Wooburn

Festival

Music, Visual Arts, Talks & Film

23rd September to 16th November
Now in its 57th year.

Message from the Festival Chairman

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Welcome to the 57th Wooburn Festival.

The Festival opens with our traditional Jazz Supper with Jazz Dynamos featuring Lucy Randell. Expect a set of exuberant, entertaining and original contemporary jazz arrangements. Jazz Dynamos are a five-piece band who take well known songs from the 70s and 80s and transform them with a mix of jazz, bossa and samba. Fronted by world-class vocalist Lucy Randell, Jazz Dynamos have performed many sold-out shows at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s and Soho’s Pizza Express.

Our chamber concerts this year include the Internationally renowned Heath Quartet who return by popular demand this time accompanied by Ben Goldscheider on horn. This will be followed by Red Priest, ’The world’s most extraordinary Baroque Quartet’. For sheer technical wizardry, characteristic showmanship and expressive devilment, Red Priest is in an exhilarating class of its own. The final concert features two world famous musicians, Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano) and Lawrence Power (viola)
Barefoot Opera presents a performance of ‘La Traviata’ by Giuseppe Verdi which will be very exciting.

No Festival would be complete without our stunning week-long Visual Arts Exhibition, with featured artist Andy Lee, ensuring that this year should be no exception.

I repeat that sadly we have lost the wonderful long-term sponsorship from Simon Elvin which we were very grateful for. Unfortunately, we will no longer have ‘permanent’ storage facilities for our display boards so any ideas will be welcomed. We are also sad to announce that Buckinghamshire Council are no longer able to provide funding for the Festival, which means that we will need to find alternative grant providers.

Our Film Night will present Robin Campillo’s Red Island. Talks will be given by Roger Askew on Holst and Jeffery Courtney on Vermeer and we have arranged two further visits to Dorney Court following last year’s success. A Come and Sing day organized by the Wooburn Singers and their evening Choral Concert, together with our Monday Lunchtime Concerts at All Saints Church in High Wycombe completes our programme for this year.

Considering the amazing, famous and talented line up, we will surely have an unmissable Wooburn Festival this year and we look forward to meeting you there.

Brian

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We are indebted to the following organisations and individuals for their financial support. This enables the Wooburn Festival to provide affordable, nationally & internationally acclaimed music, visual arts and film to the Chilterns & Thames Valley.