Simon Parker - Music Advisor

We hope you enjoy the wide range of music arranged for our 2016 Festival which combines performers of all ages and musical genres into a varied, informative and entertaining programme.

Our Festival opens with a concert from two choirs, the BlueBelles and the Blue Notes, offering a varied and entertaining repertoire to suit all moods and tastes (2). We then have jazz treats on the first Saturday with Clarinettist, Chris Gradwell and Music Deco (5) followed by Chippenham based Saxophonics (6), all making their Festival debuts. This year’s Sunday afternoon recital (7) explores the works of Jewish composers and the Holocaust, when we will also hear from a Holocaust survivor.

Other performers making their Festival debuts will be The Kennet Accordion Orchestra (10), Calne Larks (11), PSG Choir (13), cellist Lorna Davis (17), pianist Paul Ogden (15), Great Western Tears (20) and The Crofton Stockers (25).

Following with the tradition of our Festival, the next generation of musicians are well represented with performances by Marlborough College (9), Devizes School (21), the combined choirs of our local primary schools (12), ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert (23), and a special primary schools Revolting Rhymes workshop to celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th anniversary (16).

Continuing with the Jewish theme, and after their sell out performance in 2014, we are delighted to welcome back Katie Stevens’ world folk group Bonfire Radicals to open the second weekend (22). Calne Choral Society (24) make a welcome return and will be joined by the Choir of St Mary’s School and full orchestra for a special performance of Karl Jenkins’ Requiem.

To conclude the Festival we will be inviting local pianist and composer James Harpham [and Sherlock Jnr] (27) for a silent movie and an evening of relaxing jazz piano. What better way to wind down after a packed week of entertainment!


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

The 2015 Bursay was presented to Matthew Powell to enable him to further his musical development with specialist trumpet tuition. Presented on behalf of Chilvester Financial by Andy Totman


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 >