Shipley Festival set for even more success

Musical riches lie ahead as the ever-popular Shipley Arts Festival celebrates its eleventh year with yet another impressive programme.

This year looks set to be even more successful as the Festival develops the Gifted and Talented String Academy with the Yehudi Menuhin School, runs a composing competition with applicants from numerous countries and celebrates the community with an internationally-based group of musicians

Andrew Bernardi, artistic director, said: “There are still several of the concerts in Shipley parish: St Mary’s and St Cuthman’s as usual, and two new places this year: Anthony and Louise Burrell’s Lackenhurst and the Quaker meeting house, The Blue Idol.

“We have nearly completed our cycle of new works to mirror Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in time for next year’s Olympics. We have also included several past commissions in the Festival and hope you will enjoy these pieces, several of which have now been performed around the globe.”  

The programme includes:

Saturday, April 30, 7.30pm, St. Mary’s Shipley. Bernardi Music Group. A Regal concert for a royal celebration including Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence, Malcolm Singer - The Margrave’s Dream (Shipley 2010 commission), J S Bach - Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe. Tickets £15 (limited to 200).                                                       

Monday, May 2, 7pm, Windlesham House School. Yehudi Menuhin School; West Sussex Gifted and Talented String and Dance Academy. Includes Mahler/Schubert - Death And The Maiden, Malcolm Singer - The Margrave’s Dream and Jeff Moore - Gypsy Fiddles. Tickets £15 (limited to 280).

Sunday, May 8, 6.30pm, St. George’s, West Grinstead. Choral project with choral conductor David Wordsworth, The Addison Singers, St George’s Church Choir and a professional chamber orchestra. Haydn - Little Organ Mass and Howard Skempton - We Who With Songs in the presence of the composer. Programme to include J S Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe. If you would like to sing in this concert, email Andrew at andrewbernardi@me.com. Tickets £15 (limited to 180).

Friday, May 20, 7.30pm, The Blue Idol, Coolham. Words and music from The Time Of William Penn including Bach - Sonata No. 6 in E major, Mozart - Flute Quartet in D major and Pachelbel - Canon with words read by Lucy West, and musicians Bruce Martin (flute), Jonathan Few (cello) and Andrew Bernardi (violin). Tickets £15 (limited to 50).            Friday, May 27, 7.30pm, Lackenhurst. Baroque At The Burrells. Soloists Andrew Bernardi and Andy Laing (violins), Bruce Martin (flute) in a programme to include J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No 4, Cecilia McDowall - Great Hills (2008 Shipley commission) and J.S. Bach - Suite for Flute and Strings. Tickets £30 (limited to 40).

Sunday, June 5, 6.30pm, St. John’s Coolhurst. A Fourth Night At The Opera with professional soloists and ensemble from Opera UK. Tickets £25 (limited to 120)

Saturday, June 11, 7.30pm, Bignor Church. An English programme to include Paul Lewis, Vaughan Williams - Lark Ascending and movements from John Rutter’s - Suite Antique.

Tickets £15 (limited to 100).

Sunday, June 12, 5pm, St Cuthman’s, Coolham. A concert for Shipley to include music by John Ireland and Franz List with Christopher Wellington (viola), Maria Marchant (piano), Andrew Bernardi (violin) and Charles Wood (tenor). Tickets: £15 (limited to 60).

Saturday, June 18, 7.30pm, Warnham Church. The Mysteries Of Joy and other music by Warnham composer Mark Browse, with professional chamber ensemble and Warnham Voices. Tickets £15 (limited to 180).

Saturday/Sunday, July 2/3 Bignor Church, The Bignor Weed & Wildflower Festival with String Academy Quartet.

Saturday, July 9, 6pm, St Mary’s, Shipley. Christ’s Hospital Choral Society, conducted by Adrian Bawtree, present a programme of summer music. Refreshments, provided by Chestnut Tree House, will be served before the concert and during the interval. Tickets £12 (limited to 200). Available from CHCS on 01403 247434. 

Sunday, July 10, 6.30pm, St Andrew’s , Nuthurst. Professional choir of St Thomas More, Chelsea, Bernardi Music Group, Jon Lord, James Whitbourn and the winning composer of the composing competition. Programme to include Jon Lord - To Notice Such Things (Shipley 2009 commission) and Fauré Requiem. Tickets £15 (limited to 200).

Tickets available from The Capitol box office on 01403 750220 or online at 

www.thecapitolhorsham.com.