Thornbury Arts Festival 2003 

Celebrating 40 years
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The Festival opens on Friday April 17th with John Sergeant, recent hero of "Strictly Come Dancing" telling of his life in News and Politics and taking questions on all aspects of life in the media. There are two events to coincide with the reinvigoration of Doctor Who and the celebrated Galliard Ensemble give a Concert in Christ the King Church. Dr Julian Baggini explores the Art of Complaining and Rohan McCullough revisits Thornbury with a one woman show on the life of Clementine Churchill.

Prof Colin Taylor assesses the environmental effects of the various proposals for harnessing tidal power from the Severn and Four in a Bar play cafe style Jazz on Thursday. The Buffalo Gals give a rousing foot stomping evening of American blue grass and country music on Friday and rock legend Rick Wakeman at the piano brings the Festival to a rousing climax.

There is the usual full and varied lunch time programme in Festival Week and a wide variety of exhibitions and special events and again, now in its fourth year, the Severn Vale Art Trail is bigger than ever.

April 17 to April 26 2009








Raising Standards - Jazz Cafe has now sold outDusk at the 2nd Severn BridgeThe Buffalo GalsRick Wakeman's  "The Piano Show"  has now  sold out!

Rohan McCulloughDr Julian BagginiThe Galliard Ensemble"An audience with John Sergeant"  has  now sold out!



Sponsors and acknowledgements

Festival Committee contacts  
Artistic Director    Barbara Ray 01454 412272
Chair                      Phyllida Parsloe   01454 419988

Box Office             Diana Jensen

01454 411695
   Festival Highlights:

* An Audience with John Sergeant
* The Galliard Ensemble
* Dr Julian Baggini "The Art of Complaining"

* Rohan McCullough in "My Darling Clemmie"

* Prof. Colin Taylor " The Severn Barrage
   - not so much a Bore"

* Four in a Bar "Raising standards - Jazz Café" 
* The Buffalo Gals - In Concert
* Rick Wakeman with The Piano Show

Booking opens March 1st, see Thornbury Magazine or click Booking Information from 1 March to download booking form.

From April 1st, for Festival Tickets and Information
Call 01454 411695
Community Arts
The Festival encourages the community to be active in the Arts. Activities range from the Eisteddfod, FEEL THE VIBE for young people, Shakespere and Cinema for the schools, to the Art exhibition and Art Trail where local Artists will be in attendance in their own studios.
For general information ring 01454 412272 or 419988
Click Feedback. to email your comments to the committee,
we welcome your thoughts on the Festival Events to help us plan for the future
FESTIVAL COMMITTEE: Chris Coppin (Treasurer), Sandra Doig (Secretary), Sonia Jackson, Diana Jensen (Box Office), Peter Minshall, Paul Morrish (Vice Chairman), Jane Parfitt, Phyllida Parsloe (Chair), Barbara Ray (Artistic Director), Shirley Sharp, Tony Wilcock, Trish Wilcock, Liz Wilkins (Deputy Artistic Director).

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From 18 April - 16th May 2009
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The Festival Committee is very grateful to the many Sponsors, supporters and volunteers without whose help the 2009 Festival could not take place.

Thanks............ To everyone making the 2009 Festival possible:
The Armstrong Hall Staff
Brian Haley
Town Hall Staff
The Gazette
Bristol Evening Post
Thornbury Magazine Ltd
Alveston Helmet
Oldbury 4-ward
St. Mary Centre
St. Mary's Church

Christ the King Church

The Lions Club of Thornbury
The Hatch Camphill Community
Castle Estate Agents
Tesco Thornbury
Hartnell, Taylor and Cook
Joan Hawkins
Peter Dobbins
Thornbury Picture House
Thornbury Community Building Trust
Thornbury FM
Linda Evans
Daphne Ashton
Gill Page
Kate Phillipson-Masters
Judith Payne
Joan Shipp
Jean Owen
Joan Sheldrake
David Goldring
Rosemary Newman
Roger and Pat Savage
Ashley Bijster
Peter Wilcock
Terry Ray

....and all those patrons and friends who are contributing to the success of Festival 2009, by helping with the Box Office, stewarding the Events, and in so 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
for Grants
Thornbury Magazine Ltd. Sponsorship of Lunchtime events
Thornbury Castle Hotel Accommodation
Castle School Support for Severn Vale Art Trail

Bank Cottage Practice; Berkeley Vale Motors; Thornbury Golf Centre; Cromhall Refinishing Ltd.; Bonds of Thornbury; Liberty Services;
Eastwood Park Conference Centre; Oldbury Power Station;
Electical Alliance South West; High Street Dental Practice;
Sims Cook and Teague; Apcoa The World of Parking;
Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions; The Parking Shop; Essilor Ltd.

Financial support



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Late News

Cancellation policy
Every effort is made to check the accuracy of the information supplied and the details of the Festival programme as published; all Festival bookings are made in good faith, therefore no liability can be accepted for the cancellation or non-appearance of listed programme events or named participants, beyond refund of the price of admission.

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