Newly identified earliest known portrait of Francis Drake on display for first time at his Buckland Abbey home

Visitors to Sir Francis Drake’s former home Buckland Abbey in Devon can now see a newly identified portrait of the Elizabethan seafarer on public display for the first time.

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Plymouth School of Creative Arts shortlisted for RIBA architectural award

The Red House, home to Plymouth School of Creative Arts, has been shortlisted for a prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South West regional award. For over 50 years the RIBA awards have championed the best architecture in the UK and around the world.

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Genuine emotion as Dartington Community Choir performed St John Passion at Dartington Great Hall

Most large choirs have to rely on a rehearsal-accompanist in the initial preparation of a new work, able only to afford the orchestra’s services virtually on the day.

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Plymouth Symphony Orchestra attracts bigger turn out with drama and spirit of performance

Plymouth Symphony Orchestra has been giving three large-scale concerts annually for years – something that needs much time and dedication from players who give their services freely.

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Timorous Beasties find inspiration in student life for the South West

Timorous Beasties, the acclaimed Glasgow and London-based design studio noted for their surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, have created an innovative new exhibition as part of the Textile Design season in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. It is the first time that Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, better known as Timorous Beasties, have exhibited in the South West and the exhibition will be open until Saturday 16 April 2016.

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University of Plymouth Choral Society welcomes spring to a delighted audience at Minster Church of St Andrew

Most of us can remember our school concerts, whether we took part, or were just there to listen.

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Bristol live music census reveals £123 Million economic contribution and planning threat to music venues

Buckinghamshire New University and UK Music, through the Music Academic Partnership has published new research that reveals the vast economic, cultural and social impact of live music to the city of Bristol in 2015.

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Secrets from Exeter’s hidden past will be uncovered in a major new archaeology project

Lead by experts from the University of Exeter, the latest technology will be applied to RAMM’s collections to reveal where the city’s food and ceramics came from during 1st to the 16th centuries. The four-year study will show the extent of trading networks throughout the period and Exeter’s changing role within the region.

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Flowing performance in series devoted to music’s ties with the world’s greatest oceans and seas

Dvořák’s American Quartet got the second recital in a three-part series devoted to music’s ties with the world’s greatest oceans and seas off to a spirited start.

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Taking thrills to the limit with the live Thrillometer challenge

For some the lemony, bergamot zest of a perfectly brewed Earl Grey and a warm muffin doesn’t cut it in terms of thrill. (But honestly, a decent cuppa is something to strive for and cherish.) No, for some a thrill needs to be a creative endurance at life’s extremes – this is where the Thrillometer comes in.

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