|A Packed programme for the Bedford Park Festival|
Festival continues after big turnout at Green Days
The 40th annual Festival opened with the two-day Green Days Fete and Craft Fair. Despite the competing attractions of the football and the closure of the tube takings for the event were up on last year. Live music performers appeared including, an 18-piece jazz orchestra, whose line-up includes the broadcaster Gavin Campbell. As well as the usual array of stalls, fairground attractions, food and live music, this year there was a chance to win the new eco-friendly Honda Civic Hybrid car and take part in other "green" activities.
The opening weekend also saw the start of the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition in St Michael & All Angels Church. Many local artists, professional and amateur, have submitted works for this year’s Exhibition. A third of the price of each picture will go to this year’s Festival charities: the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths; the Upper Room, feeding the needy in west London; and the £200,000 fund to repair and repaint St Michael & All Angels church.
The leader of the London Mozart Players, David Juritz, will be marking Mozart's 250th anniversary with a concert of his work alongside other top professionals, followed by supper in the Parish Hall. The leading Serbian classical accordionist Milos Milivojevic will be giving a lunchtime recital in Rosalind Leney's studio in Blenheim Road, where ticketholders are invited to bring a picnic to eat in the garden! In other fine Bedford Park houses, there'll be a house concert and a wine-tasting.
The BBC correspondent Fergal Keane is due to read from the works of Louis MacNiece, in Poems for All Seasons, alongside local actor John Rowe who'll be reading from John Betjeman. Forty years ago, Betjeman became the first president of the Bedford Park Festival and 2006 is the centenary of his birth. The Festival is organised by St Michael & All Angels on behalf of the community.
The vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Father Kevin Morris will be starring in the End of the Pier Show on the final Saturday, with full supporting cast, from the parish and beyond.
Regular events include the Junior Choir musical, The Wind In The Willows, directed by Sarah McDowall; and, on the final weekend: the Photographic Exhibition, which will be opened by Vibeke Dahl; the Mozart Festival Mass, directed by Dan Webb; and the Bedford Park Open Gardens
June 23, 2006