Welcome to the 55th Wooburn Festival
26th September to 17th October 2022
Subject to the status of Covid-19, we have agreed with all artists and most venues, publically owned venues cannot commit yet, that we will go ahead with all the events planned for this year's Festival. Programmes, performers and dates are still subject to change.
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Message from the Festival Chairman Brian Johnson
It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our President and leading British mezzosoprano Pamela Helen Stephen at the age of 57 years. Pamela died after a long illness which she fought with immense strength, courage and bravery. Pamela was the wife until 2008 of the late Richard Hickox the founder of the Wooburn Festival. We are currently searching for a new President.
In the meantime we are pleased to announce that preparations for this year’s Festival are well on the way to completion and would like to give you an idea of the joys to be found in our 55th Festival this year.
We open the Festival with our traditional jazz supper, which features Alan Barnes with the David Newton Trio. David is one of the greatest solo jazz pianists this country has ever produced and Alan plays multi reed instruments. They will be joined on the night by virtuoso bass player Adam King and drummer Steve Brown. Expect a hugely entertaining programme.
The Barefoot Opera Company return with Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola, which might have an education element- still under discussion. Rossini’s opera was first performed in Rome’s Teatro Valle on 25 January 1817 and is considered to have some of his finest writing for solo voice and ensembles.
For our evening chamber concerts we welcome the return of the internationally renowned Heath Quartet who will play some Purcell Fantasias, and quartets by Britten and Schubert. The Mitsu Piano Trio will play trios by Mozart, Martinu, Haydn and Mendelssohn. The third and final chamber concert, the Sveta & Slava Duo, is special for obvious reasons but we hope that the atrocities committed in Ukraine will be a thing of the past by Festival time. Russian cellist Svetlana Mochalova and Ukrainian pianist Slava Sidorenko first met at the Royal Northern College of Music. Between them, they’ve won multiple awards and performed at venues including the Purcell Room, the Barbican, Wigmore Hall and Glastonbury.
No Festival would be complete without our stunning week-long Visual Arts Exhibition and this year should be no exception.
We have an illustrated interview with the record breaking cross Atlantic rower Guy Rigby by Quentin Falk.
The Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham are presenting two events this year, a talk about Stanley Spencer’s Love Affair with the Thames plus and a morning guided tour of the Gallery exhibition ‘Delight in Nature’ and a stroll around Cookham visiting some of the places that inspired Stanley.
All of the above, together with our Monday Lunchtime Concerts at All Saints Church, High Wycombe should combine to make up an unmissable Festival. We look forward to meeting you there.
We are indebted to the following organisations and individuals for their financial support. This enables the Wooburn Festival to provide affordable, nationally & internationally acclaimed music, visual arts and film to the Chilterns & Thames Valley.