Thursday, 13 March 2014

Branscombe Festival returns Fri-Sun 25-27 July 2014 Press Release from Naomi Burgoyne

Branscombe Festival
returns for a second year:
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 July 2014

The stunning Devonshire village of Branscombe once again plays host to some of the world’s top musicians when the Branscombe Festival returns on Friday 25 – Sunday 27 July 2014. Over three summer days, Branscombe Festival presents performances from leading classical and jazz artists in the picturesque village hall, the historic Saint Winifred's Church, and even on the beach.

About Branscombe Festival
The inaugural Branscombe Festival was launched in July 2013 by Ian Rosenblatt, a British lawyer and senior partner of law firm Rosenblatt Solicitors, who has a home in Branscombe and is a supporter of charitable causes, notably in the field of classical music. He is the founder and sponsor of RosenblattRecitals, London’s only world-class series of opera recitals based at Wigmore Hall, which provides many singers with their London recital debut and is credited with establishing the careers of some of the world’s major opera stars.
Taking place in Branscombe Village Hall and Saint Winifred's Church (among the oldest and most architecturally-significant parish churches of Devon), the first Branscombe Festival saw performances from leading classical opera singers and instrumentalists including stars of the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House lyric soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, the Carducci Quartet, cellist Philip Higham; jazz ensemble The Leo Green Experience; and the Trelights Brass Quintet.

About Branscombe
Branscombe is a picturesque village in the East Devon district of the English county of Devon. It is located within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, overlooking Lyme Bay. Sweeping down a spectacular valley, past colourful thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, down to the sea and a shingle beach, Branscombe is one of the most beautiful and scenic locations on the South East coast.
The village contains three National Trust properties, The Old Bakery,Manor Mill &Forge, restored by the Trust, which has owned them since 1965.

About RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

About Les Aldrich Music Shop
Les Aldrich Music Shop is one of the last remaining independent music shops in London – as well as one of the oldest. The shop has had its roots in Muswell Hill, North London for over 100 years and is a bastion of the North London community. Famous for selling Ray Davies of The Kinks his first guitar, it was recently saved from closure by Ian Rosenblatt, founder of Rosenblatt Recitals. Les Aldrich now stocks everything from vinyl and gramophone players to instruments, accessories, CDs and sheet music.

Among the highlights of this year’s festival are:

International opera stars Ailish Tynan and Luis Gomes
in a gala recital with pianist (and Radio 3 presenter) Iain Burnside
The UK's only fully-professional ragtime band, Albert Balls Flying Aces
with guest vocalist Patricia Hammond,
who bring World War I favourites to life over cream tea

Chart-topping vocal ensemble I Fagiolini
with theatrical interpretations of music from the Renaissance to the present day

Dance band The Leo Green Experience,
back by popular demand with their late-night jazz gig

Rising star cellist Philip Higham in a programme of Bach’s glorious solo cello suites

A pop-up shop at all events from the famous London music store Les Aldrich, selling CDs, record players and vinyl

A hog roast will also be on offer to audience members on the Saturday evening

The Festival culminates in a FREE concert on Branscombe beach
by the Band of the Royal Marines.

Curated by renowned pianist Iain Burnside

Hosted by BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and journalist Petroc Trelawny

The 2014 Branscombe Festival supports the Royal National Lifeboat Institution with a donation of 50p from every ticket sold.

Located within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Branscombe Festival was launched in July 2013 by local resident Ian Rosenblatt whose aim was to enable audiences to experience leading international musicians in an intimate, idyllic countryside setting. Last year’s festival was a runaway success with the Sidmouth Herald stating that “a magical atmosphere lingered delightfully over the village of Branscombe last weekend as the inaugural Branscombe Festival blossomed into glorious full flower.”

Ian Rosenblatt says: “I’m thrilled that Branscombe Festival is back for a second year. I can’t wait to build on the success of last year’s festival and bring even more incredible talent from the worlds of opera, classical music and jazz to the beautiful setting of Branscombe village. We’re looking forward to welcoming back some familiar faces from last year and hope that people from near and far will come to experience all that Branscombe Festival – and the surrounding area – has to offer.”  
Listings below and full programme information at:

Tickets: £16.50 per concert (church concerts, restricted view £8)
              £77 for all 5 concerts (restricted view £60)
               50p from each ticket sold will be donated to RNLI

Box Office details: 7955 1446                                                     0844 844 0444
For local ticket sales: The Post Office, Branscombe and Paragon Books, Sidmouth


Branscombe Festival 25 – 27 July 2014
Supporting the RNLI
Curated by pianist Iain Burnside
Hosted by BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and journalist Petroc Trelawny.

Saint Winifred's Church
Friday 25 July 7.30pm

Saint Winifred's Church
Saturday 26 July 12 noon
J S Bach: Cello Suites

Branscombe Village Hall
Saturday 26 July 3pm
World War I songs
Cream tea available from 3pm
Hog roast available from 5:30pm

Opera Gala
Branscombe Village Hall
Saturday 26 July 7.30pm

Branscombe Village Hall
Saturday 26 July 10.30pm
Big band classics with dancing

Marching parade from Branscombe Church
after the morning service
Sunday 27 July 12 noon
FREE beachfront concert at 1.30pm

Full programme details at:

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