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Clear your diaries!! 6-15 July 2017


Wedmore Arts Festival, 6 – 15 July 2017  - Don’t go away!


This year’s Arts Festival will start on Thursday 6 July 2017 with Wedmore Opera’s unique take on the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite, Pirates of Penzance. This comic opera with its swashbuckling tunes will run in the Village Hall from 6- 8 July.


Also for music-lovers Wedmore favourite Marie Vassiliou (soprano) returns for a teatime concert on Saturday 8 July; and on Sunday 9 July we are lucky enough to welcome the Brunel Sinfonia Orchestra (conducted by former Wedmore resident Mark  Gateshill)who have generously agreed to open their pre-performance rehearsal exclusively to local children who are learning to play a musical instrument.


On Monday and Tuesday there will be two lunchtime concerts: the renowned pianist, Richard Lennox, on Monday 10 July, and organist James Kealey, Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, recently returned from a recital tour in the US, on Tuesday 11 July. On Tuesday evening we are delighted to welcome back Ed Leaker and his Blaze quartet who premiered at the 2008 Wedmore Festival, and have gone from strength to strength ever since.


A new departure for the Festival will be our lunchtime talks at the Swan. These will be on a diverse range of fascinating topics and will be followed by a delicious meal, attended by the speaker, at which there will be a chance for further informal questions. Speakers will be naval hero Admiral Lord West, photographer Alex Rotas and national newspaper editor Peter Wright.  


Children’s author Jeremy de Quidt will talk about his mesmerising writing for children and young adults on Wednesday evening and on Thursday there will be a ground-breaking poetry performance written by award-wining poet, Sarah James.


Our Friday evening event features the hilarious comedian Simon Evans who is more usually to be found Live at the Apollo, on Channel 4’s Stand up for the Week or perhaps putting the comedy into commodity on BBC Radio 4 and the Festival will end with our very own Somerset Levellers who will bring the week to a fabulous finale with a toe-tapping Ceilidh in the Village Hall on Saturday 15 July.


The visual arts will also be represented during the Festival week. Paintings by renowned artist Jane Percival who died last year will be exhibited in a special anniversary retrospective in Lerburne House.  The work of Mudgley potter Jan Tomes will also be on display, as will a selection of exhibits from local artist groups. There will even be representation from some of our Turnip Prize-winners!


A published programme with full details of the performers and timings will be circulated in May. In the meantime, keep an eye on our website –


So don’t go away!

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