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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


Friday 23 June Violin and Piano Recital Michelle Carte, Violin, Anthea Fry, Piano. Programme: Beethoven, Sonata in E flat Op 12 No 3; Dvorak, Sonata in F Op 57; John Ireland, Sonata No 1 in D minor.
The Studio, 2a Blenheim Road. Refreshments available.
Tickets £12 only in advance from Rosalind Leney 020 8994 0762
Friday 23 June
Sunday 25 June

Bedford Park Photographic Exhibition and Competition

For photographers of all ages. Entry forms from Snappy Snaps, the Parish Office, and Lad's Newsagents, Bedford Corner. Overall winner to be judged by photographer Vibeke Dahl . Supported by Snappy Snaps .

Raffle tickets on sale for a sitting and portrait by Vibeke Dahl. Draw at Prize Giving.

Preview Party : Friday 6.30-9.30pm
Refreshments available.

Opening Times
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11.30am-5.30pm

Prize Giving Sunday 5.30pm (Voting closes 5pm)

St Michael's Parish Hall upstairs.
Admission £1 (50p for children) on the door. Price includes catalogue and voting form.

Saturday 24 June The End of the Pier Show . . . or Chips with Everything. Starring Ian Belsey, baritone, and Kevin Morris, vicar, with members of the Parish, in a light-hearted evening of monologues and songs. Song sheets provided. Fish and chips included. Refreshments available.

St Michael's Parish Hall upstairs. £15 (including food)

Sunday 25 June .... Festival Mass Solemn Sung Eucharist with the Bedford Park Festival Orchestra and Chorus Mozart Krönungsmesse K317 Daniel Webb conductor St Michael's Church, 10am.
Festival Mass Lunch Lunch in the Vicarage garden for all who attended Mass.
Vicarage garden
£6 (£3 for children, full-time students and the unemployed)
Open Gardens
Visit some of the most beautiful private gardens in Bedford Park. Ticket and maps from St Michael's Parish Hall where cream teas are on sale. St Michael's Parish Hall.
2 - 6pm
£5 (£2.50 for children, full-time students and the unemployed), or family ticket £10.
Rosalind Leney's Pupils' Concert A varied programme by piano students aged 6 to 17. 6pm. The Studio, 2a Blenheim Road,W4.
Tickets: £3, only in advance from Rosalind Leney on 020 8994 0762.

June 23, 2006