What a fabulous nine days it has been.

The traditional Street Party started off the week with a bang.  Local bands, dancing, food stalls, the Pavilion Bar and children’s entertainments all added up to a great way to start our Festival week. At the Community Picnic at the end of the week families enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the lovely Manor Gardens with a band, stilt walker, circus skills and entertainers.

Concerts at the church featured about 25 different instruments and over 70 composers in a programme that extended from the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge to a wind quintet with piano, the Magnard Ensemble. We had two BBC Young Musicians, Martin James Bartlett giving a Piano Recital and Laura van Heijden playing cello in the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective with Tom Poster. Unusual concerts included the Scott Brothers Duo who played well known exciting orchestral transcriptions on organ and piano.  Early brass music rang out, performed by the Gabrieli Consort, followed by Cathedral Brass, all highly talented musicians from Wells Cathedral School.

The tempestuous life of Frida Khalo, iconic Mexican artist featured in a current V&A exhibition, was celebrated by Lizzie Ball, voice and violin and Morgan Szymanski, guitar. Frida’s Tree of Hope was also the inspiration for an Art Workshop lead by Frances Hatch, our Artist in Residence who also had an exhibition Sheet Music for Summer at Bridge House.

We welcomed Gordon Corera, BBC Security Correspondent who has written Secret Pigeon Service, about the role of carrier pigeon in WWII; Daisy Goodwin, who talked about her book and TV series, Victoria; Helen Rappaport whose book The Race to Save the Romanovs is hot off the press, and Tom Cox gently rambled though the countryside with 21st-Century Yokel. Theatre lovers enjoyed The Winter’s Tale in the magical gardens of Meerhay Manor.

We had raised funding to support an extensive programme of concerts and workshops for schools, special school, care homes and playgroup including a family show Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music.

We would like to thank all the artists that performed for us, our sponsors and of course those that attended the events. We hope you all had a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming you again next year.

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