Swindon Advertiser on Coral Rumble’s upcoming visit

An award winning poet will be making an appearance at Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival this weekend.

The festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary and has invited Coral Rumble along.

Coral has had three poetry collections published and won the Caterpillar Poetry Prize for her poem Mustafa’s Jumper.

She has appeared on TV and radio and featured in 150 anthologies.

During her time there she will be judging the poetry competitions, running a workshop for children and signing books for fans.

See more here.


Top 10s for our 10th Year of Speech and Drama!

As part of our 10 year celebrations for Speech and Drama Festival this year, we are exploring Top Tens!

Both on-line and at the Festival, we will be suggesting our favourite Top Tens for Classical Novels, Poets, and Teen Reads, and others! Have a look when you visit our Festival next weekend (16th and 17th November).

Perhaps you have your own top ten favourites?

Meet Coral Rumble: the children’s poet

As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations for our Speech and Drama section of the RWB Arts Festival, we are welcoming Coral Rumble!

Coral is a popular, award winning poet; in 2018 she won The Caterpillar Poetry Prize. She has worked as a poet and performer for many years, and now specializes in writing and performing for children. She was featured in ‘Favourite Poets’ published by Hodder Children’s Books. Michael Rosen has commented, “Rumble has a dash and delight about her work”.

Coral has had three collections published – ‘Creatures, Teachers and Family Features’, ‘Breaking the Rules’, and ‘My Teacher’s as Wild as a Bison’. Both of her later collections were featured in the ‘Best Books’ supplement of Junior Education Magazine, and were selected as ‘choices’ by The Children’s Poetry Bookshelf.

She has contributed to around 150 anthologies for children. You will find her work in various education trade books and, being a football fan, she is very proud that one of her poems was included in a poetry exhibition at the National Football Museum in Preston! In the past she has contributed to the National Poetry Day resources for schools, produced by the Poetry Society, and works with the Poetry Society on other ventures, like the Trafalgar Square tree project, ‘Look North More Often’. Coral is Poetry Editor for the Writers’ Advice Centre in London.

In addition, Coral has delivered inset training for teachers, both independently, and on behalf of the Poetry Society and British Council, here and abroad, and works regularly on education projects. She enjoys helping children of all ages and abilities, to write poems they can be proud of, and works on the Able Writers scheme, organised by poet Brian Moses and Authors Abroad.

Coral performs and gives workshops at art centres, museums, bookshops, libraries, theatres and festivals, as well as in schools. She has given workshops in some unusual places, too, the grandest venue being Buckingham Palace!

Coral contributed many poems to the popular Cbeebies TV programmes, ‘Poetry Pie’ and ‘The Rhyme Rocket’. She is also the writer of the ‘Pinkasaurus’ stories, that have been broadcast on CBeebies Radio.

More recently, Coral teamed up with her illustrator daughter, Charlotte Cooke. Their picture book, ‘The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat’, was longlisted for the ‘Oscars Book Prize’ award.

​Do come and meet Coral over the Festival weekend, 16th and 17th November 2019!



Meet Craig Ogden: Our 2019 Classical Guitarist Adjudicator

Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

One of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Craig’s five Classic FM albums all shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart and he is one of Classic FM’s most played artists.
Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all the main UK orchestras plus many abroad. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues and collaborates with the UK’s top artists and ensembles. Craig enjoys performing new works for guitar and gives the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Andy Scott with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester in November 2017. Composers David Knotts and Geoffrey Gordon are also writing concertos for Craig. He has presented programmes on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).

Craig Ogden is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of Craig Ogden’s Big Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.

Meet Andrew Hansford: Our 2019 Piano Adjudicator

Andrew, born in Berkshire, UK, holds UK music degrees from Surrey ((UniS), Guildford), Bristol and Cambridge (St Catharine’s College) universities, and with the Open University (OU) (both a BA (Hons) in Humanities with Music with First-Class Honours and a Postgraduate Certificate in Humanities with Music (PGCert (OU)) with Distinction) in addition to an MMus(Perf) from Bath Spa University (BSU), UK with Distinction in which Andrew specialised in Performance as a piano accompanist, as well as the ARCM, ARCO, LRSM, LGSM, LTCL, FLCM music-diplomas (awarded mostly in piano accompaniment/performance) and the FRSA.

A performing classical pianist, specialising in piano accompaniment* relatively early on whilst at school, he is also an organist, a harpsichordist (focusing mainly in accompaniment in both these instruments as well) and a choral singer (tenor).

Andrew is an active international ABRSM Examiner (classical/grades/ARSM performance-diploma), a former CT ABRSM Mentor (piano) and a former ABRSM Jazz Examiner, an active international BIFF Music Adjudicator and has been accepted as a panel-member (in reserve) to examine GCSE Music (appraising/listening (written) paper) with WJEC (CBAC) Eduqas. A committed and experienced piano/jazz piano tutor (at all ages/levels and in a wide variety of different learning-environments since 1990), Andrew is a permanent Visiting Piano/Jazz Piano Tutor with a part-time post at two UK independent schools in both Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, a permanent part-time Visiting Music Tutor position (in various capacities) at a Music Academy in Oxfordshire, UK and also gives piano tuition privately on a consultative/occasional basis.

In preparation for a UK university Music full-time lecturing-post, Andrew is presently researching for a PhD (in Music) at St John’s College, University of Durham, UK with a doctoral-dissertation on the musicological subject entitled: ‘A Study of the Carol’ and also continues to enjoy occasional (advanced) piano accompaniment studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London, UK (externally) with Gordon Fergus-Thompson, international concert-pianist as part of Andrew’s own ongoing professional development.

Andrew has always had a real affinity for both choral and vocal music, nurtured since beginning his musical upbringing as a UK Cathedral Choir School nine-year-old boy-chorister, and he continually takes special pleasure in accompanying choirs, choral-ensembles and singers, and is also one of the resident organists at a local church in Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK near to where he lives.

Particularly adept in the art of improvisation and also having periodically explored composition (which has led to a number of non-published (and personal) compositions to date), Andrew’s preferred choice of instrument for his performance as a piano accompanist is a Steinway Model D.

*and collaborative piano

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