Our Music, and Speech and Drama Festivals are now both in November!

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For the first time this year, the Music Festival will take place in November over the weekend of 23rd and 24th November, rather than in June. It brings it closer to the Speech and Drama Festival which will take place on 16th and 17th November.

The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival, which takes place annually, is now is its thirteenth year, continuing to celebrate talent and giving entrants the opportunity to perform and get invaluable feedback from expert adjudicators.

The closing date for all entries is 30th September 2019.

Miranda Shirnia, Chair of the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival said: “2019 is a very important year for us. This year the Music Festival is moving to November to join with Speech and Drama and Classical Guitar, producing one large combined festival.

“The Music Festival has moved away from June and July to avoid the busy exam months of the summer and we hope this will mean more people will be free to share their performances with us.

“Now that Music and Drama have come together it seemed the right time to introduce a NEW class at the Festival which combines the talents needed for both. As a result, this year will see the first ever MUSICAL THEATRE classes at the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Chair of the Music Section, Sarah Sumner. Sarah comes with a wealth of musical experience both in playing and teaching too.

“So, whether you are new to the Festival or have been coming back year after year we are looking forward to welcoming you to the Festival in November and hope you enjoy sharing your performances with us, taking part in the workshops and trying out the new Musical Theatre classes.”

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New Musical Theatre Classes Announced for 2019!


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This year, we will see the first ever MUSICAL THEATRE classes at the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival. This is a chance to show off your voice skills, sing your heart out, and show us your dance moves! We can’t wait to see all of your entries and look forward to hearing some of the old classics and some of the newer ones!

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Good luck!

 

 

RWB Arts Festival: New for 2019!

A message from our Festival Chair, Miranda Shirnia:

 

Welcome to the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival. 2019 is a very important year for us. This year the Music Festival is moving to November to join with Speech and Drama and Classical Guitar producing one large combined festival.

The Music Festival has moved away from June and July to avoid the busy exam months of the summer and we hope this will mean more people will be free to share their performances with us.

Now that Music and Drama have come together it seemed the right time to introduce a NEW class at the Festival which combines the talents needed for both. As a result, this year will see the first ever MUSICAL THEATRE classes at the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival.

It is also a 10th Anniversary year for the Speech and Drama section of the Festival. To celebrate 10 years of Speech and Drama performances we have a number of special workshops and events planned for the Festival weekend.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Chair of the Music Section, Sarah Sumner. Sarah comes with a wealth of musical experience both in playing and also teaching too.

So, whether you are new to the Festival or have been coming back year after year we are looking forward to welcoming you to the Festival in November and hope you enjoy sharing your performances with us, taking part in the workshops and trying out the new Musical Theatre classes.

I look forward to meeting you at the Festival,
Miranda Shirnia 

Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

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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