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Music

VIDA GUITAR QUARTET More Info

Resceduled from March 18th; Vida Guitar Quartet brings together four of the UK’s most exceptional guitarists for a spectacular afternoon of music-making!

Sun 22nd April 2018

Doors 14:30 Start 15:00

Music

Mr Rook’s Presents: The Music of Poldark More Info

Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs will be exploring the traditional music used in the television series Poldark, which seemed appropriate to us given they film a few of the scenes in our very own Gentle Street.

Thu 19th April 2018

Doors 19:00 Start 19:30

Charity

St Laurence On Tour for People Against Poverty More Info

Join us at Rook Lane for a showcase of some of the talent usually seen at the St Laurence spring concert, organised to help fundraise for People against Poverty.

Wed 18th April 2018

6:30 doors 7:00pm start

Story Telling

Silence Part I by Rachel Rose Reid More Info

Rachel Rose Reid is a UK-based storyteller who has performed around the globe and for BBC Radio 3, the Crick Crack Club, & Beyond the Border.

Thu 12th April 2018

Doors 19:00 Start 19:30

Architecture

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City More Info

Join Architecture Club for a screening of this acclaimed documentary.

Tue 3rd April 2018

Doors 19:00 Start 19:30

Story Telling

Enid and Geraint by Cath Little More Info

An enchanting retelling of an old British Wonder Tale from the court of Arthur and Gwenhwyfar at Caerleon.

Thu 29th March 2018

Doors 19:00 Start 19:30

Music

An Evening of Folk for Lisa’s Army More Info

Join local artists Cara Dillon, Rivers of England and Jemima Farey for an evening of folk music to raise money for local mum Lisa Wells.

Wed 21st March 2018

7.30pm-10.30pm (last entry 8.00pm)

Architecture

Order in the Landscape: Rediscovering Preben Jakobsen More Info

Join Landscape Architect, landscape historian and horticulturist, Karen Fitzsimon to find out more about one of landscape’s most overlooked talents.

Tue 6th March 2018

Doors 19:00 Start 19:30

Music

Pelleas Ensemble More Info

Frome Concerts Group Present…Pelleas Ensemble One hour concert with coffee included Come and hear Corelli, Tchikovsky and Debussy from the yound dynamic harp, flute and viola trio.    

Sun 25th February 2018

11.30am

Story Telling

The Hero Light by Dominic Kelly More Info

Mr Rook’s Speakeasy Presents… The Hero Light by Dominic Kelly A wild epic from Irish mythology. The hero light retells the extraordinary stories od the Ulster Cycle – The Irish Iliad – an epic of interveaving stories centered […]

Thu 22nd February 2018

Doors 7pm// Start 7:30pm

Dance

Valentines at The Chapel More Info

Indulge in an evening of Live Music, delicious canapes and champagne. Local Singer and Musicians will be joining us at the Chapel with thanks to The Cornerhouse Frome Jazz Club influence. Tickets to include a seat at your […]

Sat 17th February 2018

7.00pm until late

Music

Behn Quartet More Info

Frome concerts group presents ‘Behn Quartet’. One hour concert with coffee included.   Welcoming back the exceptionally talented Behn Quartet ahead of their much anticipated Wigmore Hall Debut! To include Haydn’s Lark’ quartet and wroks by Shostakovich and […]

Sun 11th February 2018

11.30am

Talk

Architecture Club presents…Houses for a Better Life with Meredith Bowles More Info

Mole Architects’ director Meredith Bowles talks about the practice’s ethos, and describes houses and housing that are joyful to live in, use less energy, and contribute to a greater wellbeing.

Tue 6th February 2018

Doors 7pm//Talk 7:30pm

Music

Raphael Wallfisch More Info

Frome Concert’s Group present…Raphael Wallfisch. One hour concert with coffee included.   The outstanding british cellist, Raphael joins us to perform a selection of Bach’s iconic solo Celle suites.

Sun 28th January 2018

11.30am

Music

Ben Ottewell More Info

With an avid following from the days in his former band Gomez, singer/songwriter Ben is dropping into Frome to give us some tunes from his solo material including the recent album ‘A Man Apart’ plus a few tunes […]

Thu 18th January 2018

7.30pm Doors // 8.00pm Start

Exhibition

‘Calming The Chaos’ Zoe Harding Exhibition More Info

Zoe Harding is a local Artist that recently studied at Frome Community College, she is furthering her education at another Art institution. Zoe first came to Rook Lane as a student and after such positive feedback and sales […]

Mon 11th December 2017 - Fri 22nd December 2017

10.00 - 4.00. Preview 11th 6.00-9.00

Art

Eight Pieces More Info

An Exhibition of Eight Mixed Media Artworks by Matthew West. “I live and work in Glastonbury and have a great sense of the land around me. I aim to represent the environment as it is, not overly romanticised […]

Tue 5th December 2017 - Thu 21st December 2017

Preview 8th 6.00-9.00

Architecture

Architecture Club…Fact, Fiction, Fantasy: the Architectural Imagination More Info

The final architecture Club of 2018 presents…Fact, Fiction, Fantasy: the Architectural Imagination How deep are the dungeons in Dracula’s castle?  Does Mr Darcy’s Pemberley look different in your mind than it does on TV?  Join Dr Amy Frost […]

Tue 5th December 2017

Doors 7pm/Talk 7:30pm

Architecture

Fact, Fiction, Fantasy: the Architectural Imagination More Info

How deep are the dungeons in Dracula’s castle?  Does Mr Darcy’s Pemberley look different in your mind than it does on TV?  

Join Dr Amy Frost as she explores how the reader is the architect of some of fictions famous (and not so well known) buildings.

Tue 5th December 2017

Doors 7pm//Talk 7:30pm

Exhibition

‘FROM FORMLESNESS TO FORM.’ Ramón Gil exhibition More Info

NOW EXTENDED TO 23rd NOVEMBER.   Born in Valencia, Spain. Ramón studied fine art and taught in the Faculty of fine arts with artistic creation. With a phD in Fine Arts, now a retired University profesor Ramon is […]

Thu 2nd November 2017 - Thu 23rd November 2017

2nd 18.00-19.00. 3rd-10th 10.00-16.00 (excluding Sunday)

Community

What if … Tiny Homes – Featuring the Edspace More Info

Fair Housing For Frome Meeting. “This meeting will be different. Part exhibition, part discussion. We will construct a “tiny home” originating from an Edventure Project called the ‘Edspace’ which you can explore in place. Other examples of tiny […]

Mon 20th November 2017

6.00 - 8.00

Music

Spindle Ensemble – Album Launch More Info

  Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective Bloom. They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Eric Satie, Charles Mingus and Mulatu Astatke. They will be releasing […]

Fri 17th November 2017

Doors 19.00 // Start 19.30 - 22.00

Story Telling

Macbeth… Re-told by Debs Newbold More Info

Mr Rooks Speak Easy presents…   MACBETH… RE TOLD BY DEBS NEWBOLD Come and be pulled deep into the world of The Bard’s darkest tradegy with this alchemic solo performance from theatre artist and storyteller Debs Newbold. From […]

Thu 16th November 2017

Doors 19.00 // Starts 19.30

Music

Said the Maiden More Info

Said The Maiden – Album Tour.   Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they reunited several years after spending their school years […]

Mon 13th November 2017

Doors Open 19:00

Talk

Architecture Club presents…Ten Points with David Kohn More Info

‘Ten Points’ sets out the position of David Kohn Architects towards questions of collaboration, comfort and adaptation within contemporary practice, illustrated by past and current office projects.

Tue 7th November 2017

Doors 7pm//Talk 7:30pm

Film

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (Film) More Info

This screening is being organised by Fair Housing for Frome, a community group running a campaign during 2017 to raise awareness of, and seek solutions to, the housing crisis in Frome. The screening will be followed by a […]

Mon 6th November 2017

Doors 19.00 // Starts 19.30

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speakeasy Presents… Three Acres and a Cow More Info

Mr Rook’s Presents Three Acres and a Cow, A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story. ‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like fracking, our […]

Thu 26th October 2017

Doors 18.30pm // Start 19.00

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Presents… The Storyteller’s Bardic Chair of Somerset More Info

    Once a year Mr Rook’s steps away from its usual format and collaborates with Openstorytellers to bring you the Bardic Chair – an open competition where anyone can tell any traditional or original story and the […]

Thu 19th October 2017

Doors 19.00 // Starts 19.30

Music

Frome Concert’s Group presents… THE CASTALIAN QUARTET More Info

The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. Over the last three years they have won top prizes at major international competitions and were selected to become YCAT performers (Young […]

Sun 15th October 2017

Doors 15.15 // Start 16.00

Architecture

Architecture Club More Info

  Architcture Club Presents…Unbuilt Bath with Dr Cathryn Spence. Dr Cathryn Spence is a museum professional, writer, lecturer and heritage consultant. She has published 5 books and countless articles on Bath’s history, including Bath in the Blitz: Then […]

Tue 3rd October 2017

Doors 19.00//Talk 19:30

Music

Frome Concert’s Group Presents…Solovey Duo More Info

Frome Concert’s group returns with Inspirational performances by outstanding young musicians…Join us for informal afternoon concerts! Much in demand as soloists, Flautist Renate Sokolovska and harpist Valeria Kurbatova join forces to present a fascinating programme centred around Russian […]

Sun 1st October 2017

Doors 15.15 // Start 16.00

Exhibition

David Chandler’s private view with Yapp Brothers’ wine tasting More Info

An Exhibition of David Chandler’s Collages for Yapp Brother’s Wine Merchants Over the last four decades West Country wine merchants Yapp Brothers have commissioned a variety of celebrated artists to illustrate their annual wine list. This year they […]

Fri 15th September 2017

18.00

Family

Frome Comic Con Cosplay Ball More Info

The Frome Comic Con Opening Party! Be the first to see some of the action with Batman’s new ride from Podpadstudios and the hero/villains of GCUK. The first is the family time of 5-7pm, Adults £5, Children £3. […]

Sat 12th August 2017

17.00 - 19.00 family time. 19.30 Adults only.

Family

Family Fun Day More Info

Join us at Rook Lane Chapel for fun for all the family for Dorothy House Hospice Care. BBQ, Creative Caterpillars, Bouncy Castle, Local Cider, Stalls, Classic Cars and more… Free entry! Profits go to Dorothy House Hospice Care […]

Sat 5th August 2017

12.00 - 4.00

Art

Alexandra Brown… as part of the Open Studios More Info

Into the Forest- paintings and drawings of magical creatures and sacred trees. For Those in Peril- a series of small paintings inspired by images of migration past and present. Private View Saturday 8th 18:00 – 21:00 Open Daily […]

Sat 8th July 2017 - Sun 16th July 2017

11:00 - 16:00

Music

Kusanganisa + Young Waters More Info

“Kusangansia” (the Shona word for ‘mixture’) is an intercultural collaboration between mbira player Chartwell Dutiro from Zimbabwe, guitarist Leandro Maia from Brazil, rock bassist Chris Blanden and jazz saxophonist Nick Sorensen. Their mesmeric music has enchanted audiences wherever […]

Sat 15th July 2017

19:30 - 22:00

Music

The Busquitos More Info

The Busquitos are an absolute must for jazz fans and those who enjoy great music suffused with comedy. Hailing from the Netherlands, this hugely talented quartet bring their gypsy jazz instrumental virtuosity to Frome, between residencies at the […]

Tue 11th July 2017

20:00 - 21:45

Talk

Secret Underground Cities – Corsham During World War II More Info

Frome Society for Local Study presents an illustrated talk by Nick McCamley. By the mid-1930’s the British Government was preparing for war. Disused stone quarries below the villages of Neston Gastard and Monkton Farleigh were converted for power […]

Mon 10th July 2017

19:00 - 20:30

Talk

The Life and Work of Edward Thomas More Info

A commemoration of one of England’s finest poets, with performances by Matthew Hollis (author of Now All Roads Lead to France, the award-winning biography of Thomas) and a cast of professional actors including Stephanie Cole, James Laurenson and […]

Sun 9th July 2017

17:00 - 21:30

Music

Praying for The Rain in Concert More Info

Following last years sell out concert, Praying for the Rain return to Rook Lane Chapel for Frome Festival 2017. Known for their dynamic and compelling live performances, Pftr blend contemporary folk, roots and world music with irresistible rhythms, […]

Fri 7th July 2017

19.30 Doors / 20:00 Start

Architecture

Architecture Club…Housing the Future : Who, What, Where, When, Why More Info

Barefoot Architects : ‘Housing the Future : Who, What, Where, When, Why’ Barefoot Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice run by Directors Sam Goss and Rob Hankey based in Bristol. The aim of the studio is to influence […]

Tue 4th July 2017

19:30

Exhibition

Frome College Exhibition More Info

The Future of Creativity Join us for the launch night Saturday 24th 6.00pm – 9.00pm Opening Times: 26th: 9.30am – midday 27th to 28th: 10.00am – 2.00pm The students from Frome Community College in their final year are […]

Sat 24th June 2017 - Thu 29th June 2017

Doors 5.30pm

Theatre

The Handlebards Present… AS YOU LIKE IT More Info

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe in the beautiful Rook Lane […]

Tue 27th June 2017

7.00pm

Architecture

Architecture Club presents…Alison Brookes More Info

Architecture and its Side Effects Alison Brooks has earned global reputation for her achievements in the field of design and architecture: from her first one off houses to her work in urban regeneration and housing, arts and education projects. Her […]

Tue 6th June 2017

Doors 7pm//Talk 7:30pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents… The Bear’s Son by A Spell in Time More Info

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy The Bear’s Son by A Spell in Time Performance storytelling for adults The acclaimed British-Bulgarian storytelling company A Spell in Time returns with earth-stirring tales of transformation from the wild and wonderful heart of […]

Thu 25th May 2017

Doors 7pm//Start 7.30pm

Exhibition

Spring Jewels and Textiles Pop Up More Info

For a few days in May, Emma Chapman jewels ,The Chapel Collection, Samarkand Design, Richard Allan  Art and Scarves, Miranda Berrow ceramics, Annabelle Thom bags and belts, The Ottoman Collection clothes and Mama Jo make up, will be […]

Thu 11th May 2017 - Sat 13th May 2017

Thursday 10.00am - 9.00pm. Bar open 5.30pm private view. Friday & Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Charity

The Frukes…fundraising for Jamie Mines More Info

The Frukes … raise money for Jamie Mines We will be celebrating the return of the Frome Independent Market and the sun (we hope) at Rook Lane with Frome’s very own Ukulele Club for an afternoon of great […]

Sun 7th May 2017

2.00pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Nights…PRISON More Info

PRISON (FÄNGELSE) The new season of films at Rook Lane Chapel. Join us for a classic shown the best way. Ingmar Bergman’s cinematic experiment, made early in his cinematic career, holds a mirror to the film-making process:  following […]

Sun 7th May 2017

Doors 7.30pm // Film 8.30pm

Architecture

Architecture Club Presents…Walter Segal and the Self Build Revolution with Duncan Roberts More Info

In the 1970s Walter Segal developed a radical approach to affordable housing which allowed community groups to build their own cheap, easy-to-construct timber-framed homes on sites that were unsuitable for conventional housing. As an architecture student Duncan Roberts […]

Tue 2nd May 2017

Doors 7pm//Talk 7:30pm

Talk

FAIR HOUSING FOR FROME PUBLIC MEETING More Info

Unaffordable house prices? Rising rents? Hidden homeless? This is a public meeting for anyone concerned about their current or future housing in Frome, or who cares about social justice and the future of our town. It will be […]

Sat 29th April 2017

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents…Little Red Riding Hood and Other Lost Girls More Info

The fairy tale world is littered with girls who are lost or mislaid, and very few are as innocent as you might first imagine. Nell Phoenix strays from the path in search of young, and not so young, […]

Thu 27th April 2017

Doors 7pm // Start 7.30pm

Architecture

Architecture Club presents….Electrifying the Great Western More Info

Join Archaeologist William Filmer-Sankey and Architect Rhys Brookes to find out how good design marries the technical requirements of a modern railway with the need to preserve the beautiful historic infrastructure of the Great Western Line.

Tue 4th April 2017

Doors 7pm//talk 7:30pm

Talk

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents… Giants! More Info

Giants! By Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy. Stories from the Bedrock of the British Isles “There were giants on the earth in those days….” Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy present a storytelling journey through some of the old […]

Thu 30th March 2017

Doors 7pm // Start 7.30pm

Entertainment

Monocle & Vice More Info

This is an evening not to be missed…Monocle & Vice. Join Screaming keating and Norte promotions at Rook Lane Chapel for a selection of the U.K’s best boylesque and cabaret acts. A decadent evening of entertainment with an […]

Sat 25th March 2017

Doors 7.30pm

Music

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner in Concert More Info

“Many people said that this was one of the best gigs they’d ever been to. I’d agree with that. If you get a quarter of a chance to see them, go” Mike Harding. Since his departure from folk-rock […]

Thu 23rd March 2017

Performance starts 8.00pm

Community

The Great Lego Build More Info

Friends of St John’s School present The Great Lego Build fundraiser with parent’s competiton, raffle, games and more! Design, create, build and play! Competition and prizes in three age categories: Rec / Yr1 Yrs 2/3 Yrs 4/5 Bring […]

Sat 18th March 2017

11.00am - 2.00pm

Music

Frome Concerts Group Presents…Aquinas Piano Trio More Info

The Aquinas Piano Trio has established itself over the last five years as one of Britain’s most sought-after chamber groups. Following their Wigmore Hall debut in December 2015, Musical Opinion commented, ‘This sold out concert hall was in […]

Sat 11th March 2017

Doors 2.30pm // Performance 3.00pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents…Invisible Studio with Piers Taylor More Info

Taylor has pioneered a number of educational programmes including the Studio in the Woods where students use making to test ideas at 1:1, and also the Design and Make masters programme at the AA where students design and construct buildings over 16 months at the AA’s Hooke Park Campus. Taylor delivered the Assembly Workshop at Hooke Park, which used small-scale juvenile ‘waste’ timber in the construction of big span structure, which was built by students alongside skilled carpenters.

Tue 7th March 2017

Doors 7pm//talk 7:30pm

Music

Frome Concerts Group Presents… Heath Quartet More Info

This dynamic and charismatic quartet is fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. This very special concert is sure to be an amazing afternoon, an unmissable occasion and a dazzling finale.

Sun 26th February 2017

Talk

Architecture Club Presents…Homes for Oxford with Charlie Fisher More Info

Charlie will be exploring some of the traditional supply myths and build an argument for scaling alternative modes of housing which can help solve acute issues of affordability in high demand areas. This talk will feature case studies on innovative land and finance strategies from the UK and abroad with a focus on a number of ongoing projects in Oxford.

Tue 7th February 2017

Doors 7.00pm // Talk 7.30pm

Music

Frome Concerts Group Presents… Passacaglia More Info

Passacaglia have performed to great acclaim at venues such as Wigmore Hall, have made many BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, and issued CDs on the Linn label to consistently enthusiastic reviews.

“The performances display clarity and crispness that perfectly matches the spirit of the music” Daily Telegraph.

Sun 5th February 2017

Music

Frome Concerts Group Presents… Duo Domenico More Info

Enlightenment music for brother cellos, York Early Music Fest prize winners, Vladimir Waltham and Jonathon Rees explore the “swooningly melodic compositions” of Beethoven associates – Jean-Pierre and Jean-Louis Duport, interspersed with anecdotes about Voltaire, Napolean and others.

Sun 29th January 2017

Music

Frome Concerts Group present…Total Brass More Info

Five young, award-winning and extremely talented brass players have combined to form a quintet called Total Brass. Undeterred by the relative lack of original brass quintet compositions, Total Brass entertained the audience with music full of interest and variety.

Sun 15th January 2017

Music

The Frukes Christmas Concert More Info

The Frukes are back for a fun-packed fundraising Christmas concert.

Get your dance shoes on and come up to Rook Lane Chapel for a great night out! Including bar, raffle and Christmassy shenanigans…

Sat 17th December 2016

Doors 7:30pm//Concert 8pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents…Abandoned Churches of Rural Russia with Clem Cecil More Info

Director of Pushkin House, Clem Cecil has been recording the abandoned churches of rural Russia since 2004. Find out more about this unique and threatened architectural heritage.

Tue 6th December 2016

Doors 7pm//Talk 7:30pm

Music

Frome Concerts Group present… Ji Liu More Info

“A young pianist with a rare sense of inborn musicality…a technique to match any virtuoso” (Pianist magazine).

Sun 4th December 2016

Doors at 2:30pm // Performance from 3pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Nights present…The Unbelievable Truth More Info

Hal Hartley’s reinvention of small-town life and the loves and ambitions of an out-of-kilter younger generation is peopled with intriguingly unconventional stock characters interacting not quite predictably and is a joy to watch.

Sun 4th December 2016

7:30pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents: The Haunted Inn and Other Weird Tales from the Saragosa Manuscript More Info

A storytelling performance with music. Horror, humour, high adventure and thrilling music mingle in this fantastic duet of wicked words and virtuoso guitar playing.

Thu 24th November 2016

Doors 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents… The Road to Hope Street: 20 years of theatre design with Steve Tompkins More Info

Steve leads the Performance Design Studio at architects Haworth Tompkins. He will be talking about the studio’s approach to these specialised public buildings and presenting a selection of key projects, including the Royal Court, the Young Vic, Snape Maltings, the Bath Egg and the National Theatre, leading to the RIBA Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre in Liverpool’s Hope Street.

Tue 8th November 2016

Doors 7pm//Talk 7:30pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Nights present…Landscape in the Mist More Info

Two children make an epic journey through a muted but astonishing landscape.

Sun 6th November 2016

Doors & refreshments at 6:30pm // Film at 7:30pm

Music

Frome Concerts Group presents…The Behn Quartet More Info

Frome Concerts Group’s popular Teatime Concerts season welcomes the Behn Quartet featuring Kate Oswin (violin), Alicia Berendse (violin), Lydia Abell (viola), Victoria Bernath (guest viola) & Ghislaine McMullin (cello).

The Behn Quartet will be performing Dvorak ‘American’ Quartet No.12 in F Major and Dvorak String Quintet in E flat Major, op. 97.

Sun 30th October 2016

Doors 3:30pm//4:15pm

Exhibition

Home of our Delight More Info

Home of our Delight explores the stories of the young men marked on the Mells village memorial, and of their families.

As well as gamekeepers, gardeners and colliery workers these men included the last son and heir of the Horner family and Mells estate, and his brother-in-law, the son of the wartime Prime Minister.

Sat 10th September 2016 - Sat 22nd October 2016

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy & Openstorytellers Present: The Storyteller’s Bardic Chair of Somerset More Info

The Storytelling competition organised by Openstorytellers is back! Eight tellers compete for the Bardic Chair with the winner chosen by the Fates – last year they picked the MC who wasn’t even competing, who will they choose this year?

Thu 20th October 2016

Doors 7pm//Start 7.30pm

Music

Frome Concerts Group present…Buck Brass Trio More Info

Frome Concerts Group popular Tea Time concerts welcome the Buck Brass Trio featuring Daniel Walton (trumpet), Timothy Ellis (horn), Richard Buck (trombone).

Programme to include pieces by Bach & Beethoven.

Sun 16th October 2016

Doors 3:30pm//4:15pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents…Lutyens & The Great War with Tim Skelton More Info

Join Architectural Historian Tim Skelton to discover the story behind the extraordinary legacy of war memorials created by the great Architect Edwin Lutyens.

Tue 4th October 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Music

Frome Concerts Group present…Accordion & Viola duo: Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade & Michael Iskas More Info

Frome Concerts Group’s popular Tea Time Concerts season kicks off with Accordion & Viola Duo Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade (accordion) & Michael Iskas (viola).

Sun 2nd October 2016

Doors 3:30pm//4:15pm

Film

Rook Lane Film nights presents… Lola More Info

This atmospheric and satirical study of moral bankruptcy is played out on the sleazy side of the tracks in small-town post-war Germany. Fassbinder’s film is a garish and flamboyant cautionary tale with a wonderfully abandoned performance by Barbara Sukowa in the title role.

Sun 2nd October 2016

Doors & refreshments at 6:45pm // Film from7:45pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents: Return to Lyonesse by Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs More Info

Kings and queens, saints, sinners and shape-shifters: their fate hangs in the balance…
Return to Lyonesse is a stunning storytelling performance from Mike O’Connor, accompanied by harpist Barbara Griggs.

Thu 15th September 2016

Doors 7pm Start 7.30pm

Talk

The Battle of the Somme with Professor Sir Hew Strachan More Info

The British folk memory of the Battle of the Somme is dominated by one moment: 7.30am on 01 July 1916. It was a bright summer’s day, the sun well up, and falling from the east on the backs of the German defenders and into the faces of the British. Officers sounded their whistles, and their men scrambled up ladders to get out of the trenches and into No Man’s Land…

Tue 13th September 2016

Doors 6pm//Talk 6:30pm

Art

Unfamiliar Spaces: Recent paintings by Julia Oborne More Info

Julia Oborne’s paintings combine dreamlike colour and strange composition with solid, tangible objects, and have the aim of creating surreal scenes which do not quite ‘work’ whether this be because of an ill-fitting form or an unbalanced composition.

Tue 19th July 2016 - Fri 12th August 2016

Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 4pm

Exhibition

125 Years of Quarrying More Info

In 1891, a group of businessmen led by John Wainwright decided to take advantage of the high-quality basalt rock available for quarrying in the Mendips.

Thus J.Wainwright & Company was born, and has grown ever since.

Now, a new book written by celebrated historian Robin Thornes, charts the company’s development over the last 125 years.

Thu 14th July 2016

10am - 4pm

Story Telling

“FROM LAUGHARNE TO FROME” More Info

This talented group of performers from South Wales take a script-in-hand journey through the controversial life of Dylan Thomas. Romantic, Bohemian, even surreal at times, his poems, short stories, letters and broadcasts provoke both laughter and tears whilst the rhythms and images of ‘Under Milk Wood’ cast a magical spell.

Sun 10th July 2016

Doors 3.30pm//4pm

Music

Praying for the Rain More Info

“This driven musical collective lead by the visionary DeCicco brothers just can’t stop the potency of their music and the uncanny enchantment it spreads amongst all of us who have been fortunate enough to hear the music and follow their journey”. Max Reinhardt BBC 3 presenter on Late Junction.

Fri 8th July 2016

Doors 7.30//8pm

Music

Snowapple More Info

Snowapple is an outstanding female harmony trio from Amsterdam who draw on folk, classical and chanson influences, in unique, charming and beautiful arrangements of original songs.

Thu 7th July 2016

Doors 7pm//7.30pm

Talk

Kurdistan: A Dream Suspended More Info

Richard Wilding, creative director of GULAN, a charity which promotes Kurdish culture, is a London-based producer and photographer who has worked extensively in the Middle East. His dazzling photographs bring to life the landscape, history and culture of the Kurdish people, as well as the problems they face in the wake of the Syrian conflict.

Wed 6th July 2016

Doors 7pm//7.30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents…Street – Who owns the city? with Peter Barber More Info

Architect Peter Barber explores how space conditions and in turn is conditioned by society and culture and how Architecture can create the potential for social action & activity.

Tue 5th July 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Art

Unfolding Stories 2 – Contemporary Quilters South West More Info

Contemporary Quilters South West exhibition Unfolding Stories 2 includes meditative hand stitching on indigo dyed pieces and on cream fabrics, abstract and brightly coloured dyed, printed, painted, pieced and appliqued work, figurative work featuring scenes from Frome and both abstract and figurative pieces inspired by walks at the seaside.

Fri 24th June 2016 - Tue 5th July 2016

10am – 5.00pm

Talk

The Frome Hoard with Sam Moorhead of the British Museum More Info

In 2010 a metal detectorist, Dave Crisp, prospecting near Frome found what became known as the Frome Hoard – 52,503 Roman coins. The overwhelming significance of the Frome Hoard is the new light that it casts on the life of the emperor Carausius – Britain’s ‘forgotten emperor’.

Mon 4th July 2016

Doors 6:30//Talk 7.00 p.m.

Talk

In Search of Shakespeare with Michael Wood More Info

Illustrated talk by Dr Michael Wood, one of the UK’s best loved historians and broadcasters, and author of numerous popular history books including ‘In the footsteps of Alexander the Great’, ‘In Search of Shakespeare’ and ‘The Story of England’.

Fri 1st July 2016

Doors 6:30//Talk 7.00 p.m.

Story Telling

Rooklings Presents: The Whale’s Tale by Music Box Participatory Performance/Workshops for Families More Info

A whale climbed a mountain, a statue spoke and people walked on water. Journey between land and sea to where stories are born.
With Sharon Jacksties and Pete Mona. ‘This well-known and much-loved storytelling and music partnership blend story and music into crafted shows.’

Mon 30th May 2016

12–1.30pm and 2.30–4pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Nights presents…A Taste of Cherry (TA’M E GUILASS) More Info

This Tehran-based road movie features a journey, but the route is somewhat circular and unfulfilled and the end unconventional. “A beautiful and emotionally complex meditation on life and death”,

Sun 29th May 2016

Doors 7:45//8.45 p.m

Art

Industrious: Workplace drawings in London and Frome by Lucinda Rogers More Info

‘Industrious: Drawings of workspace in London & Somerset’, will build on Rogers’ longstanding interest in industrial spaces as engines of urban communities, frequently now under threat from controversial redevelopment.

Sun 1st May 2016 - Fri 27th May 2016

Open Monday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00 Open weekend of 14th & 15th May.

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy presents…The Whale’s Tale More Info

Why does a whale climb a mountain? Why does a statue speak? As our climate changes so do our landscapes amidst the rising waters. Journey to a place where sea is land and earth is water, travel the shores where stories are born.

Sharon Jacksties and Pete Mona are a well known and loved storytelling and music partnership – together they are ‘Stranger than Fiction’. Their unique blend of traditional tales and music creates crafted shows where mystery and danger meet.

Thu 26th May 2016

Doors 7pm//7.30pm

Talk

Lucinda Rogers in Conversation More Info

Lucinda Rogers works from life in the tradition of the artist as reporter. She immerses herself in an environment and records straight from eye to paper, which gives her drawings a particular spontaneity. Her work records the intimate details and broad views of the changing city she lives in, London, and others she is drawn to including New York and Marrakech.

Tue 17th May 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents…The Housing Crisis & Greed Control with Danny Dorling More Info

Tracing how we got to our current crisis and how housing has come to reflect class and wealth in Britain, Danny Dorling shows that the solution to our problems – rising homelessness, a generation priced out of home ownership – is not, as is widely assumed, building more homes. Inequality, he argues, is what we really need to overcome.

Tue 3rd May 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Nights presents…Death and the Maiden More Info

The story of a woman’s chance encounter with the man she believes shattered her life 15 years earlier. A tense triangle of revenge and retribution that takes place in a single night and questions how trauma may be addressed and reconciliation may be found.

Sun 1st May 2016

Doors 7:15//8.15 p.m

Music

The Frukes’ Big Spring Shindig More Info

The Frukes are back for a fun-packed fundraising* gig aided and abetted by Dexter’s Extra Breakfast.

Get your dance shoes on and come up to Rook Lane Chapel for a great night out!

Sat 30th April 2016

Doors 8pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy presents…Rebranding Beelzebub More Info

Let’s shine a spotlight on Him Downstairs in a show shaped by razor wit, diabolical horror and absurd confessions. Tim Ralphs re-imagines traditional tales in a collection spanning supermarket stalls, urban sprawls, mad drunken preachers and widow’s sons. Darkly humorous with disturbing turns and a distinct whiff of sulphur. **** Fringe Guru.

Thu 28th April 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents…Why Buildings Don’t Fall Down with Ruth Haynes More Info

Following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013, killing almost 1200 people, Engineer Ruth Haynes of Build Collective worked for Tim Khan in Dhaka to survey factories that supplied clothing to two major British retailers. Find out what she discovered and why we need to push for good governance, transparency and professional Engineering.

Tue 12th April 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Art

Frome Art Fair – Spring 2016 More Info

Frome Art Fair returns to Rook Lane showcasing some fantastic local artists. Visitors will have the chance to revisit artists whose work they liked last time and also discover new artists whose work they may not otherwise have seen.

Sat 2nd April 2016 - Sun 3rd April 2016

10am - 4pm.

Film

Rook Lane Film Nights present…Veronico Cruz More Info

Set in a tiny, remote village in the Argentinean mountains, the film gets its narrative from the growing friendship between a shepherd boy and a teacher from the city.

Sun 3rd April 2016

7.45 p.m.

Story Telling

Mr Rooks presents…The Dawn of Music by Jem Dick More Info

How and why did we start making music? What stories do we tell about it? What did the first music sound like? All will be revealed in Jem’s fascinating performance which includes his hand-crafted reproductions of ancient and prehistoric instruments from around the world.

Thu 24th March 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Film

Groundswell Rising More Info

Special screening of Groundswell Rising, a documentary about fracking in America and the social movement which has emerged from affected communities. Informative, daunting, inspiring and hopeful all at once.

Wed 9th March 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Music

Kammerphilharmonie Europa More Info

A third visit to Rook Lane Chapel by this exhilarating chamber orchestra and returning by popular demand. Founded in 2006 the orchestra draws musicians from up to eighteen European nations.

Sun 6th March 2016

2pm

Talk

Switch to a Renewable Future – Seminar More Info

Join local, Regional and European experts to discuss how towns like Frome can support low carbon retrofit and renewable energy through finance, policy and planning.

Fri 4th March 2016

2pm - 4:30pm

Music

Martha Tilston: The Oxygen Tour More Info

Martha Tilston’s new tour is a sparky union of folk, acoustic, trip-hop and electronica. She entwines raw vocals, sparkling melodies and thought-provoking lyrics with filmic movements and earthy baselines. To see them live is to connect with longed-for parts of ourselves.

Fri 26th February 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents: Fifty Shades of Graham by Graham Langley More Info

Described by The Times as a ‘storyteller for the 21st century,’ Graham’s enthusiasm, energy and enthusiastic performances have captivated audiences worldwide. He was a resident storyteller at Birmingham Storytelling Cafe for seventeen years and his shows are guaranteed to delight audiences. Tonight his storytelling is taken to a new dimension as he is joined by Pam Bishop, who enriches the tales with her unique blend of music.

Thu 25th February 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Music

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner More Info

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner have blown the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional music and song to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty. Modern in interpretation yet classical in its virtuosity, it is music that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more.
Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Percussion.

Thu 18th February 2016

Doors 7:30pm//Concert 8pm

Music

Passamezzo ‘The Fruit of Love’ More Info

Music, words and song for St. Valentine’s day. Passamezzo specialise in costumed productions featuring ballads, lutesongs, madrigals, consort music and readings from 16th and 17th century England.

Sun 14th February 2016

Doors 10:30//Concert 11:30am.

Talk

Architecture Club presents…Civic Leadership with Robin Hambleton More Info

Drawing on evidence presented in his new book, Leading the Inclusive City, Robin Hambleton will suggest that imaginative place-based leadership can enable citizens to make a difference.

Tue 2nd February 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Music

Coffee Concert Special….Marylebone Trio More Info

The Marylebone Trio’s lively, informative presentation style and excellent ensemble technique make them ideal coffee concert performers.

Sun 31st January 2016

Doors 10:30//Concert 11:30am.

Workshop

Walking towards conflict: One Day Overview of Restorative Circles with Dominic Barter More Info

Dominic Barter will share his groundbreaking work re-visioning how we respond to conflict in our lives. He will present the key elements of a restorative system, focusing on the evolution and practice of Restorative Circles, and their application to diverse areas of our personal and collective lives.

Sat 30th January 2016

10am – 5.00pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents…The Falcon Bride by Katy Cawkwell More Info

“It seems unlikely that this is the last wedding where you will feature as the bride…”
Darkly comic, tragically romantic tales from the Saga of Nhal of deadly Queen Hallgerd and the Viking hero Gunnar.

Thu 28th January 2016

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Music

Coffee Concert Special….Alexandra Dariescu More Info

A third visit to Rook Lane Chapel by this internationally acclaimed, captivating pianist. Her programme will include pieces by Chopin, Faure, Mendelssohn, Szymanowski and Tchaikovsky.

Sun 17th January 2016

Doors 10:30//Concert 11:30am.

Music

A Show for Fred More Info

An upbeat celebration of the life of Frome Festival stalwart Brenda “Fred” Rolfe featuring many of Frome’s finest performers.

Sat 16th January 2016

Doors 6:30//Show 7.00 p.m.

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents Robyn Hode: His Life and Death by Michael and Wendy Dacre More Info

Songs of the Greenwood wind in and out of the stories to create a vision in sound of Merrie England.

Thu 17th December 2015

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Night: SUGARBABY (ZUCKERBABY) More Info

Percy Adlon’s cult film is as subdued as it’s cinematography is flamboyant. Touching, funny and unpredictable this is an unexpectedly warm-hearted cult classic.

Sat 5th December 2015

Doors 6:30pm//Film 7:30pm

Art

Creation – Lines in Dreamtime: Andrew Palmer More Info

Andrew’s body of paintings for the exhibition reflect the start of the Creation of Mathematics in “Dream Time” starting with a single dot building simple lines and curves and gradually progressing to more complex shapes and ideas.

Sat 3rd October 2015 - Fri 4th December 2015

Open Monday-Friday 11am - 5pm

Music

Teatime Concert: Charlotte Betts-Dean and Andrey Lebedev More Info

Lottie and Andrey will perform songs by Dowland and Britten and Andrey will also play pieces by Bach and Birtwistle.

Sun 25th October 2015

Doors 3.30pm//4:15pm

Music

Teatime Concert: Wen Wen and Tiago Gomes More Info

Prize winning violinist, Wen Wen will be accompanied by guitarist Tiago Gomes, performing pieces by De Falla, Faure, Machado, Paganini and Piazolla.

Sun 18th October 2015

Doors 3.30pm//4:15pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents: Knotwork, The Magic of Making by Angharad Wynne More Info

In this knotwork of stories and songs, Angharad weaves the enchantments of the forge and the spells of the loom, tales of mythical makers and the magical things they made.

Thu 15th October 2015

7pm//7:30pm

Talk

Hunting Raven Books presents Alexander McCall Smith More Info

Join best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith for an evening of sheer delight at Rook Lane Chapel.

Mon 5th October 2015

Doors 6:30//Talk 7.00 p.m.

Art

Frome Art Fair More Info

The Frome Art Fair will be taking place on September 26th, showcasing some of the very best artists from the local area.

Sat 26th September 2015

10am – 4.30

Story Telling

Openstorytellers Presents: The Bardic Chair of Frome Storytelling Competition More Info

This year Openstorytellers have partnered with Mr Rook’s Speak Easy, to present the Bardic Chair of the Avalon Marshes competition.

Thu 24th September 2015

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Talk

Shirley Collins: America over the Water More Info

A must-see event for folk fans, English folk legend Shirley Collins brings stories and songs from her memoir “America Over the Water” to close Frome Festival 2015.

Sun 12th July 2015

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Music

Praying for the Rain More Info

A very special Frome Festival evening of contemporary folk and world music from this acclaimed group.

Sat 11th July 2015

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Talk

Frome Society for Local Study presents…. They came to Frome: WW2 Evacuees More Info

Frome Society for Local Study invites us to remember the evacuees who came to Frome during the second world war. Local author David Lassman coordinates the event, which combines film and the testimonies of evacuees and their hosts.

Mon 6th July 2015

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Family

Storywalk in a Day More Info

A family workshop from Break 3 and storywalks artist Chris Jelley, aimed at capturing imaginations through technology, art and stories.

Sat 4th July 2015

11am – 4pm

Music

Simon Ellis: Ghosts of Somerset More Info

Singer-Songwriter Simon opens out Frome Festival programme with a set of original folk stories and songs.

Fri 3rd July 2015

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Film

Tampopo More Info

A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business in a story intertwined with vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

Sun 7th June 2015

Film at 8:30pm // Doors & refreshments from 7:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club Presents… “Outraged – Ian Nairn arrives on the scene” by Gillian Darley More Info

Writer, biographer and broadcaster Gillian Darley discusses Ian Nairn’s journey from the RAF to the Architectural Review in this month’s Architecture Club.

Tue 2nd June 2015

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents…The Kiss of Forgetfulness by Nell Phoenix More Info

Stories of love, luck and sharp objects told for adults, with the dark, the murky and the weird left lurking in the heart of the story.

Thu 21st May 2015

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Art

Frome Art Society: Spring Exhibition More Info

New works in a variety of media in Frome Art Society’s Spring 2015 exhibition.

Thu 30th April 2015 - Sat 9th May 2015

Open daily from Thursday 30th April until Saturday 9th May. 10am -4pm (closed Monday 4th May)

Talk

Architecture Club Presents… Ian Firth: Elegance in Bridge Design More Info

Elegance really matters in the built environment, but what is it when applied to bridges? Engineer and bridge designer Ian Firth joins us for May’s Architecture Club.

Tue 5th May 2015

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy presents… Fool’s Gold More Info

Mr Rook’s presents double act storytelling with a hint of the surreal from Steve Killick and Francis Maxey.

Thu 16th April 2015

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents… Space for the Creative Industries with Peter Clegg More Info

Award-winning architect, Peter Clegg joins us to discuss the importance of creative industries.

Tue 14th April 2015

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Film

The Best Intentions (Den Goda Viljan) More Info

The story of Ingmar Bergman’s parents, and a fasciating insight into how 19th century Sweden might have been.

Sun 5th April 2015

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy presents…The Dragon Lover More Info

Interweaving storytelling, ritual and evocative music, A Spell In Time presents a deliciously dark jewel from the primal and poetic heart of Bulgarian myth and folklore.

Thu 19th March 2015

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Chris Wood More Info

MOJO: “a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”

Thu 12th March 2015

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents Sarah Wigglesworth More Info

Award-winning architect and Professor of Architecture, Sarah will join us for March’s Architecture Club.

Tue 3rd March 2015

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Film

Night Sun More Info

Young nobleman Baron Sergio Giuramondo, after discovering that his bride-to-be was the king’s mistress, leaves Naples in disgust to become a monk in this sumptuous Italian drama.

Sun 1st March 2015

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Story Telling

Tongues of Flame: The Life of Richard Francis Burton By Giles Abbott More Info

In his new touring show, storyteller Giles Abbott tells us the tale of Richard Francis Burton – an irreverent, sensual, driven and daring character who deserves to known.

Thu 26th February 2015

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Music

The Sacconi String Quartet More Info

The Sacconi Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity, come and enjoy this world-class quartet in an unparelleled environment.

Sun 22nd February 2015

2:30pm

Architecture

Desire Lines: Romance and Rationalism in Bridge Design More Info

The Architecture Centre and Pippa Goldfinger present their collaborative project exploring bridge design.

Tue 20th January 2015 - Sat 21st February 2015

10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday

Music

Andy Cutting / Sam Sweeney / Rob Harbron :: Leveret More Info

Three of England’s finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Sophisticated and honest, measured yet spontaneous, there is nothing else that sounds quite like Leveret.

Fri 20th February 2015

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Music

Diane Aidenbaum & Aude Giulliano More Info

Something a little different to conclude this year’s Coffee Concert series, with Diane Aidenbaum and Aude Giulliano

Sun 8th February 2015

11:30am

Talk

Architecture Club: Desire Lines More Info

Architecture Club founder, Pippa Goldfinger discusses the Desire Lines: Romance and Rationalism in Bridge Design exhibition.

Tue 3rd February 2015

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Film

The World of Apu More Info

The third title in the Satyajit Ray’s “Apu” Triolgy kicks off our new season of rare films.

Sun 1st February 2015

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Music

Joseph Shiner & Frederick Brown More Info

A communicative and insightful performance, to include Ireland’s Fantasy Sonata, Brahms’ Sonata in F minor opus 120 no. 1 and a Fantasia on themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Sun 25th January 2015

11:30am

Music

Aquinas Piano Trio More Info

A new season of Sunday morning concerts from the Frome Concerts Group.

Sun 11th January 2015

11:30am

Art

Into Life More Info

David Chandler’s life drawing class present new works. This show will be both a celebration of their work and the extraordinary, miraculous form that we all possess.

Sat 13th December 2014 - Sat 10th January 2015

10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday

Music

Lion’s Club Christmas Concert More Info

Christmas cheer from the Lions Club of Frome, as they present Opus Anglicanum.

Sun 14th December 2014

From 7:30pm

Lecture

Political Alternatives with Natalie Bennet, Leader of the Green Party More Info

Natalie Bennett, Green Party National Leader: “The political system is broken. But what are the alternatives?”

Sat 13th December 2014

Doors at 6:30pm // Talk from 7pm

Film

She’s Gotta Have It More Info

Spike Lee’s debut film resounds with the brash confidence and dexterity which have lit up and turbo-charged all of his subsequent films.

Sun 7th December 2014

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Music

The Goldman Ensemble More Info

A humourous programme, exploring the highs and lows of a musicians life, packed with much-loved music.

Thu 4th December 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents…..Chris Romer-Lee, Studio Octopi More Info

Chris Romer-Lee of Studio Octopi will talk us through some of their recent projects including the intriguing Thames Baths project creating a floating pool in the River Thames

Tue 2nd December 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Market

Steiner Academy Frome Advent Fair More Info

Festive activities, hand-made gifts and children’s entertainment from the Frome Steiner Academy.

Sat 29th November 2014

11am - 4pm

Music

The Lords of Thyme with support from Sara Vian + Feral Beryl More Info

Ethereal contemporary folk comes to Rook Lane, as we welcome Lords of Thyme. “A dreamlike sound that can only be described as traditionally English.”

Thu 27th November 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy presents… Cath Little: Castle Arianrhod More Info

This tale from The Mabignon tells the story of the harm that comes into the world when sister and brother fight.

Thu 20th November 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Exhibition

Rook Lane and Back Again: A Year with the Frome Sketchers More Info

Frome Urban Sketchers select the fruits of their recent adventures though the town and beyond.

Sat 8th November 2014 - Sat 15th November 2014

10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday

Architecture

SCALE + AMBITION: AJ Small Projects 2014 More Info

A barn, a bridge, a bunker, a cafe, a castle, a cinema, a shed, a window, a staircase, a toilet… these are just a few of the Architects’ Journal’s favourite things.

Sat 8th November 2014 - Sat 15th November 2014

10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday

Workshop

The Write Day More Info

A one-day retreat for procrastinating writers, who work to the maxim: Don’t get it right, get it written.

Sun 9th November 2014

10am - 4:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents… David Knight : Building Rights More Info

November’s Architecture Club welcomes designer and author David Knight to discuss recent work with his practice DK:CM

Tue 4th November 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Teatime Concert: Aurora Trio More Info

Emma Halnan (flute), Joe Bronstein (viola) and Heather Wrighton (harp) established their trio in 2012 whilst studying at The Royal Academy of Music. Their programme concludes this Tea Concert series with enchanting pieces by Debussy, Krouse, Matthias and Ravel.

Sun 2nd November 2014

Doors open for tea at 3:30pm // Performance from 4:15pm

Film

The Thief (Vor) More Info

The chance encounter on a train between a mother and her young son and a seductive soldier provides a worm’s-eye-view of real life in post-war Stalinist Russia.

Sun 2nd November 2014

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Music

Teatime Concert: Rolton Bentley Duo More Info

Frome Concerts Group presents the second in their current season of afternoon concerts, featuring young musicians from London’s Royal Academy of music.

Sun 19th October 2014

Doors open for tea at 3:30pm // Performance from 4:15pm

Workshop

The Write Day More Info

A one-day retreat for procrastinating writers, who work to the maxim: Don’t get it right, get it written.

Sun 12th October 2014

10am - 4:30pm

Talk

Green Wednesdays Frome presents: Jo Berry and Patrick Magee More Info

Jo Berry and Patrick Magee share their experience of helping others to better understand the roots of war, terrorism and violence.

Wed 8th October 2014

Doors open at 6:30pm // Talk from 7pm

Talk

Architecture Club Presents…. Elsie Owusu ” UK Supreme Court: Architecture, Art and the Rule of Law” More Info

This month, Architecture Club is joined by Elsie Owusu – specialist conservation architect and partner at Feilden & Mawson.

Tue 7th October 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Film

LIFE AND NOTHING BUT (La Vie Et Rien d’Autre) 1989 More Info

Our resident film expert Alastair unearths hidden gems from the BFI library, most of which are now only available on 16mm film.

Sun 5th October 2014

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Music

Teatime Concert: Total Brass Quintet More Info

Frome Concerts Group return with a series of Teatime performances for autumn which will surprise and delight.

Sun 5th October 2014

Doors open for tea at 3:30pm // Performance from 4:15pm

Story Telling

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy presents… The Eye of the Beholder by Sharon Jacksties More Info

In Mr Rook’s inaugral storytelling event, he invites Sharon Jacksties to perform her latest programme, which features how the ugliest man in the world finds true love…

Thu 18th September 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Film

THE UNVANQUISHED (Aparajito) 1956 More Info

Monthly delights from the BFI Archive courtesy of our resident film expert, Alastair Goolden. Come along for films, food and conversation.

Sun 14th September 2014

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Workshop

The Write Day More Info

A monthly retreat for procrastinating writers: Don’t get in right, get it written…

Sun 14th September 2014

10am - 4:30pm

Art

Lin Hawkins: Power Stations More Info

Lin Hawkins paints power stations because they are almost like the new cathedrals…of power, wealth and fear; they represent both our need for power, and our ambivalence towards this need.

Tue 9th September 2014 - Thu 11th September 2014

10am - 4pm

Talk

Green Wednesdays Frome presents….. Pandora’s Promise More Info

The second installment of this new event focuses on energy, with a screening of Pandora’s Promise, followed by a panel discussion and debate around sustainable energy.

Wed 10th September 2014

Doors at 7pm // Music & Bar from 7:30pm // Films from 8:30pm

Charity

Vintage Tea Party More Info

Another lovely afternoon awaits courtesy of PAC. Expect tea & cakes, vintage china and live music to help you recharge and relax…

Sun 7th September 2014

10am - 3pm

Music

Jessica Delfino More Info

The hilarious and irreverent New York City singer, songwriter, and comedian joins us on her way from the Big Apple to the End of the Road festival.

Thu 28th August 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Workshop

The Write Day More Info

A monthly retreat for procrastinating writers, The Write Day aims to help you get those words onto the page in a supportive environment.

Sun 20th July 2014

10am - 4pm

Architecture

RIBA South West Awards 2014: Great British Buildings More Info

The 2014 selection of RIBA Award shortlisted projects, presented to celebrate and explain the 15 shortlisted schemes with citations and photography.

Fri 4th July 2014 - Fri 18th July 2014

10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday

Music

Frome Festival: Fake Thakray More Info

‘It is marvellous that Jake Thackray’s treasured songs ride again. They are in safe hands’ – Ralph McTell

Sun 13th July 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Music

Frome Festival: Men in General More Info

An evening of five-piece vocal antics from this acapella group – fast paced and funny, this is a not to be missed Frome Festival special.

Sat 12th July 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Workshop

Urban Sketching with David Chandler: The Italian Edition More Info

A day of sketching in the summer sunshine with David Chandler, complete with a seasonal Italian lunch. All abilities and drawing materials are welcome, and sketch books are included in the ticket price.

Sat 12th July 2014

10am - 5pm

Art

Frome Festival: Anarchy in the Organism + Plenum More Info

A unique evening of audio visual immersive performances. Both Anarchy in the Organism and Plenum display a world of transience and disorder out of which fleeting patterns emerge.

Fri 11th July 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Talk

Frome Festival: National Treasures with David Chandler More Info

An evening of scintillating debate, hosted by Frome’s favourite Art Tutor, David Chandler who asks the panel, and audience: “Art. Is it worth it?”

Thu 10th July 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Talk

Green Wednesdays: Frome More Info

A brand new regular night for Rook Lane, with films, music, talks and more with an environmental focus. Brought to you by Wild Robot.

Wed 9th July 2014

Doors at 7pm // Music & Bar from 7:30pm // Films from 8:30pm

Music

Frome Fesitval: Acoustic Café: Food for the Soul More Info

A gathering of Frome’s acoustic musicians for a relaxed summer evening of soulful sounds and delicious food.

Tue 8th July 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Talk

Frome Society for Local Study presents….Mr Gladstone comes to Frome More Info

Another compelling historical presentation from the Frome Society for Local Study.

Mon 7th July 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Frome Festival: Billy Thompson – Gypsy Jazz More Info

A lively evening awaits as the Frome Festival gets underway, with Billy Thompson’s Gypsy Jazz.

Sun 6th July 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Music

Frome Festival: Duo Poniente More Info

In our first event of the Frome Festival, Rook Lane welcomes back Duo Poniente’s unique blend of spanish influenced guitar and vocal pieces.

Sat 5th July 2014

Doors at 8pm // Performance from 8:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents… Tanya Ross: Breaking the Glass Ceiling. More Info

Tanya Ross of Buro Happold Engineers joins us for the latest Architecture Club.

Tue 3rd June 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Film

Dance, Girl, Dance More Info

Another rare treat from our film expert Alastair.. Ticket prices for Rook Lane FIlm nights include food, wine and conversation – what more could you wish for on a Sunday evening?

Sun 1st June 2014

Film at 7:45pm // Doors open an hour before

Workshop

The Write Day More Info

A monthly retreat for procrastinating writers, The Write Day aims to help you get those words onto the page in a supportive environment.

Sun 18th May 2014

10:30am - 4:30pm

Story Telling

The Travelling Talesman – Away with the Fairies More Info

The loquacious and mysterious talesman returns with some springtime stories of magical and mischevious small folk…

Thu 8th May 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Music

Chantel McGregor (plus Mark Pontin Group support) More Info

Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the energy of Bonamassa, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one…..

Wed 7th May 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents…Occupying Space with Shankari Edgar, Nudge Group More Info

Skankari Raj Edgar, founder of Bristol-based Architecture and design consultancy Nudge Group, joins us for the latest edition of Architecture Club.

Tue 6th May 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Film

Panther Panchali More Info

A coming-of-age tale from 1940s India, with a film score by Ravi Shankur, Pantha Panchali is another rare cinematic treat for film fans. Come along for complimentary food, wine and conversation before the screening.

Sun 4th May 2014

Films are screened at dusk // doors open an hour before

Art

Frome Art Society Springtime Exhibition More Info

A seasonal collection of works from Frome’s esteemed art society.

Sat 26th April 2014 - Sat 3rd May 2014

10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday

Film

Uncle Vanya More Info

A Russian tale of love and death

Sun 6th April 2014

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Workshop

Frome Urban Sketching with David Chandler More Info

Sketching in Frome with one of the town’s most prolific artists and tutors, David Chandler. David (with the help of Giles Vallis from NVB Architects) will lead the group in sketching Frome’s beautiful idiosyncracies.

Sat 5th April 2014

10am - 4pm

Comedy

An evening of the wit and songs of Noel Coward More Info

Peter Gill pays homage to Noel Coward in an evening of delectably delivered music and comedy.

Fri 4th April 2014

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Music

Keith James performs… the songs of Leonard Cohen More Info

Described as ” …a sublimely intimate and engaging voice” by the Sunday Times, Keith James re-tells the timeless material of that most enigmatic and poetic of lyricists. A must-see for any Leonard Cohen fan.

Thu 3rd April 2014

Doors at 7:30pm // Performance from 8pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents…. Geoff Rich from FCB studios on the Bath Abbey Footprint More Info

Another stimulating talk for this month’s Architecture Club, featuring Geoff Rich from Feilden, Clegg & Bradley Studios, discussiong their impressive Bath Abbey Footpront project.

Tue 1st April 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Kammerphilharmonie Europa in concert More Info

Another rare treat, and oppurtunity to see this breathtaking chamber orchestra on their next visit to Frome.

Sun 30th March 2014

Performance from 2pm

Art

Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia – Launch and talks More Info

Launch of Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia, a new exhibition which builds on Foreground’s interest in curatorial models centred around innovative participatory and distribution structures designed to bring critically acclaimed contemporary practice to new and diverse audience.

Sat 22nd March 2014

3pm - 6:30pm

Workshop

The Write Day More Info

A monthly session for procrastinating writers, The Write Day works to one principle: Don’t get it right, get it written.

Sun 16th March 2014

10:30am - 4:30am

Talk

Architecture Club presents….Ed Hollis: The Secret Life of Buildings More Info

The second in our latest seaon of talks about architecure, planning and our environment. Open to everyone (not just architects), these talks intend to stimulate discussion about why we build what we build.

Tue 4th March 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Film

The Cycle More Info

A harrowing story of a young man driven by epidemic poverty of his surroundings to become something he despises, The Cycle by Dariush Mehrjui depicts a gritty portrait of Iran under a corrupt Shah’s regime.

Sun 2nd March 2014

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Art

Free the Words Part 1: Adventures in Outdoor Literacy More Info

Break 3 and the Frome Community Learning Partnership share new ideas and work around adventurous literacy, technology for making stories in the wilderness, and den-building for secret reading.

Sat 8th February 2014 - Sat 22nd February 2014

10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday

Talk

Break 3 Teacher Talks: Tales in Trails with Chris Jelley More Info

An afternoon talk from award winning story-teller and digital artist Chris Jelley for anyone working in education who want to learn more about how to inspire an adventurour approach to reading.

Thu 13th February 2014

3pm - 5:30pm

Talk

Chris Jelley: Flycatchers and Winding Charms More Info

Come and join award winning digital artist and story-teller Christopher Jelley, for a talk on how to inspire young readers by creating adventurous outdoor stories in the wilderness of West Somerset.

Thu 13th February 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Frome Concerts Group presents…Quartetto di Cremona More Info

In the final Coffee Concert of the season, Frome Concerts Group welcome one of Italy’s finest string quartets to the Chapel to perform pieces by Beethoven, Boccherini and Vacchi.

Sun 9th February 2014

11:30am

Family

Words in the Woods: Family den-building workshop More Info

Come along for a free family den-building workshop at Rook Lane Chapel, where you can design and build your own secret space for reading.

Sat 8th February 2014

11am until 2pm

Talk

Architecture Club presents….Destination Antarctica with Hugh Broughton More Info

The first in this seaon’s talks on architecure featuring Hugh Broughton, whose architectural practice desgined the space-age Halley VI Antarctic Research Station.

Tue 4th February 2014

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Film

Dear John More Info

A romantic drama from Swedish director Lars Magnus-Lindgren opens 2014’s Spring film season.

Sun 2nd February 2014

Film at 7:30pm // Doors open an hour before

Music

Frome Concerts Group presents… Cordelia Williams More Info

Young pianist Cordelia Williams pays a visit to the chapel for the second in this year’s Coffee Concert series from Frome Concerts Group. Expect a programme of Schumann and Schubert.

Sun 26th January 2014

11:30am

Music

Frome Concerts Group presents… Duo Dorado More Info

Frome Concert group’s latest series of concerts for 2014 kicks off with a performance from Duo Dorado with a diverse programme played on harpsichord and violin.

Sun 12th January 2014

11:30am

Market

The Steiner Academy Frome Advent Fair More Info

All are welcome to this festive day out with a difference from Frome’s new Steiner Academy.

Sat 7th December 2013

11am - 4pm

Talk

ARCHITECTURE CLUB presets Liza Fior of muf architecture / art More Info

Groundbreaking collaboration muf have broken all the rules about where art ends and architecture begins, and are continuing to gather worldwide acclaim for their designs.

Tue 3rd December 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

An evening with Strode Music Theatre Society More Info

An evening of music from stage and screen as performed by Strode Musical Theatre Company’s 35 stong choir, in aid of raising funds in support of Mendip YMCA. Come along for a fell-good evening of music to support this local charity.

Fri 29th November 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Story Telling

The Travelling Talesman presents… Goblins, Ghouls and Long Legged Beasties More Info

The Travelling Talesman travels up and down the land, telling weird and wonderful tales. He’ll be stopping off with us on his latest tour, with an atmospheric piece of story telling, apt for Halloween….

Thu 7th November 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Talk

ARCHITECTURE CLUB presents Owen Hatherley : Why is British Architecture so Bad? More Info

Acclaimed architectural writer Owen Hatherley discusses and interrogates the building schemes of the 2000s, and asks a contentious question of those responsible for them. Come along for a night of discussion and debate, or to offer your thoughts on the state of British Architecture.

Tue 5th November 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Robbie Boyd plus Black Feathers // Beth Monk // Colour the Atlas support More Info

From busking roots to performing atop the O2, Robbie Boyd is stopping off here at Rook Lane on his latest tour. With a distinctive and charming style of acoustic folk pop, Robbie is not to be missed.

Fri 1st November 2013

Doors 7:30pm

Art

I CAME, I SAW, iPAD: David Chandler’s Year with Yapp Brothers. More Info

Award-winning French wines, expertly selected by Yapp brothers wine merchants, have inspired an exhibition of artworks by Frome artist and francophile, David Chandler.

Mon 21st October 2013 - Sat 26th October 2013

Exhibition 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday // Private View & Wine Tasting - Friday 18th October from 6pm

Music

Jazz ExTempore Orchestra More Info

International jazz collective Jazz Extempore visit Frome to share new pieces from their album, East and West. A must-see gig for jazz fans, this diverse group offer a unique blend of traditional and contemporary jazz, with elements of Eastern folk.

Sat 26th October 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Theatre

Riding Lights present: A Different Drum More Info

One of Riding Lights most inspirational plays, ‘A different drum’ is touring the UK to widespread acclaim.

Tue 15th October 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Art

Afro-Cuban Sensibility More Info

A weekend of events celebrating the root of Afro Cuban culture and beliefs taking place at the Merlin Theatre and Rook Lane Chapel, presented by Curator Lekan Babalola.

Fri 11th October 2013 - Sun 13th October 2013

Exhibtiion : 10am - 4pm Friday - Sunday. Private View: 6pm - 9pm Thursday 10th October

Photography

Arena Photographers South West – Somerset Art Weeks More Info

A diverse group of portfolios, including conflict photography, fine art photography and portraiture. Part of Somerset Art Weeks 2013, the exhibition will also provide a back drop to a number of evening talks.

Sat 21st September 2013 - Sun 6th October 2013

11am - 5pm daily

Talk

SAW presents… Artists Sue Palmer and Hannah Still discuss art and gardens. More Info

An inspirational talk that explores the artistic response to the garden and its social politics.

Thu 3rd October 2013

Doors at 6:30pm // Talk from 7pm

Talk

ARCHITECTURE CLUB presents: Charles Holland More Info

ARCHITECTURE CLUB presents Charles Holland from FAT Architecture in the first of a series of six talks designed to stimulate ideas and debate around architecture, space and the built environment.

Tue 1st October 2013

Doors at 7pm / Talk from 7:30pm

Talk

Frome Stop the War Campaign presents: War……..What is it Good For? More Info

The latest evening hosted by Frome Stop the War Campaign, featuring talks from Jeremy Corbyn MP, Dr Sami Ramadani and Dan Glazebook.

Thu 26th September 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Steve James More Info

Rootsy americana guitarist Steve James visits Frome for the first time on his latest visit to the UK. Expect a blend of contemporary folk and blues, delivered in Steve’s distinctively southern style.

Sun 15th September 2013

Doors at 7:30pm // Performance from 8pm

Art

Mark Carr: Suppression More Info

Suppress: ‘to overpower, to subdue, to withhold, to repress, to conceal, to keep back from disclosure.’ Multidisciplinary artist Mark Carr brings a new body of site-specific work to Rook Lane Chapel.

Fri 6th September 2013 - Sat 14th September 2013

10am until 4pm Tuesday - Saturday // Private View 6 - 9pm on Thursday 5th September

Art

Out of the Silence More Info

A unique exhibition of contemporary literary illustration, curated by Rook Lane Arts and Hunting Raven Bookshop for the Frome Festival and early summer. Expect to be taken on a magical journey through work from some of literature’s leading artists.

Sat 6th July 2013 - Sat 3rd August 2013

10am until 4pm Tuesday - Saturday

Wedding Event

Frome & District Wedding Guild presents: An evening wedding showcase….. More Info

An informal evening event, hosted by the Frome Wedding Guild, showing off some of what the local area has to offer for anyone planning a wedding. Complimentary Pimms on the lawn and music are included!

Thu 1st August 2013

6pm - 8:30pm

Music

Poniente More Info

A rapidly evolving project showcasing a new take on Spanish music from two London-based musicians. A lively evening, which will appeal to Spanish music aficionados, classical music lovers, young rock and pop fans, jazz musicians and many more.

Mon 22nd July 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Comedy

An Assortment of Sibyls by Leo Aylen More Info

A rare treat to round off our Frome Festival Programme – Prunella Scales talks to Leo Aylen in this touching and funny performance.

Sun 14th July 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Music

Fat Stanley & Papa Le Gal More Info

After a rare but well-received performance at last year’s Festival, Frome’s best loved, and slackest funk band will be gracing the Chapel for a second gig. Expect some groovy music, both live and on the decks…

Sat 13th July 2013

Doors at 7:30pm

Music

Gary Fletcher and his band featuring Steve Simpson and Tom Leary More Info

Veteran blues performer Gary Fletcher pays us a visit with former members of The Blues Band. This show will be an eclectic mix of folk, americana and blues.

Fri 12th July 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Comedy

Jack Klaff: Bosom Buddies More Info

An impressive one-man show in which actor Jack Klaff plays an exhaustive list of personalities in an intricate performance boasting some funny moments, and some clever ones.

Thu 11th July 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Music

Intones presents: AV More Info

Video and electronic soundscapes will fill the Chapel, courtesy of in:tones, a collaboration of musicians, sound artists and visual artists. Curated by Adam Jansch, this event will provide an audio-visual feast, the likes of which are rarely seen in Frome.

Wed 10th July 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Story Telling

A Tongue of Stone More Info

A unique piece combining archaeology, story-telling and music, Tongues of Stone was originally commissioned for Festival at the Edge.

Tue 9th July 2013

Doors at 7:30pm // Performance from 8pm

Talk

In Praise of Thomas Bunn More Info

Thomas Bunn (1767-1853) was one of the most influential men in Frome’s modern history. This is an evening to take us to a different age, to experience Frome as it was two hundred years ago and to celebrate a benefactor whose influence on the town is still visible today.

Mon 8th July 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Talk

Frome Festival: Writers & Publishers Day More Info

This promises to be an exciting day of talks, presentations and much more. The event presents and opportunity to meet accomplished writers, top literary agents, publishers and local writers from all genres.

Sun 7th July 2013

10am until 5pm

Art

Young Illustrators Grand Prize-Giving Ceremony More Info

Come along to the launch of Frome’s First Young Illustrators competition. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served!

Sat 6th July 2013

4pm - 6pm

Music

Frome Festival opening night: Passamezzo “In Peascod Time” More Info

A Frome Festival opening night concert from the Frome Concert Group, showcasing Passomezzo, a five-strong ensemble who combine period readings and costumes to present a programme of Elizabethan and Jacobean music.

Fri 5th July 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Film

Litmus Films: Learning for Real More Info

How can we enable children to manage risk for themselves? Litmus Films present three short documentaries showing that wrapping children in cotton wool may not be the best preparation for adulthood.

Fri 28th June 2013

Doors at 7pm // Film from 7:30pm

Workshop

Urban Sketching….in Frome More Info

A unique opportunity to celebrate and draw some of Frome’s beautiful architecture, with Giles Vallis of NVB Architects and Frome draughtsman, David Chandler.

Sat 22nd June 2013

9:30am Start

Music

Teatime Concert: Jordan Bowron String Quartet More Info

Katarina Dordevic and Guy-Noel Clarisse, violins, Jordan Bowron, viola, and Lucia Capellaro, cello, will play quartets from the classical period by fellow Austrians Haydn and his contemporary Joseph Eybler.

Sun 16th June 2013

Doors: 5pm // Concert 5:30pm

Talk

Persistent jet contrails and weather manipulation – Public talk on geoengineering More Info

An introduction to the theory of geoengineering, including a free talk from David Lim.

Wed 12th June 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Family

The Illustration Competition at the end of the Universe… More Info

A last chance workshop session, for those wanting to enter Break 3’s Young Illustrator Competition. Accompanied children from all age categories are welcome to have a go at creating a book cover design in the hope of winning prizes.

Sat 8th June 2013

11am until 2pm

Music

Keith Hyett: Landscape in Reflections concert More Info

After two years dedicated to teaching and composition, Keith Hyett is back on the concert scene. Come along for new pieces of acoustic folk from Keith’s new album, Reflections.

Thu 6th June 2013

Doors at 7:30pm // Concert from 8pm

Talk

Rook Lane Arts Trust AGM More Info

The Annual General Meeting for Rook Lane Arts Trust will take place on Monday 3rd June from 4pm – 5pm. Any member of the public wishing to attend must contact the arts coordinator in advance of the meeting.

Mon 3rd June 2013

5pm

Music

Teatime Concert: 2bas – Matthew Blunt and Henry Lindsay More Info

2bas is a fresh new duo who describe their programme of transcriptions and original compositions as ‘a fun-filled and extraordinary experience.’

Sun 2nd June 2013

Doors: 5pm // Concert 5:30pm

Talk

Frome Stop the War Campaign Presents: Drones – Convenient Killing: The Playstation Mentality More Info

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) are either aircraft controlled from the ground by operators thousands of miles away, or increasingly, a robotic aircraft on a pre-programmed mission. Frome Stop the War Campaign presents “Drones: Convenient Killing and the Playstation Mentality” a talk by Chris Cole founder of ‘Drone Wars UK’. and Ian Chamberlain, Campaigns and Media officer of the National Stop the War Coalition

Wed 29th May 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Teatime Concert: Marciana Buta and Rebecca Herman More Info

Marciana makes frequent appearances across Europe and Asia, both in small ensembles and as a soloist. Rebecca returns to the Chapel following her appearances as the cellist in the Castalian Quartet. Marciana and Rebecca will be playing duets by Bach, Gliere, Kodaly and others.

Sun 19th May 2013

Doors: 5pm // Concert 5:30pm

Talk

Discuss & Do talk: Andy Jackson – How to Sell you! More Info

The latest from Discuss & Do – This workshop will teach you simple and straightforward techniques to help you feel more confident about selling yourself. Helping you get clients’ attention and generate new enquiries.

Thu 16th May 2013

7pm

Film

Litmus Films: Ukulele Film Night More Info

A unique insight into The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain since their ascent to the big time. This promises to be an evening of four-string fun, including the chance to play along to their just-released Live At Sydney Opera House film with on-screen musical notation!

Fri 10th May 2013

Doors at 7pm // Film from 7:30pm

Talk

Celebrating The Imagination: Zoe Fairbairns More Info

Author, poet and journalist; Zoe Fairbairns will be speaking at Rook Lane in the latest installment from Celebrating the Imagination.

Thu 9th May 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Chantel McGregor supported by Albany Down More Info

Award-winning rising star of rock and blues, Chantel will perform at Rook Lane Arts as part of her current tour. Supported by Albany Down who will be offering “stripped-down-to-the-waist no nonsense rock and roll”.

Wed 8th May 2013

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Nights – MUDDY RIVER (DORO NO KAWA) More Info

The children of a war widow living in a houseboat on the river of the title in Osaka in 1950 befriend the son of a local restaurant owner. The film is set against industrial skyline, where the young friends stand in innocent defiance of the social circumstances which bear down upon them.

Sun 5th May 2013

Film at dusk // Doors open an hour before

Talk

Celebrating the Imagination: Gavin Pretor – Pinney More Info

Founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society and author of The Cloudspotters Guide and The Wavewatcher‘s Companion, Gavin will be speaking at Rook Lane in the latest talk in the Celebrating the Imagination series.

Thu 2nd May 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Talk

Celebrating the Imagination – Colin Tudge More Info

Colin Tudge, biologist, writer and founder of The Campaign for Real Farming come to Rook Lane to discuss “A Different View of Life – why genes are not selfish and people are nice.”

Tue 30th April 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Music

Men with Horns – Nightsong in the Spring More Info

Men with Horns return to Rook Lane for an early evening sprigtime concert, with a programme that includes choral and solo songs by Schumann and Schubert (Nightsong in the Forest, the Gondolier, Widerspruch), plus Weber’s popular Hunters’ chorus.

Sun 28th April 2013

Concert from 5pm

Talk

Celebrating the Imagination: Helen Storey More Info

Helen Storey is Professor of University of The Arts London In Fashion and Science who created the ground breaking project ’Primitive Streak‘, which brought together the worlds of science and fashion through the creation of a fashion collection.

Thu 25th April 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Art

Frome Art Society – Spring Exhibition More Info

New work from the Frome Art Society. Mediums to include pencil, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and charcoal. PRIVATE VIEW: Friday 12th April // 6pm – 9pm // All are welcome and admission is free.

Sat 13th April 2013 - Sat 20th April 2013

10am - 4pm Tuesday to Saturday

Workshop

Discuss & Do workshop: Digital Marketing for your business with Claire Sully, Tickbox Marketing More Info

The future of marketing is digital. This workshop will guide you through how to use the web for marketing; highlighting which platforms out there are best for your business, by engaging with others through design, photography, web, video and art.

Thu 18th April 2013

7pm-8.30pm

Talk

Celebrating the Imagination – Sacha Abercorn: The Imagination in Education More Info

Sacha Abercorn is founder of The Pushkin Trust, “which works to provide and support a holistic model to spark imagination and deepen awareness of our collective creativity, our humanity and ‘the child’ within each one of us.”

Wed 17th April 2013

Doors at 7pm // Talk from 7:30pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Nights – AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS More Info

Drawn from Louis Malle’s own childhood experiences in the 1940s, this simple chronicle of childhood friendship is increasingly touched by and reactive to the events of the time in much the same way as its two protagonists encounter them.

Sun 7th April 2013

Film begins at dusk, refreshments are available an hour before.

Art

Metaphysica More Info

The nature of being and the world around us prompts two basic questions in the broadest possible terms: What is there? What is it like? 

Sat 30th March 2013 - Sat 6th April 2013

10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday // Private View 6pm - 9pm on Friday 29th March

Talk

BIM Seminar: South West Hub 2nd session for 2013 More Info

The South West BIM hub presents a case study approach to BIM 4 SMEs in Architecture. With Speakers Andrew de Silva “Das” from davidmillerarchitects and Bill Pier & Derek Marshall from NC Architects.

Wed 27th March 2013

16:30 - 18:00

Market

The Rook Lane Wedding Fair More Info

A handpicked selection of wonderful wedding suppliers from Frome and beyond, all under one roof! Admission is FREE throughout the day and there are lots of goodies to be had. Not to be missed for anyone planning a wedding….

Sun 24th March 2013

11am until 3pm

Talk

Celebrating the Imagination – The Gist More Info

Speakers include Lindsey Clarke, Liliane Lijn, Andrew Miller, Maggie Gee and John Moat, poet James Simpson and artist/book creator Carolyn Trant.

Fri 15th March 2013 - Sat 16th March 2013

Friday: Doors at 7pm // Saturday 10am until 5pm

Talk

Celebrating the Imagination – Jackie Morris “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” More Info

In the first event of the Celebrating the Imagination festival, come and hear about how Jackie Morris’ latest story was created. Jackie will be reading from the book and discussing the importance of illustration in her stories.

Thu 14th March 2013

Doors at 7pm

Market

Rook Lane Retro – Springtime Spectacular More Info

  March’s retro fair has been postponed until later in the year.

Sat 9th March 2013

10:30am – 4pm

Music

Kammerphilharmonie Europa – in association with Jackdaws and Frome Concerts Group More Info

The packed programme is full of delights including Vivaldi, Bach and Grieg. This is a rare chance to hear the acclaimed Cologne-based Chamber Philharmonic Europe.

Sun 3rd March 2013

Doors at 2pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Night – ONE FROM THE HEART More Info

An idiosyncratic musical set in Las Vegas in all its 4th July excess – perhaps not what might be expected of this director…

Sun 3rd March 2013

Fillm from 7:30pm, refreshments available from 6:30pm

Workshop

Discuss & Do Workshop: Watertight Marketing – Bryony Thomas More Info

Packed with actionable tips and advice to step up your new business, right through from from initial enquiry to long term profit.

Thu 21st February 2013

7pm

Workshop

Discuss & Do talk: How Reputation is Your Brand – Nick Sinfield, Duo More Info

Today everything is about your ‘brand’ – but what is your brand?

Wed 20th February 2013

6:30pm

Music

Coffee Concert – Ensemble Amaranthos More Info

Led by Portuguese flautist, Marta Goncalves this international ensemble enjoy successful careers performing together and in other chamber groups and early music outfits such as the OAE, Florilegium and La serenissima.

Sun 10th February 2013

10:30am

Talk

Frome Stop the War Campaign presents WAR, INTERVENTIONS AND THE MEDIA More Info

Is broadcast and print media providing balanced coverage and analysis of 21st Century wars and interventions?

Thu 7th February 2013

Doors open at 7pm, talk from 7:30pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Night – THE BLUE KITE (LAN FENG ZHEN) More Info

A Beijing family’s eye-view of daily life in China in the fifteen years leading up to the Cultural Revolution in 1966. The first in our latest series of Sunday night films at Rook Lane Arts.

Sun 3rd February 2013

Screening from 7:30pm, refreshments available from 6:30pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Nights Special Edition: The Third Man More Info

Step out of the cold and into post-war Vienna for the Carol Read classic film starring Orson Welles. Tea and viennese confections will be served and those in film noir attire get discounted entry.

Sat 2nd February 2013

Doors open at 4:30pm / Film from 6pm

Music

Coffee Concert: Gemma Rosefield & Benjamin Nabarro More Info

We have wondered for several years how a solo cello programme would be received as part of our Coffee Concert series. In the end we felt that a pairing in which the cello is an equal partner to the violin would be more widely appreciated.

Sun 27th January 2013

Doors open at 10:30am for coffee / Concert from 11:30am

Music

Coffee Concert: Badke String Quartet More Info

A return visit by this sensational quartet who defied illness and snowy weather to perform in our 2009 season, since when two personnel changes have strengthened and honed their taut and precise playing.

Sun 13th January 2013

Doors open at 10:30am for coffee / Concert from 11:30am

Photography

Royal Photographic Society 155th International Print Exhibition More Info

The first time this exhibition has visited Frome, we are delivering a series of related workshops and events with photographers in conjunction with the exhibition.

Sat 17th November 2012 - Sat 5th January 2013

Tuesday – Saturday 10am until 4pm. Closed from 23rd December - 3rd January and on Saturday 8th December for Rook Lane Retro.

Talk

Frome Labour Party event with guest speaker Lord Jim Knight More Info

The Frome Labour Party are pleased to welcome Lord Knight of Weymouth (Jim Knight) back to his adopted home of Frome.

Thu 13th December 2012

Doors open at 7:30pm // Speaker from 8:30pm

Market

Rook Lane Retro Vintage Market: Christmas Spectacular! More Info

Roll up, roll up for the very best in Christmas shopping. We have vintage homewares, Christmas gifts, upcycled, pre-love vintage clothing and accessories, mulled wine, music, badge-making and more!

Sat 8th December 2012

10:30am – 4pm

Music

Jane Taylor in Concert More Info

Fresh from their live session on Radio 2 with Bob Harris, the award winning Jane Taylor Band, first championed by Johnnie Walker, returns to Frome as part of a UK Tour.

Fri 7th December 2012

Doors: 7:15pm

Talk

RPS: Lecture – Mervyn Clingan More Info

Photographer and lecturer Mervyn discusses the history of image making, photograph manipulation, and the transition between photography and fine art.

Thu 6th December 2012

8pm

Charity

Light up a Life Service More Info

A service organised by Dorothy House, for people to remember and commemorate departed loved ones.

Thu 6th December 2012

Doors at 5:45pm, Start time at 6pm

Talk

RPS: Lecture – Vanessa Slawson More Info

Documentary photographer, current Chair of the RPS Licentiate Distinctions Panel and one of the selectors of the exhibition, Vanessa will come to deliver a talk on the photographs currently on display.

Mon 3rd December 2012

7pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Night – What Price Hollywood? More Info

What Price Hollywood? One of the best behind-the-scenes looks at the old Hollywood studio system that was ever made.

Sun 2nd December 2012

Doors at 6:30pm, film from 7:30pm

Workshop

RPS: Photographers Day workshops More Info

A day of photography skills, talks and debate at Rook Lane Chapel , to celebrate the visit from the 155th International Print Exhibition from the RPS.

Sat 1st December 2012

10am until 4pm

Workshop

RPS event: Camper Obscura by FOTONOW More Info

Drop in and join maverick photographers and university lecturers Matthew Pontin and Jonathan Blyth in their ‘Camper Obscura’, a mobile camera obscura in a 1986 VW transporter.

Sat 1st December 2012

10am - 4pm

Talk

RPS: Aliceson Carter Kodachrome – The End More Info

Artist Aliceson Carter discusses her recent major project, documenting the last days of kodachrome and her journey to America to deliver her final rolls of kodachrome film to the processing plant.

Wed 28th November 2012

7pm

Talk

RPS: Ian Beesley More Info

Join social documentary photographer and competition selector Ian for a lecture and discussion on photography practice.

Tue 27th November 2012

7pm

Music

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman More Info

With an eclectic repertoire, two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers ensure a rare treat. Support by Sam Kelly.

Sat 24th November 2012

Doors open at 7:30pm

Workshop

RPS: Camper Obscura by FotoNow More Info

Drop in and join maverick photographers and university lecturers Matthew Pontin and Jonathan Blyth in their ‘Camper Obscura’, a mobile camera obscura in a 1986 VW transporter.

Sat 24th November 2012

10am until 4pm

Music

An Evening with David Bradley More Info

An evening of great entertainment from one of the best tribute acts in the music business. This will be a fantastic evening from a truly talented showman.

Fri 23rd November 2012

Doors at 7pm

Story Telling

The Mouth of the Night More Info

An evening of Traditional Celtic Story weaving words, music and song into a Celtic Wonder Tale.

Wed 21st November 2012

Doors at 7:30pm

Talk

ICE Talk: Chris Wise ‘Velodreamland’ More Info

Award winning Structural Engineer Chris Wise explores the beauty and pleasure in great engineering drawing on some of his highly acclaimed projects such as the Olympic Velodrome and the Infinity Bridge.

Tue 20th November 2012

Doors at 6pm

Workshop

RPS: Launch Day Workshops More Info

Workshops throughout the day at Rook Lane Chapel.

Sat 17th November 2012

10am until 4pm

Photography

RPS: Print Exhibition Private View More Info

Come along to celebrate the launch of the exhibition with drinks, nibbles and music. Join local photographers and RPS members for a first look at this collection.

Fri 16th November 2012

6pm until 9pm

Talk

Transmutation: Visualisation in Art and Science More Info

Spike Bucklow is a research scientist and teacher at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, a department of the Fiztwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

Thu 15th November 2012

Doors at 7pm

Music

Ben Waters in Concert More Info

Heralded by Jools Holland in the Mail on Sunday as one of the best pianists of all time, his performances are sensational – this guy has played with the legends of rock ‘n roll – Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Ray Davies – and is proud to call Jools Holland his friend and mentor.

Sat 10th November 2012

Doors at 7:30pm

Film

Rook Lane Film Night More Info

A schoolgirl escapes from the many responsibilities thrust upon her by her demanding and tempestuous family life by immersing herself in a comic strip set in ancient Egypt.

Sun 4th November 2012

Doors at 6:30pm, screening from 7:30pm

Art

Energy and Movement Exhibition from The Old Bakery Artists More Info

This popular, locally based group have had several successful shows in Rook Lane Chapel in the past few years. There will be a large grid of canvases on one wall with an interpretation from each member expressing the theme.

Sat 20th October 2012 - Sat 3rd November 2012

10am – 4pm daily except Sunday and Mondays

Art

Retrospective: Elizabeth Feltham and Bruce Barden More Info

Retropsective is a collection of works by local artist Elizabeth Feltham and her late husband Bruce Barnden.

Sat 13th October 2012 - Wed 17th October 2012

10am until 4pm

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