CMP Festival highlights and brochure

By Philippa Sankey

CMPFestival4 had around twenty music, literary events and, for the first time film.  

Exciting innovations

Merely Melville - a celebration of the centenary of Alan Melville’s birth with a programme of Melville songs and sketches devised and presented by writer-musician John Gould and West End actress Samantha Hughes. From 1951 until his death in 1983 Alan Melville lived first in Clifton Terrace and then in Victoria Street.

Brighton filmmakers Barbara Myers and Paul Loman present their enthralling documentary The Making of George about Brian Clark’s company of older actors in Brighton devising a play about ageing  . . . . but it’s what goes on in real life that makes for real drama. Click here to see a trailer.

Literary highlights and talks

 . . . . include a thrilling mix of the international and local authors with acclaimed writers such as Selina Hastings, Charlotte Moore, Jane Robinson, and Hilary Spurling and of course our veteran Francis King; in addition, local publishers Myriad Editions present two young novelists Isabel Ashdown and Robert Dickinson. To say nothing of Rose Collis who introduces her revised edition of The New Encyclopaedia of Brighton and Carol Dyhouse who talks about Elinor Glyn and Diana Dors (and her new book Glamour). Reicke Schweitzer talks about ‘The Germans in their Century’.

Musical highlights

 . . . . include old favourites such as the Brighton Chamber Choir celebrating their 20th birthday, string sensation The Bluebird Ensemble, and a wealth of local musical delights such as bass-baritone Nick Warden’s opening concert, and the Brighton Youth Orchestra's Wind Trio. On the last weekend, The Spike Wells Trio play an evening of chamber, acoustic jazz and our grand finale features Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with The Baroque Collective, young soloists, East Sussex Bach Choir and students from Brighton and Hove High School.   Click the file link below to see the brochure or email for further information. Tickets were available for purchase from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709 or or on the door.


This page was added on 29/04/2010.
Comments about this page

Congratulations to the CMPCA Festival team on once again putting on such a splendid community festival during July. What a huge amount of effort must go into organising a two week festival with such a wide range of literary and musical events (and more) – all done by volunteers. This year I decided to sign up for the first time as a Friend of the Festival. It entitled me to four events without further charge and at a discount. It was well worth it and in fact I found it quite difficult to decide which four to go to – so much so that I ended up buying a separate ticket for a fifth one! All the events I attended were excellent and I hope that CMPCA will be able to organise another festival next year.... I’m looking forward to it already.

By Jackie
On 11/08/2010

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