Bedford Park Festival goes online

The Bedford Park Festival is going online this year with The Chiswick Calendar as one of several digital platforms hosting events.

Festival will feature performances by a host of local stars. Phyllis Logan, Kevin McNally, Lucy Briers and Jeremy Vine are recording a new radio play for The Chiswick Calendar, and Eddy Marsan is giving a dramatic reading in conjunction with the Italian station LondonONERadio.


Image above: Trio Manouche ‘The Isolation Sessions’ featuring Francesca Confortini

Since our Jazz at George IV nights came to an abrupt halt with the coronavirus also, The Chiswick Calendar and Jazz promoter Larry Pryce are particularly pleased to be able to feature the YouTube Premiere of Gypsy Jazz band Trio Manouche presenting their new album, recorded during Lockdown, as part of the Festival, on Friday 19 June.

Images above: Sandy Burnett; Sophie Ellis Bextor; David Juritz

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is sharing her Friday Kitchen Disco videos with the Festival and top local musicians David Juritz and Sandy Burnett will give an illustrated talk on Bach. There will also be another chance to watch the Festival’s acclaimed poetry evening with Louis de Bernieres, filmed in 2014 by Chiswickbuzz.

The Festival will be opened by Jeremy Vine at 11.00 am on Saturday 13 June, as part of Green Days at Home. The online Craft Fair will have over 25 exhibitors, and the ‘virtual‘ Bandstand will feature performances by Chiswick Theatre Arts, ArtsEd, Stagecoach Chiswick and ‘Alan the Milkman’s band’, The BATS of Ealing – all hosted on the Chiswickbuzz website.

At the same time, the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition and Photographic Exhibition will take place on The Chiswick Calendar website.

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See also: Two radio plays – premiered at the Bedford Park Festival

See also: Trio Manouche – The Isolation Sessions