Photograph of Milly Forrest – Bedford Park’s own soprano
The Bedford Park Festival programme has been announced and tickets have gone on sale. Festival prime mover Torin Douglas says it’s “lost none of its sparkle after the excitement of the 50th anniversary celebrations last year”.
From the opening party at St Michael & All Angels on Friday June 8th – previewing the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition and the Photographic Competition, sponsored by The Chiswick Calendar – to the Dvorak Festival Mass and Open Gardens on Sunday June 24th, there is a stimulating array of concerts, talks, walks and drama, with something for everyone, whatever their age or taste, in aid of charities and the church.
Cory Band from Treorchy, South Wales
The Cory Band from Treorchy in the Rhondda Valley, which originally formed as a colliery band in 1884, will be performing its repertoire of “blockbusting and beautiful” music on Saturday 16th Jun and the Nonesuch Orchestra returns to St Michael & All Angels on Thursday June 21st with two daytime performances of Stravinsky’s ballet Apollon Musagete, designed specifically for a children’s audience.
Many of the performers taking part in the festival are world class musicians, though it is our good fortune that they also live locally. David Juritz is an internationally known violinist. His Concert and Supper will feature music from the musicals – music and songs from Kurt Weill’s Berlin to Leonard Bernstein’s New York, with singers Claire Bradshaw and Damian Thantrey. After the concert, the entertainment continues over supper in the Parish Hall on Monday June 14th.
The Opera Gala on Friday June 15th, features Bedford Park’s own young soprano Milly Forrest. Milly hit the headlines last year when she stood in for a leading performer at the Wigmore Hall at a moment’s notice. She has has just graduated with First Class honours from the Royal Academy of Music undergraduate course and has just started on the Postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music.
Bass player Sandy Burnett, also from Bedford Park, moves with ease between classical and jazz music. Sandy, who played at The Chiswick Calendar’s annual party at at George IV in January, will be playing in Jazz on a Summer’s Night with vocalist Vanessa Rose as part of the Denis Smith Trio on Wednesday June 13th, and will then be appearing in Tenor Madness on Thursday 21 June, improvising on Renaissance and Baroque themes, with pianist and harpsichordist David Gordon and drummer Tom Hooper.
You can read all about the history of the Bedford Park Festival and the Green Days weekend which always starts off the two weeks of culture and community activities in the This Is Chiswick section of The Chiswick Calendar website.
To book tickets for this year’s festival go here.