Festival 2021 will not take place

It is with heavy hearts that the Festival Committee has decided they have no option but to postpone the Festival for another year. The need for social distancing is likely to stay with us for some while and it would not be economical to reduce the possible audience to the extent that this would be possible. The musicians have all been consulted and have agreed that this is the only thing to do. Anyone who purchased tickets for 2020 may retain them for 2022 or, if you require a refund this can be arranged.

If the situation changes later in the year, then there are various options open to us but it is hoped that the 2020 line-up will perform at Bledington in 2022. In the meantime we are exploring avenues for grants as all our fund raising at Chastleton was impossible last year and may not happen this year either.

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June 2nd

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

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A perfect mix of solo organ, organ and oboe and an oboe solo with music by JS Bach, Widor, Albinoni, Robert Ampt, Ennio Morricone, George Gershwin and others.

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.

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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.

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June 4th

Catrin Finch, Harp

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Catrin Finch’s programme begins with the 1st Movement of Handel’s Concerto for Harp in Bflat major which is instantly recognisable. She will continue with Debussy’s Clair de Lune and a great favourite with Bledington audiences Mosquito Massacre from Bugs! by Paul Patterson written for Catrin. Her programme dips into Latin rhythms with pieces by Piazzola and Jesus Guridi and comes to an end with Fantasie sur un theme de L’Opera Eugene Onegin which again will be easily recognised.


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.

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