Music shop tunes up for open-air birthday concert

Witney Gazette: Ags Connolly

4:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WEST Oxfordshire’s only independent record shop is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a day of open-air live music.

Singers bring Passion to Good Friday celebrations

Witney Gazette: Burford Singers in rehearsal at St John’s Church

10:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

BURFORD Singers will perform JS Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion on Good Friday at the town’s St John’s Church.

Campaigning drama tells suffragette's story

Witney Gazette: Lizzie Crarer plays Emily Wilding Davidson

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE fight to secure votes for women is brought back to life at The Theatre in Chipping Norton tonight.

Folk star makes joyful music

Witney Gazette: Giles Lewin, Maddy Prior and Hannah James

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

FOLK music legend Maddy Prior will be performing at Witney’s Langdale Hall on Friday.

Time to strut your stuff at Disco Inferno

Witney Gazette: Time to strut your stuff at Disco Inferno

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

IT’S TIME to dig out the flares and stacked heels and strut your stuff at Cokethorpe School this weelend.

Literary festival lines up top children's writers

Witney Gazette: Children’s programme co-ordinator Caroline Watson, left, and Clare Mackintosh at Jaffe & Neal books in Chipping Norton

12:30pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

CHIPPING Norton Literary Festival organisers Clare Mackintosh and Caroline Watson have revealed the last authors for the children’s programme.

Looking under the surface

Witney Gazette: Caroline Friend

10:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

A PERFORMANCE of Alan Bennett’s monologue Bed Among the Lentils in Stonesfield on Friday will raise money for Charlbury charity SpecialEffect.

Trio’s concerts full of brio

Witney Gazette: Soo-Kyung Hong and Jens Elvekjaer

10:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

WITNEY Music Society holds the final concert of the 2013-14 season on Friday.

Comedy explores our hi-tech lives

Witney Gazette: From left, Kali Peacocke, Charlie Buckland, Kate Copeland and Eliot Giuralarocca in Alarms and Excursions

10:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

A HOME-GROWN production takes centre stage at The Theatre in Chipping Norton this week.

Fatboy beefs up Alex and Jamie's Feastival + Video

Witney Gazette: Alex James, right, and Jamie Oliver at the 2012 festival

8:30am Wednesday 26th February 2014

POP star-turned cheese-maker Alex James and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver have revealed the line-up for their third annual Big Feastival – describing it as “one hell of a party”.

Festival’s magic moment with Burt

Witney Gazette: Burt Bacharach gets ready to perform in the county

9:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

SIX-TIME Grammy award-winner Burt Bacharach will be leading the line-up at this year’s Wilderness Festival.

Concert showcases country singer's debut album

Witney Gazette: Ags Connolly

10:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

COUNTRY singer Ags Connolly is launching his debut album with a special concert at Fat Lil’s in Witney tomorrow.

Burt Bacharach in Wilderness line-up

Witney Gazette: Burt Bacharach brings 50 years of hits to the Bournemouth Pavilion

6:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Organisers of the Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park yesterday announced six-time Grammy Award winner Burt Bacharach will be among the line-up of this year’s event.

Harpist is rising young musical talent

Witney Gazette: Harpist Elen Hydref is performing in Witney. Picture: Magdalena Hoffmann

10:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014

HARPIST Elen Hydref will perform at the penultimate concert in Witney Music Society’s winter programme on Friday.

Unearthing Oxfordshire’s history

Witney Gazette: Anna Griffiths with a seventh-century Anglo-Saxon sword

10:00am Wednesday 5th February 2014

SOME of Oxfordshire’s most dazzling archaeological treasures will go on show in Woodstock on Saturday.

Ruthie Henshall hits upon highs and lows

Witney Gazette: Ruthie Henshall hits upon highs and lows

9:42am Thursday 30th January 2014

Ruthie Henshall is raising the curtain on her life, as she tells Tim Hughes

Veteran guitarist remains tireless innovator

Witney Gazette: Gordon Giltrap

10:00am Wednesday 29th January 2014

GUITAR great Gordon Giltrap takes the stage at The Theatre in Chipping Norton on Sunday for a performance showcasing skills developed over almost five decades in the music industry.

Cat with gift of gab plots pantomime romance

Witney Gazette: The cast of Puss in Boots

10:00am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

WITNEY Dramatic Society’s annual pantomime, Puss in Boots, takes to the stage tomorrow.

One-man band hits comedy high notes

Witney Gazette: Rob Deering

10:00am Wednesday 15th January 2014

THAT Rob Deering is a musical comedian comes as no surprise to anyone but himself, it would seem.

Music of love and madness

Witney Gazette: Soprano Lucy Roberts

10:00am Wednesday 8th January 2014

AWARD-WINNING soprano Lucy Roberts and pianist James Sherlock take L’Amour et La Folie – love and madness – as the theme of a recital for Witney Music Society on Friday.

Classic winter’s tale takes to stage

Witney Gazette: Tyler Coombs as Kai, Pippa Meekings as the Snow Queen and Claire Tucker as Gerda

10:00am Wednesday 1st January 2014

HANS Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale The Snow Queen is brought to life on stage at Ramsden Memorial Hall on Friday.

Mummers maintain play’s traditions

Witney Gazette: The Turkish Knight (Peter Allum) is pictured in combat with King George (Peter Smith) at The Bell on Boxing Day in 2011

10:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

CHARLBURY Morris will be joined by Wychwayz Border Morris and King Stone Mummers to provide some seasonal lunchtime entertainment on Boxing Day.

Hugo unlocks a mystery on the silver screen

Witney Gazette: Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield in Hugo

10:00am Wednesday 4th December 2013

SPELSBURY resident Sir Ben Kingsley is among the all-star cast of Hugo, this weekend’s presentation by Charlbury’s Own Cinema.

Calendar Girls break cover

Witney Gazette: The Calendar Girls, from left, Lesley Riding, Claire Johnson, Lisa Tyler, Amy Stammers, Gillian Somerscales and Denise Santilli

12:30pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

THE brave ladies of Eynsham’s Bartholomew Players are not only stripping off on stage this week in their production of the play Calendar Girls but they have also produced a nude calendar in aid of charity.

Choir on song with sounds of the season

Witney Gazette: The Songscope choir on stage at Oxford Town Hall at a performance in September

10:00am Wednesday 27th November 2013

WITNEY children’s choir Songscope will perform a special Christmas concert on Saturday.

Doing duty on Home Front

Witney Gazette: Some of the members of the cast of Wind in the Roses. Picture: David R Murphy

10:00am Wednesday 20th November 2013

CHARLBURY Amateur Dramatic Society turns back the clock to wartime East London for its new production this week.

Pam opens Woodstock Poetry Festival

Witney Gazette: Pam Ayres

10:00am Wednesday 13th November 2013

WOODSTOCK will be filled with verse over the next few days thanks to the town’s annual poetry festival.

It's panto or bust for Chipping Norton's Jack and the Giant dame J.J Henry

Witney Gazette: Staged: The cast of Jack And The Giant

12:09pm Friday 8th November 2013

Bras, leg waxing and high heels are all in a day’s work for J.J Henry, the latest Dame to grace the stage in Chipping Norton, as KATHERINE MACALISTER finds out

Alvin's star turn in aid of charity

Witney Gazette: Alvin Stardust

10:00am Wednesday 6th November 2013

ALVIN Stardust will be rockin’ back the years on Saturday at a concert in Witney in aid of Oxfordshire charity Against Breast Cancer.

String quartet makes Lenthall Concerts debut

Witney Gazette: The Carduccio String Quartet

10:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013

THE Carducci String Quartet will give their first performance at a Lenthall Concert next Wednesday at Burford School.

Standlake Players' show is red-hot stuff

Witney Gazette: Barney Cashman, played by Justin Smith, with Janine Alonzi as Elaine Navazio

10:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

BARNEY Cashman is a man on a quest to experience the sexual revolution of the 60s before it’s too late.

Feast of movies as Witney Film Festival returns

Witney Gazette: Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate and Yasmin Paige as Jordana Bevan in Submarine, being shown as part of Witney Film Festival

10:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013

FILMS will be screened at five venues free of charge for the fifth year of the Witney Film Festival.

Comedy drama charts community’s £1m dilemma

Witney Gazette: Angela Devaal plays the eccentric Agnes Grey in Witney Dramatic Society’s new production The Goodbridge Million

8:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013

WITNEY meets the Vicar of Dibley in the town’s dramatic society’s latest production.

Wind Quintet opens Witney Music Society's new concert season

Witney Gazette: The Vesuvio Wind Quintet

10:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013

WITNEY Music Society launches its new concert season on Friday with a performance by the Vesuvio Wind Quintet.

New concert season brings music to Kingham Hill School

Witney Gazette: Saxophonist Hannah Marcinowicz

10:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

A PERFORMANCE by young saxophonist Hannah Marcinowicz launches a new series of Music on the Hill concerts at Kingham Hill School on Saturday.

Winston's a wanted man

Witney Gazette: Winston on the Run

10:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013

IT’S 1899 and escaped prisoner-of-war Winston Churchill is in a spot of bother.

Blur star Alex James looks forward to eats and beats at The Big Feastival

Witney Gazette: Hay man!: Alex James

2:30pm Thursday 29th August 2013

Tim Hughes meets Blur star and farmer Alex James ahead of his The Big Feastival

All the fun of the Wychwood Forest Fair

Witney Gazette: Finn, left, and Aoife Carpenter meet Stig the ferret and Nick Walklet at the 2011 fair

10:00am Wednesday 28th August 2013

THE annual Wychwood Forest Fair promises a fun family day out on Sunday.

Transport of delights at palace festival

Witney Gazette: Minis lined up outside Blenheim Palace at last year’s festival

10:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013

TRANSPORT fans will be making tracks for Woodstock over the bank holiday weekend to attend Blenheim Palace’s Festival of Transport.

Children invited to join puppet performers

Witney Gazette: Four-year-old Olivia Neil enjoys an Orange Hat Summer Adventure event at The Theatre last month

10:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013

AN interactive puppetry performance will captivate children at The Theatre in Chipping Norton on Tuesday.

Into the Wilderness: Jabberwocky stalks woods at Cornbury Park

Witney Gazette: Where the wild things are: Jabberwocky

2:03pm Thursday 8th August 2013

KATHERINE MacAlister previews an interactive family theatre show based on the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky in a magical wooded setting

Park becomes Wilderness for weekend festival

Witney Gazette: Marta Rodriguez and Natalie Silwood at last year’s Wilderness Festival

10:00am Wednesday 7th August 2013

THE Wilderness Festival returns to the scenic setting of Cornbury Park, near Charlbury, from Friday, with an impressive bill of artists, theatre, comedy and food events.

Old Woodstock gets set to elect mock mayor

Witney Gazette: Mock mayor Tom Cosgrove, left, and Woodstock Mayor Brian Yoxall toast during last year’s event

10:00am Wednesday 31st July 2013

OLD WOODSTOCK’S annual day of mock mayor-making revelry takes place on Saturday.

Beer lovers will be to the Manor drawn for festival

Witney Gazette: Cogges Manor Farm director Colin Shone is preparing for the second annual beer and cider festival.  Picture: OX57661 Denis Kennedy

3:00pm Monday 29th July 2013

COGGES Manor Farm will be full of cheer this week as it hosts its second beer and cider festival.

Wilderness festival: Sit back and relax with a weekend on the wild side

Witney Gazette: Arty: Kids fun at Wilderness

6:44pm Thursday 25th July 2013

There’s fun for everyone at Wilderness... and that's not even including the music, as Katherine MacAlister discovers

Wilderness: So much more than your average festival

Witney Gazette: Wilderness: Where the wild things are...

6:12pm Thursday 25th July 2013

With a line-up of art theatre, debate, rural pursuits and fine-dining, Wilderness is far from the average music festival. Tim Hughes talks to the brains behind it all, Tim Harvey

Riverside Festival celebrates coming of age

Witney Gazette: The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band

12:00pm Wednesday 24th July 2013

WITH its biggest-ever line-up of bands, organisers of Charlbury’s Riverside Festival are expecting a record attendance for this weekend’s event.

American giants invade Palace for rally

Witney Gazette: In the pink at last year’s show

10:00am Wednesday 24th July 2013

HUNDREDS of classic American cars will visit Blenheim Palace on Sunday for the Rally of the Giants.

Scouting for Girls to play at Woolgate Centre

Witney Gazette: Scouting for Girls playing at Witney's Rapture music shop in 2010

8:00am Wednesday 24th July 2013

INIDE rock band Scouting for Girls will give an outdoor performance in Witney next Wednesday.

'Glorious, charming' Bampton Opera celebrates 20th anniversary

Witney Gazette: Driving force: Jeremy and Gilly

4:14pm Thursday 18th July 2013

AS Bampton Classical Opera marks its 20th birthday, Nicola Lisle talks to the people behind it






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