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Welcome to the Frome Festival 2011


Sholto Walker’s design for this year’s Frome Festival brochure portrays English Pre-Raphaelite poet Christina Rossetti, who lived in Frome from 1853-54. Her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti co-founded the Pre-Raphaelite art movement in the mid-19th Century. With its emphasis on nature, mythology and romanticism, the movement influenced Elgar and J. R. R. Tolkien among others. The Reverend William Bennett, a controversial Anglican clergyman associated with the reformist Oxford Movement and the then vicar of St. John’s Church, recommended Frome to the Rossetti family. Christina helped her mother run a school for girls, which she recorded in a series of surviving letters. Readings from her work and music from the period combine to produce a historic concert at St John’s Church’s on Wednesday 13th July.


This year we also celebrate the work of another influential woman with Frome connections. Clara Grant OBE grew up in Chapmanslade and went on to become head teacher of a primary school in a poor district of London’s East End where her social reforms improved the lives of many children. Festival classical director Jason Thornton secured a heritage grant to run an education project that brings together children from Chapmanslade School and Clara Grant Primary School, Tower Hamlets, to create music and interview people who knew the ‘Bundle Woman of Bow’. Their concert at the Merlin Theatre kicks off the festival on Friday 8 July.


Frome attracts many writers, performers, and artists to take residence. Many have contributed to recent Frome Festivals, helping us produce a diversity of great art and entertainment. This year proves no exception. Marvel at our hidden gardens, secret tunnels, open studios, exhibitions and historic pubs and cafes. Look out too for impromptu street performances and special guest appearances by theatre collective Cabaret Sans Frontières.


Once again, we would like to express our deep gratitude to every sponsor as well as Frome Town Council, our sole funder, for helping us present another exciting Festival.


Martin Dimery : Creative Director Blue House Frome Image © Koji Sakai Catherine Hill Frome Image © Koji Sakai


BOX OFFICE OPENING 2011 Sunday May 22nd


Tickets for Frome Festival events will go on sale on Sunday 22nd May at 10am until 2pm at the Cheese and Grain to personal callers only. Owing to the large volume of ticket requests anticipated, all callers will be asked to fill in a booking form with credit card details or a cheque. Cash sales are also acceptable. Credit card details are destroyed immediately after use.


The forms will be processed strictly in queue order. Early arrivals may wish to wait for their tickets to be processed, otherwise the forms can be left, and the tickets will be sent on by post, or retained for collection at a time convenient to the customer. The cost of postage will be charged.


The Cheese and Grain café will be open throughout the morning. Arrivals will be updated as to availability of tickets for fast selling events.


Tickets for some Festival events at the Merlin Theatre and Cheese and Grain may be available prior to May 22nd on a limited basis from the usual outlets.


Telephone and e mail bookings will be available from Monday May 23rd


Cheese and Grain Box Office: 01373 455420 cheeseandgraintickets@hotmail.com


President: Mrs Angela Yeoman OBE DL Vice President and Founder: Mr Martin Bax MBE


Printers: Butler Tanner & Dennis Ltd. www.butlertanneranddennis.com Art Editor: Alan Henning, www.alanhenning.co.uk Copy Editor: Stephen Tate, www.mrwhitesheet.com Cover and Poster Illustration: © Sholto Walker, www.mywholeportfolio.com/sholtowalker


2 Box Office 01373 455420 cheeseandgraintickets@hotmail.com office@fromefestival.co.uk


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