EVENT: Vinyl Revival

Saturday 30 November 2019

Since 2007 there has been a renewed interest in, and increased sales of, vinyl records in the Western world. And whilst many younger artists – too young to remember vinyl as a primary music format – have committed their music to vinyl via independent outlets committed to the format – last year Sony Music cemented its revival announcing that it would be producing vinyl records in house for the first time since 1989.

Angus Gibson started running a discotheque in 1972, when he was just 16 years old and first met Alastair Margadale – owner of the Fonthill Estate, of which Messums Wiltshire is a part – playing at teenage parties at the Pythouse Club.

In 1975, Angus’ work took him up to London where he joined Juliana’s Discotheques, arranging the music for chic society parties, country weddings and balls all over the country.

By the mid 1980s, he had founded a music company in London arranging parties and providing permanent music systems for private homes. Gibson Music became a pioneering company in home technology, but Angus never forgot his roots playing vinyl records on his discotheque in the 1970s.

We are delighted to welcome Angus back to Wiltshire for a night of Vinyl Revival on 30 November – playing music from the 1970s early 1980s. The music and the sight of spinning vinyl records will evoke memories and have us jiving towards the dance floor. In the words of Marc Bolan…’Get it On’ (1971).



Angus Gibson in the ’70’s

PERFORMANCE: Contemporary Dance by Anthony Matsena

Friday 29 & Saturday 30 MayPOSTPONED

Contemporary dance performance choreographed by our new performance associate Anthony Matsena.

Following his incredible sell-out shows with us last year, choreographer Anthony Matsena will bring his latest work to the barn gallery this spring for two exclusive performances commissioned by Messums Wiltshire.

A site specific performance, the dance has been created in response to the Elisabeth Frink studio which will be in situ on the night.


Photo: Paul Nicholls

ONLINE PERFORMANCE with GOMMIE: In response to the Frink Studio


Friday 17 July 2020

We would like to invite you to view the first artworks to be created inside Elisabeth Frink’s historic studio since it’s resurrection.

Throughout the day of the 17th July, artist and poet – Gommie, will be creating work within the recreated Elisabeth Frink studio.

As an artist whose work is responsive to subtle and seismic changes in our national consciousness Gommie will be working within the physical working world of one of our most eminent British female artists. This day residency and evening performance will focus on a dialogue with his own practice and with the legacy of Elisabeth Frink, whose working world has become the centre of our programme for the next four months.

During this day residency Gommie will be creating artworks that correspond with spoken poems that will be performed at the end of the day at 6:30.

In attending the event you will be the first to see these artworks that will be released for sale the following week. 

PERFORMANCE: with Anthony Matsena

Saturday 5 September, 7pm, limited spaces, register interest


Those who witnessed Anthony Matsena’s ground-breaking performance When it Arrives, commissioned for MOVEMENT in 2019, will not easily forget it. Following that remarkable event, Anthony become our Performance Associate for 2019/20 and this September, we are delighted to present the result of that process as a new work, made in response to the Elisabeth Frink studio building and her work. A synthesis of the legacy and output of Elisabeth Frink and the seismic changes that have taken place this year is the starting point for this new performance. Composed in three acts, and influenced by three distinct locations, the choreography will address ideas of Humanity, Spirituality and Nature in an attempt to crush borders within the framework of a performance and also those between performer and audience. This will be a significant moment within a movement that has included mass uprising, civil unrest and cries for change by one of the UK’s rising stars in the world of dance and choreography.

The performance will be shown live to a limited audience on Saturday 5 September and then debuted online on Saturday 19 September.

Anthony was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and raised in Swansea, Wales. He began dancing from a young age, training in hip hop and street dance. He then started contemporary and ballet training aged 19 at Gower College Swansea, where he joined County Youth Dance Company and Turning Pointe Dance Academy Swansea. Anthony has been a company member of National Youth Dance Wales (NYDW), creating and touring works by Kerry Nicholls, Odette Hughes (Studio Wayne McGregor), Theo Clinkard, and Eleesha Drennan. His break out moment came as a Young Sadler’s Wells Associate in 2019, and he has since performed works by Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Alston, Joseph Toonga for Just Us Dance Theatre, and most recently a new play ‘Tree’ by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah at Young Vic Theatre and Manchester International Festival. Anthony is also the co- founder of Matsena Performance Theatre alongside brother Kel.

Ticket numbers are limited to allow for social distancing, so book early to avoid disappointment.