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Apr 10, 2017
Why quality artists are flocking to the Deverills this year


DEVERILLS Performing Arts has brought together an inspiring programme of high quality performing artists for its 2017 programme at accessible prices using unique rural venues. With events hosted in the Deverill villages, within the Cranborne Chase AONB, and benefitting from a grant from the Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs AONB Sustainable Development Fund, there are four more fixtures set to run up to the middle of November.

Apollo5 – 29 April, 7.30pm, Longbridge Deverill Church

Capella quintet Apollo5, an international award winning vocal ensemble, will perform a range of music, from retro jazz and pop to classical, on 29 April in Longbridge Deverill Church. Their evening concert programme will include such favourites as A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Summertime, Sfogava con le Stelle, Oh You Wide Steppe, Le Duo des Fleurs and Java Jive. Tickets cost £15 or £7.50 for under 7s.

The group will also be running a workshop for young people (10-13) in the afternoon, 1pm to 2.30pm, involving fun warmups, games, layer-building of rhythms and melodies from around the world, and learning some songs to perform with the group in a mini performance at 2.10pm.

Mark Nevin & band – 24 June, 7.30pm, The George Inn, Longbridge Deverill

Acoustic Magazine recently wrote of guitarist/songwriter Mark Nevin: “He’s definitely still here, writing and singing better than ever…” Mark, who formed Fairground Attraction in the late 1980s, is now touring with former Fairground band-mates Roger Beaujolais, Simon Edwards and Richard Marcangelo. Following the release of his new album, My Unfashionable Opinion, Mojo Magazine wrote: “Nevin can’t stop writing, delivering songs of hope, joy, ironic insight and spectacular humanity.” Tickets for this event cost £12.

Jason Rebello – 16 September, 7.30pm, Kingston Deverill Church

Jazz pianist Jason Rebello was classically trained, but inspired by Herbie Hancock. He has worked with artists such as Sting, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Joss Stone. At this event, Jason will be playing tracks from Held and some of his previous work. Jazz FM said of him: “Jason is probably the most gifted and fluent pianist to have emerged in Britain since Django Bates.” Tickets cost £12.

Guy Johnston (cello) & Tom Poster (piano) – 18 November, 7.30pm, Kingston Deverill Church

Guy Johnston and Tom Poster perform together frequently and they will be making stunning music in Kingston Deverill Church in this final fixture of the Deverills Performing Arts series of five events. Guy, the BBC Young Musician of 2000 and recipient of a Classical Brit Award, is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation, while Tom is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry.

Richard Munro, who organises the festival with Julia Williams, said: “Our idea is to bring theatre, music and dance to people who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to see it – top quality performances in historic settings. We have tried to vary the events to cater for all tastes, plus we are using different venues in the Deverills. The artists we book are people we have seen. The first fixture in our series, the Door Ajar Theatre production of Thisbe, was enjoyed by all who came to see it in Longbridge Deverill Village Hall and we’re sure the next four events will be equally popular.
“We were incredibly grateful to have received the grant from the Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs AONB Sustainable Development Fund which has enabled us to widen our cultural offering. Our aim is to be seen as a beacon of culture in the area.”

For all concerts refreshments will be available for small donations. There is also ample parking. Early booking for all events is recommended. More information is available at www.deverillsfestival.com.