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Iford Arts Festival 2017

27 May - 5 August 2017

Iford Arts Festival 2017

Iford Arts Festival 2017

CHROMA

CHROMA

Clare Teal

Clare Teal

Leeds City Stompers

Leeds City Stompers

Gates open at 6pm for picnics

Gates open at 6pm for picnics

Hailey Tuck

Hailey Tuck

Bartoune

Bartoune

Pee Wee Ellis

Pee Wee Ellis

Tipitina

Tipitina

New Generation

New Generation

Overview

The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival (opera, jazz proms and classical cloister concerts) takes place in the exquisite performing spaces of the Cloister and Casita in the Grade 1 listed, Peto garden of Iford Manor, 6 miles outside Bath.

Opera is staged in the round and sung in English for a seated audience of 90. Popular and informal free flowing festival promenades in June and August along with seated cloister concerts complete the festival programme. Don’t forget to bring your picnics and enjoying the stunning views over the Iford valley.

www.ifordarts.org.uk 

 

 

 

OPERA PROGRAMME

LA BOHÈME
Giacomo Puccini

A New Iford Arts Production

May 27, 30, June 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13

From the first delicate moments of her hesitant entry, Mimi’s music and her story wrings your heartstrings. Against the background of chaotic student life where young men sew their wild oats and the vampish Musetta reigns supreme. Puccini’s ever youthful characters await the onset of responsibility. It is impossible to remain untouched by the rich and dreamy music and the very human love stories of this, his best-loved work.

Witnessed in close up at Iford it becomes more affecting than ever...Bring a hanky.

Conducted by Oliver Gooch with rising young tenor Anthony Flaum as Rudolfo, and Irish Soprano Maire Flavin as Mimi; the fire spitting Riesha Adams as Musetta and Nick Lester as her long-suffering lover Marcello. This new production is translated and directed by Christopher Cowell

TICKETS

£121 (Mon-Fri) £125 (Sat) 

Gates open at 6pm for picnics
Performance starts at 7.30pm
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BARBER OF SEVILLE
Gioachino Rossini

A Charles Court Opera Production
Commissioned by Iford Arts 

June 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, July 1

A resourceful young girl is imprisoned by her lecherous older guardian. Outside the window the noble suitor (incognito of course) woos her in song. Enter Figaro the inventive barber tirelessly manipulating his betters from the moment of his impressive entrance aria - which everyone knows. It’s a classic Italian commedia del arte and, many would say, never bettered. Here, it is given a wickedly inventive Charles Court Opera twist, sung in English, in a new sparkling translation. Rossini’s incomparable score and witty musical illustration of every character and turn of the story cannot fail to exhilarate. Whether furtive or frenzied, restrained or reckless The Barber of Seville truly is comedy in music with every nuance exploited. It is created for Iford Arts by Charles Court Opera, who brought us their spellbinding production of The Magic Flute in 2016. Youthful energy never flags in this new bright and breezy production from the company’s Artistic Director, John Savournin, conducted by David Eaton.

TICKETS £121 (Mon-Fri) £125 (Sat)

Gates open at 6pm for picnics
Performance starts at 7.30pm
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JEPHTHA 

George Frederick Handel

An Iford Arts Production

July 22, 25, 28, 29, Aug 1, 2

Jeptha’s bold deal with God leads to unimaginable consequences for his innocent daughter Iphis and his outraged wife, Storge. As Jeptha’s faith is challenged and his doubts grow Handel lays bare this extraordinary family drama with stunning arias which reveal him still at the very height of his powers. From Jeptha’s ‘How dark O Lord are thy decrees’ to his achingly beautiful ‘Waft her, Angels, through the skies’; from Storge’s nightmarish ‘Scenes of Horror’ to the great quartet ‘O spare your daughter’ the old testament story surges forward framed with dramatic choruses from an ensemble of young Handelians.

Conducted by Christopher Bucknall (Agrippina in 2015) and directed by Tim Nelson, this great work, with its surprising conclusion, still raises questions for today.  

TICKETS £121 (Mon-Fri) £125 (Sat)

Gates open at 6pm for picnics
Performance starts at 7.30pm
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PROMS

THE PETO PROM – Friday July 7

Tickets £34 BOOK NOW

Garden open for picnincs from 6pm
Please support the festival. Leave your bottles at home and buy delicious cocktails and fizz from the Festival Bar, sponsored and hosted by The Abbey Hotel, Bath

Casita

Clare Teal and her Trio 

As much as she loves fronting her Big Band or her Hollywood Orchestra, award winning singer and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal still revels in performing in more intimate venues accompanied by piano, bass and drums.

From swing to sublime ballads, Clare’s concerts with her Trio are renowned across the country for their fabulous arrangements interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling guaranteeing the audience something personal and very special.

The rich, jazz infused repertoire explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the last 100 years, and celebrates giants of the Great American and British Songbooks through to the work of more contemporary writers crafting the standards of today plus Clare’s own original compositions.

The eclectic song list, with music from Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Tim Rice to Sting, and honouring the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, will include a selection of material from her latest album Twelve O’Clock Tales.

As one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song and much loved performers, Clare and her Trio promise a sparkling night of inspired music and unbridled entertainment, performed by the very best.

Cloister

Leeds City Stompers 

Leeds City Stompers are vintage styled trio that play blues, jazz, ragtime and swing as it was played in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. The band uses 1930s drumkits, vintage resonator guitars and double basses combined with three voices to make a big sound that has graced stages at major festivals, jazz clubs and vintage events in the UK and beyond. This has included headline sets at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival and Beauvais Blues Festival near Paris. 

 Artists that inspire the band include; Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Louis Prima, Billie Holliday, Gene Kruppa, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller and Hank Williams. We're looking forward to playing this prestigious festival and can't wait to play.

"Complete ability as musicians and entertainers" Blues In Britain 

MIDSUMMER PROM - Saturday July 8

Tickets £34 BOOK NOW

Garden open for picnincs from 6pm Please support the festival. Leave your bottles at home and buy delicious cocktails and fizz from the Festival Bar, sponsored and hosted by The Abbey Hotel, Bath 

Cloister

Hailey Tuck

Touted by Marie Claire as "the Millenial's Louise Brooks", native Austinite Hailey Tuck is a jazz singer from the most unlikely of backgrounds. Raised on a diet of black & white movies, 1930's jazz and vintage dresses – before being sent to Baptist Military Boarding school - the 25-year-old and has already reimagined the work of an eclectic line-up of artists including Fats Waller, The Zombies and Maroon 5.

With a uniquely captivating voice that sits somewhere between Billie Holiday, Regina Spektor and Ella Fitzgerald, Hailey has been enchanting bigger and bigger audiences at venues and festivals across Europe, where she now spends most of her time.

Since her debut EP release in April 2014 Hailey has performed over 40 shows around Europe and Asia including sell outs at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Juu Jaab Festival and Umea Jazz Festival. Her sold out 4 shows at the legendary Duc Des Lombards in Paris was featured live on national radio station TSF and in the UK, she has had airplay on BBC Radio 2 and on BBC 6 Music, primarily by tastemaker Cerys Matthews. She also supported Jamie Cullum at his Parisian album launch performance at the legendary theatre La Cigale.

Casita

Tipitina

Tipitina deliver their own unique take on the blues, barrelhouse, boogie and gospel of New Orleans, in the footsteps of Professor Longhair, Dr. John, James Booker, Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. Following on from their acclaimed debut album ‘I Wish I Was In New Orleans’, Tipitina are now on a roll with ‘Taking Care of Business’, recorded at 2011’s Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival supported by Colmore BID. Already the House Full signs are going up at Ronnie Scotts and elsewhere, encouraged by uniformly enthusiastic album reviews:

“A joyous ride through up-tempo feel-good rockers, gospel-tinged ballads and crowd-pleasing sing-alongs. They’re a barnstorming live act, few do this with suchconviction" - Rock 'n' Reel

FINAL FLING - Saturday August 5

Tickets £34 BOOK NOW

Garden open for picnincs from 6pm
Please support the festival. Leave your bottles at home and buy delicious cocktails and fizz from the Festival Bar, sponsored and hosted by The Abbey Hotel, Bath 

Casita

Pee Wee Ellis' Funka Nova Quartet

For the last party of the season we are pleased to announce Pee Wee Ellis and his newly formed Funka-Nova Quartet, featuring Pee Wee (tenor sax), Peter Fessler (vocals and acoustic guitar), Guido May(drums), and Joel Losher (acoustic upright bass). As well as co-writing hits including ‘Cold Sweat’ and ‘Say It Loud, I’m Black & I’m Proud’ with funk legend James Brown during his definitive era of 60s soul classics, Pee Wee also performed live with the James Brown Revue from 1965-1969. Following this he went on to work with the likes of George Benson, Hank Crawford, and Esther Phillips. Since 1992 Pee Wee has toured the world extensively with his band the Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, and now this legendary musician brings his incredible music to the Peto garden for an intimate live performance. In this concert you will hear music you know and love in a way you have never heard it before. The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly is a great favourite at Ronnie Scott’s, and jazz clubs and concert venues throughout the world.

Cloister

Bartoune

12 years of experience and showmanship leaves this professional trio well versed at taking the audience on a journey. The hot-club style outfit travels through desert caravans, Mediterranean vibes and 40s swing-dance halls, depending on where the crowd, and the band, want to go!

Their fresh sound and variety of instruments and rhythms keeps any audience interested. Gypsy Jazz, classic songs, mellow clarinet tones and driving Bari sax, all underpinned by the tight swing of vibrant guitar and Bass.

"...a unique and compelling Hot Club style outfit, both live and on record. The group displays how top-drawer musicians moving away from standard line-ups can often present a delightful and fresh alternative. 12 tracks of upbeat, Mediterranean-tinged fun stream by in no time and encourage repeated listening, not just for the innovative mix of instruments but especially the individual playing, ensemble work and soloing spread right across this invigorating album.” Keith Ames, MU magazine. 

CLOISTER CONCERTS

Iford Arts New Generation Artists in Concert with Oliver Gooch - Sunday June 4

Tickets £20 BOOK NOW

6.15pm and 8.30pm
Garden open for picnics at 5.30pm (for both performances) 

Popular operatic arias and ensembles We are proud to present our Young Artists in a concert of operatic arias and ensembles, curated and accompanied on piano by Oliver Gooch, Iford Arts Music Director. This clutch of starry singers is drawn from the exciting new generation of young performers. (Our Young Artists scheme gives them the opportunity for professional involvement as a member of the performing company as well as mentoring, coaching and encouragement from their more experienced colleagues). 

The popular Young Artists concert, in the cloister at Iford, gives them the opportunity to step into the limelight, select from their repertoire of operatic favourites, and show us what they can do. One day you may say ‘I heard him first at Iford’ 

CHROMA: Dreamtime - Sunday June 11

Tickets £25 BOOK NOW

Performance 7.30pm

Picnincs from 6pm

This particular music appeals to everyone from musicologists to babies. An intimate cloister performance of JS Bach’s much loved Goldberg Variations, in which a single theme is taken on a dancing musical journey. The work is a breathtaking and virtuoso array of diverse movements, from the humorous to the heavenly.

Leading CHROMA musicians Daniel Pioro and Clare O’Connell, with treasured guest viol player Liam Byrne, in a sublime combination of violin, viola da gamba and cello, will explore the theme of sleep, and, possibly, sleeplessness, in a performance of this smooth and lively work, interspersed with a selection of entertaining readings. 


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