Ashwell Music Festival 2018


Saturday 19th May to Sunday 27th May

Hatstand Opera Company 'Lights Camera Action' © David Calvert 2006

Saturday 19th May 7.30pm

Hatstand Opera, “Lights, Camera, Action!”

St Mary’s Church

The songs behind famous movies from opera to silver screen classics. It includes ‘Ebben?…lontana’ from cult classic ‘Diva’ and tear-jerkers from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’. Then, after the intermission, it’s non-stop wonderful award-winning songs that’ll send you ‘Over the Rainbow’ or even ‘Way Out West’ with supercalifragilistic delight! Play it (again) Sam!”
Also opportunity to ‘meet the cast’ afterwards over drinks and canapés.
“Opera has never been so much fun.”

Sunday 20th May 7.30pm

Cantate Youth Choir

St Mary’s Church

Cantante Choir

An internationally acclaimed youth choir who have sung in the Albert Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral. Renowned for their exciting, dynamic performances and refined music Cantate is recognised as one of the best youth choirs in the country. “Breathtakingly brilliant”

Monday 21st May 8.00pm – Fringe

An evening of Folk and Country

The Bushel & Strike – tickets at door

‘Folk, Country, Blues and More’
An Open Mike Night at the Bushel and Strike Pub showcasing local talent.
A chance to soak up the village atmosphere in song. Relax with a drink and join in if you like.

Tuesday 22nd May 7.30pm

The Young Musicians

St Mary’s Church

Pupils from Ashwell Primary School and Knights Templar School, together with St Mary’s Church Junior Choir.
“Amazing local talent”

Followed by Compline sung by the gentlemen of St Mary’s Choir.
“Timeless spirituality”

Thursday 24th May 7.30pm

Gaby Manoukian and Bernard Perkins “Serenade for a Summer Evening”

St Mary’s Church

Gaby and Bernard are classical solo singers who will delight us with a traditional selection of serenades, accompanied by Vincent Wade, bringing us the warmth and joy of a summer evening. Gaby is originally from this area but is now in Sussex and is looking forward to returning here. Gaby and Bernard will be accompanied by Vincent Wade on the piano.

Followed by Compline sung by the gentlemen of St Mary’s Choir. “Timeless spirituality”

Friday 25th May 7.30pm – Fringe

Ashwell Stage School, Music from the Shows

Ashwell Village Hall – tickets from Post-Office

A light-hearted evening of music from the shows performed by the talented children of Ashwell Stage School.
“Enjoy the West End entertainment.”

Opus One © 2006

Saturday 26th May 7.30pm

Opus One, An evening of Glen Miller

St Mary’s Church

If you enjoy the music of the 1940s you will love the sound of this professional Big Band and their vocalists. Opus one are the leaders in WWII nostalgia music with genuine Glenn Miller AEF uniforms. A very special event not to be missed.

Sunday 27th May 6.30pm

The Choir of St Mary’s, Festal Evensong

St Mary’s Church

A traditional full choral Evensong with Guest Conductor, Organist and Preacher. Music from Stanford, Gibbons, Handel and Ayleward. “Worship in the highest”

Conductor: Christopher Bucknall BA(Hons) ARCO St John and St Andrew Church, Chelsea
Organist: Paul Bryan FRCO, GRSM, ARCM

Ashwell Festal Evensong

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Ashwell Music Festival
The Beacon
103 Station Road

For attending the festival, point your sat nav to: SG7 5QQ