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Excerpted from the East Grinstead Courier and Observer, 19th August 2010
Saint Hill International Arts Festival welcomed a Hollywood magician and the granddaughter of one of the two founders of Warner Brothers to the stage.
In its 19th year, the festival held at Saint Hill Manor in Saint Hill Road, boasts a star-studded line up.
Kicking off with a classical concert, the festival got in full swing with a week of activities and shows including hip hop and Scottish dancing workshops and seminars on how to get published or create dresses for a fashion show.
A highlight of the week was the showing of Cass Warner’s award-winning biographical film The Brothers Warner.
Cass Warner, the granddaughter of Harry Warner, one of the two brothers that started the legendary Warner Brothers films, came over from Hollywood to take part in the activities and on the closing night was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Sheila Gaiman, the executive producer of the arts festival.
Magician, Stan Gerson
Also on the final night of the festival, Stan Gerson, a member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, performed an evening of magic.
Stan’s illusions have put him in front of numerous US Presidents, heads of state and royalty throughout the world.
The arts festival committee are now making plans for the 2011 festival.
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Liz Ostermann, L. Ron Hubbard Foundation; Robin Hogarth, Grammy-winning musician; Cllr Stephen Barnett, East Grinstead Town Mayor and Sheila Gaiman, Executive Producer, Saint Hill International Arts Festival (photo by Hy Money)
A Medley of music for international festival
Excerpted from The East Grinstead Courier & Observer, 12 August 2010
This year’s Saint Hill International Arts Festival opened with a musical line-up on Sunday 8 August 2010.
The festival, now in its 19th year, has attracted participants from all over the world and Liz Ostermann from the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation welcomed the 300 guests to Saint Hill Manor at the weekend.
Robin Hogarth, Grammy-winning musician (photo by Hy Money)
The president of the festival, Robin Hogarth, himself a Grammy-winning musician, spoke of the inspiration that the festival has sparked in artists over the 19 years.
Following the customary ribbon cutting by town mayor, Cllr Stephen Barnett, the traditional concert began.
Choirpower (photo by Hy Money)
One of the highlights of the evening was Choirpower who sang a medley of Get Happy, Bohemian Rhapsody and songs from Fiddler on the Roof - conducted by Marion Shuster and Sue Harvey accompanied on Piano.
There were also individual performances by Soprano Catherine Michel, Soprano Zita Tatrai, Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Rodd and Soprano Marion Shuster.
Other performers included a 17 year old violinist, Mike Perroud from Switzerland.
The Classical Concert Night was the first part of a week-long festival, which included a variety of workshops and master classes in song, drama, film and dance, open to participants of all ages.
For more information on the festival, call 01342 317 057.
Violinist, Mike Perroud (photos by Hy Money)
Soprano, Marion Shuster (photos by Hy Money)
Pianist, Gabriel Arnold (photo by Hy Money)
Mezzo-Soprano, Katherine Rodd (photo by Hy Money)
Choirpower, conducted by Marion Shuster, with Sue Harvey on piano (photos by Hy Money)
Sopranao, Catherine Michel (photo by Hy Money)
Cllr Stephen Barnett, East Grinstead Town Mayor (photos by Hy Money)
Sheila Gaiman, Executive Producer, Saint Hill International Arts Festival (photo by Hy Money)
Liz Ostermann, L. Ron Hubbard Foundation (photos by Hy Money)
Compere, Michael Kennard (photo by Hy Money)
A selection of photos and videos from the week-long Festival
Mike Perroud, Robin Hogarth and David Dempster (photo by Hy Money)
Suzie Mahony and Francesa Cowin
Chiara assisting magician Stan Gerson
Barbara Lanik and Robert Hodkin perform Spamalot's "A Song That Goes Like This"
Barbara Lanik sings Spamalot's "A Diva's Lament - Whatever Happened to my Part?"
"A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists."
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Have a wonderful evening out!
Come to the opening of the Saint Hill® International Arts Festival
Gala Classical Concert and Art Exhibition
Sunday, 8th August 2010, Saint Hill Manor
- 6.30pm Reception on the Manor Terrace
- 7.00pm Opening of the Festival Art Exhibition
- 7.30pm Gala Classical Concert in the Great Hall, Saint Hill Castle
- Featuring international concert pianist, Gabriel Arnold
An evening of classical delights with:
- Gabriel Arnold
- Mike Perroud (Violin)
- Songs and arias from opera and shows: Marion Shuster, Zita Tatrai and Katie Rodd
- Georgina Roberts and Robbie Scandrett Theatre Group