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The Local Lowdown :
Line-up Announced
for £25 Farm Festival
Farm Festival, Somerset’s best A range of eclectic DJs will
loved lo-fi independent music keep the party vibe going
festival, returns for its fourth till the early hours, including
year of quality live bands and Jeffrey Disaster, Jin X, plus
summer fun. the Farmfestival DJs playing
Farmfestival is an independently
a party mix of electro, house,
run festival that is only £25
breaks and disco.
and offers two days of up- Concert organiser Dejan
and-coming and established Vernon said: “We’re a great
25 Years for Somerset
bands, DJs and camping. This addition to the concert
year’s festival will take place calendar for those that can’t
Chamber Choir
from 24th – 25th July. afford to fork out massive
Known for breaking fresh
prices for the major festivals
underground talent such
in the UK.”
The Somerset Chamber Choir is the members resolved to return to
as Friendly Fires and “For the same price as an
set to celebrate their 25th anniversary Somerset for fi ve or six weekends
Sixnationstate, this year’s average round at the pub you
concert at Wells Cathedral on 25th
every year to rehearse intensively for
Farm Festival will see a can catch some brilliant live
July 2009. Brilliant Baroque! Will
two annual concerts in Taunton and
hot new line-up including shows and bands on the cusp
feature Emma Kirkby plus four
Wells Cathedral.
Babyhead, DJ Vadim & of greatness.”
other outstanding soloists; Sophie The choir quickly earned and Sabrina Jade Live, Ex-lovers
For more information, visit:
Bevan, Tim Mead, Thomas Hobbs, established a fi ne reputation for
and Lime Headed Dog.
www.farmfestival.co.uk
Derek Welton and superb baroque
the quality of its concerts, praised
orchestra, Canzona.
by press and audience alike,
particularly for its purity of tone, fi ne
The choir’s conductor, Graham
balance, musicality and innovative
Caldbeck, will direct a mouth-
programming.
watering programme of
Over the ensuing 25 years, the
Baroque ‘classics’: Handel Dixit
choir has expanded and continued
Dominus, Vivaldi Gloria, Charpentier
to recruit talented singers who have
Te Deum, plus a short work The
links with the county of Somerset,
Angels by Jonathan Harvey.
but the core of the choir still
The choir was formed in 1984 as a
comprises many of the founding
group of friends until members of
members - the fact that they been
Somerset Youth Choir ceased to
singing together since childhood is
qualify as ‘youths’ anymore. They
evident in the warmth of the choir’s
wanted to continue singing together
performances.
– despite university, careers and
For more information, visit: www.
new lives all over the country so
somersetchamberchoir.org.uk
Opera in the Park
Britain’s principal touring opera company, Opera Brava, will bring together a
cast of national and international singers to perform an open air concert at the
stunning Ston Easton Park in Somerset this summer. Visitors to ‘Opera in the
Park’ this season will experience La Bohème and, The Marriage of Figaro.
Ston Easton Park is a most befi tting backdrop to such a prestigious event.
The stage will be rigged affront the façade of the superb 18th Century
Palladian mansion and guests are invited to bring chairs, rugs and picnics
to enjoy on the splendid front lawn.
Tickets are on sale now for Opera in the Park. Call the national box
offi ce on 01444 443000 or visit the Tourist Information Centre.
14 - Somerset Times
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