Festival Banner

2008 Festival Events

An Evening with Jonathan Veira, one of the world’s great operatic baritones

Thursday June 26, 7.30pm, Chadlington Church

Jonathan Veira is a hugely successful international operatic bass-baritone with a superb voice and a personality to match. He also possesses a unique ability to perform a range of musical styles without sounding ‘operatic’. In his highly entertaining show, he sings ballads, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and blues as well as some popular operatic arias, accompanying himself with great flair on both piano and guitar. His skill as a raconteur and mimic keeps the audience enthralled.

As one of the most invited guests on Songs of Praise, Jonathan enjoys considerable popular acclaim amongst the 5 million regular viewers. Jonathan has released four solo cds and a DVD of ‘An Audience with Jonathan Veira’.

Choral Concert featuring Fauré’s Requiem

Friday June 27, 7.30pm, Chadlington Church

Oxford’s premier chamber choir, The Oxford Baroque Soloists conducted by its founder and the Director of Chapel Music at Somerville College, Oxford – David Crown, perform Faure’s timeless Requiem and a selection of lighter choral items. Rising young star, violinist Sara Wostenholme makes a special guest appearance performing Ravel’s spectacular violin sonata.

Meet the Artists

Saturday June 28, 11am, Chadlington Church

Artists available at this time (including the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, Richard Coxon, David Crown, Craig Ogden, Claire Bradshaw and Lionel Sainsbury) will meet at the church for an informal question and answer session with friends of the festival. Non-friends are also welcome to come at this time to enjoy the session and to join the friends of the festival.

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

Saturday June 28, 2pm, Dean Manor Barn

One of the world’s leading guitar quartets plays a selection of dazzling pieces from their forthcoming CD – Brazilia!! – scheduled for release on Chandos Records in early 2009. The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet achieved the almost impossible feat of beating off all the traditional and most popular ensembles to be the only chamber group to reach the finals of the 2007 Young Concert Artists Trust Awards. Their Chandos Records release represents the first time in the UK that a major classical label has released a CD of music by a guitar quartet. The AGQ is made up of four of the most talented guitarists to graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Whatever your notions of the guitar in ensemble, don’t miss this opportunity to hear a breath-taking display of brilliant and unified music-making.

Opera Gala presented by John Brunning (Classic FM)

Saturday June 28, 7.30pm, Charlbury Church

Classic FM presenter John Brunning presents an evening of opera excerpts with an exceptional collection of soloists led by the Italian soprano Nuccia Focile. A seasoned performer of principal roles at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Ms Focile is joined by three eminent British singers, Claire Bradshaw (mezzo-soprano), Richard Coxon (tenor) and baritone, Quentin Hayes. One of English National Opera’s top repetiteurs, Richard Pearson accompanies at the piano. An opportunity to hear world-class singers in this quiet corner of the Cotswolds is absolutely not to be missed.

Dawn Concert with Craig Ogden – Guitar

Sunday June 29, 8.00am, Chadlington Church

Greet a beautiful (hopefully) summer’s morning in St. Nicholas Church, Chadlington with 45 minutes of reflective solo classical guitar music followed by coffee and croissants. Craig Ogden is the most successful UK-based guitarist of his generation whose universally acclaimed recordings are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 and on Classic FM. Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras and has many times been hailed as a ‘worthy successor to Julian Bream’. His Chandos Records CD of the Rodrigo guitar concertos with the BBC Philharmonic was recently selected as The One To Own in Classic FM magazine against distinguished competition including John Williams and Julian Bream.

The Dancing Tiger and other ‘Tails’ – Narrated Children’s concert with projected images and live music

Sunday June 29, 2.00pm, Charlbury Church

The 2007 festival Children’s Concert was one of the most exciting and over-subscribed events in the festival. Book early to secure a ticket in this year’s celebrity-filled children’s event. 2007 Festival favourite Robert Hardy is joined again by our patron, Lord Chadlington along with children’s author and editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger and Location, Location, Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp for an afternoon of stories, music, poetry, pictures and competitions.

London Tango Quintet

Sunday June 29, 6.00pm, The Great Hall, Enstone Manor Farm

Five of the UK’s leading instrumentalists join together to pay homage to the greatest tango specialist of the 20 th century – Astor Piazzolla. A selection of Piazzolla’s most famous pieces (for violin, accordion, guitar, piano and double bass) interspersed with staggering virtuoso accordion solos, the slow movement from Rodrigo’s legendary Concierto de Aranjuez and solo showpieces for piano and violin make for an evening of absolutely unrivalled entertainment.

Candlelit concert – David Juritz plays unaccompanied Bach

Sunday June 29, 9.45pm, Shorthampton Church

The closing event of the 2008 Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival features David Juritz – leader of the London Mozart Players and the London Tango Quintet performing Bach in the exquisite and timeless setting of Shorthampton Church overlooking the beautiful Evenlode Valley. David Juritz came to particular prominence in 2007 with regular appearances on BBC radio and television when he undertook his extraordinary Around the World and Bach busking tour to raise money for music education programmes in Africa. There is very limited space in Shorthampton Church so book early for an opportunity to hear the timeless music of J.S. Bach performed in equally timeless surroundings.