Top five things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire
By Matt Hall
Looking for something different to do this weekend? Punchline have chosen some of our favourite events taking place in and around the county over the next few days.
To mark the centenary of the Armistice, Cheltenham Racecourse will be holding a tribute to both horse and soldier on Sunday 18th November, the final day of The November Meeting.
The November Meeting is the only Sunday in the racecourse's racing calendar and this year it will have an extra special meaning. Gloucestershire made a huge contribution to supporting the war effort and the contribution of the horse, the racing industry and the role of the racecourse makes it a fitting venue to commemorate the centenary.
The racecourse gates open at 10.30am so that the public can enjoy some spectacular pre-racing displays. A party of uniformed Glosters will lead a parade from the railway station up the racecourse accompanied by a military band, a mounted contingent of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars will lead an act of remembrance in the parade ring, there will be a demonstration of aerial combat by biplanes of the era and vehicles and equipment from the battlefield will be on display.
Gloucestershire Young Musician 2018 Lydia Kenny will be starring in Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra's concert on Sunday (November 18) at Pittville Pump Room.
Lydia, who won the prestigious award in March, will be performing Erwin Schulhoff's Hot Sonate for Saxophone.
The programme for the evening will also include Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition.
The Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Glyn Oxley; Leader Hannah Green.
A warm welcome awaits you at Stroud Choral Society's Autumn concert performance of Dvořák's Requiem at Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday, November 17.
Society members are really looking forward to coming back to the wonderful setting of the Abbey to perform again this year and are very excited about performing such a dramatic, atmospheric and thrilling work as Dvořák's Requiem.
The society, along with the Bristol Ensemble and four excellent professional soloists, will be conducted by Huw Williams who is also director of music at Bath Abbey.
Tickets are £20 and £15 (under 18s free) and are available from Stroud Subscription Rooms website, Tewkesbury Abbey gift shop, Tewkesbury Information & Heritage Centre, from choir members and on the door.
Quiz buffs around Gloucestershire are set to take part in the largest multi-venue general knowledge quiz ever held in the UK.
Churches around the county are gearing up to host The Big Quiz Night on Saturday, November 17, joining with hundreds of other churches across the land on the same evening.
In Gloucestershire, The Big Quiz Night is set to take place in a variety of locations, including Christ Church, Malvern Road, Cheltenham; Brunswick Baptist Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester; Grange Baptist Church, Grange Road, Gloucester; Bussage Village Hall, near Stroud; The Hub, Tobacconist Road, Stroud; and Wotton Baptist Church, Rope Walk, Wotton-under-Edge.
A Gala Evening is being held at Tetbury Goods Shed on Saturday (November 17) to celebrate their new Steinway B piano.
The piano has been donated to the Goods Shed but in order to keep it permanently it needs to raise around £20,000 in the next 18 months. This concert is the start of a fund-raising campaign to achieve that total.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.45pm start.
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