To help mark 10 years of The Exchange, the trustees are delighted to announce that John Williams, the distinguished guitar player, has agreed to become a Patron of the Community Building Trust, the Charity that runs The Exchange.
Widely acknowledged as the world’s greatest classical guitarist, he is a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music where he created the guitar department. He was also a member of the fusion group Sky, has won both Grammy and Brit awards, and worked and played with innumerable great musicians around the world.
John has now performed at The Exchange on several occasions, and says “I am honoured and pleased to become a Patron of the Trust, and send everyone best wishes for the 10th anniversary – you should all be very proud”.
In 2007 The Exchange opened as a community centre for Sturminster, with aspirations to become a venue for North Dorset.
An exhibition to remember the creation of The Exchange, and mark its development over 10 years, will be in the Bibbern Gallery from the 31st July to the end of August.
The Exchange was officially opened by Julian Fellowes, actor, director and Academy Award winning screenwriter in 2007. At an event to celebrate our 10th anniversary and raise funds for The Exchange, Lord Fellowes will speak and answer questions about a career that has now included the creation of Downton Abbey, scripts for many more films and TV productions and several novels. Tickets will be available from The Exchange.
Famous names such as Ruby Turner, Robert Winston, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Georgie Fame, Pasadena Roof Orchestra and Des O’Connor have already appeared at The Exchange as part of our 10th anniversary year. In July we welcome The National Dance Company of Ireland with Rhythm of the Dance, and later in the year Dame Eileen Atkins, Spike Edney’s SAS Band featuring Toyah, Fish, Patti Russo and Tom Robinson, and 80s stars Heaven 17 and Hazel O’Connor will all be appearing.