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Welcome to the 15th Frome Festival. Once again we are delighted to present a programme packed with events to appeal across all age ranges and a multitude of tastes.

The Frome Festival is a community festival in the true meaning of the term. Many of the events on this website are organised, hosted and promoted by local groups, venues, and individuals. We in the Festival office collate these ideas and try to incorporate our own promotions into a full, well balanced programme. This isn’t always easy. Inevitably, festival-goers sometimes have difficult decisions to make between two or more conflicting events, but this is an indication of a healthy and vibrant festival and we hope to continue creating difficult choices in the future!

We are delighted to be presenting lots of free events and exhibitions, as well as modestly priced workshops, talks, walks and performances. Amongst our high profile performances we are greatly looking forward to this year’s opera, the enormously popular “Cosi fan Tutti” by Mozart. It’s directed by our Patron, Morag McLaren, in the idyllic setting of Cooper Hall. You will note that Mozart is the inspiration for our distinctive cover art by Sholto Walker.

It is also a pleasure to be presenting major acts like The Hoosiers, Glenn Tilbrook, and the legendary Sugar Hill Gang. Thanks to Frome’s Comedy Ambassador Tim O’Connor, we have two Festival comedy clubs, and we will also be hosting one of the fastest rising stars on the TV and comedy circuit, Romesh Ranganathan, at the Merlin Theatre.

This year, in partnership Frome FM, our Festival Friends association will be holding open house in the Granary Club at the rear of The George Hotel, where there will be a nightly programme of wonderful music. A campaign called the “Festival Friends 500” has been launched hoping that we can achieve 500 members of our Friends Association. There are many benefits to becoming a Festival Friend including early-bird ticket booking. Please contact us on: office@fromefestival.co.uk or 01373 453889 for further details.

Thanks to all our volunteer supporters, sponsors and advertisers. With the sad demise of the eminent Frome printer Butler, Tanner and Dennis, the Festival lost a huge subsidy in printing costs. With the help of our designer Jade Berry; Avon Printing Services; and our brilliant Sponsorship, Advertising and Web Development Team at stellasoft in somerset, we have taken this opportunity to reconsider and re-design the brochure and website. We are delighted with the outcome- we hope you are too.

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