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27 June - 18 July Its a Party!
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Its a Party! - News and events - 27 June - 18 July  

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 this
cla'am fest special event
has had to be cancelled and postponed
due to lack of funding

Sadly, we have been unable to find/procure or obtain funding from any source.
The festival desperately needs fundraisers. Without funding, we cannot be a force for good in the community.
If you or anyone you know can help by being a fundraiser and help us locate corporate sponsorship,
please contact us immediately here for more information.


Saturday 25 September 2004
the best concert ever!

The Orchestra of the Cla'am Fest will perform for the first time anywhere. A programme not to be missed. See below.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Come and meet the artists and each other!
Also on the programme will be the presentation ceremony of the first ever
william wilberforce award for community spirit and service
This award presentation and concert is a major community event.
The media will be on hand in force so please book your tickets early. Children accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.

Wilberforce Award Presentation & Concert has been forced to be cancelled due to lack of sponsorship funding. It will be postponed and rescheduled when adequate funds are in place. Watch this space. Apologies to all, but we need financial help to make this event as well as the festival a success. If you know a fundraiser or are prepared to help us by becoming a fundraiser, please contact us asap. Thank you. Cla'am is your and our festival.
This is one of the most important civic events in recent times. Don't miss it!
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We've got a programme design!
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Some Cla'am Fest events for your calendar just in! (This is constantly being up-dated. New events are added as they are fixed, so do please return here frequently to check us out and up-date your own calendar!):

On June 27th - Desmond Deckker is Live At The Festival and in performance at Infernos Nite Club plus support The Beat
+ DJ Andy Beat.
This event was one of the last performances Desmond Deckker gave during his life. We send our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends for their and our loss.
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Photograph of Desmond Dekker with 6 dalmation dogs on a lead Desmond Dekker Desmond Dekker and the Aces record sleeve  design

click to go to: http://www.twistandcrawl.com/
the BEAT GIRL
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On Tues. June 29 - Cla'am Fest Presents Live At The Festival - "Gilbert and Sullivan Remembered" - Carole Watson, Sarah Tyler, Michael Pardoe, Andrew Headford, Graham Lawder-Stone, Phillip Tyler present solos, duets and ensembles from the well loved operettas by the famous Victorian collaborators. Fully costumed and choreographed, this event promises to be a lively
and romantic evening to remember. Venue: St. Paul's Church, Rectory Grove, Clapham SW4 0DX - 7:30 pm .
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On Thursday, July 1st - Cla'am Fest Presents A Lunchtime Recital of Soprano Operatic Arias by Beatrice Freeman with David Harper on piano are Live At The Festival - Venue: St. Paul's Church, Rectory Grove, Clapham SW4 0DX - 1:10 pm - free!
Beatrice Freeman, soprano
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lick image to go to operatalent.com


On Friday, July 2nd - Latin Splash is Live At The Festival - 5 - 10:30 pm on Clapham Common
Box Office: 0870 806 3521

On Saturday, July 3rd -Cla'am Fest Presents Live At The Festival - Piano recital by John Evans (Editor of Classic FM Magazine) - works by Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20. Venue: St. Paul's Church, Rectory Grove,
Clapham SW4 0DX 7 pm.
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On Saturday night, July 3rd - Love Box is Live At The Festival - 1pm - 10pm Party on Clapham Common.
Box Office: 0870 806 3521

On Saturday, July 3rd, 10th and 17th - "The Way of Words" is Live At The Festival - 10:30 am  -  1.00 pm.
@ Notre Dame Community Hall. An introduction to the basics of creative writing. (more info to follow)
For further details contact  Anne Cooper on  020 7737 3701.

On Thursday night, July 8 - A Grand Nite of Comedy Charity Gala in aid of VSO is Live At The Festival -
Venue: Clapham Grand - 7 pm.
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On Saturday, July 3rd, 10th and 17th - "The Way of Words" is Live At The Festival - 10:30 am  -  1.00 pm.
@ Notre Dame Community Hall. An introduction to the basics of creative writing. (more info to follow)
For further details contact  Anne Cooper on  020 7737 3701.

On Saturday night, July 10 - Cla'am Fest Presents Live At The Festival - "Heros and Heroines Opera Gala " - Operatic Scenes for women (!) with Beatrice Freeman, Lynn Houghton, Carole Watson and Sarah Tyler plus David Hoyland at the piano, with Stephen Bennett, clarinet obbligato in Mozart's "Parto..." from his opera "Titus". A semi-staged evening of opera favourites by Porcupine Productions, featuring music of Handel, Mozart, Puccini including Scenes from Orfeo, Suor Angelica, Tito, and Magic Flute among others. Venue: Holy Trinity Church (on the common). 7:30 pm.
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On Monday, July 13 - Cla'am Fest Presents Live At The Festival - Lunchtime Recital, Venue: Holy Trinity Church,
Clapham Common - 1:00 pm .

On Monday, July 13 - Cla'am Fest Presents Live At The Festival - Harpsichord recital by Herold Lester. Enjoy an evening of harpsichord classic favourites - including works by Bach, Rameau and Scarlatti. Venue: St. Paul's Church, Rectory Grove, Clapham SW4 0DX - 7:00 pm .
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On Friday, July 16th, 1:10 pm - Cla'am Fest Presents Live At The Festival - A Lunchtime Song Recital
by the mezzo-soprano Sarah Tyler with John Kersey at the piano .
Enjoy a selection of popular, classical and operatic favourites. Venue: Holy Trinity Church, on Clapham Common. - Free!
Sarah Tyler, mezzo soprano
click image to go to operatalent.com

On July 3rd, 10th and Saturday the 17th - "The Way of Words" is Live At The Festival - 10:30 am  -  1.00 pm.
@ Notre Dame Community Hall. An introduction to the basics of creative writing.
For further details contact  Anne Cooper on  020 7737 3701.

 


 

Throughout the calendar year there will be one-off Special Cla'am Fest Events. Below are some of them already scheduled:

the bread and roses logotype on the outside of the building. Click to see larger picture
the Bread and Roses pub is a good local venue for poetry, music, conversation, discussions. Click image to enlarge picture
On Thursday night, July 29 - Guns and Proses is a Special Cla'am Fest Event - Poetry, Music and Open Mike, with lyrics and prose from urban heroes telling it like it is, where the common aim is to entertain in the way it should be told: fast, furious and cold, this is pure wickedness, whoever the G.A.P. fits - hear it! Venue: Bread and Roses pub, Clapham Manor Street, SW4, 8pm

On Saturday, September 25th - Cla'am Fest Presents A Festival Special Event - the Orchestra of the Cla'am Fest - Music by Pappa Haydn, Overture L'Isola Disabitata (1779), David Hoyland's Concertino for Clarinet & Strings and Mozart's 40th Symphony in G minor plus his beloved Clarinet Concerto with international soloist - Stephen Bennett.
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, on Clapham Common. 7:30 pm
Refreshments provided. Children accompanied by an adult admitted free. Come and meet the artists and each other.
Also: at this special concert event - the first ever presentation of the newly created prestigious William Wilberforce Award for Community Spirit and Service will be given. Don't miss this important community event!
John Pilger is the first ever recipient of this prestigious award.
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list of events in hand.
venues & dates to be confirmed:

* Poetry/creative writing workshops

* Open discussion of Sweden's greatest living poet: Tomas Tranströmer Presented and hosted by a senior member of the Swedish Academy and Nobel Prize Commitee. Important poets and intelligentia of the UK are cordially invited to take part

* Chamber music

* Performance poetry & acoustic music evening

* Drumming & Music workshops


* String quartet performances

* Theatre Play. Tim Heath in “Lytten Strachey by Himself ”

* Theatre Play. “Steamin”

* Contemporary Modern Live Music.

* Guitar recitals

* Opera. Bizet's “Carmen”

* Opera. Gluck's “Orfeo”

* Gilbert & Sullivan evening

* Piano recitals

* Trojan Titans. Inc Bad Manners, Pat Kelly & Derek Morgan

* Clarinet & Piano recitals

* Comedy Night, various Artists

* Orchestra of the Cla'am Fest concerts

* "Last Nite of the Cla'ams" . Orchestra and fireworks display

* Spanish Chamber Orchestra from Madrid

* Par Lind Project. Swedish rock and classic rock music combo

* Bilbo. A musical for children (inspired by Tolkein). Children from the school/audience take part in the production

* Art Exhibition at Voltaire Studio

* Music ensemble from Palermo, Italy


* Art Exhibition at Clapham Gallery

* Art Exhibition at Jeffries Road Gallery

* Photography Exhibition

* Song recitals

* Presentation of William Wilberforce Award for Community Spirit and Service


"Say YES FOR CHILDREN"=>http://www.unicef.org/say_yes/ and click on the "What's my country doing?" link to see what the UK is doing!



Inquiries etc. if required please contact the festival office: 0207 720 5692 or Contact Cla'am Fest for information via email.


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MORE NEWS!

Cla'am Fest GAMES
We are currently working on adding a games page for everybody (not just the young geniuses among you!). Negotiations are already underway with 3 different programmers who (oddly enough! :-)=> specialise in games. In additional to some really classic games, our Artistic Director has designed the idea and framework for an entirely new game. This will be a new, purpose built game just for Cla'am Fest. Watch this space!

Cla'am Fest FORUM
Our Artistic Director has had favourable contact with a specialist who has offered to handle building the architecture for a forum area to be added to the website. Watch this space!

Quieries etc. if required please contact the festival office: 0207 720 5692 or Contact Cla'am Fest for information via email.

THE CLAPHAM ANTHEM

Here is the newly written lyrics to the Clapham Anthem.
Written by our Theatre & Dance Director - Zed Rodgers
Music is now being composed by our Musical Director - David Hoyland

Though other towns exist,
Younger than ours or older.
When you take the Clapham Spirit
You could not get much bolder.

We've been to France and many other places
But it's great to get back on the "Street",
Where we meet, with our familiar faces.
We've got the best clubs, the best pubs.
The best in all the land and we've got them all to hand.
The Bedford and The Manor Arms, Bierodrome and Mistress P's,
If you're bold enough, you'll raise a cup, at the bar of the Two B's

You can go up West, where fashion is the latest
But face the truth, you know we've got the greatest.
So onward and upward Clapham,
To you we are forever true .
Oh Clapham we love you! Yeah!

We've got people here, who are black and white
And every other colour.
You've got to admit, without the mix,
Life would be much duller.
Our ethnic mix is as wide as it could be
But we try to work together
In some kind of harmony.
Yeah we'll get it done
We are as one.
The Clapham Family! Yeah!

Copyright 3 February 2004 by Zed Rodgers & David Hoyland

 

The William Wilberforce Award for Community Spirit and service

Because of the historical connections of Clapham and William Wilberforce (the local church where the abolishionist movement began was the first to offer itself as a venue for Cla’am Fest over 6 years ago!), it is fitting that an award for civic and community spirit and service be named in his memory and honour. The recipient of this important and invaluable award may come from any corner and status of the community, but could indeed be from the wider community anywhere in the world. This is because community spirit and service, along with good citizenship, is more important than any one person or area or time. Although an important figure during a crisis period of time, William Wilberforce is merely a happy coincidence, an ideal "hanger" and "foil" with which to associate this prestigious award.

There is no discrimination or prejudice of any kind whatsoever including age, sex, race, political or religious beliefs. Literally any organization and human being is eligible to be considered for this award including any other mammals, animals, dolphins, aliens, refugees or extra terrestrials.

There will be two separate awards bestowed: One for the general public, and another for a young person of school age.

Sponsorship for this award will be open to any and every organization and/or individual with the wherewithal to provide the money for this award. The financial award might change each time, depending upon the sponsorship ability and what the traffic will bear, but the bigger the award the more impressive and better the exposure, for both the sponsor as well as the recipient. Credit will be given to the sponsor of this very important civic and community award. It would be nice to think that the awarded person or organization be involved in Clapham and Lambeth, but it is not restricted or limited to this area. The world is eligible. This annual award will necessarily generate much world-wide attention, and be of a high profile in the media.

For further information see the William Wilberforce Award page here or contact us.

 

Event: "Taster" concert Programme

Clapham festival orchestra - David Hoyland, Conductor and music director
"Chance to Dance" - local community childrens dance forum
Octet - Igor Stravinsky
Clapham Festival Orchestra Octet (Choreography and Dance)
Concerto for Basset horn* and Orchestra - David Hoyland
World Prémière, written for Stephen Bennett, commissioned by the Clapham Festival of Music and the Arts and conducted by the composer

(Soloist : Stephen Bennett)
(Part of the proceeds of this evening's concert will go towards the purchase of the Basset horn featured in this performance.) *

Interval -

Complimentary refreshments (wine, cheese, beer & soft drinks) provided for all

Symphony No. 5 - L . Van Beethoven

"Nothing like that has ever been written since ! Nobody else has concentrated so much gentleness and power, such confidence and clarity of expression into such a tiny space!" -- Richard Strauss

"The music acquires a profound significance, transporting the listener from a gentle valley to a radiant mountain-top, from a mood of serene contemplation to one of glowing virility and vigour." -- Wilhelm Furtwängler

Beethoven's mind embraced all the richness and complexity of the world - and the world does not consist just of melodies, motifs, masculine and feminine, strong-will and gentle, the tiniest detail and the all-embracing panorama - everything comes together to form a harmonious unity that defies understanding. All forces are fused together in some extraordinary way to acquire a higher degree of naturalness through the formative process confronting us as a paradox, even as a kind of miracle..

"Und kind Zeit und keine Macht zerstückelt
Geprägte Form, die lebend sich entwickelt."
(No time, no power can destroy
Created form in its living development.)
Göethe

*The beautiful Basset horn featured at this performance has been modified and virtually re-invented by the late Edward Planas under the commission of the late, Stephen Trier. The "full-Boehm" mechanism and fingering system extentions to the lowest notes have been designed and completed by John Coppen. We would like to express our thanks to Mr. Coppen and to Caroline Trier for the generous permission to use this instrument at this evening's performance. The Clapham Festival of Music and the Arts have inaugurated a Rare Instrument Fund for the purpose of providing access to those interested in the opportunity to utilise instruments otherwise unavailable.

For further information contact us.

 
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