Simon Parker - Music Advisor

Our 2013 music programme continues the traditions of Calne Music and Arts Festival (CMAF) in celebrating music from our community by promoting local musical talent of all ages and nurturing education in the musical arts.

The Festival will open with an entertaining performance of wit and humour by Swindon’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Other highlights include: The Yirdbards (event 6); Averbury Vocal Ensemble (7); Keith Abrams’ talk on Mozart in Vienna during 1786 (9); Paul Tuner and Hayley Lambert (25); and a new Dance Spectacular (28), followed by a Ceilildh (29).

The new style lunchtime series features many fresh faces including Hungarian born soprano Maria Marton and the Millfield Trio (11); our combined choir of Calne schools performing works by Benjamin Britten and the Beatles (14); Marlborough College’s Jazz Band (17): Rowan Patterson, a professional violinist with the Bournemouth Philharmonic (21); and finally, the Somerford Scribes with their poetry, prose and humour (24).

Our next generation of musicians feature throughout the Festival with performances by Wiltshire Young Carers (5); three very brilliant young pianists, Akane Gonda, and Rei and Sai Shimizu (12); and many local schools (15, 16 and 26).

Finally, and not to be missed, will be our Festival Finale (31). Join us for an evening of 1950’s Ritz High Tea and the sounds of Hollywood with musicians from Tom Bott’s High Society Orchestra.


War Mamorial Project 2014

We are looking for relatives of those who fought in First World War to share their memories and stories with the young people in Calne.

With the centenary of the First World War in 2014 there is a need, and opportunity, for young people in Calne to connect with this part of their fading local heritage. The Calne War Memorial Project aims to bring back to life the names on our treasured War Memorial. With training in Oral History, pupils from The John Bentley School, St Mary’s School and Springfield’s Academy will research names on the memorial and discover who they were in the context of Calne 100 years ago, what happened to them in the Great War and the effect their loss had on Calne during the last 100 years. Read more >