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2019 Festival Programme

Thursday 18th July

An Evening of Opera, Musical Theatre & Jazz – 7.00pm, The Old Shed, Charlbury

Tickets – £36 (to include 3 course meal). BYO alcoholic drinks. Please check availability with the box office.

Enjoy a delicious three course meal at “The Old Shed”, during which Claire Bradshaw (mezzo) and Richard Coxon (tenor) will entertain you with a variety of operatic arias and duets, songs from the shows, and some light jazz classics. Space is limited so please book early!


Friday 19th July

Jazz with Dom Frank’s Strayhorn Quartet – 7.30pm, Chadlington Church

Tickets – £18 (to include a glass of wine during the interval)

Dom, a former winner of The Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician Competition, plays tenor and soprano saxophone with a tone that varies from full to light and airy.  He will be joined by Alex Steele (piano), James Agg (bass) and vocalist Hannah Davey.


Saturday 20th July

Coffee Concert – 10.30am, Chadlington Church

Tickets – £15

Brilliant young harpist Elizabeth Bass will present a solo recital. She is one of the UK’s top harpists performing as a soloist and chamber musician at concert societies and festivals throughout the UK. She has performed as soloist at The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham’s Town Hall and St. Johns Smith Square amongst others.

The 2019 Festival Gala Concert – 7.00pm, Ditchley Park

Tickets – £46 (to include a welcome glass of wine)

Our Gala event this year features, as top of the bill, star soprano Claire Rutter.  She has sung principal roles with opera companies all over the world and throughout the UK. The programme will also include a performance on the french horn by Joseph McDermott.  Following studies as a music scholar at Radley College and offers of scholarships from all of the UK conservatoires, he has chosen the Royal College of Music to study for a degree.  We are looking forward to hearing this star of the future at the start of his career.

As always, we shall enjoy the music played by our string orchestra, led by the brilliant David Juritz.


Sunday 21st July

The 2019 Festival Singing Competition with guest adjudicator Claire Rutter – 10.00am, Chadlington Church

Tickets – £5 (Tickets only available on the door)

In our eighth singing competition, eight young singers will compete for a prize of £2000, each performing a mixed repertoire of songs and operatic arias. We are delighted that Claire Rutter will join our adjudicating panel. This year there will be an opportunity to express your views on each of the performances, as a prize of £500 will be awarded to one singer selected by means of an audience vote. Tea, coffee & biscuits will be served during the adjudication.

The Aurora Trio – 2.00pm, Kingham Lodge, Kingham

Tickets – £18 (to include afternoon tea & gardens)

This award-winning young trio will perform in the stunning Moorish Pavilion at Kingham Lodge. The centrepiece of the programme will be Debussy’s sonata for flute, viola and harp. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea and cakes and explore the beautiful gardens. This hour-long recital on Sunday afternoon, followed by tea, has been so popular in the past that we are delighted to be able to revive it.

Twilight Recital – 9.00pm, Spelsbury Church

Tickets – £17

The Goldberg Variations by J S Bach have been lovingly arranged by David Juritz for violin, cello and guitar.  David will be joined by cellist Adrian Bradbury and, of course, guitarist Craig Ogden.  This musical delight, one of the great artistic masterpieces of all time, will bring our Festival weekend to a mesmeric, peaceful conclusion.


Festival–goers aged 18 and under receive a 50% discount on all tickets and subscription tickets.
Full weekend ticket for all events (except “Opera & Food”): Single: £95, Couple: £180
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