Simon Parker - Music Advisor

Our 2017 Festival opens with an exciting evening of traditional Sea Shanties with The Longest Johns (2) which is guaranteed to be full of folktales and maritime songs. If you have not heard this group, this is one event not to miss! Continuing our opening weekend Calne Choral Society (6) will perform the Requiem by Fauré on Saturday evening. This year’s Sunday afternoon recital (7) will celebrate the music and work of Zoltán Kodály with local musicians and Sally Cathcart, who some of you may know through The Curious Piano Teacher and her work with the European Piano Teachers’ Association UK.

Following on from last year’s inaugural children’s concert, we invite you to come along to two entertaining Saturday morning musical sessions with Nick Cope (4) and the Topaz Duo (20). Continuing with the traditions of our Festival, the next generation of musicians are well represented with performances by Marlborough College (8), The John Bentley School (9, 12, 18), the combined choirs of our local primary schools (15), St Mary’s School (16) and a pupil concert for local musicians (21).

Not forgetting our weekday evenings which include Calne Jazz Club with The Royals from Bristol (11) and talented saxophonist Harry Smith (13), with CODAs by Saxophonics (14) and singer-songwriters Leo James (3) and Amy Walters (17).

Our second weekend starts with Peter Grant and Michelle Sheridan-Grant (19) making a welcome return with a super evening of musical theatre. Saturday will be a night for G&S devotees, with Swindon's Gilbert and Sullivan Society (22) entertaining us late into the evening. To conclude our Festival, we welcome the Midwest Big Band (24) for what promises to be a Finalé to remember!


Calne Music and Arts Festival Bursar

2014 saw the first award of the Calne Music and Arts Festival Bursary which went to Annie-Rose Cowdry. The Festival paid for her singing lessons in 2013-2014 and this has helped her progress to the University of Wales in Newport to study Music Therapy

The 2015 Bursary was presented to Matthew Powell to enable him to further his musical development with specialist trumpet tuition. Presented on behalf of Chilvester Financial by Andy Totman

The 2016 award was presented to Georgia Halpin, a sixth form student at The John Bentley School. The bursary paid for Georgia’s piano and singing lessons and helped prepare her for the part of Mrs Potts in the 2017 JBS Summer production of Beauty and the Beast.


War Memorial Project 2014

With the centenary of the First World War in 2014 there is a need, and opportunity, for young people in Calne to connect with this part of their fading local heritage. The Calne War Memorial Project aims to bring back to life the names on our treasured War Memorial. With training in Oral History, pupils from The John Bentley School and St Mary’s School will research names on the memorial and discover who they were in the context of Calne 100 years ago, what happened to them in the Great War and the effect their loss had on Calne during the last 100 years. Read more >