Guiting Power Music Festival 2017

guiting power music festivalThis year’s Festival in the charming Cotswold village of Guiting Power will be held from the 21st to 30th July 2017. In its 47th year, the exciting programme includes eleven concerts featuring the best in classical, jazz and contemporary blues. It features a number of internationally renowned artists to bring a wonderful variety and highest standards to the heart of the Cotswolds.

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The festival opens on Friday, 21st July with a performance by one of his generation’s most
talented pianists, Vitaly Pisarenko. He is a former Royal College of Music student who has
performed in more than 25 countries world-wide. His exciting and adventurous piano style will be shown to great advantage across a repertoire including Liszt, Saint-Saens,
Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

Saturday 22nd features the world-renowned Carducci Quartet performing with clarinettist
Robert Plane, principal clarinet with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, who will have
recently returned from his US tour. They will bring a link to Gloucestershire with Herbert
Howells’ Rhapsodic Quintet, preceding the Shostakovich Quartet No. 8. The climax of the
evening will be the superb Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major.

Sunday, 23rd July sees the first of the two open air concerts. It starts at noon and will
feature jazz by two bands. Local band Hot Fingers with singer Emily Campbell will delight
their audience with vintage acoustic string music from hot jazz to 1930’s swing. Then the
Brighton-based Paul Richards Trio will bring their brilliant fuse of latin, classical, jazz and

Blues vocalist Heidi Vogel, well known to BBC listeners from her work with the Cinematic
Orchestra and her debut solo album “Turn up the Quiet” will bring her extraordinary voice
and range to the Monday 24th concert. Then on Thursday 27th the audience will be treated to music by the fabulous jazz vocalist, pianist and guitarist Julia Biel, nominated in the Best Jazz Act category in the MOBO Awards and the Urban Music Awards in 2015.
Hailed as a musical pioneer and the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the world stage, Xuefei Yang will return to Guilting to perform on Tuesday, 25th July. Classic FM named her as one of the 100 top classical musicians of our time, so the audience will undoubtedly be in for a treat.

On Wednesday 26th Belgian violinist Jolente de Maeyer and pianist Nikolaas Kende,
winners of numerous international competitions who have performed as a duo since 2003
will play Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn.

Brothers Jonathan and Tom Scott will return by popular demand to play two concerts. A
two piano recital on the Friday night (28th) will treat the Festival to a delightful and
infrequently heard range of two-piano music. Families will also be able to enjoy their fourhand piano playing the following morning in a one-hour concert of famous classical pieces accompanied by big screen animation developed by Tom Scott.

On Saturday (29th) the last indoor concert offers the opportunity to hear contemporary
jazz pianist/composer Neil Cowley, formerly of Fragile State, with his hugely popular Trio
and their quirky mix of jazz-meets-rock. The Trio recently released their superb project
Spacebound Apes and won the Jazz FM’s Artist of the Year Award in 2013.

The Festival finishes with an open air Blues concert on Sunday 30th July from noon to 4pm, featuring two high profile bands. First up is Black Diamond Express, the immensely
energetic Scottish band with Blues, Celtic and American roots. Then Dublin’s Grainne Duffy Band will wow the audience with their wonderful mix of blues rock and soul and Grainne’s fabulous vocals.

Tickets are from £10 to £20 and are going on public sale from the 1st May 2017 and the
concerts will be held at the Village Hall. The two Sunday open-air concerts held on the
playing fields are great events for all the family and small gazebos can be brought along.
The festival prides itself on its great food – this year, back by popular request, South East
Asian food specialist Ting’s Kitchen will be serving before each concert (indoor and
outdoor) and during the interval. For those who prefer more traditional fare, Lovett Pies
will also be available throughout the open air concerts. You are welcome to bring your
own picnic to the outdoor concerts. The Festival bar sells high quality wine, beer and soft
drinks at competitive prices.

Cosy post-concert suppers are also available but book early to avoid disappointment.

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Acoustic Talent Contest for Upton Festival

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Booth Hall Hereford Open Mic

booth hallBooth Hall Open Mic with FREE RECORDING

Wednesday February 22nd sees the re-launch of The Booth Hall Open Mic Night with a few extra exciting bits! As always all genres of music are welcome, as well as comedy and spoken word performers.

But now we are offering a professional sound engineer, in house drum-kit and, here’s the exciting bit:


The Booth Hall have teamed up with AR Studios to offer ONE FREE LIVE RECORDING PER ARTIST or act at every single Open Mic session.

No other OPEN MIC currently offers this in Herefordshire.

That’s recording, mixing, mastering and hard copy of one song for absolutely nothing.

As well as all this love and support, all Open Mic performers receive a FREE drink at The Booth Hall and selected drinks are discounted with a valid Student ID.

WHEN: From Wednesday 22nd February at 7:30pm

For more information on Open Mic and upcoming gigs at The Booth Hall follow the Facebook page:

Photograph from Booth Hall Photography

Event Location:
The Booth Hall, East Street. Hereford. HR1
Event Time: 7-30 PM
Event Date: 2017-02-22
Event Frequency: Weekly

Event Phone: +44 7920 843391
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We aim to support all genres of music, spoken word and performance arts.
Everyone is welcome and will always have support.

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Bromyard Festivals – Dates for 2017

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Three Disagrees at the Falcon 4th November

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Tom Lewis – Songs and Humour of Sea and Shore



FRIDAY 11TH November 7:30pm (Doors Open 7pm)

£8 Box Office 01885 488575 or online

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Trio Threlfall at Song House Ludlow

Trio Threlfall at The Song House, Ludlow   Friday 18th November  8pm.

trio-threlfallNow that The Great British Bake Off is over for another year, we can all turn our attention to singing again….and where better to start than at The Song House on 18th November where we are delighted to have the wonderful Trio Threlfall as guests.
So come along and enjoy an evening of the finest English folk songs with gorgeous harmonies from Jane and Amanda Threlfall and superb accompaniment on concertina and guitar from Roger Edwards. If you’ve heard the trio before, you’ll know that there’s a treat in store. If you haven’t, then here’s what others have said about them:
“What an excellent evening… we were blown away by the brilliance of Trio Threlfall. Wonderful singing backed by excellent musicianship”
” Terrific songs and playing and really tight, unfussy arrangements. The girls are in great voice and the accompaniments are brilliant” Mike Harding BBC Radio 2
” While many of their firmly traditional English songs tell sad and melancholy stories, they are such warm and engaging performers that the overall sensation is simply uplifting”
If that doesn’t persuade you, then take a look at their website for more:
Such fine singing combined with the cosy, intimate atmosphere of The Sitting Room should add up to a very special evening,
All this for only £6 a ticket!. Phone 07997 535893 to reserve tickets or email If you are in Ludlow, tickets can be picked up from 22 Broad Street, weekdays 9.00 -5.30.
On the night. we’ll only have room for a few floor singers, so book your tickets early to reserve a spot. Oh, and there will be a Fairtrade raffle too!
Trio Threlfall at The Song House, The Sitting Room at The Blue Boar, Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1BB. Friday 18th November. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8 o’clock start. 
See you there!
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The Big Green Cabaret | Falcon Mews Bromyard | 24th September 2016

The Big Green Cabaret

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The Falcon Hotel Mews, Bromyard
Saturday 24th September 2016 6.30pm – 11.30pm

Tickets (on the door) £8.00, nibbles included

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Featuring :

Watch Rapunzel’s “I Love Slugs”

Mice In A Matchbox | Barbados 2016:

Here’s a great track by The Stoned Cherries – Dance Of The Seven Suns

Here’s a video of Slippery Slope:

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Marrow Bones at the Song House | Blue Boar Ludlow

Friday 16th September 2016, from 8.00 pm, at the Blue Boar Ludlow. Admission £2.

At the Song House on Friday 16th September we will be singing songs from that great little song book “Marrow Bones”. The attached flyer tells you more.

Also attached is a list of the 100 songs in the book. How many do you know?

If you don’t know any of the songs well enough then don’t worry. We will divide the evening into three halves (like The Lambton Worm). The first half will be a “sing what you like” session for floor singers, with halves 2 and 3 featuring Marrow Bones songs. Sheila and I will start the ball rolling with a few songs but the idea is very much to hear other singers’ contributions too. No need to worry either if you don’t know the exact version from the book, variations will be allowed!

Not only are we doing this to celebrate the book and to sing these great songs but we are also raising money for the bone marrow charity Anthony Nolan. So please bring your friends and your loose change!

Thanks to the generosity of EFDSS bookshop, we will have copies of the new edition of Marrow Bones on sale on the night, with 100% of proceeds going to Anthony Nolan.

Download PDF:  Marrow Bones at The Song House

Download Song List: Marrow Bones Song List

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Workshops for Harmonica and Songwriting at Kenilworth Arts Festival

Received following info on workshops from Kenilworth Arts Festival – see contact details at the bottom if you have questions or want to book.

Will Pound’s Harmonica Masterclass
Date: Monday 12th September 18:00 – 19:00 (beginner level) and Tuesday 13th September 18:00 – 19:00 (intermediate & advanced levels)
Venue: The Tree House Bookshop, Kenilworth
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Will Pound is widely regarded as one of the finest harmonica players of his generation. He’s won multiple awards, appeared on TV and Radio shows including BBC Breakfast, MTV and BBC Radio 1Xtra and has released a number of critically acclaimed albums. As part of our festival programme Will’s going to be offering expert insights into the art of harmonica-playing.

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Song-writing with Rachel Sermanni.
Date: Saturday 17th September 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: Camden House, Kenilworth
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“Rachel’s songwriting world is dominated by rich visual fairytale-like imagery. The sea, stars, bone white moons, monsters and birds all enter her dreamlike world, which she conveys in some of the most beautiful, poetic lyrics I have heard.”
– Folk Radio UK

Rachel Sermanni has been described by The Observer as “one of Britain’s most promising Folk artists.” Her music draws inspiration from a variety of art forms, from the poems of Robbie Burns to jazz music, to the landscapes and lives that surround her. Prior to her headline show at Kenilworth Castle, Rachel will be running a small-but-perfectly-formed songwriting workshop. Spaces are extremely limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

Charlotte Thomas
Head of Communications
Kenilworth Arts Festival

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