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Hungerford Summer Festival Launch
Friday 28 June 6:15pm John O'Gaunt School
Hold it, flash bang wallop, what a picture, what a party !
We are delighted to invite you celebrate the launch of this year’s summer festival with a party at John O’Gaunt School, Hungerford.
Film and theatre actor Nicholas Lumley will open the event, and with a BBQ and drinks organised by the PSA it should be a fabulous evening. Enjoy live music from buskers and two bands of current and former pupils - Pope and Disorganised. View a display of student art work and an exhibition of photographs by the Hungerford Camera Club, plus an exciting photographic project about Hungerford by the pupils of Hungerford.
Everyone is welcome!
Introduction to the Brass Band
Saturday 29 June 2:30pm The Hub
Enjoy a unique and interactive performance from a small group of Hungerford Town Band players who will tell the story of brass bands, and theirs in particular. The performers will also introduce the instruments in the band and invite you to have a go at playing them yourself during the interval.
Saturday 29 June 8:00pm The Croft Hall
Don't miss one of our hottest local bands, Uncovered, who wowed the crowds at Newbury Racecourse, Garstonbury Festival and the Newbury Christmas Lights Switch-On last year. Join us for their first ever gig in Hungerford! Popular for their big sound and diverse set list, Uncovered are uninhibited, unbelievable, unmissable, unforgettable!
Sunday 30 June 3:00pm Froxfield Memorial Hall
Come and join Phoenix Brass Band for a fun filled afternoon of music under the baton of their conductor David Watson set in the picturesque village of Froxfield. Phoenix Brass will provide a mixed repertoire of music to suit all tastes as the musicians return for the annual Hungerford Summer Festival.
We hope to see many of our patrons at the concert as well as lots of other family, friends and people who might have never seen the band before! Refreshments will be available.
Around the World with Mezzo-Soprano Abigail Croft
Sunday 30 June 8:00pm The Croft Hall
Abigail Croft will take you on a musical journey of international favourites from French art songs, German lieder and Italian opera, to 20th century English compositions and American musical theatre. Accompanist will be Helen Reid.
Boo Hewerdine Live
Wednesday 3 July 8:00pm The Croft Hall
We are excited to present Ivor Novello Award-nominated singer/songwriter, Boo Hewerdine, one of the greatest songwriter performers in the business.
Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group The Bible.
Boo went on to enjoy international success with Eddi Reader (from Fairground Attraction) and their hit ‘Patience of Angels’ in 1995. He has also collaborated with Chris Difford of Squeeze fame, co-writing and producing over 30 songs initially for a show and accompanying soundtrack.
He is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter and live concert performer and guarantees you a brilliant night out!
The Kennet Accordion Orchestra
Friday 5 July 7:30pm The Herongate Club
An evening of pure musical enjoyment with The Kennet Accordion Orchestra who perform a wide range of popular tunes from the movies, pop, classical and musicals. If there is a piece of music that can be arranged it will be used! Musical Director Nigel Pasby cites Mozart and Mercury (Freddie) as two of his major musical influences and this diversity is reflected in their performances.
Now based in Hungerford, KAO has been established for over thirty years, comprising enthusiastic accordionists from Hungerford, Newbury, Kintbury, Swindon and Great Somerford.
Their common passion for the accordion has enabled the Orchestra to competing successfully at a number of Music Festivals and travel overseas on international tours.
The Red Stripe Band
Saturday 6 July 8:00pm The Croft Hall
Dust off your dancing shoes as Red Stripe arrive in Hungerford and entice us onto the dance floor!
Enjoying their 25th year of performing, The Red Stripe Band’s colourful career has seen their latest CD “Soho Surprise” reach number 10 in the London Jazz Charts and their songs used on Radio and TV alike, including endorsement by Papa Johns the US Pizza Giant. They have played at virtually every jazz and blues festival in the UK and picked up best newcomer at Montreux Jazz Festival in 2010. Expect to be entertained with both original songs and other boogie woogie, swing and rock’n’roll classics in an engaging, ever moving and comical show.
Opus 2 Choir
Sunday 7 July 7:30pm Our Lady of Lourdes
Join us for an evening of music ranging from traditional sacred choir pieces to contemporary popular compositions. The programme will include pieces by Mozart, Handel. Rachmaninoff, Rutter, Parry, Coleman and an English folk song.
We are a small mixed choir based in Kintbury under the baton of Musical Director Chris Lambert.
The Derek Paravicini QuartetSOLD OUT
Wednesday 10 July 8:00pm The Croft Hall
The Derek Paravicini Quartet is the new must-hear group, currently wowing audiences all over the UK, following their successful debut on the BBC’s ‘In Tune’ programme. Four stunningly talented young musicians combine to create a unique sound, portraying a kaleidoscope of emotions – now achingly sad, now humorous, now infused with warmth – and all shot through with a fiery virtuosity.
The Derek Paravicini Quartet are musical chameleons, able to change their sonic palette to suit any occasion, with breathtaking new takes on classic songs and jazz standards, and a repertoire from ragtime to Radiohead, from Irving Berlin to the Beatles, from Cole Porter to Coldplay. The Hungerford Summer Festival is delighted to welcome them to Hungerford this year.
Derek Paravicini, who used to live in Lambourn, is an autistic savant and musical prodigy who has been blind almost from birth.
This event has been kindly supported by G J Ward’s charitable Trust.
Hungerford Rock Choir
Thursday 11 July 7:30 - 9:30pm The Corn Exchange
Back by popular demand, Hungerford’s very own Rock Choir is, for the second year running, excited to demonstrate their musical talents at the Corn Exchange.
This year we will even have a bar to quench the thirst of both the performers and the audience!
The Appel Trio
Friday 12 July 8:00pm The Croft Hall
A delightful evening of music from this talented young trio who are already highly acclaimed recitalists:
Tabitha Appel - violin
Rachel Appel - cello
Ilya Chetverikov - piano
The programme will comprise: Telemann Trio Sonata in E major for Violin and Cello, Brahms Violin Sonata no. 1 in G Major, Schumann Fantasiestucke Op 73, Shostakovich Cello Sonata and Elgar's La Capricieuse for Violin and Piano.
"Wonderful performance...with the freshness, sparkle and enthusiasm of youth," David Paskett
“Impeccable tuning and a lovely, lyrical tone," Mark Levy
Adam Winslet & The Magnificent 7
Saturday 13 July 7:30 - 11:00pm The John O'Gaunt School
The 8-piece Adam Winslet Band is world class musicians who have played for some of the biggest names in the music business. Adam and his band never fail to impress and know how to raise the roof with an eclectic mix of music; blues, jazz, rock. Holding the record attendance at Marlborough Jazz Festival for 4 years in a row, get ready to dance the night away with Adam and his band.
The Junk Drum Workshop
Sunday 14 July 10:00am - 2:00pm The Magistrate's Room
Learn and play in your own DIY RePsycle Junk Band.
Join the Junk Music Workshops with Rhythmologist, Paul Midgley. Workshops are complete with unique junk instruments including the colourful bike wheel drums, a hands free folk flute and Mr Punch's slapsticks (You can "Do It").
Find out how to make a drum from a bike wheel and then play and sing some fun rhymes and funky rhythms.
(May include batteries and a tiny bit of high tech music pedals). For all ages.
Join us on the carnival parade starting at at the John O’Gaunt School from 2.30pm for judging. Parade moves off at 3.30pm and finishes at The Bear at 4.30pm.
Kennet Opera presents Viva Verdi!
Sunday 14 July 3:00pm Our Lady of Lourdes
Kennet Opera returns to the Hungerford Summer Festival with Viva Verdi! A celebration of the very greatest opera of Guiseppe Verdi, this concert includes full chorus and semi-stage excerpts from many favourites, including La Traviata, Macbeth and Don Carlos. There will also be a sneak preview from their production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, in November this year. Kennet Opera sang to a packed church in 2018 with Pop-Up Puccini, and this concert will equally delight — not to be missed!
Tickets include a cream tea served by members of the cast during the interval.
Charity Number 1110637
Hungerford Town Band: Movie Magic
Sunday 14 July 7:00pm The Corn Exchange
Bringing the 2019 Hungerford Summer Festival to a rousing conclusion, the Hungerford Town Band will be presenting a wide range of music from traditional to contemporary, but watch out for some surprises!
Musical director Tim Crouter’s sparkling repartee brings wit and wisdom to the context of the music and there’s a fun raffle to be drawn after the intermission. Refreshments will be served during the intermission.