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2007 The Inaugural Festival Events

Opera Gala

Friday, June 22, 7.30pm, The Great Hall, Enstone Manor

A quartet of international opera stars led by recent Olivier award winning soprano Amanda Roocroft opens the inaugural Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival in spectacular style with a gala performance in the Great Hall at Enstone Manor Farm.

Roocroft will be joined by Claire Bradshaw (mezzo-soprano), Richard Coxon (tenor) and Neal Davies (baritone) for an evening of famous opera highlights including excerpts from Madam Butterfly, La Boheme, Carmen, The Pearl Fishers, La Traviata, Cosi Fan Tutti and the Marriage of Figaro . Accompaniment will be provided by one of ENO’s leading repetiteurs, Stephen Higgins and with one of the UK’s best-loved radio presenters, Brian Kay compèring the proceedings.

Narrated Children’s Concert – “The Hungry Caterpillar and Friends”

Saturday, June 23, 11.00am, St Nicholas’ Church, Chadlington

Narrated Children’s Concert of well known children’s books and poetry with projected images and live music.

Guest narrators:

  • David Cameron MP
  • Robert Hardy
  • Brian Kay
  • Peter Chadlington
  • Composer/piano – Lionel Sainsbury
  • Guitar and percussion – Craig Ogden

Books to include:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • The Tiger Who Came To Tea
  • Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper
  • Room on The Broom
  • How to Catch a Star
  • Marvin Wanted More
  • Guess How Much I Love You
  • The Little Mole who Knew It was none of His Business
  • And poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and Roald Dahl

Desert Island Discs

Saturday, June 23, 2.45pm, St Nicholas’ Church, Chadlington

Desert Island Discs with guest Brian Kay interviewed by Craig Ogden followed by afternoon tea and Silver Band on the lawn of Chadlington Manor. One of Britain’s most popular broadcasters, conductors and performers, Brian Kay shares his memories of an extraordinary life in music along with ten of his all-time favourite pieces of music.

One of the founder members of the King’s Singers, Brian Kay’s many presentations for BBC radio 2,3,4 and on the World Service have reached an audience of millions all over the world. He has twice won a Sony Award as Music Presenter of the Year , including the coveted Gold Award in 1996.

Recital – Rococo String Quartet, David Crown (Baritone) and Charlotte Tomlinson (Piano)

Saturday, June 23, 7.30pm, Chadlington Methodist Church

A dynamic young quartet of graduates from the prestigious National Youth Orchestra, the members of the Rococo Quartet are all prize-winning soloists in their own right. Together their interpretations feature all the zest and enthusiasm of immensely talented youth along with a musical maturity which belies their age.

Hugely experienced recitalist and opera singer David Crown (baritone) sings some of the greatest art songs by composers including Schubert, Finzi and Barber accompanied by Charlotte Tomlinson (piano), one of the most sought-after and experienced vocal accompanists in the UK.

Lunchtime Jazz

Sunday, June 24, 12.30pm, The Tite Inn, Chadlington

Callum Dewar and Matthew Wilkinson draw extensively on their diverse musical backgrounds to create a unique mix of Gypsy, folk, jazz, flamenco, rock, classical and free improvisation to make an exciting new sound. They play a wide variety of music including well known standards by Django Rheinhardt, Paco de Lucia, Rodrigo y Gabriella and Al Di Meola, as well as their own original compositions. Already experienced musicians in the fields of jazz and popular music, both Callum and Matt are currently undergraduate students of the classical guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Recital of Music and Poetry

Sunday, June 24, 5.00pm, Dean Manor Barn

A recital of guitar and mandolin music with Craig Ogden (guitar), Alison Stephens (mandolin) with poetry read by Louis de Bernières (open gardens and afternoon tea followed by recital at 5.00pm)

Craig Ogden, Alison Stephens and Louis de Bernières (author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin ) have performed extensively throughout the UK in recitals of words and music. Louis de Bernières reads some of his favourite poetry from Greece and South America accompanied by music for mandolin and guitar. Ogden and Stephens’ Top 10 Classical Chart hit CD, Music from the Novels of Louis de Bernières is Chandos Records fastest ever selling CD and was the Daily Telegraph CD of the week.