The Bledington Music Festival 2020

Our thanks to all who attended in 2019. We had an amazing line-up well loved world class musicians and performers.

We were 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.

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2020 marks our 20th anniversary!

This special anniversary of Bledington Music Festival will feature our President, Thomas Trotter and Vice President, Catrin Finch who have both been great supporters of the event for many years.

Who would have thought when Thomas Trotter came to Bledington in 2000 to play the newly acquired pipe organ that it would be the catalyst for a new music festival which would last for to its 20th anniversary? It is therefore fitting that the first concert in 2020 is once again with Thomas Trotter for whom an electronic sampling organ is now hired. The small organ in Bledington is great for services but not up to virtuoso recitals!

This is the programme of events for 2020 – the 20th season

Tuesday, 2nd June – Thomas Trotter, City of Birmingham organist with Celia Craig, Oboe and Cor Anglais

Wednesday, 3rd June – Craig Ogden, Guitar with Claire Bradshaw, Mezzo-Soprano

Thursday, 4th June – Catrin Finch, Harp

 

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June 2nd

Thomas Trotter, City of Birmingham organist with Celia Craig, Oboe and Cor Anglais

Thomas Trotter

City of Birmingham-based organist Thomas Trotter is rightly regarded as one of the most brilliant concert organists currently on the world stage. ….. Trotter’s performances are invigorating, revealing the inner details of the music. He consistently chooses appropriate tempos and projects strong rhythm. His nuanced playing takes advantage of this instrument’s sensitive and responsive action. A virtuoso’s virtuoso, he harnesses his immaculate technique and musicianship to serve every aspect of the music.”

Thomas Trotter is one of Britain’s most widely admired musicians. He has had a special relationship with the City of Birmingham in England since he was appointed City Organist in 1983 after Sir George Thalben-Ball based at the city’s renovated historic Town Hall where he is also Resident Organist of the magnificent Klais organ in Symphony Hall. He is also Organist at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, in London and Visiting Fellow in Organ Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Earlier in his career he was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and he later continued his studies with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris where he took the Prix de Virtuosité in her class.

Concert details to follow.


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Celia Craig

“Celia Craig is a remarkable musician. Australia is fortunate to now claim her and Adelaide is the incredibly lucky city she has chosen to call home. I have never heard her play anything any less than world class, and any project she embraces will be worthy of support.” – Carl Vine AO, Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia

Dedicatee of Master of The Queens Music, Judith Weir CBE’s first Oboe Concerto, Celia Craig has performed for the Royal Family, recorded and toured extensively, working with Bernstein, Boulez, Haitink, Ashkenazy, Rattle, Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra among others. Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra until 2018 and an appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, Celia runs her own multimedia recording company ARTARIA, whose Direct Stream Digital debut recording was been awarded 5 stars by The Weekend Australian, several Album of The Week Awards, national television airplay and shown in Palace Nova Cinema. Celia was recently appointed Music Curator for the National Trust of South Australia for whom she curates concerts in National Trust unique Heritage properties and runs her own ‘Signature’ Concert Series in The State Dining Room, Ayers House. Celia is a Faculty Resident Artist at the annual TALIS Festival in Sarajevo, and also coaches oboes in Sao Paolo for the largest youth music event in South America: Campos de Jordao Winter Festival.

Concert details to follow.


Visit Celia’s Website

June 3rd

Craig Ogden, Guitar with Claire Bradshaw, Mezzo-Soprano

Craig Ogden and Claire Bradshaw

Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Craig is married to British opera singer Claire Bradshaw with whom he frequently appears in concert. The duo have toured Australia and South Africa and perform regularly in festivals, for music societies and on radio. 

Concert details to follow.


Visit Craig’s Website

June 4th

Catrin Finch, Harp

Catrin Finch, Harp

“Catrin has done more than anyone in harp history to bring her instrument to a wider public….”

Internationally renowned harpist Catrin Finch is one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation, and has been delighting audiences with her performances across the UK and worldwide, since the age of five.

Known for her work within the community and with the younger generation, Catrin is committed to promoting the harp and classical music through her now successful annual Academi Catrin Finch Academy Summer Harp School, an Annual Harp Fun Day and her ‘Classical Café’ evenings.

Concert details to follow.


Visit Catrin’s Website

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The Concerts take place at:
St Leonard’s Church,
Church Road,
Bledington,
Oxfordshire
OX7 6XD UK

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