Simon Parker - Music Advisor

Once again we have brought together a wide ranging and diverse musical programme which not only promotes the local musical talent of our area but also welcomes back some past performers.

On our opening nights we invite you to performances of “A Decent Girl” given by our local community theatre group (2 and 3). The opening weekend also see the folk of ever popular Finnegans Wake (4), the return of BJ Big Band (5), a special recital by guitarist Rod Faulkner (6) and the Festival debut recital by Matthew Moore and the Larkin Strings (9).

Other highlights include an evening demonstrating the diversity of the violin, with a virtuosic performance by John Kane (13), followed by Georgia Browne with a Celtic CODA (14). The talented students and staff from the music department at St Mary’s School will present two contrasting concerts (17 and 18) and later in the week we welcome back pianist Jacob Byrne (20) and an evening with the Festival’s founder, David White (23). We mark the 120th Anniversary of Oscar Hammerstein’s birth with a special event featuring some of his most popular songs (25). Not forgetting two new events at the White Hart (7 and 26) and our lunchtime concert series where we welcome back Somerford Scribes (24).

We are delighted to involve so many local schools and young musicians (12, 15, 17, 22 and 29), especially at a time when music education is in the spotlight both locally and nationally; we should celebrate the work of the next generation of musicians.

To conclude the 2015 Festival, we welcome Julian Philips and his Boogie Woogie piano playing. Join us for what promises to be an entertaining evening of Boogie Woogie, Folk and Blues (32); the ultimate way to finish our Festival!


Calne Music and Arts Festival Bursar

2014 saw the first award of the Calne Music and Arts Festival Bursary which went to Annie-Rose Cowdry. The Festival paid for her singing lessons in 2013-2014 and this has helped her progress to the University of Wales in Newport to study Music Therapy


War Mamorial Project 2014

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 and St Mary’s School 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 >