Sebastian Faulks

 

Friday 2nd June

Corn Exchange 8:00pm | £16 R

Sebastian Faulks is one of Britain’s foremost novelists, broadcasters and all round literary superstars, possibly as well known these days for his James Bond novel, Devil May Care, as for his "French" trilogy that includes the best-sellers, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray. With his trademark combination of the literary and popular, Sebastian will be discussing love, life, and the singular ideas that drive his novels.

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Tom Bell : Organ Recital

Saturday 3rd June

St John’s Church 11:30am | £9 : Refreshments from 11:00am 

Based in London where he is Organist and Choir Master at St Michael's Church in Chester Square, Tom Bell enjoys a varied freelance career as an organist, performing across the UK, the rest of Europe and the USA.

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Crescendo Concerts presents Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

Saturday 3rd June

Town Hall 1:30pm & 3:30pm | Adult £10 • Child £7 • Family (2 adults 2 children) £28

Youngsters are encouraged to dress up for this fabulous family event as Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes are brought to life! Enter the world of Miss Riding Hood as she journeys through the forest, see three pigs build their houses and hear all about a Tummy Beast...

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Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish

 

Saturday 3rd June

Corn Exchange 8:00pm | £17

YouTube sensation and Glastonbury regulars Cassetteboy are video and audio mash up duo Mark Bolton and Steve Warlin.

They started out making mixtapes for friends on old cassettes, way back in the 90's, and foreseeing the rise of YouTube, moved into mash-up jobs of political videos, finding fame with a viral parody of The Apprentice.

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Robb Johnson

Sunday 4th June

FREE FRINGE EVENT The Lamb 1:00pm 

Widely regarded as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. He has toured the world, been ever present on BBC Radio (with Tom Robinson, Andrew Kershaw etc), performed part of BBC's Folk Britannia at the Royal Albert Hall, he will now serenade an intimate audience with some socialist acoustic folk. Very nearly had an Xmas hit with the single, "Jeremy Corbyn for PM".

Chris Searle

CANCELLED

Sunday 4th June

FREE FRINGE EVENT The Vaults 2:00pm

Former English cricketer, jazz critic, journalist for the Sheffield Morning Star (The UK's only daily socialist newspaper) and author of over 50 books on jazz, cricket, poetry, race and social justice.

Ben Waghorn Trio

Sunday 4th June

FREE FRINGE EVENT  Pizza Express 3pm

If he's not playing in top quality national jazz projects with the likes of Keith Tippett or Dave Stapleton, Ben is likely to be adding his characteristic saxophone to tours by Kasabian, Goldfrapp, Portishead and others or else joining the band for big West End productions. 

Marici Saxes

 

Monday 5th June

St Mary's Church 8:00pm | £15 

Marici Saxes are London’s leading female saxophone quartet.

What sets Marici Saxes apart from the rest is the fact that they aren't a stuffy chamber ensemble! They are four unique musicians who lead four very different and hectic musical lives.

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Helen Mort

Tuesday 6th June

Devizes Bookshop 8:00pm | £9

Helen Mort is the standout poet of her generation. Born in Sheffield in 1985, she is the youngest ever poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, and won the Foyle Young Poet Award so many times (five) they made her a judge.

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Villiers Quartet

 

Tuesday 6th June

Town Hall 8:00pm | £15 R

In their second year of the Radcliffe Chamber Music Residency at the University of Oxford, the Villiers are one of the most charismatic and adventurous quartets of the British chamber music scene.

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More Secrets of a Crossword Setter

Wednesday 7th June

Town Hall Cheese Hall 11:30am - 3:00pm | £12 including ploughman's lunch

Expert crossword solver and setter Tim Moorey, who compiles crosswords for the Times, Sunday Times and The Week, will share tips and tricks of the trade in a light-hearted talk, covering a range of topics from the influence of texting and technology to the best dictionary to use and what to do when stuck.

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Dan Cruickshank : A History of Architecture

Wednesday 7th June

Corn Exchange 7:30pm | £16 R 

A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings

Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan Cruickshank takes us on a history of architecture in 100 buildings.

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Austentatious : An Improvised Novel

Thursday 8th June

Corn Exchange 7:30pm | £15 R

Undoubtedly one of the most talked-about shows on the UK comedy scene, Austentatious: An Improvised Novel is a comedy play spun in the inimitable style of Jane Austen – and based entirely on audience suggestions.

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Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri - Acoustic Journey

SOLD OUT

Friday 9th June

Town Hall 8:00pm | £16 R

An Acoustic Journey

One of the UK’s finest and most revered vocalists, Kiki Dee and long-time touring partner Carmelo Luggeri bring their spellbinding acoustic live show to Devizes.

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Festival Walk: Roger Green | Aviation at Stonehenge

SOLD OUT

Saturday 10th June and Sunday 11th June

Parking and assembly to be advised on booking. Briefing at 9.45am for start at 10am

A guided walk over the Stonehenge landscape with a focus on Wiltshire aviation history and its social impact on the site led by experienced volunteers from Wings Over Stonehenge.

Please note : the walk is limited to 15 people on each day

 

Linda Smith : Great Tarts in Art

Saturday 10th June

Town Hall 2:00pm | £12 including tea and cake

Great Tarts in Art : High Culture & the Oldest Profession

A mixture of art-historical analysis and scandalous anecdote, this illustrated lecture takes a generally light-hearted look at changing attitudes to sexual morality down the ages, by examining the portraits and careers of some of history’s most notorious mistresses and courtesans.

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The Spitfire Sisters

 

Saturday 10th June

Corn Exchange 8:00pm | £16

The Spitfire Sisters - Louisa Revolta, Anna Harding and Hannah Castleman - started in 2011 as a 1940s three-part harmony cover group singing hits from the Andrews and Boswell Sisters. They have since become internationally acclaimed vintage music makers in their own right. 

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Lewis Clark Duo

Sunday 11th June

FREE FRINGE EVENT  British Lion 1:00pm 

Playing here as the Lewis Clark Duo, Bristol based musician Lewis Clark has been performing live music here, there and everywhere in his bid to freedom. Combining a virtuoso blend of honed lyricism with the distinct artistry of a folk and blues musician, Lewis’ music makes for a unique melange that strikes of honesty and a by-gone era.

Hollie McNish

Sunday 11th June

FREE FRINGE EVENT  Times Square 2:00pm

A performance poet who came to prominence in winning the UK Slam Poetry competition in 2009, Hollie became the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios. Having collaborated with Kate Tempest and George The Poet, in 2015 Hollie received her first national UK air play on the Huw Stevens Radio 1 Session as well as featuring in a BBC 1Xtra spoken word session.

 

Phil King

Sunday 11th June

FREE FRINGE EVENT  Black Swan 3:00pm

A gifted songwriter, who has written for TV, film, Theatre and Dance productions. Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2 describes him as "a song weaver". Lovers of the darker side of folk & roots should like his tuneful, lyrical and emotional songs. Steve Lamacq is a fan, so he's all right in our book.

Café Sci : Ed Morrison - Mind Over Matter

SOLD OUT

Monday 12th June

1Spice | £23 including meal

Mind Over Matter : Trick or Truth?

A thought can be implanted into your mind without you knowing. Your memory power can be more than doubled almost instantly. Physical performance can be improved using mind over matter.

Hear extraordinary claims about what your mind can and cannot do. Join in with a series of demonstrations then decide for yourself.

 

   

Tamsin Waley-Cohen & James Baillieu

Tuesday 13th June

Town Hall 8:00pm | £16 R

Following her 2014 appearance with the Orchestra of the Swan, Tamsin returns to the Devizes Festival as truly a rising star in her own right - this talented young violinist is the only British artist selected for the highly prestigious European Concert Halls Organisation's "Rising Stars" series for 2016/17.

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Lunchtime Recital : Beatrice Newman & Bethan Semmens

Wednesday 14th June

St Andrew’s Church 1:00pm | £10 Refreshments available from 12:00pm

Cellist Beatrice Newman and harpist Bethan Semmens are talented and versatile musicians who enjoy playing together. They have performed extensively at many high profile events across the UK and in Europe, both with other musicians and as soloists. Beatrice is the newest member of the Cardiff based Mavron Quartet, whilst Bethan is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and regularly performs with other leading orchestras.

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James Wilton Dance LEVIATHAN

Wednesday 14th June

Corn Exchange 7:30pm | £15 R

Multi-award winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick. Featuring a cast of seven, Wilton showcases his trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, all accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.

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Jay Rayner : The Ten (Food) Commandments

Wednesday 14th June

Town Hall 8:00pm | £16 R

The Ten (Food) Commandments is an audio-visual romp that attempts to lead us to the edible Promised Land, from award-winning writer, broadcaster, Observer restaurant critic and Masterchef judge, Jay Rayner.

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Jo Caulfield : The Customer is Always Wrong

Thursday 15th June

Town Hall 8:00pm | £15 R

Have you ever noticed that even when you’re right, you’re wrong? From the potential minefields of dating, relationships and divorce, to the simple things, like booking a holiday, or joining a pub-quiz team – nothing is ever as straightforward as it should be. Jo Caulfield is determined to get things back on track...

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"FLANDERS AND SWANN" : At the Drop of a Hippopotamus

SOLD OUT

Friday 16th June

Town Hall 8:00pm | £15 R

After three sell-out tours, Duncan Walsh Atkins, Tim Fitzhigham, the Hippo and the words and music of Flanders and Swann are back. Fresh from headlining at the International Flanders and Swann Festival, they embark on the largest ever Flanders and Swann tour since Flanders and Swann toured.

 

Plundered! : Really Big Pants Theatre Company

Saturday 17th June

Wharf Theatre 2:00pm | Adult £10 Child £7 Family (2 adults 2 children) £28 R

A show for primary-aged children by Joe Bromley and Willow Nash.

Can YOU defeat the dastardly litterbug pirate...? Come dressed as a member of his crew if you like!

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Helen Lederer : Losing It - In Debt, Divorced & Desperate

Saturday 17th June

Town Hall 2:00pm | £10 R

One of Britain’s best-loved comediennes, Helen Lederer is probably best known as AbFab's dippy Catriona. A writer and performer with an extensive portfolio, Helen contributes regular columns to Woman & Home and the Independent, and is frequently to be heard on BBC Radio’s Just A Minute and Woman’s Hour. Helen will be introduced by BBC Radio London star, Jo Good, who will then lead a Q and A from the audience. 

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Danny & the Champions of the World

Saturday 17th June

Corn Exchange 8:00pm | £16

Danny and the Champions of the World hail from London, but the music is pure, corn-fed Americana. If you love American soul, roots, and folk music this band will be right up your alley.

Supporting will be the exciting and orginal folk duo Moss Clarkson.

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Keith Donnelly


Sunday 18th June

FREE FRINGE EVENT  The Southgate 1:00pm and Cellar Bar 5:00pm

Stand-up comic, surreal snigger-songwriter, guitar-hero, performance-artist, story-teller, philosopher, scriptwriter, compere, man-of-mystery, actor, stuntman, metaphysical-poet, human ping-pong ball, world-class athlete, leading socialite, raconteur, business tycoon, author, secret[sh!]-agent, shamen, geordie, snake-charmer, unexpected clairvoyant, dream-weaver, daydream believer, psycho-linguist, shark-wrangler, smile sculptor, Great-British eccentric, [alleged] international-jewel-thief, erstwhile slice of bacon, all-round good egg and compulsive liar. Also a musician.

Adam Norsworthy


Sunday 18th June

FREE FRINGE EVENT  Bell by the Green 3:00pm

A long standing, much loved and incredibly hard working member of the UK blues circuit, Adam has been performing, touring, recording and releasing with his band, The Mustangs for more than a decade. This will be a special stripped back show, showcasing Adam's wide repertoire, spanning his many years and releases.

Film Festival


Sunday 18th June

FREE FRINGE EVENT  Corn Exchange Merchants Suite 6:00pm

Celebrating local film-making talent, and now in its fourth year the Devizes Film Festival presents the best of this year's entries.

See www.devizesfilmfestival.co.uk for all the details.