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2018 Festival Events

Thursday 28th June

An Evening of Opera (with Supper) – Richard Coxon & Claire Bradshaw
6.00pm & 8.00pm, Café de la Post, Tickets – £35 (to include three course meal) – Please check availability with the Box Office. Some tickets still available!

Enjoy a delicious three course meal at Café de la Post, during which Claire Bradshaw (mezzo) & Richard Coxon (tenor) will entertain you with a variety of operatic arias and duets. There is a booking limit of 4 tickets per party; however we will keep a waiting list in case any additional tickets do become available at short notice.

Friday 29th June

Harry the Piano – ‘One of the most gifted improvisers in the world.’ – CLASSIC FM
7.30pm, Chadlington Church, Tickets – £20 (to include glass of wine during the interval)

Friday night’s concert will be given by Harry Draper – an incredibly talented and versatile pianist whose stage name is “Harry the Piano”! His performances cater for all tastes – lovers of the classical greats through to aficionados of Jazz and popular song – virtually anything in fact! Radio 3’s Suzy Klein described Harry’s playing as having “pure unforced brilliance”, while the great British pianist Martin Roscoe writes, “You practice all your life and think you can play the piano; Then you hear Harry”. A brief google search will introduce you to the wonders of Harry’s talent and this is a rare opportunity to see him live on your doorstep. A wonderful concert for all ages.

Saturday 30th June

The 2018 Festival Gala Concert
7.00pm, The Great Hall, Ditchley Park, Tickets – £46 (to include welcome glass of wine)

Due to the disappointment expressed by many Friends, we are returning on Saturday to the glorious Great Hall at Ditchley Park for our Gala Picnic Concert. The operatic element will be spearheaded by the internationally known tenor James Edwards, Craig Ogden will perform Mauro Giuliani’s wonderful Guitar Concerto in A Major, and the noted flautist Marie Christine Zupancic (principal flute CBSO) will perform CPE Bach’s Flute Concerto in D Minor. Both of the concertos will be backed by the Festival’s own orchestra, which will also be performing works from the repertoire for string orchestra. This will be a spectacular night. Three world class soloists and some of the UK’s best orchestral players bringing beautiful music to the stunning setting of Ditchley Park.

Sunday 1st July

7th Annual Singing Competition (Guest Adjudicator: Quentin Hayes, Baritone)
1.00pm, Chadlington Church, Tickets – £5 (tickets only available on the door)

Our highly successful Singing Competition will again be run on the Sunday but this year commencing at 1.00pm. This represents the culmination of a competition open to up and coming professional singers. Those short-listed will perform live in front of a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded to the winners. The standard is always extremely high and it provides excellent entertainment. Do come along – it will only cost you £5 to hear some brilliant singing!

The Opera Dudes – Il Divo meets Morecambe and Wise!
7.30pm, Chadlington Church, Tickets – £18

No ordinary operatic duo, the powerful tenors Neil Allen and Tim Lole rip up the rule book with a bravura act encompassing classical Verdi, Elvis Presley, Lloyd Webber, Rachmaninoff… and Frank Spencer.  Despite their impeccable credentials, the Opera Dudes profess to like nothing better than to let their hair down, if only they both had some, and to encourage the audience to do the same! As versatile as they are entertaining – this is a show that has been described as ‘Il Divo Meets Morecambe and Wise’ – the Dudes will take you on a roller-coaster journey of different musical styles, all performed with great flair and a large dose of humour. One moment they’re moving members of the audience to tears by the emotion of an intense operatic aria – the next they’re making them cry with laughter at their slapstick humour and comedy impressions. Outrageously brilliant, this unique double act’s ‘operatic cabaret’ lifts the evening and makes it truly special, a fantastic blend of opera, swing and show songs, sensational voices, superb witticisms and good clean ‘Carry On’ fun. A gem of entertainment.  ‘They’re funny, they swing and boy can they sing.’ ‘These are conspicuously skilful performers – everyone is exhilarated on stage and off!’

Festival–goers aged 18 and under receive a 50% discount on all tickets and subscription tickets.
Full weekend ticket for all events (except Café de la Post): Single: £75, Couple: £135
To purchase tickets please click here to visit the Box Office.