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Iford Arts Festival 2017

27 May - 5 August 2017

Iford Arts Festival 2017

Iford Arts Festival 2017

CHROMA

CHROMA

Clare Teal

Clare Teal

Leeds City Stompers

Leeds City Stompers

Gates open at 6pm for picnics

Gates open at 6pm for picnics

Hailey Tuck

Hailey Tuck

Bartoune

Bartoune

Pee Wee Ellis

Pee Wee Ellis

Tipitina

Tipitina

New Generation

New Generation

Overview

The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival (opera, jazz proms and classical cloister concerts) takes place in the exquisite performing spaces of the Cloister and Casita in the Grade 1 listed, Peto garden of Iford Manor, 6 miles outside Bath.

Opera is staged in the round and sung in English for a seated audience of 90. Popular and informal free flowing festival promenades in June and August along with seated cloister concerts complete the festival programme. Don’t forget to bring your picnics and enjoying the stunning views over the Iford valley.

www.ifordarts.org.uk 

 

 

 

OPERA PROGRAMME

JEPHTHA 

George Frederick Handel

An Iford Arts Production

July 22, 25, 28, 29, Aug 1, 2

Jeptha’s bold deal with God leads to unimaginable consequences for his innocent daughter Iphis and his outraged wife, Storge. As Jeptha’s faith is challenged and his doubts grow Handel lays bare this extraordinary family drama with stunning arias which reveal him still at the very height of his powers. From Jeptha’s ‘How dark O Lord are thy decrees’ to his achingly beautiful ‘Waft her, Angels, through the skies’; from Storge’s nightmarish ‘Scenes of Horror’ to the great quartet ‘O spare your daughter’ the old testament story surges forward framed with dramatic choruses from an ensemble of young Handelians.

Conducted by Christopher Bucknall (Agrippina in 2015) and directed by Tim Nelson, this great work, with its surprising conclusion, still raises questions for today.  

TICKETS £121 (Mon-Fri) £125 (Sat)

Gates open at 6pm for picnics
Performance starts at 7.30pm
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PROMS

FINAL FLING - Saturday August 5

Tickets £34 BOOK NOW

Garden open for picnincs from 6pm
Please support the festival. Leave your bottles at home and buy delicious cocktails and fizz from the Festival Bar, sponsored and hosted by The Abbey Hotel, Bath 

Casita

Pee Wee Ellis' Funka Nova Quartet

For the last party of the season we are pleased to announce Pee Wee Ellis and his newly formed Funka-Nova Quartet, featuring Pee Wee (tenor sax), Peter Fessler (vocals and acoustic guitar), Guido May(drums), and Joel Losher (acoustic upright bass). As well as co-writing hits including ‘Cold Sweat’ and ‘Say It Loud, I’m Black & I’m Proud’ with funk legend James Brown during his definitive era of 60s soul classics, Pee Wee also performed live with the James Brown Revue from 1965-1969. Following this he went on to work with the likes of George Benson, Hank Crawford, and Esther Phillips. Since 1992 Pee Wee has toured the world extensively with his band the Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, and now this legendary musician brings his incredible music to the Peto garden for an intimate live performance. In this concert you will hear music you know and love in a way you have never heard it before. The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly is a great favourite at Ronnie Scott’s, and jazz clubs and concert venues throughout the world.

Cloister

Bartoune

12 years of experience and showmanship leaves this professional trio well versed at taking the audience on a journey. The hot-club style outfit travels through desert caravans, Mediterranean vibes and 40s swing-dance halls, depending on where the crowd, and the band, want to go!

Their fresh sound and variety of instruments and rhythms keeps any audience interested. Gypsy Jazz, classic songs, mellow clarinet tones and driving Bari sax, all underpinned by the tight swing of vibrant guitar and Bass.

"...a unique and compelling Hot Club style outfit, both live and on record. The group displays how top-drawer musicians moving away from standard line-ups can often present a delightful and fresh alternative. 12 tracks of upbeat, Mediterranean-tinged fun stream by in no time and encourage repeated listening, not just for the innovative mix of instruments but especially the individual playing, ensemble work and soloing spread right across this invigorating album.” Keith Ames, MU magazine. 


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