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A Christmas Meditation: Summertown, 23 December 2012

At least one person on the road will be I’ll singing some very beautiful Christmas music in Summertown on 23rd December. It would be lovely to residents of VR at the event.


December 23, St. Michael’s Church, Lonsdale Road, Summertown. 8pm.
(9.15pm finish). Tickets £10

In the marvellous acoustic of St. Michael’s Church, Liedertafel and Pro Victoria will perform some truly magnificent 15th and 16th century Christmas polyphony by Victoria, Josquin de Prez, Palestrina and Guerrero, as well as a selection of seasonal favourites.

EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISABLE by email tickets at

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Flash in the Pan 1st-22nd December

Local Summertown residents jeweller Tess Blenkinsop and artist Susan Moxley  have asked me to let you know about this year’s Flash in the Pan Christmas pop-up shop which will be back in Summertown at No 9 South Parade this year from 1st to 22nd December.  Full of lovely goodies and delectable work by local artists and crafts people, and with Christmas trees, workshops, cookery demonstrations, a book signing with Phillip Pullman and Will Gompertz, and even cocktails.  I for one will be doing some Christmas shopping there…

Open daily 10.00am-6.00pm; Thursdays 10.00am-8.00pm; Sundays 11.00am-4.00pm

Special events:

Friday 30th November 6.00-8.30pm:  Opening evening

Saturday 1st December 10.00am:  Flash in the Pan opens, 11.00-12.30pm Book signing with Will Gompertz and Phillip Pullman

Thursday 6th December 6.00-8.00pm:  Tea Cocktail Tasting

Saturday 8th December:  Christmas Trees for sale until 22nd December, 1.00-4.00pm Workshop for all with Francesca Shakespeare

Wednesday 12th December 6.00-8.00pm: Cookery demonstration with Sophie Grigson and Mariella Bliss

Saturday 15th December 1.00-4.00pm:  Workshop for all with Francesca Shakespeare

Sunday 16th December 2.00-3.30pm:  Winnie the Witch and Korky Paul

Saturday 22nd December:  Final day of Flash in the Pan

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Come and watch!

Open Ballet Class
Saturday 1st December 2012, 11.30-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced class
Summertown United Reformed Church Hall, Banbury Road, Summertown

Two years ago I opened my Saturday 11.30am class to visitors to view, in aid of the re-flooring of the hall.  It seems a good moment to open up this class once again to friends, colleagues and neighbours who would like to see what we do, and to show off the refurbished hall and its improved floor and what it is contributing to the work. I am very proud of the standard that has been achieved by dancers attending and would like to celebrate it.
You are most cordially invited to come, watch and enjoy.  Please do bring any friends, family or colleagues who might be interested.  We will try and squeeze in as many as we can.
Hoping to see you on Saturday…

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BiSS calendar 2013

 Ballet in Small Spaces calendar 2013

Desperately contemplating the prospect of Christmas shopping?  Help is at hand… Recently arrived, the Ballet in Small Spaces calendar for 2013 brings together a selection of pictures from the company’s 2011 tour by leading dance photographer Bill Cooper.  Featured ballets are the cool classical Inside Out and colourful Commedia; the dancers showing elegant line and exuberant character are Caroline Crawley, Bethany Elliott, David Horn, Jack Jones, Katherine Kingston, Diarmaid O’Meara and Patrick Wood.  Inspiring imagery on the wall for a whole year…

This limited edition is now available for £10; in purchasing it you will not only be supporting local company Ballet in Small Spaces, but also The Exuberant Trust, the Oxfordshire charity supporting young people’s aspirations in the arts.  Email me if you would like to order a copy.


Photo by Bill Cooper:  Bethany Elliott in Inside Out

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A Poet’s Tea Party: 25 November 2012

A POET’S TEA PARTY with a choice of fine teas
Sunday 25 November, 5.00pm-7.00pm
The Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Walton Street, Oxford
Refresh yourself with a welcome cuppa and stunning stanzas from an exciting group of new voices including –
Introduced by
Tickets £3 at the door, or in advance from jennyklewis at or albionbeatnik at

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Tom Poster Recital

The Exuberant Trust PRESS RELEASE    Issued: 6th November 2012 for immediate release

Tom Poster Recital

Acclaimed pianist Tom Poster is to give a recital in the Holywell Music Room on Sunday November 25th at 7.30pm in aid of the Exuberant Trust – an Oxfordshire charity giving grants to young local creative artists.
There will be many old friends in the audience as Tom grew up in Oxford, attending the Cherwell School before going on to Kings College, Cambridge where he gained a Double First in Music.

Tom made his London concerto debut at the age of 13, and won the keyboard section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000. He has played concertos with a wide range of orchestras, won the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2007 and performed at the BBC Proms in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He is the pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble, whose recordings have received great critical praise.

‘a marvel who can play anything in any style’ (The Herald) ‘an unparalleled sound-magician’ (General-Anzeiger)

Tom who will play pieces by Chopin, Grieg, Schumann and Liszt said:

‘I am delighted to be helping raise funds for the Exuberant Trust – I have fond memories of concerts organized by Jenny Graham-Jones, in whose memory the Trust was founded.’

The Exuberant Trust has so far given grants totaling more than £40,000 to some eighty young Oxfordshire musicians, artists, dancers and craftspeople. Attendance at this concert will increase its potential to help many more.

Tickets are available on the door or from Prices: £12/£10 concessions, £5 students

Further Information from:

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From the North Wall

The North Wall is about to embark on its biggest project to date. We will be spending the summer rehearsing a new play by the writer Ron Hutchinson that will open at The North Wall in September and then play for a month in London at Arcola. This play will be rehearsed alongside our outreach project for young artists.

North Wall Oxford

We are looking for possible accommodation for the choreographer, a sound designer, a costume designer and 8 actors to cover the period from 1st September to 15thSeptember. Prior to the 1st, St Edwards is kindly accommodating the cast in a boarding house. If anyone has a room or two to spare in the first two weeks of September, we would be hugely grateful. I can promise that they are all extremely nice and well behaved (yes, even the actors!). With a need to keep a tight hold on budget and arts funding being what it is, any help would make a considerable difference.

Please let me know if you have a room or know anyone else who is a supporter of the arts and might help. We do have a small amount of budget to offset any expenses incurred.

Thank you

Best Wishes,


Lucy Maycock
Artistic Director
The North Wall
Tel: 01865 319450

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Draft Oxford Cultural Strategy

A post from Susie:

Hello All

Dance in Oxford

Just to let you know that following enquiries about trying to respond to this online, Oxford City Council’s Draft Culture Strategy consultation has now been extended till next Wednesday 20th June.  So a further opportunity for those interested in the arts to comment on the city’s Draft Culture Strategy for the next few years – please pass on to others who may feel moved to contribute!

There are also some interesting posts on the Huffington Post about whether arts should be supported:
Arts and Economic Prosperity IV’ Proves that the Arts Industry is Resilient, even in  a Down Economy

Oxford councillors and politicians should read this and ponder…

All best,



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