RWB Arts Festival Plans for 2018

Plans for the 2018 Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival are well underway after a lovely committee meeting yesterday morning. With a few more classes scheduled in for the Speech and Drama side of the 2018 Festival, and lots of talk about the successes of all the wonderful children who took part this year, we hope to continue building on our ever popular Festival.

Please come back and check for details in the New Year!

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RWB Arts Festival New Website Launch

Welcome to the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival’s new website, Here you will find all news, events, syllabi, dates, and other information about our Music, and Speech and Drama Festivals.

It is now easier than ever to find out what’s going on each year. Do have a look as we update this site frequently with exciting news and blog posts.

You can also contact us on or on twitter @RWBArtsFestival, where we look forward to hearing all about your musical and dramatic achievements!

Miranda Shirnia, RWB Arts Festival Chair


New RWB Arts Festival Syllabus Launched for 2017

The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival 2017 Syllabus has recently been launched at a Friday evening concert. The programme included performances from every section of the Festival. Thank you to all those who took part, their teachers, their friends and family.

See more details here.


RWB Arts Festival is in full swing!

Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival aims to encourage and celebrate the “Arts” being taught, practiced and performed in Royal Wootton Bassett and the surrounding areas. There is something for everyone to demonstrate their skills in the adjudicated classes, workshops, concerts and other events.

We hope everyone will all enjoy presenting their work, engaging with the spirit of the Festival, and will leave enriched by your experience. All the World’s a Stage! as Shakespeare said! Once again we are helping the local Rotary Clubs to find eligible solo singers, instrumentalists and pianists for the Rotary Young Musicians Competition.

See more here.


New RWB Arts Festival Syllabus Launched for 2016

The 2016 Syllabus has now been published and it includes a number of new classes.

Classes include:

  • Verse Speaking
  • Choral / Group Speaking
  • Solo, Duologue and Group Acting
  • Solo Shakespeare Acting
  • Solo and Duologue Mime
  • Prepared Prose Reading
  • Prepared Bible Reading
  • TV News Reading
  • Public Speaking
  • Youth Debating

RWB Arts Festival Concert Features Young Stars

The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival attracted a huge amount of talent this year and the autumn concert, With A Song In My Heart, celebrates this.

Tilly Wale, Harry Apps and Alexander Harris are the young stars of this year’s autumn festival concert.

Alexander has just been accepted into the National Youth Orchestra, beginning in mid-December. Tilly has had success in both the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival and the Swindon Music Festival as well as securing the Catherine Lamber UK Junior Recital Prize and a place at the Two Moors Young Musicians Platform. She is a member of the National Youth Choir and is a sought after soloist with the Swindon Male Voice Choir and the Thamesdown Ladies Choir.

Harry too is studying for his A-levels at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy where he is the lead singer of the Swing Band. The singer took the leading role in the MJ-UK Production of The Clockmaker’s Daughter, The Scarecrow in Stage Smart’s The Wizard of Oz, and this year he was Jack in Theatre Ink’s version of Into The Woods, and Hanschen in Barn Youth Theatre’s Spring Awakening.

Read more here. Congratulations to all!



RWB Arts Festival’s 10th Anniversary!

The Committee is delighted the Festival is going from strength to strength, and has now reached a monumental ten years! The team look forward to the future which will no doubt bring ever growing examples of new creative talent and vision to the forefront.

In ‘Wiltshire Loves Arts’, the 10th Anniversary Project to perform “Requiem for Soldiers” by local composer Frank Harvey was discussed. See here.

RWB Arts Festival Deadline for 2012

A much enlarged festival with opportunities for people of all ages to enter for classes to compete for awards in Music, Singing, Speech and Drama, Acting and Creative Writing was held on 5, 6 & 7 June in 2009 just outside Swindon in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.

The Speech, Drama, Acting, Public Speaking & Creative Writing Section which now includes some very interesting classes in the field of Media as well will next be held in November 2012.

The award of The Xpress Train Trophy for the most outstanding Public Speaker will again be made.

Entry Deadline is 30 September 2012.

Xpress Train Ltd. will again be awarding a special trophy for competition in the festival this year and is also associated with the Doreen Room Memorial Rose Bowl award.

See more here.

Wootton Bassett Honoured with Royal Title

For four years the people of Wootton Bassett honoured British servicemen killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, never failing to pay their respects to the repatriated dead, conveyed in hearses along their high street with painful regularity. Now, they in turn have been honoured, with the bestowal of the royal prefix to the name of their town…

Royal Wootton Bassett – known simply as “Bassett” to locals – witnessed the return of the bodies of 355 servicemen and women between April 2007 and August of this year. The town’s prominence was a chance of geography, lying as it did on the route from RAF Lyneham, the airbase used for repatriations, to Oxford, where bodies are taken for post mortem.

The Princess was watched on by David Cameron and Philip Hammond, the new Defence Secretary, making his first public appearance in the role following the resignation of Liam Fox. Gen Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff and professional head of the Army, also attended…

Royal status is a privilege, yet it is received with sadness, mindful of the high price paid by our Armed Forces,” said Paul Heaphy, the town’s mayor. “This is not a day for celebration but one for commemoration, one of recognition, and one to mark the beginning of a new chapter for our town. We did not ask for recognition and we find the attention rather humbling.”

See more here.

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