Theatre & Events: Lloyd Webber tops the bill for this summer’s Bradfield festival

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INTERNATIONALLY-acclaimed cellist Julian Lloyd Webber heads the line-up at the Bradfield Festival of Music in June.

The celebrated musician will be joined by his cellist wife Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and accompanist John Lenehan for an evening of Dvorak, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Saint Saens, Purcell, Piazzolla and Shostakovich at St Nicholas’ Church, High Bradfield, on June 25.

But they are just part of a strong line-up for the popular annual festival of classics which runs from June 22 to 29 and is now entering its 17th year.

Other major names from the music industry performing at the Festival this tear include organist Dr Gordon Stewart and trumpeter Tom Osborne and clarinet virtuoso Emma Johnson.

Award winning soprano Elizabeth Watts, a former student at the University of Sheffield, will be joined her husband, baritone Guy Robinson, for an evening of Mozart, Bernstein, Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

There will be a rare appearance outside of their London base for the Chamber Ensemble of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, making their first visit to High Bradfield.

And there will also be concerts by Harlequin Brass, hailed as the North’s premier 10-piece brass ensemble, and the world renowned Cantamus Girls’ Choir from Mansfield, the winners of 26 international choral awards.

The Bradfield Festival of Music was launched in 1998, reviving a tradition that actually dates back as far as 1813.

The revived festival is now a week-long event, always held during the last full week in June and attracting some of the major names of the classical music world.

“Our aim is to bring to this rural part of Sheffield a variety of musicians that includes professional artists with a national reputation as well as the best of local amateur groups, and give an opportunity for young musicians to perform in public,” said Festival Secretary Keith Hoyland.

“We are delighted to be welcoming Julian Lloyd Webber back to High Bradfield but he is just one part of one of our strongest programmes to date and one that we believe represents a fantastic selection of music and styles.”

The Parish Church of St Nicholas, where the concerts take place, is a spectacular medieval, grade 1-listed building blessed with excellent acoustics. It is featured in a recently published book on the 100 best churches in Britain.

For further information or to book tickets to concerts, visit http://bradfieldfestivalofmusic.co.uk/tickets. They are on sale at Flask End (the former Postcard Café and Store) in Low Bradfield or from the Old Horns Inn in High Bradfield. Tickets are also available on the door, subject to availability.