Saturday 10th July 2010
DETAILS OF ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS CAN BE FOUND IN THE 80 PAGE SOUVENIR
PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDES
A VOUCHER FOR 10% OFF TICKET PRICES (Tickets Available from 1st June)
10.00am – 4.00pm MARKET FAIR IN THE SQUARE
For a great day of free entertainment and a wide variety of stalls join us for the Festival Market and Craft Fair. Now an important annual event, we promise a good variety of local (and not so local) crafts. The standard of work at this event has been extremely high and we will continue to promote the handmade work of talented individuals including this year - jewellery, paintings, photographs, woodwork, pottery, fused glass and embroidery. Our local organisations also have an important part to play, which includes the Guide Dog stall, RSPCA stall and local Wessex Country Market selling a variety of local produce, baked goods and preserves. There will be lots of chairs scattered around to watch the entertainment or just relax and enjoy the day
Information for booking stalls is available from the festival ticket office or ring Colleen Wolski 01458 273432, stalls 1m x 2m £15.00, stall 3m x 3m £20.00 and 4m x 4m £25.00 Click Here
The approximate times for the free entertainment are as follows.
10.00am – 12.00pm Rough Round the Edges - www.roughroundtheedges.co.uk
12.00pm - 12.30pm Entertainment from Mad Dominic - www.mad-dominic.org.uk
12.45pm – 1.45pm Martyn James children’s illusionist - www.martynjames.com
2.00pm – 4.00pm The Severn Jazzmen - www.severnjazz.co.uk
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REFRESHMENTS – LIZ’S LAIR
The usual tasty array of excellent homemade cakes and sandwiches, really scrumptious bacon baps as well as refreshing tea, coffee, squash or a nice cold drink will be available. So come on in and say hello and get a wonderful cheery welcome from them with plenty of seats to rest your limbs and enjoy their wares.
10.00am – 4.00pm SOMERTON PAST EXHIBITION
U3A LOCAL HISTORY and SOMERTON HISTORY SOCIETYCome and find out about the latest research into Somerton’s past. Air photographs taken before 1970; the Radio Station; some of the old farms; 17th century Churchwardens Accounts; the Tithe Barn; old recipes; 1911 Census transcribed; and more. Some of the items held by the Marmaduke Cradock Trust will be on display as well as an opportunity to buy books about old Somerton.
Parish Rooms - Entry Free
2.30pm A TALK BY DAVID HEATH MP
4.00pm ORGAN RECITAL by MATTHEW OWENSMatthew Owens is Organist and Master of the Choristers of Wells Cathedral, having previously been Organist and Master of the Music at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh (1999-2004). He is also Tutor in Organ Studies at Wells Cathedral School (one of the five specialist music schools in the UK), Conductor of the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society and Conductor of The Exon Singers. Born in 1971, he studied at Chetham’s School of Music, The Queen’s College, Oxford, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam. From 1994-99, he was Tutor in Organ Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s and worked for BBC Religious Broadcasting. He was Assistant Conductor of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain from 1993-1999 and has conducted the BT Scottish Ensemble, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He is increasingly in demand for choral workshops, master classes and adjudications in the UK and abroad, and has made over twenty CDs as a conductor or solo organist with major labels including ASV, Blackbox, Delphian and Hyperion. As an organist, Matthew has given recitals in France, Ireland, Switzerland and throughout the UK, including many festival appearances, and has a recently launched organ duet partnership with international concert organist, Daniel Moult. He has championed new music, premiering many works by leading composers ranging from Jools Holland to James MacMillan, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to Arvo Pärt. See www.exonsingers.org.uk
St Michael and All Angels Church - Tickets £5.00 A voucher for 10% off ticket prices (Tickets available from 1st June) can be found in the 80 page Souvenir programme Click here for information
Sponsored by Bill & Mo Fletcher
7.30pm PONTYPRIDD MALE CHOIR - COR MEIBION PONTYPRIDD
One of the very best of Welsh choirsThe old market town of Pontypridd was the birthplace of the Welsh National Anthem and boasts a continuing tradition of amateur music-making. The choir was reformed after the war in 1949, and quickly developed a reputation for quality, winning its first Eisteddfod only 18 months after formation. In June 1973, the choir sang outside the stage door of the New Theatre Cardiff for Marlene Deitrich. Five days later, at Miss Deitrich’s request, the choir performed a fifteen-minute slot in her show. The choir has continued to perform with many popular and great artists. The late Sir Geraint Evans, Stuart Burrows, Ivor Emmanuel, the late Sir Harry Secombe , Max Boyce, Gillian Humphries, Mike Doyle and Peter Karrie to name but a few. Most recently, the choir appeared on the “One Show” with Myleen Klass on BBC Television, in a celebration of the writing of that old Welsh favourite hymn, Cwm Rhondda. During its history, the choir has developed links with several communities around the world. They have sung in Poland, the Republic of Ireland and have also made two tours of Northern Ireland as guests of the Armed Forces and the Local Authority of Limivady. They also visited Cyprus recently as guests of the Armed Forces to support Help for Heroes fund raising. The choir has appeared in the Festival of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall on seven occasions. They are honoured and delighted to have their conductor, Dorothy Davies Ingram as the only lady ever to conduct this prestigious Festival. In July/August 2009 the choir completed a very successful tour to Nurtingen in Germany - remarkable tour in that it continues a choir friendship with the German choir Liedenkrantz Oberensingen, which has flourished for over forty years and, indeed formed the basis of the Pontypridd/Nurtingen twinning scheme which also continues to flourish. The choir is supported in its various activities by a host of patrons and Vice-Presidents from all walks of life - none more noteworthy than the current president, David Collins. David has been President for several years and, along with his equally loyal wife Mary, never misses a concert at home or away. Amazing when you consider they live in Winchester. From time to time the choir produces a CD. The most recent, Bridging the Years, will be available tonight although we have started work on a new CD for 2010 which will be available later in the year. For further information or to contact the choir visit the web-site, www.malechoir.com
Musical Director - Jonathan Gulliford, M.A., L.R.A.M., A.R.C.M., L.T.C.L.
Deputy Conductor and Accompanist - Dorothy Davies Ingram. L.R.A.M.
Soloist - Claire Turner
St Michael and All Angels Church - Tickets £12.00 A voucher for 10% off ticket prices (Tickets available from 1st June) can be found in the 80 page Souvenir programme Click here for information
Sponsored by Williams Supermarket
8.00pm BEGGARS ROW - CELTIC NIGHTAfter their roaring (literally!) success at the 2007 and 2008 Festival, and by popular demand, we asked Beggar’s Row to make the trip from Glasgow to entertain us once again. Along with the usual favourites (Whisky in the Jar, Black Velvet Band, Molly Malone etc.) for you to sing along with and dance to, there will be an eclectic mix of Irish and Scottish music for you to enjoy. Bob (lead vocal, guitar and whistle), Neil (vocals, keyboard and guitar), David (vocals, bass guitar and bagpipes), Ricky (percussion) and Farquar play a rich and varied selection of Celtic music, some traditional and some of their own compositions. They have produced (to date) two successful CD’s, ‘Soldiers of Peace’ and ‘Almost Sober Live’; you can check them out on their website http://beggarsrowfolkband.tripod.com/index.html . Recent tours include Russia, Norway, Holland, Belgium and Ireland. Many fans travel hundreds of miles to see them and we hope you will give them a warm Somerset welcome for their return to Somerton.
A selection of Bar-B-Q meats and vegetarian options will be available 1 hour before the start of the Event and throughout the evening.