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Issue No. 108 - 16th August 2006
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WNTV: Carnival Day 2006 - The Riverside Entertainment

Last week I did not have time to prepare all of the Carnival Day photographs so I have continued below with some pictures of the various entertainment which took place on the riverside carnival field.

Following the judging of the floats and carnival procession, many activities took place on a packed carnival field. There were more charity stalls and traders in attendance and I think probably the largest amount of visitors I have seen at the annual event so far. Carnival Day is one of the Ross-on-Wye's more successful occasions and visitors to the riverside entertainment seem to be on the increase every year - which is excellent news!

Ross-on-Wye's Mayor, Phil Cutter brought along the band he plays in, the Torfaen Jazz Society Workshop Band, which consists of players aged from 12 upwards and can run with any number of musicians - up to about 15 strong. The band's musical director is Tom Williams, a past organizer of 'Jazz in the Park', Pontypool.

If you would like to see all Wyenot News photos taken on Carnival Day, please click here for a slide show, which will open in a separate window. Tina made a video recording of the parade and of the Torfaen Jazz Band for WNTV, which can be viewed here. (Right click the video link to download to your own computer. 33.59 Mb.)


Ross Town Band entertain at the Bandstand. DSC_4399

The Torfaen Jazz Society Workshop Band entertain at the Bandstand. DSC_4399

Ross-on-Wye's Mayor, Councillor Phil Cutter entertains as part of the Torfaen Jazz Band. DSC_4431

Following the parade, the Jawahir Belly Dancers perform on the carnival field. DSC_4372

Dance entertainment by Natasha Broadfield's Dance Class . DSC_4354

Alan Smith with his Raleigh Safety Seven on display with the Border Counties Vintage Club. DSC_4450

Geoff Howell with his 1939 Velocette KTS. DSC_4458

Ross Fire Brigade were in attendance to promote home safety, getting a little damp themselves. DSC_4466

The end of the annual duck race. I think a yellow duck won. DSC_4482

Wye Valley Chamber Music Launch Three Summer Concerts

The Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival is a well established annual event each January, attracting many of the UK's finest young chamber artists. It has become an important part of the cultural calendar of the area and each year is enthusiastically supported and eagerly awaited.

Between 1st - 3rd September, Wye Valley Chamber Music will be presenting an inaugural series of three concerts, aimed at bridging the gap between each annual January Festival and bringing music to the area during the longer summer evenings. The three programmes each feature the London Bridge Ensemble and festival director Daniel Tong. The first presents music from England and France written in the first part of the last century, the second highlights Mozart in his birthday year alongside the music of Leos Janacek and the third pairs Schumann and Brahms (mentor, disciple and close friends). Almost every possible combination from within the four instruments - violin, viola, cello and piano - will be explored.

The concerts will take place in St Briavels, the home of the Festival, Hereford in the intimate atmosphere of the Bishop's Palace and the wonderful surroundings of Hellens Manor. People are urged to book tickets early as concerts frequently sell out.

Details of all three concerts can be found on the 'What's On?' page of Wyenot News.

The London Bridge Ensemble Daniel Tong, piano, Benjamin Nabarro, violin, Kate Gould, cello, Tom Dunn, viola The London Bridge Ensemble is one of Britain's most exciting and innovative chamber groups. In 2005 they made their debut at the Wigmore Hall in London and they are resident at the Ponte de Lima Festival in Portugal. They have performed at St George's Bristol and St John's, Smith Square in London and future plans include concerts at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Kammermusiksaal, Berlin, Casa da Musica, Porto, in Sofia, Bulgaria and Kerry, Ireland as well as their first CD of music by Frank Bridge.



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