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Jazz and Swing Workshop Review

Jazz and Swing Workshop Review

Jazz and Swing Workshop 25th January 2017 Thornbury Arts Festival arranged for Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival to provide a small band of five musicians to deliver a Jazz and Swing workshop in the Armstrong Hall.  Six local schools;  St Helen’s Primary, Olveston Primary, St Andrew’s Primary, St Mary’s Primary, Oldbury on Severn Primary […]

DOODLEBUGS REVIEW by Barbara Ray

DOODLEBUGS REVIEW by Barbara Ray

Doodlebugs & Bogeymen What clever timing at Thornbury Arts Festival to schedule Doodlebugs and Bogeymen on the exact day of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday. This fond homage by the Ministry of Entertainment to the resilience of British people during the Second World War was a timely illustration of what it was like to […]

TRANSFIGURED NIGHT REVIEW by Daphne Ashton

TRANSFIGURED NIGHT REVIEW by Daphne Ashton

Transfigured Night Armstrong Hall The evening’s title was taken from a beautiful poem by Richard Dehmel. Schoenberg had fallen in love with his teacher’s sister and in less than three weeks had composed a sextet entitled ‘Verklarte Nacht’.  Briefly while walking one evening a young woman confesses to her lover that she is expecting a […]

SWING BACK TO THE 40s REVIEW by James Page

SWING BACK TO THE 40s REVIEW by James Page

Thornbury Swing Band lit up the Armstrong Hall during the town’s Arts Festival thanks to a brilliantly performed set packed with favourites from the 1930s and beyond. Musical director and trombone player Chris White-Horne admitted that some of their choices stretched the wartime theme somewhat – at one point, they ventured into the 1960s with […]

SETH LAKEMAN REVIEW by Nicki Barnes

SETH LAKEMAN REVIEW by Nicki Barnes

Seth Lakeman  – Armstrong Hall  – Saturday 23rd April Congratualtions to Thornbury Arts Festival for bringing such a talented, passionate and inspiring performer to our town! Seth Lakeman can now add Thornbury to his CV alongside the Albert Hall, BBC radio and sell-out festivals all over Europe. His one-man show was a tour de force […]

FORBIDDEN SONGS REVIEW by Tessa Sullivan

FORBIDDEN SONGS REVIEW by Tessa Sullivan

FORBIDDEN SONGS Music banned by the Third Reich Sarah Gabriel (soprano) Robin Green (piano) Sunday 17th April 2016 at Old Down Manor Sarah introduced the programme by explaining that in the 1930’s, the Third Reich considered a lot of music ‘degenerate’.   This included black music, jazz – anything with Jewish connections.   The music […]

‘OH GOODY’ REVIEW by Phyl Dykes

‘OH GOODY’ REVIEW by Phyl Dykes

Thornbury Arts Festival   ‘Oh Goody’   15.04.2016 Most certainly ‘Oh Goody’ got the 2016 Festival off to a good start, indeed a very good start. With almost a full house and a relaxed, eloquent performer in Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE, the audience could happily succumb to a thoroughly engaging and entertaining evening. Tim was most […]