St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park

The 46th Bedford Park Festival June 16-July1 2012

Music events

Arisa FujitaThursday 28 June
Schubert & Francaix Octets: Maiastra

Schubert's largest-scale chamber music work is a masterpiece, easily accessible. Jean Francaix's Octet, commissioned in 1972, is a witty companion to the older composer's work (see below).

7.30 for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £12. Refreshments available. Sponsored by Ballet4Life.
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Maiastra is the performing name of a small group of musicians who have participated in intensive chamber music training at the gift of The Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust.
Their leader and principal coach is Arisa Fujita (right) who was born in Japan and later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno, a founder member of the Tokyo Quartet. Arisa won all the available violin prizes at the Guildhall and is now a professor there. She has played in many parts of the world and at more than 100 venues in the UK. Her fellow players, normally post-graduates, are selected for the courses on the basis of their commitment to a career in chamber music and indeed two of their number have been invited to join full-time quartets. The Trust puts on four courses a year, each of which leads to three public performances.

Arisa Fujita - violin 1
Ilyoung Chae - violin 2
Tetsuumi Nagata - viola
Matthijs Broersma - cello
Siret Lust - double bass
Elaine Ruby - clarinet
Elise Campbell - horn
Ashley Myall - bassoon

SCHUBERT, Octet in F
Schubert's Octet for wind and strings was composed soon after Beethoven's immensely popular Septet for almost the same combination of instruments but with one rather than two violins. The work written in 1824 dates from a period of depression in the composer's life and to describe it as a work of 'unalloyed' delight, as has been done, is not quite accurate for there are moments of disturbance and intimations of mortality of a kind that increasingly pervade the composer's music as he grew older. Easily accessible to the listener, Schubert's largest-scale chamber music work is a masterpiece.

Jean Francaix's Octet was commissioned in 1972 by Willi Boskovsky, the Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the founder and Leader of the Vienna Octet. Formally dedicated to 'the memory of Franz Schubert', it was written as a companion to the older composer's work, very often opening the programme in any concert containing both pieces. Witty, frisky, delicate, serious, mock-serious, Francaix's music is a delight; and concluding, in the case of the Octet, with a Valse, a reminder of Boskovsky and the New Year's Day Concerts in Vienna over which the violin is used to preside, bow in hand, with such style.


Monday 18 June
House Concert: Mozart, Haydn, Carmichael, Arnold

An intimate concert in a beautiful Bedford Park house. Mozart Piano Quartet K478, Haydn Flute Quartet Op 5, and trios of flute, oboe and piano by John Carmichael (Escapades) and Malcolm Arnold (Suite Bourgeoise). Louise Grattan Violin, Patrick Grattan Flute, Colin Kitching Viola, Ruth Ridley Cello, Lynn Carter Oboe, Andrew Carter Piano. Refreshments available. Sponsored by Ballet4Life.
7.30 for 8pm. 12 Woodstock Road, W4. Tickets £12
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Thursday 21 June

Lunch Recital: Schubert, Penderecki and Brahms

Joshua Hayward (Viola) from the Royal College of Music and Michael Ierace (Piano) Schubert Sonata ‘Arpeggione’ in A minor. D 821; Penderecki Cadenza for Solo Viola; and Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano No 2 in E Flat Major, Op 127. Refreshments available. Bring a picnic to have in the garden afterwards. Sponsored by Ballet4Life.
1pm. The Studio, 2a Blenheim Road. Tickets £12
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Rosalind Leney’s Pupils’ Concert  

A short programme of Piano solos and 18th & 19thC pieces. All welcome.
6pm. The Studio, 2a Blenheim Road. Tickets £5, in advance only from Rosalind Leney 020 8994 0762

Kate DimblebyFriday 22 June
Beware of Young Girls: Kate Dimbleby

Selling out the Festival Hall, a national radio regular and with several albums - including this year's hit Songs of Dory Previn - Kate Dimbleby returns to the Bedford Park Festival, weaving her shimmering jazz vocals around some dangerously irresistible songs by Dory Previn, Sophie Tucker, Bessie Smith, Kirsty MacColl & The Rolling Stones
With Naadia Sheriff (piano/vocals) and Jonty Fisher (bass/ukelele) and Sophie Alloway on drums. Sponsored by West London Kitchens, and Johnsons Chartered Accountants.
7.30pm for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Church. Tickets £12
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Soul Train to Turnham Green Saturday 23 June
Disco Night: Soul Train to Turnham Green

Re-live the Soul and Disco tunes of yesteryear from 8 ‘til late. DJs and licensed bar.
8pm. St Michael’s Parish Hall. Tickets £10
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Monday 25 June
London Tango Quintet Tango and More: The London Tango Quintet...

The five acclaimed musicians of the London Tango Quintet return to St Michael’s for an exhilarating journey through the sumptuous Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and works by Arvo Part and Chopin. Brilliant accordionist Milos Milivojevic, Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso Craig Ogden, international violinist David Juritz, pianist extraordinaire Paul Bateman and outstanding bass player James Opstad .

Milonga del Angel 
Michelangelo 70
Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23 - Fredric Chopin
Don Rhapsody - Viacheslav Semionov
Concierto para Quinteto   
Tanguedia III
Spiegel im Spiegel - Arvo Pärt
Buenos Aires, Hora Cero
Rondo Rodeo – Gary Ryan
Nuages - Django Reinhardt arr. Roland Dyens
Muerte del Angel 
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...followed by a sumptuous supper!

After the performance, supper will be served in the Michael Room upstairs, where the entertainment will continue. Places limited, so book early.
Evening sponsored by Hubbard Pegman & Whitney LLP .
7pm for 7.30pm. St Michael & All Angels Church.
Tickets for concert only £12. Tickets for concert and supper £30
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Thursday 28 June
Lunch Recital: Vivaldi, Brahms, Poulenc

Alice Purton (Cello) and Ian Tindale (Piano) from the Royal College of Music perform Vivaldi Sonata in Bb minor RV45, Op 14 No 4; Brahms Sonata No1 in E minor, Op 38; Poulenc Sonata, FP143. Refreshments available. Bring a picnic to have afterwards in the garden. Sponsored by Ballet4Life.
1pm. The Studio, 2a Blenheim Road. Tickets £12
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Friday 29 June
House Concert: Sam Cave

An intimate concert in a beautiful Bedford Park house, with drinks and canapes. Innovative guitarist Sam Cave has given over 30 world, European and UK premieres. For the 2012 Festival he presents a thrilling journey from the mighty Bach Chaconne through the romantic 19thC Spain of Tarrega to the audacious and complex Sonata by George Holloway. Sponsored by Ballet4Life.
7.30 for 8pm. 15 Priory Avenue. Tickets £15
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Saturday 30 June
Opera NovellaLast Night of the Proms: Opera Novella

Opera’s finest melodies and Britain’s favourite songs bring St Michael’s Jubilee celebrations to a thrilling climax, led by Opera Novella and a chamber ensemble. From Carmen, La Boheme and Tosca to Land of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem. Wear your finery, wave your flags! Refreshments available. Sponsored by Savills.
7.30pm for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Church Tickets £15
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Sunday 1 July
Festival Mass: Music for a Royal Occasion        

Solemn Sung Eucharist: The Bedford Park Festival Orchestra and Chorus.
With Purcell’s My Heart Is Inditing and Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, from the coronations of James II and Elizabeth II; Mathias’ Let all the people praise thee. Conductor Jonathan Dods.
10am. St Michael & All Angels Church.  Free, all welcome.


Booking information
Tickets can be bought online and for most events are also available on the door, unless sold out. Some events require advance booking because places are limited. Advance Booking Forms are available in St Michael & All Angels Church (porch and inside). Box Office information from 020 8995 3285 or e-mail: