Ashwell Music Festival 2018


Saturday 19th May to Sunday 27th May 2012

Saturday, 19th May, 7:30pm

The Rockabellas

St Mary’s Church – £15, u16 £7.50


Harmonies and curves in all the right places!

Combining stunning close-harmony vocals with bespoke big band arrangements, clever choregraphy and pin-up couture the Rockabellas serve up a nostaligic mix of toe tapping tunes from wartime songbirds and swing sensations right through to modern day pop. Guaranteed to lift the spirits !!

Sunday, 20th May, 7.00pm

Betjeman & Beethoven

St Mary’s Church – £15, u16 £7.50

The Montagnana Ensemble and Crispin Bonham-Carter

The Montagnana Ensemble and Crispin Bonham-Carter

Poetry & Music put together by Catherine Wilmers, renowned cellist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Montagnana Ensemble will perform the Beethoven Septet followed by Crispin Bonham-Carter, well known TV, film and theatre actor (Mr Bingley in Pride and Prejudice) reading John Betjeman’s poems to a musical accompaniment.

During the interval canapés will be served courtesy of Capers.

Sung Compline

Tuesday 22nd May, 7.00pm

Young Musicians’ Concert

St Mary’s Church

An evening celebrating the talents of young people from Ashwell School, Knights Templar School and St Mary’s Junior Choir.

Always a popular evening with music of a very high standard.

Admission free but with a retiring collection.

Sung Compline

St Mary’s Church

Tonight’s concert will be followed by the gentlemen of St Mary’s Choir singing the ancient plainsong service of Compline – a peaceful and moving end to the day.

Thursday, 24th May, 7.30pm

Breakspear Trio & Friends

St Mary’s Church – £10, u16 £5

Breakspear Trio and Friends

Breakspear Trio and Friends

The Breakspear Trio comprising husband and wife Tony and Anita Catterick (Horn and Soprano), with Pianist Anna le Hair, have been performing together since 2007. Having explored the select but varied repertoire for Soprano, Horn and Piano, the Trio was joined in 2010 by Clarinettist Suzannah Hart, and Soprano Tina Gibbons giving greater scope and variety to their programmes.

The centrepiece of their programme will be one of Schubert’s greatest songs ‘Shepherd on the Rock’ that features a clarinet obbligato part.  Also in the concert will be works by Bach, Purcell, Götze, Cornelius, Julian Dawes, Offenbach and Shostakovich.

Friday, 25th May, 7.30pm

Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano) and Danielle Perrett (harp)

United Reform Church – £10, u16 £5

Charlotte de Rothschild (l) and Danielle Perrett

‘A Magical Evening’

Charlotte and Danielle have worked together since 1993 and are one of the most successful soprano and harp duos around. In the past decade they have toured France, South Korea, Japan, USA and UK.

The duo specialise in creating original themed evenings. Tonight’s performance – ‘A Magical Evening’ – is a fascinating collection of 19th and 20th century British fairy songs  featuring evil spirits, elves, knights in armour, leprechauns and beautiful maidens. It  includes music by composers such as Charles Villiers Stanford, Roger Quilter and Michael Head.

Saturday, 26th May 7.30pm

The Stones (Tribute Band)

St Mary’s Church – £20, u16 £10

The legendary Rolling Stones were formed in London in 1962. The original line up of Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman was later added to, first by Mick Taylor and then by Ronnie Woods, both in turn replacing Brian Jones.
Universally known as ‘The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World’, they have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, with hits such as ‘Satisfaction’, Start Me Up’, Honky Tonk Woman’ and Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, to name but a few – all known the world over.

Now ‘The Stones’ bring to the stage all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert. This is not a ‘tongue in cheek’ approach, but a serious tribute to their music.

The greatest tribute band in the world pays tribute to the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.

The current line up of the Band and the Rolling Stones member they most represent is:

Ben – Vocals / Harmonica/ Percussion – Mick Jagger
Richard – Guitar/Vocals – Keith Richards.
Jason – Guitar / Vocals – Mick Taylor
Steve – Bass / Vocals – Bill Wyman
Wayne – Drums – Charlie Watts
JBlack – Keyboards / Guitar / Percussion / Vocals / Nicky Hopkins

Their repertoire covers songs from all periods of The Rolling Stones career, but the majority of songs are from the 60’s and 70’s

Sunday, 27th May, 6.30pm

Festal Evensong

St Mary’s Church

Ashwell Festal Evensong

A traditional 1662 full Choral Evensong with Guest Conductor, Organist and Preacher.
‘Our choir at its best’

Music including: C H H Parry, Herbert Howells, Kenneth Leighton, John Ireland and Claudio Monteverdi
Music Director: Judith Catterick MBE
Guest Conductor: Michael Smedley BMus. ARCM, Founder and Conductor of the Oxford Pro Musica Singers.
Guest Organist: Paul Bryan Organist, Ely Cathedral Singers
Guest Preacher: The Rev’d Canon Richard Watson, Sub Dean of St Albans Catherdral

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