|It gives me enormous pleasure to present the programme for 2015, our 14th annual festival.
As always, the line up is a mix of old friends alongside artists new to Chipping Campden. Making their festival debuts here are one of the UK's finest and best loved singers, soprano Carolyn Sampson and pianist Joseph Middleton. They will present a beautiful programme of songs entitled 'Fleurs'. The great Canadian pianist Marc Andre Hamelin also appears here for the first time in a concert with the Takacs quartet. The master class morning last year was so popular that we have decided to repeat the idea, this time with a vocal class. The tutor for this will be David Pollard,
widely acknowledged as one of the finest and most sought after teachers in Europe, and credited as the long-term teacher of many of the UK's bestknown and most successful singers. Another first is German violinist Henning Kraggerud who will be performing Schubert trios with festival regulars, Imogen Cooper & Adrian Brendel, and finally, we are thrilled to welcome the English Concert directed by Harry Bicket. They will be joined by one of the UK's most exciting young singers, Sophie Bevan.
In addition to the above 2015 sees the return of many old friends of the festival; our president Paul Lewis, Tasmin Little, Martin Roscoe, Stile Antico, Steven Osborne, the Takacs quartet, Richard Goode, Jack Liebeck, and of course the Festival Academy Orchestra now in its eighth year, and such a vital part of the festival. As ever, it will be conducted and led by husband and wife team, Thomas Hull & Ruth Rogers. Given the extraordinary mix of international musicians arriving here next May, I hope you will agree that we are set for another fortnight of truly world-class concerts.
Despite ever-increasing costs we have decided to hold ticket prices for an unprecedented fifth year running and student tickets remain a nominal £1. We can only offer this because of the tremendous support we receive from our Sponsors, Patrons and Friends. Do consider signing up for one of these schemes if you have not done so in the past. 'Sponsors' & 'Patrons' enjoy a two-week priority booking period & 'Friends' a one-week period. Increasingly this is the only sure way of obtaining reserved seating for many concerts.
|The provision of on-line booking proved extremely popular last year, particularly with overseas and last minute bookings, and it will be available again for 2015. However, after a lot of consideration, we have decided to keep to the traditional postal system for the 'Patrons', 'Friends' & Season priority booking periods, and for those who like to send their General booking forms in early.
As all forms come in they are dated and put in the appropriate folder (Patrons, Friends, Season & General) and as each period opens they are then processed in the order in which they were received. So please send in your forms ASAP.
One important change is the provision of a limited on-line booking facility. Conscious that it is vital that we do not upset Patrons, Friends, and those who send their General booking forms in early, we are dipping an extremely tentative toe in the water as far as online booking is concerned. So, we will continue to operate the system where we ask you to send in your forms ASAP and after the priority bookings and early General bookings have been processed we will then activate the online & telephone booking system. If this trial goes well and we get the feed back that you would like a full online facility, we will endeavour to set that up for the 2015 festival.
As soon as the priority bookings and early 'General' bookings have been processed we will then activate the online & telephone booking system.
I hope you will agree that the 2015 programme is an exciting one and I look forward to seeing many of you next May
Charlie Bennett November 2014