Amazing Music at High Bradfield
5th June 2017
Saturday 24th June to Saturday 1st July 2017 marks the 20th Bradfield Festival of Music since its revival in 1998. (There were a number of music festivals in the church during the 19th century, and the church has a long musical tradition). Outstanding local artists, including 10-piece brass ensemble Austonley Brass and organist Neil Taylor will be performing this year.
But the reputation of the Bradfield Festival is now such that world class classical musicians are proud to be included in the programme, and look forward to performing at Bradfield. Proms piano soloist with a worldwide following Benjamin Grosvenor makes his 3rd visit to the Festival, while the world famous Chamber Ensemble of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields are making their 2nd visit.
Top artists making their first visit to Bradfield are the sought after Escher String Quartet from New York, and jazz greats Jacquie Dankworth and Charlie Wood. The ever popular soprano Elizabeth Watts returns to the Festival, with companion “Songsmiths” Christopher Ainslie, Nicky Spence and Audrey Hyland.
The programme will finish with a magical night of gypsy music and Schubert played by the unique ensemble ZRI (violin, cello, clarinet, accordion and santouri).
The Revd Alan Isaacson, Rector of Bradfield and Chair of the Music Festival Trustees, said, “We are looking forward to another amazing week of outstanding musical performances at Bradfield. The beauty of the medieval church, with its clear acoustic, in the dramatic Peak District setting, make every concert an evening to remember.”