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Chipping Campden Music Festival

President Paul Lewis
Principal sponsor of the 2007 festival - Jackson Stops & Staff. Steinway piano sponsored by Cutts of Campden.

I am delighted to report that the 2007 festival was another great success. Ticket sales were well up on 2006 and although fees were also considerably higher than last year we have finished up with a surplus to carry forward to 2008. As always our performers seemed to love both the venue and the atmosphere the festival generates. The following are just some of the comments we received from this year's artists:

"To play to such an enthusiastic and concentrated capacity crowd was quite a compliment and I am most grateful for all you did... my warmest gratitude for another totally enjoyable visit to your superb Festival - long may it last and prosper. You have turned it into a remarkable success story!" John Lill.

"I saw the orchestra today at their Colin Davis rehearsals, and they were all saying how much they enjoyed last night, and what a fabulous venue the church is! Charlotte also reported that you and your team were wonderfully helpful and hospitable. Many thanks for the invitation and for being so great to work with" Pauline Gilberton director English Chamber Orchestra.

"The best venue we have ever played in in the UK" Igor Naidfn - viola player of the Borodin quartet.

"Thanks so much again - the concert on Friday was fantastic and the orchestra were very glad to have a concert in such a beautiful setting, and much closer to home after five months of non-stop touring!" Tara Persaud concerts manager Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

I would like to thank everyone who became a 'Patron', 'Friend' or 'Sponsor' this year, without whose help the festival would not survive. There are too many to name everyone but the following deserve a particular mention; Jackson Stops & Staff for, once again, being our principal sponsor. Cutts of Campden for sponsoring the Steinway piano for the 6th year. Cotswold House Hotel for sponsoring, for the fourth year, the jazz supper.

I would also like to thank everyone who helped in any way with the day to day running of the event. Again there is not room to mention everyone but the following worked particularly hard; Richard Stephens, Ivor & Jean Owen, Arthur & Rachel Cunyghame, Micaela Schmitz, Jessica May. Finally thank you to Campden Bowling club and to W.R. Haines & Sons for allowing us to display the large advertising boards on their properties and Jeremy Green for all the advertising in his Bulletin. Next year's festival will run from Tuesday 13th - Saturday 24th May. Details will be published in November 2007.

Before then we have two 'one off concerts both in St. James' church at 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Saturday September 22nd - tickets £10 adults £5 students - on the door only. A fully staged production of the opera with professional orchestra and advanced singers from the top UK colleges.

Paul Lewis Saturday Dec 1st 7.30pm. Beethoven's last three piano sonatas op109/110/111. This will be the final time Paul plays this programme in the UK

Booking forms will be sent to everyone on the festival database in July. Box office opens August 1st.
(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Nice to see Paul Lewis will

Nice to see Paul Lewis will be playing the great BEETHOVEN Sonatas. Enjoyed visiting the Cotswolds recently.. before the rain thank heavens!

There is an unusual virtually unknown portrait of Ludwig Van Beethoven on my website. Help identifying the artist would be appreciated by the Beethoven-haus museum in Bonn.

[editor]: here is the link to the article Maurice is referring to:
http://irelandtoo.blogspot.com/2007/05/ludwig-van-beethoven-mystery_11.html

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