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

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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

 

RWB Arts Singing Festival

We welcome audiences at all sessions! Do please come along and listen to the many talented performers that join us at our Summer Festival. Adults £3.00, children are free! Pay on the door!

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From 6.30pm Friday 22nd to 4.30pm Sunday 24th June 2018 it is our Singing Festival at the Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall. This year we are delighted to announce we have adjudicators Jane Wilkinson, Rebecca Moseley-Morgan, Andrew Hansford and Ruth Gerald joining us.

Thursday 28th June:

1.00pm Primary School Choir and ensemble, RWB Academy Brass players
3.00pm RWB Flute, Clarinets, Saxophones and Brass Ensembles.
6.00pm Children’s & Youth Choirs, Musical Theatre Groups.
7.15pm Adult and Community Choirs

Also 
7.30pm Saturday 30th June RWB Choral Society’s WW1 themed concert. Retiring collection.

 

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Mayor to Visit the RWB Arts Music Festival

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We are pleased to announce that the new mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett Councillor Mike Farrow, will be visiting our Music Festival on Friday 22nd June, Thursday 28th June, and Sunday 1st July where he will be accompanied by the Mayoress.

Volunteers Needed for RWB Music and Singing Festival

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Are you free on any of the following dates? We need volunteers to help:

Welcome, Direct, Tickets, Programmes, Information, etc. etc. There is plenty of opportunity and plenty to do! Can you give up some of your free time to help the Festival run smoothly? Do contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com if you feel you can be of use and are looking for a new bit of excitement, and a way of giving back to your local community.

Friday 22nd June, 6pm at RWB Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23rd June, 10am at RWB Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23rd June, 1.30pm at RWB Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23rd June, 6pm at RWB Memorial Hall

Sunday, 24th June, 10am at RWB Memorial Hall

Thursday, 28th June 10am at St. Barts

Thursday, 28th June, 1pm at St. Barts

Thursday, 28th June, 6pm at St. Barts

Saturday, 30th June, 9.30 am at RWBA

Saturday, 30th June, 2pm at RWBA

Sunday, 1st July, 10am at RWBA 6th Form

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RWB Arts Festival Helps Welcome in New RWB Mayor

Tonight, is the Mayor Making Ceremony at St. Bartholomew and All Saints Church in Royal Wootton Bassett.

RWB Arts Festival are delighted to have been invited along to this ceremony and amongst others from our committee member, Rhian Vaughan will be attending on our behalf. We wish the new mayor well in their important community role and look forward to working with them throughout their term.

RWB Arts Festival GDPR Approach

On May 25th 2018, the law is changing regarding how organisations like RWBAF gather, hold and remove your personal data. The new legislation often referred to as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) emphasis has shifted towards your right to specify if you want us to hold your data, to also know what data is held about you and your right to have your data removed if that is what you want us to do.

This means that from now onwards RWBAF will ask you explicitly for permission to hold your contact details on documents such as our Festival Entry Forms. Then, once we are holding your data we will only keep for the length of time we need it to run the Festival efficiently at which point we will delete it.

The RWBAF Committee would like to reassure you that the performers who take part in our festival, their teachers and parents who support them are of the greatest importance to us and your happiness and satisfaction with our Festival is our top priority. Therefore, if you have any questions about your data please feel free to contact us at any time – we will be only too happy to help!

Best Regards

Miranda Shirnia
Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

Email: RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com

Twitter @RWBArtsFestival 

Facebook @RWBArtsFestival

 

RWB Arts Festival and GDPR

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in twenty years. It comes into effect from the 25th May, 2018 and even after Brexit it will remain domestic policy in the UK.

GDPR is an important amendment to individuals’ rights and every organisation, even churches and charities, have to adhere to its policies. Much of GDPR is already part of organisations’ business models and best practice, but there are some basic changes which are about safeguarding and securing your information, and about being transparent about how organisations process and manage your personal data. GDPR is a necessary and important step in this virtual twenty-first century world, but it is not just about compliance and policy, it is about protecting people and people’s personal information.

RWB Arts Festival GDPR Approach

RWB Arts Festival has always taken the management of your data very seriously, and we already have policies and procedures in place  which are designed to manage and retain only what we need to in order to run our Festival. As with many organisations, charitable or commercial, we are undergoing the expected GDPR alignment and audit activities at present to ensure GDPR compliance is achieved throughout our committee and our Festival systems.

Opt In rather than Opt Out

GDPR is very clear that an individual’s choice to say ‘no’ is paramount. Assumed consent is not good enough anymore, you need to be explicit about ‘opting in’. Fortunately, there is only a limited amount of personal data held by us, but please be aware that you may receive communications to ‘opt in’ over the coming days. You can of course contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com to provide your consent should you so wish.

GDPR Highlights

There is lots of information about GDPR on-line but below are some very basic highlights for you.

Privacy by Design
Privacy by design is not a new concept, but GDPR brings it into the forefront. Article 23 states that only the necessary data will be held and processed, and only those who need to access it to complete the task in question shall be able to.

Right to Access
Part of the expanded rights of data subjects (i.e. you) outlined by GDPR is the right to ask what data we (in this case RWB Arts Festival) hold on you, where and why. We also have to provide you that data should you ask for it. This is about transparency and is one of the key and most laudable changes to the way data is managed.

Right to be Forgotten
As much as you have a right to know what is being held about you, you can also ask for your data to be removed. The conditions for erasure, as outlined in article 17, include the data no longer being relevant to original purposes for processing, or a data subjects withdrawing consent. It should also be noted that this right requires controllers to compare the subjects’ rights to “the public interest in the availability of the data” when considering such requests.

May 25th

We at the RWB Arts Festival fundamentally support the enhanced rules of protecting personal data and with recent news stories it has become ever more apparent about how important these regulations are in order to protect people.

We will update you with any other relevant information as and when it is necessary. In the meantime, rest assured that we are on track to be GDPR compliant by the 25th May.

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