St Andrews Festival



CollectIvel St Andrew's Festival 2022


St Andrew’s Festival, 2022 - a weekend of concerts and other events in and around St Andrew’s Church, Biggleswade, organised by CollectIvel - a collective of freelance musicians and performance artists.

The theme of the festival this year will be around Bach and jazz as musicians and artists get “Bach to normal” after a pandemic-enforced break in their careers!

To start this mini Festival, on Friday 1st July at 7.30pm we will be welcoming Simon Berridge, Tom Stewart and Wayne Morris to perform ‘Places to go: from Bach to Jazz’;  for voice, trumpet and piano. Local star Simon Berridge has more than 35 years of experience as a classical singer, choir director, vocal mentor and teacher. Whilst a member of the award winning ensemble ‘The Sixteen’ he toured extensively with the group throughout the world.

On Saturday, 2nd July at 12.30pm, 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 who returns to Biggleswade to join with CollectIvists in a programme of Bach and beyond…

Martin Feinstein played jazz piano from a young age and started playing the flute at the age of 15, inspired by hearing the works of J.S.Bach. He is recognised as one of the UK's leading period flute players. As a soloist and with his Feinstein Ensemble, he has performed, broadcast and recorded a wide range of repertoire on both modern and period instruments, performances that have met with critical praise both in the UK and abroad.

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. 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…

For more in-detail info about the concerts and performers, and how to buy tickets visit https://www.collectivel.org Whilst there where you will be able to take the opportunity to read more about our work, to listen to audio and video clips of previous events, including the first St Andrew’s Festival held last year...




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