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Cycle parking facilities under refurbishment

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Please note that the cycle parking facility adjacent to The Anvil will be unavailable from 11 - 23 Aug due to refurbishment. The nearest cycle parking can be located on Church Street across from St Michael's Church.

Vacancies at Anvil Arts

Vacancies at Anvil Arts

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We are currently recruiting for the following posts: Head of Facilities Closing date: Mon 3 Sep, 10am Interviews will be held week commencing Mon 10 Sep

The World at Large

The World at Large at Merton Infant School

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Last week, our World at Large project visited Merton Infant School. The project works to support teachers as they use music and drama to develop their school’s own learning and behavioural values.

What the Ladybird Heard

The hunt is on (again)!

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After the huge success of our previous Basingstone, we've hidden another one for What the Ladybird Heard (12 - 15 Jul)!

Jamie Raven

Mind-blowing magic from Jamie Raven

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What a treat we had this morning when the awe-inspiring Jamie Raven popped by to wow us with some magic tricks ahead of his performance on Tue 16 O

Anvil Arts

Become our new Lighting Technician

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We are currently recruiting for a full-time Lighting Technician.  Closing date: Tue 10 Jul Interviews will be held on week beginning: Mon 16 Jul

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason wins at Classic Brit Awards

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He recently played at the Royal Wedding, and now he has managed to bag two of the top awards at the Classic Brit Awards! It's safe to say that the ever talented Sheku Kanneh-Mason is taking the classical music scene by storm. 

Autumn 2018

Autumn 2018 on sale now!

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With a whole load of hot shows still to come this summer, we think it's the perfect time to start planning ahead.  

Maxim Vengerov - encore

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The encore played by Maxim Vengerov was the Sarabande from J S Bach's Partita no. 2 in D minor

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Join our team!

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Fancy a new challenge? Who doesn't!  We're currently recuriting for a Programme & Admin Assistant. This is a full-time position. 

Finding the Words

Finding The Words

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Last week we celebrated our community project, Finding the Words, with a special showcase in The Forge which was a great success.

Spira Mirabilis

Spira mirabilis on Radio 3 tonight

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Don't miss Spira mirabilis talking on In Tune on BBC Radio 3 this evening (Friday), ahead of their concert here on Saturday.

Anvil Arts

We welcome our new Chief Executive

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We are pleased to announce that James Tilston has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Anvil Arts, following the retirement of Christine Bradwell after 22 years in the post. 

Dove House Post-16 Interviews

Dove House Post-16 mock interviews

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On Fri 16 Mar, our Community Engagement team welcomed a group of young people from the Dove House Post-16 unit to The Anvil for mock interviews.

Jaws in Concert

Our new summer season is here!

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Our brand new summer season is now on sale!  We have a whole range of comedy, dance, music and more for you to sink your teeth into over the summer months.

Anvil Arts

Road works

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Hampshire County Council have scheduled road works for the week commencing 5 Mar, which means that the ramp to The Anvil car park will be closed at 8pm every night.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day gifts she'll love!

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Unless you've been avoiding the shops and the world in general, you're probably aware that it's Mothers Day this Sunday!

Marnel Junior School

Small scale theatres with Marnel Junior School

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Earlier this month, Marnel Junior School invited us along to judge a competition between Year 4 pupils who have been busy making their own small scale theatres.  

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

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The encore played by Alisa Weilerstein was the Sarabande from Bach's Cello Suite no. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010. The orchestra played Brahms' Hungarian Dance no. 5.

Access at The Anvil

New changes to The Anvil auditorium

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Good news! We've replaced all the seats in the stalls (rows H - T). We think you'll find that our brand new seats are more comfortable and supportive, as well as looking beautiful!  

Valentine's Day at The Anvil

Feel the love at The Anvil

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There isn’t long left until Valentine’s Day, so if you’re still looking for the perfect way to spend it, don’t look any further!

Andreas Ottensamer

Andreas Ottensamer on BBC Radio

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Are you coming to see Andreas Ottensamer perform with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra this Thursday (18 Jan)? 

Park View Junior School education project

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Over the last few months, we've been working with local school Park View Juniors to develop a new project with the school’s learning behaviours at its core: tolerance, resilience, cooperation, respect and open-mindedness.

Peter Pan lights up Festival Place!

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On Thu 16 Nov, our very own Peter Pan landed at Festival Square for an evening of entertainment, community, and festive cheer for the annual switching-on of the Christmas lights.

It's Halloween competition time!

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Fancy winning a pair of tickets for Vampires Rock Ghost Train (Wed 1 Nov), as well as an official Vampires Rock t-shirt?

Vladimir Altschuler

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra - encores

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The encores played on Friday 13 October by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra were both from Glazunov's ballet Raymonda: - Entr'acte to Act 1 scene 2 - Grand Pas Espagnol

Ella Fitzgerald - A Centenary Celebration: Free Relaxed Screening

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We are delighted to offer a FREE relaxed screening suitable for people on the autistic spectrum, those living with dementia, and with other disabilities. The concert will be screened as it happens, in the welcoming atmosphere of The Forge.

The Anvil

We're recruiting!

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Anvil Arts is the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire.

Derek Gripper

Derek Gripper wins at the Songlines Music Awards

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A huge congratulations to one of our upcoming music acts, South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who has won Best Artist in the African and Middle East category at the

Roadworks

Travel update - M3

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If you're planning on visiting us this week, please be aware that there will be closures, resurfacing and Smart motorway improvement works at various points on the M3.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

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The encores played by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra were Nimrod from the Enigma Variations by Elgar and the March of the Trolls from Grieg's Lyric Pieces, Op. 54 no. 3

Alice Sara Ott encore

Alice Sara Ott encore

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The encore played by Alice Sara Ott on 19 November was the March of the Trolls by Grieg, Op. 54 no. 3

Autumn 2016

Autumn 2016 now on sale

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Autumn 2016 is now on sale. Download your Autumn 2016 ebrochure Comedy, drama, music, and of course, panto - it's all inside! Click on the above link to view the full brochure.

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

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The encores at the concert on 9 March were Rachmaninov Vocalise (arr. cello and piano) Sibelius Valse triste Khachaturian Lezghinka from the ballet Gayaneh

Patricia Kopatchinskaya encore

Patricia Kopatchinskaya encore

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The encores played by Patricia Kopatchinskaya at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment concert on Thursday were pieces from Signs, Games and Messages and Kafka Fragments by Gyorgy Kurtag.

Valeriy Sokolov encore

Valeriy Sokolov encore

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The encore played by Valeriy Sokolov at the concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Friday was the Recitativo and scherzo caprice Op. 6 by Fritz Kreisler

Record panto sales

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Jack and the Beanstalk is officially our best-selling panto for eight years! Our 2015 - 2016 pantomime performed to over 20,000 people over three weeks and received glowing reviews from press and public alike.

Kirill Gerstein encore

Kirill Gerstein encore

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The encore played by Kirill Gerstein was the Three-Part Invention in E flat by Bach BWV 791

EFDD Conference

EFDD Conference

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Please note: Anvil Arts is not responsible for any transaction with TicketSource and any problems with them should be taken up with EFDD. You will need a valid Anvil Arts ticket with seat number in order to attend this event.

Katherine Ryan date change

Katherine Ryan date change

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Don't forget that the performance by Katherine Ryan which had been scheduled for Saturday 7 November has been changed to Sun 29 November because of her changing work commitments.

John Taylor obituary

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We are very saddened to learn that John Taylor died on Friday 17 July.

Andsnes wins!

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Leif Ove Andsnes, who will make his only recital appearance outside London here on 9 June 2016, has just won Recording of the Year and the Concerto Award in the 2015 BBC Music ma

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra - encores

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Leon McCawley's encore was Rachmaninov's Prelude in G Op. 32 no. 5 The orchestra's encores were: The Entr'acte from Act 2 of The Snow Maiden by Tchaikovsky

Cinderella - Audience Reaction

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Hear what our audience members are saying about Cinderella Our magical pantomime plays in The Anvil until 4 Jan. Wey Hey!

Map showing locations of Anvil Arts venues

Black Dam roundabout works

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Extensive improvement works are now under way at the Black Dam roundabout. Read more details.

Box office summer opening hours

Box office summer opening hours

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The box office summer opening hours are: THE ANVIL Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 10am - 3pm CLOSED: Wed 20 - Mon 25 August THE HAYMARKET CLOSED: Mon 4 Aug - Fri 5 Sep EXCEPT: Wed 20 - Fri 22 Aug 10am - 5pm

The Anvil Trust wins Arts Council investment

The Anvil Trust wins Arts Council investment

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The Anvil Trust has won Arts Council England investment for another three years. The Trust is included in the list of National Portfolio Organisations published by ACE today, one of only six music organisations in the region to achieve this status.

Robert Cray loves The Anvil!

Robert Cray loves The Anvil!

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Limited tickets available for his previously sold out concert today - Friday 2 May - click here to book

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra - encores

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra - encores

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The encore played by Barry Douglas was October from The Seasons by Tchaikovsky The orchestra's encore was the Polka Schnell Leichtes Blut by Johann Strauss II

Anvil Arts commission wins award

Anvil Arts commission wins award

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Rivers to the Sea, by British composer Joseph Phibbs, won the Orchestral award at the British Composer Awards last night.

Basingstoke Youth Theatre

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Central Studio, Anvil Arts and Proteus Theatre Company are working together to transform theatre for young people in Basingstoke.