Saturday, 30 June 2012

Only days now until Festival 2012 begins!

Star pianist Alexandra Dariescu performs at the Music Festival

With only days now until the start of the 2012 Budleigh Music Festival, Chairman Roger Bowen reminds us of the exciting and varied programme which music-lovers from East Devon and beyond are eagerly anticipating.

As a founding member of the Music Festival, Roger was also a Budleigh Salterton Town Councillor and was for about three years on Fairlynch's managing committee with responsibility for liaising with the Museum.

"My involvement with Fairlynch was when Roger Kingwill was chair," he recalls. "I  participated when Jeremy Robinson made his report about the Museum's organisation. I also prepared a website to replace the outdated hub-dependent one though it was never really used to any great extent."

For three years Fairlynch put an event on for the Music Festival usually organised by Sonia Stone, who succeeded Roger Kingwill as chair. 

Many members of the Music Festival are Friends of Fairlynch and would no doubt welcome a revival of such events similar to those which link the Museum to the Literary Festival.

"Our annual classical music festival - Budleigh's eighth - begins on 13 July and is followed by a delicious programme of varied music for just over a week," says Roger Bowen.  "Tickets have been selling well and some concerts are close to being fully booked or are well on the way to being so. Don't delay. Book your tickets today."

On every day (except Sunday 15 July, at the Parish Church of St Peter's and 22 July at the Methodist Temple Church when there are festival services) there is an evening concert and from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 there will be free lunchtime concerts on every day.

Here is your choice of concert:

We start with a wind serenade from the acclaimed orchestra of St Pauls's Covent Garden conducted by Ben Palmer. Their programme contains works by Dvorak and Mozart with Jonathan Dove's 'Figures in the Garden'. Tickets available now.

Local children take part in Britten's 'The Little Sweep' to be performed both in Lympstone (12 July) and in Budleigh when there will be two performances, one in the afternoon and again in the evening. There is ample opportunity for the audience to sing because there are parts written for this purpose with a choir of children to provide tuition! Tickets for both performances are still available. Generous family concessions apply here.

Alexandra Dariescu is a delightful and talented pianist who gives a recital to include works by Schumann, Beethoven, Scarlatti, Debussy and Chopin. She recently featured as BBC Music Magazine's 'Rising Star'. This is a recital not to be missed and some tickets are still available

We are lucky to be able to feature the  Florilegium Ensemble who present a baroque celebration. The programme is very full, with works by Bach, Scarlatti, Corelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Geminiani and Telemann. A very few seats are still available at the time of writing.

The Orchestral Concert given by the Budleigh Festival Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Marshall features soloists Tamsin Waley-Cohen, (left), violin and Sarah Jane Bradley, (below, right) viola.

The programme offers works by Handel, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Haydn.

Though even fewer tickets than for Florilegium are as yet unsold you may be lucky if you hurry.

What an evening is in prospect when we welcome the Barbirolli Quartet who play Haydn, Bartok and Schumann!

They return to the UK from their recent successful European tour. Tickets are available.

And then there is our opera presentation in conjunction with the New Devon Opera Company, which this year is Puccini's masterpiece 'Madam Butterfly'.

This year we go to a larger auditorium when Budleigh takes over the Pavilion in Exmouth. Premium seats sold out long ago but some returns may be available, so try your luck

All good things must come to an end and we close with the hugely celebrated Exeter Festival Chorus who sing three works: by Vaughan Williams, Tippett and DuruflĂ©.                        

Staged in Budleigh's spacious St Peter's church, with tickets still available.

Book tickets at Budleigh TIC or by phone 01395445275

All tickets are now on sale and selling fast.

Programme information can be downloaded from the web site


The Orchestra of St Paul's Covent Garden present a Wind Serenade at the Temple Church 7.30pm                        


Two performances of 'The Little Sweep' at the Temple Church in Budleigh at 3.00 pm and 7.30 pm.                        


St Peter's Church at 6.00 pm Festival Choral Evensong.


Alexandra Dariescu, piano, at the Temple Church 7.30pm.
Free lunchtime concert by Alex Knight, guitar.


Florilegium - a baroque celebration at the Temple Church 7.30 pm.
Free lunchtime concert by Jayne Hannah, flute with David House, piano


Orchestral Concert at the Temple Church 7.30 pm by the Festival Orchestra with Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin, and Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola, conducted by Nicholas Marshall.
Free lunchtime concert at St Peter's by Michael Dawson, organ.


Barbirolli Quartet at the Temple Church 7.30 pm.
Free lunchtime concert by Lucy Bray, soprano.


'Madam Butterfly' by New Devon Opera at the Pavilion, Exmouth, 7.30pm.
Free lunchtime concert by the Festival Chorus.


Exeter Festival Chorus at St Peter's, 7.30pm.
Free lunchtime concert by Estrella, the ROSLA prize winners from New Zealand - 8 hands on 2 pianos.

Sunday 22 July                        

The festival closing service at the Temple Church 10.30 am.

TIC Fore Street Budleigh Salterton EX9 6NG for ticket sales
Tel:  01395 445275.

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