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accommodation are offered by:-
• The Kings Head Inn, Bledington
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• The Mill House Hotel, Kingham
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• Stow Lodge Hotel, Stow on the Wold
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Performances will take place on Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th June, and start at 7.30pm in St Leonard’s Church, Bledington.
Tickets £22 each including interval canapés – all seats unreserved.
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Tickets £20 each until 1st May when bought online with Paypal or by applying to the Festival Office by telephone: 01608 658669 or by post to 9, Jackson Road, Bledington, Chipping Norton, Oxon with payment by cheque to ‘Bledington Music Festival’ and enclosing a SAE.
From 1st May tickets from ticket outlets and online will be £22 each.
Tickets also available from these outlets:
• KINGHAM STORES
• KINGS HEAD INN, BLEDINGTON
• JAFFE & NEALE, CHIPPING NORTON
• MAD HATTER BOOKSHOP, HIGH ST, BURFORD
• BORZOI BOOKSHOP, STOW ON THE WOLD
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TUESDAY 6th JUNE, 7.30pm at St Leonard's Church
Juliette Bausor, Flute ~ Ruth Gibson, Viola ~ Catrin Finch, Harp
Their programme will include:
Debussy - Sonate en Trio
Bax - Elegiac Trio for flute Viola and harp
Bennett, Richard Rodney - Sonata after Syrinx
Widely recognised as one of Britain’s leading flute players, Juliette Bausor began her studies with Anna Pope at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music and Purcell School of Music, before going on to study with Philippa Davies, Paul Edmund Davies and Samuel Coles at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She continued her tuition at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, with Sophie Cherrier and Vincent Lucas.
Following early recognition in competitions, including reaching the televised Concerto Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and winning the Gold Medal in both the Shell LSO Competition and the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, Juliette has performed as a concerto soloist with, amongst others, the London Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Academy of St Martins in the Fields, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, with conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Thomas Zehetmair, Mario Venzago and Sir Neville Marriner. Success on an international scale is reflected in tours around Europe and beyond, to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2014 Juliette was selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation as an ECHO 'Rising Star'. She has since been invited to perform as a solo recitalist in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues, including Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Brussels BOZAR, Birmingham Town Hall, Budapest Palace of Arts, Vienna Musikverein, Stockholm Konserthus, L’Auditori Barcelona, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Sage Gateshead and London Barbican Centre.
Juliette Bausor joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2016 as Principal Flute, having previously held the same position with Royal Northern Sinfonia for 11 years. She also plays Principal Flute with the London Mozart Players and is a member of the celebrated chamber group Ensemble 360, resident at the Crucible in Sheffield. In addition to the Ensemble’s busy concert schedule, Juliette is regularly invited to give recitals at major venues and festivals throughout the UK, including frequent Wigmore Hall and South Bank appearances, and performances at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Aldeburgh International Festivals and BBC Proms. In 2016 Juliette was invited to perform at the Spannungen Chamber Music Festival in Heimbach, alongside acclaimed chamber musicians, including Lars Vogt (piano), Jana Boušková (harp) and Kian Soltani (cello). Juliette has collaborated with many other leading chamber musicians, including Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Alasdair Beatson and Llyr Williams (piano), Kate Royal (soprano), Anneleen Lenaerts and Catrin Finch (harp), as well as the Coull, Elias, Badke, Carducci and Edinburgh String Quartets amongst others.
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Irish Violist Ruth Gibson manages a busy career of solo and chamber work. She began her musical studies at the age of 5, studying the violin with Maria Kelemen. At 12 she started learning the viola and it soon became her principal instrument, studying with Prof. Ronald Masin. Ruth has won many solo and chamber cups in the Irish Feis Ceoil including the repertoire, concerto, viola solo and chamber competitions. In December 2003 and 2004 she performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra in Dublin's National Concert Hall. In the summer of 2004, Ruth came runner-up at the European String Teachers Association Young Musician of the Year in Rotterdam.
In 2009, Ruth graduated with First-class honours from the Royal Northern College of Music and completed her Masters in Performance with Lawrence Power at the Royal College of Music in 2011.
In 2011 she was soloist with the Bournemouth Symphony where she played Holst’s elegiac Lyric Movement for Viola and Orchestra under Sir John Elliot Gardiner. Ruth performs with the Mercury Piano Quartet, the Barbirolli and Benyounes String Quartets, and has collaborated with numerous notable soloists including Erika Raum, Philip Graffin, Andrés Díaz, Barry Douglas, and Amy Norrington.
Ruth plays regularly with Camerata Ireland, and led the viola section whilst the orchestra was on tour in South America, Russia, Finland and France.
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Born in Ceredigion, Catrin Finch's passion for the harp was ignited when she was given a Celtic Harp as a present for her sixth birthday. By the time she was 10 years old she had joined the the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and she became the youngest member to play at a BBC Prom in London's Royal Albert Hall.
In 2000, after a performance for Prince Charles at his 50th Birthday Party, she got a call from Buckingham Palace inviting her to become Royal Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales - a post which had not been filled for over 130 years.
Together with Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, Catrin released her debut album 'Crossing the Stone' in 2003, an unusual mix of original compositions by Jenkins and arrangements of JS Bach, Pat Metheny and Steve Reich. It was in the Top 10 of the classical charts for several weeks.
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WEDNESDAY 7th JUNE, 7.30pm at St Leonard's Church
Katona Twins, Guitar Duo
Their Progromme will include:
J. S Bach (Arr. Katona) French Suite Nr. 5 (BWV 816)
Béla Bartók Arr. Katona Twins: Rumanian Folk Dances
Isaac Albeniz: Arr. Katona Asturias
Zoltán Kodály Arr. Katona Twins: Dances of Galánta
Beatles Lennon–McCartney: The Fool on the Hill
Astor Piazzolla Tango Suite
The critically acclaimed guitar duo, Peter and Zoltán Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical, into more popular musical genres. They have given recitals in the major concert venues throughout the world including performances at the Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo,and the Philharmonie in Cologne.
In 2009, as the soloists of the "Night of the Proms" they performed live to half a million people in arenas across Europe.
The twins have won over ten international prizes at major competitions in New York, London, Germany, France and Hungary. They were resident Artists of San Francisco Performances from 2007 -2011.
The wide repertoire of the duo spans from Bach, Piazzolla’s tango music to their own arrangements of pop classics. Their programmes also include concertos for two guitars and orchestra by Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Tedesco. Several contemporary composers have written for and dedicated works to the Katona Twins.
The duo studied in Budapest, Frankfurt and in London.
The Katona Twins have been invited on numerous occasions to record for the BBC and other international television and radio stations. They played together with renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and world class ensembles such as the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. In September 2013 their new CD dedicated to J.S.Bach was released with the Dutch Channel Classics label. Former releases include music by Scarlatti and Handel; Rodrigo; Albéniz, Piazzolla and Manuel de Falla.
Peter and Zoltan Katona were born in Hungary, they are German citizens and live in Liverpool in the UK.
"The brilliant Katona Twins … Formidable virtuoso technique, their performances could hardly be bettered for charm, zest, wit and colouristic flair.”
– Daily Telegraph
"The Katona Twins share not only a staggering virtuoso technique but rather eerie powers of ensemble. Identical not only in good looks, but in their playing style and charming stage manner, Peter and Zoltan know how to make a good show."
– The Times
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THURSDAY 8th JUNE, 7.30pm at St Leonard's Church
The Albion String Quartet – a new acclaimed quartet led by violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen
Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin 1), Emma Parker (violin 2), Rosalind Ventris (viola), Nathaniel Boyd (cello)
Their programme includes:
‘Death and the Maiden’ String Quartet No. 14 in D minor by Franz Schubert
The Albion String Quartet
A shared belief in the visceral, communicative power of the string quartet has brought together four outstanding performers of their generation to form the Albion Quartet. With a wealth of experience in some of the UKs foremost ensembles between them (including the Badke & Navarra Quartets, and the London Bridge Trio), they have enjoyed numerous competition successes between them, including first prize winners of the Melbourne and Florence International Chamber Music Competitions, awards from the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Borletti-Buitoni Trust and ECHO Rising Stars.
The members regularly perform in halls across the globe including Het Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, Slovak Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall. Following years of close collaboration, the members are delighted to further their reputation for creative and imaginative performances in this exciting new venture. They play a stunning quartet of instruments, including a Stradivarius, Amati, Guarnerius and Grancino.
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