Westbury Festival – ‘Butterfly’ Felting Workshop

A fantastic opportunity to give needle felting a go and learn the process starting at the beginning with choosing your wools and finished with a beautiful butterfly that you can use as a brooch. In this 3-hour workshop you will learn how to form and shape the wool and add colour and details to your design. Designed and delivered by the wonderful Paulene Bryant of Baa Baa Bag Chic. All materials and equipment are supplied and the workshop is suitable for all abilities. To book, please email Pauline baabaabagchic@gmail.com or contact her via social media @baabaabagchic www.westburyfestival.org.uk/events/butterfly-felting-workshop

Westbury Festival – Poetry & Art Workshop

Join popular poet, Chris Tutton, for a performance and workshop on poetry and art. Can a poem be written about an image or a piece of art? The links between the two art forms are explored in this workshop which uses an image of an artwork as inspiration for a poem. Chris discusses Pre-Raphaelite Art and participants are then encouraged to write a poem based on an image from this movement. Chris is a poet, novelist, raconteur, maverick, wit, whose books, performances and workshops have beguiled, amused, entertained and educated for over twenty years. Tickets for this event are limited and [...]

Westbury Festival – A Palm Court evening with Trio Paradis

Trio Paradis – Jacquelyn Bevan (piano), Lisa Betteridge (violin) & Linda Stocks (cello) – formed in 2009 – presents the delights of a palm court playlist in a 1920s themed evening. This is your opportunity to channel the 1920s. 20s dress is optional but definitely encouraged! Trio Paradis will be joined in this event by Petit Ensemble  who will add atmosphere with period prose and poetry. So what is Palm Court Music? Well it is light-hearted entertainment and a world of good tunes.  Mixed in with the music of Gilbert & Sullivan and the music halls, there could be music from [...]

Westbury Festival – Keith Harrison-Broninski and John Martin

FREE In this special duo appearance, saxophonist John Martin and pianist Keith Harrison-Broninski of Frome Jazz Club will explore hidden beauties in their jazz repertoire together with lyrical and hypnotic compositions of their own. For young people – as well as others who have always wondered! – there will be some explanation of what is actually going on when jazz musicians improvise. Expect 45 minutes of beautiful, transporting music that makes the most of the wonderful acoustics of All Saints’ Church. John Martin – a distinctive voice and an explorer of restless promise (The Guardian) Keith Harrison-Broninski – a fine pianist [...]

Westbury Festival – Sounding it Out

FREE Sounding It Out are delighted to be performing once again at Westbury Festival. The Trowbridge-based community performance choir sing a cappella songs in a variety of styles and languages, delivered with joy and verve! Under the dynamic direction of Caroline Radcliffe, they bring their joy of singing for us all to enjoy. If you feel that now is the time to try a choir, why not give this one a go! We’re a friendly bunch – take a look at our website http://soundingitout.co.uk www.westburyfestival.org.uk/events/little-lunch-music-sounding-it-out

Westbury Festival – The Bum Notes & the Water Thieves

An intriguing mix of close harmony and barber shop results in an entertaining evening of music from the Bum Notes and the Water Thieves. The BUM NOTES are a group of good friends who love getting together to sing a range of popular songs and barbershop numbers – unaccompanied and in close harmony. Rather than a traditional barbershop quartet, the Bum Notes have gone for safety in numbers and perform as an octet, singing a variety of popular songs in close harmony and barbershop styles. The WATER THIEVES sing 1930s close harmony jazz. They are Sarah Walters, Sophy Williams and Simon [...]

Westbury Festival – Amusette

FREE One of our most popular lunchtime concerts, we welcome back Penny Birstingl and Brian Tilley who play many instruments, some are unusual and not often heard. The music they play can be from France, Scandinavia and the British Isles. The difficulties of the past year have forced us to adapt to rehearsing in more challenging ways. But the positive side is that we have discovered many new tunes which we look forward to sharing with everyone! The Instruments: Bagpipes – These are from the centre of France, known as Grande Cornemuse du Centre. They have a chanter which plays the [...]

Westbury Festival – History & Mystery

Tony Painter presents The History and Mystery of White Horses and Hill Figures. Tony is a geographer, former MoD Map Research Officer and a writer of local history notes for Alan Godfrey maps. His talk covers the range of hill figures – mainly cut in the chalk hills of England, including White Horses, Crosses, Giants, Military Badges and other oddities from home and abroad and their possible origins, construction, age and purpose. Relatively little is known or recorded about these figures and they have consequently attracted a wealth of legend and speculation. In his talk, Tony will attempt to summarise what is [...]

Westbury Festival – Hilperton Recorder Players

FREE Hilperton Recorder Players are pleased to be returning to the Westbury Festival’s Lunchtime Concerts. After a long enforced break from playing, we have decided to perform a selection of our favourite pieces from medieval to modern, using all sizes of recorders from sopranino to contrabass. We hope you enjoy the pieces we’ve chosen to play for you. www.westburyfestival.org.uk/events/little-lunch-music-hilperton-recorders

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