Bedford Park Festival Event Programme

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The 45th Bedford Park Festival


Events in Chiswick

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A fortnight of art, crafts, comedy, dance,
fancy dress, film, food, football, fun, music, poetry, photography and gardens

Friday 10 June – Friday 17 June

The Bedford Park Summer Exhibition
Preview Party: Be the first to see and buy works by local artists of all ages at a reception with wine and music. Raffle tickets on sale for the sculpture ‘Ali Cat’ by Kit Line until 17 June. All works are for sale and 30% of the proceeds go to the Festival causes. NB: Credit cards not accepted.
Preview: Friday 10 June, 6.30pm-9pm. General Opening: Saturday 11 June – Friday 17 June, 12 Noon-7pm daily, except Sunday 12 June 11.30am-6pm
St Michael & All Angels Church. Admission free. Catalogue £1

Saturday 11 June

Carolin Widmann: House Concert
An intimate concert in a beautiful Bedford Park house, followed by refreshments. International concert violinist Carolin Widmann performs J.S. Bach Partita in B minor BWV 1002; Lili Boulanger Nocturne; E. Ysaye Sonata N. 2 'Obsession'; Lili Boulanger Cortège; L. Berio Sequenza VIII. Accompanied by Barry Jobling (Piano).
8pm. 15 Priory Avenue. Tickets £12

Sunday 12 June

The Magic of Musicals
West End diva Rosie Ashe (the original ‘Carlotta’ in Phantom of the Opera, ‘Felicia Gabriel’ in The Witches of Eastwick and ‘Madame Thenardier’ in Les Miserables) presents songs from the world's greatest musicals. Accompanied by pianist Jonathan Cohen (Play Away, MusicTime). “From the opening number…the smile rarely leaves your face” The Stage.
7.30pm. Tabard Theatre. Tickets £12

Monday 13 June

Duo Nuevo – Inspired by Dance
Ruth Corney (Flute) and Sam Cave (Guitar/Composer) perform a virtuosic programme of dance-inspired music from around the world, from pavane to tango.,
7.30pm for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £12, £9*

Dudley Sutton: Old Enough To Know Better
Acute and personal political insights, vulgar verse and torrid prose from the misspent life of actor Dudley Sutton (Tinker in Lovejoy, Norman in Skins, Cockneys v Zombies). 'Genius...' his agent.' 'Idiot...' his Dad. Contains strong language, not suitable for children.
8pm. Tabard Theatre. Tickets £12

Wednesday 15 June

Strictly Rambert
Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company, talks about the world-famous company, based in Chiswick, and his own award-winning career as dancer and choreographer, in conversation with the BBC’s Torin Douglas. With archive footage, questions from the audience and a chance to become a member of Rambert’s Chiswick Friends. Sponsored by Savills.
7.30pm for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £12, £9*

Thursday 16 June

Lunch Recital: Faure, Finzi, Britten & Schumann
Alice Grattan (Soprano), Steven Irwin (Tenor) and Cecily Lock (Piano) perform songs by Gabriel Faure; Gerald Finzi's settings of Thomas Hardy poems; Benjamin Britten's song cycle 'On This Island' and duets by Robert Schumann. Refreshments available. Bring a picnic to have afterwards in the garden.
1pm. The Studio, 2a Blenheim Road. Tickets £12, in advance only from Rosalind Leney 020 8994 0762

Punch and Judy: That's the way to do it!
After 350 years, Mr Punch is still fighting his nagging wife, the police, and a sausage-fixated crocodile. Through the puppets themselves, Alix Booth presents an entertaining history of Punch & Judy, challenging the popular opinion that Punch is a sadist with a stick. Not suitable for children.
7.30pm for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £12, 9*

Friday 17 June

The Mikado
Opera Novella Productions presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s much-loved operetta, featuring singers from the D'Oyly Carte and St Michael's very own Father Kevin Morris in the title role. Accompanied by a live chamber orchestra, this comic and musical masterpiece includes all the favourites: A Wandering Minstrel, I've Got A Little List, Three Little Maids From School, and The Sun Whose Rays. ‘Sally-Ann Shepherdson’s Yum-Yum was exemplary’ The Independent.
7pm for 7.30pm. St Michael & All Angels Church. Tickets £20, 10*

Friday 17 June – Sunday 19 June

Artists at Home 2011
67 artists and craft-workers in Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush open their home-based studios.
Fri 6-9pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm. Free

Saturday 18 June

Children’s Book Festival
Readings and entertainment for young children by some of their favourite authors, with refreshments and activities. Watch for details on posters
10am. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Donations welcome.

Justin Lavender: Champagne Recital
Operatic and concert tenor Justin Lavender has performed leading roles at Covent Garden, La Scala and Sydney Opera House. He’ll perform Schumann’s Dichterliebe song cycle and opera arias. Hear Justin singing at Champagne and canapés in a beautiful Bedford Park house and garden.
7.30pm for 8pm. 22 Woodstock Road. Tickets £30.

Sunday 19 June

Bach Cantata No 21 and Façade
Giles Ridley leads the West London Players and Singers with soloists Alice Grattan (Soprano) Tom Cragg (Tenor) and Jim Wills (Bass). Purcell Funeral Music for Queen Mary; JS Bach Cantata No 21 - Ich hatte viel Bekëmmernis. Façade, an entertainment with poems by Edith Sitwell and music by William Walton, is played by a Festival Consort of Instrumentalists and Reciters.
7.30pm. St Michael & All Angels Church. Retiring collection

Monday 20 June

Tantalising Tango: The London Tango Quintet
Five of the UK's leading musicians take us on an exhilarating journey through the sumptuous Tango music of Astor Piazzolla. Brilliant accordionist Milos Milivojevic, Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso Craig Ogden, international violinist David Juritz, pianist extraordinaire Tim Carey and outstanding bass player Richard Pryce.
Followed by Supper!
After the performance, supper will be served in the Michael Room upstairs, where the entertainment will continue. Places limited, so book early.
7pm for 7.30pm. St Michael & All Angels Church. Tickets for concert £12, £9*. Tickets for concert and supper £25, £20*

Wednesday 22 June and Thursday 23 June

Art: Chiswick & Bedford Park School
Vibrant and inspiring works of art from pupils aged 4 to 11.
Wed: 9.15am-11.45am & 1pm-6pm; Thu: 11am-3pm. St Michael & All Angels Church. Free

Wednesday 22 June

Some Beautiful Morning: the Poetry of Daybreak
Bring a favourite “morning” poem to read (max. 25 lines) - your own, or one by a well-known poet - or sit back & enjoy those of others. Special guest Blake Morrison, author of autobiography, fiction and poetry, will select poems that have moved and engaged him. Hosted by local poets Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cahal Dallat. Refreshments available.
7.30pm for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £7.50

Thursday 23 June

Lunch Recital: Schubert, Franck & Gershwin
Lana Trotovsek (Violin) and Yoko Misumi (Piano) are members of the international award winning ‘The Greenwich Trio’. Refreshments available. Bring a picnic to have in the garden afterwards.
1pm. The Studio, 2a Blenheim Road. Tickets £12, in advance only from Rosalind Leney 020 8994 0762

Thursday 23 June

Corpus Christi Mass
Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor; Bairstow: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
8pm. St Michael & All Angels Church. All welcome.

Friday 24 June – Sunday 26 June

Bedford Park Photographic Exhibition and Competition
For photographers of all ages - see website and noticeboards for entry details, including Royal Wedding Day entries. Raffle tickets on sale for a sitting and portrait by Vibeke Dahl. Sponsored by Snappy Snaps.
Preview Party: Friday 6.30-8.30pm. Refreshments available. General Opening: Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11.30am-5.30pm. Prize Giving: Sunday 5.30pm (voting closes 5pm). St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £1, 50p*

Saturday 25 June

The Bedford Park Film Festival
From early Green Days to Nuns On The Run, Bedford Park is preserved forever on film. Torin Douglas presents some nostalgic and hilarious clips. Plus the winning films in the new Festival Shorts competition for 12-18s, judged by Chiswick Oscar-winner Colin Firth (entry details: With fish & chips in the interval.
7pm for 7.30pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £15, 12*

Sunday 26 June

Festival Mass
Solemn Sung Eucharist: The Bedford Park Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Mozart: Waisenhausmesse. Conductor Jonathan Dods.
10am. St Michael & All Angels Church. All welcome

Festival Mass Lunch
Lunch in the Vicarage Garden after Mass.
from 12.30pm. Vicarage Garden. Tickets £7.50, £3*

Bedford Park Open Gardens
Visit around a dozen of the most beautiful private gardens in Bedford Park. Entry by ticket (and map) from St Michael’s Parish Hall, where cream teas are on sale. Sponsored by Andrew Nunn & Associates.
2-6pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £6, children free

The Bedford Park Walk
A tour of the key architectural and literary features of Bedford Park led by architect John Scott and lecturer Dr Pamela Bickley. Cream teas on sale afterwards. Sponsored by Andrew Nunn & Associates.
3-5pm. Meet 3pm in St Michael & All Angels Church. Tickets £7.50

Rosalind Leney’s Pupils’ Concert
Piano solos, 18th & 19th Century music and children’s pieces. Refreshments available.
6pm. The Studio, 2a Blenheim Road. Tickets £5, in advance only from Rosalind Leney 020 8994 0762

May 23, 2011