It's Festival Time Again

Next month’s Bedford Park Festival will feature many of Chiswick’s professional artists, musicians, directors and performers, starting with the Green Days Fete on June 7th

A painting of St Michael & All Angels Church, by the Royal Academician William Bowyer, is the poster for this year’s Summer Exhibition in the Church. It will be raffled to raise money for this year’s Festival charity - the St Mary’s Convent and Nursing Home Appeal. The Exhibition is sponsored by The Green.

The witty songs of Flanders & Swann will be performed at The Last Night of the Festival by local singers and musicians, including Father Kevin Morris, the vicar of St Michael’s, which organises the annual community event. The late Michael Flanders and his wife Claudia lived in Bedford Park.

And the director Simon Curtis, who made the BBC’s award-winning David Copperfield and Man and Boy (filmed locally), will talk about his career in theatre, film and TV . He’s directed stars such as Hugh Grant, Maggie Smith and John Malkovich and also cast Daniel Radcliffe as the young Copperfield, paving the way for his subsequent career as Harry Potter.

Top local musicians appearing in this year’s Festival include the leader of the London Mozart Players, David Juritz, performing in the Summer Serenade; BBC Radio 3’s Sandy Burnett, who’ll not only conduct Bach by Candlelight but also lead the Sandy Burnett Quartet in an evening of Friday Night Jazz; and two ska-reggae bands who’ll perform in the open air on Green Days weekend, No. 1 Station and Freetown.

The Festival opens with the traditional village Green Days Fete and Craft Fair on Acton Green, opposite St Michael’s Church and Turnham Green tube station. The two-day event offers attractions for all the family with dodgems, fairground rides, stalls, food, and entertainment on the Bandstand. There’s a beer tent, a champagne lottery, and the ever-popular Win-a-Meal Contest, with prizes of a free meal for two at dozens of local restaurants (sponsored by

And the children’s 5-a-side Football Tournament has proved so popular that this year it’s been extended into a second day.

For more details and a full Festival programme, contact the parish office of St Michael & All Angels Church on 020 8994 1380, or visit the Festival Website

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