This year’s festival is now over. Our thanks to all who attended.
We had an amazing line-up well loved world class musicians and performers.
This year we are indebted to all who put their token in our box at Tesco’s so that we qualified for the Bags of Help scheme and also all who helped and made cakes for us to serve teas at Chastleton House.
All of this supports the Festival and means we can maintain the ticket price at the same level. Friends of the Festival donations have allowed us to buy a set of matching music stands this year so do think about supporting us in this way.
Our advertisers are a huge support so please use their services when you can and also all the box office outlets who carry out that extra work for us.
Watch out for our 20th Festival next year! We already have our President, City of Birmingham organist, Thomas Trotter to open the season 2nd June 2020.
Bella Tromba, Brass Quartet
Emma Bassett, Jo Harris, Becca Toft, Vickie van Uden.
“….Bella Tromba…dedicated to exploring and expanding the instrument’s potential.……” – The Guardian
Bella Tromba’s instruments include the piccolo trumpet, bass trumpet and flugelhorn, a stylistically rich repertoire has developed from the combined passions of an ensemble that is as unique as the members of Bella Tromba, Becca, Emma,Jo and Vickie, who perform for Britten Sinfonia,London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica All Stars Big Band and Welsh National Opera.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Violin ~ Emma Parker, Violin ~ Ann Beilby, Viola ~ Nathaniel Boyd, Cello
In 2016, four of the UK’s exceptional young string players came together to form the Albion Quartet, rapidly establishing themselves on the international stage. Current engagements include concerts at the Wigmore Hall (London), the Louvre (Paris) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). The quartet broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and is recoding a Dvorak cycle for Signum Records.
Passionate about education, the quartet holds a residency at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where they regularly give masterclasses as well as at other major venues in the UK. Once again our local school will benefit from their expertise.
The members of the quartet play on a fine collection of instruments, including a Stradivarius and Guarnerius.
ZRI – Ben Harlan, Clarinet ~ Matthew Sharp, Cello ~ Jon Banks, Accordion ~ Max Baillie, Violin ~ Iris Pissaride, Santouri
With musical bonds and friendships stretching back into early childhood, ZRI formed under the direction of clarinettist Ben Harlan. The quintet takes its name from the Red Hedgehog Tavern in Vienna, Zum Roten Igel, where folk, and in particular, Brahms and Schubert, would go to hear the gypsies play.
Following launch concerts in 2011 ZRI has toured the UK extensively with its unique versions of both the Brahms and Schubert quintets, releasing its debut disc in 2014.
ZRI wowed the Bledington audience in 2016 and we look forward to their return with more of their skilful re-imagining.
The Concerts take place at:
St Leonard’s Church,
OX7 6XD UK
Tel 01608 658503
Our Sincere Thanks To All Of Our Supporters this Year