Jenny Malyon Chair
Photography by Kate Shelmit
Jenny Malyon, our new Chair for 2022
Having attended the Music Festival for more than a dozen years I am delighted that we are able to restore the Festival to the Burton Bradstock calendar this year. Starting with a smaller festival for this year seems sensible and helps us find our feet again after the enforced hiatus of the pandemic.
I am looking forward to chairing the organizing committee and working with the team, some old faces and some new. This festival is such a part of our delightful village and has been missed. We will be having our usual Spring Concert on the 20th May and hope to welcome familiar faces here for that and the main festival in August.
‘The Burton Bradstock Festival however, would not happen if it were not for a small army of volunteers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who help to make this unique event possible’
Be part of the Festival
The music is superb, but what makes the festival so special and unique is its small-scale, friendly atmosphere. Many of the musicians return year after year, drawn back by the warm welcome. The village becomes a hive of activity as local people prepare to accommodate the performers and cater for the visitors. Late night concerts in the church are preceded by soup and roll suppers. One of the lunchtime recitals includes a picnic lunch. And no visitor will forget their first taste of Burton Bradstock’s famous homemade cakes and cream teas.
‘It’s very much a community affair. Local volunteers will be busy building the stage in the church along with various marquees and exhibition stands. More than 50 volunteers will be on hand to help 1,000 audience members find their seats.
‘We expect 200 bottles of wine to be enjoyed during the intervals and 400 cups of tea to be poured at the rectory tea party. Up to 500 meals will be served by our catering team to musicians and concert goers. It all adds up to the no. 1 music and art festival during August in West Dorset.’
‘The Burton Bradstock Festival however, would not happen if it were not for a small army of volunteers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who help to make this unique event possible. Firstly, of course, our small but dedicated organising committee whose work started as soon as last year’s festival finished. My thanks also to the catering team, cake bakers, soup makers, stewards, programme sellers, the ‘heavy’ gang and the Art Exhibition organisers and helpers. A special thanks to the villagers who open their homes to accommodate the visiting musicians. A big thank you to our Friends, Patrons and Sponsors and the many others who help in a multitude of ways.
‘Please come and join us and be part of the team.’
Bill Cain Chair 2018-2021
16-21 AUGUST 2022
Three days of brilliant classical, jazz and world music with internationally acclaimed performers and a six-day exhibition featuring some of the finest art and ceramics in the South West.