflecting the creative vision of each contributing artist within the group. It has been installed in a prominent position in Castlefields at the back of Marden House, where it makes a significant contribution to the improvements that have been made in this area. The Festival committee would like to thank CARP (Castlefield, Canal and River Park Association) and the NWDC for their collaboration in this project

All welcome

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Event 28 - Marden House - 12.15pm

Lunchtime concert - Vaughan Williams

Sarah Jefferies (soprano), Sarah Eales (violin) and Dawn Ball (piano) celebrate the Ralph Vaughan Williams’ anniversary with a lunchtime recital dedicated to his music. Sarah Jefferies has enjoyed an international career giving recitals and singing oratorio and now teaches at Marlborough College. Sarah Eales is a busy freelance violinist based near Bristol who is a member of both the Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Ardeton String Quartet.

Admission £5 (£3 patrons)

Event 29 - Marden House - 3.00pm

Découpage – illustrated talk – Belinda Ballantine

Belinda specialises in hand-painted furniture, gilding, decoupage and china painting, has written two books and has made numerous TV programmes. With the aid of slides, examples and demonstrations, Belinda will introduce you to the pleasures of Découpage, which is the 18th and 19th century art of sticking paper cut-outs to a surface in a design and varnishing them to give the impression of inlay, especially exciting when applied to glass with gilding behind it!  No artistic skills are necessary so hopefully the afternoon will inspire you to try decoupage for yourself!

Admission £6 (patrons £4)  to include afternoon tea after the talk

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Event 30 - St Mary’s Parish Church -  7.30pm

Apollo Wind Ensemble

In the beautiful acoustic of our parish church, a dozen of the finest wind players from Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Somerset come together under the leadership of their guest conductor, the internationally acclaimed clarinettist and chamber musician, David Campbell, who, among other things, conducts the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain as well as the Sound Wood Ensemble. They will present an exciting programme which includes the famous wind serenades of Dvorák and Mozart, and Gary Carpenter’s Pantomime for 13 Winds, which explores the shadowy and half forgotten world of smoky music halls.

Admission £8 (£6 patrons)

Event 31 - Marden House - 8.00pm

The Tony Goldsmith Blues Band

Playing jump blues from the 1940s and 1950s when R&B really meant Rhythm and Blues, this exciting band will make you want to get up and jive. They feature the music of such blues legends as Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon and T Bone Walker. Come and listen to the soulful vocals of Dave Illingworth, the outstanding solos of Paul Hartshorn (guitar), and Ray Colomb (sax) all held together with the driving piano playing of Tony Goldsmith (familiar to many through previous festivals).

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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