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Evening Concerts 2021

All concerts will take place in St Peter’s Church at either 17.00 or 20.00, run without an interval and end within one hour and fifteen minutes.

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BRODSKY QUARTET

Friday 9 July 17.00 & 20.00 St Peter’s Church

TENOR: DANIEL NORMAN
PIANO: SHOLTO KYNOCH
DIRECTOR: JEREMY HAMWAY-BIDGOOD


William Cornysh - Ah Robin
Thomas Tallis - Third Tune for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter
Orlando Gibbons - The Silver Swan
Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F major
Ralph Vaughan Williams - On Wenlock Edge (with visuals)

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Jeremy Wilson.

What better way to welcome live music back to St Peter’s and Budleigh than with the brilliant and innovative Brodsky Quartet alongside celebrated tenor Daniel Norman and critically acclaimed pianist Sholto Kynoch.

Vaughan Williams’ masterpiece On Wenlock Edge has the backdrop of the beautiful rolling Shropshire countryside, with powerful and evocative words by AE Housman exploring themes of love, loss, isolation and ultimately peace.

With these themes resonating today more than ever, the director Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood has created a moving film to accompany On Wenlock Edge using shadow puppets and contemporary animation. Maurice Ravel was Vaughan Williams’ teacher shortly before he completed this song cycle and the rest of the programme includes Ravel’s string quartet and explores Vaughan Williams’ love of early church music and Elizabethan madrigals.

TICKETS £26 (ADULT) £10 (UNDER 18s AND STUDENTS IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION)

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THE JESS GILLAM ENSEMBLE

Saturday 10 July 17.00 & 20.00 St Peter’s Church

SAXOPHONE: JESS GILLAM

Programme to include works by:
Luke Howard, Piazzolla, Joby Talbot and Kurt Weill.

We welcome back to Budleigh the extraordinary saxophonist Jess Gillam, this time with her own group – The Jess Gillam Ensemble. Since her last visit in 2018 Jess’ career has sky-rocketed, including an appearance at the Last Night of the Proms in 2019, two highly successful albums for Decca, numerous concerto and recital appearances around the world and even a regular slot on Radio 3.

Her infectious music making is now becoming legendary and her programme promises to be full of colour, energy and tranquillity in equal measure.

“…She may only be 20 years old, but saxophonist Jess Gillam was the indisputable highlight of the Last Night of the Proms.” BBC News

TICKETS £30 (ADULT) £10 (UNDER 18s AND STUDENTS IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION)

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RISING STARS SERIES

Monday 12 July 17.00 & 20.00 St Peter’s Church

VIOLIN: COCO TOMITA
PIANO: SIMON CALLAGHAN


Mozart - Violin Sonata in F major KV.376
Poulenc - Violin Sonata
Tchaikovsky - Souvenir d’un lieu cher Op.42
Hubay - Carmen Fantasie Brillante

At the age of 18 Coco Tomita is already recognised as one of Britain’s finest young musicians. She is about to finish her studies at The Yehudi Menuhin School, but is already making an impact upon audiences throughout the UK and abroad. Recently she has been the pupil of the acclaimed violin professor Natasha Boyarsky.

We are delighted to welcome Coco and pianist Simon Callaghan for a concert contrasting the classical and neoclassical refinement of Mozart and Poulenc, with the passion of Tchaikovsky and the virtuosity of Hubay. Expect high octane virtuosity combined with a wonderfully natural musical understanding way beyond Coco’s years.

TICKETS £24 (ADULT) £10 (UNDER 18s AND STUDENTS IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION)

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CRAIG OGDEN & MILOŠ MILIVOJEVIĆ

Tuesday 13 July 17.00 & 20.00 St Peter’s Church

GUITAR: CRAIG OGDEN
ACCORDION: MILOŠ MILIVOJEVIĆ


Programme to include works by Vivaldi, Albéniz, Scarlatti,Boccherini and composers from the tango tradition.

Guitarist Craig Ogden, one of Classic FM’s best loved musicians, teams up with the Balkan accordion virtuoso Miloš Milivojević for a unique blend of sound and style. Playing the role of the orchestra, Miloš will accompany Craig in various transcriptions of Vivaldi’s gloriously atmospheric Lute Concertos in which you can almost see the sunlight glinting on the canals of Venice’s lagoons.

In addition, Craig and Miloš explore the Iberian peninsula and cross the South Atlantic to the home of the dance of passion – the tango!

An absolutely unique opportunity to hear a fascinating combination of instruments from two musicians at the top of their game.

TICKETS £24 (ADULT) £10 (UNDER 18s AND STUDENTS IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION)

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INTERNATIONAL PIANO RECITAL

Wednesday 14 July 17.00 & 20.00 St Peter’s Church

PIANO: PETER DONOHOE CBE

Schubert - 4 Impromptus D899
Schubert - 6 Moments Musicaux D780
Schubert - Sonata in C minor D958

After a 40 year international career, Peter Donohoe is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading pianists. Since his success at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982, Peter has played across the world, in the greatest concert halls with the finest orchestras and conductors including at The Proms, at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, Lorin Maazel & Gustavo Dudamel. His playing is recognised as formidable for its intellectual rigour combined with a weight of virtuosity.

We are delighted to welcome Peter for his debut recital at the Festival with a bespoke all Schubert programme, exploring the composer’s later works in all their beauty, simplicity and musical complexity.

TICKETS £26 (ADULT) £10 (UNDER 18s AND STUDENTS IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION)

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NEIL BRAND PRESENTS LAUREL & HARDY

Friday 16 July 17.00 & 20.00 St Peter’s Church

PIANO: NEIL BRAND

Neil Brand is not only a successful TV presenter, with Sound of Filmmusik, Sound of Musicals and most recently his critically acclaimed Sound of TV all for BBC4, he is also one of Britain’s finest, and probably last, pianists specialising in playing for silent film. We are delighted to welcome him to the Budleigh Music Festival for the first time for a close look at the greatly loved comedy duo of Laurel & Hardy and their early silent films, including live performances of two of them.

From their earliest days on opposite sides of the Atlantic in Music Hall and on the stage, to their individual comedy films, Neil will tell the touching story of the world’s greatest comedy team, who could not have been two more different men!

Fully illustrated with stills, clips (both silent and sound) and Neil’s superlative piano accompaniment and culminating in two of the Boys’ best silent short films, Big Business and Liberty, this is a show that promises gales of laughter throughout, as well as getting under the skin of two warm, funny men who continue to make the world laugh when it needs it most.

TICKETS £26 (ADULT) £10 (UNDER 18s AND STUDENTS IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION)

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LEGENDS SERIES - SIR WILLARD WHITE

Saturday 17 July 17.00 & 20.00 St Peter’s Church

FESTIVAL FINALE

Sir Willard White is one of the world’s greatest living baritones. His extraordinary voice is acclaimed globally for its richness of timbre and expression. His stage presence is legendary and his concerts unforgettable.

After studying with amongst others Maria Callas, Sir Willard’s career has been stratospheric encompassing a rich variety of opera and concert roles, including Porgy, Wotan, Falstaff, the Priest from Dream of Gerontius and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He has worked throughout the world in the greatest opera houses and concert halls with many of the greatest musicians of the modern era.

We are delighted to welcome Sir Willard to Budleigh Music Festival for the first time for two intimate recitals of international merit. Sir Willard will perform arias from his greatest roles alongside songs from the shows and a few surprises. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear this legendary voice live.

TICKETS £30 (ADULT) £10 (UNDER 18s AND STUDENTS IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION)