Moon and stars at Burton Bradstock

THERE’s more than sun, sea and sea-food at Burton Bradstock in high summer, with the return of the annual festival of music and art, from Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th August.

Now in its 39th year, the festival looks back to an event 11 years before, and celebrates the 1969 moon landings when Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon and uttered the famous words: “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”.

Artistic director, violinist David Juritz says: “He became the first person to achieve what humans have dreamed of for millennia. We’re going to celebrate those dreams throughout the week with music by Debussy, Schoenberg and Haydn, inspired by the moon and stars.”

The line-up of musicians is familiar and impressive as always, including harpist Eluned Price, accordionist Milos Milivojevic, pianist David Gordon, violist Yuri Ghislin, cellist Adrian Bradbury, guitarist Craig Ogden, and David Juritz, as well as the Atea Wind Quintet, virtuoso jazz violinist Christian Garrick, and the London Tango Quintet.

The concerts all take place in the village’s St Mary’s Church. The festival exhibition is in Burton Bradstock village hall throughout the week; there is a tea party with music in the rectory garden on Sunday 11th, and the gala concert, featuring most of the week’s performers, on Friday evening. The programme for the finale includes the world premiere of David Gordon’s Il Filo, concerto for guitar and accordion.

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Pictured: The full line-up of festival musicians; Serbian accordion virtuoso Milos Milivojevic