Programme of On-Line Talks

Programme of On-Line Talks

We are delighted to present our programme of online talks with some of the musicians who would have played at the 2020 Budleigh Music Festival.

We had assembled a fantastic programme for 2020, so are very excited about this new way of sharing our love of music with the Festival Friends, and hope that you will be able to join us for all the online talks.

Our first set of interactive talks are scheduled for every Wednesday in July, starting at 16:30 and lasting for about an hour.  Four of the talks will feature Jason Thornton (our Artistic Director) talking to the musicians, followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions, and ending with a short piece of live music.

One talk will be a stimulating discussion between Jason and Annie Ashworth from the Budleigh Literary Festival.
Here is the July programme featuring some of the musicians who would have performed at the Festival this year (with their concert in italics):

Wednesday 1st July
Elin Manahan Thomas

Royal Wedding soprano Elin is one of Britain’s leading musicians.

(Festival concert: For the Beauty of the Earth)

Wednesday 8th July
Benjamin Baker with Nicky Marshall

Ben Baker, solo violinist, will talk with Nicky Marshall, our recently retired Artistic Director, composer and conductor.

(Festival concert: Budleigh Festival Orchestra)

Wednesday 15th July
Lauren Zhang

BBC Young Musician of the Year winner (2018), Lauren has electrified audiences with her virtuoso performances.

(Festival concert: Rising Stars Recital)

Wednesday 22nd July
Annie Ashworth and Jason Thornton

Annie Ashworth, Director of the Budleigh Literary Festival talks with Budleigh Music Festival Director Jason Thornton about their hopes, passions and ideas for the future of both festivals in a very different world.

Wednesday 29th July
Sasha Rattle & Zeynep Ozsuca

Sasha and Zeynep from the L’Ondon Ensemble will discuss their planned concert to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.

(Festival concert: Peace in Our Time)

You can read more about the concert performances that were scheduled for the July Festival this year by clicking on the programme for evening concerts here.

During September and November we plan to showcase other groups of musicians,  on Wednesdays, in this series of talks.