Simon Parker - Music Advisor

Our 2018 Festival opens with a sensational evening of Brazilian Choro with Katie Stevens and her new group Um sete um (event 2). We are guaranteed a unique blend of jazz, African rhythms and a touch of Brazil! The opening weekend continues with Calne Choral Society (9) who will premier James Harpham’s Jazz Mass along with a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Our Sunday afternoon recital will feature The Shelburne Ensemble with a programme which includes Brahms’ Horn Trio and works by Arnold Cooke (10).

This year we celebrate numerous centenaries with events marking the end of the First World War, Chris Totney’s Organ Recital (6); a special screening of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (17); and music of Debussy (18).

We continue to develop out events for children and invite you to Tunes for Tinies with the Ardeton String Duo (24). The next generation of musicians are well represented with performances by Marlborough College (11), The John Bentley School (13), St Mary’s School (12), the combined choirs of our local primary schools (20), and a pupil concert for local musicians (25).

Other mid-week highlights include PSG Choir (13), Calne Jazz Club with Medecine Creek (15) and Samswara Duo (19) with their stunning sitar and table playing.

Our second weekend starts with an unmissable performance by Pip Utton in “Playing Maggie” (22) which is followed by Rev. Bob Kenway and James Harpham (23) with a late evening of poetry and jazz. On Saturday evening we welcome Opera Sulis and Strings Incognito (27) for an evening of light classics with popular. The evening finishes with a touch of ancient Japanese with The Yatesbury Taiko Drummers (28). The Festival will draw to a close with our celebratory evening of prizes and music with the the Oxford Classic Jazz Band (30).


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 Bursary 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

The 2016 award was presented to Georgia Halpin, a sixth form student at The John Bentley School. The bursary paid for Georgia’s piano and singing lessons and helped prepare her for the part of Mrs Potts in the 2017 JBS Summer production of Beauty and the Beast.


War Memorial 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 >