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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
28
Thu
Brass Ensemble from Bratton Silver Band @ All Saints Church
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Brass Instruments

This ensemble was formed especially for the festival by members of Bratton Silver Band. In addition to a varied programme, there will be an opportunity for audience members (especially the young) to find out a little about how brass instruments work.

 

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
2
Mon
The Village Band @ All Saints Church
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Village band

Throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries,  many villages and small towns had a village band. The musicians accompanied singing in church, but also played for dances, led village processions and sometimes supported militia parades. Thomas Hardy, a keen musician, lovingly described village music in his writing.

We aim to recapture something of this, playing a variety of folk and traditional music on various instruments including concertina, fiddle, recorder, melodion and viol.

The band formed in 2016 under the auspices of Bradford on Avon branch of the U3A.

New members are most welcome contact Heather Minnion 01225 866509 or heatherminnion@hotmail.com

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.

 

Oct
5
Thu
Bagpipe Concert @ All Saints Church
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Most of us will have seen and heard Scottish pipers but there are a wide variety of bagpipes from around the world.

This special concert will feature Northumbrian smallpipes played by Dennis Brown and Ian White and grande cornemuse (French bagpipes) with English border pipes played by Penny Birnstingl and Brian Tilley.

The Northumbrian smallpipes are a traditional instrument from Northumberland, Tyneside and North Durham, where they have been played since developing into their modern form around 200 years ago. The smallpipes are a quiet instrument, best heard indoors, and have a characteristic ‘bubbly’ sound unlike other types of bagpipe.

It is this distinctive sound that attracted both Dennis and Ian to play them; Dennis after hearing a recording of traditional piper Billy Pigg, which led to him buying his first set of pipes in 1992, and Ian while living in Northumberland, although he did not begin to play until moving to Wiltshire and meeting Dennis in the late 1990’s. Both Dennis and Ian are members of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society, who have a local group meeting in Salisbury.

Brian Tilley has been playing traditional music on various instruments such as Concertina, Violin, Hurdy Gurdy  and Bagpipes since the age of 18.  He organises and plays in various bands for dancing and listening, and has been playing music and dancing the dances from Central France since 1995.

Penny Birnstingl studied the bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Always looking for new challenges, she specialised in Early Music, playing crumhorns, racketts, shawms and other oddities. Somehow the bagpipes never featured on the playing list until now, but they are currently a firm favourite, as is the music of Central France.

Brian and Penny play music from the Bourbonnais region of central France on traditional french bagpipes called Grande Cornemuse or Cornemuse du Centre, and on English Border pipes.

The mouth blown french pipes have two drones, one alongside the chanter, and the other resting on the shoulder and projecting backwards to balance the weight of the pipes. They have traditional styles of decoration, hand carved and inlaid with tin or etched with fine lines and filled with dark wax. These methods were developed by mid 18th century and are still used today.  Both styles of pipes were made by Serge Durin from Riom in Central France.

The English Border pipes in G were made by Jon Swayne in Glastonbury, are mouth blown and have two drones which lie vertically on the shoulder.

The music being played is traditional French music for two bagpipes, using typical harmonies.

Oct
6
Fri
Schools’ Concert @ All Saints Church
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Each year, children from Westbury’s primary schools have been enthusiastic supporters of the lunchtime concerts which fit well with the current requirement for live music as part of the curriculum.

But listening to music is only part of the experience, performing is another important aspect. Whilst many children get an opportunity to perform in front of parents, it is something different to perform outside of school in front of mostly strangers.

So we have given over one of the festival’s lunchtime slots to the schools and we hope that those who have enjoyed performances from professionals and gifted amateurs during the rest of the festival, will be able to return to support these young people.