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AUGUST 2018

Take-off

This year has seen a raft of tributes to

Leonard Bernstein, who wrote the score for

West Side Story

, in the centenary year of his

birth.The Bernstein in Chichester Festival,

which launched in March and runs until

November, has been at the forefront of

the celebrations, with everything from live

screenings and symposiums to talks and

recitals. Bernstein’s connection to Chichester

dates back to 1965, when he visited the

city with his family to attend the the first

performance in the cathedral of his choral

masterpiece

Chichester Psalms

, which

had been commissioned by Dean Walter

Hussey for the Southern Cathedrals Festival.

Fittingly, Chicester’s centenary celebrations

will culminate with a performance of the

Chichester Psalms

in the cathedral under the

baton of Bernstein protegée, Marin Alsop.

Forthcoming events include

Bernstein

and the Movies

(9th-26th August) as part of

the Chichester International Film Festival;

the Bernstein and Chichester Exhibition

(13th August-24th September) at the West

Sussex Record Office;

Walter & Lenny

(5th-8th

September) at Chichester Cathedral, a one-

man play, performed by distinguished actor

Peter McEnery (pictured), who plays both

Dean Hussey and Leonard Bernstein as they

exchange letters during the commissioning

process for the

Psalms

; and

Trouble in Tahiti,

with young theatre troupe Stage Left Project

performing Bernstein’s one-act opera which

is set in the 1950s.

www.bernsteinchichester.uk

S O U T H A M P T O N

Leonard Bernstein

celebrations

A monthly subscription box

for children aged three-

eight, packed with a variety

of nature-related activities

focusing on gardening,

craft, cooking and creating,

has recently launched.

Designed with busy

parents and grandparents

in mind, Willow + Wild Box

is the brainchild of Roz

Harvey, who gave up her

City job last year to

develop the business.

Seeing a gap in the

market for subscription

boxes that inspire all-

year-round learning

with an emphasis

on nature and the

great outdoors, the

personalised, seasonal

boxes contain all

the instructions

and materials

needed to sow

and grow plants, flowers

and vegetables, indoors

and outdoors.

As well as green-

fingered activities, different

table-top crafts are

included every month, as

well as an activity book and

recipe cards for children

and grown-ups to cook and

bake delicious foods for the

whole family to enjoy.

Said Roz “Gardening

is my passion and I love

getting my hands muddy

and being creative with my

five-year-old, which was

the inspiration behind the

Willow + Wild Box.

“With so many

parents being time-poor

nowadays, I wanted to be

able to provide ready-to-

go activities with all the

instructions and materials

needed to take the admin

out of having creative fun

with the kids.”

Monthly, three-monthly,

six-monthly and 12-monthly

subscriptions are available

and can be cancelled at

any time. Boxes start from

£7.25 per month.

www.

willowandwildbox.

co.uk

Kids go Willow+Wild

©

Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc

Ocean Film Festival World

Tour makes a splash

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is

back for 2018, bringing an evening of

inspirational ocean-themed films to more

than 35 locations across the UK and Ireland

in September and October.

This brand-new selection of films

includes seafaring adventurers rowing

treacherous oceans and intrepid surfers

riding the world’s biggest waves, and

explores our planet’s spectacular hidden

depths. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour

began in Australia, with the aim of inspiring

people to explore, respect, enjoy and

protect the oceans.

Highlights include

Kiwi Breeze

, about

Kiwi Steve who builds a 44ft yacht in his

London back garden and embarks on a

24,000km voyage home to New Zealand;

Touched by the Ocean

, in which Latvian

friends Karlis and Gints have no rowing

experience but a grand plan: to become

the first team ever to row across the South

Atlantic Ocean, from Namibia to Brazil; and

The Big Wave Project

, which was five years

in the making and follows a crew of leading

big-wave surfers as they work together to

attempt riding the world’s biggest wave.

The tour kicks off in Exeter on 5th

September.

www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk