The Gazette and Herald Celebrates Us!

MORE than 600 people from across the county attended the largest ever Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival last weekend for young people and adults.

The organisers for the ninth festival had to employ four adjudicators to give expert feedback and advice to those taking part in the event at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

Students took part in over 70 separate classes from solo, group and duologue acting to mime, news reading, choral speaking and poetry recitals. The level of talent and hard work displayed was exceptional this year said the organiser with over 100 trophies and medals being awarded to the top performers.

See the rest of the Gazette and Herald’s article here.

 

RWB Arts Festival 2018 Success!

Over 600 people from all over Wiltshire and beyond took part in the 9th Speech and Drama Festival organised by the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival at the weekend (17th and 18th November 2017). The event took place at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

Our growing number of performers meant that for the first time the Festival employed four adjudicators to give expert feedback and advice to entrants.

Students took part in over 70 separate classes from solo, group and duologue acting to mime, news reading, choral speaking and poetry recitals. The level of talent and hard work displayed was exceptional this year with over 100 trophies and medals being awarded to the top performers.

Chair, Sandra McDowell said: “We are delighted with the high level of participation and engagement from our performers, their teachers and parents this year. Taking part in a festival is no mean feat and we congratulate all those who took part. We hope they feel enriched from their experience and have gleaned some tips from our inspirational adjudicators”.

The Classical Guitar Festival took place alongside the Speech and Drama and welcomed young performers, many of who hadn’t taken part in the Festival before. Classes included were Baroque, Spanish/Latin and Modern as well as duets and ensembles.

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Highlights Concert Reminder

Don’t forget tonight is the RWB Arts Festival Speech and Drama highlight’s concert!

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Doors open at 6pm for 6.30 start and the programme is a showcase of the best talent from the weekend’s Festival classes!

RWB Arts Festival Preparations, 2018

The final preparations are underway for this weekend’s RWB Arts Festival.

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The new winners cups have arrived and the old ones retrieved and polished, the new medals ordered and delivered, the programmes printed, the certificates ready, the news reading scripts have been sent to all students, the cakes are being made, the adjudicators primed, the rooms are being set up, and the volunteers and committee members are all ready to receive the hundreds of students and parents and teachers over the coming weekend!

We wish everyone who is partaking good luck and look forward to seeing the ever rising talent and quality of so many actors and actresses, and musicians.

You can come and witness the high quality performers by buying tickets on the door.

A Season Ticket – only £5.00

This will allow you into all rooms on both days of the Festival

Day Ticket – only £3.00

This will allow you into all rooms on one day

Programmes – £3.00

CASH ONLY PLEASE! Please note that without purchasing a ticket you will not be able to watch your child perform, and we would hate to think you would miss their special moment, and possible winning of a trophy!

 

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Deadline Approaching for Speech and Drama Entries

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CALLING ALL SPEECH AND DRAMA PERFORMERS

Only days left to enter the Royal Wootton Bassett 2018 Speech and Drama Festival!

The Royal Wootton Bassett Speech and Drama Festival is gearing up for its fantastic annual event which takes place on 17th and 18th November at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy this year. The festival, which draws performers from all over Wiltshire and beyond, is now in its 9th year.

The closing date for all entries is 30th September 2018. A copy of the syllabus and entry forms can be found here.

There are a wide range of classes available including Acting, Reading, Mime, Television News Reading and many more. We welcome entries from participants of all ages, from the very young to adults. There are opportunities for groups, pairs and solos.

Sandra McDowell, Chair of the Speech and Drama Festival said: “Our Speech and Drama Festival is thriving and growing rapidly as classes across the board are expanding. In 2009, we started with just one adjudicator, now we have four!

After its success last year, we’re really excited to be adding additional recital classes where entrants can perform a selection of poetry, prose, acting under one theme. We are also increasing the number of novice classes in both verse speaking and solo acting which is exclusively available to performers who are yet to win a cup at the festival. We have also launched an additional Choral Group Speaking class and a Shakespeare class for younger performers. Following great feedback last year, we will also continue to film our Television News Readers, giving them an even more professional and realistic experience. We believe there is something for everyone!

Our four expert adjudicators will be there at the festival to provide valuable feedback to our entrants. We know they will be engaging, inspirational and enriching.

We’d love you to get involved with the festival this year, either as a performer or a member of our valued audience.”

The Royal Wootton Bassett Speech and Drama Festival is the only one in Wiltshire affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals.

In addition, the RWBAF’s specialist Classical Guitar Festival will take place alongside the Speech and Drama Festival at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. Expert guitarist Gary Ryan will be there to adjudicate the entrants. The closing date for the Classical Guitar Festival is 13th October 2017.

You can also find us on Facebook and you can contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com or on twitter @RWBArtsFestival, where we look forward to hearing all about your musical and dramatic achievements. 

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RWB Arts Festival Autumn Concert

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The RWB Arts Festival 2018 Autumn Concert will be 7.30pm Saturday 17th November, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Royal Wootton Bassett. The theme will be St.Cecilia, the patron Saint of musicians, whose feast day is 22nd November. The programme will feature instrumentalists who did well in this year’s Summer Music and other guests, supported by RWB Choral Society and an invited Chamber Orchestra.

There will be refreshments and a retiring collection.

 

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RWB Arts Festival Welcomes New Chair

Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival welcomes new Music Chair and our Music Festival will change dates to run alongside Speech and Drama

Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival is delighted to announce its new Chair of Music, Sarah Sumner.

Sarah has a life-long love of music and has been playing since early childhood; enjoying the piano, oboe, viola and singing. She has a wide range of experience; from playing in numerous local festivals and orchestras to taking a range of music examinations. More recently, Sarah was validated as the Leading Teacher for Primary Music at Swindon Borough Council. She has also delivered Music Teacher Training to Graduate Students and has had an article about the importance of music in education published.

Sarah is currently Deputy Head of Westlea Primary School and a Trustee of the Friends of Swindon Young Musicians. She is also in the final year of a Master’s Degree in Education.

New Chair of Music, Sarah Sumner said: “I am really excited about this new adventure as the Chair of the Royal Wotton Bassett Music Festival and being involved in the holistic promotion of music for all ages and not just regarded as an elitist discipline. I want to use the festival as a performance platform for all participants, to experience performing in front of an audience and promote the positive aspects of music making. “   

In addition, the Music section of the Festival, which usually runs in June and July, is now being moved to join its sister section of Speech and Drama in November. The change will take effect from 2019. It could see Royal Wootton Bassett welcome over 1000 performers to the town over the Festival weekend.

Miranda Shirnia, overall Chair of the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival said: “We are thrilled to have found such an experienced new chair with a clear passion for music and education. As she settles into her role, we are looking forward to seeing some exciting new developments in the music side of our ever-growing festival.

“We are also very excited about bringing the Music and Speech and Drama Festivals together over one huge, celebration of local talent – we can really maximize its potential.  Combining the resources of our fantastic committees means we have the skills and capacity to take the festival onto its next stage making it bigger and better than ever. We also believe that autumn will suit our performers better as it is now well away from the busy exam season.”

Exciting EGM News

Our recent extraordinary RWB Arts Festsival meeting saw some wonderful things happen:

  1. It really was an exciting and successful meeting
  2. 7 New people attended the meeting along with 9 current RWB Arts Festival Committee members
  3. Roles filled – New Syllabus Sub-Committee, Plans for a New online entries system, New Adjudicator Co-ordinator, and New Marketing Co-ordinator to join our Marketing Team
  4. Exciting new ideas for the Festival coming soon
  5. Watch this space for more details…

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