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Botley Music Festival Celebrates 10 years

30/05/2019

The first Botley Music Festival took place 10 years ago, and we’re pleased to say, we’re still going strong ….

The Botley Music Festival is a biennial event, which this year will run from the 7th – 13th July. There will be 11 events, starting with a special Choral Evensong in All Saints Church Botley, followed by cheese and wine reception on Sunday 7th July. Free lunchtime concerts run throughout the week.

A series of evening concerts and events with various ticket prices, including a Music Quiz with Fish & Chip Supper on the evening of Friday 12th July, held at Botley Primary School, and the very popular Last Night of the Proms on the evening of Saturday 13th. Early booking for these 2 last popular events is strongly recommended.

The aim of the Botley Music Festival is to promote live music in Botley, utilising the talents of all ages, through a programme of concerts and events in and around the village of Botley.

Any surplus monies raised by Botley Music Festival are used to stage and subsidise future musical events. 10 years ago, this was a new venture for the village, building on both the strong sense of community that exists within Botley and its long-established music tradition.

The Festival was the brainchild of David Burgess, music teacher, performer, and Musical Director of the choir at All Saints Church, Botley and the 100 strong Botley Choral Society. David is a passionate promoter of the benefits and value of community music making, a great encourager of talent, and a hugely enthusiastic impresario- putting together and pulling off a seemingly endless number of concerts and musical events throughout the year.

The Festival has become a popular community musical event, made possible by the commitment of a team of loyal volunteers, and supported by local community groups including the WI, who provide refreshments at the lunchtime concerts, and the All Saints Flower Guild.

Here is a summary of events taking place over the week:

Sunday 7th July
6.30pm Festival Choral Evensong with cheese & wine

Monday 8th July
12.30pm Kaleidoscope String Quartet
7.00pm Upham Recorder Orchestra

Tuesday 9th July
10.00am – Music for Toddlers with Moo Music
12.30pm The Monington Duo

Wednesday 10th July
12.30pm Song Recital
7.30pm Southampton Concert Wind Band

Thursday 11th July
12.30pm ‘A middle-age spread’

Friday 12th July
12.30pm Harp recital
7.30pm Festival Music Quiz

Saturday 13th July
7.30pm Last Night of the Proms

More details of the programme can be found on the Botley Parish community website, https://www.botley.com/musicfestival. Tickets are on sale in person weekdays between 9.30 -11.30, from June 10th, from the Festival Box Office from All Saints Church Botley, or telephone Botley Festival Box Office – 07926 631 866. Tickets can be bought online at TicketSource.co.uk – search for Botley Music Festival ( a small booking fee will be charged for online booking) For enquiries please email musicatbotley@aol.com.

Last Night of the Proms

This year, the Last Night of the Proms, on Saturday 13th July, will bring together the choir of All Saints, plus additional local singers from other choirs. We’ll be singing some popular songs from musicals, including medleys from Phantom of the Opera and the Sound of Music, plus The Gift of Music by John Rutter. The orchestra, which again, comprises of local musicians and invited guests will play some well-known pieces, including the William Tell Overture, The Dambusters March, a medley of Strauss Waltzes, as well as other well-known Proms favourites.

Other events this year will include the return of the Kaleidescope String Quartet for a lunchtime recital, a morning musical event for toddlers, lunchtime recital by young soprano, Katie Alder and a light-hearted lunchtime show on Thursday including songs and readings aimed at the more mature audience, performed by Botley Church Choir members Pat Jenkins, Kate Poole and Catherine Tribble.

Fiona has given a lunchtime harp recital at many Botley Music Festivals and will appear again this year. Fiona is a great favourite with the local schoolchildren who come to the lunchtime concerts. This is a magical opportunity for the children to see a harp so closely and, supervised by Fiona,to be able to touch the strings.

Author: Kate Poole
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