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Chipping Campden Music Festival

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Events, Noticeboard by Adam 1 Comment »

President Paul Lewis
Principal sponsor of the 2007 festival – Jackson Stops & Staff. Steinway piano sponsored by Cutts of Campden.

I am delighted to report that the 2007 festival was another great success. Ticket sales were well up on 2006 and although fees were also considerably higher than last year we have finished up with a surplus to carry forward to 2008. As always our performers seemed to love both the venue and the atmosphere the festival generates. The following are just some of the comments we received from this year’s artists:

“To play to such an enthusiastic and concentrated capacity crowd was quite a compliment and I am most grateful for all you did… my warmest gratitude for another totally enjoyable visit to your superb Festival – long may it last and prosper. You have turned it into a remarkable success story!” John Lill.

“I saw the orchestra today at their Colin Davis rehearsals, and they were all saying how much they enjoyed last night, and what a fabulous venue the church is! Charlotte also reported that you and your team were wonderfully helpful and hospitable. Many thanks for the invitation and for being so great to work with” Pauline Gilberton director English Chamber Orchestra.

“The best venue we have ever played in in the UK” Igor Naidfn – viola player of the Borodin quartet.

“Thanks so much again – the concert on Friday was fantastic and the orchestra were very glad to have a concert in such a beautiful setting, and much closer to home after five months of non-stop touring!” Tara Persaud concerts manager Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

I would like to thank everyone who became a ‘Patron’, ‘Friend’ or ‘Sponsor’ this year, without whose help the festival would not survive. There are too many to name everyone but the following deserve a particular mention; Jackson Stops & Staff for, once again, being our principal sponsor. Cutts of Campden for sponsoring the Steinway piano for the 6th year. Cotswold House Hotel for sponsoring, for the fourth year, the jazz supper.

I would also like to thank everyone who helped in any way with the day to day running of the event. Again there is not room to mention everyone but the following worked particularly hard; Richard Stephens, Ivor & Jean Owen, Arthur & Rachel Cunyghame, Micaela Schmitz, Jessica May. Finally thank you to Campden Bowling club and to W.R. Haines & Sons for allowing us to display the large advertising boards on their properties and Jeremy Green for all the advertising in his Bulletin. Next year’s festival will run from Tuesday 13th – Saturday 24th May. Details will be published in November 2007.

Before then we have two ‘one off concerts both in St. James’ church at 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Saturday September 22nd – tickets £10 adults £5 students – on the door only. A fully staged production of the opera with professional orchestra and advanced singers from the top UK colleges.

Paul Lewis Saturday Dec 1st 7.30pm. Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas op109/110/111. This will be the final time Paul plays this programme in the UK

Booking forms will be sent to everyone on the festival database in July. Box office opens August 1st.
(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Flower Power in Chipping Campden at St James Church

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Events, Noticeboard by Adam 2 Comments »

St James, Chipping Campden (c) Rick, ligthelm.multiply.com
Flower Festival, St James Church Chipping Campden 24th to 28th August

The pace is quickening for the forthcoming flower festival at St James Church over the bank holiday week end (from Friday August 24th to Tuesday August 28th). Four very successful fund raising events hosted by Rachel and Arthur Cunynghame, Sarah and Peter Taylor, Philip and Mary Smith, and two events by Margaret and Geoffrey Smith have succeeded in raising well over £3,000 for flower festival funds.

The theme of Old Testament tales will blossom into life in scenes created by distinguished designer Jenny Bennett, and imaginatively interpreted by flower club teams from Chipping Campden and surrounding areas.

A summer market, organized by Jane Bartlett will be an attractive additional feature of the festival and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will set up its stalls in the front garden of Margaret and Geoffrey Smith’s home directly opposite the church. The market will offer bric-a-brac, books, plants and preserves; and that’s not all. Delicious teas and light lunches under the direction of Jecca Brook will be available in the Church Rooms.

Festival co-ordinator David Hallett is hopeful that the festival will attract record numbers. He says “We are hoping that Campden residents and visitors will come and see the really wonderful floral displays, and if anyone has guests over the bank holiday weekend that they will bring them to admire both one of the area’s loveliest churches and the biblical stories told in flowers”.

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Little Gidding B&B is located in Ebrington and is minutes away from Chipping Campden. We would be happy to book you for a stay during the festival.

The 37th Guiting Festival

Events, Features, Places by Adam No Comments »

July 28th to August 4th

The Guiting Power music and jazz festival has been bringing music to the Cotswolds for 37 years. Led by festival president Joanna MacGregor, this year’s event will feature a series of concerts from July 28th to August 4th including:

Cordelia Williams (Piano) – Cordelia Williams was a finalist in the 2006 “BBC Young Musician” series.

Parisian Jazz Quarter Le Collectif playing the music of the Hot Club of France typified by the jazz music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

The Allegri String Quartet who were founded in 1953 by Eli Goren and William Pleeth

Opus Anglicanum performing Love’s Music, a story told by Shakespeare’s sonnets. The music is the context in which the story unfolds comprising songs from Shakespeare’s plays, music published during his lifetime, and a composition commissioned by the Opus Anglicanum Trust from David Bednall.

Phillip Dyson recognised as one of Britain’s most sought after and innovative concert pianists

Susan Flannery and Michael Lunts performing “A Wilde Affair” – featuring Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble in concert, two of Oscar Wilde’s best loved characters in their very own show.

Claire Martin (Jazz). Claire has 5 times won the Best Vocalist award at the British Jazz Awards and has topped the US Gavin Jazz chart

Joanna MacGregor (Piano) is joined by favourite local musicians to perform Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

The festival also features an art exhibition from local Cotswold artists.

For more details, see www.guitingfestival.org

The 19th Cotswold Show, Cirencester Park

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July will see the 19th Cotswold Show take place at Cirencester Park.

This year’s show will feature displays from groups such as the Royal Corps of Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team and the Cheshire Dog Display Team. Other entertainment will include falconry, horse whispering and celebrity otters.

The food village will include produce from all over the UK with stalls, cookery demonstrations and a farmer’s market.

The event will also include a Rural Craft Village with hands on demonstrations of dry-stone walling, bee-keeping, hurdle making, broom making, rope making and saddle making. Children will be able to make their own beeswax candles or corn dolly to take home.

Cirencester Park is approximately one mile outside Cirencester town centre, past Cirencester College & Deer Park School, before the Agricultural College on the A419 Stroud Road.

Tickets at the gate cost £7 for adults and £2 for Children 3-14.

Update 13th July

Tim Relf’s rural life blog has an interesting article about an event at the Cotswold Show where visitors turned valuers to guess guessing the value of a country cottage, some farm machinery and an antique item.

10th Charlbury Beer Festival

Events, Food and Produce by Adam No Comments »

The 14th of July will see the start of this year’s beer festival at Charlbury. Featuring over 300 gallons of real ale and nearly 30 gallons of Cider from a variety of breweries across the UK, 2007 looks to be an enjoyable event for all.

Charlbury has been running a beer festival every year since 1998. Past festivals have seen beers with unusual names such as “Whammerler’s Wheat”, “Otter Bitter”, “Celestial Steam” and “Buff”. The festival also offers a selection of Red and White Wines, Pimms, Soft Drinks and Hot Food.

The beer festival raises funds for local groups including the local Primary School which it has raised £36,000 for over the past eight years.

The festival starts at 12 noon and finishes at about 11pm. There are likely to be a few headaches the following morning.

Charlbury is located near the town of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Medieval,Morris and Cider Festival

Events, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

2nd June – 3rd June The Almonry Museum Evesham

Featuring Medieval Medicine and Surgery, Merrie England Re-Enactment Group, Ministrel Music and Court Dancing,

On Saturday evening the “Exile Buskers” an Irish/English Folk music band will be playing in the Market Place with a pig Roast.

Strong Cheddar Cheese, Crusty Bread and Shallots will be served in the Cider Bar on both days and there will also be free entry to the Almonry Museum on both afternoons

Longborough Festival Opera 2007 season

Events, Places by Tony No Comments »

23rd June – 28th July 2007 season

Longborough is situated near Moreton in the Marsh Gloucestershire. Martin and Lizzie Graham have built an opera house seating 480 in the grounds of their house ,which has beautiful views looking across the Evenlode valley.

The grounds are also perfect for picnicking in during the 90 minute interval in each performance (with the exception of Das Rheingold which has no interval)

The 2007 season opens with Das Rheingold conducted by Anthony Negus on Saturday 23rd June, starting at 19.30.

This is followed by a new LFO production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin starting on Friday 6th July at 18.30 and the Festival finishes with a revival of Cosi fan tutte on Friday 20th July, again starting at 18.30.

www.longboroughopera.com

The Cotswolds Festival of Steam

Events by Tony 1 Comment »

Green Arrow31st May – 3rd June Gloucestershire,Warwickshire Railway(GWR)

The GWR is all ready for their big event of the year – the Cotswold Festival of Steam- which is based at their Toddington, Winchcombe and Cheltenham Racecourse stations.

The biggest “name” will be Gresley LNER V2 class 2-6-2 No 4771 Green Arrow which is coming from the National Railway Museum in York. It will be it’s first ever visit to the GWR and it will be a great sight, resplendant in it’s striking pre-war apple green livery.

Other engines which will be running are Somerset and Dorset 7F 2-8-0 No 88, SR West Country 4-6-2 No 34007 Wadebridge, GWR small Prairie 2-6-2T No 5542 (working the “Coffee Pot” push pull auto coach), GWR Modified Hall 4-6-0 No 7903 Foremarke Hall, GWR 0-6-0ST No 813 and 9F 2-10-0 No 92203 Black Prince.
GWR DVD

There will be a full working of freight, local passenger and through passenger trains and the chance to see behind the scenes at the GWR Winchcombe carriage works.

www.gwsr.com

Come and stay at Little Gidding, which is only half an hour away from the Festival, and be a steam buff in comfort in the Cotswolds

Update: 30th June.

A Blog by Chris Leigh has some great video clips of the Cotswold Festival of Steam.

Asparagus Festival, Fleece Inn, Bretforton

Events, Food and Produce by Tony 2 Comments »

May 27-June 3 2007 Asparagus Festival, Fleece Inn, Bretforton,

Events include an asparagus auction, farmer’s market, morris dancing, Children’s asparagus trail, fairy grotto,craft fair,silver band and displays of asparagus artifacts. Samuel Pepys loved it and Shakespeare has a passing affection for it (so they say). Come and stay at Little Gidding and give it a go.

The Fleece Inn is a historic National Trust property and is worth going to see for it’s original interior alone including one of the finest sets of pewter plates in the UK.

The Fleece is situated in the heart of Worcestershire’s Vale of Evesham- the traditional home of English asparagus.

The Festival is a must for the asparagus lover providing theopportunity to taste,buy and learn about one of the country’s most sought after delicacies.

On Monday 28th May Rachel Green, TV’s Flying Chef will provide a cookery demonstration.

www.british-asparagus.co.uk

www.thefleeceinn.co.uk

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