Opera singers to take on Cole Porter

Somerset County Gazette: TAOS members pick up their NODA.

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

TICKETS to see Taunton's opera talent perform Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes' are on sale for their production from April 28 to May 3.

REVIEW: Alan Bennett's brilliance shines with Welly's dramatists

Somerset County Gazette: GUY Burgess (Paul Smith) with the Queen (Monica Spalding). PHOTO: Colin Marshall.

5:03pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

WHEN a spy drama’s stage is set with a scotch bottle dead-centre (that famous loosener of the tongue) you know it’s going to be good.

Thespians reach theatre quarter-finals

Somerset County Gazette: THE Thespians . . . Lucy Monaghan, Ron Roberts, director Jane Edwards, Michael Gilbert, Jacqueline Roberts and Graham Reeks.

4:33pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

AVID supporters of the Taunton Thespians are invited to watch the acting troupe compete in the All England Theatre divisional quarter-finals on Saturday.

Are you the next Billy Elliot?

Somerset County Gazette: PHOTO: Alistair Muir.

4:25pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

BILLY Elliot The Musical, the London show, is looking for young male dancers for open auditions in Bristol on April 26.

APRIL: 80s' pop star Howard Jones to join Taunton talent for Mayor's Variety Show

Somerset County Gazette: HOWARD Jones. PHOTO: Simon Fowler.

2:04pm Thursday 27th March 2014

AN impressive smorgasbord of Taunton entertainers will join none other than 1980s pop star Howard Jones for two Brewhouse shows this April.

REVIEW: Hairspray at The Castle School

Somerset County Gazette: THE full Castle School cast of Hairspray.

4:02pm Thursday 20th March 2014

HAIRSPRAY the musical is right at home on Castle School's stage this week, thanks to its tireless cast of bopping bright young things.

Our Big Gig 2014: How to get involved

Somerset County Gazette: Our Big Gig 2014: Be part of it

3:57pm Thursday 20th March 2014

MUSIC makers in Burnham and Highbridge can take part in a UK-wide community music festival this summer.

The wait’s over ... Brewhouse re-opens in three weeks

Somerset County Gazette: THE Brewhouse is on the national market.

3:13pm Thursday 20th March 2014

IT’S less than three weeks until Taunton’s Brewhouse theatre re-opens with two very different shows from the county’s fresh-faced performers.

Focus on Bishops Lydeard Primary: New head hits the ground sprinting

Somerset County Gazette: HEAD teacher Mary Clothier.

7:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

TODAY is Mary Clothier’s 14th school day as the new head teacher of Bishops Lydeard Primary.

Alan Bennett's shadow-world of spies comes to Welly stage

Somerset County Gazette: GUY Burgess (Paul Smith) with the Queen (Monica Spalding). PHOTO: Colin Marshall.

4:02pm Thursday 13th March 2014

FEW would claim not to be intrigued by the Secret Service’s shadowy world, and Wellington’s Theatre Company is giving us the inside track with an award-winning Alan Bennett favourite.

REVIEW: Elizabeth Watts sparkles in Milverton

Somerset County Gazette: ELIZABETH Watts.

4:01pm Thursday 13th March 2014

SOPRANO Elizabeth Watts, with pianist Simon Lepper, entranced a large and appreciative audience in St Michael’s Church, Milverton, on March 7 with a concert of songs based on The Nightingale and the Rose – a story of love, loss and sacrifice; emotions which have inspired poets and composers from many countries and periods.

Tickets on sale for small show with Show of Hands' star Steve Knightley

Somerset County Gazette: Steve Knightley

3:45pm Thursday 13th March 2014

SHOW of Hands folk singer-songwriter Steve Knightley is coming to Holy Trinity Primary School in Taunton on Wednesday, June 4.

An Antarctic explorer, to Ted Hughes... more literary talks in store for Taunton book-lovers

Somerset County Gazette: ANTARCTIC traveller Sara Wheeler puts her stamp on her book for a fan.

9:17am Thursday 13th March 2014

A “BEAUTIFUL stylist” of language with the ability to turn books into “companions”, brought the tales of remarkable women from across the centuries into the upper echelons of a Taunton bookshop last week.

Classical music concert 11am on a Saturday not your cup of tea? Think again

Somerset County Gazette: CHILINGIRIAN Quartet: Levon Chilingirian, Susie Mészáros, Ronald Birks and Stephen Orton.

9:59am Sunday 23rd February 2014

SAYING the word ‘Stradivarius’, the world’s most famous brand of violin, in some circles, will earn you gasps of awe and wonder; possibly even lust.

From Wivey to the West End... Emma stars in War Horse live screening

Somerset County Gazette: EMMA Thornett. Photo: www.jamesdaviesheadshots.com

2:55pm Thursday 20th February 2014

A WEST End actress who caught the hunger for her trade as a Wiveliscombe schoolgirl has signed up for another year on the cast of theatre hit War Horse.

REVIEW: Top flautist hits all the right notes with Sinfonietta

Somerset County Gazette: FLAUTIST Judith Hall.

2:15pm Thursday 20th February 2014

TAUNTON Sinfonietta presented its ‘Flutes and Strings’ concert in a variety of styles from the 17th to the 21st Centuries.

Schools competition: Write your way to see Jessie J at one-day pop fest

Somerset County Gazette: JESSIE J.

12:48pm Thursday 20th February 2014

POP music fans from Bridgwater could write or design their way to free tickets to see Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, and The Vamps in Weston this summer.

Taunton Rivertones get BBC broadcasters singing in tune

Somerset County Gazette: •	MURRAY Porter, BBC’s Ben McGrail, Rivertone Colin Harlow and BBC’s Ross Pollard in full song.

10:19am Wednesday 19th February 2014

CHORISTERS from Taunton’s Rivertones stunned two of BBC Somerset’s presenters with their singing skills into spending a three-hour vocal session with them.

Chilingirian Quartet to play four concerts at Taunton's Castle Hotel

Somerset County Gazette: Top musicians: from left, Levin Chilingirian, Ronald Birks, Susie Meszaros and Stephen Orton

8:00am Tuesday 18th February 2014

BEETHOVEN and Schubert are celebrated by one of the world’s most widely travelled chamber ensembles at Taunton’s Castle Hotel next week.

Review: Richard Huish College's The Pajama Game

Somerset County Gazette: RICHARD Huish's full cast with the Orchestra. PHOTO: Richard Huish College

12:00pm Sunday 16th February 2014

HOW fitting it was that on the night London’s real-world tube workers were striking, Richard Huish College’s factory workers were hustling over 7.5¢ in musical comedy The Pajama Game.

At Taunton Odeon: ENDLESS LOVE (12A)

Somerset County Gazette: ALEX Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde

11:00am Saturday 15th February 2014

BROOKE Shields and Martin Hewitt’s iconic original is remade afresh under the direction of Shana Feste in this new release, out at Taunton’s ODEON cinema.

A Nick Page a day keeps the doctor away

Somerset County Gazette: NICK Page brings his 'outlandish' yarns to The Maypole Inn on Saturday.

8:00am Friday 14th February 2014

THEY say laughter’s good for your health, and thankfully The Maypole Inn at Thornfalcon is serving up the right medicine with a night of comedy this Saturday.

REVIEW: Taunton's Opera Gala proved a recipe for success

Somerset County Gazette: CONDUCTOR Christopher Ball, pianist Joyce Clarke, Alison Kettlewell, John Hudson, Suzanne Manuell, Philip Smith and David Valentine.

3:58pm Thursday 6th February 2014

TAKE four seasoned operatic stars, a well-drilled and enthusiastic chorus, masterly conducting and with professional piano accompaniment from Joyce Clarke.

REVIEW: Mary Stoppard paints a picture of Night Train Jazz's CICCIC Taunton gig

Somerset County Gazette: COMPOSER Tim Hill of Night Train Jazz at CICCIC. PIC: Clayton Jane Photography.

11:32am Thursday 6th February 2014

We arrived a lot earlier this time in anticipation of another great evening. The sofas were taken one by one, and the room began to fill with relaxed conversation.

Young choreographer's unique dance-film created at Taunton's Tacchi-Morris

Somerset County Gazette: DANCING in the dark.

12:20pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

A YOUNG choreographer from Taunton has fathered an innovative film-dance project to screen at arts festivals across Somerset.

Wellington beatboxer supports boy band Blue at Somerset concerts

Somerset County Gazette: TRIPLE Threat (aka Dom Buck, Anthony Chapman and Elliot Van Laere).

12:34pm Thursday 30th January 2014

A BEATBOXER from Somerset has found himself supporting boy band Blue at their Bridgwater concert on Friday.

REVIEW: Panto-perfect Sleeping Beauty from Wellington Pantomime Group

Somerset County Gazette: THE full cast of the Snow Queen. CREDIT: shootingpixels.net

11:50am Thursday 30th January 2014

A CACKLING witch, a dash of Tom Jones, a King dressed as Tarzan and a fair few custard pies gave Wellington’s Sleeping Beauty proper panto flair last week.

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee chat to the County Gazette ahead of Burnham show

Somerset County Gazette: MAGIC man: Paul Daniels.

11:19am Thursday 23rd January 2014

HE wowed William and Harry, stunned the Sultan of Brunei, and left Barry White baffled by his magical mastery.

Dick Whittington panto success at Fivehead

Somerset County Gazette: The cast in the village hall on Saturday

8:52am Monday 20th January 2014

FAMILIES enjoyed Fivehead Drama Group’s pantomime performance of Dick Whittington in the village hall at the weekend.

Ten-week art course at Taunton's Creative Innovation Centre

Somerset County Gazette: DRAWING at CICCIC.

3:44pm Thursday 9th January 2014

PAINTING and drawing classes are available weekly from tomorrow (Friday) at Taunton’s Creative Innovation Centre in Paul Street.

North Petherton band to open Godney Gathering

Somerset County Gazette: The Thatchers, with Jessica Dyer on the right.

2:49pm Thursday 9th January 2014

NORTH Petherton acoustic group The Thatchers have been confirmed as the opening act at the Godney Gathering in Glastonbury on Saturday, July 19.

NEW: Jazz nights series starts at Creative Innovation Centre

Somerset County Gazette: CONJUNTO Gringo.

2:36pm Thursday 9th January 2014

COOL, funky and friendly – that’s the tagline for the Creative Innovation Centre’s new jazz night series, which launches at the Paul Street venue in Taunton on Thursday, January 16.

Call to county artists: get involved in Taunton Flower Show 2014

Somerset County Gazette: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Norman Steel painting at Taunton Flower Show in 2013. PHOTO: Taunton Flower Show.

9:00am Monday 6th January 2014

ARTISTS in Somerset are being invited to get creative at Taunton Flower Show 2014.

BOOK NOW: 10-week art course in Taunton

11:00am Friday 3rd January 2014

A TEN-week course of painting and drawing starts at the Creative Innovation Centre on January 10.

FEATURE: It's life, but not as we know it! Reporter DAISY BLACKLOCK tries her hand at life drawing...

Somerset County Gazette: MEMBERS of the art class at Pawlett village hall are deep in concentration.

9:54am Thursday 2nd January 2014

NAKED as the day they were born, the pair twisted their bodies into artful pose, as the room-full of strangers set to work studying and sketching their breathing sculpture.

Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks and MORE coming to Weston for South West Live in 2014

Somerset County Gazette: JESSIE J.

11:49am Thursday 19th December 2013

BRACE yourselves for big news, Chart fans.

Group’s real-life Amy drama moves its audience to tears

Somerset County Gazette: MAKING YOU THINK: The SPACE Company cast of Blues & Twos.

11:45am Thursday 19th December 2013

AN EMOTIONAL performance by The SPACE Company, looking at the work of the emergency services and the experience of bereaved Taunton mum Jane Hofmeister, moved its audience to tears last week.

REVIEW: An “energetic double bill” for Taunton from Tree Shadow Theatre

11:40am Thursday 19th December 2013

TREE Shadow Theatre Company’s two feminist classics, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘Overtones,’ by Alice Gettysburg made imaginative use of the Creative Innovation Centre’s space in its energetic double bill.

The Escape Committee REVIEW: A triumph of time travel for Ted and Pearl

Somerset County Gazette: FLORA Whitmarsh, as Pearl, and Gabe Evans, as Ted, in The Escape Committee.

11:02am Thursday 19th December 2013

ORIGINAL, brave, and heart-wrenching, Queen’s College’s drama students delivered a war-time love story with sensitivity and intelligence this December.

Taunton's Rivertones bring barbershop cheer to Christmas shoppers

Somerset County Gazette: THE Rivertones.

10:43am Thursday 19th December 2013

TAUNTON barbershop harmony group The Rivertones, above, kept the Christmas crowds entertained in the centre of Taunton last week.

Jack Coulthard's Bigger Pictures show: 'Hendrix and Picasso saved us all'

Somerset County Gazette: MAKERS, by Jack Coulthard.

10:36am Thursday 19th December 2013

BY the turn of the Millennium, Jack Coulthard was feeling disillusioned by the high-falutin’ “art game”, and sought creativity of a different kind.

Snow White smashes box office records at The Octagon

Somerset County Gazette: Tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are selling fast.

8:43am Tuesday 10th December 2013

SNOW White and the Seven Dwarfs has broken box office records at The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil - selling more tickets than any other panto at the venue.

REVIEW: Taunton School shocks Brewhouse back to life with CATS

Somerset County Gazette: TAUNTON School's CATS cast. CREDIT: Pink Apple Studios.

9:40am Thursday 5th December 2013

NOW that was a sight to behold. On Tuesday night, 285 days after the power was unceremoniously shut off at the Taunton arts hub, light came flooding out of the dormant Brewhouse Theatre.

Clayhanger sculptress writes children's book

Somerset County Gazette: AUTHOR Stephanie Hobhouse with Taxi and her two-year-old grand-daughter.

7:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

SCULPTRESS Stephanie Hobhouse celebrated in a unique way when she became a grandmother for the first time.

REVIEW: Halse Players "make Coward proud" in Blythe Spirit

Somerset County Gazette: HALSE Players delivered a show to make Coward proud.

1:11pm Thursday 28th November 2013

NOEL Coward would have been proud of Halse Players’ first foray into classic comedy in Blithe Spirit, tackling his technically-difficult play with relish.

REVIEW: Douglas Hurd gives intelligent and stirring talk for Taunton Lit Fest

Somerset County Gazette: LORD Douglas Hurd with Lionel Ward and Castle Hotel proprietor Kit Chapman.

12:42pm Thursday 21st November 2013

FIRE, feuds and a besotted queen; a nation burning to vote; history’s men, singed in a battle of wills; and One Nation, transformed forever.

REVIEW: Congratulations all round for Alice Through the Century at the Tacchi-Morris

Somerset County Gazette: CHILDREN from Bishop Henderson, Creech St Michael, Parkfield, Ruishton and Holy Trinity primary schools

12:37pm Thursday 21st November 2013

TAKE five choirs, four conductors, two narrators and an orchestra with a rhythm section and you have a fantastic, energy-packed concert!

REVIEW: Taunton Thespians' Arsenic and Old Lace is a must-see this season

Somerset County Gazette: FROM left, Cassidy Bryant, Reece Baker, Brian Lewis, David Levi, Duncan Wright, Michael Gilbert, Maggie Goodall and Nikki Court. PHOTO: Mark Dawson.

12:04pm Thursday 21st November 2013

BROOKLYN, New York, 1941 . . . a lonely man raps on the door to the Brewster house and finds himself whisked inside for tea by two kindly, church-goin’ sisters.

American alien invasion comes to Taunton's Tacchi-Morris

Somerset County Gazette: HEATHFIELD'S drama students tackle Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 broadcast.

9:05am Friday 15th November 2013

IN 1938, news reports of an alien invasion stunned a nation, sending millions of Americans fleeing for their lives.

FEATURE: Dragons' Den sculptor brings Bono, Hendrix and The Who to Taunton

Somerset County Gazette: MOD ROCK: Sculptor Guy Portelli with his pop art comic book-style tribute to The Who.

11:31am Thursday 7th November 2013

IMAGINE – John Lennon, Bono, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Sade and The Who, together in one space, for one whole month. For die-hard music fans, it’s a dreamscape to blow the mind.

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