Now in its fifth successful year, the Festival, supported by Michelmores Solicitors http://www.michelmores.com/ runs from 23 July – 1 August 2009, offering a wide variety of events, including live opera, evening concerts, workshops, and free lunchtime concerts including the Budstock rock festival.
They will be joined by pianist Gottlieb Wallisch (left) from Vienna. Commended for his technical brilliance and sensitive interpretation Gottlieb Wallisch has captivated audiences from many of the world’s major concert platforms for more than ten years with his playing.
Maria Asteriadou (left), a native of Greece, has established herself as a well known piano soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic and performs regularly in Festivals and Summer Music Institutes. Together with Kurt Nikkanen she founded the Elektra Chamber Players, an ensemble comprised of performers from the great orchestras and conservatories of New York City.
Ben Palmer and the Orchestra of St. Paul's (pictured right) are at St Peter's Church on Saturday July 25 for Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofief and Babar the Elephant by Francis Poulenc; Ian Caddy recites. Resident at the famous Actors' Church in Covent Garden, the Orchestra of St Paul's (OSP) brings together some of the finest young professional musicians in London, under the baton of Musical Director Ben Palmer. OSP is developing a lasting relationship with the Budleigh Festival; a sell-out performance last year resulted in immediate invitations to the 2009 and 2010 festivals.
On Monday July 27 there is the rare opportunity for Budleigh to hear top class singing by a prize-winning gospel choir, the London Adventist Chorale, under their charismatic conductor Ken Burton (pictured left). The London Adventist Chorale is a group of young musicians and vocalists dedicated to the art of Spirituals, Choral, Classical and Contemporary sacred music. They are perhaps best known for winning the Sainsbury Choir of the year in 1994 and being invited to take part in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's June 1 jubilee concert. The internationally-known choir sang two gospel songs - one especially composed for the event - before an audience of more than 12,000 invited guests at Buckingham Palace, London, and 40,000 more that gathered outside, and syndicated to more than 50 countries worldwide.
But as he points out, Tuesday’s opera still has the power to move us. “Bohème might be the most popular opera in the world, but there's still much to admire about it from a sheer craft standpoint despite that it's anything but unfamiliar.”
Do not miss the free TV electronic music talk and demonstration by Robert Foster on July 30 at 2.30 pm, also in the Peter Hall, followed next day at 10.30am by a workshop. This will be of particular interest to young people considering a career in music.
Pianist Phillip Dyson (left) will change the mood on Thursday in the Temple Church when he plays a programme from classical to Scott Joplin and Billy Mayerl. Phillip Dyson is regularly heard on the BBC and Classic FM, performs regularly with the most prestigious orchestras and has a great international reputation in Europe and America. He has gained enormous popularity for his unique abilities in both the classical and light music repertoire.
On Friday July 31 in the Temple Church, the celebrated cellist Natalie Clein (right) plays accompanied by Polina Leschenko, piano, for an evening of chamber music. Natalie Clein's exceptional musicality has earned her a number of prestigious prizes including the Classical Brit Award for Young British Performer of 2005 and the Ingrid zu Solms Cultur Preis at the 2003 Kronberg Academie. She won the BBC Young Musician of the Year, aged 16, in 1994 and in the same year was the first ever British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Warsaw. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship by the Royal College of Music before completing her studies with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.
The Russian pianist, Polina Leschenko (left), was born into a family of musicians and began playing the piano under her father’s guidance at the age of 6. She made her solo début at the age of eight with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra in St Petersburg. She studied with Sergei Leschenko, Vitali Margulis, Pavel Gililov,Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky and Christopher Elton.
The festival draws to its close on Saturday 1 August with an orchestral concert, again featuring Natalie Clein, this time as solo cello in the Haydn Concerto in C.
Finally, down in the Limekiln car park, from noon through until midnight, the bands play in Budstock, celebrating two decades in 2009 as Budleigh’s own rock music festival.
For fuller details of the programme see http://www.budleigh-festival.org.uk/