RWB Arts Festival Music Chair Retirement

It is with regret that we have to announce the retirement of our long-serving Music Chair, John Davies, and his wife, Committee Member, Jan Davies at the end of this Festival year.

Both John and Jan have given much time and energy to the Festival over many years and their energies will be much missed now they are stepping down. They were presented with flowers and awarded life-long ‘Friends’ status during our recent Spring Gala as way of thank you.

We thank John and Jan for all they have done and wish them well in their well-earned retirement!

RWB Arts Festival Gala Evening Reflections

Last Friday, 23rd February 2018, we had a wonderful evening at our annual Spring Gala event. The hall was full with proud parents, teachers, Committee Members, and of course, many excited child, young adult, and adult performers. There was an excited air throughout the Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall and due to the overwhelming numbers in attendance we had to get more and more seats out to fit people in at the back!

Jill Collett, as she very generously does each year, provided everyone with a lovely buffet full of sandwiches and nibbles to enjoy prior to the performances starting. She has our warmest thanks. This was a lovely way to socialise and settle in for a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

The RWB Arts Festival Chair, Miranda Shirnia, kicked off by giving everyone a warm welcome and thanked everyone for attending.* We were sorry our President Sheila Harrod was too unwell to join us and we wish her a speedy recovery.

The performances were admirably compèred by both Miranda and another Committee Member Rhian Vaughan without either the evening would not have run half as smoothly! First up were St. Margaret’s Preparatory School,  who were the winners of the 2017 Primary School Choir of the Year and Winners of the Primary Schools Choirs Cup. They sang beautifully such lines as ‘Where people go to dance the night away…. To dance til break of day’! They were very professional and and all looked extremely smart. In addition to this, they all behaved impeccably at the back of the hall.

Next up were the Marlborough Academy of Dance & Drama who were the Winners of the Devised Drama Class for Children 11 Years and Under. They did a wonderful spooky performance… “Don’t go near the ghost house!”

Next up was Isabella who achieved 2nd Place in the Novice Verse 9 & Under Class. She was a delight, although her poetry recital suggested teachers shouldn’t be let out on a Saturday night! I know a few who may disagree!

Neil, our youngest performer, was our 2017 Pianist of the Year and Winner of The Debbie Lovell Cup. He played beautifully! We are grateful for WBLOS for the loan of the keyboard.

He was soon followed by another very talented young man, Aaron who had won Classical Guitarist of the Year in 2017 and was Winner of The Dreambase Studios Senior Cup. He played a couple of songs which had a balmy summer evening quality to them.

Grace, Winner of the Verse Speaking class for Children Aged 12, then recited a lovely and lively poem about “‘Bog snorkelling’! Before Harry very thoroughly, and professionally presented his impressive collection of pieces for the Senior Recital Class he won in 2017.

A strong wonderful performance from Finn as Winner of the Novice Verse Speaking for 13 Years and Under, was followed by some group acting. Tanwood Seniors, who were Winners of the Group Acting 14 years & Under Class and the Chairman’s Cup for Excellence gave a fantastic performance of a scene from Lord of the Flies. They cried “Savages” at each other, declaring “You had no right to steal our fire!” and protesting they “didn’t come to start a war!” (Thankfully!)

The evening finished off with some beautiful adult voices and sparkly outfits: Bel Canto: Adult Choir of the Year for 2017 and Winners of the Robert T. Elliot Trophy. They sang Billy Joel and created a varied but lively feel to end the evening on.

After many much applause, and many thanks, Miranda our Chair announced the retirement of our Music Chair, John Davies. Both John and his wife Jan, have given much time and energy to the Festival and their energies will be much missed. They were presented with flowers and awarded life-long ‘Friends’ status. We thank them for all they have done and wish them well.

Miranda, for whom the Committee is very grateful for all her hard work, also announced our new Festival website, new Twitter and Facebook account and informed everyone about the new syllabus which was available on the night, and can also be found here for Music, or here for Speech and Drama.

The evening was concluded successfully and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves! Thank you to all who supported us, to all Committee Members who helped and continue to help, and to all of those who performed.

You can see more photos here.

*There was an announcement about photography taking place, and further consent forms were issued.

RWB Arts Festival Calling All Musicians, Performers, Students, and Teachers!

Budding performers can start practising their festival pieces as the new syllabus for both the Music, and the Speech and Drama Festivals 2018 is now available.  The syllabi are packed full of information about the festival including the types of classes available, how to enter and details of our experienced adjudicators.

The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival, which takes place annually (with Music in June and November and Speech & Drama in November) is now in its twelfth year, giving people the opportunity to perform and get invaluable feedback from expert adjudicators.

Music

This year, each section of the new music Syllabus has a ‘First Timers’ class to encourage those less experienced to come and perform. They will receive a constructive adjudication and certificate without the pressure of a mark or competitive element.  There are also classes available for singers, choirs (including school choirs), pianists, instrumentalists and guitarists. The music festival takes place between 22nd June and 1st July with the guitar section on 17th November. The music adjudicators are Jane Wilkinson, Rebecca Moseley-Morgan, Ruth Gerald and Andrew Hansford. Closing date for music entries is 28th April 2018 and for guitar entries, the 30th September 2018.

Drama

The new Speech & Drama syllabus for 2018 sees some changes due to the increase in number of festival entries last year, including the recruitment of an additional adjudicator. After the success of our new recital class introduced in 2017 we are now expanding to THREE recital classes where entrants can perform a selection of poetry, prose, acting and mime under one theme. In addition, in 2018 we will offer FOUR Novice Verse Speaking Classes, TWO Novice Solo Acting Classes, a Choral Speaking Class and Shakespeare class for younger performers. The festival will continue to film those entering its news reading class as entrants enjoyed this more realistic experience in 2017. The speech and drama festival takes place on 17th and 18th November. The closing date for entries is 30th September 2018.

In addition, The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival has launched its new website, www.RWBArtsFestival.com. Here you will find all news, events, syllabi, dates, and other information about our Music, and Speech and Drama Festivals.

Miranda Shirnia Chair of the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival said: “2017 was a truly exciting year for us. The Speech and Drama section of the festival grew enormously – we had 38% more entries than in 2017 with over 100 trophies and medals being awarded to the top performers. We want to continue to build this momentum and so urge performers to look at our new music and speech and drama syllabi and choose a class to try. With novice classes available in both festivals, beginners, as well as those more experienced, are being encouraged to take part. With the launch of our new website www.RWBArtsFestival.com it’s now easier than ever to find out what’s going on this year. Do have a look it is updated frequently with exciting news and blog posts. You can also contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com or on twitter @RWBArtsFestival, where we look forward to hearing all about your musical and dramatic achievements!”

New RWB Speech and Drama Arts Festival Syllabus Launched for 2018

The RWB Arts Festival 2018 Speech and Drama Syllabus is now available for download!

The programme includes many possibilities for exciting performances at this year’s upcoming Festival. Thank you to all those who took part, their teachers, their friends and family, in the 2017 Festival and we look forward to seeing you all again later this year to show case your talent.

 

Spring Gala Concert and 2018 RWB Arts Festival Syllabus Launch

On Friday the 23rd February there will be a spring concert and syllabus launch for the 2018 RWB Arts Festival. This will be held at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Royal Wootton Bassett.

The programme will include special performances from the Music, and Speech and Drama Festivals held in the Spring and in November of 2017.

This event is usually by private invitation only; however, if you would like to come and join us, please do contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com for a ticket or register at Event Brite for one.

We would love to welcome you and encourage new friends and new interest in our Festival. So, do come along and enjoy a glass of wine, and see the wonderful talent of the next generation being showcased!

 

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New RWB Music Festival Syllabus Launched for 2018

The RWB Arts Festival 2018 Music Syllabi are now available for download!

The programme includes many possibilities for exciting performances at this year’s upcoming Festival. Thank you to all those who took part, their teachers, their friends and family, in the 2017 Festival and we look forward to seeing you all again later this year to show case your talent.

 

RWB Arts Festival 2017 Reflections

Miranda Shirnia Chair of the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival said: “2017 was a truly exciting year for us. The Speech and Drama section of the festival grew enormously – we had 38% more entries than in 2017 with over 100 trophies and medals being awarded to the top performers. We want to continue to build this momentum and so urge performers to look at our new music and speech and drama syllabi and choose a class to try. With novice classes available in both festivals, beginners, as well as those more experienced, are being encouraged to take part. With the launch of our new website www.RWBArtsFestival.com it’s now easier than ever to find out what’s going on this year. Do have a look it is updated frequently with exciting news and blog posts.

You can also 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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