Pewsey tunes up for seventh annual festival

This Is Wiltshire:

6:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Pewsey is getting ready for a day of diverse music at its seventh annual festival.

Folk fans gather for fabulous Pump festival

This Is Wiltshire:

4:01pm Thursday 24th July 2014

As the tents went up and the music started at the Village Pump Folk Festival this week, director John Alderslade was confident the weekend would go well.

Devizes gig is part of songstress's bid to win new generation of fans

This Is Wiltshire:

6:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A decade after her career as a member of female duo Pooka came to an end, singer Sharon Jones is looking to attract a new generation of West Country fans.

Review: Cwmbach Male Choir at Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Andrew Quick, musical director of Cwmbach Male Choir

12:42pm Monday 9th June 2014

They sing, they say, in the language of heaven; they are British born, but by the grace of God (maintains a friend of mine), Welsh. It is a Welsh Male Voice Choir: Cwmbach, to be precise.

Review: Bath Symphony Orchestra at Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Conductor Eugene Montieth

11:35am Monday 9th June 2014

It is by no means dismissive of the contribution by the whole orchestra but the solos and exposed work of various sections of this large ensemble were the outstanding performances of a thoroughly workmanlike concert.

Review: London Mozart Players, Howard Shelley, conductor and piano, Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Howard Shelley

1:24pm Monday 28th April 2014

So, at last, the hi-tech world comes to Bradford on Avon, the Saxon outpost of Wiltshire.

Review: Sonia Wieder-Atherton, cello, and Imogen Cooper, piano

This Is Wiltshire: Imogen Cooper

8:54am Monday 14th April 2014

With Janacek, Webern and Shostakovich on the bill at Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon I suppose there was much to keep punters away; but they missed a treat.

Review: Clarinetist Michael Collins and City of London Sinfonia impress Wiltshire audience

This Is Wiltshire: Michael Collins

9:15am Tuesday 8th April 2014

The wondrous sound of nearly a full sinfonia-size orchestra filled the Wiltshire Music Centre not only with sound but, significantly, with people.

Review: Marcus Farnsworth, Wiltshire Music Centre

4:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

ACCORDING to BBC Radio 3 In-Tune, music in the round has revolutionised the way people listen to music. So said a note in the programme.

Supremely talented guitarist Sam Carter unafraid to experiment

This Is Wiltshire: Sam Carter, BBC Folk Awards Best New-comer 2010, performs at Ruskin Mill, with violinist Sam Sweeney, who was nominated in the BBC Folk Awards for Best Musician 2013

4:51pm Monday 24th March 2014

There is a youthful energy and simplicity about Sam Carter's ensemble. 

Schubert Ensemble raises standard after questionable piano trio

This Is Wiltshire: Featured artist: William Howard

10:26am Monday 24th March 2014

A 30-year celebratory commissioned piano trio by Colin Matthews, who didn’t appear to be at the event, ostensibly the highlight of The Schubert Ensemble’s concert at the Wiltshire Music Centre, didn’t quite live up to the heralded expectations and instead left more musical questions than it did answers.

Musical evolution quite understandable

This Is Wiltshire: Sigiswald Kuijken with his violoncello da Spalla

2:30pm Monday 17th March 2014

FEW people in a sell-out audience – how wonderful to see that at the Wiltshire Music Centre on Friday – will have heard two of the six Brandenburg Concertos played more convincingly and fewer still will have heard the final one played at such a pace. It was truly eye-watering.

Spring concert of popular Scandinavian works is packed

This Is Wiltshire: Pianist Stephen Marquiss, who founded Frome Symphony orchestra

2:54pm Monday 10th March 2014

The Cheese & Grain was packed for Frome Symphony’s spring concert, with a programme of popular Scandinavian works, writes BARRY FOGDEN.

Pianist's driving, sensitive and brilliant performance at Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Leon McCawley

10:18am Friday 7th March 2014

It has to be a source of concern to the Wiltshire Music Centre that an artist of the national calibre of pianist Leon McCawley can barely half fill the place.

Free St David's Day concert by Bath Chorus

This Is Wiltshire: Jessica Chappell

6:30pm Monday 17th February 2014

The Bath Chorus mixed-voice choir conducted by Grenville Jones will perform at a free concert at St Bart’s Church, in King Edward Road, Bath, on Saturday, March 1, at 7.30pm. 

Devizes gig for blues musician Innes Sibun

This Is Wiltshire: Innes Sibun

12:04pm Friday 14th February 2014

Blues musician Innes Sibun, who has played with Robert Plant, will perform in the Cellar Bar at the Bear Hotel, Devizes, at 9pm today. Admission is £5.

Sounds around town with Dave Franklin

This Is Wiltshire: Sounds around town with Dave Franklin

3:34pm Thursday 6th February 2014

I have to start this week with an apology.

Cream of the crop pay tribute to rock legends in Swindon's Arts Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Sons of Cream

3:24pm Thursday 6th February 2014

It’s hard to believe that the first Supergroup, Cream, with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, were only together for three years.

Foot-stomping duo in full voice for Swindon gig

This Is Wiltshire: Foot-stomping duo in full voice for Swindon gig

11:48am Wednesday 5th February 2014

Rita Payne is not, as you would expect, a girl singer. It is an acoustic, foot-stomping duo who appeared on BBC TV’s The Voice last year.

Shaun's tube train orchestra sets local concert date

This Is Wiltshire: Tube strike planned

11:49am Wednesday 5th February 2014

A UNIQUE orchestra assembled by Swindon musician Sean Buswell will be playing in Devizes.

Carmen's passion and colour breaks through elitist barriers

This Is Wiltshire: Carmen's passion and colour breaks through elitist barriers

11:43am Wednesday 5th February 2014

Carmen, passionate, sensual, a riveting story and ablaze with colour, is the perfect introduction to opera.

Suede sign up for gig in the forest

This Is Wiltshire: Brett Anderson

5:30am Tuesday 4th February 2014

BRITPOP pioneers Suede will perform this summer as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert series at Westonbirt Arboretumm near Tetbury.

Rock heroes Arctic Monkeys headline Reading

This Is Wiltshire: Rock heroes Arctic Monkeys headline Reading

11:55am Tuesday 4th February 2014

The Arctic Monkeys are headlining this year's Reading Festival.

Pianist Kathryn Stott weaves magic at Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Internationally-renowned pianist Kathryn Stott

10:08am Monday 3rd February 2014

Kathryn Stott, Wiltshire Music Centre

Seven Swindon pupils take part in world record bid

This Is Wiltshire: A world record signing and singing bid will take place on Wednesday

12:33pm Monday 3rd February 2014

CHILDREN from seven schools in Swindon will be taking part in a world record breaking attempt on Wednesday for the most people signing and singing a song on the same day. Pupils at schools from across the town will be joining in with the sign2sing event organised by the charity SignHealth.

Real ale treat in store for music festival fans

This Is Wiltshire: CAMERA READY: Dawn breaks over the flooded Thames at Lechlade - submitted by Phil Selby

2:02pm Thursday 30th January 2014

THE organisers of the Lechlade Music Festival have confirmed Wychwood Brewery will host the main bar stage marquee and supply ales at the 2014 event.

Still saving kisses in grand seventies style

This Is Wiltshire: Brotherhood of Man as they are today

10:04am Thursday 30th January 2014

Brotherhood of Man freely admit that being a success in Europe helped them win the Eurovision Song Contest.

Make a wish for some folk and rock giants

This Is Wiltshire: Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash

9:56am Thursday 30th January 2014

There are rock bands, there are folk bands and there are folk rock bands, but next week there will be an explosion of rock and folk fusion from The Strawbs and Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash.

Bowjangles on the Box

This Is Wiltshire: Bowjangles’ exuberance is a joy to watch

2:00pm Sunday 26th January 2014

An enthusiastic audience welcomed Bowjangles back to Corsham with their new show, Bowjangles on the Box. This sees the hugely talented string quartet, Bertie Anderson, Ezme Gaze, Ed Bruggemeyer and Mitch McGugan, sing, dance and play their way through a day in the TV schedules of The Bowjangles Broadcasting Corporation, from breakfast show to evening feature film.

Review: Vienna Piano Trio, Wiltshire Music Centre

12:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

A thoroughly absorbing concert by a trio renowned world wide suddenly transported me into another realm by one movement.

All punked up for the weekend

This Is Wiltshire: Charred Hearts

1:03pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Charred Hearts play punk from 8pm, at a free gig in the Wheatsheaf, Ermin Street, Stratton, Swindon, on Saturday.

Some of this week's album releases

This Is Wiltshire: Some of this week's album releases

12:46pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN High Hopes

From Rhodes Rock holiday tours to Swindon's Old Town Stonewire give it all

This Is Wiltshire: Stonewire

3:04pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

Swindon welcomes two rock bands from the Classic Rock Tours stable next month.

He was the voice who helped raise £2,738

This Is Wiltshire: M&S are presenting a cheque for nearly £3,000 to Guide Dogs for the Blind. The money wasraised by store assistant Jack Townsend singing to shoppers over the Christmas period. Left to right, Jack Townsend, Nadina Gedge of M&S, Kevin Reynolds, treasurer Gu

5:30am Friday 17th January 2014

ALMOST £3,000 has been raised by Jack Townsend, the singing sensation who blew Swindon’s shoppers away this Christmas, for The Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

Bands play original country and alternative rock in melodic manner

This Is Wiltshire: The Shudders play in Swindon this weekend

10:09am Thursday 16th January 2014

Swindon based band, The Shudders, play indie melodic rock and pop music from 8pm, at The Victoria, Victoria Road, Old Town, Swindon tomorrow.

Musical group wins applause

This Is Wiltshire: ROYAL Wootton Bassett’s Light Operatic Society has won an award in recognition of its development over the past five years. The group, which is this year performing Peter Pan and in the past has put on Sleeping Beauty and Annie, has won the National Ope

5:30am Thursday 16th January 2014

ROYAL Wootton Bassett’s Light Operatic Society has won an award in recognition of its development over the past five years.

A day in the life...DJ attempts 24-hour set for Sport Relief

This Is Wiltshire: DJ Robert Kane from Swindon is going to attempt a 24-hour mixing session to raise money for Sport Relief

5:30am Thursday 16th January 2014

A DJ is testing the water ahead of an attempt to break the world record for longest straight set by mixing for 24 hours straight in aid of Sport Relief.

Keyboard wizard Paul Turner takes a turn in the Wyvern Theatre spotlight

This Is Wiltshire: Paul Turner

12:00pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

Swindon Recital Series is the highlight of the classical music calendar in the town and each concert has an eminent musician as guest artist.

Folk hero Steve Knightley shows his hand as solo artist

This Is Wiltshire: Steve Knightley

11:57am Tuesday 14th January 2014

Folk hero Steve Knightley, like many stars on the road to fame, took other jobs to subsidise his music.

Swindon singer raises £1,000 for GOSH

This Is Wiltshire: Singer Rod Wheatley

9:30am Friday 10th January 2014

Singer Rod Wheatley has raised £1,000 in just two weeks over the Christmas period for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Love them for a reason

This Is Wiltshire: Boyzone are back

9:52am Thursday 9th January 2014

EMMA DUNN looks ahead to a very special concert by nineties boyband sensation Boyzone

Putting us on the jazz map

This Is Wiltshire: Sax mad jazz promoter Dave Knight

5:30am Thursday 9th January 2014

Fringe music, innit? A minority interest. A spectrum with suburbanites pretending to be from New Orleans at one end and maniacs playing the same note for nine hours on the other.

Music man Alan hits a landmark for charity

This Is Wiltshire: Music man Alan hits a landmark for charity

5:30am Thursday 9th January 2014

MUSIC shop owner Alan Holmes has hit the £50,000 mark in his unstinting efforts to raise funds for a charity which supports the families of children suffering from a rare disease.

Boyzone sign up for concert in the forest

This Is Wiltshire: Boyzone heading for the west

5:30am Tuesday 7th January 2014

BOYZONE will perform at Westonbirt in July after announcing their Forest Live debut this summer.

Time running out to sign up for music festival

This Is Wiltshire: Trophy winners from last year's Swindon Music Festival

10:34am Monday 6th January 2014

TIME is running out for singers and musicians to enter this year’s Swindon Music Festival.

Purple Haze of rock explodes as Hendrix tribute rolls into town

This Is Wiltshire: John Campbell

4:56pm Friday 3rd January 2014

Jimi Hendrix look-a-like and sound a-like, John Campbell, is bringing his band Are You Experienced? to Swindon.

Swindon bands urged to enter videos for chance to play Lakefest

This Is Wiltshire: Fun Lovin' Criminals

12:45pm Friday 3rd January 2014

Lakefest has launched an exciting competition for unsigned or upcoming bands to take part in an “Online Battle of the Bands”, a competition where artists are invited to forward a video of them performing, which the organisers upload to a dedicated You Tube page, and members of the great British public vote.

Best albums of 2013

This Is Wiltshire: Best albums of 2013

5:20am Wednesday 1st January 2014

It has been an amazing year for music, with the return of Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and David Bowie all up against Jay Z, One Direction and Robbie Williams.

Jazz for a new generation

This Is Wiltshire: Ant Law

10:37am Tuesday 31st December 2013

Think you hate jazz? Guitarist Ant Law challenges you to think again PEOPLE who might not usually enjoy jazz are being urged to watch Ant Law at Baker Street this month.

Tenors wanted for Swindon opera

This Is Wiltshire: Scene from last year's opera HMS Pinefore

5:20am Thursday 26th December 2013

A Swindon operatic society is looking for two tenors and a baritone to join its latest production.






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