Past Festivals

Evening Concerts 2020

Sadly the 2020 Festival had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The following were the evening concerts that had been planned for that Festival.

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For the Beauty of the Earth

Friday 10th July at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church

Soprano - Elin Manahan Thomas
Harp - Catrin Finch

Rutter: For the beauty of the earth
Purcell: Fairest Isle – Music for a while
Howard: Birdsong
Dilys Elwyn Edwards: Sweet Suffolk Owl
Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune
Rutter: Beth yw’r haf I mi
Trad. Folksongs sequence – Y deryn du/Dafydd y Garreg Wen/Bugeilio’r gwenith gwyn
Rutter: Clare Benediction
Handel: Where’er you walk – Ombra mai fu
Novello: We’ll gather lilacs
Rose of England
Trad. The last rose of summer
Catrin Finch: Clear Sky
Faure: In Paradisum
Rutter: A Gaelic Blessing

Budleigh Festival 2020 launches with an opportunity to hear two of Britain’s leading musicians in a unique recital of song. Elin Manahan Thomas performed to over a billion people in 2017 at Harry & Meghan’s wedding, whilst Catrin Finch is one of the world’s leading harpist and previously Harpist Royal to the Prince of Wales. They have come together to celebrate the music of John Rutter, who is 75 this year. John Rutter's amazing gift for melody has made him one of Britain’s most loved living composers. Elin and Catrin’s recital also includes the very best of British song from Purcell to traditional folk songs from their Welsh homeland.

See Elin Manahan Thomas perform on YouTube

See Catrin Finch perform on YouTube

Pre-concert Reception at 6.15pm for Festival Friends only
at St. Peter’s Church

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Celebrity Recital

Saturday 11th July at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church

Guitar - Miloš Karadaglić

Bach: Suite BWV 997
Granados: Andaluza and Oriental
Albéniz: Asturias
Villa Lobos: Five Preludes
Duplessy: Cavalcade

Born in Montenegro, Miloš Karadaglić is regarded as one of the world’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed guitarists. He left the Balkans at the age of 14 for the Royal Academy of Music and hasn’t looked back. He recently gave a sell-out solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall and is a recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon. His recording of the Rodrigo Concerto with Yannick Nezet Seguin had The Sunday Times call him “the king of Aranjuez”.

His recital includes music from Germany, Spain, Brazil and the UK in a wide range of classical and popular styles, including probably the most famous classical guitar work “Asturias” by the Spanish composer Albéniz.

See Miloš Karadaglić perform on YouTube

6.30pm Pre-Concert Talk with Jason Thornton and Miloš Karadaglić at the Temple Methodist Church. Exclusively for Festival Friends on production of current Membership Card

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Rising Stars Recital

Monday 13th July at 7.30pm
Temple Methodist Church

Piano - Lauren Zhang

Haydn: Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII.6
Chopin:  Sonata in B minor, Op.58
Schubert: Four Impromptus, D. 935
Liszt: Reminiscences de Norma

Lauren Zhang is simply a sensational musician. She not only possesses a phenomenal, world- class virtuosic technique but has an innate musicianship way beyond her years. In 2018, she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 16 with an extraordinary performance of Prokofiev’s formidable 2nd Piano Concerto.

Since then she has been courted by orchestras across the UK and Europe. She marks her debut at the Budleigh Festival with a programme of sheer virtuosity in Liszt and Chopin, combined with the wit and sophistication of Haydn and Schubert. A concert definitely not to be missed!

See Lauren Zhang perform on YouTube

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Budleigh Festival Orchestra

Tuesday 14th July at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church

Violin - Benjamin Baker
Conductor - Nicholas Marshall

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 (Eroica)

In 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was born into very inconspicuous surroundings in the German town of Bonn. Now, 250 years later, he is regarded as one of the greatest musicians of all time. Budleigh’s fabulous Festival Orchestra help celebrate this towering genius’s birthday with his Eroica Symphony, which caused an earthquake in the history of Western classical music, and Beethoven’s dramatic Egmont Overture.

We are delighted to welcome the violinist Benjamin Baker for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Once deemed unplayable, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is now a firm favourite with audiences and soloists alike, being full of beautiful melodies and highly virtuosic instrumental fireworks. We are also delighted to welcome back Budleigh Festival’s previous Artistic Director, Nicholas Marshall, as conductor.

See Beethoven Symphony No.3 on YouTube

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Peace in Our Time

Wednesday 15th July at 7.30pm
Temple Methodist Church

L’Ondon Ensemble

Clarinet - Sacha Rattle
Piano - Zeynep Ozsuca
Violin - Maria Włoszczowska
Cello - Bartholomew LaFollette
Narrator - Joanna David

Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale Suite
Brahms: Clarinet Trio Op.114
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Formed specially for the Budleigh Festival, from four of the finest young instrumentalists in the UK, the L’Ondon Ensemble combines with narrator Joanna David for a unique programme exploring themes of war and peace through poetry from the Second World War and music from countries engaged in the conflict.

Jointly curated by Budleigh Music Festival Director Jason Thornton and Budleigh Literature Festival Director Annie Ashworth, the concert commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the end of the war. Written whilst he was interned in a German POW camp, is Olivier Messiaen’s masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time.

It is an intense meditation on themes of love, death, forgiveness and peace, whilst Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale is a witty, sardonic take on the fate of a soldier who trades his fiddle for unlimited financial gain. Brahms’ Clarinet Trio is one of the greatest pieces of chamber music ever written, laced with sombre but peaceful introspection.

6.30pm Pre-Concert talk with Jason Thornton and Annie Ashworth at the Temple Methodist Church. Exclusively for Festival Friends on production of a current Membership Card

See Sacha Rattle perform on YouTube

See Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time on YouTube

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

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Journey of the Mayflower

Thursday 16th July at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church

Choir - Stile Antico

John Amner: A Stranger here
Thomas Tomkins: Woe is me
Orlando Gibbons: O Lord in thy wrath and O Clap your hands
Jan Sweelinck: Estans assis aux rives aquatiques (Psalm 137)
Orlando Gibbons: I see ambition never pleas’d
Thomas Weelkes: O how amiable are thy dwellings
Thomas Tomkins: O Praise the Lord

Giaches De Wert: Ascendente Jesu
William Byrd: Praise Our Lord
Orlando Gibbons: As on the night
Thomas Weelkes: O Lord, arise into thy resting place and Laboravi in
gemitu meo
Thomas Tomkins: O sing unto the Lord
Thomas Campion: Never weather-beaten sail

Described by the New York Times as being “no finer singers of early music”, Stile Antico has gained an international reputation for its superb sound and masterful interpretations of repertoire that is rarely heard today.

2020 marks 400 years since William Bradford and his fellow pilgrims set out on their fateful journey across the Atlantic in the Mayflower, seeking freedom from persecution. England in 1620 was a country rife with religious and political division, standing on the brink of civil war. But the age also spawned some of the finest music ever composed in the land, with Gibbons, Tomkins and the aged Byrd overseeing the late flowering of the English musical Renaissance.

This programme explores the journey the pilgrims took - from Northern England to Leiden and Southampton, before setting sail for modern day Massachusetts - using music of the time, interspersed with first-hand accounts from the pilgrims themselves.

6.30pm Pre-Concert Talk by David Daniel : Roger Conant, the Devonian Pilgrim Fathers & The Budleigh Connection at the Temple Methodist Church. Exclusively for Festival Friends on production of a current Membership Card

See Stile Antico perform on YouTube

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Music We Love

Friday 17th July at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church

Violin - Viktoria Mullova
Double Bass - Misha Mullov-Abbado

Mullov–Abbado: Blue Deer
Mullov–Abbado: Brazil
Shalom Chanoch: Shir Lelo Shem
Trad. (Brazil): Caico

J.S.Bach: Violin Sonata No. 1 Mvts. 1 & 2
Prokofiev: Sonata for Solo Violin Mvt. 1

Antônio Carlos Jobim: Sabiá
Mullov–Abbado: Little Astronaut
Mullov-Abbado: Shanti Bell
Osvaldo Lenine: O Silêncio Das Estrelas

Laércio de Freitas: O Cabo Pitanga
John McLaughlin: Celestial Terrestrial Commuters
Schumann: Träumerei from Kinderszenen
Zequinha Abreu: Tico-Tico No Fubá

An amazing opportunity to hear one of the world’s finest violinists in a unique recital that includes Western classical music, traditional South American tunes and brand-new jazz. Since winning the Tchaikovsky Competition, Viktoria Mullova has toured the world playing in the greatest concert halls with the finest orchestras and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Her playing is legendary for its incisive intensity and interpretative insight, and her concerts are always memorable events. Her son Misha Mullov-Abbado is gaining an international reputation as a virtuoso double bassist and composer in both classical and jazz idioms. This concert promises to be a sensational addition to the Budleigh Festival in which we truly go international.

See Viktoria Mullova and Misha Mullov-Abbado perform on YouTube

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Bath Philharmonia

Saturday 18th July at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church

Cello - Laura van der Heijden
Violin - Sophie Langdon
Conductor - Jason Thornton

Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in D major RV403
Max Richter: The Four Seasons Recomposed
Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in E minor RV409

For the closing concert of this year’s Festival we are delighted to welcome Bath Philharmonia with two of Britain’s finest string soloists. Over twenty years Bath Phil has gained a reputation for its high-quality innovative performances as well as its cutting-edge creative learning work.

Max Richter’s work blurs genre boundaries and merges traditional orchestral instruments with sound technology. Taking Vivaldi’s masterpiece as his starting point, Richter reinterprets Vivaldi’s music with a 21st century accent, in which the listener can hear the beauty of nature as Vivaldi did, but also the 21st century society’s own anxiety regarding global warming, deforestation and pollution.  Leading violinist and Bath Philharmonia Leader Sophie Langdon performs Richter’s reinterpreted solos. As well as being one of the leading violinists of her generation, she is also a Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music. Her career encompasses concerto performance with many major orchestras as well as chamber music.

Separating Richter’s Seasons, Bath Philharmonia presents original Vivaldi with two of his greatest cello concertos from the 18th century, performed by one of Britain’s finest young cellists. Laura van der Heijden rose to fame when she won the title of BBC Young Musician in 2012. She has since embarked on an impressive career playing in the greatest concert halls across the world.

6.30pm Pre-Concert Talk. Jason Thornton in conversation with Sophie Langdon and Laura van der Heijden at the Temple Methodist Church. Exclusively for Festival Friends on production of a current Membership Card

See Bath Philharmonia perform on YouTube

See Laura van der Heijden perform on YouTube

See Sophie Langdon perform on YouTube

See Max Richter - 4 Seasons Recomposed on YouTube

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Past Festivals

The Budleigh Music Festival started life as the Budleigh Salterton Festival in 2005, when visionaries Roger and Brenda Bowen founded an annual arts festival in this small seaside town.

The aim of the first few Festivals was to deliver a great variety of musical performance and artistic activity, featuring two daily concerts, folk music at Otterton Mill, visits from Imperial College Opera Students, talks, a river trip, garden parties and art exhibitions. Following the success of those early days, the Festival has diverged and grown into a separate Literary Festival and a Music Festival, which since 2012 has focused on a classical music repertoire.

From its inception the Music Festival has sought to bring musicians of international standing to Budleigh Salterton. It has also focused on encouraging young musicians, and regularly showcases ‘BBC Young Musician’ winners with an international career ahead of them. In addition, the Festival aims each year to highlight talented young musicians from the South West; these are featured at the popular free lunchtime concerts where a supportive audience helps them to develop their repertoires and performance skills. The lunchtime concerts also provide a platform for a wider range of music. Recent years have featured medieval instruments, the Devon Junior Choir, organ recitals, brass band players – as well as vocal and instrumental recitals.

With the increasing support and help from within the community, the Festival continues to attract large audiences from Budleigh Salterton and further afield.

Highlights of past evening performances include:

La Nuova Musica
Martin James Bartlett
The Pleyel Ensemble
London Bridge Trio
Guy Johnston
The Heath Quartet
The Erebus Ensemble
Soloists of The 12 Ensemble
Exeter Cathedral Choir
Alexandra Dariescu
Giovanni Guzzo
The Marlborough Piano Quartet
Devon Opera
Roderick Williams
Sacconi String Quartet with Hugh Watkins
The Festival Orchestra
Festival Wind Players
Apollo 5
Sunwook Kim
Merlin Ensemble Vienna
Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason
Chiaroscuro Quartet
Jess Gillam & Friends
The Sitkovetsky Trio
The Elias Quartet