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‘Wiltshire’s switched-on music venue’ The Guardian

World Music Folk Classical Jazz

Bradford on Avon


AUTUMN Box office WINTER 01225 860100 2008/09

Welcome to our new concert season and new-look brochure. From the opening concert’s Latin American influences through to the new year, the infectious spirit of dance is never far away! There are Irish folk rhythms; samba, calypso and reggae; a Bollywood dancer and Jacobean court dances. Anjali’s show is part of Wiltshire’s DanceExplosion Festival and Kathryn Tickell brings great tunes from Northumberland – even Beethoven’s mighty 7th symphony evokes the very essence of dance. So join us for another gloriously colourful mix of musical treats to shake off those autumn blues! Turn to page 21 for information about your visit and how to book.

Funkily rhythmic, wildly energetic and brilliantly brassy, this fabulous, effervescent band brings hits from Indian films complete with colourful costumes, video clips and a live Bollywood dancer. Totally irresistible!

General Booking opens: Monday 7 July 

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Friends Priority Booking opens: Monday 23 June

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Alongside the Doric and Belcea String Quartets, this is one of several great chamber music concerts. A very welcome return by this superb young group brings Brahms’ gorgeous first Serenade and Beethoven’s much loved Ghost Trio.

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One of three great professional orchestras coming this autumn, this concert is a must! For their first appearance here, sinfonia ViVA bring one of Beethoven’s best loved symphonies and the stunning young solo percussionist Colin Currie.

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In the first of three fun, interactive concerts especially for families (see also pages 11 and 15), hear this stunning young steel pan band bring an exciting mix of samba, calypso, reggae and pop, plus ‘bomb tunes’ – classical favourites in new clothes!

Saturday 20 September 7.30pm

Friday 26 September 8pm

City of London Sinfonia

The Bolly Brass Ban

Nick Ward director/violin Michael Collins clarinet Mozart: Divertimento, K138 Copland: Clarinet Concerto Piazzolla: Summer from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Haydn: Symphony No. 43 in E flat Mercury

‘Glittering, atmospheric playing’ Sunday Times

It’s a treat to welcome back the City of London Sinfonia and Nick Ward to open the season with this internationally celebrated soloist. And it’s a gorgeous programme too! Written for the legendary Benny Goodman, Copland’s expressive Clarinet Concerto is among the finest, opening with a characteristic mood of bittersweet lyricism. The Latin American influences in its playful and brilliant finale make it the perfect companion to Piazzolla’s equally attractive and shimmering sound-world. Framed by two classical masters, the concert ends with this delightful middle-period Haydn Symphony.

‘…full of velvety, liquid textures… and some fantastically sharp and pungent playing’ The Times

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A line up of funky drummers and a hot horn section playing saxophones, trumpets, trombones and the mighty sousaphone, driven by the beat of the dhol, the loud and exciting Punjabi drum played in Bhangra music. Influenced by jazz, dance and world music, these ten musicians play hits from Indian films new and old, accompanied by video clips and a live Bollywood dancer! With striking costumes and full of energy, this band, celebrated for their performances at the London Mela, WOMAD and the Olympic Stadium Sydney, really are something special. Tickets £16 / Concessions & Savers £15 / Under 18s £8

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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The Band of Violins: Adventures in English music 1609–1692 Elizabeth Kenny and Alison Bury, leaders Locke: Music from The Tempest Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre Suite from Abdelazar, Music from King Arthur and The Fairy Queen Plus music by William Brade, John Adson and Thomas Baltzar Rivalry between the English and French is not a new phenomenon. Charles II, who took refuge in France while Cromwell was in power, was determined that England should have a band of violins to rival that of the French. This resulted in Henry

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‘Ten-strong, funkily rhythmic and equipped with a tuba the size of Belgium, the Bollywood Brass Band is a fabulous hybrid beast.’

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Sunday 5 October 7.30pm

Purcell having an excellent band of 12 violins at his disposal for use at the theatre – using them in famous music-theatre pieces such as King Arthur and The Fairy Queen. The OAE’s exploration of the colours of this band in various guises, brings out the captivating rhythms and sublime virtuosity of this glorious music. An intriguing and entertaining evening. Tickets £22 / Concessions & Savers £21 / Under 18s £10 Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm free to ticket holders

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Wednesday 8 October 8pm

Sunday 12 October 3pm

Michael McGoldrick and friends

Real Steel

Michael McGoldrick wooden flute, uilleann pipes, low whistle Ed Boyd guitar John Joe Kelly bodhrán

Stonking steel pans

‘[A] treasure-trove of gorgeous tunes, razor-sharp grooves and sublime playing’ Sunday Herald

Traditional Irish music at the cutting edge of folk that simply bursts with energy. In this long awaited return, hear Michael McGoldrick, Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2006, prove his reputation as one of the greatest flute players of all time. He’s joined by two equally talented musicians, who performed to a full house here with Flook in April – Ed Boyd, ‘a lot more than your traditional rhythm guitarist’ (Irish Music Magazine), and John Joe Kelly: ‘to say [he] plays the bodhrán is like saying Mount Everest is a bit of climb’ (Sidmouth Music Festival). Tickets £16 / Concessions £15 / Savers £14 / Under 18s £8

Family Concert

Sizzling steel pan music in an exciting assortment of moods and styles – ranging from reggae, calypso, samba and pop to ‘bomb tunes’ – classical favourites in brilliant, prize-winning arrangements. Now firmly established as one of Europe’s top youth steel bands, this dynamic young group are superb. Hear the physical thrill of their hammers on steel – a great sound, nothing beats it! With an interval – ends approx 4.20pm Great for adults and kids aged 7+

Friday 17 October 7.30pm

Doric String Haydn: String Quartet in C, Op 50 No 2 Prussian Janáˇcek: String Quartet No 2, Intimate Letters Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op 51 No 1 Amongst the greatest string quartets ever written, Janáˇcek’s Intimate Letters is full of passion and fire. It was composed in a remarkable three week burst of white hot inspiration just a month before he died. The second of Haydn’s masterly Prussian quartets, with its rousing finale, and Brahms’ first published quartet are equally rewarding.

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Sunday 19 October 3pm

Wednesday 22 October 7pm

‘Excels in honesty, humour and sensuality...mesmerising’

Another superb concert by this outstanding young quartet who have just won first prize in the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. We are thrilled that as Quartet in Association, the Dorics will be continuing their regular visits here. Tickets £15 / Concessions £14 / Savers £13 / Under 18s from £1 Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm free to ticket holders

‘…spot-on intonation, liveliness of ensemble and clean articulation.’ Daily Telegraph

Nonet and the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra

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Nonet and the incredible Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra – the winning team that packed the Centre for the New Year Jazz gig – are back with a great afternoon of jazz. Featuring Mike Daniels, Nick Sorensen, Ray D’Inverno and Tony Roberts, Nonet brings a mix of specially commissioned compositions and those recorded by Miles Davis’ ‘Birth of the Cool’ band. And in the second half, WYJO premieres Suite for Jazz Orchestra. Composed by Mike Mower in celebration of our 10th Anniversary, it crafts WYJO’s own ideas while leaving plenty of opportunities for improvisation so that the Orchestra can make it their own. Tickets £12 / Under 18s £8 (£1 discount for WYJO members) A Wiltshire Music Service promotion. Commission supported by the Performing Rights Society Foundation

Something Wild!

anJALI DANCE COMPANY Anjali’s celebrated dancers with learning disabilities bring this thrilling new double bill of outstanding dance. ‘Butterfly’ is a beautiful mix of dance and film blending traditional and contemporary styles that are simply alive with movement. Then, in total contrast, a lads night out in ‘Save the Last Dance’ is driven by a jukebox soundtrack that goes from Disco to Country & Western to The Chemical Brothers. For almost a decade, Anjali has performed ground breaking dance throughout the UK and abroad – now be amazed by this exceptional company on their long-awaited return to Wiltshire Music Centre. There’s a 20 minute interval and the show ends around 8.30pm. Tickets £12 / Concessions £6 / Carers free A Dancexplosion event 

Friday 24 October 8pm

Friday 31 October 8pm

Birdsongs Couple Okeanos Ensemble in Spirit

Kathryn Tickell Band

Karina Lucas mezzo-soprano, Melissa Holding koto, Sally Pryce harp, Jinny Shaw oboe/oboe d’amore, Bridget Carey viola

Kathryn Tickell Northumbrian pipes, fiddle, Julian Sutton melodeon, Peter Tickell fiddle, guitar, Joss Clapp guitar, bass

There is something very compelling and wonderfully expressive about Beth Wiseman’s music. In this tribute to the composer, who spent her final years here in Wiltshire and died tragically young last year, several of her finest pieces are set against a broad range of music she loved. Included are works by her husband Geoffrey Poole, lovely Elizabethan songs by John Dowland, haunting medieval ballads and some highly colourful Japanese koto music. Tickets £14 / Concessions £12 / Savers £10 / Under 18s from £1 Pre-concert talk at 7pm free to ticket holders

Keith Tippett piano Julie Tippetts voice & percussion A musical magic is created through this husband and wife duo’s longstanding artistic chemistry. In this improvised performance, Julie is likely to play thumb piano, wind chimes, recorder or recite poetry as the mood suits! She explains that, ‘we never rehearse together or talk about what we’re going to do. You’re living on your nerve ends. It’s like being in a dream and yet awake at the same time because you have to respond as well as to instigate and your whole body is tuned to going for the magic’. Tickets £14 / Concessions £12 / Savers £10 / Under 18s from £1 A South West Music School promotion 

Saturday 1 November 8pm

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Hear this captivating mix of traditional tunes from Northumberland and The Borders and the Kathryn Tickell Band’s own exciting compositions. As the leading performer of Northumbrian pipes and a real icon of Northumbrian music, Kathryn Tickell and her band perform with huge vitality. Interweaving melodies, driving double fiddles, pairing of pipes and melodeon plus intricate guitar and bass rhythms combine to make this exhilarating band’s performances completely compelling, rightly earning worldwide acclaim.

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‘From infectiously danceable to immensely emotional, every tune is a gem.’

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Wednesday 5 November 7.30pm

South West Music School Showcase

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Fifteen outstanding musicians joined South West Music School last year, a new virtual school for highly talented young musicians aged between eight and eighteen. Another fifteen have been lucky enough to join this year. Hear the results of an intensive weekend of workshops under Keith Tippett’s creative direction and experience the work of these exceptionally gifted young musicians. The performance will last about 1 hour with no interval. Tickets: Free (and unreserved) but must be booked For more information about South West Music School visit A South West Music School promotion

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Haydn: Quartet in D, Op 50 No 6 Britten: Quartet No 3, Op 94 Beethoven: Quartet in C, Op 59 No 3 Razumovsky This distinguished quartet gave one of the Centre’s first concerts and it’s a great pleasure to welcome them back with this lovely programme. Framed here by two classical masterpieces, Britten’s ethereally beautiful third quartet, with its wonderfully spare textures and solo writing, was his last major composition. Written in the shadow of death, it is in effect his swan song and a fascinating and rewarding work. The extraordinary final movement, ‘La Serenissima’

Photo: Sheila Rock EMI Classics

Sunday 2 November 5pm

evokes a powerful sense of eternity against the slow tread of time, lingering at its close between this world and the next. Britten died just two weeks before its premiere in December 1976. Tickets £15 / Concessions £14 / Savers £13 / Under 18s from £1 Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm free to ticket holders

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Friday 7 November 8pm

Sunday 9 November 7.30pm

‘…taut performance… firebrand conductor’ Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph

Travel on a powerful journey through the world’s singing traditions with this American a cappella group hailed for their ‘sheer agility, vitality and power’ (Washington Post). Hear sweet-sounding South African folksongs alongside the darker, deeper sounds of village songs and sacred and secular harmonies from Eastern Europe and America. A much welcomed return for this dynamic group, whose magnificent, heartfelt singing always gets an audience to their feet! Tickets £14 / Concessions £12 / Savers £10 / Under 18s from £1 Join Northern Harmony at 7.30pm on Thurs 6 Nov for a singing workshop. Everyone welcome! Tickets £12. Combined concert and workshop ticket £20.


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sinfonia Viva André de Ridder conductor Colin Currie percussion Mozart: German Dances Steven Mackey: Time Release Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A So what if Schumann’s father in law thought that ‘Beethoven must have been drunk when he composed it’? Wagner was ecstatic when he heard this wonderful symphony declaring it ‘the apotheosis of the dance!’ – and audiences ever since have agreed. In fact the irresistible spirit of dance and energising rhythms permeate this sizzling programme. For their first concert here, sinfonia ViVA, one of the UK’s most exciting professional orchestras, also bring the fabulous percussionist Colin Currie, with a concerto specially written for him, plus some very appealing dances by Mozart. Tickets £22 / Concessions & Savers £21 / Under 18s £10 Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm free to ticket holders

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Northern Harmony Larry Gordon

Wednesday 12 November 8pm

Saturday 15 November 2pm

John Etheridge’s ‘Sweet Chorus’ …a tribute to Stephane Grappelli…

Giddy goat FAMILY CONCERT With Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives Being a mountain goat is no fun when you are scared of heights! Stand poor Giddy on a mountain ledge and his head starts spinning and his knees turn to jelly. Will Giddy be brave? In this actionpacked musical story about facing fears and making friends he’s joined by a musical mutton, a clambering clarinet, a baa-ing bassoon! Following the 45 minute performance, you can meet the musicians in the foyer, hear the instruments up close and join in fun colouring activities!

Christian Garrick violin, John Etheridge guitar, Dave Kelbie guitar and Andy Crowdy bass The dazzling playing of celebrated guitarist John Etheridge (last here with John Williams), is joined tonight by Chris Garrick’s sparkling violin and backed up by the driving rhythms of guitar and bass. They’ll be venturing through repertoire both new and old, taking inspiration from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s legendary Hot Club of France. A fantastic evening of tuneful, swinging acoustic jazz.

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concerts at a glance AUTUMN WINTER 2008/09

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Saturday 20 September 7.30pm City of London Sinfonia page 4

Friday 17 October 7.30pm Doric String Quartet page 6

Friday 26 September 8pm The Bollywood Brass Band page 4

Sunday 19 October 3pm Nonet and the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra page 7

Sunday 5 October 7.30pm Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment page 5 Wednesday 8 October 8pm Michael McGoldrick AND FRIENDS page 6 Sunday 12 October 3pm Real Steel Family Concert page 6

Wednesday 22 October 7pm SOMETHING WILD! Anjali Dance COMPANY page 7 Friday 24 October 8pm Birdsongs page 8 Friday 31 October 8pm Couple in Spirit page 8

Saturday 15 November 7.30pm Ensemble 360 page 14

Sunday 2 November 5pm South West Music School Showcase page 9

Sunday 16 November 7.30pm The Boyan Ensemble of Kiev page 14


Wednesday 5 November 7.30pm Belcea Quartet page 9

Wednesday 19 November 7.30pm Imogen Cooper page 14

Friday 7 November 8pm Northern Harmony page 10

Sunday 23 November 3pm Joby Burgess Family Concert page 15

Sunday 9 November 7.30pm sinfonia ViVA page 10

Wednesday 26 November 8pm all about TRUMPETs page 15

Wednesday 12 November 8pm John Etheridge’s ‘Sweet Chorus’ page 11

Saturday 29 November 7.30pm Bones Apart page 16

Saturday 15 November 2pm Giddy Goat Family Concert page 11

Sunday 30 November 7.30pm Cantamus Chamber Choir and Jazz Ensemble page 16


Saturday 1 November 8pm Kathryn Tickell Band page 8

Monday 1 December 7.30pm Jazz Factory page 16 Friday 5 December 8pm Black Voices page 17 Saturday 13 December 7.30pm Christmas in Rio page 17 Saturday 3 January 7.30pm Sunday 4 January 3pm Wiltshire & Swindon Youth Orchestra page 18 Saturday 10 January 7.30pm MILES REMEMBERED page 18

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Saturday 15 November 7.30pm

Sunday 16 November 7.30pm

Wednesday 19 November 7.30pm

Ensemble 360

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Imogen Cooper

Beethoven: Piano Trio in D, Op 70 No 1 The Ghost Huw Watkins: Broken Consort Brahms: Serenade No 1 in D major, Op 11

Sacred Chants and Songs of Ukraine

Schubert’s piano music: the last six years

Bohdan Antkiv music director, Yuri and Volodymyr Kuratch conductors, Valentina Ivanenko soprano soloist

Sonata in A minor, D845 3 Klavierstücke, D946 Sonata in D major, D850

‘When I first heard this young ensemble, I was swept off my feet by their sheer enthusiasm and musicality. We just had to bring them to the Wiltshire Music Centre’ Keith Nimmo

With its outstanding young musicians, Ensemble 360’s reputation for excellence is rapidly growing. Their concert opens with a splendid Trio which, despite its bright and rhythmic outer movements, earns its nickname from the brooding tension of the slow movement and its references to Macbeth. Full of surprises, Brahms’ first Serenade is a lively and attractive dance-like work that deserves to be known much better than it is. And sandwiched between the two is a beautiful new work by Welsh composer Huw Watkins,

who has composed for many leading chamber ensembles. Broken Consort was written especially for Ensemble 360 and premiered in the spring. Tickets £15 / Concessions £14 / Savers £13 / Under 18s from £1 Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm free to ticket holders Broken Consort commission funded by RVW Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation and all those who have bought a bar.

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A truly sensational male voice choir. Bringing music from the gloriously rich Eastern Orthodox tradition plus equally rewarding Ukrainian folk songs, their purity of sound, standard of musicianship and intensity of performance are awesome. Ranging from the most extraordinary bass notes to the loveliest high solo soprano melodies, and delivered with such a thrilling precision of attack, it’s the most compelling gamut of sound you’re ever likely to hear. The only downside is the fight for tickets…

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Schubert’s matchless gift for song and a profoundly personal quality infuse many of his later piano pieces. One of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire, Imogen Cooper is recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity, poetic poise and lyricism – qualities she uses to illuminate these glorious works with a rare degree of musical insight.

‘She is an outstanding artist, one now playing. Go, listen, and wond pianists there are alive in this cou Daily Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 3pm

Joby Burgess Family Concert Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

Having recorded them to great critical acclaim, we are thrilled that she will be performing this repertoire in the South Bank International Piano Series and here at the Wiltshire Music Centre. (Next recital Fri 13 March 2009) Tickets £22 / Concessions & Savers £21 / Under 18s £10 Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm free to ticket holders

Amazing percussion Bits of old cars, flowerpots, desk bells and scrap metal sit alongside an impressive collection of drums and tuned percussion. Join Joby Burgess, one of Britain’s most imaginative and brilliant young percussionists, for a gripping afternoon full of the most exciting and energetic music. After the concert go onstage and have a closer look! With an interval – ends approx 4.20pm Great for adults and kids aged 7+ Tickets £10 / Under 18s £6

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Wednesday 26 November 8pm

all about Trumpets Crispian Steele-Perkins trumpet Steven Hollas piano Crispian Steele-Perkins, one of the world’s best known trumpet soloists, delivers his illustrated talks with infectious enthusiasm. Full of musical excerpts, anecdotes and the mysteries about brass instruments over the past 500 years, he gives these talks throughout the world, entertaining and inspiring all. We are delighted to welcome him to give this year’s annual event in memory of our late friend and founding trustee Richard Aylwin. Tickets £7.50 / Friends of the Wiltshire Music Centre and Under 18s £5

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Saturday 29 November 7.30pm

Sunday 30 November 7.30pm

Monday 1 December 7.30pm

Bones Apart

Cantamus Chamber Choir and Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Factory

If music be the food of love… Becky Smith, Jayne Murrill, Helen Vollam and Lorna McDonald trombones Includes: Gounod: Overture to Romeo & Juliet Debussy: Music for King Lear Mendelssohn: Suite from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bernstein: A selection from West Side Story Plus jazz classics by Duke Ellington and Cole Porter

‘great virtuosity… dazzling dexterity… versatile style and sound’ The Trombonist magazine


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Discover what an exciting and captivating range of colours a trombone quartet can produce – especially when given welly! And just how elegant and astonishingly nimble they can sound too! Internationally celebrated, Bones Apart champion the wonderful versatility of the trombone. In a programme of music inspired by some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays they bring a delightful variety of pieces including some very familiar and much loved tunes in brilliantly original and witty arrangements. Dazzling and huge fun! Tickets £15 / Concessions £14 / Savers £13 / Under 18s from £1

Pushing Boundaries Mike Daniels conductor Travel on an evocative musical journey through European countries old and new with newly commissioned pieces reflecting the changing boundaries of our continent. Matt Finch’s choral writing includes joyous gospelinspired jazz grooves and sublime settings of simple songs that give renewed life to familiar and unfamiliar folk tunes. Hear new music that will both intrigue and satisfy by the composer of last year’s smash hit ‘Silent Night’. A lush blend of rich choral textures with intuitive jazz ensemble playing by GBH musicians.

10th Anniversary Gala concert For ten wonderful years, Jazz Factory has been welcoming musicians of all ages and abilities every Monday evening and filling the Wiltshire Music Centre with the most fabulous music. Tonight, join us in celebrating their fantastic achievements with this special tenth anniversary concert. Current players and jazz professionals mix with previous factory members who have gone on to greater things – expect some surprise guests too! It will be a great evening of jazz – come and join the feast! Tickets: Free but must be booked (retiring collection)

Tickets £15 / Under 18s £10 A joint Cantamus GBH big band promotion

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Friday 5 December 8pm

Black voices Never failing to energise and uplift, the rich and powerful harmonies of the UK’s leading female a cappella quintet create performances of great feeling and understanding. Tonight hear these impressive voices in their Freedom Suite, a compelling mix of new songs and dynamic arrangements of those you’re bound to know. Listen out for ‘Something inside so strong’,

‘I had truly never been so touched by music and was amazed that the beautiful sound was from the human voice alone.’ Audience Member

‘Moving on’, ‘The most important thing’, and ‘Serelem’. Black Voices caused a storm on their first visit here last year, and we simply can’t wait to have them back. Tickets £17 / Concessions £16 / Savers £15 / Under 18s £8

Saturday 13 December 7.30pm

Christmas in Rio Festive music from Bolivia, tunes. The repertoire of colonial South America adapted the music Brazil, Mexico and Peru of the Spanish and Portuguese Paragon Singers with Bradford baroque, adding its own special Baroque Band and Faye Newton flavour. Grand Venetian-style soprano, Keith Bennett conductor psalms, dancing villancicos, seductively simple songs, striking ‘…hauntingly lovely, instrumental colours and an array of exciting percussion – glorious full of wistful longing’ music that will set the festive ‘sung with exuberant brio’ pulses racing! Bath Chronicle

In a truly sparkling beginning to the festive season, Paragon Singers bring another of their ever-popular Christmas concerts, this time exploring the exotic world of 17thcentury South America with its vibrant rhythms, colourful instrumentation and gorgeous

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Saturday 10 January 7.30pm

Wiltshire and swindon youth orchestra with the Longford Brown Piano Duo Gerald Cornelius conductor Faye Cullen leader Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette Romeo seul et Grande Fetes des Capulets Poulenc: Concerto for two Pianos Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade Wiltshire’s most gifted young musicians play one of Berlioz’ finest orchestral pieces. Highly imaginative, it covers a vast expressive range, from its atmospheric opening to the riot of colour and rhythm at the end. Another concert favourite, Scheherazade, with its exotic orchestration and haunting melody for solo violin and harp, is based on The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. Dubbed by a Parisian critic as ‘half bad boy, half monk’,

Poulenc also wrote the most sensuous and enjoyable music. He once said ‘Above all do not analyse my music, love it!’ – and in the hands of this outstanding piano duo we are sure you will!

‘…a very special, very beautiful sound… an electrifying connection between the two pianists’ International Schubert Competition

Tickets £13 / Under 18s £8 (£1 discount for orchestra members) A Wiltshire & Swindon Youth Orchestra promotion

Miles Remembered The tenth January Jazz Concert: Dedicated to the memory of Miles Kington, humourist and jazz critic (1941–2008) Celebrate a decade of our great January jazz gigs where local musicians and young stars of the future join with renowned professional musicians. Hear trumpeter Mike Daniels, saxophonist Nick Sorensen, pianist and composer John Law, and the extraordinary talents of the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra to name just a few – there’s sure to be some very special guests too! Proceeds will be donated to Dorothy House and Julian House, Miles Kington’s favourite charities. This concert will be recorded by BBC Radio Wiltshire.

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Young musician & community events Wiltshire and Swindon Youth Orchestra Summer Concert at Marlborough College Saturday 30 August 2008 7.30pm Timothy Redmond conductor Russell Jackson trumpet Ravel: La Valse Richard Rodney Bennett: Trumpet Concerto Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 Tickets £13 / Under 18s £8 (£1 discount for orchestra members) Please note that while Wiltshire Music Centre are selling tickets, this performance is at Marlborough College.

St Laurence School

West Wiltshire Young Musicians

Autumn Concert tuesday 18 November 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Thursday 4 December 7.30pm

Tickets £4 / Concessions £3 Reserved seating

Sunday 7 December 7.30pm

Devizes & District String Ensemble, West Wiltshire Wind Band & West Wiltshire Concert Band West Wiltshire Junior Wind, West Wiltshire Young Singers Tickets £6 / Concessions £3 & Chippenham Junior Wind Tickets £6 / Concessions £3 Saturday 6 December 7.30pm West Wiltshire Junior Strings & North Wiltshire Junior Strings Tickets £2 (Under 18s free but must be booked)

Monday 8 December 7.30pm West Wiltshire Youth Orchestra & West Wiltshire String Ensemble Tickets £6 / Concessions £3 Reserved seating


in our communities

Summer Arts Workshops for Kids

• Wiltshire Music Centre runs an exemplary education and community programme in all parts of Wiltshire and Swindon.

• In September, schools and community groups will have workshops from Funi, a unique and talented duo from Iceland.

Nothing to do in the summer holidays? There’s plenty to do at the Wiltshire Music Centre!

• Activities with and for diverse communities are continually developing – from Autumn 2008 there will be a chance to take part in steel pan workshops every Tuesday evening.

‘What I like is the songs we do with Bob because it’s our words’

‘I like coming here… I get to meet all sorts of people and hear their songs’

• Each year, musicians visit special schools throughout Wiltshire and Swindon, working with the young people to create fantastic shows which they perform here.

Young participant Special Schools Festival 2007

• Black Voices are bringing back their hugely popular workshops in December, which will be available for schools and community groups. • Every two years, we work with small rural primary schools enabling them to create wonderful shows which they perform at the Centre. The 2008 project Everyman’s Land was about diversity, community cohesion and the environment. 20

Young participant Special Schools Festival 2007

• In the coming year, we aim to plan inclusively with black and other ethnic minority communities, young people at risk and people with disabilities to develop more exciting new projects.

• Learn the dances from High School Musical, Step Up 2 and Hairspray – or how about dances from the musicals, or some latin ballroom? Join Annette Purshouse on 14 and 15 August. • On 4 and 5 August you can use beautiful coloured Venetian glass to make an underwater sea life mosaic! Or create and decorate a seaside weaving! Make a wonderful North American Indian Dreamcatcher to hang in a window, or your own clay sign for your bedroom door!

• Use the latest computer technology and plenty of plasticine to shoot your own animation film – then add music and titles! That’s in the 3D animation workshop on 7 and 8 August. • Sing, dance and act in a 3 day performing arts workshop with Felicity Courage from 11–13 August – or for lots of singing book in on 21 and 22 August. For more information about this summer’s exciting activities visit or ring 01225 860100 for a workshops leaflet.

If you would like to know more or want to get involved please contact Jo Day on 01225 860110, email or visit

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Visiting Us Families Music is for everyone and families are especially welcome at our concerts. Look out for our special ticket offer shown in yellow boxes at the bottom of the pages: Bring the kids for just £1 each! For these concerts, one adult paying full price can bring two under 18s for just £1 each. But book early – first come, first served! Kids also particularly enjoy our family concerts and these too have special prices supported by John Lewis Partnership and The Mercers’ Company (and it’s ok to be a bit wriggly!).

Booking your Tickets

Cheques should be made payable to Wiltshire Music Centre Trust Ltd. When to book Priority Booking for Friends of the Wiltshire Music Centre opens: Monday 23 June General Booking opens: Monday 7 July

Get Great Reductions if you buy the same number of tickets at the same time for 3 or more concerts showing a saver price; they will all qualify for this discount.

You can now enjoy a special pre-performance two-course dinner for just £10.50 at The Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon – only available for Wiltshire Music Centre ticket buyers. They’ll be serving from 90 minutes before the start time of all our concerts this series.

Box Office Opening Hours Monday – Thursday during the concert season: 9am–8.30pm

Group Discounts by arrangement, please ring 01225 860100

Monday – Thursday outside of the concert season: 9am–6pm

Please note that only one discount applies per ticket and some discounts have limited availability.

Friday: 9am–6pm

How to Book Phone: 01225 860100 Online:

During Concerts: until the end of the interval

If you would like your tickets posted to you, please add 50p to your payment or provide a SAE.

Concert and Dinner Package

Disabled People who require support may book a free ticket for a friend or helper.

Saturday and Sunday when there is a concert: 2pm until the end of the interval

In person or by post: Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1DZ.

Under 18 prices are available for most concerts and see the families section above for our great £1 offer.

Discounts Full Time Students, Benefit Claimants, Senior Citizens and Disabled People are all eligible for the concession price offered on most concerts.

Hire the Centre We have a high quality 300 seat auditorium, a range of meeting rooms and free parking. We can help make sure your day runs smoothly and always provide a warm and friendly welcome. Call us on 01225 860110 or email for more information.

All you need to do is call The Swan Hotel on 01225 868686 to reserve a table, let them know that you’d like the Wiltshire Music Centre Meal Deal, and take your tickets along with you. The Swan Hotel is just at the bottom of Masons Lane, at the beginning of Church Street.



When you get here Opening times Doors open 15 minutes before the start of the concert and preconcert talks. Please leave plenty of time to pick up your tickets. Latecomers Latecomers are admitted at an appropriate break. Bar The bar serves spirits, wines, beers, hot and soft drinks. Beat the queue and order your interval drinks on arrival.

Ticket Exchange If a concert has sold out, we will try to resell your ticket and offer you a credit against a future concert, less a ÂŁ1 administration fee. Please return your ticket no later than 5 hours before a performance. We regret that we are unable to refund tickets. Waiting List Call us to join the list for sold out concerts and we will tell you if tickets are returned for resale.

We want to ensure that your visit is as easy and enjoyable as possible. If you require any assistance or need further information, please call us on 01225 860100 or ask when you arrive. Bring a Friend If you need to bring a friend to support you at a concert, we are happy to offer a free ticket. Wheelchair Users will find level access to most parts of the Centre and specific parking bays close to the main entrance. Please let us know when booking if you use a wheelchair or would like any additional assistance to familiarise yourself with the building.

Adapted Toilets are available for disabled visitors. For Braille Users there are tactile signs all around the Centre. People with Hearing Difficulties or Impairments can use our induction loops at the bar, box office and at pre-concert talks. The auditorium has an infrared system. Please ask at the box office for headphones or a portable neck loop. Guide Dogs/Assisting Dogs are always very welcome.

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Support us In addition to its world class concert programme, Wiltshire Music Centre also works with a wide variety of local communities, with an emphasis on children and young people. If you would like to know more about our work please do get in touch.

You can help if you:

Business sponsorship of Wiltshire Music Centre presents businesses with excellent opportunities for creative promotion and marketing, adding value to relationships with existing clients and potential investors. The range of sponsorship opportunities the Centre offers is varied, flexible and open to negotiation.

The Wiltshire Music Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:

For further information please contact Karina Eccles on 01225 860103 or karina.eccles@

Become a Friend: For as little as £12 per year you can become a Friend of the Wiltshire Music Centre and, in return for your valuable support, take advantage of special members’ benefits, including: • Priority booking • Advance mailing of the season brochure • Friends’ newsletters • Special events

Core Funders

Just pick up a leaflet at the Centre or contact us on 01225 860100 Volunteer: Wiltshire Music Centre could not operate without the support of its volunteers. To find out more, please call Susie Fry on 01225 860110 Become a Patron or Benefactor: Wiltshire Music Centre relies enormously on the generosity of its patrons to sustain and develop its work.

Plus – Bradford on Avon Town Council – Calne Town Council – Corsham Town Council – Devizes Town Council – Grants for the arts – Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust – Keevil Parish Council – Kennet District Council – Medlock Charitable Trust – R J Harris Charitable Trust – Trowbridge Town Council – Westbury Town Council

Remember Wiltshire Music Centre in your will: When the time is right for you, we hope that you will think of us. The rewards of leaving us a legacy will be immense for future generations of music lovers. For further information please contact Karina Eccles on 01225 860103 or

Concert Sponsors – Friends of the Wiltshire Music Centre

Business Partners – Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects – HPH Commercial Property – Wessex Water

Sponsors’ Group Members – BLB Solicitors – Kitchens at No 32 – Photostatic Copiers – Somer 2000


Although every effort is made to ensure that the information in this brochure is correct when going to print, the Wiltshire Music Centre reserves the right to make changes to the programme without notice when this is unavoidable. Unless stated otherwise, concerts are promoted by the Wiltshire Music Centre Trust Ltd. Ticket prices and discounts are set by the promoter. The Wiltshire Music Centre Trust Ltd is a registered charity (number 1026160) and a member of Making Music (the National Federation of Music Societies)

How to find us Address Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1DZ

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Wiltshire Music Centre

Wiltshire Music Centre is on the north west edge of Bradford on Avon. Just follow the brown signs when you reach Bradford on Avon.

Wiltshire Music Centre Autumn Winter 2008  

Wiltshire Music Centre's Autumn Winter 2008 Concert Brochure