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Saturday 26th March 2016

SPRING INTO SUMMER : 6am - Midnight

Spring into Summer - our arts and performance marathon. Its the Spring Equinox as we spend Easter Saturday in the Chipping Hall with a full day of music, dance, art, words and participation. Starting at 6am the days programme will roll on to midnight and perhaps beyond with each hour featuring a different attraction. This is a great opportunity for us all to celebrate the richness of life and the people in and around Wotton.
Entry will be free, donations on the day will be welcomed and refreshments available from the start.
Katie Elliott is coordinating the Spring into Summer programme contact her at .
Definitely one of the highlights of the year as Under the Edge Arts reaches out into our community

Here is the running order:

6-7am:  Katie Elliott ­ piano  

An hour of solo piano improvisations to get the day off to a gentle start…  

7-8am: Mindfulness and guided visualisations with Miriam Tait  

Set yourself up for the day ahead ­ come along and feel calmness, relaxation,  and presence. An informal hour of experiential mindfulness.  Bring along a cushion or mat.  

8-9am: David Bradbury ­ jazz piano  

David is a local jazz pianist and will play a selection of music: jazz standards and  well known songs from shows/musicals.  


9-10am: Felting taster session with Ruth Armes  

Felting is an easy way of creating beautiful 2 and 3D art. Our taster session gives  you the opportunity to try wet felting or needle felting using soft merino wools in all the colours of the rainbow. All materials will be supplied. A small donation to cover the cost will be very welcome.  

9-10am: Alternative activity in UA Fanthorpe room  

Introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques with Chris Sweet  

Learn a simple technique to use for emotional or physical issues (for example, when anxious, stressed, in pain, or to manage pre performance nerves): Emotional Freedom Techniques, known as EFT or tapping. On a weight loss or healthy diet programme? EFT is also helpful to quell cravings for food.  

10-10:30 am: Helen and Jane’s recorder duo  

On discovering a shared interest in playing recorders, Helen and Jane have been meeting for over 2 years to have fun and explore a range of different recorder music. For this event they will play a short selection of pieces arranged for treble and tenor recorder.  

10:30 – Midday: Artists at work ­ coordinated by Rob Collins  

See half a dozen local professional artists each working on one of their artworks. They will all be using different media and subject matter and it will be fascinating to see the range of techniques, materials and processes. You can wander round, stop and watch them work and ask questions if you like, all the artists will be happy to chat about what they are doing. Do you know the difference between oils and acrylics? Do you know what egg tempera is? Why do some artists paint a picture in a couple of hours when others take weeks? Here is your chance to find out.  

11-Midday: Alternative activity in UA Fanthorpe room  


Life coaching taster session with Ruth Armes  

Are you getting what you want out of life? Are old habits or beliefs holding you  back? Many people want to change their lives, but aren’t sure how. Life Coaching  is about exploring the uniqueness that is you and creating a life which reflects  your talents, and what is really important to you. Ruth Armes is running a one  hour taster, in which you will take a look at some of your dreams and values, and  go away with at least one idea of how to move towards them. Please attend for the whole hour.  

1200-1300: 'Remember This’: a presentation by Wotton Heritage Centre  

A multi­media presentation capturing Wotton's history past and present.  


1300-1400: Come and play with The Balkany Band!  

A chance to play some Klezmer or Eastern European folk music with members of  the Balkany Band (recently seen at UTEA). Bring your instrument ­ anything that  doesn't need amplification or take ages to set up! We'll bring ours too, plus some  easy tunes to play. You don't need to read music. 


1400 – 1445: Cooper and Toller  

Vicky Cooper and Richard Toller come from the West Country and sing  traditional English folk songs in a cappella harmony and accompanied on fiddle and guitar. With a repertoire ranging from murder ballads to bawdy drinking songs, their material may be hundreds of years old but their approach is energetic, sophisticated and timeless. 'Beautiful harmonies and lovely playing' ­ FaF.  


1500-1700: Young artists showcase  

15.00 ?Man­Ho Hui ?­ classical piano recital of works by Chopin and Beethoven  

15:30 ?Molly Swain ­ voice/piano?          

15.45 ?Charlie Reynolds ­ voice/guitar?             

16:00 ?George Bailey ?­ ukelele/loop pedal  

16:15 ?The Rebellion ­ four piece band playing originals and classic covers


1715 – 1800: Wotton Chamber Group  

Wotton Chamber Group is made up from about 25 musicians, who play strings,  woodwind, recorders and piano, and live in Wotton or the surrounding area.  We organise ourselves into different combinations to practice music from our extensive library, that, after about 8 weeks, we then perform to each other.  We then reform into new combinations with new music to practice.  We would welcome anyone interested in joining us.  


For this event, a few of us have agreed to perform in public to give a flavour of some of the music we play.  There will be performances of some recorder pieces and items from 2 bassoons and a clarinet.  



1800-1900: Poetry pick'n'mix with Rosie Bailey & Mark Pasco  

Please bring your own poem or one with a local flavour, to be performed yourself (if you feel bold) or by one of our invited readers. Both Rosie & Mark will have some original 'extras' up their sleeves too!  


1900-1930: Wotton Wind Ensemble with Gordon Phillips  

Wotton Wind Ensemble meets on irregular Tuesday evenings at the over 60's club room. They play music which caters for a wide range of tastes.  


1930 – 2000: James Aldridge ­ singer songwriter    

Local lad turned professional musician, with a background in rock and punk  bands, and a love of acoustic music. James is a high energy singer­songwriter,  with influences from Frank Turner to Bruce Springsteen.  


2015-2100: Corrupting Josie  

With a sound influenced by artists like the Arctic Monkeys and Paramore, local  Brit Rock band, Corrupting Josie, will be playing tracks from their debut album as well as a few covers.  


2115-2200: Le Swing  

Le Swing is a new project for Wotton's Martin Harvey (double­bass), joined by  Helen Marshall (vocals), Dave Roach (acoustic guitar and occasional trumpet) and Paul Elder (electric guitar), performing classic songs of the 30s and 40s in a style best described as 'chanteuse, gypsy jazz, and a hint of country blues'.  


2215 – 2300: Mim and Chris ­ voices and guitars  

An eclectic mix of oldies but goodies (the songs that is!).  Chris Pilditch and Mim  Tait have recently begun to try out some songs as a duo.  Some to listen to, some to toe­tap, and some to join in.  


2300 – Midnight: Round the Edge ­ community choir  

A soft, mellow, singy time.....low key with rugs and cushions and blankets...for listening/joining in/relaxing/snoozing ....with cocoa ­ or wine, whichever is preferred. Maybe even some story telling… A gentle end to a fantastic day.  

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