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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RWB Arts Festival Autumn Concert

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The RWB Arts Festival 2018 Autumn Concert will be 7.30pm Saturday 17th November, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Royal Wootton Bassett. The theme will be St.Cecilia, the patron Saint of musicians, whose feast day is 22nd November. The programme will feature instrumentalists who did well in this year’s Summer Music and other guests, supported by RWB Choral Society and an invited Chamber Orchestra.

There will be refreshments and a retiring collection.

 

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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!)

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!

 

 

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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