Burbage’s renowned Christmas Tree Sale comes of age this weekend, marking its 21st anniversary with songs, crafts and, of course, Christmas trees.
People trek from all over Wiltshire to attend the annual events, which last year raised £20,000 for local charities and saw 800 trees sold.
Besides the trees there’s a chance for visitors to browse craft stalls – there are 50 this year – and enjoy musical entertainment from the Pewsey Belles, Bedwyn Millennium and Burbage Primary School choirs.
There are free craft activities and face painting for children and Father Christmas has also promised to put in an appearance.
The event will be opened at 9am this Saturday by MP Claire Perry, who will also be helping to measure and net trees for customers.
The Savernake Forest Scout Group and the Burbage Brownies have also been involved this year, and will be spotted over the weekend selling charming wooden reindeer and snowmen, reindeer food and home-made dish cloths and wrapping paper.
Organiser, George Gordon, said: “Burbage Christmas Tree Sale has become somewhere to come for a great day out, with something for everyone. Our market, which is housed in a large marquee, has plenty on offer, and visitors always comment on the wonderful festive atmosphere we have here.”
This year, the Christmas Market will include two local children’s authors, Debi Evans and Barbara Townsend, who will both be signing copies of their books.
The event runs from 9am until 4pm on Saturday (December 12) and until 2pm on Sunday.
For more information log on to www.facebook.com/burbagechristmastreesale
David HeyesDavid Heyes has been called the "inspirational godfather of the international double bass world". On Saturday, December 5, he will be playing Serge Koussevitsky's popular Double Bass Concerto with the Marlborough Concert Orchestra at St Mary's Church, Marlborough (7.30pm.) This concerto was premiered in Moscow in 1905.
A much-revered teacher at Wells Cathedral School, Heyes' collaborative work gained him a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher and commissioner of new music for double bass. He is also a music publisher - founder the publishing company Recital Music, which has the world's largest catalogue of double bass music.
He works with composers throughout the world and is particularly interested in expanding the double bass repertoire by commissioning new works and
rediscovering forgotten ones. Since 1990 more than 500 works have been
written for him and he has premiered nine contemporary concertos.
Marlborough Concert Orchestra's Christmas concert will also include lively pieces such as Ferdinand Hérold's clog dance from the comic ballet La Fille Mal Gardée, two of Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann overture and Christmas themed music such as Sergei Prokofiev's Troika or Sleigh Ride.
Marlborough Concert Orchestra’s Conductor is Roselise Gentile, an Italian musician who has specialised in orchestral and choral conducting and has conducted orchestras, choirs and ensembles in Italy, France and Slovenia. She has now settled in the UK but still works as a freelance conductor in Italy.
The orchestra's Leader is Edward Judge, a retired IT professional who rediscovered the violin after 25 fallow years. He moved to Ramsbury in 1988 and now plays violin or viola with several local orchestras. As well as being a keen chamber musician he also enjoys playing saxhorn with the Ramsbury silver band.
Marlborough Concert Orchestra plays light music and popular classics. It has entertaining rehearsals and three concerts a year. It aims to promote, improve, develop and maintain public appreciation of orchestral music in all its aspects. The orchestra rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Christchurch, New Road, Marlborough.
Tickets for the Christmas concert are £9 (£2 for students) - available from Sound Knowledge, Hughenden Yard and on the door. There will be a licensed bar and a raffle.