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First Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival 2007

The 2007 festival is over but you can review the events from it here.
Planning is already well underway for 2008!

Click here to download the complete PDF of the 2007 festival


Elizabeth Robins, Octavia Wilberforce and the Woolfs
22 July 2007 at 3:00 PM


Octavia Wilberforce, a GP and pillar of the New Sussex Hospital for Women, was the only doctor Virginia Woolf agreed to see in the days leading up to her suicide. She lived at 24 Montpelier Crescent with Elizabeth Robins (who had encouraged her to study medicine against her father’s wishes). The American-born actress had toured the States with Edwin Booth and was the first to play Hedda Gabler in London in the nineties. A friend of Oscar Wilde and Henry James, she became a propagandist for Women’s Suffrage and a best-selling novelist. A talk by Michael Jamieson, chair of the Lewes Monday Literary Club, introduced by Carol Dyhouse.

Venue: St. Michael's Church, St. Michael's Place
Price: £7 (£5) Click here to book online or pay on the door.


The Last of the Maughams
22 July 2007 at 5:00 PM


In The Last of the Maughams, Peter Burton talks about his tempestuous thirteen year working relationship with Robin Maugham, nephew of W Somerset Maugham. Like his more famous uncle, Robin was an inveterate traveller who set many of his books in exotic locations. Yet his final years were spent in Brighton, in a house in Clifton Road where he enter- tained on a lavish scale. But beneath the creativity and the conviviality lurked something darker. Peter Burton is an author, editor and critic who regularly reviews fiction for the Daily Express. Introduced by Michael Jamieson.

Venue: St. Michael's Church, St. Michael's Place
Price: £7 (£5) Click here to book online or pay on the door.


The East Sussex Bach Choir and the Sussex Baroque Players
22 July 2007 at 7:30 PM


The East Sussex Bach Choir and the Sussex Baroque Players, under the direction of John Hancorn, are pleased to give the closing performance of the first CMP Festival. Perfect for a summer evening, Haydn’s Missa Brevis St Johannis de Deo (the Little Organ Mass) is a compact interpretation of the Mass setting. The popular Vivaldi’s Gloria is always fresh in lively baroque mode. Rutter’s Sprig of Thyme is an arrangement of traditional English folk songs; accompanied by baroque organ, (Adrian Bawtree), and small group of top period instrument players, led by James Ellis. The soloists include countertenor Robert Chavner and, taking a break from Glyndebourne, soprano Christine Gelder. In partnership with the Friends of St Nicholas.

Venue: St. Nicholas' Church, Dyke Road
Price: £12 (£10) Click here to book online or pay on the door.


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