2010 Festival Image



23rd April to

2 May 2010

Evening Highlights

BBC's News correspondent George Alagiah opened The Festival on Friday April 23rd with Food for Thought, an investigation into the waste and absurdidity of the global food chain, on the first Saturday the Ian McMillan Orchestra presented an evening of poems, songs, stories and music. On SundayThe Thornbury Orchestra returned six years after their Festival debut and on Monday Bristol University's Dr Alice Roberts of the BBC series The Incredible Human Journey presented the evidence for ancient human migrations.

Tuesday was Film Night; The King of India traced the story of a troupe of Kolkata street performers and on Wednesday the 2009 Edinburgh Festival hit The Sociable Plover with Guy Masterson and Ronnie Toms was a darkly comic thriller set among birders on the Suffolk marshes. On Thursday Prof Gareth Williams retold the epic though very local story of Edward Jenner of Berkeley leading just 30 years ago to the total eradication of Smallpox.

Friday 30th April saw the renowned dance company SRISHTI with Nina Rajarani MBE performing a selection of their popular South Asian dances and on the final Saturday Claire Martin and her Musicians brought the Festival to a rousing climax with some ultra cool jazz.
















George Aligiah - Friday 23 AprilThe Ian McMillan Orchestra - Saturday 24 AprilDr Alice Roberts Monday 26 AprilSRISHTI - Friday 30 AprilClaire Martin & her Musicians - Saturday 1 MayProf Gareth Williams - Thursday 29 AprilThe Thornbury Orchestra- Sunday 25 AprilThe Sociable Plover - Wednesday 28 April











Booking opened April 1st, see Thornbury Magazine, or Click Here to download a booking form (From 1st April)

From April 1st, for Enquiries and Information Call 01454 411695

During Festival week there is a wide variety of Exhibitions and special events and again, now in its fifth year, the Severn Vale Art Trail is bigger than ever.

Community Arts
The Festival encourages the community to be active in the Arts. Activities range from the Eisteddfod, to the Thornbury Orchestra, to the Art Exhibition and Art Trail where local Artists will be in attendance with displays of their own work.

 Lunchtime Festival Events:

* History of the British Seaside - Peter Street                                                     * Marianne North - Floral Artist 1830-1890
* Musica Mundi - Baroque style Trio                                                                     * Life in the Sloe lane - Fruit liqueurs with a tasting
* Your House has History - Research a local house with Averil Kear



   Festival Evening Highlights:

* George Alagiah - Food for Thought
* The Ian McMillan Orchestra
* Dr Alice Roberts
* SRISHTI with Nina Rajarani

* Film - The King of India

* Claire Martin
* Prof Gareth Williams
* The Thornbury Orchestra
* The Sociable Plover with Guy Masterson & Ronnie Toms






Festival Committee contacts  
Artistic Director    Liz Wilkins 01454 418573
Chair                      Phyllida Parsloe   01454 419988

Box Office             Diana Jensen

01454 411695

FESTIVAL COMMITTEE: Chris Coppin (Treasurer), Sandra Doig (Secretary), Sonia Jackson, Diana Jensen (Deputy Artistic Director/Box Office), Peter Minshall, Paul Morrish (Vice Chairperson), Jane Parfitt, Phyllida Parsloe (Chairperson), Ralph Shallcross, Shirley Sharp, Charlotte Tuck, Tony Wilcock, Trish Wilcock, Liz Wilkins (Artistic Director).

EISTEDDFOD COMMITTEE: Daphne Ashton, Karen Blount, Linda Evans, Charmaine George, Sonia Jackson, Gill Page, Kate Phillipson-Masters, Phyllida Parsloe, Barbare Ray.

For general information ring 01454 418573

Click Feedback. to email your comments to the committee,
we welcome your thoughts on the Festival Events to help us plan for the future.







Thank you so much to everyone who has made this year's Festival possible and all Patrons and Friends who have contributed to the success of the Eisteddfod and Festival 2010 - helping with the Box Offfice, stewarding and in many other ways.


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

Octagon Visual Arts Centre,
Castle School

The Lions Club of Thornbury
The Hatch Camphill Community
Castle Estate Agents
Tesco Thornbury
Hartnell, Taylor and Cook
Thornbury Picture House
Jean Owen
Judith Payne
Peter Dobbins
Peter Wilcock
Roger and Pat Savage
David Goldring
Ashley Bijster
Kevin Linfoot
Terry Ray
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
The Gables Hotel Accommodation

Bank Cottage Practice; Berkeley Vale Motors; Thornbury Golf Centre; Cromhall Refinishing Ltd.; Bonds of Thornbury; Sims Cook and Teague;
Eastwood Park Training and Conference Centre; Oldbury Power Station; High Street Dental Practice.

for Sponsorship



Severn Vale Art Trail



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.

             Copyright © 2001-2010 Thornbury Arts Festival Committee
Web site editor T C Ray, Thornbury, contact email
Visitors to TAF site