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Concert is a sell-out success

The Orchard Room on the Highgrove Estate played host to a memorable recital by internationally-renowned composer Jan Vriend on 2 March.

Organised by Jan’s partner, Josie Price, with the help of Tetbury Goods Shed group members Chris Burrows and Karen Quaddy, the event raised over £2,000 for the Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Project.

Tickets for the event, which was also supported by The Royal Oak Tetbury, Whatley Manor Hotel and Calcot Spa, sold out quickly as many music lovers in the area remembered Jan’s previous fundraiser at Chavenage in 2014.

Playing his own instrument, moved from his town centre home to the Orchard Room for the occasion, Jan’s programme followed the theme of ‘a fantasy to a dream’

Opening with JS Bach’s jubilant Fantasie in C-minor BWV 906, Jan followed up with the same commposer’s technical and harmonically challenging collection of four duets (BWV 802-5).

His performance of the complete Chopin 24 Preludes enthralled the audience, especially some of the lesser-known pieces, described by Jan as “so unusual, alien and mind-blowingly-original they seem hell-bent on defying every rule in the book.”

The Orchard Room’s excellent accoustics allowed Jan’s compositional skills to be fully appreciated during his own Liebesträum No. 4 - the ‘dream’ part of the evening’s theme.

Jan wrote six Liebesträume between 2009 and 2011 for fellow Dutch pianist Ralph van Gaat, who premiered Nos 1-3 and 5 and 6 at Westonbirt School in 2013. This year’s performance of No 4 - the most technically-challenging to play - completed the cycle.

He culminated the programme with a return to Chopin, drawing out the full palette of instrumental textures in the Sonata in B-flat minor Op. 35, before closing in dramatic style with a brief and breathtaking Schubert Impromptu.

Will Cook, chairman of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, said: “It was a fantastic evening. Tetbury is fortunate to have such talent in the town and we are very priviledged that he has chosen to devote so much time to it in support of the Goods Shed project.”

Jan added: “I can’t wait for the Shed to open its doors early next year. It will have so much to off er the town. I am hoping to hold a series of ‘educational’ recitals there next year where we’ll look at the way some great composers worked and hopefully allow people to enjoy their music even more.”

Goods Shed Arts Centre to Open in 2016

Great news! The funding shortfall on the Goods Shed Arts project has been bridged.

It means that refurbishment and conversion work will start early in the New Year. 

All being well, Tetbury's brand new community Arts Centre will be open for business in summer 2016.

Tetbury Town Councillors voted unanimously on 16 November to bring the project's funding up to the £530,000 needed in order to appoint a contractor.

"It's fantastic news," said Will Cook, chairman of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, after the meeting. "Thanks to the council's decision, the next phase of the project can now begin."

The total includes £136,000 in grants secured by Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust group since 2013; £111,000 in Section 106 monies1; and £250,000 contributed by the town council, which owns the building. 

The Trust will continue to raise funds through events and grant applications so that the new centre will have the best possible facilities and equipment. 

When the building and fit-out is done, the rejuvenated GWR goods shed will offer local people, community groups and visiting artists a multi-purpose space for music, drama, events, functions and exhibitions.

The plans incorporate a state-of-the-art digital cinema system with full surround sound, able to present live streaming of plays, ballet and opera as well as near-to-release-date movies. 

Raked seating is part of the plan - the 185 seats retracting fully against the end wall when not in use.

Expect to see construction work starting in January or February!

1 Section 106 payments are made by developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure

Sculpture flows overflows Shed interior

Our second annual sculpture exhibition is now open to the public, with works spilling out on to the area around the Goods Shed.

Twenty-three sculptors are showing this year, as well as Tetbury-based painter Nicola Clark.

By the third day of the three week show, four pieces and two paintings had already been bought by vistors including one by Cheltenham sculptor Myra Murby who was exhibiting her work for the first time.

The show is open every day from 10.30am to 5pm.

Work by Richard Cresswell outside the Shed

Dozens of artworks fill Tetbury's Victorian-era railway Goods Shed at the exhibition.


Cohen's Pharmacy makes £723 donation

To celebrate thirty five years in the pharmacy business, Cohen’s Pharmacy (who are located in Romney House Surgery in Tetbury) promised to double any fund raising efforts in their branches up to £350. 

During the summer, Cohen's staff in Tetbury have been raising money. Manager Mark Hills even gave the appeal the cash he raised taking part in the very wet Tetbury fun run in August. 

Thanks to the team's efforts and the generosity of their customers, Cohen's raised a grand total of £373.67, which was matched by £350 kindly donated by the company head office.

Caroline Morgan, Treasurer of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, is pictured receiving a cheque for £723.67 from Mark Hills. She thanked all the staff and in particular Mark, for their support of the Goods Shed. 

Cohen's contribution is a big boost to the fundraising effort needed to turn the Victorian goods shed into a new arts centre for the town and surrounding area. Thanks to the enthusiastic support and generosity of people in the area, the Trust has raised over £30,000 in the last 20 months. Together with pledges by Tetbury Town Council and funding bodies, this means we are closing in on our target for rebuilding and reopening the building in 2016.