Tuesday, 10 May 2011 01:00

Chobham Festival 2011

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The schedule for Chobham Festival has been announced! Buy your tickets and plan your festival outings on festival.chobham.org.

September 24th – October 2nd

All ticketed events at the 2010 Chobham Festival were sold out and so it is advisable to book early for 2011, especially for the concerts inSt. Lawrence Church where some unreserved seats are positioned behind pillars.

This year’s Festival starts on September 24th with the popular Jazz Evening and Supper in Chobham Village Hall and for this event we welcome back the Sussex Jazz Kings.This well known Jazz Group provided two truly great evenings of Traditional Jazz at the 2007 and 2008 Festivals in Chobham and there have been numerous requests for a return visit – so here they are again!

The Candlelight Concert in St. Lawrence Church on Tuesday September 27th presents one of the great masterpieces of the Chamber Music repertoire, Schubert’s glorious Octet for clarinet, bassoon, horn and strings.This sunniest of musical compositions captures all the charm of Viennese life and abounds in appealing melodies.Also in the programme is Mozart’s celebrated Serenade ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’.

The Saturday Festival Concert on October 1st features some of the best known works from the Baroque era in a resplendent Festive Baroque Concert.Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.2, excerpts from Handel’s ‘Water Music’andBach’s Concerto for Two Violins are three of the works to be performed in the concert by an array of soloists with orchestra.The unique qualities of St. Lawrence Church are especially suited to Baroque Music and there have beenmany memorable events of this type at previous Festivals.

Festival TrumpetWe are delighted to welcome back to Chobham the Friary Guildford Brass Band in a programme of familiar music from stage and screen on Friday September 30th.This leading British band has recently been crowned the 2010 National First Section Champions – never before has a band from the London and Southern Counties region won the coveted First Section ‘Nationals’ title and their concert in Chobham will undoubtedly be a thrilling experience for all brass band enthusiasts.

There will also be a feast of free events including the Schools’ Prom (September 30th), Festival Café & Art Exhibition Weekend (October 1st to 2nd) with music from Sounds Easy (October 1st), an energetic display of Morris Dancing (October 1st),

Festival Eucharist & Organ Recital (September 25th), Compline by Candlelight (September 28th) and Songs of Praise with Handbells (October 2nd).

The Committee would like to acknowledge the invaluable support of our sponsors, Knight Frank, ISS Facility Services and Rowan Bentall Charitable Trust.

Visit the Chobham Festival website now for full details on all the events.

Nicholas Young

The original creator of the Chobham Net back in 1999. Founding director of Reaper Enterprises Ltd and Nicholas Young & Co Photography (www.nry.co.uk).

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