Thaxted Festival May 2019 Newsletter


As at the end of May 2019, the two concerts by our resident orchestra, the Brandenburg Sinfonia, on Friday 21 June and Saturday 29 June are booking well, but seats are still available. We are delighted that Tom Poster joins them on 29 June to play Schumann’s glorious A minor piano concerto. We also recommend booking soon for London Handel Orchestra's programme including Handel's Water Music and a Concerto Grosso, with Vivaldi's Recorder Concerto played by Rachel Brown.


Our choral concerts are also proving very popular: the Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge on Sunday 23 June present an evening of Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Howells, Finzi, Vaughan Williams and other English composers, while Tenebrae on Sunday 14 July sing treasures by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and other Russian composers. We advise prompt booking for these events now, as there is strong demand: having Tenebrae closing our season is sure to be a memorable occasion.


Young rising piano star Martin James Bartlett plays a programme of Bach, Prokofiev, Liszt and Granados, drawn from the CD he has just released released with Warner Classics, on Sunday 30 June.


Jazz, Blues and World Music aficionados are very well catered for this season. The virtuoso players of Classico Latino (with members spanning Cambridge and Cuba) bring their infectious arrangements of Latin American songs and music to us on Friday 28 June. Emma Johnson is acclaimed as a classical clarinetist, but she has an equal love for Jazz and brings her trio to Thaxted on Saturday 22 June (at 7.00pm) to take us back to the roots of Jazz from Bechet, Goodman, Shaw and other clarinet masters. Jonathan Vinten is a master of Jazz piano who has played with many of the greats of British Jazz, and is no stranger to our Festival audiences. His trio, with Julian Marc Stringle on sax, will give us a relaxed evening of cool swing Jazz on Saturday 6 July. Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion on Sunday 7 July is booking extremely fast, so please don't wait if you are looking for tickets.


Our final weekend features French trumpeter Romain Leleu with his 'Ensemble Convergences' string players, with a programme from Bach and Baroque through to Piazzolla, Jobim, Bernstein, Latin American and film music. New to UK audiences, Romain is an acclaimed soloist in Europe and Latin America, and is coming to Thaxted direct from appearances in Miami! His ensemble's varied programme is sure to make an exciting evening.


Piers Adams will be known to many of us from his Red Priest visits to Thaxted. On Saturday 13 July he appears with the Dodo Street Band, a group who play Folk music from Celtic and Hebridean roots through to gypsy Klezmer. They are sure to dazzle us with their virtuosity, and will appeal to Folk and World Music devotees.


Don't forget also our Family Concert at 11.00am on Saturday 29 June, when Cambridge ensemble Prime Brass bring the world of the circus to delight young audiences in a relaxed performance which is suitable for all ages and aims to include everyone in their music-making.


Our annual recital on Thaxted Church's restored Lincoln Organ is played this year by London-based Italian organist Riccardo Bonci. We've heard him in rehearsal here, and we are sure that his enthusiastic and engaging personality will win us all round in an eclectic mix of European organ pieces from across the centuries.


With our online ticketing, you can print tickets at home or choose to have them sent to you. If you prefer to phone or visit us, we are open Tuesdays and Fridays 9.30 to 12.30, at 10 Watling Street, Thaxted CM6 2PE, phone 01371 831421.


Don't forget that we have special offer packages for top-price tickets for our Classical, Jazz and World Music events. Visit our Special Offers page for full details. If you have any questions, please email or leave a phone message and we will get back to you. You can also book tickets Monday-Saturday at Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre in the Market Square, Saffron Walden, where our friendly colleagues will be pleased to help you.


We look forward to welcoming you to Thaxted Festival this summer!


Peter Donovan
Chairman, Thaxted Festival Foundation
Registered Charity 296329


Thaxted Festival has been a central part of the life of Thaxted every summer since 1980, although its roots go back to Gustav Holst and the Whitsuntide Festivals he ran with Fr Conrad Noel between 1916 and 1918 in the Church. These days our varied programme ranges from classical symphony orchestras to sacred choral music, jazz, folk, world music, and – importantly – relaxed events for all the family, as well as music education projects led by professional musicians in local primary and secondary schools. The 2019 Thaxted Festival will run from 21 June to 14 July, general booking opened on 1 April.

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