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Knight & Spiers ~ A Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition…and Beyond

Posted on August 21, 2019

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“Knight’s playing is a revelation. A world away from folky fiddling, it’s fully informed by the classical style, all long sweeping bow strokes and eloquent legato. Yet he never loses the essential folk heart of the music, tracing a graceful line of his own making”
Review of Cambridge Folk Festival’s ‘City Roots’
“John’s elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easy-going banter is a quiet triumph!”
Robin Denselow, The Guardian

Tea Time Concert: Fair Oriana

Posted on August 5, 2019

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Beautifully matched in their silvery, clear sound, the sopranos Angela Hicks and Penelope Appleyard will be joined by Sam Brown (lute) and Harry Buckoke (viol) in a glorious programme entitled ‘The Trials & Triumphs of Elizabeth I’ featuring repertoire by John…

Tea Time Concert: Solovey Ensemble

Posted on August 2, 2019

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Returning to Frome in trio format – with the addition of the wonderful violist Emma Purslow – we’re delighted to welcome Solovey Ensemble, one of Britain’s foremost harp, viola and flute trios. Expect sumptuous repertoire full of expansive melodies and…

Tea Time Concerts: Eleanor Corr & Emil Duncumb

Posted on August 2, 2019

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Enjoying successful and varied freelance careers, Eleanor Corr and Emil Duncumb – a regular partnership – join us with Grieg’s joyful Sonata no. 2 in G major as well as gorgeous, emotionally-charged works by Lutoslawski and Weber showcasing the rapport…

Tea Time Concerts: Ji Liu

Posted on August 1, 2019

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“Ji Liu has a technique to match any virtuoso, however, it is his sensitive and unpretentious musicality that shines forth.”
The Pianist Magazine.

WHY acoustic: SORRY CANCELLED

Posted on April 24, 2019

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SORRY CANCELLED

Join us for two acoustic sets, including singer-songwriter Phil Cooper, recently featured on BBC Radio 6 BBC Music Introducing show with Tom Robinson.
Sara Vian will be performing a 30-40min set at the exquisite Rook Lane

We’re also delighted to announce that local legend and the mind behind Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, will be giving a talk and taking questions at WHYacoustic.
WHY receives no central government funding so relies on community fundraising and the generosity of individuals and grant-making trusts to survive.

Kakatsitsi Master Drummers

Posted on April 8, 2019

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Steve Peake, Director of Indigenous People and artistic director of the coming tour, confirmed he was delighted to be bringing the show to Frome. “I was brought up in Taunton,” he said “so the opportunity to launch what promises to be our best tours ever is an amazing one.” Tanya Sheriff, owner of Drum It Up Somerset, said “It’s a real privilege for us to welcome such amazing and accomplished traditional musicians to Frome. I am very excited to see this inspiring fusion project and to see some of Africa’s leading drummers playing in my home town. Frome Town Council have supported this cultural event by a grant of £300 through the Majors Grant, of which we are very grateful for”

Ben Ottewell in Concert

Posted on February 11, 2019

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With an avid following from the days in his former band Gomez, singer/songwriter Ben is returning to Frome to share more of his solo material plus a few songs from the Gomez back catalogue. He will be coming back to Frome following last year’s well-received and sell-out show here and the tour with his bandmates celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Mercury Prize winning album Bring it On.

Frome Ukulele Festival

Posted on January 10, 2019

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We have a selection of workshops, play along sessions, open mic and battle of the bands for you to enjoy. You won’t be able to do everything – but it will be fun trying. Details will be printed nearer the day but activities are likely to be between 2 pm and 6 pm with the concert between 6.30 and 10 pm. Reception will open at 12 noon and workshops can be booked on the day only.

Coffee Concerts: Aquinas Piano Trio

Posted on December 18, 2018

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AQUINAS PIANO TRIO has established itself as one of Britain’s most sought-after chamber groups, and it’s not hard to see why! Their thoughtful programmes combine flawless playing, poise, fabulous ensemble and pure joy. We’re delighted to welcome them back to Frome in what promises to be another splendid performance
Haydn Piano Trio in E major XV:28 Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1 in D minor opus 49 and after the interval Schumann Piano Trio No.2 in F major opus 80

Rook Lane Chapel

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