Join Hands for Village Pump festival and appear on special CD

This Is Wiltshire:

3:31pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

ORGANISERS of the Village Pump Folk Festival had a big decision to make after last year’s event lost money: should they keep going in 2015?

Bradford Roots festival is a big hit with fans and performers

This Is Wiltshire:

3:07pm Monday 19th January 2015

IT was more rhythm and blues than January blues at Bradford on Avon this weekend.

Musical roots on show at Bradford for third year

This Is Wiltshire:

11:44am Wednesday 14th January 2015

BRADFORD Roots Music Festival is back celebrating its local music scene for the third year running this weekend.

Christmas music and mince pies with Izzy at The Pilot

This Is Wiltshire:

5:03pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A Christmas special music night takes place tomorrow at The Pilot, Falcon Way, Bowerhill.

Wiltshire songwriters are urged to sign up for national contest by Future Music

This Is Wiltshire:

4:38pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

Swindon and Wiltshrie songwriters are being urged to tune up their writing skills for a national competition

Review: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire:

11:09am Monday 24th November 2014

This season of concerts formulated by the centre’s new artistic director, James Slater, is becoming a year of superlatives.

Son joins re-formed band at tribute night to musical landlord Peewee

This Is Wiltshire:

2:17pm Thursday 20th November 2014

WHEN Trowbridge music supporter Alan ‘Peewee’ Hunt lost his battle with cancer in September, he died before friends and family, including his son Elliot Sykes, had finished organising gigs intended to benefit his final months.

Izzy looks forward to performing debut album in pub gig

This Is Wiltshire: Izzy Felstead

9:00am Sunday 16th November 2014

AFTER an exciting year, 13-year-old singer/songwriter Izzy Felstead is performing all the tracks from her debut album at The Pilot, Bowerhill, Melksham, on Wednesday, November 19.

Jazz folk duo look forward to Devizes gig

This Is Wiltshire:

7:00pm Thursday 13th November 2014

THE Southgate Inn continues to champion live music with another exciting gig on Saturday as, following the success of the recent jazz gig featuring some of the top musicians in the business, pub landlords Sarah and Ian Wixon have managed to book Bristol jazz folk fusion duo 38 String Weave, featuring renowned violinist Gina Griffin and Celtic harp player Vicki Burke.

Review: Tasmin Little (violin) and Martin Roscoe (piano) at Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Tamsin Little

4:51pm Monday 3rd November 2014

Neither Tasmin Little (violin) or Martin Roscoe (piano) accompany; both are soloists: And it works.

Review: Joanna MacGregor at Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Joanna MacGregor (piano) - 'Cross Border'

1:52pm Monday 3rd November 2014

Most pianists, and particularly those enlightened souls with a love of Bach, will have their favourite recording of the heavenly Bach Goldberg Variations. Mostly, I fancy, on now scratchy vinyl.

Jazz duo to play at Devizes pub

This Is Wiltshire:

2:57pm Friday 24th October 2014

Two of Bristol’s top jazz musicians will be making a special appearance at The Southgate Inn, Devizes, on Saturday.

Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band. Theatre on the Hill, St John’s School, Marlborough. October 31.

This Is Wiltshire:

12:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

“It was 20 years ago today, Sgt Pepper taught the band to play” says the song which was parodied by one of the world's best known Beatles tribute acts, Wiltshire’s Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band. By chance, almost 20 years to the day will see the band retire, after a Farewell Tour which features their first and last show in Marlborough.

Review: Doric String Quartet at Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire: The Doric String Quartet

12:08pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

The now regular visit by the Doric - loosely, one could say, artists in residence - brought on Saturday another evening to savour: Sympathetic and tasteful playing and a programme to challenge the mind.

Review: Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque at Wiltshire Music Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Baroque specialist Rachel Podger performs Bach Sonatas for Glasbury Arts

3:35pm Monday 22nd September 2014

The Wiltshire Music centre opened its new season on Saturday with a glittering reception for 300 guests, a raft of high hopes and credits, a cunningly conceived 405-light sculpture in a refurbished foyer - and, the real meat of it all, a concert of Baroque music that must surely surpass anything previously staged there.

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


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.


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