Jenny Malyon Chair
Photography by Kate Shemlit
Jenny Malyon, our new Chair for 2022
“This year is the 40th Festival of Art and Music in Burton Bradstock. Over time the Festival has grown to include an exhibition of local, affordable art and craft; latterly it has run through the whole week. This year’s Festival, our first since the pandemic, will consist of concerts over three days and the art exhibition throughout the week. We know that we will be welcoming back musicians who have visited us for many years, as well as meeting some new faces at St. Mary’s beautiful church in the heart of our village. I do hope we will see you here for the outstanding performances.”
Jenny Malyon Chair
‘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
12-20 AUGUST 2023
Six days of brilliant classical, jazz and world music with internationally acclaimed performers and a eight-day exhibition featuring some of the finest art and ceramics in the South West.