STRATFORD ON AVON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014
The Stratford on Avon Music Festival starts on Thursday 16 October and runs until Saturday 25 October, with a fantastic line-up* of names from the classical, jazz and folk worlds.
Some of this year's many Festival highlights include:
CRAIG OGDEN, whose concert was a sell-out three years ago returns to the Town Hall on Thursday 23 October at 7.30pm. His programme will range from the evocative music of the Elizabethan lutenists through music for the romantic guitar to popular works of today.
Cellist GUY JOHNSTON with pianist Simon Lane will perform at the Town Hall; the concert being held in conjunction with the Stratford upon Avon Chamber Music Society on Sunday 19 October. The programme includes Beethoven‘s powerful G Minor Sonata for Cello and Piano, Schumann’s romantic Fantasy Pieces and Fauré's famous Elegy.
All-girl choral ensemble, THE MEDIAEVAL BAEBES are taking the world by storm and have performed before enthusiastic audiences in the UK, United States, Canada, Asia and Europe in venues ranging from castles and caves to cathedrals and Renaissance fayres. Pulling lyrics from mediaeval texts and setting them to original scores using mediaeval and classical instruments, whilst singing in an impressive array of long forgotten languages, the Mediaeval Baebes offer a unique musical beauty and outstanding talent. They will sing in Holy Trinity Church on Friday 17 October.
HANNAH STONE, harpist to the Prince of Wales makes a very welcome appearance in St. Helen‘s Church in Clifford Chambers with flautist, Renata Sokolovska on the evening of Friday 24 October at 7.30pm, whilst musicians and actors from the RSC join together in an evening of Shakespeare’s songs at the Town Hall on Tuesday 21 October.
Newcomer to the Music Festival is ED PROSEK, an exceptionally talented singer/songwriter whose sublime orchestral folk music has started to attract worldwide acclaim. He has become known for his version of Simon and Garfunkel‘s ’Homeward Bound‘ which was the chosen soundtrack to a recent TV ad for Cathedral City cheddar cheese! With his classical and folk background (Prosek’s father is an accomplished opera composer) Californian-born Ed - originally from San Francisco and now based in Brighton, UK - brings a double bassist, cellist and mandolin player with him for an evening which is sure to delight and entertain. Don't miss his concert at The Bear Pit Theatre on Wednesday 22 October at 8pm.
The Festival finale, ELAINE DELMAR SINGS GERSHWIN AND PORTER will take place on Saturday 25 October.
One of the great British jazz voices of all time, ELAINE DELMAR brings her acclaimed interpretations of two of the greatest songbooks ever to the stage, alongside internationally acclaimed pianist Brian Dee and his band.
Accompanied by a stellar group of musicians, Elaine performs classic arrangements of George Gershwin and Cole Porter, as well as taking a fresh new look at some of the 20th Century's most iconic music.
Including numbers such as: S'Wonderful, Embraceable You, Begin the Begine, Night and Day, Summertime, I Get A Kick Out Of You … and many more
“Among the multitude of good jazz singers in Britain, there is not one who can surpass Elaine Delmar”
*All artists are subject to change.
The Stratford on Avon Music Festival is funded by the Stratford Town Trust and Arts Council England. These are backed up by a significant contribution from sponsors, trusts, Friends and other supporters.
BECOME A FESTIVAL FRIEND
If you appreciate the importance of live music and enjoy performances of the highest professional quality, why not support the Festival by becoming a Friend?
With 2014 subscription rates remaining at just £20 for an individual and £30 for a couple, the many benefits of our Friends membership include: priority booking, invitations to special Friends events, an invitation to the Festival Opening Reception and subscription to the Friends newsletter which includes advance notification of Festival plans, and more.
Your extra support is invaluable and helps us to continue engaging international artists with exciting and varied programmes.
If you would like to become a Friend of the Festival please contact Friends Coordinator, Jane Cromack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
For up-to-date information on the programme for the 2014 Festival please email your full details to: email@example.com or phone the Festival office on 01789 298197. To write to the Festival office, please send correspondence to: Stratford on Avon Music Festival, Wood Bank Chambers, 8 Wood Street, Stratford upon Avon CV37 6JE.
EDUCATION PROGRAMME & FAMILY CONCERTS
Each year, the Stratford on Avon Music Festival includes a lively programme featuring many of the artists performing at the Festival. If your school would like to be involved in the 2014 education programme please contact Ambrose Miller, Artistic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER MUSIC SITES & EVENTS
To keep up to date with what's happening musically in the local area see the following sites:
- Stratford upon Avon Folk Club
- Stratford Jazz
- Leamington Music
- Chipping Campden International Music Festival
- Music to your Ears
Recommended hotels during the Festival: