59th ASHWELL MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 2012
The annual Music Festival offers a diverse and exciting range of renowned performers again this year including classical, swing, a duet, the ever popular tribute band and poetry reading. The Rockabellas, a glamorous close harmony trio will start the Festival on Saturday 19th May in St. Mary’s Church. Singing a nostalgic mix of toe-tapping tunes from the wartime right through to the modern day, the trio mix song, choreography and fashion.
This is followed by Betjeman and Beethoven on Sunday 20th May – an evening of poetry and 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 reading John Betjeman’s poems to musical accompaniment.
This concert and two others will be followed by Sung Compline, performed by the gentlemen of St. Mary’s Church Choir.
Young people from Ashwell, Baldock and the surrounding area will perform in the traditional Young Musicians’ Concert on Tuesday 22nd May. A mix of classical and lighter music will be performed by the Breakspear Trio and Friends on Thursday 24th May. The trio of high calibre musicians consists of piano, soprano and French horn and will be joined by other musical associates during the evening.
At the United Reformed Church on Friday 25th May a “Magical Evening” of 19th and 20th Century British fairy songs will be performed by international musicians Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano) and Danielle Perrett (harp). Music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Roger Quilter and Michael Head will be included at this tranquil venue.
Topping the bill on Saturday 26th May will be The Stones Tribute Band – a serious tribute to one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Book your tickets early for this not to be missed concert.
The Festival will conclude with Festal Evensong on Sunday 27th May, with guest preacher The Rev’d. Canon Richard Watson, Sub Dean of St. Albans Cathedral.
More information on the Festival can be found on a re-launched website www.ashwellmusicfestival.org.uk
Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01462 742979
Further information is available from:
Tony Gee on 01462 742334 or Judy Banham on 01462 742559.