Top Quality Music In A Convivial Setting
Grove Park Music Festival will reunite musicians from previous concerts
Life and 'art' became intertwined for a music conductor during the first Grove Park Music Festival when he parked his car on Chiswick Mall and returned to find it deep in Thames water -the Water Music he was rehearsing had become something of a reality!
Notwithstanding that drama, the festival, which has been a popular biennial celebration of music in Chiswick since it was founded in 2000, is gearing up for its next celebration of music in W4. It was founded and inspired by Julie Kennard, an internationally acclaimed singer who lives in Grove Park. This Festival will be bringing together of the artists who have taken part in previous Festivals to celebrate what has been a fantastic series of concerts.
Festivals have brought a wide spectrum of top quality live music to people of all ages in the area and attracted many top international names in the music world to this comparatively small area of West London. These include Kings College Choir, John Williams, Martin Taylor, James Bowman and Laurence Cummings. They have had performances from the most highly talented young musicians, many of whom have gone on to great musical careers, including Guy Johnston, Gwilym Simcock, the Elias Quartet, Genesis 16 and the Virtuosi Strings of Wells Cathedral School.
This year’s 9th Finale Festival will be a bringing together of the artists who have taken part in Festivals over the years to celebrate what has been a fantastic series of concerts. This year’s Festival will have something for everyone in three very different performances: the first will be the brilliant and powerful Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 directed by Laurence Cummings on 14th October at St Nicholas Church W4 2PH, the second an evening with the Great Artists from our Festivals on 16th October at St Michael’s Church W4 3DYand the third final event will be a grand Big Band Finale on 22nd October at the Musical Museum in Brentford TW8 0DU. All start at 7.30pm.
As Julie Kennard, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival said; “Our aim is top quality music in convivial atmospheres and settings. The 9 Festivals (including this last one in 2016) have been run by a voluntary committee of local residents with sponsorship from local companies and generous support from individual Members, Benefactors and Patrons. Andrew Nunn, a local estate agent, has been our tremendous headline corporate sponsor and many others have been exceptionally generous to us."
How have you managed to put on these concerts on?
"Whilst we can plan for most eventualities, there is always something unforeseen that occurs. For instance, during our first festival, the conductor parked his car on Chiswick Mall and returned to find it deep in Thames water -the Water Music he was rehearsing had become something of a reality!
"Over the festivals, it has been very important to us to work closely with artists and to ensure that they are well catered for in a relaxed atmosphere, even for example, providing sun-loungers for a power-nap before the concert. The more-active explore the area with a stroll around Grove Park and along the river. They are all delighted to be invited back. "
Why is this the Finale Festival?
Details for the Festival Finale of three concerts in October 2016
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
Great artists from our Festivals
Big Band Finale POWERHOUSE!
President Sir Peter Blake
September 27, 2016