Bedford Park Festival tickets go on sale

Image: Green Days

New venues & partners give a fresh look to “Chiswick’s favourite fortnight”

Guest blog by Torin Douglas

Tickets have just gone on sale for this year’s Bedford Park Festival, one of West London’s longest-running and most popular arts and community events.  From June 7 to 23 June, the Festival will offer something for everyone, whatever their age, with a wide range of concerts, talks, walks, film & theatre performances, exhibitions and open-air events.

This year, new venues, partners and performers will give a fresh look to “Chiswick’s favourite fortnight”, alongside the familiar favourites – Green Days weekend, the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition & Photography Exhibition, the Festival Mass in St Michael & All Angels Church and the Open Gardens walk on the final Sunday.

We’re delighted to announce a new partnership with Sanderson Design Group, which is moving back to Chiswick, where its founder Arthur Sanderson set up his wallpaper factory in 1879. The company has refurbished Voysey House, Charles Voysey’s iconic office building in the centre of Chiswick, as its new headquarters.

READ ALSO: Sanderson set to return to Voysey House in Chiswick

Homecoming: Sanderson, Voysey & Chiswick

In ‘Homecoming: Sanderson, Voysey & Chiswick’ on Thursday 20 June, you’ll have the first chance to look inside and hear about the group’s ambitious plans, including its new “Bedford Park” collection of fabrics and wallpapers. Space is limited and tickets may sell out early – you can book here via TicketSource:

Book tickets – Homecoming: Sanderson, Voysey & Chiswick

We’re also pleased to partner for the first time with McVities (which opened its first shop in 1839) and its parent company Pladis, which moved into Chiswick Park in 2021. Their generous sponsorship has enabled the Festival to launch a series of concerts in St Michael & All Angels Church, and workshops in schools, aimed at a young and diverse audience to broaden local young people’s access to music.

Images: Apollo’s Cabinet; Elena Urioste & Tom Poster

Apollo’s Cabinet

They will feature the period performance group Apollo’s Cabinet; trumpeter Aaron Azunda Akugbo (Classic FM’s Rising Star nominee) & harpist Milo Harper; and violinist  Elena Urioste & pianist Tom Poster of the award-winning #UriPosteJukeBox, which features classical gems and an interactive concert experience!

Tickets are on sale for these and the other Festival events on TicketSource:

Book tickets – Apollo’s Cabinet

We also have a new venue and partner for the Bedford Park Photography Exhibition, co-sponsored for several years by The Chiswick Calendar and Snappy Snaps.

It’s moving into St Michael & All Angels Church, where the photos will be displayed on the south wall, sharing the church with the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition of artworks in the north aisle.

Image: last year’s Photography competition winner Cranes; photographer Steve Shotton

Photography exhibition and competition

The exhibition is extended to a full week, from Saturday 8 to Friday 14 June, and Chiswick Auctions becomes an additional co-sponsor, highlighting its sale of 19th and 20th Century Photographs on Thursday 6 June, and Photographica sale on Wednesday 10 July 2024.

So show off the photographs you are most proud of, make some money for charity and put yourself in the running for some very generous prizes from Snappy Snaps. See details of how to enter here:

READ ALSO: Bedford Park Festival Photography Competition – How to Enter & Rules for 2024

Murder on the Orient Express

Another new venue is The Chiswick Cinema, which will host a screening to mark the 50th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot.

It will be introduced by Andrea Carnevali of The Chiswick Cinema Film Club on Saturday 22 June. Tickets are available from Ticketsource:

Book tickets – ticketsource.co.uk

And another company that has returned to Chiswick – after a shorter gap than Sanderson – is the wealth management firm Killik & Co.

Throughout its time in Chiswick it was a significant partner of the Bedford Park Festival, and on its return it is sponsoring the Craft Fair on Green Days weekend (June 8 and 9), supporting 20 local creative businesses that will be exhibiting their wares.

Talks on wine, poetry and ballet

Other Festival highlights will include the Italian wine and travel writer Marc Masson, interviewed by Susannah Simons; a birthday celebration of Chiswick’s Nobel Prize-winning poet WB Yeats, with guest speaker Jeremy Vine; and “The Royal Ballet in 60 Minutes” by Sarah Lenton of BBC Radio 3, at the Theatre at the Tabard.

West End performer Rosemary Ashe returns to Theatre at the Tabard

The Festival will also include performances of Fondly Remembered by Gareth Armstrong at the Tabard, with West End performer Rosemary Ashe in the cast.

READ ALSO: West End performer Rosemary Ashe returns to Theatre at the Tabard

Image: Conrad Shawcross sculpture to commemorate W.B. Yeats

WB Yeats’ connections with Bedford Park will also be explored in a literary walk – Land of Heart’s Desire – led by Cahal Dallat, poet, broadcaster and founder of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project – while the Festival’s longest-running event, the annual Bedford Park Walk will explore the area’s architectural and literary heritage led by Dr Pamela Bickley and John Scott.

Frank the Cat, Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and Faure’s Piano Quartet No 1

Further extending the Festival’s musical range, the hugely popular ten-piece band Frank the Cat will perform vibrant versions of ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s soul, disco and fun covers;  Danish/Hungarian organist David Bendix Nielsen will give a recital on the acclaimed organ in St Michael & All Angels Church; and Festival favourites David Juritz, violin, and Mark Viner, piano, and friends will perform Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Faure’s Piano Quartet No 1.

Fancy Dress – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

As well as the schools’ music workshops, events for children will include Building the St Michael’s Bug Church, to provide nesting sites and shelter for insects and wildlife in the church garden; a concert by the young choir The Choristers; and several events on Green Days weekend, where the Fancy Dress Competition, Children’s Corner and Turnham Green Treasure Hunt are all on the theme of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

The two-day Green Days Fete & Craft Fair is the Festival’s opening weekend and will feature the usual array of bands, refreshments, funfair and stalls, supported by many local companies headed by the Festival’s major partner Savills.

Returning sponsors include Andrew Nunn & Associates (Beer tent), ArtsEd (Bandstand), Knight Frank (Refreshments tent), Fudges Cycles & Whitman & Co (Cycle Zone), and BMW, Kia & MG(Electric Vehicle Zone). It’s not too late to join them – or to volunteer to help with this year’s Festival.

Profits will support St Michael & All Angels Church, which runs the Festival as part of its mission of community outreach, and its three 2024 charities:

The Upper Room, helping the needy in Shepherd’s Bush; Swinfen Telemedicine, which links specialist medical expertise to doctors and nurses in remote regions of the world; and Crosslight Chiswick, which provides face-to-face debt advice, together with money education and budgeting support to individuals and families in need.

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Read more and book tickets at www.bedfordparkfestival.org .

Torin Douglas is the partnership and community co-ordinator for the Bedford Park Festival, working with Fr Kevin Morris, the vicar and Festival director; Nicola Chater, Festival administrator; Tassy Russell, event manager; Vicky Brooke, Green Days site manager; Alyson Mitchell, Festival treasurer; and a large team of volunteers.

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