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Arts & Entertainment - Reviews

Review: from Marlborough Rising, Kaleido Bay headline at The Vic

Kaleido Bay - from their Facebook pages - l to r: Ben Kay, Jake Gribben & Harry GraceKaleido Bay - from their Facebook pages - l to r: Ben Kay, Jake Gribben & Harry GraceAfter their impressive set at the Marlborough Rising Talent event that we reported last September, marlborough.news followed up-and-coming indie rock band, Kaleido Bay, to Swindon - their home town - for their first headline gig last week (January 4) at the popular music venue The Victoria - known to all as 'The Vic'.

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Marlborough Rising: Saturday......

Turin Brakes at The PrioryTurin Brakes at The PrioryWhile The Priory rocked to Turin Brakes and the Castle & Ball thundered to Ray Harris' fusion of funk, soul, latin, jazz, The Doors and everything else that forces you on to the dance floor, Marlborough Rising's theming of venues allowed the music to complement the surroundings in every case.  St Peter's offered an intimate setting for the audience to embrace the jazz and blues sounds of Pete Gage and Jim Blair, whilst St Mary's enabled Tina May to bring the music of Edith Piaf to life in the grandeur of Marlborough's classic church which dates back way beyond the middle ages.

 

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Marlborough Open Studios 2018 begins next weekend

Lisi AshbridgeLisi AshbridgeFifty four exhibiting artists from Calne in the west to Hungerford in the east are inviting visitors to their studios, workshops, or pop-up galleries for the first four full weekends in July.  Entrance is free, with no obligation to buy.

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'The Hidden Bones', launch of a new crime novel by Nicola Ford

Launched in Marlborough on Thursday evening (14 June) at The White Horse Bookshop, Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaelogist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, has just published her first book, a crime novel called The Hidden Bones, under the pen name of Nicola Ford.  

 

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Mark Wickham paintings and Louise Wickham ceramics at the White Horse Gallery

Mark Wickham paintings and Louise Wickham ceramicsMark Wickham paintings and Louise Wickham ceramicsI think it’s true to say that many, if not most people, would deem a painter of pictures to be a good artist by her or his ability to render things ‘realistically’.  A portrait of “Uncle Fred” should look “just like uncle Fred”; a vase of forsythia should be instantly recognisable as such … and so on.

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Marlborough Is rising: Friday's opening fills the town with music

Scouting for Girls at the end of their rousing setScouting for Girls at the end of their rousing setFrom Avebury's George Wilding kicking the weekend off in the Priory Gardens with a superb solo set, to Roving Crows finally ending their long gig to the great displeasure of the audience who had been chanting 'ten more songs' for what seemed ages, Marlborough's music fans had an evening to savour with a range of excellent bands performing across the four Marlborough Rising stages.

 

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Marlborough author's personal story lifts the lid on the daring and accomplishments of a forgotten WWII hero

Jaques de Guelis demonstrating why the term 'Giant' was appropriateJaques de Guelis demonstrating why the term 'Giant' was appropriateHe won the Military Cross and three Croix de Guerre operating in occupied France, Algiers and Corsica as an SOE agent in the fight against Hitler.  But Jacque de Guelis died in a car crash three weeks after the end of World War II.  Marlborough author Delphine Isaaman's recent book, 'Jaques de Guelis SOE's Genial Giant' brings his remarkable story to light.

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“Full Circle Half Knowledge” - review of Julia Schuster's Exhibition at the Mount House Gallery

 

This exhibition marks the end of Julia Schuster’s year as artist-in-residence at Marlborough College.  Expect a challenging show that seeks a willingness from visitors to engage with the works on display.  It’s an exhibition that asks for some of your time – but if you are prepared to give that time there is much to delight and to be discovered here.

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Brilliant Young International Musicians in Saint Peter’s church, Marlborough - A Schubertiade for a Summer's Evening

American soprano Leigh Michelow and pianist Henry SeamanAmerican soprano Leigh Michelow and pianist Henry Seaman

 

The latest concert in the St Peter’s series was unusual in that it featured voice and piano for the first time.  The concert was a selection of Schubert songs, hence a ‘Schubertiade,’ sung by the American soprano, Leigh Michelow, accompanied on the piano by Henry Seaman.  

 

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Marlborough Open Studios preview show at the Mount House Gallery

Marlborough Open Studios preview show at the Mount House GalleryMarlborough Open Studios preview show at the Mount House GalleryThe MOS preview show is a bit like a large firework – bright, sparkling, full of delight … but over in a flash!  It runs for only four days from 7th– 10thJune.  Nonetheless, it is one of the important annual ‘markers’ of the cultural life in Marlborough and the surrounding towns.  It heralds the “Open Studios” season, which runs during each week-end in July.

 

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