The Bramley & Little London Music Festival was launched in 2005 and many of its guests have been students or postgraduates of the great London conservatoires.
For 2019, we opened with former Royal harpist Claire Jones, performing with acclaimed percussionist, Chris Marshall, to provide a rare opportunity to hear innovative arrangements of familiar pieces, as well as new ones. We were also treated to an introduction to some unusual percussion instruments. The following evening, we were entertained by Signum Brass, a new group handpicked for us by the Guildhall School of Music, who produced a varied and entertaining programme to showcase their skill. On the Saturday evening we finished with a return, by popular demand, of Graffiti Classics who brought the house down with their humour and virtuosity.
The 2017 Festival began with the extraordinary Graffiti Classics who amazed the audience with an act that combined wonderful music with humour in an evening that will be long remembered by those who were there. The next evening saw an evening of contrasts as Simon Dinsdale showcased the St James organ (dating from 1883) while Ken Harratt brought us up to date to show what modern music technology can do. On the final night singer, songwriter, pianist and showman extraordinare Joe Stilgoe left the audience dazzled by his skill and entirely improvised routine.
In 2015, the stunning a capella group Apollo5 opened the festival, along with David Childs, one of the finest brass soloists of his generation and, in 2000, the first euphonium player to win the brass final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. Claire Jones, former official harpist to the Prince of Wales then entertained us, along with pianist Maite Aguirra in her third visit to the Festival. The final night showcased the unutterably cool Joseph Henry Jazz Collective and teenage violin virtuoso, Shoshanah Sievers, who later was a joint winner of the 2016 BBC Proms Inspire Competition’s 12-14 category.
In 2009, the talented Madalina Rusu stood in at very short notice for Evelina Puzaite (stranded in Scandinavia following a piano competition) and the festival moved up a gear with the first appearance of Fine Arts Brass – arguably the best brass quintet at work in the UK – and the thrilling and innovative a cappella ensemble Voces8.
Also notable in 2009 was the first performance of a work specially commissioned by the music festival: Sligo Fair, by the celebrated North Country composer Arthur Butterworth, was premiered by Fine Arts Brass, its score dedicated to the memory of one of the Festival’s firmest supporters, Ian Mason Hill.
The first events, in 2005 and 2007, will be especially remembered for the singing of David Stout, the violin playing of Nadia Wijzenbeek, the piano playing of Martin Sturfalt and Evelina Puzaite, and the verse and readings of actors David Robb and Briony McRoberts.
2019 June 13-14-15
Claire Jones, harp with Chris Marshall, percussion provided a fascinating and entertaining ptogramme to showcase how their instruments can work together.
Signum Brass Tom Thornton trumpet, Adam Meyer trumpet, Alex Grinyer french horn, Will Morley trombone and Charlie Jones tuba gave a wonderful blend of serious and fun music.
Graffiti Classics again blew away the audiencew with their wit and skill. Akiko Ishikawa violin, Frederick Taylor violin, Katie Perrin viola, Cathal Ó Dúill double bass.
2017 June 15-16-17
Graffiti Classics the string quartet with a difference performed their unique and hilarious music cabaret show. Akiko Ishikawa violin, Enrika ūselytė violin, Sam Rolles viola, Matthew Barlow cello.
The battle of the keyboards: Simon Dinsdale demonstrated what our organ is capable of while Ken Harratt made a welcome return on the piano and keyboard.
Internationally acclaimed pianist, singer and jazz musician Joe Stilgoe.
2015 June 11-12-13
Apollo5 a cappella ensemble. Charlotte Brosnan, Clare Stewart, Alex Haigh, Harry Bennett, Greg Link with David Childs euphonium
Maite Aguirre piano with Claire Jones harp
Shoshanah Sievers violin with the Joseph Henry Jazz Collective Ken Harratt keyboard, Dan Giles bass, Joseph Henry percussion.
2013 June 13-14-15
Voces8 a cappella ensemble. Andrea Haines, Emily Dickens, Chris Wardle, Barney Smith, Robert Smith, Sam Dressel, Paul Smith, Dingle Yandell.
Fine Arts Brass
Simon Lenton trumpet, Angela Whelan trumpet, Chris Parkes horn, Katy Jones trombone, Les Naish tuba.
The Tenorissimi Matteo Dalle Fratte, Alberto Sousa and Alexandros Tsilogiannis with Maite Aguirre piano.
2011 June 16-17-18
Fine Arts Brass Simon Lenton and Angela Whelan trumpet, Chris Parkes horn, Arlene McFarlane trombone and Les Neish tuba.
4Girls/4Harps Eleanor Turner, Keziah Thomas, Harriet Adie and Angharad Wyn Jones.
The Tenorissimi Matteo Dalle Fratte, Alberto Sousa and Alex Tsilogiannis with Maite Aguirre piano.
2009 June 18-19-20
2007 July 12-13-14
Matt Butchers organ.
Royal Academy Brass
Steve Hicks and David Hopkin trumpet, Jocelyn Lightfoot horn, Iain Maxwell trombone and Alex Kidson tuba.
Evelina Puzaite piano.
The Rosina Trio Luisa Rosina clarinet, Helena Roques violin and Tom Ostrovkis piano.
Liehsja Blaxland-de Lange harp.
David Robb and Briony McRoberts verse/readings.
2005 July 14-15-16
Matthew Phillips organ.
London City Brass
William Watson and Martin Britt trumpet, Rachel McLoughlin horn, Mark Templeton trombone and Matt Smith tuba.
David Stout baritone.
Marc Verter piano.
Nadia Wijzenbeek violin.
Martin Sturfalt piano.
David Robb and Briony McRoberts verse/readings.