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Sep
22
Fri
Opening Night @ The Laverton
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

As usual our festival will start with a variety of acts, some local, some old friends, some new, some young, some old and we hope something for everyone.

We welcome a performance from international soloist Graham Dalby who, among his many talents, is the Director at the London Swing Orchestra.  We are also delighted with the return of Nicole Micheli and Vincent Ling who thrilled us alllast year with their performances on saxophone and piano.

Young performers fromMatravers School’ will performing some selections from their upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast:junior

Madeline Hewitt (Belle) – “Home”
Nathan Chadwick (Gaston) & Cameron Sinden (Le Fou) – “Gaston”
Joe Medway (Beast) – “If I Can’t Love Her”
Mollie Green (Mrs Potts) – “Beauty and the Beast”

And totally unrelated but back by “popular demand”:
Tom Bond – “Feeling Good”

New to the Festival this year is Emma Webb.  Known to us locally as the leader of Westbury’s Rock Choir, Emma will be performing solo with a mix of musical theatre and acoustic pieces with her guitar and also some of her own songs.

More info to come!

 


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Sep
23
Sat
Breaking Baroque: Monteverdi’s Magic Jubilee @ Stormore Baptist Church
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Musicke in the Ayre

 

Locally-based early music specialists Musicke in the Ayre make a welcome return to Westbury Festival with a recital celebrating the 450th anniversary of the birth of one of the most important composers in the history of Western classical music, Claudio Monteverdi.

Monteverdi and his colleagues wrote wonderful music that brought in the Baroque. Musicke in the Ayre (soprano Jane Hunt and lutenist/luthier Din Ghani) will bring it magically to life in Stormore Chapel using just: the great acoustic there, Jane’s lovely voice, and the unique sound of period plucked strings (instruments made by Din just down the road).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lutenist/luthier Din will play archlute and baroque lute  which were both made by him.

Teas will be available after the event.

The concert is being held by Stormore Baptist Church  to celebrate the  recent refurbishment of this charming little building.


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Sep
25
Mon
Harpsichord Concert @ All Saints Church
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

An opportunity not to be missed!  Listen to eminent harpsichordist Mike Bardsley perform some of his favourite pieces including Bach and Scarlatti.

 

Following a Junior Exhibition to Trinity College of Music, Mike read Music at Dartington College of Arts, where he studied the harpsichord with Roy Truby and John Wellingham. Whilst at Dartington he was also able to take advantage of master classes with several eminent visiting harpsichordists, including Christopher Hogwood and Kenneth Gilbert. More recently he has studied with the harpsichordist Penelope Cave.

Mike performs as a piano and harpsichord accompanist and recitalist with a variety of soloists, including recent concerts with the violinist David Juritz and with fellow-Dartingtonian, Arne Richards. Over the last few years he has worked with the ensembles 4’s Company and Good Company as a piano accompanist, and as a harpsichordist with The Compton Chamber Ensemble, which concentrates on the Baroque repertoire. As a soloist he has given harpsichord recitals in Chelmsford Cathedral, Sulgrave Manor, Chastleton House, Chipping Norton Theatre and the Ashmolean Museum and has recently completed an acclaimed series of recitals for the Bate Collection in Oxford.

Programme

  1.  Lo Ballo dell’ Intorcia Antonio Valente (ca. 1520 – 1581)
    Ballo della Battaglia Bernardo Storace (ca. 1637 – 1707)
  2.  Ciacona Georg Muffat (1653 – 1704)
  3.  Suite in C minor William Croft (1678 – 1727)
    Ground – Almand – Corant – Saraband – Hornpipe
  4. Prelude and Fugue in F minor J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
  5. Sonata in B minor K.87 D. Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)
    Sonata in B minor K.377
  6. Suite in G minor Domenico Zipoli (1688 – 1726)
    Preludio – Corrente – Sarabanda – Giga
Sep
26
Tue
Celia Waghorn & Friends @ All Saints Church
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Ceilia with Tony (left) and Timothy (right)

Celia Waghorn (flute) returns to the Festival with her friends Tony James (piano) & Timothy Woods (recorder). Last year’s concert proved to be amongst the most popular of the series and this year the talented trio will delight us with an all new programme.

The performance will feature recorder (treble and maybe sopranino), C flute, alto flute and piano.

It will be wide ranging in style, including Telemann sonatas, Latin dances by Richard Kershaw and Idylle by Godard (flute and piano) as well as pieces written for alto flute and piano and arrangements of well-loved solos.

Sep
27
Wed
Organ Recital @ All Saints Church
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Gareth Bennett in Bradford on Avon

Gareth Bennett returns to Westbury where, for several years, he was Director of Music at All Saints Church.

Gareth was one of the original organisers of the Little Lunch series of concerts.

Gareth has been playing the organ since he was five years old, when he used to play, sitting on his aunt’s knee at the Methodist Chapel where she was the organist at the time.  He has played the organ for churches ever since.

Gareth studied first at Hampton School, where he played the organ every day for assembly, then at the University of Sussex, where he also regularly played the Chapel organ for important occasions.

After spending nearly 20 years working in IT, Gareth decided to switch careers to become a professional musician, and went to study in Liverpool under the tutelage of Noel Rawsthorne, the cathedral organist.

Since being awarded a Music & Worship BA in 1989, Gareth has held positions at many major Anglican parish churches in the south of England, including Horsham Parish Church, St. Nicolas Guildford, St. Andrew Chippenham, Amesbury Abbey Church, Holy Trinity Church Bradford-on-Avon, and All Saints Westbury.

Most recently, Gareth has renewed his interest in the Worship part of his degree alongside returning to his roots in the United Reformed Church.  He is currently Music Minister at Christ Church, Chelmsford (the URC ‘cathedral’ for the East of England) and enjoys applying himself to a wholehearted music ministry for the church and for the City of Chelmsford, as well as playing the large and beautiful Hill, Norman & Beard pipe organ with which Christ Church is blessed.

 

The Bevington Organ in All Saints Westbury

Sep
29
Fri
White Horse Piano Trio @ All Saints Church
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

With Tom Budden on violin, Chris Hurn on cello and Steven Doran on piano, the White Horse Piano trio is a newly-formed chamber music ensemble hailing from Wiltshire towns in the shadow of Westbury’s White Horse.  They came together to explore and celebrate the beautiful and powerful music written for piano trios.

They will be performing Beethoven’s first ever published work, his sparkling Piano Trio in E flat Op 1 No. 1 plus a surprise treat.

 

 

Oct
3
Tue
Hilperton Recorder Players @ All Saints Church
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

The Hilperton recorder players

The Hilperton recorder players make a welcome return to the Festival. This year they have increased their list of recorders with the acquisition of an unusual bass recorder.

 

Oct
4
Wed
Organ Duet with Stephen & Ed Cooke @ All Saints Church
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Organ duets are few and far between for the obvious reason; that it is unusual to have two organs available in the same location.

Fortunately in addition to be being a gifted organist, Stephen Cooke is an organ builder and will bring a  “spare” chamber organ to All Saints Church for this special concert.

Not only did Stephen build the chamber organ that will be played by Ed Cooke but he rebuilt the Bevington organ in All Saints that he will be playing.

 

Sep
24
Mon
Cello duet Theresa Cole & David Garcia @ All Saints Church
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Talented cellists Theresa Cole and David Garcia open the lunchtime concert sessions of the Westbury Festival.

Theresa & David are both peripatetic music teachers in a number of schools in Wiltshire as well as teaching privately. They are both involved with the Wiltshire Young Musicians bands and orchestras.

David plays in a variety of bands and ensembles across the southwest, including a jazz quartet and a ceilidh band.

Theresa enjoys playing in a string quartet and for shows. She also plays with various local orchestras.

Sep
25
Tue
Organ recital by Stephen Cooke & Rob Danter @ All Saints Church
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Stephen Cooke is has been a popular performer at the Westbury Festival on several occasions is returning to the festival as an organist in this concert and a piano accompanist with the Philomel singers he has wide experience as an accompanist and recitalist. Furthermore, he also builds and restores organs from his Westbury workshop.

Rob Danter is a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge and an organist, pianist and singer. He became M.D. of Con Brio choir from Bradford-on-Avon in early 2016 and also accompanies Westbury Choral Society.

their programmes will include some organ duets.