Hinton Festival 2010



The Festival started on Tuesday 8th June in its usual fashion with a rousing concert by the Sunset Café Stompers, playing some old favourites and some new tunes that we hadn’t heard them play before.  The only sad note was the announcement that it was the last time we would hear Bob Kefford, trombonist to the SCS and of course founder, with Judith Kefford, of the Festival.  We shall miss his great playing.

Wednesday evening was our Young Musicians Competition and a great night it was.  The children of Hinton St. George First School started the evening off with their usual spirited performance; it is amazing to see how many children in the school have reached the level of competence and confidence to be able to play on a stage in front of 150 people.  Next came the final of the under-14 age group of the competition; all three competitors (Alexander Drayton on drums, Violette Pepper on piano and Libby Dawe on Alto Saxophone) gave great performances, but it was Libby with her confident and highly musical playing of “Georgia on my Mind” that won the day.After the interval, we had the final of the older age group. The standard was very high; Berry Bertschinger on the piano gave a very credible performance of two complex pieces by Beethoven and Chopin – an amazing effort for someone who has only recently resumed playing the piano.  Edward Heard gave a glorious performance of the “Malaguena” on his guitar, but the evening belonged to Kieran Spurway, who played his trombone magnificently to take the Open prize.

Whilst the judges deliberated, we were entertained by the South Somerset Youth Choir – it was altogether an enjoyable and uplifting evening.

Thursday produced one of those evenings that will never be forgotten by those who attended.  We were delighted to welcome Stile Antico, a group of 13 young singers who perform ancient music, unaccompanied and unconducted.  The programme of “In Paradisum” included works by Guillaume Dufay, Alonso Lobo, Nicolas Gombert and William Byrd, all interspersed with Plainchant, but the highlight was John Sheppard’s Media Vita.  The sound of the 13 beautifully balanced voices soaring up into the roof of the 15th Century St. George’s Church was unforgettable. We wished them well for their performance at the BBC Proms.

Friday saw a sell-out return, for the third time, of Show of Hands – Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, accompanied by Miranda Sykes.  Now an internationally-recognised “roots” band, we were delighted that they still enjoy the unique atmosphere of our Festival.  Steve produced some great new material, some highly topical, such as the song about the wreck off Branscombe of the container ship “ Napoli ” in 2007.  We wouldn’t let them go until they had sung the “Falmouth Packet”, one of their all-time great hits.

Choosing the act with which to close is no mean task and for the 2010 Festival we welcomed the London Mozart Trio, under their leader Colin Stone.  This was indeed a mighty concert, starting with the Mozart Piano Trio No. 4 in E major, continuing with the great Dvorak “Dumky” trio and finishing with the Rachamninov Trio Elegiaque No.2.  The power of the music was quite exhausting to listen to – for the players, it was a triumph!

Although not strictly part of the Festival, Sunday morning saw the Sunset Café Stompers return to St. George’s Church for a jazz communion, along with the Hinton Singers, repeating a popular innovation from 2008.  The Church was once again full for a service of jazz and spirituals.

2010 Programme

Sunset Café Stompers

Traditional Jazz in the style of the New Orleans Pioneers

Young Musicians Concert

Hinton St George First School

Young Musician of the Year

South Somerset Youth Choir

Stile Antico

In Paradisum

Swansongs, memorials and paradisal motets by Renaissance masters

Show of Hands - Folk

London Mozart Trio

Sergio Rachmaninov – Trio Elégiaque No 2 in D Minor, Opus 9

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Trio No 4 in E Major K542

Antonin Dvoƙák – Piano Trio No 4 in E Minor, Opus 90 (The Dunky Trio)

With many thanks to our sponsors, Yarcombe Woodland Products, Wessex Water, Rothschild, The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton Fundraisers, Poole & Co, Fender Guitars, Classic Canes, Woodland and Garden Tree Services, Merriott Pharmacy, Agusta Westland, Waitrose, Bonner the Butcher







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