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From: Flowerfield Arts Centre <ffac@...>
Subject: It's all happening - The Earl Bishop, Summer Scheme, songwriting and Zumba!
Date: Tuesday, 31 May, 2011, 16:12
Spring is bursting out all over... June events!|
The Earl Bishop’s story – money, fame, power, betrayal, madness and forbidden love... Find out more this Wednesday|
THE EXTRAORDINARY life and times of The Earl Bishop Frederick Hervey, one of the north coast’s most colourful characters, is examined in detail in a brand new book, and the author of The Earl Bishop, Stephen Price, is delivering a reading at Flowerfield Arts Centre this Wednesday, June 1st at 8pm.
Everyone in Northern Ireland knows the Mussenden Temple, but how much is known about the man who built it? And who or what was Mussenden? Now’s your chance to find out more.
Frederick Hervey was the 4th Earl ofBristol and Bishop of Derry during the turbulent Georgian age. He was also an incredibly rich man who died alone and in debt; a loving father and
husband who abandoned his family to travel, build mansions, collect art, antiquities and beautiful women.
He was a campaigner for religious tolerance; a revolutionary who became a virulent counter-revolutionary; an establishment figure who became an outcast, a prisoner and a spy. In his time he was described by King George III as ‘that wicked prelate’, and by politician Charles James Fox as ‘a madman, and a dishonest one’.
Money, fame, power, betrayal, madness and forbidden love – the Earl Bishop’s story is told in this gripping, accessible book aimed at a wide audience.
Author Stephen Price is a Portstewart-based author, journalist and lecturer and The Earl Bishop, published by Great Sea is his fourth book.
Stephen Price will present an illustrated talk on the Earl Bishop in a special evening promoted by the Coleraine branch of Waterstone’s, on Wednesday June 1st. Doors open at 7.30pm and the reading commences at 8pm. Refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for sale, priced £12.99. There will be a small admission price of £5 to cover costs.
Just back from touring the UK with Mary Gauthier - tickets now on sale for Ben Glover and friends - June 11|
ACCLAIMED singer songwriter Ben Glover makes his debut appearance at Flowerfieldon Saturday June 11th as part of a small run of dates in Northern Ireland celebrating the release of a brand new album ‘Before The Birds’, and tour dates as special guest of the celebrated songwriter Mary Gauthier.
Ben's appearance sees him in trio format in the company of talented Portstewart guitarist Colm McClean and the in-demand pianist John McCullough.
Those who attended the BBC Radio Ulster special at Flowerfield will remember what an impact Ben made on that night – this is a chance to enjoy a full show of this rising star of Irish songwriting.
It promises to be an intimate gig, with Ben showcasing material from the new album as well as
tracks from his previous collections, ‘The Week The Clocks Changed’, ‘Through the Noise, Through the Night’ and the brand new album 'Before the Birds'.
His songs are peopled by real-life characters whose troubles and trials stay with the listener long after the music has faded. While growing a strong following in Northern Ireland, Ben has worked hard to develop profile and contacts in Nashville, and now spends most of his year in Tennessee, pursuing his musical career.
Reviews for the albums have been very positive, including 4 star reviews in The Irish Times and Maverick Magazine and major airplay throughout Northern Ireland. Comparisons have been drawn with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams, but as Ben's writing progresses, he's becoming more and more what every songwriter wants to be – a true original.
Find out more at Ben's website:
Tickets for the show are all priced at £10, and they’re available from reception at Flowerfield Arts Centre. You can also call the centre on (028) 7083 1400 and pay for your tickets by phone.
Join us for family fun on Open Day - Saturday June 18th|
FLOWERFIELD celebrates 30 years of creative opportunity with a special one-off Open Day for all the family on Saturday June 18th. From 10am to 4pm, the centre will be alive with music, demonstrations and activities for all the family – most of them on offer completely free.
This special one-off day is being supported by Coleraine Borough Arts Committee, and members of the committee will be on hand throughout the day, as well as a number of tutors, artists and members of staff. In the morning, members of the Causeway School of Music will provide entertainment and performances in the auditorium. And watch out for an exciting demonstration of hot crafts, as Kate Keenan, the latest artist to join the Flowerfield tribe demonstrates her glass blowing abilities in the Flowerfield reception area, which should prove to be an
Meanwhile, Flowerfield’s popular children’s art classes Artbox and Splish Splosh will be running as normal in the teaching spaces – call Flowerfield reception for prices and availability.
As the day edges towards noon, popular street entertainers Babcock and Bobbins will provide entertainment in the park from 12noon until 2pm. Works by the students on the various classes at Flowerfield will be on display in the galleries as the centre hosts a celebration for the annual student exhibition. Members of the Creative Courses teaching staff will be on hand to talk about the classes and answer questions. If you’ve always wanted to explore your creativity but would like to know more, come and meet some of the tutors and students.
There will be some light catering around lunchtime, and a selection of wonderful works by the student artists will be on display. In the afternoon, ceramics artist Adam Frew will give a
demonstration in the main reception area, showing off his throwing skills as he makes his unique pots right in front of your eyes. Local artist Liz Waddell will be running a Doodle Workshop in the afternoon. Everyone will be invited to look at some of her drawings and then have a go at doodling themselves, helping to create a large piece of art. At the end of the day the final piece will be uploaded to the Flowerfield website so that participants can identify their contribution - and even print off a copy of the whole thing for themselves.
We're also welcoming the North Eastern Education and Library Board's Intermediate Orchestra, who will perform a selection of classical favourites, either in the open air in the park, or in the auditorium, depending on the weather!
Strut your stuff and get fit - with Monday night Zumba!|
OUR RECENT addition of Zumba dance ftness to the programme here at Flowerfield has gone down a storm. We've had numerous people signing up for the current season of six classes. But you can also come down any Monday night and try the class out for yourself as a one-off - we have two classes, one starting at 6.30pm and running for an hour until 7.30pm, and then another getting under way at 7.45pm and running until 8.45pm. The fee is only £4 per class - just come down to reception and pay as you arrive. The class returns on Monday June 6th and will run on the 13th, 20th and 27th. There are plans for a more extended run of the class in September.
Summer Scheme enrolment THIS SATURDAY!|
THE SUMMER Scheme at Flowerfield Arts Centre is one of the most popular and creative ways for creative kids to pass the holidays, and enrolment for this year’s four-week Summer Recreation Programme takes place on Saturday June 4th, running from 10am to 12noon. The classes themselves will run from Monday July 18th through to Friday August 12th, Monday to Friday at the centre in the mornings and afternoons, and include the usual mix of creative and crafty endeavours for children. For full details of the class timetable and enrolment details, subjects etc, click here. Application forms for the classes are available from reception at Flowerfield – if you’d like more details, get in touch with the centre on (028) 7083 1400.