Don’t forget the 24 hour fundraising marathon by Frome College begins today at 12 noon. See the schedule below. Get in touch and help support by donating to JustGiving.
Starting Saturday 30th April at noon, Frome College students are staging a ‘24hour takeover’ of FromeFM. This will be the first time a group of school aged children have broadcast live for 24 hours continuously from a community radio station in the UK. The event is already attracting national, as well as local, media coverage. They will be doing this to raise funds for training and equipment for the Frome College Radio Club who are busy recording a fortnightly show for FromeFM. The show, ‘Frome College Matters’, enables students of all abilities to meet, work with, and get to know people within their community; and allows them to have a say in services that affect them.
Frome College is a vibrant community of 1,300 young people aged from 13 to 18 years of age. It is an exciting place, full of opportunity and development for every type of student. As part of this ethos, and with initial funding from Frome Town Council and support from FromeFM, a radio club was formed to bring the wealth of talent and creativity within the College to the wider community of Frome and beyond. It enables students to meet, work with, and get to know people within their community; and allows them to have a say in services that affect them. The radio club is open to all students, and provides valuable experience for future employment and education opportunities – as well as an awful lot of fun!
To continue, the club desperately needs to raise funds to train new members, and to buy secondhand equipment for a satellite studio at the College, so starting Saturday 30th April, Frome College are staging a ‘24hour takeover’ of FromeFM. This will be the first time a group of school aged children have broadcast live from a community radio station in the UK.
You can listen in to the broadcast from 12noon on Saturday 30th April locally on 96.6fm, online at frome.fm or you can download the free FromeFM smart phone app.
Your support is greatly needed and appreciated. THANK YOU
This weekend tune in to FromeFM for a cracking set of shows including 70′s Americana, Different Sounds, Rambling House, Static Prevails and more.
Ian’s guest on Different Sounds this Saturday is multi instrumentalist and long-standing member of the Brian Wilson band, Probyn Gregory.
In an exclusive interview with Frome FM he talks about performing Pet Sounds and previously Smile, how he met Brian, some of his previous musical experiences and how he became interested in music. He also talks about his close encounter with the recent earthquake in Japan.
It’s another unmissable show. Join Ian at 2100 BST on Saturday 23rd April.
Set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, USA, in the early 1900s, it is the tale of two families – the Webbs and the Gibbs.
Charles Webb, played by Dave Dunn, is the editor of the local newspaper – his wife is Myrtle (Sue Ross) and his daughter, Emily (Georgina Littlewood).
Town doctor Frank Gibbs (Neil Godwin) is married to Julia (Suzy Howlett) and they have a son, George (Django Lewis-Clark).
The play covers a period of 12 years in the lives of these families and the town, as the love story of George and Emily unfolds.
There are a number of newcomers to Frome Drama Club in this show: among them lead actors Django Lewis-Clark, Georgina Littlewood, Neil Godwin and Dave Dunn.
There are also some familiar FDC faces in the 24-strong cast.
Our Town is directed by Cheryl St George whose previous credits include Mrs Shakespeare for last summer’s Frome Festival.
Cheryl has lived in the UK for many years, but was born in Philadelphia. She has also recruited another American, Lisa Gauntlett of Beckington, to help with voice coaching.
Thornton Wilder broke new theatrical ground with this play.
It is performed without scenery or set and very few props, with the emphasis very much on the actors and the storytelling.
The main character is the Stage Manager, a philosophical narrator who directly addresses the audience throughout.
He is played by well-known FDC member Laurie Parnell (Under Milk Wood, Witness for the Prosecution, Ring Around the Moon).
There is also live music. The choir master from Grover’s Corners, Simon Stimpson, is played by Alan Burgess – who is also the musical director of this FDCproduction.
Alan leads a choir of 13 voices in the rarely-heard-in-the-UK Sacred Harp style of singing.
Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems.
The term refers to the human voice – that is, the musical instrument we were all given at birth.
This sort of singing is also known as “shape note”, because the score utilises simple shapes for those who cannot read regular musical notation.
Cheryl says: “It may sound a bit strange to folks on this side of the Pond, but it sure can blow the roof off when they start to feel the spirit within them.”
This is a rare opportunity to see this Pulitzer Prize-winning play live on stage in Frome.
When Our Town debuted in 1938, the New York Post proclaimed it to be “one of the sagest, warmest and most deeply human scripts to have come out of our theatre … A spiritual experience”.
With powerful simplicity, Wilder depicts New Hampshire life through the lives of these two families at the turn of the 20th century.
But the drama reaches beyond time and place as it explores universal themes of family, love, loss and community spirit.
It is a tale that has surprising relevance for today.
Our Town is at the Merlin Theatre between April 28 and April 30. Tickets cost £10 and £8.
Exciting news! On Friday 15th April from 9pm this month’s Frome FM Family Gathering has morphed into a fundraiser thanks to good sport and superhero, DJ Antman from Frome FM show “Into the Night” which goes out every Wednesday evening from 10.30pm – midnight: www.frome.fm/into-the-night
Antman will be spinning the decks at The Cornerhouse in Frome who are also one of our our loyal sponsors, so if you love your station please spread the word and come along with friends and family.
Bee says “I am delighed to have award winning and performance poet Liv Torc as my special guest on ‘From the Hive’ this month ahead of her hosting a Bruton Festival of Arts Event I am organising ‘Bruton Poetry Platform’ – At the Chapel – Bruton on 28th May 2016 and her performance alongside Hollie McNish at The Roundhouse in London in a gig entitled ‘Mum’s the Word’, on June 3rd.”
‘Liv Torc is a razor blade skating performance poet and comedian, who plunges the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human condition, armed with a box of matches and a sense of lyrical wonder’.
Liv is an experienced and popular performer, compere and workshop leader, Liv was the South West winner of the last National Radio 4 Poetry Slam, the second ever Bard of Exeter and the poet in residence at Exeter’s first ever Poetry Festival. She is co-host of The Hip Yak Poetry Shack, performs nationally and internationally and runs a successful spoken word stage at WOMAD festival. Her first published collection ‘Show Me Life’ was released last June by Burning Eye Books.
Liv will also be appearing at Buddhafield and WOMAD Festivals, along with taking the role of Lead Artist in a ‘poetry on prescription’ project based in Yeovil, aimed at supporting adults with mental health issues through the medium of poetry.
Lots of great NEW MUSIC to share too NOT TO BE MISSED …….. From the Hive Sunday, April 3 at 6 PM – 7 PM