Monday, 25 February 2019

Composer in Residence For Corinum Radio

Andrew Hodges
‘Composer in Residence’ for Corinium Radio

Corinium Radio is hitting the right note thanks to a prestigious new appointment.

The Cirencester-based community radio station has started the new year off in grand style by awarding the title of ‘Composer in Residence’ to a local musician.

The role has gone to violinist, coach and composer Andrew Hodges, who has been described as someone whose expertise spans a broad spectrum of different subject areas.

He says his two principal passions are classical music and extreme music improvisation.

Andrew’s original training was as a violinist at the Royal Academy of Music. His working life has been wide and varied, including having been Head of Music in a west London school.

Said Corinium Radio spokesman Tony Coleman, “We are really lucky that our paths have crossed. We’re looking forward to a whole host of projects that will benefit from Andrew’s skills. We are really excited and eagerly anticipating what the future will bring.”

Tony added that a piece of Andrew’s music had already been included in a programme about World War One, which was made at the end of 2018 and called Cirencester Remembers 1918.

The historic programme – it was the longest ever put together by the station at two and a half hours in length – told the story of how the Cirencester community came together to mark the centenary of the ending of the Great War on November 11th last year.

It included stories from the war, music from the period and interviews with those who helped create the giant human poppy as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in the conflict.

You can find it on our listen again facility under ‘specials’ on the list to the right of the page. Visit If you would like to join us why not call Carole Boydell on 07776 144033 to find out what we’re all about.       

Phoenix Festival 2019

Simply the Best, The Phoenix Festival announces 2019 Special Guest!

The Phoenix Festival are delighted to announce that bringing the festival to a climax on Sunday 25th August will be none other than, special guests “TOTALLY TINA”, the UK’s official number one Tina Turner tribute show.
Internationally acclaimed ‘TOTALLY TINA’ is the longest running tribute to the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Voted by the Agent’s Association of Great Britain, Totally Tina have held the No.1 title for the last six years with a performance that is so authentic it makes you feel like the actual Tina is right in front of you, strutting her stuff on the most famous legs in show business. 
Expect a sparkling mix of nostalgia and surprise, featuring all the hits, her best loved covers and the odd twist in the tale. Jumping Jack Flash, Honky Tonk Woman, Get Back, It’s Only Rock and Roll and The Bitch is Back have been added to a set which includes classics such as Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, Private Dancer and everybody’s favourite “Simply the Best”, released 30 years ago!

A spokesperson from Totally Tina said: “2019 is the 30th Anniversary of the release of Tina’s iconic hit, “The Best”, so we are particularly thrilled to be special guests at this years Phoenix Festival and can't wait to see everyone singing, dancing and shaking a tail feather with us! We promise a passionate and pulsating show that will send you home buzzing! We hope you agree that Totally Tina is “simply the best”!
Get ready for a “Vegas Style” show that includes an award winning, high energy dance team and a fantastic band of musicians with a legendary sense of humour. Renowned for standing ovations, it’s guaranteed to be Simply the Best!
Glen Moreman, Festival Manager said “We are very excited to welcome Totally Tina to top this year’s Sunday line up. It’s going to be a real heart thumping, passionate performance that will have you totally transfixed!

Festival organisers will announce other special guests in the coming weeks.
The Phoenix Festival takes place on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August in the Abbey Grounds, Cirencester. Any performers, artists, bands, dance troupes, DJ's or choirs etc. who are located in the Cirencester area (GL7 postcode) that want to play at the 2019 Phoenix Festival should get in touch via .

AND to help keep the Festival free, offers of in-kind, financial, or volunteer support are also always gratefully received.

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Cirencester Growth Hub February 2019

Make yourself at home!

Hello from the Growth Hub

We’ve been reading up recently about the pros and cons of working alone. As a co-working space, we’re here to give businesses in the Cirencester area a place where they can work alongside one another, network and collaborate.

But while we know that coworking spaces can be more productive for business people, we were surprised to also learn that they can be better for your health.

According to HR Magazine, working alone is a contributing factor to poor mental health. Of the 1,200 workers surveyed, nearly half (42%) said their job played a significant role in their poor mental health. Significantly, of this 42%, 17.8% said that working alone was a major contributory factor to poor mental health.

At the same time, a poll from last October revealed 52% of satisfied workers collaborate with five or more people in their offices on any given day, and rank “opportunities to work on a collaborative team” as the best way to give their careers a boost.

So we believe that working at the Growth Hub can help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation and lead to business people being more productive.

Caroline McShane, social media consultant at Social Honeycomb, regularly uses Cirencester Growth Hub. She said: “I have found the Growth Hub is a really good place to meet people and to network. The other business people here and the team are all very supportive.”

In other news, we attended the launch of Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Awards are a great way of achieving recognition for your business, provide a PR opportunity, and the application process also gives you a chance to reflect on your successes. We’re pleased to be sponsoring the New Business of the Year Award, and look forward to reading the entries.

Cirencester Growth Hub, next to the Royal Agricultural University, is part of the wider Gloucestershire Growth Hub network. It offers free business support to growing Gloucestershire businesses, including one-to-one advice, workshops and events. Use of the coworking space can be on a pay-as-you go or membership basis.

Free events coming up in February include: Let’s Graze, from 4-5pm on 13th – open to all and a great chance to network; spotlight sessions on finance (5th), PR and copywriting (12th), and marketing (26th); and workshops on social media (6th and 13th), goal-setting (20th); and fit for business (27th).

For more information about Cirencester Growth Hub, visit, email the friendly team at or call 01285 889890.