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John Rutter leads singing workshop at Oakham as part of Arts for the Heart of England Summer Festival in Rutland



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Renowned composer John Rutter will join the Arts for the Heart of England Summer Festival in Rutland this weekend.

John leads one of his popular 'Come and Sing’ workshops in Oakham School Chapel from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

It will feature a variety of choral music, including some of his own pieces.

John Rutter will lead a Come and Sing workshop in Oakham
John Rutter will lead a Come and Sing workshop in Oakham

The day costs £20 for adults, £5 for under 25s/students, and free for those receiving government benefits.

The festival begins on Friday with a lunchtime recital of baroque violin from Gabriella Jones at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, in Uppingham.

An evening of trumpet and organ music follows at All Saints Church, in Oakham, from Crispian Steele-Perkins and David Hill.

David Hill MBE, Arts for the Heart of England director. Photo: Nick Rutter
David Hill MBE, Arts for the Heart of England director. Photo: Nick Rutter

It will feature a programme of music for trumpet and organ by Mozart, Charpentier and Leroy Anderson, among others.

On Saturday, a quartet of Rutland artists will hold an exhibition at St Peter’s Church, Empingham, from 10am-4pm.

Admission is free to the event which will showcase the photography, paintings, sculptures and illustrations of Mo Gardner, Michael Moralee, Mary Rogers and Hilary Salomon.

The Festival Choir pictured at Exton Church in June 2019. Photo: Alice Hill
The Festival Choir pictured at Exton Church in June 2019. Photo: Alice Hill

The Festival Chamber Choir, made up of 18 professional singers from London, will then stage a Choral Classics concert at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, in Exton, on Saturday evening.

It will include works by Chilcott, Mendelssohn, and Vaughan Williams, and will be conducted by festival director David Hill.



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