Calne Music and Arts Festival 2016>

A welcome from the President


Once again the Calne Music and Arts Committee has put together a quality programme of music and the arts for this ten-day Festival, a programme which encompasses music and art of all genres. ‘Something for everyone’, as the expression goes. So we hope that you will again turn out in great numbers for this annual celebration and enjoy what is on offer. We continue to promote local, home grown talent and are delighted to welcome back ‘The Bonfire Radicals’ with their heady mix of Eastern European music. We also welcome the involvement of the local schools, John Bentley and St. Mary’s, as well as the primary schools’ magnificent choirs whose repertoire this year will be the songs of Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra. Calne Choral makes a welcome return with Karl Jenkins’ Requiem. A fringe event with the Crofton Stokers will this year be taking place in The London Road Inn. Local artists, both professional and amateur, will be exhibiting their work in Marden House and Calne Camera Club will be exhibiting in the Heritage Centre. Marden House, our main concert venue, is open daily for viewers to the art exhibition, lunchtime and evening concerts and CODAs. Lunches are available after the midday concerts and a bar operates most evenings. We are most grateful to Chilvester Financial for being our main sponsor for the third consecutive year, as well as to all our other sponsors, helpers and Friends who contribute in such an important way to the smooth running of the Festival. We are delighted that David Inshaw, the renowned Devizes based artist, has agreed to open the Festival for us this year.

Carole Browne CMAF President


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In memory of Audrey Currell

Audrey Currell, one of the Founder members of Calne Music and Arts Festival more than 40 years ago, sadly died at the beginning of this year. Audrey was a valuable member of the Committee for many years, and, in later life, took on the role of Festival archivist. She also took responsibility for opening up Marden House each day during Festival week for performers to come in and rehearse. We shall very much miss her input. The Bybrook Duo concert (Event 16) on Wednesday 12th October at 7.30pm is dedicated to her memory.


Calne Music and Arts Festival acknowledges the support of the following:

Chilvester Financial, Bevirs Solicitors, Hills Group, Calne Town Council, Calne Lion’s Club, Avant-Garde Art & Craft Supplies, Skylight Publishing, Cherhill Primary School, St Mary's School, The John Bentley School, Woodlands Camera Club, The Heritage Centre, Sue Boddington and Marden House.