The exhibition presents hundreds of pieces from beginners to internationally exhibiting artists from in and around Calne.
Displayed in Marden House, the exhibition is a must for artists and art lovers alike.
10:00am – 4pm - Please note the Family Day will be in progress
10:00am - 02:00pm & 04:00pm – 05:00pm
Monday 4th to Friday 8th :
10:00am – midday and 01.15pm – 05:00pm
11:00am - 02:00pm –
Free Artists Talk 10:00am - midday
The Festival Club
The Festival wine bar at Marden House is open before evening events and for interval drinks.
Light lunches, snacks and drinks will be available throughout the Family Day, Saturday 2nd October.
Coffee and cakes are also available on weekday evenings after the main event when there is a free late evening concert. Light lunches will be served following the weekday lunchtime concerts.
Art Exhibition Private View and Opening
Friday 1st October 7:30pm Marden House
(Friends and Artists by invitation only)
This year’s Festival will be officially opened during the Art Exhibition Preview at Marden House. The Preview evening is for Festival Friends, Artists and by Invitation only.
The Open Art Exhibition will be on display throughout the Festival. Please consult
the Festival calendar for opening times.
The Exhibition is kindly sponsored by Bevirs Law.
Saturday 2nd October 10am - 4pm
Join us for our first Family Day, based at Marden House where there will be an immersive Theatre Dome experience, Art and Music workshops and a performance by the Japanese Teiko drummers.
Calne Wordfest will be running, 'Wondrous Words', a fun, family activity and there will be a pop-up event at Calne’s Pocket Park.
Refreshments and light lunches will be served.
Children must be supervised at all times.
Kindly sponsored by The Hills Group Limited.
The Shelburne Ensemble
Saturday 2nd October 7:30pm Marden House
£10 (Friends £7; £1 U18s)
The Shelburne Ensemble, a Calne based family trio, comprises Laurence Davies, French horn, violinist Siân McInally and pianist Helen Davies. Laurence, until recently has been Principal Horn for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, of which Siân is still a member. All perform throughout the UK and worldwide with various orchestras and companies including the Royal Philharmonic, The Philharmonia, LSO and Opra Cymru. The concert will have a French theme and include works by Debussy, Saint Saens, Boulanger, Ganne as well as Mozart, Piazolla and local composer James Harpham.
‘A Man with his Mind Ajar : Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Calne’ – a talk by the Rt. Rev’d Dr. Andrew Rumsey, followed by afternoon tea
Sunday 3rd October 3pm Marden House
(£5, Friends £3, Under 18s and students £1)
Andrew Rumsey is Bishop of Ramsbury, an ancient role in the spiritual care of Wiltshire, dating back to the tenth century. He is the author of Parish: an Anglican Theology of Place (2017) and English Grounds, his new book reflecting on the roots of faith, landscape and national identity.
Also, a songwriter and poet, Andrew was drawn first to Coleridge as a thinker and was thrilled to discover the poet had lived for a time opposite St Mary’s Church in Calne. With reference to this sojourn in the town, Andrew will pay tribute to a genius “whose mind" (according to Hazlitt) "kept open house”.
EVENSONG at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Calne
Sunday 3rd October 6pm St. Mary's Church
Choral Evensong is a gem of traditional Anglican worship. In essence, it is a service of psalms, canticles, readings and hymns dating back to the 15th century. The choir of St Mary’s Church, augmented by friends and supporters from across the town, will also be singing an anthem and musical settings of the Magnificat (Song of Mary) and Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon).
Calne & District Flower Club - floral art demonstration
Monday 4th October 12:15 Marden House
Calne & District Flower Club will be sharing their love of floral art with a special demonstration at Marden House.
Flowers and foliage will be combined to create beautiful arrangements, the process will be explained in full and you'll gain helpful hints and tips, learning to make your own floral art creations.
Calne has hosted a flower club for over 30 years, meeting monthly in Marden House where they view floral demonstrations, take part in workshops and have outings to celebrate special occasions.
The club offers a warm welcome to anyone who loves flowers and floral art.
For further details please click here.
An evening with Will Blake and the PSG Choir
Monday 4th October 7:30pm Marden House
£10 (Friends £7, Under 18s £1)
Our local PSG Choir under the directorship of the talented musician Will Blake, began 7 years ago in Derry Hill. The concept from Will was to create a place within the community where lovers of singing could join together and learn a mixture of Pop, Soul and Gospel songs and improve on their individual singing abilities in a supportive and encouraging group. This evening they will entertain us with their vast repertoire of songs.
The choir experience is a special thing that can be hard to explain to others but as PSG performances were being noticed it was inevitable that more and more residents of the neighbouring towns would wish to join in the fun and energy that PSG has to share. So much so, that now PSG Choirs have branches in Chippenham, Devizes and Trowbridge.. The warm welcome you receive at our sessions is the start of the most amazing experience where you can develop your singing skills as there are no auditions required to join. Your commitment is paid back in memorable performances and becoming part of the PSG singing family that is unlike any other choir you’ve ever seen! To find out more click here
Free late evening concert : Mark Willcocks – classical guitar and Renaissance lute.
Monday 4th October 9:15pm Marden House
As well as teaching guitar at Marlborough college, Mark performs regularly on both the classical guitar and Renaissance lute. Recent performances include a concert featuring Benjamin Britten folk songs at the Malmesbury Festival, a recital of Classical Guitar duets at the Wyvern Theatre, and a performance of Concierto de Arenjuez with North Wiltshire Symphony Orchestra. He has played at the WOMAD Festival, played incidental music on the Lute whilst Eddie Redmayne read a Shakespeare Sonnet at Beaulieu Abbey and broadcast live on Mike Read’s BBC radio show. Television appearances include James May’s ‘Man Lab’ and ‘The Only Way is Essex’ where Mark featured as a Tudor Minstrel!
Cello Recital - Lorna Davies
Tuesday 5th October 12:15 Marden House
£5 (Friends free)
Wiltshire cellist Lorna Davis began playing at the age of seven under the tutelage of Christopher LeBon and enjoyed playing with Wiltshire Young Musicians. Having won the Liz Lawrence Award, she gained her BMus at The University of Manchester and MA (distinction) in cello performance at The Royal Academy of Music. A student on the string leadership scheme with the Royal Northern College of Music, she won The Charles Hallé Award. Lorna has performed extensively as part of The Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic. She is a passionate performer, enjoying a versatile career as soloist, chamber, orchestral and community musician and teacher. Her programme will include works of two 19th Century composers – Rebecca Clark, little known, who became one of the first female professional orchestral players and Max Bruch’s famous Kol Nidrei. Lorna will be accompanied on the piano by David Knowles.
Jazz Club : Catherine Sykes in Concert : Autumn in New York
Tuesday 5th October 7:30pm Marden House
£10 (Friends £8)
We welcome the return of the very popular Catherine Sykes who will entertain with a selection of all-time favourites from ‘ The Great American Songbook’. The evening will follow the usual Jazz Club format in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with Festival goers bringing their own drinks and refreshments.
‘Female Composers of Song’ – a recital by Hannah Crocker, soprano and Claire Habbershaw, piano
Wednesday 6th October 12:15 Marden House
£5 (Friends free; £1 U18s)
Hannah is currently studying for a Masters in Performance at the Royal College. She made her debut in 2017 in Offenbach’s ‘ La Belle Helene’ which received a 4 star review in The Observer. Alongside various solo performances she has participated in ensemble performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra and with Philharmonia Voices for a performance of Schoenberg’s ‘Gurrelieder’ in the Royal Festival Hall. Claire is a highly experienced collaborative pianist and chamber musician also studying for a Masters in Performance at Guildhall. She was recently awarded the Founder’s Prize for Piano Accompaniment and the Raymond Russell prize for harpsichord. She was seen most recently on BBC 4’S ‘Welsh Singers Showcase 2021.
Student Concert : ‘A showcase of talent’: performances by local music students.
Wednesday 6th October 7:30pm Marden House
£5 ( Friends £3, Under 18s £1)
Calne has a thriving culture of music making amongst the youth and this evening’s concert will feature students of local teachers. You will hear young, talented people at various stages on their musical journey playing a variety of instruments.
Free late evening concert : Recital by Gabriel Longbotham, pianist, singer and songwriter.
Wednesday 6th October 9:15pm Marden House
Gabriel has been a student of piano at the South West Music School for4 four years, where he is mentored by Penelope Price-Jones.
'I'm a 17 year old singer-songwriter and started playing piano when I was around 8, which I'm now at diploma level on. But I didn't start writing songs until a few years ago, when I started really getting into The Beatles, who have been a massive inspiration. Soon after that, I started learning guitar which made me realise that songwriting was something that I’m very passionate about. Over the last few years, I've been improving with every new song and I finally feel at a stage where I'm confident enough to try and get my music out there, with the help of great opportunities such as this’.
Gabriel is hoping to be joined by his sister, Madeleine, who is currently studying flute at the Purcell School.
Drink and Draw – a FREE Art Event
Wednesday 6th October 7.00pm – 09:00pm
Lansdowne Strand Hotel Bar
Do you like to draw? Do you like to drink? Welcome to the Calne Music & Art Festival’s Drink and Draw at the Lansdowne. There are no rules, no need for talent, just enthusiasm! With still lives set up and a clock ticking, it’s like speed dating art! Some materials will be provided but bring your favourites just in case. Drink responsibly.
Marlborough College Music Scholars
Thursday 7th October 12:15 Marden House
£5 (Friends £0; £1 U18s)
We are delighted to welcome back Music Scholars from Marlborough College for what is always a fascinating and intriguing lunchtime recital. A number of national and international prize-winning musicians will be featured, offering a programme of exceptional variety and colour.
Jacob Byrne : Piano Recital
Thursday 7th October 7:30pm Marden House
£8 ( Friends £6, Under 18s £1)
Jacob enjoys a versatile career as a pianist and teacher of modern languages in Cheltenham. Having grown up in Wiltshire, Jacob studied the piano first with his mother Rachael and then with the late Anna Roberts, before
commencing at Lancaster University. During this time he won the Lancaster University Concerto Competition in two consecutive years, performing concertos by Haydn and Gershwin. Jacob has also studied with American pianist Keith Porter-Snell in Bath, completing his Licentiate diploma in Piano Performance.
Recent recitals have included Truro Cathedral, The Pound Arts Centre, The Minster, Plymouth, Bristol Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral and the Wiltshire Music Centre. Jacob has appeared as a concerto soloist with both the Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra and the North Wiltshire Symphony Orchestra in recent years and also continues to work as an accompanist in the area.
Free late evening concert : Concrete Prairie
Thursday 7th October 9:15pm Marden House
United by a love of country, folk and indie music past and present, Concrete Prairie are a Bath based quartet playing their own brand of bruised Americana who recently featured at the BBC Wilts festival. The band take inspiration from across the genres to deliver songs dealing with life, death and everything in between - a veritable soundtrack for the glamour & grit of everyday living.
Joe Faulkner - guitar / vocals
Adam Greeves - guitar / vocals
Dan Burrows - bass
Georgia Browne - fiddle
Click here for their instagram
Bowled Over – The life and times of William Bowles (1792-1850), poet and parson of Bremhill
Friday 8th October 12:15 Marden House
£5 (Friends free; £1 U18s)
Calne Heritage Centre presents this revue, recalling interesting, amusing and curious episodes from the life of William Bowles, interspersed with songs from his friend, the famous Tom Moore. William Bowles became the Vicar at Bremhill in 1804. He was an amiable, absent-minded and rather eccentric man. He wrote the verses on the Maud Heath Monument. The Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, once visited him in his parsonage at Bremhill. He was a friend of the poor and spoke out against slavery. He was also an antiquary and researched the history of Stanley Abbey. Calne Heritage Centre players comprise Thomas Morris, Sue Boddington, Karen & Nick Baxter and John Boaler. A lunchtime event definitely not to be missed!
The Bonfire Radicals
Friday 8th October 7:30pm Marden House
£10 (Friends £8; £1 U18s)
Bonfire Radicals have emerged from the folk/world scene with a fresh musical approach and a wealth of engaging traditional and original material. Their sound draws on a spectrum of influences - medieval melodies, global polyrhythms, Balkan beats, African melodic patterns, South American dance forms and all points in between. At their gigs you will experience a sonic soundscape ranging from full-on pyrotechnic folk-rock to delicate a cappella vocals. Rooted in Birmingham UK, they aim to reflect the city’s vibrant multi-culturalism and gritty urbanity as well as leaving space for rural dance music and song from these islands and beyond.
Free late evening performance : ‘From Coast to Coast‘ - Saili Katebe
Friday 8th October 9:15pm Marden House
Saili Katebe is a Zambian born writer, performer and workshop facilitator based in the South West of England. His work celebrates the musicality of language and the power of art as a way to connect people. He was poet in residence onboard SS Great Britain in 2019 and has appeared on stages across the country including a performance as a finalist at the BBC Edinburgh Festival Fringe Slam in 2018.
‘Meet the Artists’ Geoffrey Stephenson and Charles Rodwell with Genevieve Sioka
Saturday 9th October 10am - midday
Join us for an artist talk with two local, professional Artists – Geoffrey Stephenson and Charles Rodwell, who will be in conversation with Genevieve Sioka, Exhibition co-ordinator for the Festival.
Geoffrey Stephenson worked initially in London as a graphic designer for twelve years before changing his career into stonecarving to fulfill an eagerness to work in a more satisfying three dimensional and organic way.
Charles Rodwell studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and is Curator of the CMAF Open Art Exhibition. Charles paints landscapes and large colourful figure compositions from travels to India and other locations.
There will be opportunities to ask questions and learn about what inspires these Artists. A must attend for art students and enthusiasts.
‘THE MIKADO’ - presented by Opera Anywhere
Saturday 9th October 7:30pm Marden House
£12 ( Friends £9, U18s £1)
Opera Anywhere are delighted to be bringing The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan to the wonderful, intimate setting of Marden House. Some years ago, they played ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ to an enthusiastic, full house audience.
Set in Japan, the Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, YumYum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yumyum, however, is bethrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will. Things, as you can see, are complicated! But can everything be righted before someone loses their head? Expect high jinks, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed.
This is a musical event to remember.
Lockdown Wiltshire Wildlife – Exhibition Talk
Sunday 10th October 3pm
Calne Heritage Centre
£3 ( Friends £1, under 18’s £1)
'Around the World with Pam and Eddy Lane' is an exhibition of photographs by the award-winning Wiltshire wildlife and travel photographers, Eddy and Pam Lane.
Eddy and Pam Lane, from Calne, have travelled the world from the Galapagos to South Georgia ( in the footsteps of Shackleton) capturing the landscapes and wildlife of remote places. They have won numerous awards for their work and are much in demand as judges for national competitions. They are inspirational public speakers and this talk will take place at the Heritage Centre where their exhibition will be on show for the whole of October.
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