Singers from Marksbury School
Marksbury School pupils provide a lively musical introduction to the festival.
Painting in sound-views and events in music
Colourful classical pieces, ranging from Scarlatti to Debussy and Copland.
The Latin American Collection
Trio Paradis perform a wide variety of Latin American numbers, from Gade's Jalousie Tango, to Piazzolla's Seasons, brightening up our English spring with plenty of South American sunshine. From the gentle Por una cabeza and Song of the Black Swan to fiery dance numbers, the music is guaranteed to get your toes tapping...
Jacquelyn Bevan (piano), Lisa Betteridge (violin) & Linda Stocks (cello) - formed in 2007 and are the 'palm court trio in residence' at Midsomer Norton Town Hall, giving a concert on the first Friday lunchtime of every month, February-December. They recently started a new coffee concert series on the first Thursday morning of each month in Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon, and more series are planned in Frome and Bath. In addition, Trio Paradis give a variety of concerts throughout the South West, bringing together a wide range of musical styles. They are founder members of Musicians South West CIC, who bring music to new audiences. For details of concerts, many of which are free/entrance by donation, visit our website.
Sing and play mediæval music
Classic jazz standards
A welcome return visit by this jazz quartet, who play classic jazz standards, blues, bossas and American popular tunes in a cool bebop style.
Wells Cathedral School
A varied programme of chamber music
Students and staff give a varied programme, including Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, solo works for strings by Bach and works by Prokofiev and Ysaye.
Celebrant: Revd Preb Jan Knott
Director: Tricia Rees-Jones, accompanist: Julian McNamara
Faire is the Heaven
A celebration of the rich repertoire of English choral music, from Tallis to Howells.
Formed in 2014, we are a group of local people who love to sing, performing mainly a cappella music from the Renaissance to the present day (though we do particularly love the earlier end of our repertoire). We perform three or four concerts a year and believe that it’s more than possible to work on producing the best possible sound and still have fun.
Tricia Rees-Jones was born and brought up in Yorkshire where she studied piano and viola. She was appointed a Choral Scholar at Royal Holloway College, London which fuelled her passion for choral singing. She has sung with a number of London-based chamber choirs including the Joyful Company of Singers with whom she won the Sainsbury's (now BBC) Choir of the Year competition and several other major competitions throughout Europe. With this choir Tricia also made a number of successful commercial recordings and performed at major venues and festivals in the UK and beyond.
In 2001 she moved back to Yorkshire where she combined a teaching career with directing a number of choirs including the Langcliffe Singers, Viva Voce youth choir and the Giggleswick Choral Society as well as numerous school choirs and ensembles. She also created the charity ‘Tutti’, which brought together teenage instrumentalists, conservatoire students and professional musicians in innovative events and projects including a Baroque Strings weekend.
She is an active member of the Association of British Choral Directors and was involved in the creation of the innovative Cambiata North West choir, specifically for teenage boys whose voices are changing. They appeared in the War Horse Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014 and performed to great acclaim at the RNCM in August 2015.
Now based in Somerset, she directs the Swan Singers chamber choir and the Wells Cathedral Junior Choir ‘Song Squad’, and continues her singing with Vox Coelestis chamber choir under Nigel Short.