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International star joins Orchestra of the Swan's new season

Brittish cellist, Raphael Wallfisch is the latest international soloist to team up with Stratford-upon-Avon-based Orchestra of the Swan. 
He joins the orchestra as their Associate Artist for the 2013-14 season which will see him perform three of his favourite works for cello and orchestra in the newly rejuvenated Civic Hall.

Jessica Rhodes debut album "Eyes on the Streets"

Artist Jessica Rhodes', based in the Cotswolds, forthcoming debut album is "Eyes on the Streets". Jessica Rhodes makes her next public appearance at Knebworth House, on Sunday 8th September, supporting Labrinth and Iggy Azalea for Toni&Guy 50th year anniversary festival.

"Great songs, great sound, and it looks good!" - Matt Butler, producer (Phil Collins, Mick Jagger)

Friends of Court Barn Museum help the Museum to acquire a pendant designed by C. R. Ashbee

A pendant made by the Guild of Handicraft in c1899 has been bought by Court Barn Museum with the help of the Friends of Court Barn Museum, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and The Art Fund.

The Sensational Charleston Chasers: Bringing the Roaring Twenties to life!

The Charleston Chasers are coming to Chipping Sodbury on Tuesday 8 October 2013. They will be performing in the Town Hall at 7.30 pm (doors open from 6.30pm) and tickets are available now from http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/csmusicsociety/ adults £13.50 and school-age children £1.50 or the Box Office on 01454 315741. Website: http://www.thecharlestonchasers.com/

Canadian Artist Greg Thatcher back working in Painswick

Canadian artist Greg Thatcher is back in Painswick this July continuing work on his yew tree series of drawings. Greg has been coming to Painswick since 1991 and his work has been shown in the US and Canada as well as in England. His latest show of Painswick yew trees, was at the Moline International Airport in Illinois in May and June 2013.

Heroes Finale for Shipston Proms

Nearly two thousand people thronged the streets of Shipston-on-Stour for the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 6 July

The David Bowie classic ‘Heroes' - a theme of London Olympics 2012 - then another hit ‘Modern Love' played out the final hour at midnight.

The Green Dragon String Quartet at Elkstone Church

St John the Evangelist Church. Elkstone. GL53 9PD 13 July 2013 7.30pm

You are invited to join us for an entertaining evening of Summer Music in the 1000 year old Church set high up in the small village of Elkstone. Whilst listening to the music you will be able to appreciate the superb acoustics in the church which are helped by the superb Norman arches. .

A Cornucopia of La Musica D'Italia at Armscote Manor

Orchestra of the Swan are to host an Italian inspired Cornucopia of exquisite music, fine food and wine for their guests in the beautiful gardens of Armscote Manor, home of Roy and Deborah Williams, on Saturday 31st August at 6.00pm

Shipston Proms celebrate Benjamin Britten

Youngsters from schools in Shipston-on-Stour took part in a celebratory performance of Benjamin Britten's community opera Noye's Fludde - Noah's Flood - as a highlight of the 15th annual Shipston Proms.

The production, by the Orchestra of the Swan, was staged in three performances at Townsend Hall last weekend.They marked the centenary of the composer's birth.

Austerity Opera made to inspire next generation

Two enterprising Midlands arts companies are staging a full-scale opera, based on Homer's epics The Iliad & The Odyssey, on a budget that would barely pay for the wardrobe of most opera houses.

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