Line-up 2017

Singers from Marksbury School

Children from Marksbury School at the Festival in 2015

Opening Reception

This year, children from Years 5 and 6 will sing, and play some very interesting percussion for us in the Village Hall, (as Marksbury Church is closed for repairs), followed by the opening reception with refreshments.

Afternoon tea


Afternoon tea and musical accompaniment from Richard Fry

Richard has had a lifelong love of popular melody. He plays piano and keyboard, and has performed for many different community groups in and around Bath.

His repertoire ranges from the show tunes of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Ivor Novello and Richard Rodgers to light music themes and chart hits, mainly of the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Richard plays his music entirely ‘ by ear ‘.

The Celli Peppers
Cello Ensemble


Renaissance to Contemporary

The Celli Peppers were formed in 2015 on the basis: "if one cello is good two cellos are twice as good". Their repertoire is a true miscellany from renaissance to contemporary.

There's not much written for cello ensemble specifically but many others have noticed the wonderful sound that can be created (and we hope we do!) so there are a large number of arrangements that can be called upon. Indeed, several of the arrangements you will hear have been made by one of the members of the group. The players come from Stroud to the north and Backwell to the south so cover a wide area. If you would like to know more about Celli Peppers, the “For Fun” cello group or the annual Big Cello Day (Sunday 4th February 2018 in Thornbury) please email

Ensemble Hesperi
Recorder and Harpsichord Duo

Ensemble Hesperi at the Brighton Early Music Festival 2016

'Mr Handel Invites': Music from Eighteenth century London

Ensemble Hesperi explores the music and history surrounding Handel’s arrival in London in 1710, a time when London was a centre for artistic and scientific developments. Artists and connoisseurs met in coffee houses to discuss the latest performances by the operatic and instrumental stars of the capital's theatre land.

Music to include famous sonatas by Telemann and of course Handel himself, as well sparkling works by other composers popular in London in the early eighteenth century, such as Pepusch, Geminiani, Dieupart, and the celebrated Sammartini brothers. Many of these continental composers may be less well-known to us now, but they played a key role in establishing musical societies and historic concert series in London - many of which, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, still exist today.

The Summerhouse Band

Priston Festival 2016

Traditional and Contemporary Folk Songs

The Summerhouse Band is newly formed, first performing in Priston Festival 2016. The core of the group is the established duo; classical guitarist and singer Helen James and singer Paul Barclay who are joined by violinist Alice Barclay, cellist Camilla Litchfield and classical pianist Ken Dale.

The group play Helen’s crafted arrangements of traditional folk music; beautiful harmonies with songs ranging from relaxing and gentle through to lively and full of fun.

Brue Boys
A choir for men who love to sing

The Brue Boys in full voice in Wells Town Hall

A night out with the Brue Boys!

The Brue Boys will sing a mixture of songs ranging from the light and lively to the richly romantic, in a manly, upstanding style. Interspersed with these will be solo and group items – and you’ll have a chance to sing too!

The Rockhampton Wind Quintet


Since forming in 2011, we’ve performed at venues in and around Bristol, including: Bristol Music Club, Clevedon Music Club, Bristol Cathedral, All Saints Clifton, Malmesbury Abbey, The Tithebarn, Nailsea and St. Stephen’s Bristol.