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An Online Conversation with Nigel Kent

Nigel Kent is a poet living in rural Worcestershire who has been shortlisted for several national competitions, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been published by Hedgehog Poetry Press, Dempsey and Windle, Paper Swan Press, Emma’s Attic […]

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To Have and to Hold Records – Opening

After growing up on our estate in the late 70s, it is funny what you recall, for me it is one kid’s obsession with music that sticks in my mind. Locked away in his bedroom, he fashioned out of a […]

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Music Venue Trust announcement

Today (Monday 27th April 2020) is the date on which all the announced UK government support, the grants, the rate relief, the furloughing, the inaccessible loans, the unachievable rent holidays, the insurance ‘guidance’, all of it, added together, expires for […]

Worcestershire Museums

Museums Worcestershire urges visitors to Stay Connected

Due to Coronavirus The Commandery, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and Hartlebury Castle are closed to visitors Museums Worcestershire team have created an innovative and uplifting programme of digital connection to enable people to be able to access what […]

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COVID-19 Funding

Here are a range of useful resources for the creative industries from Arts Connect via Severn Arts to help with the current Covid-19 situation. They are split in to four key areas. Some.  Funding Information & Advice Information Guidance & […]

Severn Arts

Music Education Hub Grant

Severn Arts and the Worcestershire Music Education Hub recognise that this is a particularly difficult time for Worcestershire’s freelance musicians and small music organisations who may be struggling, so we are offering grants of £300 per artist/organisation to create a […]

The Samples

SLAP Mag meets The Samples

Worcester Punk band The Samples played their last show in May ’86 at, of all places, Perdiswell Leisure Centre. Some half decent amateur video footage of that gig confirms what a fantastic live band they were. On record, they debuted […]

When Self Isolation gets creative

When Self Isolation gets creative…

Two weeks into social distancing and there is no shortage of musicians leaping into their home studios and recording songs inspired by Covid-19 to distribute on YouTube – in fact you can’t move for them. Maybe there is a shortlived […]

To Have and to Hold Records

To Have and to Hold Records

The funny bespectacled kid down our road knew his own mind when we were growing-up: football and music. Melvin Hardy our amiable proprietor is on the cusp of opening a new record shop on Tewkesbury’s Church street, of course, that’s […]