Saturday 13th October 2018


Event 24 - Tunes for Tinies:

A children's concert with the Ardeton String Duo

10.30am - Marden House - Admission £3 (£2 Friends; £1 Child)

Professional musicians Sarah and Dury Loveridge have a wealth of experience performing Chamber Music across the UK and beyond, to audiences of all ages, shapes and sizes. Join them on a musical journey where your babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers can sing, dance, run about, and have fun, whilst enjoying some wonderful string music. If you have any small percussion, please bring it along for some audience participation! Perfect for a Saturday morning.


Event 25 - Pupils Concert and Poetry Prizes

3.00pm - Marden House - Admission £3 (Friends £2; £1 Child)

Calne has a thriving culture of music making amongst the youth and this afternoon’s concert will feature students of local teachers. You will hear youngsters at various stages on their musical journey playing a variety of instruments and during the concert the prize winners of the Children’s Poetry Competition will be announced with an opportunity for them to read out their poems.


Event 26 - Stories of Lives Lived:

A Gambian Experience

7.00pm - Baptist Church, Admission Free

An evening of dramatic readings presented by students of St Mary’s School Calne with musical interludes of Gambian and other West African music. A “Thriving through Venture” storytelling project by secondary school students capturing the elements of the lives lived by elderly members from  communities in the Marlborough area, and from the partner community of Gunjur in The Gambia. Students from Swindon and Wiltshire have captured these life stories as part of the 2018 Thriving Through Venture programme which includes research into how Mango products can be marketed under FAIRTRADE conditions in the UK.

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Event 27 - Opera Sulis and Strings Incognito

7.30pm - Marden House - Admission £8 (£6 Friends; £1 Child)

We are pleased to present a double-bill of local groups for this year’s Festival. Strings Incognito is a friendly and relaxed string orchestra based in Chippenham. Their performance will feature a small group of players performing a selection of their favourite works, spanning classical, pop and folk genres. Joining them will be 'Opera Sulis', a Bath based professional vocal ensemble. 'The Sulis Sopranos', Rachel Allard, Susan Coates and Anne Braley will be performing an exciting and delightful selection of popular operatic arias by Gilbert and Sullivan, Bizet, Mozart, Rossini and Puccini. The trio will be ably accompanied by concert pianist Nick Goodall.


Event 28 - The Yatesbury Taiko Drummers

9.30pm CODA - Marden House - Admission Free

It is a pleasure to welcome the Yatesbury drummers to our Festival. Taiko drumming is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums and it is loud, hard and fast, involving a lot of choreographed movement which many associate with Japanese Martial Arts. It is a musical art form where the art becomes a part of the player’s personality, a way of being and life expression.


Festival Club - Marden House

The wine bar at Marden House  is open before evening events and for interval drinks. Coffee and cakes are also available on weekday evenings after the main event. Light lunches are served following the weekday lunchtime concerts in Marden House. Why not also come and enjoy a late Coda event in a relaxed atmosphere.