Entertainment galore at Oakham Festival

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OAKHAM Festival gets underway today and there’s lots to do over the next two weeks.

The festival reception and open studios taster runs from 6.30pm at Oakham Castle tonight.

Tomorrow, Oliver Twist can be seen at 3pm in Rutland County Museum and The James Joyce Band will provide the music for a ceilidh at 7.30pm in Oakham Castle, while Copperhead will perform at The Grainstore.

Rutland Concert Band will play from 7.30pm in Oakham Castle on Tuesday and on Wednesday Ella Ward will play clarinet at a free concert in All Saints Church from 1.30pm. Battle of the Bands will take place at 4.30pm in The Grainstore.

Uppingham Community College has free NB Music Foundation School workshops from 9am on Thursday and W/E can be seen at 7.30pm in Rutland County Museum.

Next week artists participating in Rutland Open Studios will stage a joint Festival Exhibition from 5pm on Friday at Oakham Castle and there will be art sessions with The Hand Stitched Theatre Co. At 7.45pm the Festival Orchestra Concert will be held in Oakham School Chapel; All That Jazz Sonny Society Band will perform in the Funky Tent and the Mystic Crew will be at The Grainstore from 8.30pm.

The Festival Exhibition continues on Saturday next week from 10am and Festival, Fun, Frolics and Fair will be held from 11am in Oakham Castle and grounds. James and the Giant Peach can be seen at 7.45pm at Queen Elizabeth Theatre and it’s party night from 8pm with The Houndogs and Govannen in the Funky Tent.

Open Studios Festival Exhibition opens at midday on Sunday and Singing with Katie will be held in the Funky Tent from 2pm followed by a performance at 4.30pm. James and the Giant Peach is on at Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 7.45pm and Festival Proms Night with Forresters Brass and guest takes place in the Funky Tent at 8pm.

On Monday, June 25, James and the Giant Peach is on at Queen Elizabeth Theatre from 7.45pm and on June 26 there is a Festival Organ Recital at 7.30pm in All Saints Church.

On Wednesday, June 27, Oakham School Chamber Choir will perform in All Saints Church from 1.30pm and there is a charity acoustic night from 8pm at The Wheatsheaf.

Big Band Bonanza will be held in Oakham School marquee from 7.30pm on Thursday, June 28, and the film J Edgar will be shown at 7.30pm in Rutland County Museum.

Photographer Richard Adams presents Home and Away at 7.30pm in Rutland County Council chamber on Friday, June 29, and Pure Magic, Queen tribute will perform at The Grainstore from 8.30pm.

Comedian Patrick Monahan and guests will entertain at Rutland County Museum from 8pm on Saturday, June 30 and there will be live music from Mod Story at The Grainstore.

The festival will conclude on Sunday, July 1, with Wississippi Jazzmen from 3pm at Cutts Close bandstand and Boat and Brass musical cruise on The Rutland Belle from 7pm at The Harbour in Whitwell.

For information and tickets visit www.oakhamfestival.co.uk