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This year’s Westbury Music and Arts Festival is set to entertain crowds with a little bit of everything. A Wiltshire highlight for the last seven years, the festival offers a wealth of music including pop, folk, swing, jazz, choral and children’s choirs.
This year’s edition opens on 25th September with a choral celebration featuring the coming together of three local choirs and a string orchestra. Festival musical acts include Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Sticky Toffee Jazz, and Finnegans Wake. For a complete list of musical acts, please visit the festival website.
The festival brings together a number of musical genres. Across the three weeks, there will be performances of classical, country rock, folk, jazz and pop music. There will be instrumental concerts featuring recorders, organs, guitars and flutes. An event for the entire family, there are also opportunities to learn African drums and play the harmonica.
Festival events are held at different venues around the village. The Laverton – a converted 18th-century assembly hall – will host a number of concerts. There will also be events at various pubs and churches, as well as the Westbury library.
“This year we have more events than ever before with old favourites mixed in with a host of new, offering everything from learning an instrument to singing opera,” said Ian Cunningham , festival chair. “I really believe that everybody could find something they already like and I recommend that you also try something new. You might discover things you like but never knew.”
Cunningham said the event celebrates what is special about the Westbury community. Located in the heart of the countryside, this idyllic town is within touching distance of dozens of the amazing holiday cottages to rent in Wiltshire. It is home to the famous Westbury White Horse, a hill figure supposedly dating back to the time of King Alfred in 878AD.
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