Starcast impress at Trinity Guildhall Exams

Posted on August 24, 2015 by jrphotographer under Events, John Rose Photography
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Have you ever had to stand and talk or perform in front of an audience? If you are nodding your head can you remember how it made you feel? personally the thought fills me with dread!Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

Recently we were booked to capture images of over 200 students from Starcast Performing Arts, Salisbury. The students we were asked to photograph were aged between 5 – 17 years old and had all been entered in to the “Trinity Guildhall Musical Theatre Exams” which took place over the weekend of the 11th and 12 th July 2015, at the  Blackledge Theatre, Godolphin School in Salisbury.Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

Trinity College London offers an unrivalled choice of qualifications for students and teachers of drama and speech subjects, at all levels of experience and ability.

The syllabuses provides a structured framework designed to encourage the progressive development of integrated performance and communication skills over time. Their solo and pair graded exams and diplomas are fully accredited in the UK and recognised internationally in many other countries.Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

The Starcast Performing Arts Schools students danced, sung and acted as part of their exam performing extracts from “Cats“, “Whistle Down the Wind”, “Matilda”, “Bugsy Malone”, “Annie”, “Rent”, “The Jungle Book” and “Half a SixpenceStarcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

“Starcast Performing Arts Schools first opened in 2009 and now has over 280 children and teeangers training in our Acting Classes, Singing Lessons and Dance Classes at our weekly Performing Arts Classes. At Starcast we teach children and teenagers aged 4-18 yrs old. Students are spilt into three classes of similar ages and study each discipline of Dance, Drama and Singing. To read more about the content and the training involved in the three classes please scroll down this page.

ALL abilities are welcome. Starcast offers children and teenagers a chance to simply enjoy learning to act, sing and dance. With opportunites of performing professionally if they wish too.

At our schools we endeavour to build confidence and self esteem, we also teach children skills they can use in everyday life such as communication, focus, creative and presentation skills.

At Starcast Schools we encourage our students to express themselves, to voice their concerns and their ideas in loud, clear and confident voices.

At Starcast we give every child the chance to perform as often as we can, we believe this is a great confidence builder.”Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

The examiner was impressed with the wonderful costumes, staging and talent of all the performances, awarding every single students  a mark of 80% or over.

90% of students were awarded a “Distinction” which is the highest possible mark from “Trinity Guildhall”

Understandably many of the students were feeling nervous and apprehensive, but once they started to perform, the shy quietness and rattling of nerves very quickly vanished – leaving confident focused performers.Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity ExamsWe felt that this was an exciting and professional event where wonderful memories were made for all involved. These students truly are stars of the future.

Salisbury’s answer to Ascot was good (to firm!)

Posted on August 3, 2015 by jrphotographer under Events, John Rose Photography, Salisbury Journal, Salisbury Life


Big hats, small hats, fascinators, flowers feathers and a multitude of colors styles and designs. Ladies night at Salisbury Racecourse is always a very well attended an amazingly colorful affair, and this year was no exception.Bumber crowds at Salisbury Racecourse Ladies Night

Without doubt this really is one of the most important and popular meetings in the race calendar at Salisbury Racecourse as well as the calendars of the women of Salisbury and surrounding areas. This is of course a favorite event to cover for us at John Rose Photography, with 7 races  the going was Good to Firm which mad for some great results.The eight finalists at Salisbury Racecourse Ladies Night

We are always delighted to cover this glamorous event for Salisbury Life Magazine and have done now for three years. This year we also covered for the Salisbury Journal and Wiltshire Society. It gives us the opportunity to capture some amazing images as well as the opportunity to catch up with so many familiar faces – friends, clients and anyone really that knows us. Each year just gets better and better.Gabriella Gowman, Beseed Dressed at Salisbury Racecourse Ladies Night

More than 4,000 spectators attended this years race meeting and out of those, 18 lucky ladies were chosen to enter this years “Best Dressed” competition showcasing not only the Best Dressed lady, but also best shoes, best hat, most exotic outfit. Susie Cooke, Best Shoes at Salisbury Racecourse Ladies Night

This years overall winner was the lovely Gabriella Gowman, with Sarah Oak winning best hat and Susie Cooke not only winning best shoes but also walking away with a top prize kindly provided by the Westover Group – the use of a brand new £15,000 car for 1 year. Congratulations to all the ladies for being selected to enter. Fake That at Salisbury Racecourse

Entertainment at the end of the days racing was provided by ‘premier Take That tribute band’ – Fake That! –live on stage. The after party continued at Salisbury’s Chapel Night Club.


Salisbury FC v AFC Bournemouth

Posted on July 31, 2015 by jrphotographer under John Rose Photography, Salisbury FC
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Newly formed Salisbury FC played host at the Raymond McEnhill stadium this week, to Eddie Howe’s recently promoted premiership club AFC Bournemouth for a pre-season friendly match against Steve Claridge’s brand new Wessex Premier squad.20150721_SFCvBournemouth_7795

Due to the volume of fans still trying to get through the turnstiles, the 19:45pm kick off was delayed by 15 minutes but when the teams were ready to come out on to the pitch, players from the Salisbury FC Youth section lined the way in a guard of honor to which Eddie Howe led his team through in front of a crowd that topped over 1,700 home and visiting fans.20150721_SFCvBournemouth_8011

Steve’s team played an outstanding match which resulted in a 2-1 win over Eddie Howes team, proving that Salisbury FC are a team that are serious about their football, regardless of the league they have been placed in for the forthcoming 2015/16 season20150721_SFCvBournemouth_8067

For us at John Rose Photography, this will be the 6th season that  have been named as “Official Photographers” to the football club providing images for the website, social media, Spire FM, the Salisbury Journal and of course the clubs own use too.20150721_SFCvBournemouth_7915

We have in the past also provided video footage of matches both home and away, which is something we may well look at doing again.

Images from the pre-season friendlies and of course the new season ahead will be available to view on the clubs website and can also be seen around the club and in the Sarum Suite.20150721_SFCvBournemouth_8267

We are looking forward to the new season ahead and wish the board, management and team a very successful season.


Race for Life 2015

Posted on July 15, 2015 by jrphotographer under Charity, John Rose Photography
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Hell hath no fury like a woman in pink and this year’s annual, Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, at Hudsons Field Salisbury brought together an army of over 1,400 women of all ages, from our great City and surrounding areas.

Parkwood Warm-up Crew

Parkwood Warm-up Crew

Putting the women through their warm up prior to the start of the race was, Chris Martin and members of the Parkwood Health Zumba team. There were lots of smiles laughter and giggles as everyone stretched out in preparation but also a great team spirit amongst everyone too.

Spire FM’s very own breakfast presenter Martin Starke, introduced a very special guest, 3 year old Harry Tinham; who in his short life has already suffered Downs Syndrome, open heart surgery and battled with Leukaemia.Race for Life

Harry’s dad Nick said “We hope that the worst is over now”

At 11am, together the Pink Army undertook the 5k course. Some raced, whilst others ran, walked or even danced around some in fancy dress but all with the same aim of raising £95K for research in to all 200 types of cancer.Race for Life

Cancer does not give a second thought to those of us whose lives it affects but by taking part in this ladies event, money is raised to help find a cure for the disease that can ruin the lives of those affected by it. National statistics show that one in three of us will be affected.Race for Life

Together these women raced for friends, family and loved ones and at no time did the rain dampen the amazing spirits and atmosphere.


Chalke Valley History Festival

Posted on July 7, 2015 by jrphotographer under Events, John Rose Photography, Salisbury Life

The Chalke Valley History Festival includes over 110  literary events for all ages from children through to adults, a vast look through history through-the ages encampment, a stunning air show is one of the biggest events of the week, the Penguin Chalke Valley History Prize, and a Schools Festival all over the course of a 3 day period. This was CVHF’s fifth year of holding the history festival and a huge success it was too! It is the largest festival dedicated entirely to british history, and is designed to inspire, excite and inform all ages. Taking place in the heart of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, 12 miles outside of Salisbury, it offers a unique mix of talks, discussions and debates, alongside the very best Living History activities around. Whether young or old, the CVHF provides entertainment for all the family.


When visiting the CVHF you are immediately thrown back into history with force, enlightened with new facts and reenactments everywhere you turn. 2015 saw a  new living history arena for longbow demonstrations, French firepower displays, WW2 firing demonstrations, cavalry displays and much more for the mind! The visual aspects of being involved enhanced the whole experience and lifted history from the pages of books; putting the sights and sounds before your very own eyes.


As a photography business we thrive upon capturing that one moment that can’t ever be seen again, in this case, our favourite photo of CVHF is of the battle between the red coats and the colonials shown in the arena; where we managed to capture a photo in a split second of a Colonial soldier firing his weapon at the Red Coat opposition. This photo grabbed our immediate attention as it was a true and tough challenge to shoot. We wanted to capture the image just as the gunpowder ignited, giving the flame kickback, there was a split second to capture this one shot and we managed it!

Sir John Major delivers inaugural lecture in Salisbury.

Posted on July 1, 2015 by jrphotographer under John Rose Photography
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On 17th June 2015 Sir John Major, former prime minister delivered an inaugural Sir Edward Heath Lecture at Salisbury’s very own Guildhall. With Salisbury holding the 800th year celebrations of the Magna Carta this year at the Cathedral, the topic of lecture was to be ‘The meaning and lessons of the Magna Carta Today’ and would be delivered directly to an invited audience of over 200 local people including Dame Shirley Williams and David Steele both ex MP’s.



Foundation trustees established the lecture as an upcoming opportunity for respected speakers to explore the subject of importance to Sir Edward and to his personal interests in the legacy of the Magna Carta itself.

Sir John Major spoke about why he delivered the first ever Edward Heath Lecture, commenting “I was delighted to be invited to deliver the first Edward Heath Lecture in Salisbury, the City that he loved and made his home, and in the fiftieth anniversary year of his winning the Conservative Party leadership. As our first leader to come from a non-privileged background, his election marked an important step change for our Party.

 As Prime Minister, at what was a very difficult time for Britain, Sir Edward’s central legacy was entry into the European Common Market.  But his administration was also marked out by his courageous, albeit ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to reform Britain’s destructive industrial relations and to bring power sharing to Northern Ireland.  I, myself, was especially impressed by his honorable and civilized decision to face down opposition, and to fulfil Britain’s obligation to admit the Ugandan Asians.”



Sir John’s visit to Salisbury commenced in the afternoon, with a tour of Edward Heath’s former home, Arundell’s. Sir John was welcomed into the outstandingly beautiful house by a recital by the senior boys of Bishop Wordsworth Grammar School, played using Sir Edwards very own piano.

We were employed by Arundell’s to carry out the photography of the Edward Heath lecture and Sir John Major’s visit to Salisbury and were very honored and more than happy to take on the privilege of working with Arrundell’s ensuring Sir John’s visit to be as pleasant and welcoming as could be. We spent 5 hours in the company of Sir John and the trustees of Arundell are working closely with them to capture the magical significance of the delivery of the first every Edward Heath lecture.



 Although hired by Arundell’s to photograph the event, we were also honored to be present and hear Sir John speak on the history. We found ourselves drawn to his voice as he spoke regarding the Magna Carta and Edwards Heath’s passion and drive for the subject, although under pressure for such a high VIP event we found that the atmosphere surrounding ourselves as commercial photographers to be pleasant and easy to work with, all aspects covering our photography were easily handled and in return received good quality and true to life pictures of the glowing atmosphere that surrounded me whilst Sir John Major delivered his lecture.


What do the words vintage and nostalgia mean to you?

Posted on June 14, 2015 by jrphotographer under Events

Have you ever wondered what it would be like, to live in a different era?

A time when wearing an army uniform was fashionable, as was denim, a neck scarf or a dress with small delicate flowers on.

20150531_VNS_D4_1183If I were to ask you what the words vintage and nostalgia mean to you, what would you say?

In the Oxford dictionary, vintage is described as:

  • Vintage wine is of very good quality and has been stored for several years
  • Of a vehicle made between 1919 and 1930 and admired for its style
  • Typical of a period in the past and of high quality;
  • Vintage year, a particularly good and successful year

And nostalgia as:

  • Sentimental longing for or regretful memory of a period of the past, esp. one in an individual’s own lifetime; (also) sentimental imagining or evocation of a period of the past.
  • Something which causes nostalgia for the past; freq. as a collective term for things which evoke a former (remembered) era.

20150530_VNS_1063To us at “John Rose Photography” the words Vintage Nostalgia  symbolise an amazing and exciting weekend festival, held annually at Stockton Park  just of the A36, in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside (not very far from Salisbury) – home of the Vintage Nostalgia Show (or VNS for short)

So let’s set the scene – take a field well actually in this case, let’s take four.  An abundance of canvas tents, marquees, and gazebos in various different shapes, sizes and colours. Camper vans, motor homes, and yurts scattered the landscape mixed in with silver American style bullets towed by all manner of vehicles.

Cars ranging from classic beauties to what can only be described as rust buckets, a variety of refreshment stands and then add to it, 1000’s of people many of whom are dressed in their Vintage style refinery.

Stalls selling anything from 1920 ’s style dresses, beautiful frilly petticoats as well as suits, hats and something as simple as a 1970’s Star Wars figure in its original packaging.

If you have never visited the show it really is a must for your 2016 calendar but please be warned, you may very possibly feel as if you’ve been asleep, had a weird dream and woken in a different world when you arrive.

20150530_VNS_0968For the past two years we at John Rose Photography have had the privilege of capturing some amazing images of the VNS, on behalf of Salisbury Life Magazine. This year however we were there to sponsor the “Best Dressed” competition, awarding a prize of a £150.00 portrait shoot voucher with us and there were two further prizes kindly donated by Ringwood Brewery of a his and hers hamper.

VNS was an event that made us very proud to be at, as we were also a main sponsor along with “Ringwood Brewery” “Besame Cosmetics  ” and other local businesses.

From the moment we arrived on the Friday morning to set up for the show, you could feel the excitement and buzz in the air. It was great to see some familiar faces of those we had met previously as well as many new faces too. It’s a fantastic place to be, with some amazing opportunities for great images to be captured.

20150530_VNS_1028With our portable studio set up, we were set to create images that encapsulated the time, the moment and the memories of those that came to see us. We certainly had some laughs and giggles, especially when bride to be Gemma and her hen party arrived in our marquee. The girls certainly had some great poses and many of them were very characteristic to the style used in vintage pin up posters – lots of pouting, cheeky flirtatious looks and smiles too.

If you are looking for a great place to party let your hair down and celebrate a hen night or other celebration, there really is no better place to be.

When asked what we love about VNS, a long list of words spring to mind! But for us, the most important thing is that people walk away having spoken to us, or having had their photograph taken with a smile on their face that would give any Cheshire cat a run for its money.

VNS has to be by far one of our favourite events of the year to photograph for many reasons, one of these is that there are so many wonderful opportunities to capture and something intricate. With every turn of your head there is something new to feature, the atmosphere that you are faced with there is simply outstanding and without fail beyond charismatic which in turn makes for great photography and a great weekend.20150530_VNS_1071

Ride the plain with Stonehenge ATV

Posted on June 4, 2015 by jrphotographer under Commercial, John Rose Photography

Stonehenge ATV

When was the last time you experienced an exciting fun packed adrenalin fueled day out in the open?

2015-05-09 18.48.34Well, it’s been a few weeks now since we were invited to go and take part in a taster day at a new local business “Stonehenge ATV” but wow what fun. So much so that it’s still very fresh in my mind which to me, means it’s made a great impression!

So Stonehenge ATV – What’s it all about? Where is it? And what’s so great about it……. If you love excitement and power, and being in control of an engine this really is a must for you.

Located in the quiet village of Wyle not too far from the huge expanse of Salisbury Plain, is where our day began. Greeted enthusiastically by co-business partners and founders of Stonehenge ATV Tony Quinn and Robin Gow, we were treated to piping hot coffee and of course biscuits too.

With safety firmly in the forefront of these guys’ minds, we were asked to complete the obligatory paperwork associated with motor sports. Next was a safety briefing and finally we were all fitted with the appropriate safety helmets and protective clothing.  It was great to see that this business is serious about their clients and of course all safety elements.

150508-StonehengeATV-32Next came the important bit – FOOD! Well sort of, our breakfast order was taken but then it was time for us to be given instruction on the vehicle controls, etc., with a short drive to familiarise us with the handling of the vehicles.

The vehicles themselves, Quadzilla Z8’s, reminded us of something from a Star Wars movie and we couldn’t wait to get started. If you are more interested in the techi bits of the vehicles, you’ll find more details about them on the Our Vehicles page of their website.

Leaving the ‘depot’ about an hour after our arrival, we made our way along the main roads to where breakfast was awaiting us. A very tasty bacon butty, cup of coffee, and a few photos later, we were ready to set off again. Fortunately the weather had been kind over the previous few days. It was wet enough to keep the dust down but not too wet as to make it too muddy.

So on with our adventure, we crossed the A303 to pass Stonehenge, stopping for a quick photocall, before making our way onto Salisbury plain.

We would love to tell you exactly where we went, but to be honest, we have no idea. We travelled along roads and tracks, with low flying helicopter and army vehicles around us, before stopping off for another break. Coffee, this time being served from the back of one of the vehicles.

150508-StonehengeATV-27Our drive continued along tracks made by all manner of vehicles from landrovers and tractors, to tanks, before joining the main road again and making our way back to the ‘depot’ at around 2.30pm. Once back we got out of our safety wear and chatted about the day’s events and our overall experience.

As already mentioned, we were very lucky with the weather but should you visit during less favorable conditions don’t panic. Thankfully there is a shower available to ensure you don’t have to drive home cold and wet.

The experience we were treated to costs £140 per person for a full day’s fun (c. 7 hours). This price includes shared use of the buggy, VAT, all insurances, equipment, training, breakfast or lunch. Group bookings start at £110.

This is not only a unique opportunity to travel Salisbury Plain and see areas that are not usually available to the public, but it is also great fun! A birthday treat, hen or stag party, or just a special treat for yourself, this is definitely something that we strongly suggest you check out.

We would like to finish by offering a huge thank you to Tony and Robin, firstly for the invitation to experience their new and exciting venture, but also for their great hospitality on the day. A very good day was had by all.

If you would like more information check out the Stonehenge ATV website and like their Facebook page 150508-StonehengeATV-30-2 150508-StonehengeATV-38-2

Kiddi Galore raises an amazing £2,170 for local charity

Posted on May 21, 2015 by jrphotographer under Charity
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Salisbury Nursery Kiddi Galore, presents a cheque to Lucy’s Days Out for an amazing £2,170.

Kiddi Galore presents a cheque to LDO for £2,170

Lucy’s Days Out were delighted to receive an amazing donation of £2170.00 from Kiddi Garlore Nursery School, Salisbury.  Julie Page visited the nursery school today where she was presented with the cheque (see picture above).  The money was raised through a variety of fundraising activities throughout 2014 with their Christmas Bazaar being the biggest event of the year.  Julie thanked the staff, children and parents for their continued support of the charity.


Posted on May 8, 2015 by jrphotographer under Commercial, Guest Blogs, John Rose Photography, Salisbury Journal
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150329-TalkEatLaugh-0166Pop up restaurants are quickly becoming an alternative to traditional dining out. As the name suggests, pop up restaurants are literally eateries that pop up from nowhere, often at an unusual venue, or perhaps in the setting of a private home.

Talk, Eat Laugh is the brainchild of Rachel Muse, a chef from Salisbury who has cooked for a host of showbiz stars.

Rachel became a patisserie chef before taking up positions at busy hotels in Reading and Knightsbridge and a private household in London.

Over the years she has travelled around the world, preparing dishes for Formula 1 drivers, musicians, sportsmen and actors on private islands in the Caribbean and yachts in the Mediterranean.

Now 20 years after first training to become a chef, she has returned home to Salisbury and is involved with creating a fine dining experience either in an individual’s home or at St Thomas’s House in the city centre.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0149Rachel’s new venture is to give the people of Salisbury the chance to be able find out what a Pop Up Restaurant is all about by visiting the Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up Restaurant. Rachel said, ‘We are celebrating the Festival by Popping Up in fine style from Monday 25th May right through to Saturday 6th June. Everyday from lunch straight through until after dinner, we will be delighting you with tasty food.”

“The theme of the International Arts Festival this year is the Middle East, so we are matching this with a Middle Eastern menu. The menu is designed to tempt tastebuds and satisfy all types of hungers, from a bowl of olives or a delicious plate of baklava, to a full three course meal. We have thought of the little ones too and we have a nice range of things for little mouths. Plus if you are coming along with a friend who prefers plain food, there are a selection of dishes where we can dial down the middle eastern spices to zero. That way the taste of the chicken or the prawns shines through.”

“I was a vegetarian for about ten years, which means I have total respect for people who choose not to eat meat. For me vegetarians (and vegans) aren’t an afterthought. When I cook non meat eaters are served dishes that are really delicious well thought through. I think is rare for non meat eaters to be treated in this way, except in vegetarian and vegan restaurants.”

Menu highlights include

Starters and Light Bites

Mezze platter to share (serves two as a starter) (v) falafel, humus, olives garlic/cucumber and yoghurt dip, pitta and crudités.

Soup of the day with pitta.

Stuffed Vine leaves (v) with crunchy salad.150329-TalkEatLaugh-0163

Prawn skewers with spicy Harissa, cherry tomatoes and salad.

Main courses

Lamb Shish kebabs with jewelled rice, yoghurt and pitta.

Tagine of the day served with cous cous.

Falafel (v) served with toasted pine nut green salad and pitta.

Vegetarian dish of the day.


Baklava, two different types.

Ripe peaches with Yoghurt and pistachio brittle.

Parties of six and over will need to book in advance to ensure a table. The booking line for that is 07442 250888 (ate, ate, ate, see what we did there?).

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0159“At one of the standard Talk Eat Laugh Pop Up Restaurant which I host every three weeks in either Southampton or Salisbury the winning format is this…..You are greeted by a welcome drink and a selection of canapés. After five or so minutes and a few sips of your drink, the crowd falls into groups of people chatting and making new friends. The standard Pop Up is a nicely manageable number of guests, usually around 20. Once all the canapés have been polished off, the main event kicks off. We all sit together at one long table. The guests and staff are all mixed in together to add to the shared ‘dinner party’ feeling. As the chef I sit with the guests, but I do run around, between courses,  like a mad woman. I run around so all the food is hot, tasty and pretty when in arrives in front of you.”

The Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up will follow this successful shared table format. You will be encouraged to join other guests and chat about the performances you have seen, or are about to see.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0162At a standard Pop Up no two evenings are the same, it is the people who make the night. It’s the magic mix of personalities and the random conversations that make people come back again and again. The Festival Playhouse Pop Up will be the place not to ‘see and be seen’ but rather to ‘meet and be met’. The Restaurant is a crossroads for people to sit and wait for friends, to chat or to relax. It is a very informal feel, you order at the bar and then find somewhere to sit. Whoever you sit next to at the Festival Playhouse Pop Up is bound to have something interesting to say.

“I hope to cook for you between Monday 25th May and Saturday 6th June. Do please come and say hello, any friend of John’s is a friend of mine.”

Talk Eat Laugh: 07442 250 888

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Twitter: @ChefSalisbury

Facebook: Talk, Eat, Laugh

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