Oundle International Festival starts with a different beat

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OUNDLE International Festival opens on Friday, July 13, and in a break with tradition, jazz will start proceedings for the first time in the festival’s 27-year history.

The Darius Brubeck Quartet will take to the stage in St Peter’s Church to perform Darius’ exhilarating, South African-inspired compositions, along with legendary classics such as Take Five by his father, Dave Brubeck.

The Festival, which runs until July 22 still has classical music at heart and this year’s programme also features a diverse range of jazz, world and folk artists as well as dance and theatre acts.

The Festival is set around a storytelling theme and promises an exciting week of music and arts.

Among the highlights is Annapurna Indian Dance which will have its own, stories to tell in Tales From Mystic India – a vibrant evening of traditional Indian storytelling and dance on July 17.

Radio 4’s Just a Minute performer Kit Hesketh-Harvey will be teaming up with composer James McConnel to present An Evening with Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel – comic songs and cabaret in St Peter’s Church on July 16.

BBC Radio 2’s Folk Duo of the Year Nancy Kerr and James will bring their unique sound to Oundle’s Festival Marquee on July 18 and Aurora Orchestra will make a welcome return with a feast for the eyes and ears alongside Westminster Abbey sub-organist and organist for the Royal Wedding, Robert Quinney, on July 20.

International acts such as Canadian string ensemble Trio Fibonacci; Australian organist Sarah Kim and Eastern European group Paprika will perform at the Festival.

Abba tribute act Björn Again will headline the outdoor Picnic in the Park event on Saturday next week.

There will be a performance of Roald Dahl’s The Twits by theatre company Illyria; a children’s Indian music and dance workshop by Annapurna Indian Dance; and the Passport to Music event on Saturday July 21 will give participants of all ages an opportunity to make their own passport using printmaking techniques which can be used to access a variety of fun music workshops around the town.

Recitals will take place throughout the week, including performances from the legendary Dame Gillian Weir and former Oundle for Organists pupil Tom Bell, whose programme will include works from Bach to Coldplay.

Oundle for Organists’ Summer School will run concurrently with the Festival culminating in the Young Organists’ Presentation Recital on July 22..

Tickets are on sale from Oundle box office - 01832 274734; www.oundlefestival.org.uk, or by calling in person at 4 New Street, Oundle.