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Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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 Friday April 17th.


All seats sold.

 7.30 pm

"An Audience with John Sergeant"
John Sergeant,
former political editor and International reporter entertains with stories of life in the Media and his recent fame in "Strictly"

Presented in association with
Clive Conway Celebrity Productions Ltd.

Armstrong Hall
 Tickets: All seats sold.

An Audience with John Sergeant has now completely sold out
Photo © Clive Conway


John Sergeant enjoyed a 30 year journalistic career with the BBC covering stories across the world before specialising in politics. He spent 12 years as Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC becoming one of the most familiar faces on our screens before moving to ITV for a 3 year period as Political Editor of ITN.

Now a freelance broadcaster and writer he has returned to his first love, light entertainment, having performed with Alan Bennett in his 1966 BBC TV comedy series On the Margin. He now appears regularly on a wide variety of TV and radio programmes and chairs the comedy show Argumental on Dave TV. Last year he became enormously popular in quite a new dimension as the somewhat unlikely audience hero on BBC TV's "Strictly Come Dancing".

As an author he has written Maggie: Her Fatal Legacy about Margaret Thatcher and his own best-selling memoirs Give Me Ten Seconds, whilst also covering travel subjects for the Daily Mail.

He will be recounting memorable events from his long career and is happy to answer questions on any subject including the inside story on Strictly!

"An Audience with John Sergeant" has now sold out.

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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 Saturday April 18th.
Tickets £5

10.30 am

 "The Science of Doctor Who"
Paul Parsons
Science author and Self-confessed Doctor Who fanatic reveals the science behind the fantasy.


Armstrong Hall

 Tickets: All seating £5

Surprisingly spacious inside!
Image: www.shillpages.com


Have you ever wondered if a sonic screwdriver could really work? How Cybermen make little Cybermen? Or where the toilets are in the Tardis?

Doctor Who arrived on our TV screens in 1963. Since then, across light years and through millennia, the journeys of the Time Lord have shown us alien worlds, strange life forms, futuristic technology and mind-bending cosmic phenomena.

Join Paul Parsons, popular science author and lifelong worshipper of Doctor Who on the Saturday morning and hear the low-down on this monumentally successful science fiction series, explaining the science behind the fantasy and showing video clips to illustrate his explanations.


Suitable for children of any age!

  Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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Saturday April 18th.
Tickets £12
(Concessions £10)

 8.00 pm

"The Galliard Ensemble in Concert"

The celebrated international wind quintet

Christ the King Church
 Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)
The Galliard Ensemble


This wind quintet was founded in the early 90s when its members were all students at the Royal Academy of Music. From this prestigious beginning, The Galliard Ensemble is now firmly established as one of the UK's leading chamber ensembles. The musicians bring their uniquely warm, energetic and passionate style to this Thornbury venue.
Join them for an evening listening to an inspired choice of programme:

'Top calibre performers shining the beam of their musicality' LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Kathryn Thomas - flute
Katherine Spencer - clarinet
Helen Simons - bassoon
Owen Dennis - oboe
Richard Bayliss - horn
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Ligeti: Six Bagatelles 1953
Nielson: Wind Quintet Opus 43
Barber: Summer Music
Grainger: Walking Tune
Arnold: Three Shanties
Berio: Opus Number Zoo
The bar at Christ the King will be open from 7.30pm
Interval drinks can be ordered before the performance starts.

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices 

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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Monday April 20th.
All seating £5
1.00 pm

"Bits & Pieces with 3MC"
Three Mens Company

A selection of songs, prose, piano and good humour.

Cossham Hall
 Tickets: All seats £5

          David, John and Jeremy   


Three Mens Company, David Higson, John Marsh and Jeremy Watkins present a delightful light-hearted selection of favourite songs, verse, prose and piano music featuring purely English writers and composers, including Auden, Betjeman, Bennett, Coward, Finzi, Flanders and Swann and many more.


David, John and Jeremy first performed together in 1988 at the Lord Mayor's Chapel in Bristol, where John was Director of Music. By 2002 they had decided to present their entertainments more regularly with the objective of fund raising for charity. Over the last 6 year they have raised the astonishing £45,000. for good causes.

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Monday April 20th
Tickets £7
(Concessions £5)

7.30pm  "The Art of Complaining"
Dr Julian Baggini
An entertaining talk
by the philosopher, writer and broadcaster.
Armstrong Hall
 Tickets £7, (concessions) £5.

   Dr Baggini neither complaining nor protesting just  entertaining.


I am not one to grumble, but…

In this entertaining and thought provoking talk based on his recent book Complaints: From Minor Moans to Principled Protests, Dr Julian Baggini, author, freelance philosopher, broadcaster and co-founder and editor of The Philosophers' Magazine argues that complaining is a human universal that if used correctly can have practical benefits.

With the rise in popularity of programmes such as Grumpy Old Men, the habit of complaining has become something of a leisure pursuit for the resigned and the nostalgic. However, Dr Baggini will argue that we should turn our sense that "everything conspires against me" into practical constructive criticism, and that such stances in the past have instigated major social advances.

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

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 Festival Week Events

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Tuesday April 21st.
All seating £5

1.00pm 

Is my custard powder dry enough?
Martyn Harries
Dubbing mixer at the BBC gives a lesson

Cossham Hall
 Tickets: All seats £5
Martyn Harries mixing in the custard


This is a lesson in how to cook up a soundtrack!

Martyn Harries, Dubbing Mixer at the BBC, gives a fascinating insight into the inner workings of programmes such as Casualty and the natural history documentaries.

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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Tuesday April 21st.
Reserved seating
Raised seats £11
(concessions £10)
Flat seating
£9
(concessions £8)
 7.30 pm

"My Darling Clemmie" by Hugh Whitemore
Rohan McCullough

A one-woman show on Winston Churchill's clever and beautiful wife

Armstrong Hall
 Tickets: Reserved Seating   £11 tiered, (concessions £10)   £9 flat, (concessions £8)

     Rohan McCullough plays Clemmie      


"My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me" WINSTON CHURCHILL


This one-woman show is the remarkable, moving and highly entertaining story of the woman who married Churchill. It is performed by one of our most talented and versatile actresses Rohan McCullough, who returns to Thornbury, having appeared in 2006 in Mortimer's Miscellany with the late Sir John Mortimer.


Hugh Whitemore is one of our foremost dramatists. His TV film The Gathering Storm, about the Churchills in the 1930s, won the American Emmy award for the best TV drama of 2002.

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 Wednesday April 22rd.
All seating £5
 1.00 pm

"Somerset Lavender"
Judith Green

An illustrated talk, all you need to know to grow and sell lavender products.

Cossham Hall
 Tickets: All seats £5
Judith Green tells why Somerset Lavender is so very excellent.


Judith Green gives an illustrated talk on how she and her husband changed their traditional dairy farm near Bath into a lavender producing enterprise growing over 20 varieties of lavender as well as many other healing herbs.

Judith explains how the lavender is planted, nurtured and harvested to extract its essential oil, and brings a selection of products in order to illustrate its many uses.

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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 Wednesday April 22rd
All seating £4
 7.30 pm

"A Celebration of Youth - A Concert"
Thornbury's young musicians from past and present Eisteddfods and Castle School's musicians showcase their talents.

Sponsored by Mrs Joan Hawkins

Armstrong Hall
 Tickets: All seats £4
Hear Thornbury's maturing talent


A welcome opportunity for Thornbury Arts Festival to showcase the notable musical talents and first-rate performance ability of many young people from our area.


The concert will feature talented performers from Eisteddfods past and present, and include performances by groups of young people from Thornbury's Castle School known for delivering stunning musical treats.

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

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 Festival Week Events

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 Thursday April 23th.
All seating £5


 1.00 pm
"Ration Books to Rock 'n' Roll"
Terry Merrett-Smith
Former Hospital Broadcaster Terry picks through his huge collection of records.
Cossham Hall 
 Tickets: All seats £5.

Remember when records were black and brittle?


Terry Merrett Smith, broadcaster and former studio manager for hospital radio, has had a lifelong interest in music resulting in a huge collection of gramophone records.

His talk is illustrated with recordings from the war years to the 1950s and covers events and the radio and film stars of that time.

This should be an hour of pure nostalgia!

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices     

Date

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 Festival Week Events

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 Thursday April 23th.
Free Public Lecture
6.00pm

"The Severn Barrage – Not So Much a Bore!"
Prof Colin Taylor
Prof.Taylor evaluates the environmental impact of the Severn Tidal Power project.

Castle School 6th Form Main Hall
 Tickets: Free Event
Severn Power - Green saviour  or environmental disaster?
Photo courtesy of Andy Gillingham



Professor Colin Taylor is head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol and Professor of Earthquake Engineering, he has a particular interest in the impacts on the design and performance management of large infrastructures such as dams, bridges and utilities. He has worked in the field for over 30 years and has been a consultant on major projects throughout the world. He also represents four universities on the Steering Board of the Severn Tidal Power Strategic Environmental Assessment study.

At a time of intense interest on the possibility that a scheme for harnessing power from the River Severn would affect our area, come and hear Professor Taylor give his expert view.

Is this an idea whose time has come or will it be an environmental disaster for the Severn estuary?

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 Thursday April 23th.
All seating sold

 8.00 pm

"Raising Standards - Jazz Café"
The Festival's Jazz Café with Four in a Bar

Sarah Musgrove (vocals), Gareth Williams (flute), Andrew Dick (guitar) and Will Harris (double bass).
Jazz classics, blues and ballads.

Armstrong Hall
 Tickets: All seats sold
Four in a Bar CD Cover. Buy the CD and support Kenyan orphans.


Raising Standards - Jazz Café

An evening in Thornbury Arts Festival's Jazz Café with Four in a Bar - Sarah Musgrove (vocals), Gareth Williams (flute), Andrew Dick (guitar) and Will Harris (double bass).

This versatile Bristol-based quartet plays original arrangements of a wide range of jazz classics, blues and ballads - from Gershwin and Ellington, through Jobim and the other masters of Latin jazz, to Roberta Flack and Eva Cassidy.
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Great music to appeal to all palates, to be savoured with friends over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Raising standards - Jazz Café has now sold out.

The band are all staff or students at Bristol Medical School, they have recently produced a CD, the proceeds of which will go towards the Kenya Orphan Project, one of the charities supported by the Medical School. The CD will be available, hot off the press, after the show.

 

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices     

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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 Friday April 24th
All seating £5

 1.00 pm "How I Lived for a Year on just £1 a Day"
Kath Kelly

Hear how Kath managed it.
Cossham H all
 Tickets: All seats £5
Kath Kelly  - champion of frugality.


Bristol teacher Kath Kelly's modest means were stretched to the limit by her hedonistic lifestyle in malls, wine bars and coffee shops. But when she wanted to buy the perfect present for her brother's wedding just a year away, she made the rash decision to live on just £1 a day for twelve months.

This entertaining talk recounts the incredible but true story of Kath's mission to cut her spending for that year and how much fun she had without breaking the bank.

Let Kath, now a veteran of many TV and radio appearances, answer your questions and inspire you with her sound advice in these troubled times.

Could you get by on £1 a day? Come along and find out for yourself!


Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices     

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 Friday April 24th
Phone 01454 868485
for tickets
7.00pm

"Feel the Vibe"
Local young people showcase their talent

Turnberrie’s Community Building
 Tickets: Prices TBA
Young people entertain with their own stuff.


Local young people choose, organise and enjoy their own event.

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 Time

 Festival Week Events

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 Friday April 24th.
Reserved seating
Raised seats £10
Flat seating £9

 8.00 pm "The Buffalo Gals in Concert"
A country band in the American style playing Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues and Cajun tunes and songs to get your feet tapping.
Armstrong Hall
 Tickets: All seats £9
4 gals and 2 guys with an old-time American Country string band.


From festivals and folk concert performances throughout the country comes this six-piece band specialising in authentic American old time, Bluegrass and country music. The fiddle, banjo, guitar, double bass and percussive step dance are featured in good old string band tunes. The Buffalo Gals sing songs with soaring harmonies that are both poignant and humorous.

Enjoy with them the spirit and infectious fun of American roots music, a social music with a great drive and passion. The Buffalo Gals aim to involve all of their audiences in the excitement!

Kate Lissauer - fiddle, vocal lead and harmony
Sue Clare - mandolin, guitar and vocals
Eve Morris - double bass
Sibylle Riesen - step dancer and vocals
Pete Dunn - guitar and vocals
Johnny Whelan - banjo and vocals

'Musical expertise and superb close harmony vocals' MAVERICK MAGAZINE

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Date

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 Festival Week Events

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Saturday April 25th.
All seating £5

10.30 am

"Old Mother Hubbard"
Garlic Theatre
Slapstick, clowning and a puppet telling of the old nursery rhyme.
A treat for all over 3 years of age.

 Armstrong Hall

 Tickets: All seats £5

A surprisingly young-looking Mother H.


Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone, but when she got there the cupboard was bare…Or was it?…

Iklooshar Malara and Mark Pitman, Garlic Theatre company, delight children and adults alike with a spicy blend of slapstick and folk humour in this fresh and funny adaptation of a much-loved nursery rhyme, with charismatic story-telling, great puppets, clowning and a feast of live musical treats.


An ideal introduction to the joys of theatre for anyone over 3 years of age.

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 Saturday April 25th.

All seats sold


 8.00 pm

"Rick Wakeman with The Piano Show"

Legendary keyboard virtuoso and more recently a TV "grumpy old man" entertains from the piano.


Armstrong Hall

 Tickets: All seats sold

Rick Wakeman's "The Piano Show" has now completely sold out 
Photo © Lee Wilkinson 2008


Rock legend Rick Wakeman had his own band at age 18, then came 2 years with the Strawbs in the early 70s, followed by 30 years on and off with YES.

Early smash hit LPs include Close to the Edge, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, the live album YESSONGS and the recent hit YES Acoustic.

Classically trained, he had a worldwide hit with Journey to the Centre of the Earth with the London Symphony Orchestra. Rick has recorded with The English Rock Ensemble, The English Chamber Orchestra and has written and arranged the music for Ken Russell's film Lisztomania as well as making thousands of touring appearances with constantly changing material.

Now much loved as a raconteur, TV personality and 'grumpy old man', Rick will demonstrate his virtuoso piano skills in addition to letting loose his irrepressible wit by recounting hilarious and almost unbelievable episodes and experiences from his extraordinary life.

Rick Wakeman's Piano Show has now sold out

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices     

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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 Sunday April 26th.

All Tickets sold

1.45 pm

"Out on the Toot"
Walk Guides Jane Bradshaw and Meg Adnams
A walk around Oldbury on Severn including Tea/Coffee and a cake.

Meet at The Ship Inn, Oldbury on Severn
 Tickets: All sold (including Tea/Coffee and a cake.)
Unless you can manage a stroll for a couple of hours including an uphill stretch, you should not book for this walk.
"Out on the Toot" is a complete sell out
 


Meet at 1.45pm at The Ship Inn, Oldbury-on-Severn

Jane Bradshaw and Meg Adnams will take us on a guided walk to visit the historical sites of the village of Oldbury including the Pill Head, where coal ships such as the Matilda docked and the Toot itself, an ancient hill fort.

We will be walking up the hill to visit the beautiful church of St Arilda to learn of the legend of St Arild. The walk will finish back at The Ship with tea/coffee and homemade cake.

Please wear stout shoes!

Parking is limited, if you can offer a lift or would be prepared to car share, please email secretary@thornburyartsfestival .com

"Out on the Toot" is now full and no further walkers can be acommodated.

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Festival Events For Schools

 Feb. 2009

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 Winter Programme Events

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Tuesday 3rd February.

2.00 pm

"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

 Armstrong Hall

Tickets: Reserved for primary schools

Image awaited


This production is aimed at parties of primary school children.

The BOV Theatre school continue the tradition of performing Shakespeare's plays in productions which make no compromise with the language or the age of the audience but with imagination and intimacy holds them spellbound as the story unfolds.

An ideal introduction to the magic of live theatre for those who have seen drama only on TV or film.

Festival Events For Schools

 Date

 Time

 Spring Programme Events

 Where?


Wednesday April 22nd

10.00 am

"Wall•E"
A film for Primary and Infant Schools
Organised by Thornbury Picture House.

Armstrong Hall
Tickets: Reserved for primary schools
A fuzzy Wall*E


Wall•E, a robot left behind to deal with all the rubbish which has destroyed the Earth has been clearing-up for 700 years.

He comes across some hilarious friends before falling in love with a lost robot, He pursues her across space and comes upon the survivors who have been in space ever since the Earth became toxic, their lifestyle is a warning against excess consumption and idleness.

Filled with surprises, action, humour and heart.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) and made at Pixmar Animation Studios.

Festival Events For Schools

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 Time

 Spring Programme Events

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Friday April 24th

10.00 am

Hip Hop Opera
Richard Link and Peter Wilcock

Castle School
Tickets: Reserved for Castle School.

Image Awaited


Professional Musicians Richard Link and Peter Wilcock lead a workshop for year 8 Castle School pupils based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

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Date

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 Festival Week Events

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Saturday April 18th
10.00am to
2.00pm
 "Doctor Who - Art workshop"

St Mary Centre
 Tickets: Free
Just follow the plans!
image :projectdalek.co.uk


A free Art workshop under cover in St Mary Centre for children from 7 - 11 years

Loads of materials provided to make Doctor Who's terrifying enemies, friendly aliens and time travelling ships.

Festival Events For Young People


 Date

 Time

 Spring Programme Events

 Where?


Friday April 24th.


7.00pm
 

"Feel the Vibes"
Local young people showcase their talent

Turnberries
Tickets: 'phone 01454 868485 for tickets. Prices TBA
Young people entertain with their own stuff


Local young people choose, organise and enjoy their own event.


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 March 2009

 Time

 Spring Programme Events  

 Where?

    

Contact 01454 413057 for Music.
          or 01454 413887 for Speech and Drama
Judging of the various Eisteddfod Music classes will take place over a 8 day period and the Speech and Drama Classes over 2 days.

  

 March 2009

 Time

Eisteddfod class competitions

 Where?

 Friday 6th March

4.00 -  6.00 pm

Eisteddfod Speech and Drama
Class Judging

The Speech and Drama Eisteddfod is sponsored by the Lions Club of Thornbury

Whitsun Hall,
Hatch Community (at junction of Castle St/ Kington Lane).
Thornbury

 Saturday 7th March

9.30am - 3.00 pm

Eisteddfod Speech and Drama
Class Judging

The Speech and Drama Eisteddfod is sponsored by the Lions Club of Thornbury

Whitsun Hall,
Hatch Community (at junction of Castle St/ Kington Lane).
Thornbury

Sunday 8th March

10.00 - 5.00 pm

Vocal Classes Judging

The Music Eisteddfod is sponsored by the Lions Club of Thornbury

Whitsun Hall,
Hatch Community (at junction of Castle St/ Kington Lane).
Thornbury
Wednesday 11th March

4.00 - 9.30 pm

Brass / Woodwind/ Strings Class Judging

The Music Eisteddfod is sponsored by the Lions Club of Thornbury

Whitsun Hall,
Hatch Community (at junction of Castle St/ Kington Lane).
Thornbury
Thursday 12th March

9.00am - 4.30 pm

Choirs and Orchestras Class Judging

The Music Eisteddfod is sponsored by the Lions Club of Thornbury

St Mary's Church
Castle Street
Thornbury
Saturday 14th March

10.00 - 2.15pm

Vocal Classes Judging

The Music Eisteddfod is sponsored by the Lions Club of Thornbury

Whitsun Hall,
Hatch Community (at junction of Castle St/ Kington Lane).
Thornbury
Sunday 15th March

10.00 - 2.30pm

Piano and Keyboard Class Judging

The Music Eisteddfod is sponsored by the Lions Club of Thornbury

Whitsun Hall,
Hatch Community (at junction of Castle St/ Kington Lane).
Thornbury
Audiences are very welcome at all the Eisteddfod classes
 

Cup presentation 2002
2002 Best overall vocal

Thornbury Cymrodorian Cup Presentation
    


The judging for the various Eisteddfod classes will take place over an 8day period in two venues.

For details of of Music classes etc.,
call Daphne Ashton on 01454 413057            

For details of times of Speech and Drama classes etc.,
please ring 01454 413887.

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