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ARTSeast October 2016

Aldeburgh Music and DanceEast present Britten Dances

WIN Tickets and a meal

Interview: Jimmy Osmond Local Arts Scene: Swaffham Visual Arts

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Eating Out

What’s On

RUTH BUNNEWELL - PARK LIFE An exhibition of new paintings inspired by Sheringham Park and the Felbrigg Estate - 8th to 26th October

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Theatre & Film

What’s On


19 Theatre & Film News


20 Beauty & The Beast at Norwich

32 Family Arts Festival, Norwich

Editor’s Letter

Cover Story 7

Britten Dances

The Hostry Festival

Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal 21 Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

33 Tom Gates at the Norwich Playhouse

Norman Wisdom Competition

Visual Arts

22-23 Coffee & a Chat – Jimmy Osmond

Local Arts Scene

8-9 Visual Arts News

34 Swaffham Photos

10 Artists On View

35 Swaffham Introduction

11 Artist Profile – James Colman 13 Two Suffolk Artists: Gainsborough & Constable 14 Paul Ferraby Exhibition at The Garden House 15 Tess Ainley Gallery

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Music 24 Music News

36 Arts Lounge / Pedlars Gold

25 Cambridge Music Festival

37 Swaffham Visual Arts Festival

26 Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band

38 Swaffham Museum/Ceres Bookshop

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 27 Music Profile - James Rogers

14 16-17 Museum Resilience fund

39 Spotlight on Steven Allen 40 Win a meal at Market Cross Cafe Bar

Food & Drink 28 Food Review - The Unruly Pig,

Arts Council



Towards the Back 41

The Last Photo – Matthew Humby

42 Directory 43 Subscription/Competition Winners

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Editor’s Letter

Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness Editorial Sarah Veness 01379 773348

Welcome to the October issue of ARTSeast Magazine. With the weather turning autumnal, it seems


His passion for the musical icon is clear to see

fitting that this month we take a look at the Hostry

and audiences can expect a real treat.

Festival - the Autumn Festival of Norfolk - among

Our local arts scene feature focuses on the

other excellent events.

Breckland town of Swaffham as it prepares to

Our cover feature this month looks at the Britten

host its renowned annual Visual Arts Festival.

Dances taking place at Snape Maltings, focusing

With a wealth of shops, restaurants and a

on the DanceEast and Aldeburgh Music

fantastic gallery, Swaffham is a must-see for

collaboration with the spectacular Richard Alston

art lovers.

Dance Company. The weekend promises to be a

Competitions this month include tickets to see

spectacular look at this fantastic local

Wisdom of a Fool at the Theatre Royal, Bury St

composer's contribution to the music world.

Edmunds, a choice of excellent local history

For our coffee and chat feature we caught up

books from the Ceres Bookshop in Swaffham

with music legend Jimmy Osmond who is

and a meal for two with wine at the Market Cross

bringing his tribute show to Andy Williams to the

Cafe Bar in Swaffham.

King's Lynn Corn Exchange later this month.

So put your feet up, sit back and enjoy‌

Sarah Veness Editor

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Cover Story

In Celebration of Britten

From October 21st-23rd, Aldeburgh Music and DanceEast

words of poet Arthur Rimbaud in Illuminations, on his return to

present Britten Dances, a weekend of music and dance,

Snape. Rejoice in the Lamb is danced to Britten’s setting of

including two new dance commissions, to celebrate the work of

Christopher Smart’s warm and witty poetry performed by

Suffolk-born Benjamin Britten.

Aldeburgh Voices.

Whilst Britten himself wrote just one ballet score, his work has

On October 22nd, in the atmospheric setting of Orford Church

inspired numerous choreographers including the supremely

where Britten himself premiered four works, there is an afternoon

musical Richard Alston who has created more work to Britten

of dance and music from rising star choreographer Joseph

than any other composer. On October 21st at Snape Maltings,

Toonga and charismatic cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. In To Be

Richard Alston Dance Company, performing with the Britten

Felt, Toonga approaches Britten’s music from a background in hip

Sinfonia led by Pekka Kuusisto, give the world premiere of

hop shaped by a classical sensibility. His dynamic young

Chacony, set to Britten’s string arrangement of Purcell’s work of

company performs to Britten’s Suite No 1.

the same name. Chacony will be performed alongside key works from Alston’s existing Britten repertoire: Phaedra, nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, features mezzo-

Back at Snape Maltings on Sunday afternoon, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Cello Sonata and Tavener’s Threnos, The Lamb and Svyati will be performed by Aldeburgh Voices, Leonard Elschenbroich, Andrew West, Alexander Binns and Alexander Chaplin.

soprano Allison Cook singing and

Cover image: Liam Riddick and Oihana Vesga Bujan in Richard Alston’s Hölderlin Fragments. Photo by Chris Nash.

moving with the company in the

Britten Sinfonia directed by Pekka Kuusisto completes this unique

role of the tragic queen. Hölderlin

weekend with Three Idylls by Bridge and three more pieces by

Fragments is danced to one of

Britten; Prelude & Fugue, Lachrymae, Variations on a theme of

Britten’s lesser-known song cycles

Frank Bridge displaying the brilliance and bravura of Britten’s

for voice and piano. The lyrics are

writing for string orchestra.

sung by world renowned tenor

More about these and other associated events over the weekend

Mark Padmore, who also sings the

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Visual Arts News

My county and other animals... Suffolk artist, Laura Beardsell-Moore, will be exhibiting a new collection of paintings in Woodbridge Library from November 2nd-30th.The exhibition, entitled, ’My county and other animals’ is a response to the natural world and our sometimes difficult relationship with it. Using her unique blend of figurative and abstract elements, Laura explores Suffolk’s rich flora and fauna and the ways that people make an impact on the local environment. Storytelling is never far from the surface of Laura’s work, so it seems only fitting that her first solo exhibition

Exhibition at East GalleryNUA

will take place in a library. 'I often use the motifs of fairy tales and myths or familiar countryside creatures alongside patterns,

Revisiting ‘nothingness’ in the art of Dom Sylvester Houédard,

shapes or echoes,' says Laura. 'I like the idea that potential

Kenelm Cox and Li Yuan Chia, Performing No Thingness opens at

stories are present in the paintings.'

Norwich's East GalleryNUA on September 27th and runs until

October 29th. The three featured artists shared an interest in the Eastern philosophies that present objects not as things but as relationships, events and actions, and for a coinciding moment in the late 1960s, made work loosely termed ‘concrete poetry’. The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see the iconic ‘Elemental balloons’ made by Ken Cox in 1968, previously unexhibited poem-scores by Dom Sylvester Houédard and magnetic reliefs or ‘points’ by Li Yuan Chia. Through the interplay of these works, the exhibition will examine the relationships between the three artists through correspondence, sharing of ideas and memorial.

Norwich at centre of major art discovery An extraordinary art world mystery relating to a missing painting by the famous Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte (1898 – 1967) is inching closer to being solved due to an exciting recent discovery in Norwich. The third quarter of the missing painting La Pose enchantée has been discovered underneath Magritte's painting La Condition humaine in Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Two other quarters had previously been uncovered underneath Magritte's paintings in museums in New York and Stockholm. 'What happened to the missing painting is now, however, slowly coming to light in a remarkable series of events,' says Dr Giorgia Bottinelli, Curator of Historic Art at Norwich Castle. 'It seems that for some reason, Magritte must have decided to cut the painting into quarters and then painted four completely different paintings over the top. So our painting La Condition humaine has in fact been successfully hiding part of La Pose enchantée for more than 80 years.'

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Suffolk Art Society Exhibition For the first time, thirty members of the Suffolk Art Society will be showing their art at the Apex gallery in Bury St Edmunds from November 1st-27th. Suffolk Art Society, which began in Lavenham in 1954, now draws artists from all over East Anglia. Currently there are seventy members all of whom have gone through a selection process to join the society. The work on display at the Apex is very varied

Samuel Thomas: Solo Exhibition

including oils,

Popular Cromer artist Samuel Thomas is back with a solo


exhibition this month at the Red Lion Hotel in the town.

pastels, mixed media,

The exhibition, which runs from October 22nd-30th,

collage and original

showcases his Norfolk and Suffolk pop-art inspired

screenprints. There is a

paintings. With winter approaching this is a great

wide range of subject

opportunity to meet the artist, browse or purchase

matter from landscapes,

summer inspired artworks, or consider that extra special

seascapes, portraits,

gift for someone this Christmas. Keep the spirit of

flowers and animals.

summer alive with artwork that is truly unique, euphoric

The gallery is open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm,

and mesmerising designed to lift our spirits all year round.

Sun 10am-4pm, entrance free. All work on display will be

This large solo exhibition includes an extensive and

for sale and can also be viewed during the interval of

diverse collection of original paintings to framed and

evening events taking place at the Apex during

unframed limited edition prints starting from ÂŁ95 each.


The exhibition is open 10am-5pm every day, entry free.

In Celebration of the Saints All Saints Church in Kesgrave is holding a week long Exhibition of Saints from October 29th-November 5th. The exhibition consists of over 15 models of Saints designed and constructed by local groups, businesses and schools. Each Saint will be accompanied by information about the Saint in question, and who was involved in its construction. It promises to be an exciting and inspiring display of creativity. The church will be open throughout the day and the exhibition is free to attend, although they will be welcoming donations. The event is being launched with a Pop Up Cafe on the morning of October 29th at the church serving yummy home made cakes and biscuits from 9:30am-1pm.

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Artist Profile: James Colman Art, in one form or another, has always been a big part of James Colman's life.

categories, locations and prizes) is followed by a ten-day exhibition.

But a move back to Norfolk ten years ago led to a resurgence in his own painting.

'We are keen to innovate,' says James. 'There's no reason why plein air painting needs to remain a conservative platform for artists, there should be room to experiment.'

'I loved painting and drawing as a child but embarked on a career as an art dealer in London so my own art took a back seat,' says James. 'But back in Norfolk, I began to spend more time painting, particularly outdoors.'

And innovative they certainly are. In a new event this year, watercolour artists will be taking canoes out down the River Wensum to paint the city from a different perspective. There will also be a Freestyle 2-day event where artists can create a single large format piece of work. The core event takes place from October 17th-18th where selected artists take part in four separate three-hour painting sessions.

This love of painting 'en plein air' has become a passion. 'I love being outside,' says James. 'It doesn't matter whether I'm painting in the city or out in the countryside. There is always something to learn.' Plein air painting can force an artist to hone his or her skills in an entirely different way to studio-based painting. 'You need to learn to absorb where you are and become more observant,' says James. 'As time goes on, you get better at that. I paint reality with an expressionist twist. You learn to pull out the aspects of the landscape that you want to concentrate on.' In 2014 James, in celebration of his love of plain air painting, launched a juried open air art competition called Paint Out Norwich. Now it's in third year, it has gone from strength to strength and is taking place this month from October 15th29th October. The five-day painting event (with multiple

'The time constraint means that the artist is forced to express themselves clearly in just three hours,' says James. 'Technique is vitally important. That, and gritting your teeth and getting on with it. Taking part in a competition like this can be nice from a social point of view. Painting can be a rather lonely business and this is a chance to share ideas and develop relationships.'' There is also a Mass Paint Out open to members of the public on October 16th where amateur artists have the chance to paint the city and have their work displayed at Anteros Arts Centre. 'Don't be afraid of making's a journey,' says James. 'It can be frustrating and disappointing but also very exciting.' October 2016 | 11

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Two Suffolk Artists: Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. The Cut, Halesworth - October 18th As part of the Halesworth Arts Festival, Mark Mitchels gives a

remained relatively poor and unregarded, and his attitude

lecture on two of Suffolk's greatest artists at The Cut, in the

towards the art and artists of his age was based on painful

heart of the town.


Throughout the world, the

This lecture does more than just tell the story of their lives, it also

work of these two artists

provides a gallery of their finest work.Â

offers a view of England which is still largely unchallenged. Their paintings adorn the walls of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest galleries, but they also are instantly familiar to us through a host of reproductions. For generations they have defined what we mean by the term masterpiece. Both artists had a clear sense of purpose, and they both had to overcome considerable obstacles before they could be accepted by their peers. Gainsborough rose to become the portrait painter of high society, including the court of George lll, but he only ever wanted to paint the Suffolk countryside. Constable chose to paint as he wished, even if the public did not share his enthusiasm for landscapes and rustic

Mark Mitchels MA taught at Woodbridge School in Suffolk for many years. Over the years he became involved in a number of local historical projects, including being a guide on the site of the world-famous Anglo-Saxon Burial Ship at Sutton Hoo. He also edited the Saxon Magazine during this period. With his wife, Elizabeth, he has written a number of successful books about East Anglia. Mark is a photographer as well as an author. Among his published works are Suffolk a Portrait in Colour; Norfolk in Colour; Essex in Colour; Explore East Anglia; The Villages of Suffolk. His most recent publication is Treasure Hoards of East Anglia. He is also a contributor to the New Aldeburgh Anthology. He is well known as a lecturer in East Anglia, speaking on subjects which range from Elizabethan theatre to the Lost City of Dunwich, and from Dickens to the Bayeux Tapestry (via Mozart and Crippen!).

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Celebrating Norfolk's Beautiful Coast Line The North Norfolk coast line with its big skies and beautiful

'I love the way light can change a view so dramatically,' says

light is the favourite subject of Paul Ferraby who is exhibiting at

Paul. 'For instance late afternoon sun can leave deep shadows

The Garden House in Cromer from October 10th-16th.

of mystery.'

Paul studied Fine Art painting for three years in the early 1970s

The Artist who is as big hearted as his paintings and the skies

at Farnham Art School, now called University for the Creative Arts

that he loves to paint will be donating 10% of the takings from

Farnham. Paul works in oil paint capturing the landscape of

the exhibition to the RNLI.

Leicestershire, North Norfolk and the Lake District, and is represented by Northern Lights Gallery in Keswick, Croft Wingates Gallery in Market Harborough, and The Garden House, Cromer.

The Garden House Gallery stocks a wide range of artwork and handmade crafts produced by local artists and makers. Opening times are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.

Paul Ferraby Exhibition Monday 10th until Sunday 16th October 31, Garden Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HN 01263 511234 074 84137045

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New Gallery for Holt

produces beautiful pieces for the interior of the home; Hannah Collins, who

On November 5th, the Tess Ainley Gallery becomes the newest

specialises in designing

addition to the flourishing art scene in Holt.

and hand making

Based in Hoppers Yard, the opening exhibition will highlight the work

distinctive, limited edition

of nine contemporary artists, including Tess Ainley who uses

and bespoke jewellery and

handmade and recycled pieces of paper, stitch and paint to create

accessories; Bek Genery, a

collages, mainly with a muted palette, to convey a feeling of quiet and

jeweller whose work is

calm; Karen Stamper, whose bold and joyful collages, based on her

heavily influenced by water

travels, are skilfully built up using layers of found papers, tissue and

and Julia Headland, a

acrylic paint; Mel Sheridan, who uses narrative, humour and

furniture restorer and

atmosphere to paint stories about emotional memories of her life

painter, specialising in subtle and authentic aged finishes.

and Marion Stuart, who makes sculptures and installations with clay;

'I was very excited to find this space,' says Tess. 'It will be something

whose forms, largely inspired from the Devon shipping industry, are

unique in Holt, in as much as it will be a working artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gallery but

taken from boats, cider jars, houses, tools and language.

also exhibiting emerging, mid-career and established artists, with

The exhibit also includes works by Tamlin Lundberg, currently working

contemporary works on paper, painting, ceramics, jewellery and

in ceramics and drawing, who explores notions of place, identity and


permeability through subtle influences like the weather, local folklore

For more information, call 01263 714024 or visit

and textiles; Marit Ammerud, a potter, painter and maker who


The Visual Arts Guide 2017 The Visual Arts Guide 2017 is an ideal opportunity for art galleries, artists, workshops, exhibition promoters etc to advertise themselves to art lovers, collectors and fellow artists across Norfolk & Suffolk. The guide will be distributed free to art galleries, art centres, art & music shops, theatres, hotels & restaurants, coffee shops, tourist information centres and other public venues across Norfolk & Suffolk throughout the year. A digital version will also be available on our website at If you would like to be included in the 2017 guide just contact Gary on 01379 773347 or email


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Arts Council

Museum Resilience Fund

Museums are incredible organisations. They provide an

sustainable and resilient businesses, helping them to

opportunity to bring so much of our history and culture to life,

continue their great work in telling stories.

to make it interactive and to engage new generations. From tanks and horseracing through to pencils and power, museums cover all aspects of our lives and our journey to where we are today. The Arts Council invests in museums in a number of ways,

In August the Arts Council announced further funding for local museums through the Museum Resilience Fund. A total of £12.3million was awarded to 94 projects across England, including four projects across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.


supporting them to work with schools and young people and to ensure the public continues to have access to their

Cambridge-based Arts Marketing Association secured

fantastic collections.

£366,770 for ‘Future Proof Museums’, an intensive development programme designed to facilitate change and

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significantly improve museum resilience across England. The project will look at how museum staff work together, offer important skills training for Chief Executives and also provide

Photo: Martin Bond

Arts Council

in-house coaching. The development programme will build on the work of a pilot project, which highlighted that there is strong demand from museums for this type of support.

Suffolk ‘Lowestoft Rising with Museums’ will strengthen the resilience of three accredited museums in Lowestoft - East Anglia

Cambridgeshire County Council will build on the success of

Transport Museum, Lowestoft Museum and Lowestoft Maritime

‘Strengthening the Workforce in Museums’, which focused on

Museum. This project will support the museums through a mix

the need for museums to have excellent Boards and an

of targeted volunteer recruitment, training and mentoring and

entrepreneurial culture, with skilled trustees and a more

professional support.

diverse volunteer workforce. Phase two of this project will specifically focus on addressing workforce diversity– from volunteers through to Board members. The team will target recruitment from underrepresented communities and in places where cultural engagement is lowest.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council will develop and reshape its learning offer, responding to increasing demand from local schools. ‘Step Changing the Village’ will include increased skills development for volunteers, reshaping of its online collections and creation of a covered area that offers more flexibility and space for school groups and family events.

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PRIDE & PREJUDICE A highly praised and sparkling interpretation of one of the most loved stories of all time, this is a must for Austen fans and those looking for a fresh and surprising new piece of theatre.

3rd – 5th November

Marina Theatre Trust, Marina, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 1HH 01502 533215



King Lear


Wed 12th October – 7pm Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford-Upon-Avon

Wednesday 2nd November – 7:15pm Live broadcast from the Royal Opera House

Antony Sher plays King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare in this, one of Shakespeare’s most epic and powerful plays. Run Time: 3hrs 15mins Tickets: £12.50 | Students £10 (ID Req)

One of Kenneth McMillan‘s first creations on becoming Director of The Royal Ballet in 1970,Anastasia is a dramatic and haunting exploration of Anna’s nightmare of memory and identity. Starring: Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nuñez Composer: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky. Conductor: Simon Hewett Runtime: TBC incl interval Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID Req) | CODE: ROHAna

CODE: RSCLear £10

Cosi Fan Tutte Monday 17th October – 6:30pm Live broadcast from the Royal Opera House For this new production, director Jan Philipp Gloger creates a richly theatrical world as the playground for this quirky comedy. Starring: Corinne Winters, Angela Brower Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conductor: Semyon Bychkov Runtime: 3hrs 15mins incl interval Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID Req) CODE: ROHCosi £12.50

Alan Bennett's Diaries Wednesday 16th November – 8pm Broadcast Film followed by Live Broadcast Q&A This unmissable live event will take a candid look into the mind of Alan Bennett, Britain’s best-loved writer, who, at 82, shows no signs of slowing down. The event will include a screening of Alan Bennett’s Diaries, a new film about the writer, followed by an exclusive Q&A with Alan Bennett from his local community library in Primrose Hill. Runtime: 2hrs 15mins incl interval Tickets £12.50 | Student £10 (ID Req)

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Theatre & Film News Please Sir - Can we have some more? Harleston Players’ next major production needs hardly any introduction! Lionel Bart’s musical, based of course on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, has been entertaining audiences of all ages since it hit the West End stage in 1960. Directed by Joe Edwards, performances of Oliver! will take place on October 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th and 29th at Archbishop

Chinese State Circus in Yarmouth

Sancroft High School,

The incomparable Chinese State Circus are on their way to

Harleston. All

Norfolk for three shows at the spectacular Great Yarmouth

performances are at

Hippodrome on November 11th & 12th. Their innovative and

7.30pm, with a

exciting new production 'Dynasty' sees 30 world class

2.30pm matinee on

Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers interact with Garry Lake Photography

the second Saturday.

the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters

As usual, there will be

of martial arts – the legendary Shaolin Warriors. Over 2000

a licensed bar and

years of artistry and music combine in an incredible


performance suitable for all the family.

Box Office: 01379 852845 www.harlestonplayers

Accolade open Sewell Barn 2016/17 season Psychological thriller Accolade comes to Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich this month. Will Trenting, a critically acclaimed novelist recently knighted for services to literature, is caught with his pants down - there are photos to prove it and the press is at his door in search of a salacious story. Such revelations appear on a regular basis in our newspapers today. They would have been far more shocking in 1950s Britain, the setting for Emlyn Williams’ tale of sex, scandal and blackmail. But Accolade is not simply a 1950s thriller: Williams explores the conflicts that exist for a man who has a loving family and artistic success but whose highly rated novels about the seedy side of life are based on his own direct experience of that lifestyle. Directed by Clare Williamson, Accolade opens the 2016/17 season at the Sewell Barn Theatre under the tenure of new Artistic Directors, Cassie Tillett & Clare Williamson. The show takes place on October 20th-22nd, 26th-29th. October 2016 | 19

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Beauty and the Beast Norwich Theatre Royal, October 26th-29th Northern Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning version of Beauty and the Beast takes to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage this month mixing a classic tale with some stunning haute-couture-style costumes specifically designed for the production. It tells the story of the very vain and superficial Prince who is punished for his arrogant and nasty attitude by being turned into the Beast. The only way to break the spell is a kiss from a true love but can he find anyone that can share such an important bond with him? The stage is set for this enchanting production which will take the audience into a magical world where fairies live alongside goblins and sprites.

including music by the likes of Saint-SaĂŤns, Bizet, Poulenc and Debussy. Artistic Director David Nixon OBE said Norwich audiences can enjoy a real treat. 'This is a classic fairy-tale of good versus evil exploring the concept of beauty on the inside and outside. This is not an adaptation of the Disney story. It is based on the original

The hugely talented Northern Ballet company will dance to an

tale and will embrace the darker elements as well as the lighter

infectious score performed live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia


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Wisdom of a Fool

The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, is home to a fantastic one-man show celebrating the life of Norman Wisdom. Wisdom of a Fool runs from November 16th-17th and is the brainchild of actor Jack Lane.

and has been generously loaned to the production by his son and daughter, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom. For tickets and further details please call the Box Office on 01284 769505 or visit

The story of Chaplin’s favourite clown. In this emotional rollercoaster one-man play, Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well-known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. After joining the Army he discovers a passion for comedy and begins to perfect an act that would go on to shape his unique style. The world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraces Norman’s manic slapstick routine catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen including the hit song, Don’t Laugh at Me, seals his fame. But fame comes at a price… Written & performed by Jack Lane, the versatile actor plays 30 characters throughout this tour de force performance. The Gump costume which features in the play belonged to Norman


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Wisdom of a Fool. To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name, address and phone number to Closing date: October 24th, usual terms and conditions apply.

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During his 50th year in showbusiness, ARTSeast caught up with Jimmy Osmond ahead of the UK tour of his new show A Tribute to Andy Williams Moon River & MEâ&#x20AC;¦

Coffee & a Chat

On October 28th Jimmy Osmond brings his latest show to King's Lynn Corn Exchange. It is a touching tribute to singer Andy Williams with songs, nostalgic footage and memories. 'I began my performing career aged three singing with Andy Williams on his television series,' says Jimmy. ' My brothers were already on the show, so I started working with them when I was very young. I was the little guy who’d run on and be goofy. We ended up as regulars on the show and singing on records like Aquarius.' Jimmy speaks very fondly of his new show. 'I love it,' says Jimmy. 'It’s not about me – it’s about Andy Williams and his music. I perform songs like Music To Watch Girls By, Happy Heart, Speak Softly Love and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and of course Moon River. 'The Williams’ family has very kindly allowed me to use clips of Andy featuring everyone from Dick Van Dyke to John Wayne and Bobby Darin, you name it. When I start singing,“You’re just too good to be true”, you’ll see it being performed by Andy on the video walls. And when I do Love Story, Andy sings it with me on the big screen. It brings back great memories for thousands of people.' Andy was a terrific mentor to Jimmy over the years. 'He surrounded us and himself with the very best people – that’s key,' says Jimmy. 'Also, he was always willing to hear what was wrong rather than what was right about a performance. That is really helpful. Even today after a show, I always ask,“What needs to be improved?” That’s a really good way to lead your life.' Jimmy's relationship with Andy has had a lasting effect. He now runs operations at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri. 'Andy asked me to keep his legacy alive. His family weren’t interested in continuing the theatre – it’s a very hard job,' says Jimmy. 'At first I said no but then I produced a Christmas show there, and it went very well. His family said, “If you don’t take it over, we’ll have to sell it.” So I bought it!'

Since then the theatre has averaged 400 shows a year. 'It’s a 2100 seat theatre, and it’s become so important to the town. I put a lot of love into it, and it seems to have paid off! says Jimmy. Back in this country Jimmy's new show also contains some of the Osmonds favourites we know and love. 'I do a section of Osmonds’ material – Love Me For a Reason, Crazy Horses and Let Me In,' says Jimmy. 'I also do a comedy section. During A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock’n’Roll, I put masks of Donny and Marie on people from the audience, so I can get back at my siblings!' British audiences are a firm favourite with Jimmy. 'I’m so surprised the fans have stuck with us. But I’m delighted by their loyalty, especially in this country. For me it’s special in the UK because it is not just about me being an Osmond. It’s about me being me. I’ve done reality TV shows in the UK and that has put me out there. It’s just for fun and not to sell anything. The British public like that. They like people who can laugh at themselves. And there’s a lot to laugh at if you look at my history.’

Jimmy Osmond: Moon River and Me comes to King's Lynn Corn Exchange on October 28th. For more info and tickets go to

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Photo: Tom Sheehan

Music News

Choral Singing Workshop Award-winning Ben Watt in Norwich Best known for his twenty years as songwriter-performer-producer

As part of COAST Festival, join Sheringham and Cromer Choral in a day long workshop and performance of Joseph

with Tracey Thorn in alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt

Haydn's Missa in Augustis (Mass in time of troubles)

is also an award-winning solo artist, a prize-nominated non-fiction

otherwise known as the Nelson Mass. Fitting this year's

writer, and an international club DJ and radio presenter. On

COAST Festival theme of Revolution, why not revolutionise

October 24th Ben Watt is heading to Norwich on tour in support of

your own life by giving choral singing a go? There will be a

his new album Fever Dream, with a special band put together for

performance at the end of the day to family and friends and

the occasion – including regular guitarist-sideman and album-

even the chance to sing a solo line if you think you're up to

collaborator Bernard Butler (formerly of Suede). The pair are

it! This is a free event with registration at 10am for a 10.30

joined by drummer/percussionist and longtime ally Martin

start through to 4pm. The concert performance is at 5pm

Ditcham (Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden) and new double bassist Rex

with refreshments available before and after. Please book in

Horan (Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle / Neil Cowley Trio).

advance for the workshop by calling 01263 711087 or


Syd Barrett: A Celebration Cambridge Live has confirmed more details of the Syd Barrett celebratory concert taking place at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on October 27th, with friends of the late Pink Floyd founder confirmed as taking part in the performance. The concert, features Swedish band Men on the Border, who reinterpret the music of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, also from Sweden.  The evening will also feature narration from acclaimed playwright, freelance writer and former friend of Syd Barrett, David Gale. David grew up in Cambridge and was a childhood friend of Syd and went on to share a flat with him in London before embarking on a highly successful career that has seen him write plays as well as TV documentaries. In addition to David Gale being added to the line-up, two members of P-Floyd, one of the foremost Pink Floyd concept bands in the world, will also be onstage for the performance. Jan Stumsner (guitars) and Peter Holmstedt (bass) from the band will join Men on the Border for the concert which will celebrate Syd’s music. The concert will also include lighting from Peter Wynne-Willson who worked with Pink Floyd between 1966 and 1968.

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A Festival for Everyone Steve Reich Tamsin Waley Cohen

Clapping, new compositions,

of the world’s greatest pianists,

Beethoven and Brahms – once again,

Murray Perahia, accompanied by

the Cambridge Music Festival injects

the Academy of St Martin in the

the city with world class music.

Fields. This will be the fourth time in recent years that the Academy

From November 8th-24th, the festival

has played at CMF. Photo: Wonge Bergmann

will fill the air with an extraordinary range of classical and contemporary music heavyweights. This year’s festival pushes more

influential musician of the last 50 years.

Waley Cohen was named by the Evening Standard as one of the

musical boundaries than ever, and will be opened by a musician who many think of as simply the most

Another Festival thrill will be violinist Tamsin Waley Cohen.

‘1,000 most influential Londoners', and is one of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s ‘rising stars’ of 2016/17. She is also Artistic

Steve Reich has collaborated with musicians ranging from Bowie

Director of the innovative ‘Sunday Series’ of concerts at London’s

to the Britten Sinfonia. He will visit Cambridge as part of a

Tricycle theatre.

special tour marking his 80th birthday year, to perform his incredibly famous short piece,‘Clapping for two people’ at the Corn Exchange with Colin Currie. CMF also continues to attract some of the world’s great virtuosos of classical music. One of the highlights of the 2016 programme promises to be a breathtaking performance of Beethoven by one

CMF Director, Justin Lee says; ‘…whether it’s solo Bach or Beethoven piano concertos, Steve Reich, electronica or new music, I hope to provide a concert for every musical taste in Cambridge this November.’

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Folk Giants come to Bury

Photo: Elodie Kowalski

On November 3rd, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band take to the

Bach’s Mass in B Minor at Norwich Cathedral

stage at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. Eliza Carthy is a musician who embodies the dynamism and vitality of the current English folk revival. Her powerful voice and fiercely beautiful fiddle playing have influenced a whole generation of

Saturday 12 November 2016, 7.30pm.

young musicians. The Wayward Band is bursting with some of the finest players in

Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and Norwich Baroque combine to perform Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Tickets £20, £16, £12 & £5.

recent times, including members of Bellowhead, Mawkin, Blowzabella, Edward II, Emily Portman Trio, Peatbog Faeries, Dreams of Tall Buildings & Tyde. Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band have recorded a brand new album, due for release this month.The record features traditional material, as well as classics from Eliza’s back catalogue and new

Book yours at Prelude Records (01603 628319), Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000) or online at Follow us 26 |

tunes. "The lady who kick-started the still remarkably healthy contemporary British folk scene is celebrating in style" - The Guardian, Live Review


Music Profile: Hitting the Right Note

With a Radio DJ for a dad, music has always been an important part of James Rogers' life. 'My dad had a country music show on the radio and also played guitar so music was a big thing in our house,' says James. 'By the time I was 11 I was playing too.' Severely dyslexic, James struggled at school but discovered a real talent for music. At college, he joined a music technology course and instantly felt at home. 'I loved it and it really gave me direction,' says James. 'I developed a real passion for music in film and loved looking at how the music interacts with the visuals. I began to dream that I might someday be able to work in that field.' James left college with a triple distinction and a desire to further explore his passion. After a university degree, James was able

James' hard work paid off when he started getting commissions to write music and jingles for adverts and short films. Often working with Abby, James has, since then, created many successful jungles both for TV and radio. 'My clients include, among others, SunLife, Mitsubishi, Age Partnership, Soda Stream,Tool Station and Pounds to Pocket,' says James. 'I've also worked on scores for a number of films.' So how does James find inspiration? 'Sometimes the client is very clear on what they want and will often have already filmed the section they want the music or jingle for,' says James. 'They'll send me a detailed brief. Other times they are looking for ideas so I try lots of different things until everyone is happy.' Currently James is working on the score for a new film called Parallel City.

to further hone his skills, develop his confidence and learn the

'I love my job,' says James. 'If anyone is wondering whether

practical skills needed for a career in the music industry.

they'll be able to pursue a full-time career in music, I would tell

Three years ago, James moved to Bury St Edmunds with his wife Abby, a singer. 'I set up my own company called Simply Sonic Studios and

them to go for it. With positivity, hard work and determination anything is possible.'

worked hard to get it off the ground,' says James. 'I emailed roughly 300 production companies both in the UK and abroad to let them know who I was and what I could do.' October 2016 | 27

Food & Drink

Food Review: The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell near Woodbridge With a distinguished pedigree of awards and accolades - including the highest local rating in the Good Food Guide and Best Pub in Suffolk - The Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk has garnered an impressive reputation since it opened last year. The 16th century inn is cosy, welcoming and stylish housing an eclectic mix of artwork. It's hard to believe that just last year, 12 weeks after opening, 45% of the building was tragically lost to fire - the rebuilding and renovation work has been beautifully done. The menu was varied and inviting. For a starter, I chose Ravioli of Ceps with Roasted Squash Velouté. The combination of flavours and textures was exciting and worked brilliantly. My partner had the Venison Tartare &

Gnocchi and Chard.The presentation alone was stunning and the food was delicious. For dessert we shared a Vanilla Panna Cotta with Chilled Strawberry Soup and a Damson and Pistachio Bakewell Tart. The panna cotta was beautifully creamy and the pistachios added a new dimension to an old favourite. The Unruly Pig has a secret weapon in the kitchen in the form of an Inka grill - a closed door charcoal grills that cooks at an incredible 400 degrees, enhancing the flavour and succulence of the meat and fish.

Croquette with Beetroot,Apple and Blackberry which he described as 'exquisite'. I went on to have Braised Featherblade of Beef with Parmesan

The meal was, without exaggeration, faultless and one of the best I've

Polenta and Cavolo Nero.The meat was cooked to perfection and

ever eaten. Add impeccable service and a welcoming location and I

incredibly tasty. The polenta mash was the perfect accompaniment. My

challenge anyone to find a better pub for a perfect night out.

partner had one of the specials - Roasted Lamb Saddle with Carrot Puree,

Handmade Chocolate Whatever the Occasion

Sarah Veness

The Art of Chocolate Chocolatiers’ Just Truffles at The Pod, Harleston, Norfolk are celebrating 10 years of creating unique hand-made chocolates and chocolate art with a series of events, and the launch of a new exciting range of chocolates to compliment their extensive selection of dairy cream truffles, dairy free and sugar free chocolates. Brain-child of sculptor and community artist Mel Pittman, Just Truffles is a real chocolate experience. New this autumn are personalised photochocs – your own photograph printed onto chocolate plaques,

Just Truffles at The Pod, 3A Church Street, Harleston, IP20 9QE. Tel: 01379 851933

cake toppers or wedding favours. Check out their anniversary events and products at or drop in to The Pod and prepare to be amazed.

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What’s Food &On Drink

Christmas Menus now available Don't leave it too late to book your table!

for fitted kitchens

Lunch from £15.95 Dinner from £21.95


• Locally Sourced Meat & Poultry • Home Cured Gammon, Ham & Bacon • Own Recipe Burgers & Sausages • Deep Freeze Orders • Range of Gluten Free Products • Hog Roast & Outside Barbeques All Available at:The Firs, Redenhall, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9QN (Just off Redenhall roundabout) Shop Open:Monday to Saturday Or Shop Online Telephone:01379 852590 Weavers, Market Hill, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JZ 01379 642411

THE MILL INN Karen, Steve and the team welcome you to The Mill Inn, Aldeburgh. A traditional seafront pub with log fires serving ADNAMS finest ales and wines…great homecooked comfort food, families and dogs very welcome! We offer exclusive use hire and buffet style lunches for walking groups.

Come and visit what is said to be Suffolk’s oldest Inn.

our amazing hickory smoked ribs cooked in our own American smoking oven!

The perfect setting for autumn and winter outings. Call us to make a reservation! Enjoy a homecooked meal with a glass of wine or pint of real ale. Join us on Sunday lunchtime for our famous carvery. Stay with us in our comfortable & cosy accommodation. B&B rates from £55.00.

Tel: 01379 678 777 Christmas menu available late Nov to early Jan, parties of two up to plus 100 all catered for!

fabulous rib of beef Sunday roasts succulent 8oz angus steak burgers

…..seasonal fish dishes and much more!!!

Bookings or phone 01728 452563 October 2016 | 29

What’s On

Special Events at ‘The Park’

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br a El cea la bl e

Joanna Ed e n the Ch ris Ingh with am Trio at the Park Ho tel Thurs 1 7 Nov 8p m

The Park prides itself on providing a fine selection of special events during the year, we are now preparing more special events for 2017. For information on any of the events listed, please contact Tracey or Stacey on 01379 642244 or Email: and we will be happy to help. Park Hotel, 29 Denmark Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4LE Tel: 01379 642244 Email: 30 |

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On

Photo: Matt Dartford Photo: Steve Finley

Autumn Festival of Norfolk This month Norwich welcomes The Hostry Festival to the city's Cathedral from October 13th-30th. It is a joyful celebration of all things that make Norfolk artistically great. Total Ensemble

As part of the festival, the Norfolk Arts Awards will again celebrate the arts community in Norfolk, with people and projects from all over the county being profiled.The fifteen awards cover, among others, theatre, visual arts, media, fashion, literature and music. Paint Out Norwich returns to the festival with its fabulously accessible visual arts five day, event, exhibition and auction. Total Ensemble Theatre Company presents a brand new integrated theatre commission for this year's Festival. Through its trademark style of movement theatre set to music, the talented cast will once again thrill festival-goers. The main house play this year is an exclusive adaptation of Melvyn Bragg's play King Lear in New York. The Hostry Festival has teamed up with the author to present a specially-adapted one act 90 minute

Lisa Cassidy

production. The project has gained both local and national interest and is staged in celebration of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. In the year of Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday, the festival has partnered with Mustard TV to present Never Too Late! - a project that follows six chosen people of retirement age or older, all of whom try something they've never done before over four months. The results will be profiled with Helen McDermott on stage.

Other highlights include festival patron Peter Wilson exploring TS Eliot's Four Quartets (a free ticketed event with Q & A and interview by Melvyn Bragg), outstanding performances from Lisa Cassidy,Adrian Wright, Simon Smith and Harpist Royal Anne Denholm.

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Kid’s Corner

Get creative with all the family Family Arts Festival, Norwich Theatre Royal – October 26th-28th The fourth national Family Arts Festival takes place throughout

costumes, comedy

October 2016 with thousands of eye-boggling events for all the

and characters of

family taking place up and down the country. All are designed to

pantomime and the

get families to be creative together. At Norwich Theatre Royal,

recommended age

there are activities lined up over three days.

for children attending

On Wednesday October 26th, from 10.30am-11.30am, there will be a fun pirate-themed Family Workshop with activity sessions for children and their parents, grandparents or carers.The workshop

this workshop is six to 12. The sessions will take

will build on children’s imaginations with lots of rhyme, rhythm and

place in the theatre’s

movement as they ‘sail the high seas as pirates looking for

new Learning and Participation Centre, Stage Two.The cost for each

treasure’.The recommended age for children attending this

workshop is £3 per child with one free accompanying adult per

workshop is three to seven.


Then on Thursday October 27th, from 10am-12pm, there will be a

To book online see or call the

Storytelling Workshop exploring the world of Beauty and the Beast

Box Office on 01603 630000.

in a fun, interactive session for all the family, creating a new piece of theatre together and exploring different ways to create and share stories.The workshop also includes a craft activity.The recommended age for children attending this workshop is eight to 13. Wrapping up the activities on Friday October 28th are two sessions, from 10am-11am or from 11.30am-12.30pm, for a Panto Workshop. Families will learn about the tradition of pantomime in advance of the Theatre Royal's own performances of Jack and the Beanstalk which run over the Christmas period from December 13th, 2016, to January 15th, 2017. The sessions will include exploration of the 32 |

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On

Calling all Tom Gates Fans! Norwich Playhouse - October 24th, 5pm On the Monday of half term Liz Pichon's Tom Gates Brilliant Bands

Come and join Liz in a fun-packed, interactive, music, monster and

and Doodle Tour takes to the stage at Norwich Playhouse.

drawing event.

Tom Gates is a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer

Ask Liz questions about Tom's world and how it all began. Learn to

and the bane of his grumpy teacher My Fullerman's Life. The books

doodle like Tom and hear his FAVOURITE band in the whole WIDE

are his journals complete with scribble and silliness. To date, there

world - DUDE3.

are ten books in this award-winning series with the 11th due out

Suggested for age 5 and over.

later this year. The series has sold 2 million books in the UK alone and has been translated into 36 languages.

Author Liz Pichon studied graphic design and illustrated many children's books before creating the Tom Gates series which was first published in 2011 October 2016 | 33

Local Arts Scene: SwaďŹ&#x20AC;ham

Photo: Rod Edwards Copyright restricted

Swaffham: A Breckland Gem Located at the northern end of the Brecks, the attractive Georgian

Fans of the TV show Kingdom, starring Stephen Fry, will recognise

market town of Swaffham is home to a range of interesting shops,

Swaffham as the setting for the series, renamed Market Shipborough.

pubs, galleries and restaurants.

The town's well-respected visual arts festival takes place each October

By the 14th century, Swaffham had a flourishing sheep and wool

and offers the chance to see a wide range of art including sculpture,

industry and the large market place - with its stunning market cross -

painting, ceramics, silversmithing, photography and embroidery.

stands as testament to the prosperity this brought to the town.

Swaffham is also known for its two large wind turbines - one that

Famed archeologist Howard Carter - who discovered the tomb of

houses an observation deck and is the only turbine in the world that is

Tutankhamun - spent much of his childhood living with relatives in

open for the public to climb - and the associated Green Britain Centre

Swaffham. The excellent Swaffham Museum has a gallery dedicated to

which has informative displays on solar and wind power.

Carter among its many other treasures.

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Local Arts Scene: Swaffham

An Artist's Paradise Having begun life as a card and gift shop in 1987, Pedlar's Gold has grown to stock an impressive array of art materials, crafts and stationery.

Celebrating Fantastic Art

Artists can browse brushes, watercolours, oils and acrylics,

Arts Lounge Gallery, situated next to the Assembly Rooms on the

mediums and varnishes, canvasses, pens, pencils and many more

Market Place in Swaffham, opened its doors in November 2014.

drawing and painting accessories.

Since that day, they have sold in excess of 400 original paintings

The shop also stocks a range of photo frames and an extensive kitchenware selection including bakeware, cake boards, cake

that were being exhibited by local artists. The gallery is bright, has a friendly atmosphere and is slightly

decorating tools and accessories, chocolate moulds, palette knives

contemporary in style yet it has kept the history of what the building

and cupcake accessories.

used to be in the 16th century.The original fireplace is a wonderful

Crafters will enjoy the selection of card-making kits, decoupage, paper, glitter and toppers. There are also toys and recipe books. Alongside the shop itself, Pedlar's Gold also has a website ( where you can order items online.

asset that gives the lounge that comfortable feel. All art work is original, the glass, jewellery, and ceramics that are also available in the gallery are all handmade. So if you want something a little bit different with quality and style then this is the place to visit.

Arts, crafts, cake decorating, stationery and much more. We offer a 10% discount for art & craft groups We always have offers within the art department We have 20% off all stock week - excluding stamps and Creation Express (personalised gifts and cards) which starts November 7th for 1 week Opening Hours Swaffham - Monday to Saturday 9am – 5.30 pm Fakenham– Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm

PEDLARS GOLD 40-42 Market Place, Swaffham, PE37 7QH Telephone: 01760 723733 19 Norwich Street, Fakenham, NR21 9AF Tel: 01328 864003 36 |

Arts Lounge Gallery, 15 Market Place, Swaffham 01760 723624 email: For that something different, visit our gallery for stunning original paintings. New works of art arrive every month to spoil you for choice. Artists love to exhibit in this bright friendly gallery, people love to shop here for the vast choice of handmade original ceramics, jewellery, sculptures and glassware too. We also have art lessons, jewellery and mosaic workshops in our studio. Visit us soon, our Christmas exhibition starts in November

Local Arts Scene: Swaffham

Swaffham Visual Arts Festival Comes of Age

Credit:Tony Bramley FRPS

Ecotricity Nemesis by Peter Stevens

Visitors at Wooburn Farm, Surrey by Philip Southcote Credit: British Museum

The 21st Swaffham Rotary-organized Visual Arts Festival Exhibition

Garden for all Seasons by Ann Cooke

In contrast, the photography talk on October 12th is by Tony Bramley

is this year from October 28th-30th in the Swaffham Assembly

whose abstract,‘Suprematist’, approach to photography led to his

Rooms.The selling exhibition also includes sculpture, ceramics,

award as Fellow of the Year by the Royal Photographic Society.

silversmithing and embroidery - but the emphasis is always on painting and drawing.

A garden design theme links a talk on 500 years of garden visiting by Julia Stafford Allen to an exhibition of embroideries by East Anglian

'There is so much artistic talent in this part of Norfolk,' says Festival

members of the Embroiderer’s Guild inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown’s

Director Nigel Chambers. 'Even though there is competition from

300th anniversary.

other events in the area, our regulars are loyal and we are continually attracting new exhibitors – and visitors with an interest in original art.'

Rotarian and watercolour artist Malcolm Whittley was one of the original group that organized the first exhibition in Mundford, selling

The Festival Exhibition is the climax of a month-long programme of

paintings to raise money for charity.He says: 'In our 21 years of

events throughout October.The launch event on September 30th at

celebrating the Visual Arts we have viewed exhibitions; seen

the Nicholas Hamond Academy, Swaffham, features celebrated car

presentations on artists and artistic movements; admired

designer Peter Stevens, former design chief at Lotus, designer of the

demonstrations; and brought together and sold the work of talented

iconic McLaren F1 sports car (and of Captain Scarlet’s ‘Cheetah’ car),

amateurs and acclaimed professionals. We have also raised almost

and a strong supporter of good design education.

£100,000 for good causes - and we have had a lot of fun doing it.' October 2016 | 37

Local Arts Scene: Swaffham

A Book-Lover's Dream

A Fine Heritage

With a warm welcome and friendly approachable staff, Ceres Bookshop in Swaffham is a haven for readers from all over Norfolk. A truly independent bookshop, Ceres has an extensive range of both new and secondhand books.There is also a tearoom serving a range of tasty food and drinks. Lost Country Houses of Norfolk by Tom Williamson, Ivan Ringwood & Sarah Spooner (r.r.p £29.95) Norfolk is a county sadly rich in "lost" country houses; this account and gazetteer offer a

Swaffham Museum is a small, independent social history museum

comprehensive account of them.The country

for the town and surrounding villages.They pride themselves on

houses lost from the landscape since the late nineteenth century exercise a peculiar grip on the English imagination, seeming to symbolise the

their displays which tell stories of the town and on the wealth of children's activities in each of their five Galleries. Swaffham has a

passing of a world of taste and elegance, of

history which goes back to The Stone Age, a weekly market which is

stability and deference: a world destroyed by modernity.This important new

over 800 years old and was an entertainment and sporting hub for

book argues that most previous studies of the subject have been

and beyond Norfolk in late Georgian times.

characterised by nostalgia and vagueness, and by a tendency to exaggerate the scale of the destruction and simplify its causes.

Lost Country Houses of Suffolk by W.M. Roberts (r.r.p £29.95) Lavishly illustrated account of forty magnificent country houses, destroyed in the last century. During the twentieth century some forty of Suffolk's finest country houses vanished forever, a

It is the home of the Symonds collection of figures based on characters from literature and local heroes include Howard Carter, the archaeologist - a gallery is dedicated to Carter, his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and his connection with Swaffham Admiral Sir Knyvet Wilson, Jem Mace, W E Johns and, of course, the Swaffham Pedlar.

few by fire, but more frequently through demolition, either because uneconomic to run, or through the deterioration of their fabric.This book relates their tragic stories, with lavish use of engravings, images and pictures to bring to life what has now gone forever.


WIN A BOOK ARTSeast has teamed up with Ceres Bookshop to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of either Lost Country Houses of Norfolk or Lost Country Houses of Suffolk. To be in with a chance, please email your name, address and phone number to Closing Date: October 24th, usual terms and conditions apply. 38 |

They also produce town guides and, with the Local History Group, booklets on various aspects of the town.There is a gift shop for souvenirs, craftwork and collectables.

Local Arts Scene: SwaďŹ&#x20AC;ham

Spotlight on... ...Artist Steven Allen Q. Please tell us a bit about your background as

Q.Which piece are

an artist?

you most proud of?

It wasn't until my 20s that I came into painting and at first it was very much a hobby. I took art A-Level but everything else I've learnt has been self taught. I started off using watercolours but, as time has gone on, I've developed a love of painting in oils and acrylics too. I began exhibiting in the 1990s in galleries in London and Norfolk. Since then, I've been lucky enough to work full-time as an artist. I enjoy painting horses and often paint racehorses for their owners. I also enjoy painting still life, wildlife, portraits, abstracts and landscapes.

Two years ago I was asked to paint a horse at the West Norfolk Hunt Ball as a charity prize. A few days later we received a call from Buckingham Palace. They'd seen my painting at the ball and wanted me to paint the Queen's horse that had just won the Gold Cup. I was stunned but incredibly proud. My wife Sue and I delivered the finished painting to Sandringham where we handed it over to Prince Phillip himself. It was an amazing day and I feel very honoured to have one of my paintings in the Royal Collection.

Q. Where can people see your work? I've exhibited all over the place but now have an exclusive contract with The Arts Lounge in Swaffham. There you can see numerous pieces of my work on display.

Q. What inspires you? At first I was heavily influenced by the Victorian artist

Q. What makes Swaffham such a special place to live and work?

Archibald Thorburn who specialised in painting animals,

Swaffham really is a lovely town that hasn't changed all that

especially birds. Like him, I painted almost exclusively in

much for decades. There is a real sense of community. The

watercolours and birds were my favourite subject too. I also

countryside surrounding the town is beautiful and very

take a lot of my inspiration from the world of music. Before

inspiring for artists. We also have Sandringham and the

becoming an artist I was a drummer in a rock band and I

stunning Norfolk coastline very close by.

enjoy painting figures in the music world such as David Bowie and Prince.

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The Last Photo The Calling by Matthew Humby from Thelveton, near Diss 'This photo was taken one summer's evening two years ago while I was out with my daughter walking our dogs. We were heading towards Thelveton Church and, at this point, it seemed as if the church was calling her in through the light.'

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Arts East October  

Welcome to the October issue of ARTSeast. Inside, we feature the Britten Dances taking place at Snape Maltings, discover the arts scene in...

Arts East October  

Welcome to the October issue of ARTSeast. Inside, we feature the Britten Dances taking place at Snape Maltings, discover the arts scene in...