RWB Arts Festival seeks Music Enthusiasts to take the Festival into the Future

Royal Wootton Bassett Arts FestivalRoyal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival seeks Music Enthusiasts to take the Festival into the Future
The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival has just concluded yet another very successful Music
Festival with over 300 entries covering an estimated 600 performers in events like singing,
piano, brass, woodwind choirs and much more. This has been overseen by our long-standing
Chair of Music, John Davies but the time has come for him to step down which means we
are now looking for an enthusiastic replacement to take the Music Section forward.

What does it involve?
The Chair of Music needs to be enthusiastic about music and want to share their love of
music-making with the public. Just as important as a love of music is the ability to be
organized, to come with new and fresh ideas and the ability to work with the rest of the
Festival team. But volunteers are hard to find which is why we are spreading the word about
this role as far and wide as we can.

Don’t want to be Chair but would love to part of it?
We need new committee members too. We need people to organize our trophies, hand out
certificates and organize teas and coffees. These might seem like small jobs but if we had a
few more volunteers for these roles it would lighten the role all round.

Why join the Festival team?
We believe that the Arts are central to the culture in our community but the Arts are
threatened by budget cuts wherever you look so we believe that organisations like us are all
the more important these days.

We offer performers an opportunity to perform in public, gain feedback on their work from
professional musicians and improve as a result. It’s all about learning and developing
whatever your age or experience.

Apart from Music we also have a Speech and Drama Festival allowing performers the chance
to develop in a whole range of other disciplines too.

If you would like to join us come along to our Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday
26th July at 7pm.

About the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival
The Wootton Bassett Arts Festival is a celebration of artistic talent in and around Royal
Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire. Classes are offered in Music, both instrumental and voice and
Speech and Drama. Professional adjudicators are engaged to offer feedback and present
trophies to the winners. The Festival is affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals.

Additional Information
Our classes include: Jazz, Prose Reading, Piano, Brass, Solo Mime, Folk Songs, Classical Guitar, Solo Acting, Public Speaking, Choirs, Verse Speaking, Woodwind, Group Acting, Songs from Shows, Duologue, Mime, Television News Reading, Sacred and Spiritual Songs, Duologue Acting, Strings, Shakespeare Acting, Ensemble, Bible Reading, Choral/Group Speaking, Modern Pop Songs and Duet

For more information about the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival contact:
Mrs. Jackie Lawrence on 01793 340377

Or contact the team on:
Email: rwbartsfestival@gmail.com
Twitter: @RWBArtsFestival
Become a fan on Facebook: @RWBArtsFestival
Website: RWBArtsFestival.com

 

Drama at the Music Festival

So, most of our entrants tend to turn up. Occasionally, we receive emails detailing those with colds who are unable to sing like the bird they would usually be, or who have had unexpected events delaying or preventing them from joining us at the Festival. Such is to be expected with the busy lives we all lead and the often unexpected things that life throws at us. What is less common, is someone emailing us to tell us about helicopter rides as an excuse to bow out…

Gary Doherty did just that.

He is (apparently…) an experienced fell runner and was just out for a solo ‘fun run’ of you know, about 2 hours or so. We daren’t speculate here at RWBAF, but it seems that the ‘fun’ Gary was aiming for was less terra very firma and more stratospheric…

So, on a very fast descent from the top of Sugar Loaf, Abergavenny Gary decided to tumble and ‘descend’ into pure drama by breaking his right thigh. A drama worthy not of the Music Festival but our Speech and Drama Festival!

Whilst laying prostrate on the floor, he was discovered fifteen minutes later by some slower paced sensible firm footed walkers.

Querying if he was “alright” he replied nonchalantly to them:

“Don’t worry about me, I’m just sunbathing”.

Gary tells us the walkers were very good and stayed with him the three and a half hours it took for the emergency services to arrive. In a helicopter.

So, Gary, rather than attending the Royal Wootton Bassett Festival decided prostrate sunbathing and flying around in a helicopter were the better option!

We do accept your apologies of course Gary, and wish you well on your recovery! And thanks from us at RWBAF to the emergency services and the walkers who all helped keep you safe!

Photo via Gary, courtesy of Adam Borlase (one of Gary’s saviours!)

RWB Arts Singing Festival

We welcome audiences at all sessions! Do please come along and listen to the many talented performers that join us at our Summer Festival. Adults £3.00, children are free! Pay on the door!

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From 6.30pm Friday 22nd to 4.30pm Sunday 24th June 2018 it is our Singing Festival at the Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall. This year we are delighted to announce we have adjudicators Jane Wilkinson, Rebecca Moseley-Morgan, Andrew Hansford and Ruth Gerald joining us.

Thursday 28th June:

1.00pm Primary School Choir and ensemble, RWB Academy Brass players
3.00pm RWB Flute, Clarinets, Saxophones and Brass Ensembles.
6.00pm Children’s & Youth Choirs, Musical Theatre Groups.
7.15pm Adult and Community Choirs

Also 
7.30pm Saturday 30th June RWB Choral Society’s WW1 themed concert. Retiring collection.

 

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Mayor to Visit the RWB Arts Music Festival

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We are pleased to announce that the new mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett Councillor Mike Farrow, will be visiting our Music Festival on Friday 22nd June, Thursday 28th June, and Sunday 1st July where he will be accompanied by the Mayoress.

Volunteers Needed for RWB Music and Singing Festival

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Are you free on any of the following dates? We need volunteers to help:

Welcome, Direct, Tickets, Programmes, Information, etc. etc. There is plenty of opportunity and plenty to do! Can you give up some of your free time to help the Festival run smoothly? Do contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com if you feel you can be of use and are looking for a new bit of excitement, and a way of giving back to your local community.

Friday 22nd June, 6pm at RWB Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23rd June, 10am at RWB Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23rd June, 1.30pm at RWB Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23rd June, 6pm at RWB Memorial Hall

Sunday, 24th June, 10am at RWB Memorial Hall

Thursday, 28th June 10am at St. Barts

Thursday, 28th June, 1pm at St. Barts

Thursday, 28th June, 6pm at St. Barts

Saturday, 30th June, 9.30 am at RWBA

Saturday, 30th June, 2pm at RWBA

Sunday, 1st July, 10am at RWBA 6th Form

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The Mayoral Event

The RWB Arts Festival were delighted to attend the mayor making event on the evening of 10th May, in Royal Wootton Bassett.

John Davies attended on behalf of the Music side of the Festival and Rhian Vaughan represented the Speech and Drama side of RWBAF. This was the first time Rhian had attended the mayoral event, and she reports:

“What a pleasant evening it was. The speeches were lovely and at times entertaining. We heard from the retiring Mayor Councillor Steve Bucknell, the new/now current Mayor Councillor Mike Farrow and heard the kind and supportive speeches of other council members. The Town Clerk closed the speeches by updating us on the developments of the town over the past year.

It was a lovely opportunity to speak with locals of Royal Wootton Bassett and great to talk with Councillor Allison Bucknell about the RWB Arts Festival. There was a generous spread and plenty of drink, and it was a very good way to spend a Thursday night!”

From all of us here at RWBAF we wish the Mayor Councillor Mike Farrow all the best in his new role. Congratulations!

 

 

RWB Arts Festival Helps Welcome in New RWB Mayor

Tonight, is the Mayor Making Ceremony at St. Bartholomew and All Saints Church in Royal Wootton Bassett.

RWB Arts Festival are delighted to have been invited along to this ceremony and amongst others from our committee member, Rhian Vaughan will be attending on our behalf. We wish the new mayor well in their important community role and look forward to working with them throughout their term.

RWB Arts Festival GDPR Approach

On May 25th 2018, the law is changing regarding how organisations like RWBAF gather, hold and remove your personal data. The new legislation often referred to as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) emphasis has shifted towards your right to specify if you want us to hold your data, to also know what data is held about you and your right to have your data removed if that is what you want us to do.

This means that from now onwards RWBAF will ask you explicitly for permission to hold your contact details on documents such as our Festival Entry Forms. Then, once we are holding your data we will only keep for the length of time we need it to run the Festival efficiently at which point we will delete it.

The RWBAF Committee would like to reassure you that the performers who take part in our festival, their teachers and parents who support them are of the greatest importance to us and your happiness and satisfaction with our Festival is our top priority. Therefore, if you have any questions about your data please feel free to contact us at any time – we will be only too happy to help!

Best Regards

Miranda Shirnia
Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

Email: RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com

Twitter @RWBArtsFestival 

Facebook @RWBArtsFestival

 

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