Monday, 25 June 2012

Budleigh Festival Newsletter - a press release from Budleigh Festival Chairman Roger Bowen


Alexandra Dariescu
makes a welcome return to
Budleigh Festival 2012

You probably already know but please forgive us if we remind you that the eighth annual classical music festival begins on 13 July and is followed by a delicious programme of varied music for just over a week. Tickets have been selling well and some concerts are close to being fully booked or are well on the way to being so. Don't delay. Book your tickets today


On every day (except Sunday 15th July, at the Parish Church of St Peter's and 22nd July at the Methodist Temple Church when there are festival services) there is an evening concert and from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st when there will be free lunchtime concerts on every day.

Here is your choice of concert:

We start with a wind serenade from the acclaimed orchestra of St Paul's Covent Garden conducted by Ben Palmer. Their programme contains works by Dvořák and Mozart with Jonathan Dove's 'Figures in the Garden'. Tickets available now.

Local children take part in 'The Little Sweep' to be performed both in Lympstone (12th July) and in Budleigh where there will be two performances, in the afternoon and again in the evening, on Saturday 14 July. There is ample opportunity for the audience to sing because there are parts written for this purpose with a choir of children to provide tuition! Tickets for both performances are still available. Generous family concessions apply here

Alexandra Dariescu is a delightful and talented pianist who gives a recital to include works by Schumann, Beethoven, Scarlatti, Debussy and Chopin. She recently featured as BBC Music Magazine's Rising Star. This is a recital not to be missed and some tickets are still available

We are lucky to be able to feature the Florilegium Ensemble who present a baroque celebration. The programme is very full with works by Bach, Scarlatti, Corelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Geminiani and Telemann. A very few seats are still available at the time of writing

The Orchestral Concert given by the Budleigh Festival Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Marshall features soloists Tamsin Waley-Cohen. violin and Sarah Jane Bradley, viola. The programme offers works by Handel, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Haydn. Though even fewer tickets than for Florilegium are as yet unsold you may be lucky if you hurry

What an evening is in prospect when we welcome the Barbirolli Quartet who play Haydn, Bartok and Schumann. They return to the UK from their recent successful European tour. Tickets are available

And then there is our opera presentation in conjunction with the New Devon Opera Company, which this year is Puccini's masterpiece Madam Butterfly. This year we go to a larger auditorium when Budleigh takes over the Pavilion in Exmouth. Premium seats sold out long ago but some returns may be available, so try your luck

All good things must come to an end and we close with the hugely celebrated Exeter Festival Chorus who sing three works; by Vaughan Williams, Tippett and Durufle. Staged in large St Peter's church, there are tickets available

Book tickets at Budleigh TIC or by phone 01395 445275

All tickets are now on sale and selling fast.

Programmes information can be downloaded from the web site

Friday 13 July
The Orchestra of St Paul's Covent Garden
present a Wind Serenade at the Temple Church 7.30pm

Saturday 14 July
Two performances of The Little Sweep
at the Temple Church in Budleigh 3pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 15 July
St Peter's Church Festival Choral Evensong 6pm

Monday 16 July
Free lunchtime concert by Alex Knight, Guitar
Alexandra Dariescu. piano, at the Temple Church 7.30pm.

Tuesday 17 July
Free lunchtime concert: Jayne Hannah, flute; David House, piano
Florilegium - a baroque celebration
at the Temple Church 7.30pm.

Wednesday 18 July
Free lunchtime concert at St Peter's by Michael Dawson, organ
Orchestral Concert by the Festival Orchestra
with Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin & Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola
conducted by Nicholas Marshall at the Temple Church 7.30pm

Thursday 19 July
Free lunchtime concert by Lucy Bray, soprano
Barbirolli Quartet at the Temple Church 7.30pm

Friday 20 July
Free lunchtime concert by the Festival Chorus
Madam Butterfly by New Devon Opera at the Pavilion, Exmouth 7.30pm

Saturday 21 July
Free lunchtime concert by Estrella,
the ROSLA prize winners from New Zealand - 8 hands on 2 pianos
Exeter Festival Chorus at St Peter's 7.30pm

Sunday 22 July
The festival closing service at the Temple Church 10.30am

Ticket Sales:
Tourist Information Centre, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6NG
Telephone: 01395 445275

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