What's On?


15th November

compiled by
Newbury & District
Arts Association
West Berkshire Heritage

  15 November

Willow for Christmas

Adult Workshop

to 12:30pm

In this workshop we will be making a variety of decorative willow objects (stars, wreaths, reindeer and bells) to celebrate the festive season. Along the way we will explore different weaving techniques, giving you an you an insight into working with this versatile material. Learn about the history of willow, how it is used today and how complex objects can be made using natural materials and a minimum of basic tools.

All materials will be provided but please bring secateurs if you have them and remember that willow is a natural material and can be mucky - so wear old clothes!

Tutor: Trish Matthews, Jackdaw Baskets

£25 per person

Sing, my tongue - Concert

  16 November

Sing, my tongue - Concert


Sing my tongue is the title of the next Cecilia Consort concert at 7.30pm on Saturday 16 November at St. John's Church, Newbury.

'Pange lingua' or 'Sing my tongue' are the first two words of a medieval Latin hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas which Josquin des Pres uses as the basis for his mass of the same name. The French Renaissance composer, widely considered to be the first master of polyphonic vocal music, takes the hymn melody and uses it freely in all voices and in many variations in elaborate and ever changing polyphony.

Gabriel Fauré also draws inspiration from Thomas Aquinas' hymn taking the last two verses beginning with the words "Tantum ergo" and arranging them in a beautiful setting for three female voices.

The programme also includes Poulenc's Four Christmas motets which relate the Christmas story using texts usually associated with Gregorian chant. Poulenc's distinctive style contrasts startling dissonance with luscious harmony and solemnity with playfulness. This demanding a capella piece requires rhythmic precision, clear intonation and ensemble balance.

In contrast James Whitbourn's Missa Carolae combines the words of the Latin mass with the melody of several familiar carols. The work which was commissioned by Rochester cathedral to mark the 1400th anniversary of its foundation in 2004, invokes a dance-like spirit true to the origin of the carol as a simple dance form. Arranged for choir, organ and piccolo this performance of Missa Carolae will feature the consort?s regular accompanist Steve Bowey playing the organ and Samantha Moore on piccolo.

The Cecilia Consort is a 40-strong, mixed voice choir, directed by Janet Coxwell, which performs two or three concerts a year in and around the Newbury area. Tickets cost £15 (£5 for under 18s) and are available online from www.ceciliaconsort.org.uk, or by calling 07775 743445.

Shaw House

  18 November

Silk Painted Christmas Cards

Adult Workshop

to 12:30pm

Create your own silk painted Christmas cards using iron-fix silk paints. You will be shown techniques including blending and tinting to build up your own unique cards using pre-outlined festive images.

Tutor: Helen Mortimer

£20 per person

West Berkshire Heritage

  20 November

The Social History of the English Civil War Soldier


to 8pm

This talk by Alan Turton will give the background to the life of the ordinary English Civil War Soldier, both Royalist and Parliamentarian, using real and reproduction artefacts and clothing. Alan Turton, retired Curator at Basing House, is a military historian with a particular interest in the Civil War. He is also an author, and has been a historical advisor on many BBC and Channel 4 programmes.

Tickets £5 (unreserved seating and non-refundable)

is supported by:
West Berkshire District Council