Radio 3 man makes Bach to Back performances

BBC Radio 3 presenter Sandy Burnett will pull off a musical double with two contrasting events at the Bedford Park Festival

On Sunday June 8th, at 7.30pm, he will conduct a performance of two Bach Cantatas by the West London Bach Consort & Players. And on Friday, June 13th, at 8pm, he's performing as a bass player with the Sandy Burnett Quartet in the Friday Night Jazz concert. Both events take place in St Michael & All Angels Church, Bath Road, close to Turnham Green tube station.

"St Michael's is a great music venue and has a good catchment area both for classical music and jazz" says Sandy, who presents Radio 3's breakfast programme, as well as a series of live concerts every August from the Edinburgh Festival.

"This is our fourth successive Festival appearance with the jazz night" he says. "Making a return visit is one of London's most personable saxophonists, Martin Hathaway. We're also delighted to introduce tyro pianist Leon Greening, who's won awards in the Royal & SunAlliance Jazz competition, and a medal from the Musicians' Company. Despite his youth, Leon's style is firmly rooted in the classic jazz tradition.

"Completing the line-up is Phil Lee, distinguished guitarist whose jazz CV is longer than anyone's arm. Over the last four decades he's worked with artists of the stature of Benny Goodman, Michel Legrand, and Jessye Norman."

The jazz concert is sponsored by Starbucks Chiswick and the money raised will go to this year's Festival cause, St Mary's Convent & Nursing Home Appeal. Admission to the Friday Night Jazz is £10 on the door (with concessions for students), while tickets for the Bach are £5.

The Bedford Park Festival will be opened at 11am on Saturday June 7th by Radio 4's John Humphrys, as part of the Green Days fete on Acton Green, opposite Turnham Green tube station.

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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