Music Festival 2022

London Tango Quintet
Festival players
Atea Quintet
Lunchtime Concert
Castaway with Adrian Bradbury
Craig Ogden and Milos Milivojevic
Late night concert
Atea Quintet

David Juritz
Artistic Director

 ‘The Festival runs on the tightest of shoestrings but we’ve a small army of volunteers doing everything from putting up the stage to making sure that there’s a pudding (usually two) to follow the musician’s supper! As our Russian violinist, Yuri Zhislin said, Burton Bradstock is ‘home away from home’. It’s that connection with this gorgeous village that makes it so special for all of us. We love coming back because it feels like we’re playing for friends. It has to be Britain’s friendliest Festival.’

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Art Exhibition

The festival opens with a burst of colour and a warm welcome at 10.00 am in the Village Hall with the Art Exhibition. Closing time 7.00pm.

The Art exhibition runs from Tuesday 16 August
to Sunday 21 August
Opening times are: Tuesday 16 August 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday 17 August
Thursday 18 August
Friday 19 August 10am – 8.30pm
Saturday 20 August 10am – 6pm
Early closing on the last Sunday, 21 August 10am – 12.30pm

The Art Exhibition is open during the concert intervals.

Festival Evensong

6.30pm St Mary’s Church

The service will be led by Rev Jane Williams, the Rector of St Mary’s Church.


Jazz Evening

7pm St Mary’s Church

Take two
Award winning saxophonist Jake McMurchie joins David Gordon, Sandy Burnett and Paul Cavaciuti as they explore two towering figures of 20th century jazz, Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.

Jake McMurchie saxophone
David Gordon piano
Sandy Burnett bass
Paul Cavaciuti drums

Tickets: £18/£14/£12

Late Night Concert

9.45pm St Mary’s Church

A touch of tango Craig Ogden, Milos Milivojevic and David Juritz play music from Paris and Buenos Aires by Hahn, Pujol and Chaminade.

Craig Ogden guitar
David Juritz violin
Miloš Milivojević accordion

With soup and roll supper in the village hall at 9.15pm

Tickets: £10
Sponsored by Alan, Maureen, Bernie & Edita

Lunchtime Concert

12.30pm St Mary’s Church

A midday serenade with Eluned Pierce, Craig Ogden, Anna Hashimoto and the Festival Players.

Maurice Ravel 1875-1935 Berceuse sur le nom Gabriel Fauré
Paul Reade 1943-1997 Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden
Gabriel Pierné 1863-1937 Serenade
Máximo Diego Pujol b. 1957- Suite Mágica
Robert Schumann 1810-1856 Drei Fantasiestücke Op. 73
Gabriel Fauré 1845-1924 Après un rêve Op. 7
Roma Cafolla Ambidexterity

Eluned Pierce harp
Craig Ogden guitar
Anna Hashimoto clarinet
David Juritz violin
Adrian Bradbury cello
David Gordon piano

To include a picnic platter and a glass of wine in the Rectory Gardens.

Tickets £18, £16, £14
Sponsored by a Friend of the Festival

Chamber Concert

Mykola Lysenko was jailed in 1907 for writing patriotic Ukrainian music while Reynaldo Hahn represents the apotheosis of the French romantic. Peter Hope writes music for television, radio and the concert-hall, where he has worked with José Carreras, Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Jessye Norman. Craig Ogden plays Hope’s ebullient Divertimento and Anna Hashimoto plays Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.

Mykola Lysenko 1842-1912 String trio in A minor
Reynaldo Hahn 1874-1947 Prélude, Valse et Rigaudon
Peter Hope b. 1930 Divertimento for guitar and string trio
W A Mozart 1756-1791 Clarinet Quintet in A major

Anna Hashimoto clarinet
Eluned Pierce harp
Craig Ogden guitar
David Juritz, Fiona McCapra violins
Yuri Zhislin viola
Adrian Bradbury cello Sandy Burnett bass
Sponsored by The Seaside Boarding House and Nantes Solicitors, Bridport
£18, £14, £12

Late Night Recital

French connection

David Gordon leads the Festival Players astray in a romp through the French Baroque with music by Jean-Baptiste Lully and his compatriots.
David Gordon piano
David Juritz, Fiona McCapra violins
Yuri Zhislin viola
Adrian Bradbury cello
Miloš Milivojević ́ accordion
Sandy Burnett bass

Soup and roll supper, sponsored by Andrew Neil in the Village Hall at 9.15pm
Sponsored by Dream Cottages

With a soup and roll supper in the Village Hall at 9.15pm

Gala Concert

7pm St Mary’s Church

Theatrical music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; Milos Milivojevic plays a Ukrainian accordion concerto by Igor Shamo; David Gordon in a chamber version of the Adagio from Beethoven’s Emperor concerto; extracts from Elgar’s Nursery Suite, written for the young Princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret. Anna Hashimoto brings the Festival to a lively finish with Milhaud’s Scaramouche Suite.

Jean-Baptiste Lully 1632-1687 Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827 Adagio un poco mosso from the Emperor concerto
Igor Shamo 1925-1982 Concerto for Accordion and Strings
Peter Hope b. 1930 Serenade for String Trio
Edward Elgar 1857-1934 Nursery Suite
Antonio Vivaldi 1678-1741 Sol da te, mio dolce amore from Orlando Furioso
Darius Milhaud 1892-1974 Scaramouche

Festival Players including:
Anna Hashimoto Claranet
Miloš Milivojević accordion
David Juritz, Fiona McCapra, violin
Yuri Zhislin viola
Adrian Bradbury cello
Sandy Burnett bass
David Gordon piano

Sponsored by Alan Williams

Tickets£18, £14, £12

Message from the Artistic Director

“In 2020, before lockdown, I’d planned to mark two anniversaries: the centenary of the legendary Dave Brubeck and the 90th birthday of the wonderful Dorset-based composer Peter Hope. I still think those milestones should be celebrated. Jake McMurchie, one of the most exciting saxophonists in the UK, will join David Gordon and co. in an evening of Brubeck and Charles Mingus (b.1922) and we’ve lined up two pieces by Peter Hope: his string trio and his Divertimento for guitar and strings featuring Craig Ogden.

This year brings the anniversaries of two great French writers, both with deep musical associations: Molière (b. 1622) and Marcel Proust (d. 1922). The plays of Molière were set to music by Lully, while Proust went further, creating his own composer, Vintueil, in À la recherche du temps perdu. David Gordon will be leading us through a spot of late-night Lully (expect fireworks!) and harpist Eluned Pierce will be playing music by Proust’s lover Reynaldo Hahn at the Thursday evening concert, which will also include Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Anna Hashimoto. I’ve programmed two works to reflect on the ongoing war in Ukraine: a virtuoso string trio by the father of Ukrainian music, Mykola Lysenko; and Igor Shamo’s accordion concerto with Milos Milivojevic as the soloist in the gala concert.

Sadly, Mary Ryan, who founded the festival with her husband Ronald Gilham, passed away in April this year. I feel a great debt of gratitude to Mary, not least for handing her festival on to me. David Gordon will be playing the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Emperor concerto in Mary’s memory at the gala concert.

On behalf of the musicians, I’d like to say a huge thank you to our outgoing chair, Bill Cain, who put so much energy and effort into the Festival, and also to Jenny Malyon who has stepped up to take Bill’s place with equal enthusiasm. It’s wonderful to get back on track and we’re going to make up for a two-year hiatus with a real feast of music. It’s going to be exhausting for the musicians but they’re all so excited to be back that they won’t mind.”

David Juritz
Artistic DirectorFestival

The Musicians


Above Performers in 2019
Photography by David Greenshields, Craig Ogden and Christine Bradshaw 

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