A Few of our Favourite Things

june, 2021

05jun11:00 am12:00 amA Few of our Favourite Things

Event Details

Songs and Arias from across the ages performed by Rob Gildon & Friends

Robert Gildon
Robert studied singing at Manhattan School of Music, New York, the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and the Britten Pears School. Recent work includes La Belle Hélène (New Sussex Opera), La Fille du Regiment (Opera della luna at Buxton Festival), Moon Hares and The Fairy Queen Project (Orchestra Age of Enlightenment), Merry Widow (Iford Festival), Time Capsule Project (Grange Festival), Manz in Delius’s A Village Romeo and Juliet (New Sussex Opera), Beautiful World Opera and Water in the Desert Projects in Abu Dhabi, Ezra Pound’s Le Testament de Villon (London Contemporary Music Festival) Ariadne auk Naxos and  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera) He has also performed roles for Opera North, The Opera Group, London Symphony Orchestra, Grange Park Opera, Opera Project, Cambridge Handel Opera, Bampton Classical Opera and Pimlico OPrison Project. He lives in Suffolk with a menagerie of animals.
Charmian Bedford – Soprano 
Charmian is a graduate Cambridge University and Trinity Laban and has performed internationally on both the operatic and concert stage. Roles include 2nd niece/Aldeburgh Festival’s award winning Grimes on the Beach, Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Giunone (Il ritorno d’Ulisse) and Fortuna/Damigella (L’incoronazione di Poppea)/Academy of Ancient Music, Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos)/Opera Project, Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola)/Diva Opera. 
Charmian has created roles for Daniel Thomas Davis, Nicola LeFanu, John Barber and Hannah Conway and works frequently with electronic composer Mira Calix, premiering works for Opera North, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Streetwise Opera as well as featuring on the Ada Project, a collaboration with Conrad Shawcross.
Gretel Dowdeswell – Pianist 
Gretel Dowdeswellhas appeared at the major chamber music venues in the UK and has broadcast frequently for BBC Radio 3. Duo appearances include recitals with Miklos Perenyi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Thomas Riebl, Pekka Kuusisto, Alice Neary and Jian Wang. As Associate Artist at Brunel University, London, she completed a Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle and collaborated with the University in a three-year project featuring the keyboard works of J.S. Bach. In 2016 she founded the Rural Music Initiative bringing workshops, tuition and performing opportunities to children in Suffolk, and teaches at Thomas Mills High School.

Gretel studied with Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music and with András Schiff and György Kurtág at International Musicians’ Seminar, where she is now resident pianist and a regular guest at the annual Open Chamber Music seminar.

Saturday 5th of June at 10.45 & 14.15 (repeated programme)

Doors open at 10.45 & 14.15 (repeated programme)

Performances start at 11.00 and 14.30

Tickets: £10.00

Available from the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall Box Office HERE

or Tuesday and Friday from 10 – 12pm at the AJH corner office

Seating has been set up in ‘bubbles’. Please book the appropriate ‘bubble’ for the the size of your party. If you have difficulties booking your tickets please call 07854650770





(Saturday) 11:00 am - 12:00 am


Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall