Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Branscombe Festival Fri 25th - Sun 27th July 2014 Press Release from Albion Media Publicity Assistant Sophie Goodwin

Curator: Iain Burnside (Piano)
Host: Petroc Trelawny (Radio 3)

St Winifred's Church Branscombe
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.

Among the highlights of this year's festival are:
- Chart-topping vocal ensemble "I Fagiolini"
with theatrical interpretations of music
  from the Renaissance to the present day
- Rising star. 'cellist Philip Higham
  in a programme of Bach's glorious solo cello suites
- 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 Ball's Flying Aces"
  with guest vocalist Patricia Hammond,
  who bring World War I favourites to life, over cream tea
- Dance band "The Leo Green Experience",
  back by popular demand with their late-night jazz gig
- A pop-up shop at all events from the famous London music store Les Aldrich Music,
  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.

Iain Burnside
The festival is curated by renowned pianist Iain Burnside and 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.

Band on the Beach
Trelights Brass Quintet
Branscombe Festival
Sunday 28 July 2013
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."


Vocal Ensemble: I Fagiolini
St Winifred's Church Branscombe
Friday 25 July 7.30pm
a vocal ensemble with theatrical
interpretations of music from
the Renaissance to the present day
Director: Robert Hollingworth
(front and centre in photo right)
Tickets: £16.50 (restricted view £8)
Box Office: 02079 551446
TICKETMASTER: 08448 440444


'Cello: Philip Higham
St Winifred's Church Branscombe
Saturday 26 July 12 noon
'Cellist and rising star
|Made his debut with several
UK orchestras last year and
has an increasing presence
on the solo recital stage,
including London's Wigmore Hall.
Appeared at the inaugural festival last year
Tickets: £16.50
Box Office: 02079 551446
TICKETMASTER: 08448 440444

Soprano: Patricia Hammond
Albert Ball's Flying Aces
Branscombe Village Hall
Saturday 26 July 3pm
leading singer of nostalgic /
war time songs
spear-heading a revival
of the vintage music scene,
and songs from 1870-1950.
Has appeared on Radio 4
written for TheTelegraph
UK's only fully-professional ragtime band.
Tickets: £16.50
Box Office: 02079 551446
TICKETMASTER: 08448 440444

HOG ROAST: 5.30pm

Soprano Ailish Tynan & Tenor Luis Gomes
Soprano: Ailish Tynan
(Photo: Sussie Ahlburg)
with Pianist: Iain Burnside
Branscombe Village Hall
Saturday 26 July 7.30pm
Ailish Tynan - international opera star,
and a great personality,
usually sings at world-famous venues
including the Royal Opera House,
and Royal Albert Hall, 
has tonnes of Irish charm!
Tickets: £16.50
Box Office: 02079 551446
TICKETMASTER: 08448 440444

Saxophone: Leo Green
Branscombe Village Hall
Saturday 26 July 10.30pm
Ronnie Scott's regulars who have played
with everyone from Van Morrison
to Jerry Lee Lewis and their celebrity fans
include Jools Holland and Rod Stewart
to name but a few! (Read their comments)
Tickets: £16.50
Box Office: 02079 551446
TICKETMASTER: 08448 440444

Tickets: £8-£77 (concessions available)
              £16.50 per concert / £8 for concerts with restricted view (church concerts only)
              £77 for all 5 concerts / £60 for all concerts with restricted view in the church
              50p from each ticket sold will be donated to RNLI
Box Office: 02079 551446
TICKETMASTER: 08448 440444


Band of the Royal Marines
St Winifred's Church Branscombe &
marching parade to Branscombe Beach
Sunday 27 July 12 noon (beach 1.30pm)


Full programme details at

Ian Rosenblatt
Ian Rosenblatt
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.

Branscombe Festival
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.

National Trust Cottages
& Branscombe Village Hall
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.

RNLI Severn Class Lifeboat
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.

Ian Rosenblatt
at Les Aldrich Music
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.

Sophie Goodwin,
Publicity Assistant,
Albion Media

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