Feast Of Music This Week At Bedford Park Festival

From Figaro To Britten to the Coronation- and £5 tickets to Grease sing-along

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There’s a feast of music for all tastes this week at the Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick, starting on Monday with the virtuoso accordionist Milos Milivojevic and the Kosmos Ensemble. On Thursday, young singers and musicians will perform The Marriage of Figaro; on Saturday, there’s a chance to ‘sing along’ to the musical Grease (with a cut-price offer for students); and on Sunday the Festival Mass in St Michael & All Angels Church will feature music from the Coronation including Parry’s I Was Glad and Handel’s Zadok The Priest.

“There’s a fantastic array of music this week at the Festival and we really hope people will come and enjoy these great performances on their doorstep” says the vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Fr Kevin Morris. “We’re particularly glad there’s so much for – and by – young people, including the Marriage of Figaro which has been organised by Milly Forrest who played Annie in our children’s musical a decade ago!”

Tickets can be booked online at www.bedfordparkfestival.org/l/events?cat=7

On Monday June 17th at 7.30 for 8pm at St Michael’s, Kosmos Ensemble (Milos Milivojevic – accordion; Harriet Mackenzie – violin; and Meg Hamilton – viola) will perform their own compositions and improvisations inspired by Gypsy, Jewish, Balkan, Arabic, tango and jazz music. Richard Morrison, chief music critic of The Times, says Kosmos have “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship. I defy you not to be mesmerized.”

On Thursday 20 th at 1pm there’s a lunchtime recital in The Studio in Blenheim Road, and at 7.30 for 8pm LYSO (London Youth Symphony Orchestra) present Mozart’s light-hearted opera The Marriage of Figaro in St Michael’s Church. The orchestra is made up of students from the London Conservatoires and is now considered to be one of the leading youth orchestras in London.

On Friday 21 st there’s a Benjamin Britten Centenary Celebration in a beautiful Bedford Park house. It will start with a recital, including Abraham and Isaac, sung by Sarah Barham and Michael Solomon Williams, accompanied by Peter Foggitt. After an interval with Champagne and canapés, Torin Douglas will interview Sir Humphrey Maud, one of ‘Britten's Children', to whose family Britten dedicated The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

On Saturday 22 nd , it’s a Summer Night BBQ followed by Sing-along-a-Grease (organised by the team behind Sing-along-a-Sound-of-Music) in St Michaels Church. After a warm up at 6.30pm with the evening’s host, people can enjoy watching the film on a big screen, while singing and dancing along in fancy dress. And there’s a special £5 ticket offer to encourage all Chiswick’s musical theatre students to come along and show how it’s done!

On Sunday 23 rd , at 10am the Festival comes to a climax with music from the Coronation at the Festival Mass in St Michael & All Angels Church, led by the Bedford Park Festival Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Jonathan Dods. The music will include Parry’s I Was Glad, Handel’s Zadok The Priest and Standford’s Gloria.



St Michael & All Angels
June 8th to 23rd 2013


June 19, 2013