2014 Festival Programme

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Friday 2nd May

Sherborne Abbey 1.30pm Opening the festival on Friday 2nd MaySherborne School’s Brass Ensemble will be playing music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Vivaldi, Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Debussy. • The Music School, Sherborne School 3.45pmSherborne School Swing Band will play music by Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller.  The swing band is building a huge reputation locally and this concert will be followed by a Caribbean tour with the same programme. • Sherborne Abbey 6.00pm – The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev’d Nicholas Holtam, was vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields for 16 years before he was appointed to the historic see of Salisbury in 2011. He is a trustee of the National Churches Trust, chairs the Church of England Committee for Ministry with and among deaf and disabled people and was the first Church of England Bishop to support same-sex marriage. He is vice-president of the Royal School of Church Music and is an honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. His talk on The Art of Worship takes its title from his most recent book, The Art of Worship: Paintings, Prayers and Readings for Meditation, published by Yale University Press in association with the National Gallery, London. • The Big School Room, Sherborne School 8.00pm – Festival-goers will be treated to an evening of sophisticated and seductive jazz song from the great Stacey Kent, on her first UK tour of her new album, The Changing Lights. One of the world’s finest jazz interpreters, the American-born singer will be performing Brazilian-influenced songs, including Bossa Nova classics such as How Insensitive, alongside originals from the song-writing team of Jim Tomlinson and novelist Kazuo Ishiguro (author of Never Let Me Go, The Remains of the Day, etc). The new album has been compared to “a stroll along the sands of Ipanema.”

Saturday 3rd May

Sherborne Girls School (Stuart Centre) 10.00amThe Fieri Consort, which was founded in 2012, will lead a madrigal workshop (most suitable for those 14yrs and older) at Sherborne Girls School on the morning of Saturday 3rd May, followed by a concert in the Abbey at 2pmRead the full details here. The singers met studying on The Sixteen’s young artists programme, Genesis Sixteen. The consort was set up to enable them to continue singing together and exploring similar musical interests. They specialise in music from the early and contemporary repertoire. Members sing with many other groups, including The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Tenebrae and many London churches. • Sherborne Abbey 10.30am – Sherborne School’s Close Harmony and Unplugged gives a concert of songs from shows by Elton John and Stephen Schwarz, and music by Eric Clapton and Mumford & Sons. • Sherborne Abbey 2.00pm – The culmination of its earlier Madrigal Workshop, The Fieri Consort concert in the Abbey is on the theme of Gloriana, English music from three centuries, including Britten’s Gloriana Dances, a selection from The Trumpets of Oriana book of madrigals and favourite madrigals from A Garland for the Queen, written for Queen Elizabeth II. • Castleton Church 4.00pm – A feature of every festival since 2000, Rossignol is a chamber ensemble of local professional musicians. This year Rossignol’s concert is Eine Kleine Nachmittagsmusik, at Castleton Church. The programme includes works by Telemann and Bach, and other Renaissance and Baroque composers. • Sherborne Abbey 7.30pmSir James Galway, who gives a recital in Sherborne Abbey on Saturday 3rd May, is one of Britain’s best-loved musicians, an internationally renowned virtuoso whose career has taken him from concert platforms around the world, including six years as principal flute with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan, to recording with Ireland’s leading folk band, The Chieftains, and playing in The Wall – Live in Berlin, with Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. He also recorded music from the sound-track of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Sunday 4th May

• Sherborne Abbey 9.30am – Abbey Choir, Festival Eucharist. • Castleton Church 11.15am – Harmonia Singers, Sung Mattins. • Castleton Church 3.00pm – Sherborne Young Singers, an all-girl choir from six local schools performing sacred and secular music, sings For The Beauty of the Earth, including works by Britten, Tavener and Rutter. • Sherborne Abbey 5.00pm – combined choirs of Romsey Abbey & Sherborne Abbey, Choral Evensong. The Eastbury Hotel 6.00pm – Patrons’ EveningBig School Room, Sherborne School 7.45pm – Renowned for its eclectic mix of international stars and local talent, this year’s Sherborne Abbey Festival broadens the programme with a first visit by the exuberant Jiving Lindy Hoppers and Harry Strutters’ Hot Rhythm Orchestra, with an irresistible invitation to join them for an evening “Swinging at the Cotton Club”. The Cotton Club was the famous New York nightclub that attracted the rich and famous to the black ghetto of Harlem in the 1920s and 30s.  At a time when black musicians had to enter hotels or concert halls by the back door, the Cotton Club was a mecca for white and black music-lovers alike to  hear America’s greatest jazz musicians, composers, band-leaders, singers and dancers. The list of performers at the club includes Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Bojangles and the dancing Nicholas Brothers. The Jiving Lindy Hoppers, arguably the world’s leading jazz dancers, and Harry Strutters’ Hot Rhythm Orchestra celebrate this fabulous, legendary nightclub and its enduring legacy. They are accompanied by vocalist Marlene Hill and compere and singer Megs Etherington.

Monday 5th May

• Sherborne Abbey 10.30am – Malcolm Archer.  We are delighted that Malcolm, formerly Organist at Wells Cathedral, Director of Music at St. Paul’s and original member of our festival committee, will return to play a programme of English, French and German music including Bach’s magnificent Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, plus works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Archer, Franck and Vierne. Malcolm recently returned from a highly successful tour of New Zealand, where he gave one of the opening recitals on the new organ in Napier Cathedral, as well as engagements in Auckland and Wellington. • Sherborne Abbey 1.00pm – Patrick Hawes’ Song of Songs will be performed by Leweston School’s Schola Cantorum. Originally written for SATB, the piece has been specially dedicated to the choir.  Accompanied by string quartet and harp, the Song of Songs is a sequence of six poems derived from the Old Testament Song of Solomon and explores the nature of love. • Sherborne School Music Room 2.15pmTravelling, Love & Life. Former schoolboy performer at the festival, baritone Ben Craw returns to Sherborne to sing Lieder by Schumann and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel. • Castleton Church 4.30pm – Guitarist Samantha Muir, who lives in Sherborne, plays music from across the guitar repertoire. Her two CDs have featured the Australian composer Phillip Houghton (The Exotic Guitar) and Spanish and South American composers (For Love and a Small Bag of Diamonds). The English-born musician, who grew up in Australia, is an Associate of the Royal College of Music. Her recital is called The Exotic Guitar.  It includes music from the Moorish Spain of Granada and the Alhambra to the streets of Rio de Janeiro and the vast wind-swept plains of Turkey. • Sherborne Abbey 7.30pm – Sherborne Festival Chorus, conducted by Paul Ellis, with the Chameleon Arts Orchestra, will give a rare performance of Elgar’s The Apostles. The Apostles was planned by Elgar as part of a trilogy with The Kingdom, but the third part, The Last Judgement never got further than a few sketches. A massive, narrative choral work for orchestra, double chorus and six solo singers, The Apostles deals with the calling of the Apostles and their experience of Jesus’ ministry, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. Elgar was more interested in human character than philosophical or theological exposition and two of the leading characters in the work are the two “sinners” – Mary Magdalen and Judas Iscariot. The soloists will be Naomi Harvey, Janet Shell, Joseph Cornwall, Peter Savidge, Craig Bissex and Jeremy Birchall.

Tuesday 6th May

• Sherborne Abbey 1.30pm – The Madrigal Society of Sherborne Girls School performing works from the 16th century and by 20th century composers Britten and Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene. • Church Hall, Digby Road 2.30pm – The Gryphon Big Band plays film and show music and more, including several pieces from the music South Pacific by the great Rodgers and Hammerstein. •  Castleton Church 4.30pm – Sherborne Girls Jazz Band Under their new Director, Mr Chris Caldwell (Delta Saxophone Quartet), the Band’s repertoire covers a wide selection jazz and swing standards from the Big Band and Swing era as well as more contemporary ballads. • Sherborne Abbey 7.30pm – The Cardinall’s Musick will give a programme called William Byrd’s The Great Service directed by Andrew Carwood, who founded the group in 1989, takes its name from Henry VIII’s famous cardinal Thomas Wolsey. The group is best known for its explorations of English Renaissance music, and has its own period instrument ensemble. They have created musical reconstructions of historic events, such as the Field of the Cloth of Gold, but have also developed a relationship with contemporary composers, giving a number of world premieres of commissions including works by Michael Finnissy, Simon Whalley, Matthew Martin and Judith Weir. Andrew Carwood is Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, a post he took up in 2007, succeeding Malcolm Archer, who is also playing at Sherborne Abbey Festival this year. Carwood is the first non-organist to hold the St Paul’s position since the 12th century.

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