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Liz Wilkins, TAF's Artistic Director

Liz is close to the literary world through her lifelong and now professional interest in books and writers, poets, playwrights and drama. Liz also is a music lover and many will remember husband Mike as a jazz musician and band leader and a very supportive teacher of Thornbury's emerging musical talent.

Liz is now in her third year of programming festival week and says "With the support of the committee I am confident we can continue to attract to Thornbury professional performers of the highest calibre and continue to develop new links to community arts and entertainment", as promised,Liz has arranged a varied and exciting programme for 2012.

 Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices

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Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Friday 20 April

 

7.30pm

 

The Nearly Naked Chef
An Evening with HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI

Armstrong Hall
 Tickets: £16 (raised) £14 (flat) Reserved Seating

Hardeep Singh Kohli

OPENING NIGHT

Comedy with a hint of gastronomy best describes this opening night!

Hardeep Singh Kohli, the celebrated journalist, raconteur, writer and cook combines hilarious anecdotes with inventive cuisine in a wonderfully funny, laid back evening's entertainment.

Glaswegian Hardeep was runner-up on the first series of Celebrity Masterchef and introduced this show at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it played to sell-out audiences. This is an extended, two-course version combining more of Hardeep's winning talents and recipes.

He appears on BBC and Channel 4 programmes and is a regular broadcaster on Radio 4.

'Kohli's evening of cookery and anecdotes........ left a reassuringly warm aftertaste.'
**** The Times

 


Presented in association with Seabright Productions Limited


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Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Saturday 21 April.



11.30am to 1.00pm


 

Circus Skills in St Mary Centre

 

 

St Mary Centre

 Tickets: Free



A DROP IN CIRCUS WORKSHOP

No need to look so sad.

A Circomedia instructor is in town!

Learn some circus skills as you wander around the Shopping Centre.

Try your hand at juggling balls, spinning plates, diabolo, devil sticks and much more!

FREE for all the family!

 


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Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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Saturday 21 April.

 

1.00pm to 3.00pm

 

Art Workshop
with SHIRLEY SHARP

 

St. Mary Centre

 Tickets: Free



ART WORSHOP

with SHIRLEY SHARP

FREE for 5 – 16 year olds

Roll up, roll up for all the fun of the circus!

Continue the theme of the circus....

Paint, draw, make models.......

in lots of different ways!

Grown - ups very welcome too!

 

  Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

Where?

 

Saturday 21 April.

 

 8.00 pm

 

An Audience with EVELYN GLENNIE

Armstrong Hall
 Tickets: Tickets £20 (raised)   £18 (flat) Reserved Seating

 

The inspirational Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist.

She is also a keen collector of percussion instruments and has an estimated hoard of over 1800! She will be playing a small selection of percussion instruments during the evening.

She also designs jewellery, composes and records music for film and television, has written her autobiography and just happens to be profoundly deaf. Breaking boundaries is the key to her success.

Evelyn will tell her fascinating life story with the help of video clips and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.

'There is sound everywhere.......... we just have to listen,' she says.

Presented in Association with Clive Conway Celebrity Productions Ltd

Supported by Quartet Community Foundation

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Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

Sunday 22 April.

7.30 pm

A Celebration of Charles Dickens
with
ROBERT POWELL and ELIZABETH GARVIE

with CLIVE CONWAY, flute and CHRISTINE CROSHAW, piano

Armstrong Hall
Tickets £18 (raised) £16 (flat) Reserved seating

Charles Dickens Engraving by Andre Gill


To commemorate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth, well known actors Robert Powell and Elizabeth Garvie trace the fascinating times of this Victorian writer in words and music. They bring to life universally loved characters, from Mr Pickwick, Mr Micawber and Mrs Nickleby to Mrs Gamp,Uriah Heep and Scrooge.

Robert Powell recently appeared in BBC's Holby City but initially rose to fame playing Christ in Jesus of Nazareth and in the Hollywood blockbuster The Italian Job alongside Michael Caine.

The Company reveal Dickens the celebrity, the social reformer, the actor, the entrepreneur and above all Dickens the genius and supreme entertainer.


Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions Ltd

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Monday 23 April.



12.45 - 1.15 pm


 

St Mary's Church Concert

Professor Philip Wilby - Organist

 

 

St Mary The Virgin Church

 Tickets: Free



Professor Philip Wilby is the musical director at St Mary's Thornbury.

Encouraged to take up composition by Herbert Howells, he graduated from Keble College, Oxford in 1970 and served for many years as senior tutor in composition at Leeds University.

More recently he was awarded a Doctorate in Composition, and made Professor in 2002.

Currently, he lives in Bristol, where his wife serves as Canon Precentor at the Cathedral.

In addition to playing the organ, he is proud to be the musical associate at the Black Dyke Brass Band.

 

 

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Monday 23 April

 

1.00pm 

 

Egypt without Crowds

RON POWELL

Cossham Hall
Tickets: £5.00

 Karnak Temple by Ron Powell


RON POWELL gives an illustrated talk on the sites and monuments of ancient Egypt following a visit he made just a few weeks after the overthrow of President Mubarak.
There were no police on the streets and hardly any tourists, even at the most popular sites such as the Pyramids, Karnak and Abu Simbel.
Ron was therefore able to photograph the sites themselves, rather than the people looking at them.

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Monday 23 April

 

7.30pm

 

By George

MICHAEL LUNTS:

Cossham Hall
Tickets £ 10.00

Michael Lunts


A witty one-man musical revue discovering the quirks of the English!

Actor, pianist and singer Michael Lunts explores the musical offerings of Noel Coward, Flanders & Swann and Gilbert & Sullivan. He also mixes in a sprinkle of light verse from John Betjeman and Ogden Nash to delve into the 'national character'.

Celebrate St George's Day with an affectionate and often hilarious look at people who do not always take themselves as seriously as those stiff upper lips suggest!

 

 

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Tuesday 24 April.



12.45 - 1.15pm


 

St Mary's Church Concert

with Castle School's Panache Steel Band

 

St Mary The Virgin Church

 Tickets: Free




Panache

Thornbury's Castle School students will be showcasing the amazing repertiore of the celebrated Panache steel band.

Everybody Welcome - free entry

Steelband Workshops with Gillian Holmes

Organised with local Primary Schools

Sponsored by Liberty

 

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Tuesday 24 April

 

1.00pm 

 

Choc Chic

FRANCES COOLEY

Cossham Hall
Tickets: £ 5

Frances Cooley


FRANCES COOLEY makes shoes and handbags as you have never seen them before!

Having started her business making and decorating cakes for special occasions, she has now tapped into our love for chocolate.

She shares the secrets of how her exquisite chocolates are produced and may even let us taste some!

 

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Tuesday 24 April.

7.30 pm Film Double Bill

SEVERN AND SOMME

and

PYGMALION

Cossham Hall,
Tickets: £10

Ivor Gurney

 

FILM NIGHT DOUBLE BILL

SEVERN AND SOMME

This docu-drama celebrates the life of IVOR GURNEY, the First World War poet and composer from Gloucestershire.

The story of this creative genius takes us from the trenches to the asylum.

Made locally by Diana Taylor & Anthea Page

Redcliffe Film Productions





......INTERVAL with BAR / ICE CREAMS........



PYGMALION
To mark the centenary of George Bernard Shaw's writing of this iconic story we are showing the original 1938 black and white film.

Starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Wednesday 25 April.

 

12.45- 1.15pm


 

St Mary's Church Concert

Marlwood Music Department

 

St Mary The Virgin Church

 Tickets: Free



A Typical School Orchestra



A lunchtime recital will be held on Wednesday 25 April in St. Mary's Church by music students at Marlwood School

Everybody Welcome - free entry

 

 

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

 Wednesday 25 April

 

1.00 pm

 

Television Tales

TIM HOOPER

Cossham Hall
Tickets: £5.00

Tim Hooper


TIM HOOPER gives an entertaining talk on his experiences over nearly forty years as a supporting artist or "extra" on television.

He has worked on such programmes as Poldark and Shoestring so we hear many behind the scenes stories and learn that there is quite a hierarchy in "extra" land!

 

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

Wednesday 25 April

7.30 pm

A MONSTROUS TALE!....

From Thornbury to a Scottish Loch

Professor GARETH WILLIAMS

 

Armstrong Hall
Tickets: £10.00

Gareth Williams


Sir Peter Scott believed it. So did the inventor whose sonar technology found the wreck of the Titanic.

And even if you don't, you would probably like it to be true!.

Professor Gareth Williams follows the trail of the Loch Ness Monster in an entertaining and thought-provoking journey that brings together legend, science (good and bad), one of the most iconic hoax photos of all time, intrigue and a man whose yellow Rolls-Royce was a familiar sight on the streets of Thornbury.

 

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Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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Thursday 26 April

 

1.00 pm

 

Origami

JUDITH LAING

Cossham Hall
Tickets: £5

Origami by Judith Laing


ORIGAMI WORKSHOP

For over twenty years JUDITH LAING has been making her own paper sculptures and is a long standing member of The British Origami Society.

As well as creating exclusive hand made gifts, she instructs and exhibits in this country and overseas.

Here she demonstrates this ancient craft in a workshop setting – so we will all have an opportunity to create something.

 

 

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Thursday 26 April

 

7.30pm

 

Heart and Soul: Wonder Tales of Old Europe

Dr GEOFF MEAD

United Reformed Church
Tickets £10 (to include a glass of wine)

Geoff Mead


International storyteller and author Geoff Mead takes us deep into the forests and mountains of Old Europe as he tells some of the great wonder tales from the Brothers Grimm and other traditions. These ancient stories have much to teach us about the joy and drama of the human condition.

Expect to be amazed by the ordeals of epic heroes, laugh at the magic of the trickster, shed a tear or sigh with delight at happy endings and ask yourself......

What happens after happily ever after?

During the interval Geoff will be signing copies of his new book 'Coming Home to Story'.

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Friday 27April

 

1.00 pm

 

A MUSICAL INTERLUDE

ALISON SUTTON ( Mezzo Soprano )
and CATHERINE WHITE ( Harp )

 

Cossham Hall

Tickets: £5.00

Alison Sutton & Catherine White

 


ALISON SUTTON and CATHERINE WHITE entertain us in a delightful programme with works by Arne, Mendelssohn and Gershwin amongst others.

Having performed with some of the most famous musicians around the world, Alison and Catherine are also busy sharing their vast experience with students as both are teachers and adjudicators.

 

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

Friday 27 April

7.30pm

Family Values

WENDY COPE

Cossham Hall
Tickets: Tickets £12

Wendy Cope

 

The bestselling and critically acclaimed poet Wendy Cope joins us to charm and amuse with readings from her latest collection. New poems are read alongside a selection of old favourites with the background to each explained.

Known for her intimate fireside style, Wendy's work covers the emotional range from witty, powerful, heartbreaking and compassionate to laugh-out-loud.

One of Wendy's poems was used by Jools Holland in his song Waterloo Bridge.

Twice she has been considered by Radio 4 Poetry Please listeners as their choice for Poet Laureate and was awarded an OBE in 2010.

Wendy will be pleased to answer questions and then sign copies of her book.


Presented in association with Sympathetic Developments

 

 

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Saturday 28 April

 

11.00am

Two, four, six, eight

CRAIG EDWARDS

Suitable for Ages 4 -7 years

 

Armstrong Hall

Tickets: £6.00 Adults,  £3.00 Children, Family Ticket £15 (2 adults & 2 Children)

Craig Edwards
(Image courtesy Farrow's Creative)

 

Craig has been invited to his best friend's Birthday Party.

There is an invitation to read, presents to wrap, cakes to buy and a house to find.

Who will explain the rules of Musical Chairs?

Will there be enough balloons?

Shoofly Theatre has created a funny, charming performance that shows how much fun numbers can be with your friends.

 

 

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Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

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Saturday 28 April

 

8.00pm

Swing it

OPERA DUDES

and a 4 piece swing band

Armstrong Hall
Tickets: £14.00 (raised) £12.00 (flat)  Reserved seating

 

Where else do you find an ex-builder and a Cambridge scholar, both turned operatic tenors, teaming up to enrapture and entertain?

The hilarious duo Neil Allen and Tim Lole bring their unique blend of style, swing and slapstick humour to this funniest of classical entertainments.......from Verdi and Elvis to Lloyd Webber via Rachmaninoff and Donald Duck!

Don't be surprised to find your feet tapping, your sides splitting and your heart breaking!

Expect the unexpected from this most original double act!

Unbeatable and unmissable........it's pure musical entertainment.

 

Festival Week - Programme notes and Ticket prices  

Date

 Time

 Festival Week Events

 Where?

 

Sunday 29 April

 

2.00 pm

 

Tarry a while around Tytherington!

Meet for 2.00pm start in the car park of The Swan.

 The Swan, Tytherington

Tickets: Sorry, Completely Sold Out.


 

Local historians Roger Howell and Bill Cornock accompany us on a trail of the old and new in this interesting village.

The trail has proved to be very popular and has now completely sold out, sorry.

Is there any evidence of a Roman Camp?

How has the dramatic limestone escarpment influenced the village?

What of the quarries and the railway station?

 

We complete our afternoon back at The Swan for tea/coffee and homemade cakes.

 

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The programme of events, dates and performers is listed below. Performance times are subject to confirmation.

 

Saturday 21 April.

11.30pm to 1.00pm

Circus Skills in St Mary Centre
with Circomedia
St. Mary Centre

Saturday 21 April.

1.00pm to 3.00pm

Art Workshop
with Shirley Sharp

St. Mary Centre

 

Monday 23 April.



12.45 - 1.15pm

St Mary's Church Concert

Professor Philip Wilby - Organist

 

St Mary The Virgin Church

 

Tuesday 24 April.



12.45 - 1.15pm

St Mary's Church Concert

with The Castle School's
Panache Steel Band

 

St Mary The Virgin Church

 

Wednesday 25 April.

 

12.45 - 1.15pm

St Mary's Church Concert

with Marlwood Music Department

 

St Mary The Virgin Church

 

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Associated Art Exhibitions

Exhibition times are subject to confirmation.

 
27 April - 15 May

Weekdays
9.00am - 5.00pm

  An exhibition of work by Paul Needles

The Octagon Gallery is to be found at the rear of The Castle School, Park Road, Thornbury.

The Octagon Gallery is a Specialist Visual Arts College and a centre of excellence for the visual arts.

Octagon Gallery Castle School
20 April - 28th April
10.00am - 4.00pm (excluding Sunday)

 Art Trail Showcase Exhibition

The exhibition showcases examples of work by individual artists and makers participating in the Art Trail. Their contact details can be found by clicking on the artists name or minipic. Work is not for sale at this exhibition.

The exhibition also features work by the Severn Valley Quilters, which is not part of the Art Trail.

Thornbury Town Hall
5th May - 16th May
Weekdays
9.00am - 5.00pm

• Children's Art Exhibition

As part of Thornbury Arts Festival, local Primary School children will create work on the theme of "The Circus comes to Town."

St. Mary Centre
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