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Thornbury Arts Festival 2014

Friday 9th May to Sunday 18th May

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The 2014 Festival opens on Friday 9th May with celebrated Farmer/ TV Personality Adam Henson getting the festival off to an entertaining start, however, very few tickets remain for the raised seating. On Saturday May 10th we welcome the composer Jan Vriend giving a masterclass classical concert with his colleagues James and Joy Lisney. On Sunday May 11th we welcome again to Thornbury Poet / Entertainer Pam Ayres with her sharp observation and unique style of storytelling, it's a full house already, all tickets have been sold (Information on Tuesday 9 April.)

On Monday 12th, John Parsons matches his photographs with carefully selected music; in the evening in recognition of the 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War, local historian Martin Davies looks at the Home Front in the region during the war. On Tuesday 13th Gina Merrett Smith reviews the style of the fashion house Charles Worth, in the evening Guy Masterson (a nephew of Richard Burton ) on the 100th anniversary of Dylan Thomas's birth recalls Dylan's short stories with a selection of his lyrical poems. On Wednesday 14th John Watkeys presents A History of the Trumpet with short tuneful bursts by way of demonstration, in the evening two contrasting Choirs, Bristol's Royal Mail Choir and The Magnificent AK47 from Ashton Keynes present community choral singing at its very best. On Thursday 15th lunchtime successful businessman and intrepid traveller Chris Dixon shares his passion for eclipses backed by superb photographs and in the evening bestselling author Helen Dunmore discusses the themes of her latest book "The Lie" set in 1920 following a young man facing a quiet rural life after the terrors and horrors of the Great War. On Friday 16th at lunchtime Ingrid Bates tells of her determination in planting and managing a new vineyard in Wrington and her success in bottling her first wines in 2013 and in the evening the promise shown by many of the successful participants in the Eisteddfod is revealed as they return to give a Silver Jubilee Concert showcasing their many talents. There is a Tabla and Sitar workshop given by Jon Sterckx and Ricky Romain followed by a Tabla and Sitar Concert at the Whitsun Hall on Saturday 17th and in the evening the Armstrong Hall in a cafe setting will ring with the fiery rhythms and passion of the Jaleo Flamenco musicians and dancers.  Finally on Sunday 18th, A Walk around Frampton Cotterell explores the town's history, tales and its architecture, finishing with tea and delicious cake at the Globe Inn.
                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIARY OF FESTIVAL EVENTS - May 9th to May 18th

Click on the event of interest for full performance and ticketing details.

    Date
    Time
    Location

Performance

Friday 9 May

 7.30pm

Armstrong Hall

ADAM HENSON, Raised seating tickets selling fast!
Life on the Land and in the Media

Saturday 10 May 11 00am to 1.00pm

St Mary Centre

SHADOW PUPPETRY WORKSHOP
with SHIRLEY and KAT from IMPATIENT VAGRANT THEATRE Co.

Saturday 10 May

 7.30pm

Armstrong Hall

VRIEND AND FRIENDS
.... a recital from Bach to Vriend.

Sunday 11 May

7.30pm

Armstrong Hall

PAM AYRES, Sorry, all tickets have already been sold.
An Evening with Pam Ayres
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Monday 12 May

12.45 - 1.15pm

St Mary's Church

ST. MARY'S CHURCH CONCERT
with Marlwood Music Department

Monday 12 May

1.00pm 

Cossham Hall

PHOTOGRAPHS SET TO POPULAR MUSIC
with John Parsons

Monday 12 May

7.30pm

Armstrong Hall

THE HOME FRONT
with Dr Martin Davies

Tuesday 13 May 1.00pm 

Cossham Hall

CHARLES WORTH - GENIUS OF FASHION AND PERFUME.
with Gina Merrett Smith

Tuesday 13 May

 7.30 pm

Armstrong Hall

FERN HILL AND OTHER DYLAN THOMAS
Written by Dylan Thomas. Performed by Guy Masterson

Wednesday 14 May

12.45 - 1.15pm

St Mary's Church

ST. MARY'S CHURCH CONCERT
with Castle School's Music Department
Wednesday 14 May 1.00pm Cossham Hall A HISTORY OF THE TRUMPET
with John Watkeys

Wednesday 14 May

7.30pm

Armstrong Hall

CELEBRATE THE HUMAN VOICE !
with The Royal Mail Choir
and The Magnificent AK47

Thursday 15 May

12.45 - 1.15pm

St Mary's Church

ST. MARY'S CHURCH CONCERT
with Castle School's Panache steel band

Thursday 15 May

1.00pm

Cossham Hall

THE SPECTACULAR SUN and MOON SHOW
with Chris Dixon

Thursday 15 May

7.30pm

Cossham Hall

HELEN DUNMORE
An evening with Helen Dunmore

Friday 16 May

12.45 - 1.15pm

St Mary's Church

ST MARY'S CHURCH CONCERT
An Organ Recital by Hugo Kennard, St Mary's church organist.

Friday 16 May

1.00pm

Cossham Hall

IN DUNLEAVY VINEYARDS
with Ingrid Bates

Friday 16 May 7.30pm Armstrong Hall THE EISTEDDFOD SILVER JUBILEE CONCERT
A special 25 year celebration!
Saturday 17 May 1.00 -2.00pm Whitsun Hall SITAR AND TABLA - WORKSHOP
Workshop with Jon Sterckx Tabla and Ricky Romain Sitar
Saturday 17 May 2.30-3.0pm Whitsun Hall SITAR AND TABLA - CONCERT
Concert with Jon Sterckx Tabla and Ricky Romain Sitar
Saturday 17 May 7.30pm Armstrong Hall JALEO FLAMENCO
A Compás....

Sunday 18 May

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Globe Inn,
Frampton Cotterell

FOOTSTEPS AROUND FRAMPTON COTTERELL

Various Days Lunchtimes St Mary's Church Festival Free events
Various Dates Usually Daytime
(not weekends)
Various Locations Festival Associated Exhibitions
8th -16th March See Timetable Various Locations Thornbury Eisteddfod Timetable

Wednesday 20 March

6.00pm

United Reformed Church

Eisteddfod Concert

 

 

 

Festival Committee Eisteddfod Committee Art Trail Committee
Tony Wilcock (Chair) Margaret Berry Jane Parfitt
Paul Morrish (Vice Chair) Linda Evans Barbara Ray
Liz Wilkins (Artistic Director) Charmaine George Shirley Sharp
Diana Jensen (Deputy Artistic Director) Jackie Jackson Corinne Wisbey
Chris Coppin (Treasurer) Sonia Jackson  
Phyllida Parsloe (Secretary) Helen Kirby  
Ashley Bijster Kathryn Morgans  
Peter Minshall Gill Page  
Gill Page   Phyllida Parsloe  
Jane Parfitt (Art Trail Organiser) Kate Phillipson-Masters  
Rosemary Rodliffe (Eisteddfod Organiser) Barbara Ray  
Ralph Shallcross   Rosemary Rodliffe  
Shirley Sharp      
Rachel Taylor      
     

 

 

 

 

 

The committee wishes to thank all those who have played a part in making the 2014 Festival possible, in particular:
     
The Armstrong Hall Staff Brian Haley Town Hall Staff
The Gazette The Bristol Post Thornbury Magazine Ltd
Alveston Helmet Oldbury 4-ward St. Mary Centre
The Hatch Camphill Community

The Lions Club of Thornbury

Tesco Thornbury
St. Mary's Church Savage Associates Jean Owen
Daphne Ashton Judith Payne Peter Wilcock
Dawn Wilkins Terry Ray
...and thanks also to all the volunteers who are contributing to the success of Festival 2014, by helping with the Box Office, stewarding the Events, and in many other ways.
 
Acknowledgements. In addition to our sponsors associated with particular events in the programme, we would like to thank the following for their support.
South Gloucestershire Council
Thornbury Town Council
Grants
Thornbury Magazine Ltd. Publicity of Festival with magazine insert
Alveston House Hotel Accommodation
Premier Inn Accommodation 

Bonds of Thornbury; Arts and Community in Thornbury;
High Street Dental Practice; Imperial; Cadman Wealth Planning Ltd;
Kirby Sheppard; Liberty; Mrs Joan Hawkins; Romy's Kitchen;
Magnox Ltd Oldbury Site; Sims, Cook & Teague; St Mary Centre;
Quartet Community Foundation; The Lions Club of Thornbury.

Financial support