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Announcing the second...CollectIvel@St Andrew’s Festival, 1st-3rd July 2022.

Announcing the second...CollectIvel@St Andrew’s Festival, 1st-3rd July 2022.
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We’d like to welcome you to join us again at our second St Andrew’s Festival; our weekend of concerts in and around St Andrew’s Church Biggleswade. 

To start this mini Festival, on Friday 1st July at 7.30pm we will be welcoming Simon Berridge, Tom Stewart and Wayne Martin to perform ‘Places to go: from Bach to Jazz’; for voice, trumpet and piano.

On Saturday, 2nd July at 12.30, we welcome award-winning organist William Whitehead for ‘Bach and friends’; a lunch-time concert on the organ of St Andrew’s Church, Biggleswade. William will present a wide-ranging programme to include Bach, Bach arranged by Dupré, and Bach arranging Vivaldi! Plus a kaleidoscope of contemporary pieces in homage to Bach drawn from the Orgelbüchlein Project (contemp composers filling in the blank pages of Orgelbüchlein that Bach left).

This will be followed at 7.30pm by ‘Bach and the Art of Jazz’ featuring Martin Feinstein, world renowned flute and recorder player and Pawel Siwczak, harpsichordist extraordinaire; joining with CollectIvists in in a programme of Bach and beyond…

The festival finishes with a picnic concert outside the church on Sunday 3rd July, at 3pm featuring the Alec Harper Quartet – a four-piece jazz group consisting of four friends and titans of the UK Jazz Scene. Alec Harper (saxophonist), Phil Horsfall (Biggleswade’s very own Trumpeter and vocalist), Will Barry (piano) and Ferg Ireland (Bass) met whist playing in popular London based outfit “Kansas Smitty’s” and are all individually active on the European Jazz circuit. For this particular programme the group will be performing a selection of jazz compositions from their favourite artists including, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jelly Roll Morton and many more. The repertoire selected is focussed mainly on the period of jazz history spanning the 1920s-50s but some exceptions could indeed make their way into the set, after all, Jazz is full of surprises! Bring a rug, chairs and a picnic, and join us for the fun-filled festival conclusion…

All the festival events will be held in the well-ventilated venue of St Andrew’s Church or outside. Audiences are welcome to wear face-coverings as desired to protect themselves and other patrons, but this is not obligatory. We would ask that you buy tickets in advance, or indicate your wish to attend via this website in case contact tracing is necessary
To get an idea of the sort of music you may encounter at the Festival, do visit our media page listen to audio and video clips of our previous Festival and watch out for our promotional video, coming soon…