Pianist Roger Woodward heads to Wellington School for concert

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00am Monday 21st July 2014

ANIMAL lover and distinguished pianist Roger Woodward is in concert in aid of an Asian sanctuary on Friday August 1.

Box office NOW OPEN for Wellington Theatre Company's hotly-anticipated Bedroom Farce

Somerset County Gazette:

10:42am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE box office is open for Wellington Theatre Company’s nod to the 1970s with a production of the classic Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn.

Fun Pop-Up Opera clashes Mozart with Downton Abbey at the Tacchi-Morris

Somerset County Gazette:

10:35am Thursday 17th July 2014

NEVER heard of the Pop-Up Opera theatre company? You're about to!

Folk-rock legend Frank Turner's coming to Yeovil!

Somerset County Gazette:

10:27am Thursday 17th July 2014

FRANK Turner, the saviour of folk-punk and Danny Boyle’s beloved warm-up choice for the London Olympics’ opening ceremony, is in concert in Yeovil in September.

REVIEW: Eqwaliteee! is the message at Lee Nelson's Brewhouse comedy gig

Somerset County Gazette: Lee Nelson is coming to Harrow Arts Centre

9:51am Thursday 17th July 2014

A HOTHOUSE full of ‘legends’ greeted Lee Nelson at the Brewhouse on Friday for a night of comedy saturated in the message of social EQWALITEEE (innit), writes Daisy Blacklock.

EXHIBITION: Prints make an impression at Musgrove Park Hospital

Somerset County Gazette:

9:48am Thursday 17th July 2014

IMPRESSIONIST artists of a literal kind are on show at Musgrove Park Hospital’s in-house gallery.

AUGUST: Steam Fayre & Vintage Vehicle Rally, Norton Fitzwarren

Somerset County Gazette:

9:41am Thursday 17th July 2014

BOOKING is well and truly open for a steamy affair in Norton Fitzwarren next month.

Calling all Somerset playwrights!

Somerset County Gazette: You're forgetting the Harlequin theatre

9:38am Thursday 17th July 2014

CALLING all playwrights! The Somerset Fellowship of Drama is running its annual Original Playwriting Competition for one-act plays.

Retired? Join the U3A's Thursday luncheon group

Somerset County Gazette: Add a touch of tomato salsa to your Ploughman's.

1:10pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

RETIRED individuals who like slap-up lunches are invited to join the University of the Third Age's luncheon group.

Sweet Charity by The Space Company at Tacchi-Morris

Somerset County Gazette:

5:21pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE Space Company’s “unmissable” Broadway hit, ‘Sweet Charity’, hopes to draw in the punters to its run of shows at the Tacchi-Morris next week.

Floods concert in North Curry this Saturday

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

A CONCERT series begun by The Somerset Organists’ and Choirmasters’ Association in the aftermath of Somerset’s flooding devastation continues in North Curry on Saturday, July 5.

Feature: Jeff Banks pays visit to Clarks Village store

Somerset County Gazette:

6:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

WHAT unites the following: the London 2012 Olympics, ’80s synth star Howard Jones, the Guide Association, Harrods’ couture, Clarks Village, Butlin’s Red Coats and Sir Bobby Charlton?

Cara Dillon to play at Yeovil's Octagon Theatre

Somerset County Gazette:

5:40pm Monday 30th June 2014

AN Irish folk singer who Q magazine described as possessing “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice” heads to Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre on Wednesday (July 2).

Ann Widdecombe in Taunton this Friday

Somerset County Gazette: Ann Widdecombe

5:39pm Monday 30th June 2014

FEARLESS former politician, Strictly Come Dancing contestant and novelist Ann Widdecombe will give a ticketed talk in Taunton on Friday, July 4.

Summer Dance Party at the Lawns Social Club

2:04pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A 'SUMMER Dance Party' takes place at the Lawns Social Club, in Mary Street, Taunton tomorrow (June 26).

Review: Taunton Comedy Festival 2014

Somerset County Gazette: MOCK the Week's Mark Watson at Taunton Comedy Festival - photo by Clayton Jane Photography.

11:30am Thursday 26th June 2014

IT was a ‘five star’ performance at the weekend as Mark Watson and five fellow comedians had the audience in stitches at this year’s Taunton Comedy Festival.

Forget Woodstock, meet the Welliestock music festival

Somerset County Gazette: FILTA perform. PHOTO: Pink Apple Studios

9:28am Thursday 26th June 2014

JULY’S Welliestock festival has a rich mix of genres spanning reggae and rock to samba and swing for Wellington’s music magpies next month.

FEATURE - The Darlingtons

Somerset County Gazette: Dan Young, Alex Bispham, Kiran ‘Kiwi’ Roy and Chris Holmes from The Darlingtons - photo by Portia Saunders

10:44am Thursday 19th June 2014

THE County Gazette had a catch up with one of Taunton’s most promising groups, The Darlingtons, as they aim for complete music stardom.

Pete Long's Goodmen - Benny Goodman Tribute Jazz Concert review

Somerset County Gazette: Pete Long and his 'Goodmen' entertained an audience at Queen's College in Taunton

12:26pm Thursday 12th June 2014

PETE Long and his ‘Goodmen’ took a jam-packed audience back in time for a memorable night of jazz at Queen’s College.

ODEON competition - Grace of Monaco

Somerset County Gazette: This week's competition is for free tickets to see Grace of Monaco

9:00am Thursday 5th June 2014

This week's competition is a pair of free tickets to see 'Grace of Monaco'.

Omar Hamdi: Comedy at the Brew review

Somerset County Gazette: Omar Hamdi was the main act for Comedy at the Brew in Taunton

12:42pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

THE Brewhouse Theatre was treated to a trio of comical masters as part of its preview act leading up to the Edinburgh Fringe Fest.

Tracey Emin among big-name artists in Hestercombe House's debut art show

Somerset County Gazette: WORK by Tracey Emin hangs on the walls of Hestercombe House in Cheddon Fitzpaine. PHOTO: Alain Lockyer.

5:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE stripped-back grandeur of Hestercombe House has flung open its doors for a radical art exhibition featuring lightwork by Turner Prize-winning artist Tracey Emin.

Taunton schoolboy-turned RSC actor returns for blood-curdling Tacchi-Morris show

Somerset County Gazette: SIMON Carroll-Jones was in the first year of Heathfield Community School to use the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.

12:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A FORMER Taunton schoolboy-turned RSC actor returns to his roots on Wednesday with a blood-curdling performance at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.

Art on the Block for Musgrove Park Hospital

Somerset County Gazette: ART by Richard Pomeroy.

5:08pm Friday 9th May 2014

OVER 80 creatives have reworked a plain A5 block into art for donation to a charity auction for Musgrove Park Hospital on Tuesday, May 20.

REVIEW: Taunton's Sinfonietta stuns in concert

Somerset County Gazette: Middlewich and District Concerts Society

5:00pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

IT was with Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik that Taunton Sinfonietta introduced its concert in Taunton's St James' Church earlier this month.

WATCHET LIVE: Interview with Boney M frontwoman Maizie Williams

Somerset County Gazette: THE original and the best: Boney M frontwoman Maizie Williams.

12:16pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

WITH their Eurodisco sound and daring attire, “Daddy Cool” pop group BONEY M were one of the biggest hits of the '70s.

Cinderella Awards win for St Gregory Players

Somerset County Gazette: SOMERSET Fellowship of Drama Chairman David Jenkins and Greg Phillips at the Cinderella Awards.

11:58am Wednesday 28th May 2014

PETER Pan saw dramatists from Stoke St Gregory reaping the awards as a reward for their sweat and toil in The 42nd Cinderella Awards.

Gypsy Jazz Night - Trio Manouche review

Somerset County Gazette: Trio Manouche – 3 Piece Gypsy Jazz Band with Guest Player

4:14pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

IF you thought the sight and sound of authentic Gypsy Jazz might involve a trip to a Parisian hot club or even the famous Samois-sur-Seinne festival – think again.

Brazz Comedy Club review

Somerset County Gazette: Brazz Comedy Club review

9:34am Thursday 22nd May 2014

I DOFF my hat to Taunton Comedy for organising a great night of comedy at Brazz, which proved to be a crowd pleaser.

Peter Canter Jazz Night review

Somerset County Gazette: Peter Canter performed at the CICCIC Taunton with his jazz quartet

1:38pm Thursday 15th May 2014

IT was a night of pure musical class as Peter Canter and his jazz quartet wowed onlookers for Jazz Night at the CICCIC, Taunton.

Tributes paid to theatre "legend" Chris Harris

Somerset County Gazette: CHRIS Harris as Mother Goose at the Theatre Royal, Bath. PHOTO: Matt Cardy.

9:25am Monday 12th May 2014

PANTOMIME legend Chris Harris, who died on Wednesday April 30 at the age of 71, will be “sorely missed”

Music On the Quantocks' "biggest musical coup to date" - The Hilliard Ensemble

Somerset County Gazette: THE Hilliard Ensemble.

3:06pm Thursday 1st May 2014

LIKE a music promoter’s dream, they have laid on 58 shows with “not one unsold seat”.

Good news for Halway Manor folk centre

Somerset County Gazette: Good news for Halsway Manor folk centre

1:52pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

HALSWAY Manor on the Quantocks has taken a big step towards becoming a national centre for the folk arts after West Somerset District Council passed its planning application.

Exciting arts entertaiment project for Bridgwater Arts Centre

Somerset County Gazette: BRIDGWATER Arts Centre.

1:44pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

BRIDGWATER Arts Centre will host an array of events as part of an exciting arts and entertainment project.

Rock stars Kids In Glass Houses in Bridgwater this July

Somerset County Gazette: KIDS In Glass Houses.

1:40pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

ROCK stars Kids In Glass Houses are the latest legends to join the Shenanigans’ biggest alt-rock show in Bridgwater this July.

Emily Eavis quashes Oasis Glastonbury rumours

Somerset County Gazette: Liam Gallagher from Oasis at Swindon's Oasis Leisure Centre with his new band Beady Eye

1:00pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

RUMOURS that Britpop giants, Oasis, are to headline Glastonbury Festival, have been quashed by Emily Eavis.

REVIEW: Celebration of John Cole keeps his dream alive

Somerset County Gazette: Dr John Cole, who died on Saturday.

12:13pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

DEDICATED to the late John Cole, King’s College’s concert brought together musical forces closely associated with that giant of music-making in Taunton.

REVIEW: Halse Players "suprise and thrill" in Single Spies

Somerset County Gazette: ANDY Hill and Candy Bright in An Englishman Abroad. PHOTO: Michael and Deborah Baker.

12:07pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

HALSE Players continue to surprise and thrill their audiences with their ability to stage complex and challenging productions.

Waterfront Theatre Company to wow crowds in Minehead

Somerset County Gazette: Waterfront Theatre Company to wow crowds in Minehead

10:00am Sunday 27th April 2014

THE Waterfront Theatre Company will be heading to the Regal Theatre, Minehead, with the weird and wonderful tale of ‘The Remarkably Strange Case of Doctor Watson and the Spitalfields Vampires’.

Review: Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir at North Curry

Somerset County Gazette: Review: Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir at North Curry

10:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

TAUNTON Deane Male Voice Choir performed last Saturday to an appreciative and not exclusively female audience at North Curry parish church, ‘The Cathedral of the Moors’.

REVIEW: Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir's "The Cathedral of the Moors"

Somerset County Gazette: Submitted photo

11:00am Friday 25th April 2014

TAUNTON Deane Male Voice Choir performed last Saturday to an appreciative and not exclusively female audience at North Curry parish church, “The Cathedral of the Moors”.

Vienna Piano Trio to give four Taunton concerts

Somerset County Gazette: The Vienna Piano Trio.

10:30am Friday 25th April 2014

THE Vienna Piano Trio will host a spectacular night of musical entertainment this weekend at The Castle Hotel, Taunton.

Home is where the heart is for Taunton guitarist Darren Hodge

Somerset County Gazette: DARREN HODGE.

10:00am Friday 25th April 2014

A TAUNTON musician will be playing his first full show in his home town tomorrow (April 26).

Young Organists Recital at Queen's College, Taunton

Somerset County Gazette: William Fox

9:26am Friday 25th April 2014

THREE up-and-coming Somerset organists will demonstrate their impressive musical skills at the annual Young Organists Recital at Queen's College, Taunton.

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.

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.






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