Chamber of delights at Burton Bradstock

CHAMBER groups and virtuoso musicians from across Europe gather at a small West Dorset seaside village, for the annual Burton Bradstock Festival, running this year from 12th to 20th August.

There is an art exhibition by local professional and amateur artists for the full ten days, at the village hall, and the music festival begins on Sunday 13th with tea and classical and folk music in the Rectory Garden from 3pm. Entry for this event is free and cream teas will be available.

On Sunday evening at 6.30pm, the Festival Evensong at St Mary’s Church will be led by the Rev Canon Stephen Batty, Rector of the Bride Valley benefice, and the service will be sung by the choir of Colyton Parish Church, directed by Nicholas Brown with organist David Davies.

Kabantu, playing at St Mary’s on Monday 14th at 7pm, perform an unusual blend of vocal and musical harmonies from Africa, Brazil, the Balkans and the Celtic tradition. Winners of the 2017 Royal Overseas League competition and with a BBC Prom appearance already under their belt, this is a group not to miss. The line-up is: Abel Selaocoe cello, vocals
Alastair McMath double bass, banjo, vocals, Ben Sayah guitar, vocals, Delia Stevens world percussion, vocals, and Katie Foster violin, vocals.

The late night recital at 9.45pm in the church features musical friends, Craig Ogden, guitar, Miloš Milicvojevi, accordion, and David Juritz, violin, playing a mixed programme including works by Bach and Villa Lobos. A soup and roll supper is served at all the late-night recitals. .

Tuesday’s programme starts with a lunchtime concert at 12.30pm at Norburton Hall featuring Caroline Dowdle, piano, David Juritz, violin, and  Adrian Bradbury, cello, playing Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat major and Mozart’s E minor sonata. There will be a picnic lunch platter.

The Alexandra Ridout Quartet play in the church at 8pm. Rising star and 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award winner Alexandra Ridout fronts her own teenage quintet who have already wowed audiences at the Manchester Jazz Festival and Pizza Express Soho with their ballads, funk and swing jazz.

The Wednesday programme begins with a lunchtime concert at St Mary’s at 1pm, with Ross Brown, trumpet, mezzo Claire Bradshaw, and David Gordon, organ, playing music by Jeremiah Clarke, Gluck and Vivaldi.

The evening church concert, at 7pm, features the Festival Players with Anna Hashimoto, guitarist Craig Ogden, and accordionist Milivojevic, in a programme called Two Europeans in America – Dvorak’s “American” string quartet, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s 1951 Quintet for Guitar and Strings – and Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major in a transcription for accordion.

The 9.45pm late night recital is Berlin Remembered, in which Claire Bradshaw takes the audience to the nightclubs of pre-war Berlin, Cabaret, the Kit-Kat Club and the songs of Brecht and Weill. She will be performing with Juritz, Gordon and Sandy Burnett bass

On Thursday, the Atéa Wind Quintet are at St Mary’s at 7pm playing repertoire from their début CD, including Poulenc’s Sextet for piano and wind (which was wrongly described by critics as shallow and vulgar), and Louis Spohr’s Nonet, written for an eccentric Viennese industrialist and a favourite with musicians and audiences since its first performance.

The late night recital at 9.45pm at St Mary’s is Reflections on Bach, from Mozart to Jaques Loussier and Dave Brubeck, with Sandy Burnett and David Gordon.

The festival’s musical programme ends on Friday with the Gala at 7pm at St Mary’s. With so many brilliant musicians to squeeze into one evening the concert features works for multiple soloists – Haydn’s great Sinfonia Concertante, a dazzling duo for flute and clarinet by Danzi and Schubert’s sublime last song, The Shepherd on the Rock, and more.

The musicians are the Festival Players, including Alena Lugovkina, flute, Philip Haworth, oboe, Ashley Myall, bassoon, Anna Hashimoto, clarinet,Juritz, Ogden, Brown, Burnett, Milivojevic and Gordon.

Pictured: Milos Milivojevic, Atea Wind Quintet, and jazz trumpeter Alexandra Ridout.