Pageant fever! The Charles Kingsley Society (and all devotees) have been invited to ‘Pageant Fever! Historical Pageants and the British Past’

Exhibition runs from 29 January 2020.

You are warmly invited to the opening of our new exhibition ‘Pageant Fever! Historical Pageants and the British Past’ at Cecil Sharp House on Tuesday 28 January.
Historical pageants were a widespread form of popular entertainment in early twentieth-century Britain.

Presenting large-scale theatrical re-creations of scenes from local and national history, they brought the past to life as never before. Thousands of people performed in these vivid extravaganzas of music, dance and drama, and tens of thousands more watched them. Yet pageants are largely forgotten today. This exhibition tells their story in images and text, with a special focus on the folk music and dance that were performed in them.

Book your place below by Friday 10 January. 

Private view:
Tuesday 28 January, 6.30–8.30pm
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY
Free entry by invitation


World Première of ‘Andromeda’ – specially commissioned for the Festival

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We are thrilled to announce the World Première of the new orchestration of Cyril Rootham’s ‘Andromeda’ (specially commissioned for the Charles Kingsley 200 Festival) will be performed on both evenings – Friday 14th June  and Saturday 15th June at 7.30pm   Lucinda Cox, a British soprano will be performing the part of Andromeda and David Jones a London-based baritone will perform, and possibly fly in his role as Perseus.

Lucinda Cox has worked internationally on a wide range of repertoire and is based in London, having completed undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford, and postgraduate at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland.

David Jones is a London-based baritone working in opera, operetta, song and oratorio. In 2018 he devised, produced and performed Song Cycle 2018, cycling over 1000 miles through the UK on his Brompton folding bike, performing Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel in 18 concerts along the way. The project was featured in The Times and raised over £1000 for the work of the charity Live Music Now.

Dan Keen, a London based orchestrator,  arranged the edition of Cyril Rootham’s ‘Andromeda’ for a 12-piece ensemble and choir.

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Cutting-edge software to plan festival

MassMotion is a sophisticated modelling tool used internationally by planners and architects to study people flows through a wide range of environments,

Charles  Kingsley Society is  supported by Oasys,  the  software  company that developed the product and who have  granted us a licence. Normally used on much larger projects, this  versatile  tool is helping us predict flow control and ticketing strategies for the ck200 festival 14-15 June next.

More information about MassMotion can be found here

Pageant funded by HLF

Charles Kingsley 200 Festival Pageant – The History of Child Labour in Our Community    has been awarded a grant  by the Heritage lottery Fund.

The pageant is a joint project with  Charles Kingsley Society,  King’s College London, The Museum of English Rural Life  and Charles Kingsley Primary School, Eversley.

Details of the pageant will appear on the festival website



Andromeda moves onwards

Quintin Beer (conductor), Julia Stutfield (Cantata Dramatica), Dan Rootham (grandson of the composer) with David Lister (chairman) at the site of the  CK200 festival where the production of Andromeda will take place.


Hampshire County Council grants

9th July,  Graham, Peter and I attended the decision day of the Cultural, Community and Activity Grants of Hampshire County Council – Peter had applied for funding in March this year. We were supported by Councillor David Simpson who also spoke on our behalf. The banners were used (photo attached) and helped us in our mission to get some funding from HCC. The decision on our application has been deferred and we have been invited to meet HCC and discuss further. However, the general view was that they are minded to help as much as funds permit.

The Charles Kingsley Society

The Committee  has  registered The Charles Kingsley Society as the formal name of the body that will run the  Charles Kingsley 200 Festival in 2019; and in addition other activities beyond the festival, so that there may be an enduring legacy, centred in Eversley, to celebrate his life and work.