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2010 Festival Events

Community Concert (Chadlington’s Got Talent!)

Thursday, June 24, 7.00pm, Chadlington Church

The Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival welcomes all-comers (and not just from Chadlington) to its first community concert showcasing the musical talents of the local community. From budding young instrumentalists and singers to the vocal talents of local livery owner Guy Avis, come and see all the local lights previously hidden under bushels!

Songs from the Shows

Friday, June 25, 7.30pm, The Great Hall, Ditchley Park

  • Jan Hartley – Soprano
  • Claire Bradshaw – Mezzo Soprano
  • Richard Coxon – Tenor
  • Andy Morton – Tenor
  • Jane Robinson – Piano
  • Craig Ogden – MC

Glamour comes to the festival with a collection of favourite scenes and music from London’s most popular West End Shows. Festival co-directors Claire Bradshaw (mezzo-soprano) and Richard Coxon (tenor) are joined by West End stars Jan Hartley and Andy Morton for a night of love, romance and emotion featuring music from some of the most popular and long-running shows in the world.

Something New! – Tom McKinney – New Guitar Music Recital

Saturday, June 26, 11.00am, Chadlington Church

Without new works, the world of classical music would wither and die. Today’s new pieces are tomorrow’s classics and this year we show our commitment to the future with our Something New! recital. Tom McKinney is not only one of Britain’s best young guitarists, he is also one of the country’s foremost bird-watchers. His birding adventures were the inspiration for one of the new pieces written for Tom by young composer Adam Caird. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear new and fascinating music with engaging insights into the compositional process as Tom discusses the background to the pieces (including some of his outrageous birding stories). If you love music, be at this concert.

Children’s Concert – The Story of Babar the Elephant and Ferdinand the Bull

Saturday, June 26, 2.00 pm. Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton-under-Wychwood

  • Brian Kay – presenter/reader
  • David Juritz – violin (for Ferdinando the Bull)
  • Jane Robinson – piano (for Babar)
  • Jon Ensor – children’s entertainer

Festival favourite and local star, Brian Kay turns story-teller this year as he reads two popular and much-loved stories with live musical accompaniment. The wonderful children’s entertainer, Jon Ensor will welcome the children and keep things lively and fun while everyone is enjoying drinks and cakes in the interval between the two stories. Brian Kay is one of Britain’s best-loved broadcasters and conductors and he will bring to life two wonderful stories guaranteed to delight children and adults alike. David Juritz (leader of the London Mozart Players and guest leader of the LPO and the RPO) is a festival favourite having brought his dynamic ensemble, the London Tango Quintet, to the festival and performed solo Bach violin music in a twilight concert to finish the 2008 festival.

Ditchley Park Gala Picnic Concert

Saturday, June 26, 7.00pm, The Great Hall, Ditchley Park

The Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival Orchestra led by David Juritz with:

  • Angela Whelan – Trumpet
  • Craig Ogden – Guitar
  • Adrian Bradbury – ‘Cello

Last year’s concert at Ditchley Park was a huge success and we are delighted to be back at this stunning venue. This year, for the first time, we have formed a string orchestra from some of the very best musicians in the UK along with world-class soloists to create a fascinating and varied programme of music by composers including Hummel (trumpet concerto), Vivaldi (Four Seasons), Giuliani (Guitar concerto) and Bach. Audience members are invited to bring a picnic to be taken on the terrace during the hour long interval (or in the house if the weather is inclement). A limited number of spaces will be available for a tour of this historic house prior to the concert. The Great Hall has limited seating capacity so do book early for this performance.

Early morning coffee and croissant recital

Sunday, June 27, 8.00am, Chadlington Church

Louise Thomson – Harp

Greet the glories of a warm English summer morning with the beguiling and seductive sounds of the solo harp. Louise Thomson is one Europe’s brightest young stars and will delight the audience with music from this most evocative of instruments. She will introduce the repertoire and provide insights and information about the instrument itself during the 50 minute concert and will then join the audience for coffee, croissants and conversation afterwards.

Virtuoso Accordion Recital

Sunday, June 27, 2.00pm, Dean Manor Barn

Miloš Milivojević – Accordion

Audiences in the past two festivals have been completely overwhelmed by the performances of this young Serbian virtuoso. By popular demand Milos comes to present an hour-long concert in the intimate surroundings of Dean Manor Barn. You do genuinely have to see Milos play to understand the complexity of the modern classical accordion and to appreciate Milos’ blinding virtuosity. With a hugely varied repertoire covering arrangements of epic organ works, original works and other virtuoso transcriptions, this is a recital absolutely not to be missed. Meet Milos afterwards over afternoon tea with beautiful home-made cakes and take the opportunity to roam through the stunning gardens at Dean Manor.

Candlelit Twilight Recital

Sunday, June 27, 9.00pm, Spelsbury Church

Craig Ogden – Guitar

Tucked away out of sight, Spelsbury Church is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric churches in our part of the Cotswolds. Craig Ogden will play a selection of reflective and meditative music including a number of pieces from his new Classic FM album The Guitarist due for release on July 5. As the sunlight dims over a sultry summer evening in the Cotswolds, relax as music drifts around in the beautiful, resonant acoustics of the church (beautiful weather not guaranteed!!).