Ashley Wood Festival 2013

Patron: Ralph Fiennes Artistic director: Jim Driscoll

"This is what all festivals should be like" (Fyfe Dangerfield)

The opera comes to Tisbury

Saturday 6th July, 7pm

We are proud to present the world premiere performance of The Sharecropper's Son, a major new song cycle by local composer Michael Stimpson, based on his 2011 opera Jesse Owens to a libretto by Grace Nichols, John Agard, and Michael Stimpson.

The song cycle will be performed by Njabulo Madlala (baritone, Opera Holland Park, Dorset Opera), Abigail Kelly (soprano, English Touring Opera), and William Vann (piano) in the presence of the composer and librettists and representatives from the American Embassy in London.

The evening will also feature a poetry performance by Grace Nichols and John Agard, and authentic period dixieland jazz from the Ashley Wood Festival Dixieland Jazz Band.

See here for more details on the performers.

Tickets are £14 (£12 conc) and are available by phone on 01722 321744 (10am-3pm Tuesday-Sunday), online here, or in person at Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury.

The use of Jesse Owens' image and name licensed by the Jesse Owens Trust c/o Luminary Group LLC.