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Obituary: Christopher Irby, professional cellist and conductor of the Marlborough Concert Orchestra for many years

Christopher IrbyChristopher IrbyChristopher Irby moved to Hungerford in 2005 after his retirement as a successful professional cellist.  His positions included nine years as a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and twenty five years as a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  He worked with many world famous conductors.

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From chocolat to strawberries - the rich world of Joanne Harris' best-selling stories

Joanne Harris (Photo: Kyte Photography)Joanne Harris (Photo: Kyte Photography)When Joanne Harris first published Chocolat twenty years ago, she never thought that a novel about a chocolate shop and a small French village would achieve worldwide success and acclaim. A very popular film adaptation and several awards later, Joanne has published the fourth book in the Chocolat series - The Strawberry Thief.

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We meet migrants who took the back route but failed and returned to Gambia - Maisie Medcalf's blog

Gunjur - A birthday blog...but with a horrifying story:  This morning, when we got to the TARUD offices where we’ve been working, everyone sang Happy Birthday – several times, in English and in Mandinka.  It was amazing - they were so nice.  And my Gambian partner, Mariatou, gave me some beautiful material which I’m going to have made into clothes. 

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Amy Sackville's vivid story of Velasquez & King Philip IV

 

For me the recent discovery of a lost portrait by Diego Velasquez revived memories of the talk given at last year's Marlborough LitFest by Amy Sackville.

Her novel Painter to the King is a fictional account of the artist's life at the Madrid court of Philip IV.  Amy Sackville gave a brilliant talk and showed how Velasquez continues to play on her imagination.

Painter to the King is a breath-taking book.  It works wonders with words and speech patterns, and it successfully takes you into Diego Velasquez' inspiration and his way of painting - at time almost brush stroke by brush stroke.  It certainly confirms the critics' view that Amy Sackville has extraordinary gifts as writer.

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Thriving Through Venture in Gambia - August '19 - George Amos' blog

My first impressions of Gunjur?  Where do I start?  I suppose you have to start with how different it is.  The culture shock. But actually, it’s been really quite easy to fit in.  And it’s the scenery, the whole culture, everything. 

That’s what we found out today.  Seeing how the local people live their lives, how they get on with their days. It’s like:  this is how they live, and it’s how we’re going to live for the next two weeks.  That’s exciting, and it makes me nervous too. Intrigued. 

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Aldbourne Band Secure Exciting Conducting Team for British Open and National Finals

Lee Skipsey (left) and Ivan Meylemans (right), two internationally acclaimed conductors who will be working with the Aldbourne Band this AutumnLee Skipsey (left) and Ivan Meylemans (right), two internationally acclaimed conductors who will be working with the Aldbourne Band this AutumnTwo experienced and sought-after conductors have agreed to work with the Aldbourne Band and resident conductor Glyn Williams to enhance the band's efforts  at the British Open and National Finals later this year.

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Local charity takes Wiltshire students to The Gambia to help their development

The second group of 12 young people referred to the charity Thriving Through Venture (TTV) from both private and state schools in Wiltshire - including St John's Academy and Marlborough College - is currently in Marlborough's link community of Gunjur in The Gambia.

Each of these young persons has been referred with particular vulnerabilities in order to help develop their confidence and resilience and contribute to their general wellbeing. 

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