Welcome to the Bermuda Festival 2015
John Scott 1956 - 2015
We at the Bermuda Festival are saddened to hear of the passing on Wednesday 12 August of John Scott, organist of St. Thomas Church in New York and former organist of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. We were privileged to hear him perform on the organ at St. John's Church as part of our Organ "Festival-within-a-Festival in 2014, where his varied programme, ranging from Bach to Vierne, thrilled an enthusiastic audience.
A talented organist both at St. John's College, Cambridge and at the Royal College of Organists, John was appointed Assistant Organist at St. Paul's after graduation. He became Organist and Director of Music in 1990, remaining in that position until 2004, when he crossed the pond to continue his work at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York. Throughout his life he maintained a prolific schedule of tours and recordings and in 2004 was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, a personal gift of HM The Queen, for his services to the Cathedral. The current Organist of St. Paul's says of his mentor and friend, "John was a musical genius with exacting standards that few, if any, of us could dream of matching. As an organist, his achievements are unparalleled."
Our thoughts are with his wife, Lily and his family at this time. A funeral service will be held at St. Thomas Church on Satuirday September 12th, wtih a memorial service in the UK at a future date.
Stayin' Alive, the Bee Gees tribute band, closed out the 40th Festival season in fine style on Saturday and Sunday nights with the whole audience on their feet dancing the night away.
Massive thanks to all who were involved in the celebration-performers, volunteers, sponsors, service providers and of course the all-important audience members.
Keep checking on this site for photos of this year's events and for information on upcoming events planned for later in the year.
Thanks for your support - it's been a wonderful few weeks!
There is only one more Festival performance left this season. Why not join us for Stayin'Alive -A Tribute to the Bee Gees? The Saturday March 7 performance is sold out but there are still some tickets available for the Sunday evening performance.
The Schubert Ensemble gave a magnificent performance and were followed at the weekend by Aquila Theatre Company's performance of Wuthering Heights. The company also did a workshop for students at CedarBridge Academy. Walnut Street Theatre did two workshops one for students and another for adults and their performance of Mamet's A Life in the Theatre was much enjoyed.
We have just enjoyed another wonderful weekend packed with performances, masterclasses and student outreach events. Now we are looking forward to The Schubert Ensemble of London this evening and the return of Aquila Theatre company on Friday.
Looking forward to Los Angeles Guitar Quartet this evening, the final performance of La Traviata tomorrow and William Howard's piano recital on Sunday afternoon.
Top level performances thrilled full house audiences last weekend. Rebecca Faulkenberry wowed her home crowd, Ellis Marsalis touched the hearts of aficionados and Yo-Yo Ma gave an electrifying performance which no-one present will forget. A few lucky students were given the chance to meet him backstage.
Looking forward to an amazing weekend of performances:
Friday: Local girl/Broadway star Rebecca Faulkenberry
Saturday: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis
Sunday: Celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma
Last weekend we were treated to stunning performances by the English Chamber Orchestra and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
Sunshine bathed the Official Opening of the Bermuda Festival at City Hall yesterday.
The massed orchestra of students, teachers and other local musicians performed under the baton of the English Chamber Orchestra's Outreach Coordinator Paul Sherman.
A fanfare composed by Bermuda Regiment's Dwight Robinson heralded the event and a crowd of hundreds assembled to listen and watch HE the Governor, Patron of the Festival, declare the 40th Festival open.
Happy New Year Festivalgoers!
The first performers arrive on the Island on Sunday. They will spend the week working with local student and adult musicians in preparation for a mass orchestra performance at the Official Opening of the Festival:
Location: City Hall steps
Date: Friday 23 January.
Dwight Robinson has composed a new fanfare to mark the occasion which will be played by local musicians Matthew Ross, Kent Hayward, Lorna McDonald and Dwight himself.
Come out and celebrate with us!
Buy tickets now from www.bdatix.bm
INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY YO-YO MA TO HEADLINE OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY
The Bermuda Festival is thrilled to announce that celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma has accepted an invitation to perform at the 40th Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts.
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THE VERSAILLES BUTTERFLY
The Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts invited jewellery designer, Alexandra Mosher, to collaborate by creating the Versailles Butterfly as a pendant or pin to commemorate our Ruby Anniversary. Click here to find out more.
“To entertain, educate and inspire through the medium of the Performing Arts, presenting performances by artists of outstanding talent in a festival of diverse cultural appeal”.
Bermuda 2015 basks in the ruby glow of 40 continuous years of outstanding performances by celebrated international performers. Thanks to the vision of Yehudi (later Lord) Menuhin, former Governor of Bermuda, Sir Edwin Leather, and founding chairman, John Ellison, the inaugural Bermuda Festival burst into life in 1976 and ever since Bermuda has annually enjoyed a culturally diverse collection of performances from a steady flow of illustrious performers.
We have chosen to look back over those years and to celebrate them by inviting back some of the most popular performers who have established a special relationship with the Island. From workshops with the tiniest of children, to master classes for adults, to collaborative performances, the opportunities provided for local residents by these performers have been rich and varied and it is a pleasure to see some of them return to share in our celebration.
We are deeply grateful for the unwavering support we have received from the local corporate community over the 40 years, and for the support of individual donors who dig deeply into their pockets to help our cause.
Please take a moment to reflect on 40 magnificent years of Bermuda Festival and help us to ensure the next 40 years!