Thursday 2nd October 2014
01 - A private viewing of the Art Exhibition
This evening is open to Festival Friends and invited guests to view the Art Exhibition while enjoying a glass of wine. We are delighted that the Festival will be officially opened during the evening by Judith Weir, Professor of Composition at Cardiff University. She is one of the UK’s most prestigious composers- no less than 19 of her pieces have been played at te BBC Proms over the years. But Judith also has links with the Calne Music and Arts Festival. In 1977, when she was attached to Southern Arts as a composer working in communities, she was ‘in residence’ in Calne for a whole week during the Festival. She led workshops with the children in local schools, conducted the Silver band and wrote a fanfare especially for the Festival. It is wonderful to welcome her back after all this time, and especially as she has recently been appointed ‘Master of the Queen’s Music.’
02 - Our Town
A John Bentley School production together with members of the community
In the year of the centenary of the Great War students from both John Bentley School and St Mary's, together with members of the Community, perform a piece of musical theatre that tells the story of Calne, Our Town, over the last century. Set outside the Town Hall and visiting the Harris Factory, Flanders and Weston Super Mere, this is an event that you will not want to miss.