The Clapham Festival of Music and the Arts

"Congratulations to all those
who raised a magnificent £58 million for Comic Relief.
But let's not see this frittered away
on mosquito nets for children
when it could provide a decent pension for up to
four struggling bankers."
John Tatam of Richmond, Guardian Letters,
Tuesday, 17 March 2009

"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need
but not for man's greed."
M. Ghandi

Thomas Paine (1737-9am, June 8, 1809). Click image to go to the Community Spirit page. Photos: Stephen Bennett, Feb. 2009

The USA Department of Labor Released
a List (Sept 10, 2009) of Slave-Made Goods.
This list is a huge boon for consumers who
want to choose slave-free products,
and for organizations working to
pressure companies and countries
to end the use of child labor.
We now have more power to end slavery than before.
Have we/will we use that power?
Download the report here.

Toby Ord, Founder of CLICK IMAGE to go to .
Toby Ord

“Ethics is the study of what is of
fundamental importance in the world,
and how this relates to how we should live.
At this stage I knew that I wanted to make a large positive difference in the world and it seemed that studying ethics would help.”
Toby Ord
Research fellow in ethics, Oxford

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music at 19a Edith Grove

Bringing music back to this endangered historical, magical
place: 19a Edith Grove, London, SW10

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A memorial celebration of the life of Christine Aldridge
choral, solo voice, piano, clarinet and readings
was held on Saturday, 15 December 2012 at
St Andrew’s Church, Finchley Road 

Christine Aldridge, our Logistics Director

Christine Aldridge
26 January 1961 - 5 November, 2012.
Christine will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved her

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The Clapham Festival of Music & the Arts (Cla'am Fest) was created to organise annually in Clapham, a festival for music and the arts, promoting education and fostering community spirit and service in Lambeth.

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William Wilberforce. click image to go to the William Wilberforce Award page

Rights of Man. Click image to go to the Community Spirit page

"It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself: I believe in the equality of man: I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy and endeavouring to make our fellow creatures happy."
Tom Paine

"If each of us made service to others a part of our lives, the world would become an infinitely better place. From the beginning, Americans have dedicated themselves to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness'. But the happiness that was to be pursued was not the buzz of a sexual escapade or a shopping spree, it was the happiness that comes from feeling good by doing good. This moment in history demands that we stop waiting on others. Now, more than ever, we must mine the most underutilised resource available to us: ourselves."
Arianna Huffington
author and founder
of The Huffington Post

"We need broad public will."
"We also need rich country governments to be generous."
Bill Gates
Richard Dimbleby Lecture
29 January 2013

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"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow."
Thomas Paine

"If it is correct, as I believe it is, that a fundamental element of human nature is the need for creative work, for creative inquiry, for free creation without the arbitrary limit of effects of coercive institutions, then, of course, it will follow that a decent society should maximize the possibilities for this fundamental human characteristic to be realized. Now, a federated, decentralized system of free associations, incorporating economic as well as social institutions would be, what I refer to as anarchosyndicalism. And it seems to me that it is the appropriate form of social organization for an advanced technological society in which human beings do not have to be forced into positions as tools of cogs in a machine."
Noam Chomsky

There is hope for ordinary people, for real democracy, for the "exceptional people".
John Pilger's address in San Francisco, California, USA on the Fourth of July, 2009:
John Pilger in San Francisco, 4th of July 2009. Click image to go to and view the video of his address.
"Empire, Obama and America's Last Taboo "
By John Pilger

Pilger examines Obama's position as president of the US and puts it into perspective.
He quotes his friend, the journalist and war correspondent, Martha Gelbhorn, when he asks her what an "anti-American" is. He gives chapter and verse of the rise of the people and the hope for the future.
John Pilger's entry on Wikipedia:

"Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates."
Benjam Franklin, Autobiography

"The confrontation that we are calling for with the apostate regimes does not know Socratic debate..., Platonic ideals..., nor Aristotelian diplomacy. But it knows the dialogue of bullets, the ideals of assassination, bombing and destruction, and the diplomacy of the cannon and machine-gun."
The al-Qaeda training manual,
trans. US Department of Justice


The first Special Event is the William Wilberforce Award for Community Spirit & Service. Click banner to go to Events page

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Desasters Emergency Committee. Click logo to go to links pageThis excellent well-established
community serivce organisation helps
over a dozen genuine reputable charities.
At times of overseas emergency, the DEC brings together
a unique alliance of aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors
to rally the nation's compassion, and ensure that funds raised go
to DEC agencies best placed to deliver effective and timely relief
to people most in need. The DEC's remit is to unite agency efforts
in times of disaster - such as flood, earthquake or famine -
wherever it happens in the world. The way DEC approach their work is
to maximise funds raised and
ensure they are spent in an effective
and fully accountable way.

The Christmas Story. A Nativity Opera by Cla'am Fest Music Director, David Hoyland.
More Information at Cla'am Shop.
You can download "Mary's Song" from the opera here.

The Christmas Story. A Christmas Opera by David Hoyland. CD £12.99

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photo of doric-style Greek capitalThe Clapham Festival of Music and the Arts has an extensive Education and Outreach Programme which gives schools and the wider community the chance not only to attend concerts, events, forums, conferences and workshops which tie up with Festival themes, but to create special events for the Festival itself. more

Cantique for Michelle audio file performed by our Artistic Director and Music Director (Clarinet & Organ .rar (2.4mb): download
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"Mary's Song", from the Christmas Opera by David Hoyland. (Soprano & Orchestra with Clarinet obbligato) - Nancy Mathis & Stephen Bennett; David Hoyland, Director (.zip-2.2mb): download

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