The 2015 Festival Programme of Events is very nearly complete. Please use the Events menus above to view our listings and find out about the individual performances. You will be able to purchase tickets here, when they become available to the public in early June.
Our gala opening on July 25 stars Guy Johnston – cello: (BBC Young Musician of the Year, opening night of the Proms with the Elgar Concerto).
Our closing night is Saturday August 8, with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra. We’ve had a variety of jazz in recent years, also brass bands, but nothing quite like this.
In between we have something to please everyone. Return engagements from the Aurora Wind Ensemble as well as Huw Wiggin and James Sherlock are bound to please, while Rock and Roll fans will be delighted by a concert by Ultimate Elton. The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet promise a very exciting evening and we can expect fireworks from violin duo Retorica. Piano duets are on the programme from Susie Allen and Ros Jones, while Michael Bochman is bringing some of his young students to play along with him at the tea-time concert.
But we have more than music. Dramatic performances include the poems of Dylan Thomas, presented by Guy Masterson; Heartbreak Theatre’s production of Jane Austen’s “Emma” and “My Dearest Girls” – created and performed by Francesca Millican-Slater – exploring the lives of rural women during World War I.
And there’s even more! school’s out @ the arts festival is a 4 day workshop for children which culminates in a public performance. Free coffee concerts or organ recitals are on tap during the day and, of course, the Art, Craft and Photography exhibition runs from July 28th to August 8th.