Law firm backs festival

PUBLISHED: 01:01 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:48 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton's Festival of Music and the Arts has won a three-year sponsorship deal which will safeguard its future until 2010. Michelmores LLP law firm has agreed to back the festival for the next three years pledging £3,000 each year. Festival c

BUDLEIGH Salterton's Festival of Music and the Arts has won a three-year sponsorship deal which will safeguard its future until 2010.Michelmores LLP law firm has agreed to back the festival for the next three years - pledging £3,000 each year.Festival chairman Roger Bowen said: "This will be our most ambitious festival yet and so we are particularly indebted to Michelmores for their sponsorship which greatly contributes to our ability to deliver such a diverse range of performers of the highest quality." The law firm, which has offices in Sidmouth and Exeter, is known for supporting community-based cultural and sporting events.Richard Hedger, managing partner of Michelmores Sidmouth, said: "As a firm, we are very keen to support worthwhile local initiatives and the Budleigh Festival has been growing in stature year on year as witnessed by the superb programme of performances arranged for 2008. "We are delighted to be associated with this event and to support it over the next few years."The Festival, now in its fourth year, has grown in reputation each year and attracts local, regional and overseas performers.This year's festival will take place between Friday, July 25, and Saturday, August 2, with highlights including a concert by famed clarinet player Emma Johnson and pianist John Leneha.A piano recital by the critically acclaimed Mark Bebbington and a hugely popular return visit by the Cornish Male Choir from Mevagissey and Budleigh's own prize-winning male-voice choir will also perform.Mr Bowen added: "From a tribute to Duke Ellington and the New Devon Opera's production of Verdi's Rigoletto to a home grown Balalaika band, some Taiko drummers and a steel band ensemble, we have something for everyone. "There will also be a visit by the Henschel Quartet justly celebrated as one of Europe's finest. "Appearances by James Bowman, Nicholas Clapton John Turner in "Sound the Trumpet" complete the programme."For many, the highlight will be Walton's Facade with Stravinsky's The Soldiers Tale which features TV personalities Richard Baker and Katie Derham as reciters. "This will present a great opportunity to compare two compositions from the 1920s. We present a local virtuoso violinist in a performance of the Vivaldi Four Seasons with the Festival Orchestra and Chorus." More information about the Budleigh Salterton Festival of Music and the Arts 08 is available by visiting www.budleigh-festival.org.uk or by calling Roger Bowen on (01395) 442360.

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