Something for all at Oakham Festival

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There is less than a week until this year’s Oakham Festival kicks off and there will be something for everyone.

The event will kick off on Wednesday with a free concert by Oakham School Chamber Choir. The concert takes place at All Saints’ Church in Oakham at 1.30pm.

On Thursday, June 30, there will be performances from Rutland primary school children, again at the church at 1.30pm as part of the Rutland Music Hub.

Clarinet Charisma performs at All Saints’ Church, Oakham on Friday, July 1, at 1.30pm. Admission is free.

One of the highlights of the festival will be an evening of midsummer ballet with the London Ballerinas at Oakham Castle at 7.30pm with interludes from young soprano Katie Marshall. Tickets are £12 and it promises to be a magical evening.

At Oakham Studios on Saturday, July 2, there is a day of dance workshops running from 10am to 3.45pm, with 30 minute taster sessions. The cost is £3 a class or £5 for two classes.

Cutts Close will be the place to be later on Saturday with a showcase by Rutland Youth Dance Academy at 4.30pm, followed by Proms in the Park, from 6pm. Both events are free but donations for WaterAid.

The band Divinity will be performing at The Grainstore from 8.30pm on Saturday, July 2 - entry free.

A free T’ai Chi class will be running on Sunday, July 3, at Cutts Close in Oakham, at 10.30am - suitable for all ages from eight to 80.

Five-piece band Deeping Dixielanders will be performing at 2pm in Cutts Close. And the closing performance of the festival will be a recital from Alan Thomas, guitar, and Eleanor Turner, harp, which takes place on Sunday, July 3, at the Oakham School Chapel at 4pm. Tickets are £10 and it promises to be a dynamic finale to a wonderful festival.