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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)

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

Stow on the Wold 900th anniversary of Royal Charter

Places by Tony No Comments »

Stow on the Wold. Photo (c) FreeFoto.com18th August – Medieval Fayre in Stow Square

The Fayre will celebrate the 900th anniversary of the granting of Stow’s royal charter by Henry I, which gave it market status so it became a centre for hiring labour.

The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire will officially open the fayre which starts at 09.00.

There will something going on all day including Medieval foot tournaments, a Medieval Mounted Knight, Medieval Demonstrations – Candle Making, Apothecary, Medicine, Musical Instrument Making, Forge, Spinning and Weaving – and Medieval Entertainment and in the evening Diabolus in Musica and Historical Promotions presents “Musicks Miscellanie”

www.stowonthewold.net

Photo (c) FreeFoto.com

A Radio Ghost Station

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

July 16th – North Cotswold Community Radio has a public open week

The North Cotswold Community Radio is based in the Old Police Station in Chipping Campden and it is having a public open week so that visitors can see how it has settled into it’s new home and have a look around the new studio complex and hear about the launch preparations ( launch date to be announced)

They are also hoping that a member of the public might be able to throw some light on the ghostly goings on that have been happening at the Station. Volunteers have heard strange noises and closed doors have been opening by themselves.

The web based station is broadcasting local music and pilot transmissions on www.northcotswoldonline.com and they are especially looking for more female presenters.

Ebrington Bells appeals for new members

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

St Eadburgha’s Church Ebrington(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

The bells of Ebrington church have been calling people to worship at St. Eadburgha’s, with few exceptions, since 1648. Our original three bells were augmented over time, thanks to the generosity of the church council and other benefactors, and we have now enjoyed our current ring of six bells for 160 years.

Generations of bell-ringers have rung and continue to ring for services, weddings, celebrations and other special events, and the tradition is maintained to this day.

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Blockley Ladies Choir strike the right note

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

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

Blockley ladies choir brought back some impressive silverware from the recent mid-Somerset music festival at Bath Guildhall, where they won two of the four classes they entered. Their success was especially pleasing as they are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and will be performing favourite pieces from their repertoire at a special anniversary concert in St. Georges Hall, Blockley, on Saturday,4th August.

The choir, originally formed to take part in WI activities, has welcomed scores of local women over the years who have enjoyed singing a wide variety of choral music, led from the beginning by Jenny Davey, who for many years ran the local post office and store with husband Tony, and accompanied on the piano for nearly as long by Dorothy White. Jenny, despite relocation to Caldicot in Gwent, still travels to Blockley every Tuesday to conduct the practice.

The choir entertains at local celebrations and fund raising events, and particularly enjoy singing at weddings. They work hard to improve their technique and have hosted successful choral workshops with guest conductors, attended by other choirs from a wide area. Taking part in competitions at music festivals is also important and challenging for us. The choir is always looking for new members. No experience is required – just a love of singing. They meet every Tuesday at 7.30p.m. in Blockley. With their busy schedule they also need volunteer assistants to help the conductor and accompanist on a regular basis. If you feel you would like to join, please get in touch.

From Rock Star to Cotswold Cheesemaker

Features by Adam 2 Comments »

If you wondered how Rock Stars relaxed, wonder no more. Serge the Concierge has an article about how Alex James from Blur has reinvented himself as a gentleman farmer and cheesemaker after moving to a farm in the Cotswolds.

Serge also has another article about Summer in the Cotswolds with some interesting relevant local links.

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

Welcome to May/Welcome to Spring

Features by Tony No Comments »

Revival of an ancient May tradition

The villagers of Ebrington have revived an ancient tradition to sing a welcome to the month of May and to spring.

The church choir turned out at 6.30 am on 1st May , with seven singers at the top of the church tower and four others on the ground.

Organiser Christine Cluley said that this choral welcome would now be an annual permanent fixture and that the choir is already planning next year’s programme.

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