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.”

 

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.”

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