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1. West Gallery Workshop with Sussex Harmony Sat March 19th. SUSSEX
2. The Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out March 26th. KENT

From: "Paula Arthur" <paula.m.arthur_at_dsl_dot_pipex_dot_com>
Date: 15 March 2011 12:46:48 GMT

Saturday 19th March
West Gallery Workshop for instrumentalists and singers at Catsfield, East Sussex  

Sussex Harmony, a Lewes based West Gallery group, is holding
a workshop from 11.00am – 4.00pm in Catsfield Village Hall followed by a traditional Evensong in the Church at 5.15pm.  Do come along to sing, play or just listen to the vibrant music.  This was performed in our parish churches and chapels before the Victorians kicked out the bands, bringing in the organs and sanitised hymns.

We’ll be looking at some great music including material from Catsfield’s original manuscripts dating back to the 18th & 19th centuries. Music will be supplied. Most instruments are welcome. So bring your flute, recorder, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, violin, cello or even serpent. There will be a Bring and Share lunch.

The more the merrier as this music needs to be sung with as much enthusiasm as accuracy!

More details from Mike Cooper 01424 892681 email: mikecooper_at_mdcooper_dot_myzen_dot_co_dot_uk  and also about Sussex Harmony and West Gallery music at

Sussex Harmony
01435 830934


2.  KENT
From: Gavin Atkin [mailto:gmatkin_at_gmail_dot_com]
Sent: 13 March 2011 17:55
Subject: Press release: Learn old-style dances at the Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out

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Info tel: 07985 522734

March 26th

Try old-style dances at the Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out

The Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out will be an old-fashioned and atmospheric social evening at Frittenden’s Memorial Hall including songs and party games, and old-fashioned dances led by Rosie Davis.

The evening will also include a 10-minute play performed by the village school and party games, and music will be provided by the Horsmonden Wednesday Night Traditional Music Class, friends and festival guests.

Saturday afternoon will see workshops where the public and villagers can learn old-style dances such as The Veleta, The St Bernard’s Waltz and The Heel & Toe Polka.
Another workshop will teach step dancing, which has become a great favourite in the village.

Invited weekend performers include Will Duke (from Sussex), Andy Turner (from Kent and Oxfordshire), Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison (from Essex and Yorkshire), popular local singer Peter Collins, and stepdancer Kerry Fletcher (from Kent). The organisers, singer and dancer Rosie Davis, and singers and multi-instrumentalists Julie and Gavin Atkin will also be on hand to perform and to lead events.

Weekend programme

Saturday evening March 26th

An atmospheric and old-fashioned social evening at Frittenden’s Memorial Hall including songs, music from the Horsmonden Wednesday night Traditional Music Class and friends, old-fashioned dances led by Rosie Davis, a play performed by the village school, and party games (entry £7/£4).

Saturday afternoon March 26th

•Tunes and songs at 12 noon at the Bell & Jorrocks featuring Frittenden session regulars, guests and friends (free).

•Stepdancing with Kerry Fletcher and Rosie Davis at the Memorial Hall 2.30–4.00pm (entry £2.50/£1.50).

•Learn old fashioned dances (eg, The Veleta, The St Bernard’s Waltz, The Heel & Toe Polka), Memorial Hall 4.30–6.00pm (entry £2.50/£1.50).

Sunday evening March 27th

The regular B&J songs and tunes session with guests from London Peta Webb and Ken Hall from 8pm (free).

More information about the events at Frittenden can be found at the website.

For more information about artists at the Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out weekend:

Will Duke:
Andy Turner:
Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison:
Peter Collins is involved in running the Beacon Folk Club:
Kerry Fletcher:
Rosie Davis:
Julie and Gavin Atkin:

Gavin Atkin
Freelance editor and writer specialising in health and medicine.
Telephone: (m) 07985 522734, (h) 01622 832871. Email: gmatkin_at_gmail_dot_com


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