Wiltshire Music CentreBradford on Avon Category Entertainment
The Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon is a purpose-built, 300-seat concert hall hosting more than 100 concerts a year featuring world-class classical, folk, jazz and world music artists.
Renowned for "the finest acoustic outside London" (Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3) the Centre attracts internationally-renowned musicians including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Doric String Quartet, the Schubert Ensemble, violinist Nicola Benedetti pianists Steven Osborne and Leon McCawley and famed guitarist John Williams; jazz legends Courtney Pine, Stacey Kent and Jacqui Dankworth; stars of the folk music scene such as Kathryn Tickell, Lau, Martin Carthy, Frigg, John McCusker and Heidi Talbot; and world music's greatest ambassadors, from Black Umfolosi to Talvin Singh and El Tanbura.
The Centre also programmes a series of family music shows and storytelling performances - "That was the best day of my whole life!" (Finn, aged 6) - given by award-winning musicians and performers with a love of both entertaining and teaching: from Roald Dahl's 'Little Red Riding Hood' and Giles Andreae's 'Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants' to Satoshi Kitamura's 'Igor, the Bird Who Couldn't Sing'.
Community activity includes the Bradford Roots Music Festival featuring local musicians and regular activities held at the Centre, include Jazz Factory workshops, choral singing sessions, pre-school music and music therapy and Alzheimer groups, the Centre is the home to a variety of countywide orchestras and ensembles and runs an exemplary education and community programme across Wiltshire and beyond. [- Visit Wiltshire]