Burford Festival 2015
Scary Little Girls will present a ‘Living Literature’ event set around Burford’s secret places, and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will perform Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in a romping open air production
The biennial Burford Festival runs from Friday 5 to Sunday 14 June this year.
It is a 10 day celebration with musical evenings, literary events, special interest talks, theatrical events, and Burford's Open Gardens. With around 50 events, there will be something to suit every taste.
The first weekend of the Festival starts with 25 open gardens on 6/7 June, several open for the first time, and features three very respected guest speakers: Baroness Rebuck (Chair of Penguin Random House UK Publishers), Mary Keen (renowned garden designer) and Deborah Warner (international opera and theatre director).
The weekend is rounded off with a baroque chamber concert arranged by, and featuring, the violinist Michael Bochmann.
During the week, literary activities come to the fore with talks from authors (including Jack Straw, Peter Tickler and Scatty Chef - Katherine Frelon), creative writing workshops and a Speed Book Review evening. These are supplemented by an eclectic series of talks on a wide variety of subjects, including Robin Mills on “100 Days – Elba to Waterloo” commemorating the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, and Lord Hurd on one of his favourite subjects, “Disraeli – The Double Life”.
Two professional touring groups will bring theatre to Burford mid-week: Scary Little Girls will present a ‘Living Literature’ event set around Burford’s secret places, and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will perform Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in a romping open air production.
For art aficionados, the final weekend includes a lecture by Dr Antonia Bostrom, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City on the creation of an American tradition of sculpture parks.
For the music lovers, the Festival concludes with three quite different concerts: the Corinium Players guitar ensemble, the very popular ‘Night at the Musicals’ celebrating the showtune, and the Festival Finale Concert - a modern choral feast with the Burford Singers and Cotswold Youth Choir supported by the Cotswold Chamber Orchestra.
Don’t miss this charming Festival in one of the Cotswold’s most beautiful towns.
- Hugo Ashton, Chairman, Burford Festival 2015
Top Image - One of Burford's private gardens on display
Bottom Image - Brian Kaye conducting the Burford Singers at the Burford Festival Jubilee Concert