1. Dart Music
2. New pottery
3. HMS St Albans
4. Small News
1. Dart Music
Festival comes up trumps
A headline act for the 2011 Dart
Music Festival, being held in Dartmouth on 6, 7 & 8 May, has
been described by Jamie Callum as ‘just incredible ..and worthy
of everyone’s attention’. Such a person is Natalie Williams,
recent resident singer at the famous Ronnie Scott’s in London,
and one of the star performers signed to perform at this year’s
Dart Music Festival.
With training in both classical and
jazz Natalie opened the 2009 London Jazz Festival and has
appeared with Amy Winehouse and Jamie Callum, and performed at
Glastonbury festival as well as a host of international jazz
festivals throughout the world.
For those who prefer classic,
southern soul, country blues and gospel there’s the wonderful
Phantom Limb whose lead singer is described as having a voice
that is a blend of famous singers from the past including Aretha
Other star performers include Hamilton Loomis who combines rock,
blues and soul, and Carmina, a band that combines traditional and
contemporary Celtic sounds.
Starring on the classical side of
the programme will be the percussion pair of Olive Cox and Owen
Gunnell as O Duo. Performing Bach, Chopin and Brubeck this
talented pair have performed over the past two years at the BBC
Proms. Their work spans more than 300 years and is a mix of
popular classics and accessible contemporary music played on two
marimbas, vibraphone and a huge array of percussion.
Bowjangles, the magical quartet that
have played, sung, danced and charmed their way into the hearts
of Dartmouth will be returning again this year. With wonderful
musicianship and athletic dance moves, along with a touch of
vaudeville and four part harmonies, they will once again perform
a dazzling stage show. Others on the classical programme include
The Little Opera Company, the Britannia Choral Society, noted
organist Andrej Kouznetsov, Voices 7 Choral sextet and the
Bellringers of St Saviour's Church. Performers at the festival
are too numerous to list but will include: The Devon Youth Jazz
Orchestra, The Dave Hankin Big Band, James Harris’ Beatbelt,
Louise Parker, Maggie Reeday, Ruarri Joseph, The Bucket boys,
The Bounce, and favourites such as the Red Bullets, Sax Appeal,
the Quails, the Tickle and Urusen.
A full list of performers can be found by
New pottery courses starting at Coombe Farm Studios
Jill Fanshawe Kato reports:
I am a Japan-trained potter who has had more than 40
exhibitions of my ceramics in Japan and many more in the UK
and internationally. But my roots as an artist are in Devon.
I grew up in Kingskerswell and went to Torquay Girl's
Grammar School. My pottery is all influenced by the natural
world, thanks to growing up in glorious Devon. Though I now
live in London, Devon continues to inspire me. I will be
exhibiting in 'Echoes' at Torre Abbey from May 1- June 30
Students on my courses at Coombe will draw inspiration from
the beautiful nature of the area to create imaginative
pottery. A pottery course for all levels in early springtime
in Devon, which is the time of year when life returns to the
earth and the hedgerows are fresh with bracken fronds, new
leaves and wild flowers. This five-day course offers
students a great opportunity to improve their
skills in a more relaxed environment than is possible on
shorter courses. The emphasis will be on simplicity and good
design inspired by nature. Starting with hand building
methods, students will create useful pottery for the table.
They will progress to coiling large bowls and lidded pots
and also try throwing on the potter’s wheel. Those who wish
can progress to more individual sculptural forms.
HMS St Albans to sail into Dartmouth
A Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans
will sail into the River Dart for a three day visit from
March 18-20. The ship will be anchored off Dartmouth for
this short visit, but will open her gangway to visitors,
with free entry and boat transfers to the ship available
from Town Quay.
Open from 10am-2pm on Saturday March 19, HMS St Albans is
looking forward to welcoming local people on board –
tickets, which are free, can be obtained from Dartmouth
Tourist Information Office. Access will only be via ticket.
In addition to opening to visitors, the ship will also host
a capability demonstration for invited guests on Saturday
evening, as well as a lunch on Sunday. St Albans’ visit is
part of her Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) assessment,
which ensures that the exacting standards expected by the
Royal Navy are met throughout the ship and her crew.
“Part of the FOST assessment is about how the ship is
managed with guests on board,” explained the Commanding
Officer, Commander Tom Sharpe. “And we are looking forward
to plenty of visitors to St Albans on Saturday March 19.
“It’s always a great pleasure to bring the public on board a
warship – my crew is certainly looking forward to welcoming
Dartmouth residents, showing them around the ship and
chatting to them about life in the modern Royal Navy.”
Powerful and versatile with the capability to operate
anywhere in the world, the Type 23 Frigate is the mainstay
of the modern surface fleet. The effectiveness of these
ships is enhanced by their stealth design, which
significantly reduces their radar signature. In addition to
the war fighting roles described above, the ship is trained
to conduct a wide range of other tasks. These include
embargo operations using boarding teams inserted from the
ship's boats or helicopter, disaster relief work and
surveillance operations. HMS St Albans is the 16th and final
ship of the Type 23 Duke Class frigates.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
4. Small News
Sarah Hanafee from
Bellini’s Piano Bar reports: This Saturday we have a
really good female jazz singer in the bar from 8pm.
Becky Brine is a sultry jazz and blues singer and
performs jazz standards and swing classics from artists
such as Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington and Frank Sinatra.
The Church is
addressing some current issues
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Dartmouth dot TV is
not remotely political, our aim is just to Keep
Dartmouth Special, but we must thank our
local MP Sarah Wollaston for her recent work in
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The Dartmouth dot TV
crew are always available to help festivals in Dartmouth
and can often provide completely free main websites for
worthwhile causes. Oh, and professional photography too!
So when we heard a new manager was needed for the Royal Regatta website
we offered to do it for free; however we were told someone
had already been appointed. We have a considerable
library of photography of previous Regattas taken with the help of past
Chairman Basil Williams and others. So if anyone
knows the new person that is providing the: design,
makeup, photography and hosting all for free, just let
us know and we will be there to help.
Click here if you know or want to join in.
Our MD Dave Cawley
has been selected to lecture to the United States
Department of Commerce in March on remote sensing in
Third World Countries. A UK organisation is picking
up Dave's expenses, a report is bound to follow!
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
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