Garden will host mini music festival
A MANGOTSFIELD garden is set to host a music festival this month, with organisers encouraging musicians in the community to get involved.
The Ham Farm Festival will take place in the half-acre private garden at Ham Farm Cottage, off Emersons Green Lane, from July 25 to 28.
It is the creation of professional musicians Emily and Francisco Correa, who live at the cottage near Vinney Green.
Emily, a flautist and mezzo soprano singer who teaches the flute at Downend School, said: "The house has an incredible garden and we thought it would be nice to have a festival there.
"It will be not just professionals but local performers, including choirs and guitar groups."
The aim of the festival is to bring together professional musicians, who have been unable to perform for more than a year because of coronavirus restrictions, with local concert-goers and amateur musicians.
The musical styles range from jazz-folk and sea shanties to classical guitar and a string quartet.
Performances include a hybrid play and concert telling the story of the creation of Carmen, featuring both actors and musicians, including Emily and her husband, who is a guitarist.
Each night of the festival there will be performances by local groups from 6-7pm, before professional groups take to the stage at 7.30pm.
During the day the professional musicians will host open rehearsals and educational workshops for community musicians of any age and ability to attend, on subjects including songwriting, improvisation and "active listening".
Emily said: "This is a festival for everyone - concert-goers, amateur and professional musicians and young musicians. It will be a great chance to mix with other music lovers in covid-safe space, while enjoying the long summer evenings."
The non-profit festival is being supported by crowdfunding, a donation from Sovereign Housing Association and member-awarded funding from Emersons Green ward South Gloucestershire councillor Judy Adams.
More details on performances, tickets and other arrangements can be found online at hamfarmfestival.com.