Inspiring music and theatre at International Festival

The Oundle International Festival returns for its 35th year this July with a diverse programme.
The festival opens on the 4th of July with a Scottish reeling event jointly hosted by the Oundle Festival Fringe who will be running free events throughout the ten day festival. For folk lovers Kathryn Tickell and her band The Darkening deliver some Northumbrian songs as well as more contemporary music, while Ronnie Scotts’ All Stars are returning for a jazz evening after their sell out concert two years ago.

Classical music fans can look forward to Alec Hone and Quentin Thomas duelling it out on two grand pianos. Jamie McVinnie launches his Big Bach Project, aiming to play all Bach’s pieces for keyboards over five years. The Bach Walk always sells out early. It features two concerts, broken by supper and a gentle walk through the Oundle countryside.

Five lunchtime recitals will feature exciting new talent, including Oundle’s 2018 Young Musician of the Year, George Garnett, and former Oundle pupil Bethany Peck, currently Principle Trombone for the City of Cardiff Championship Brass Band. Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, Bo Lyu, Yoanna Prodanova and Mihai Ritivoiu will perform on piano and cello.

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is performed by The Handlebards, a touring company who will arrive with all props and costumes on bicycles and deliver their performance in front of the Elizabethan Lyveden New Bield.

David Walliams’ bestseller Gansta Granny is adapted by Heartbreak Productions in another outdoor theatre experience, this time in Barnwell Park. Barnwell will also be hosting their sixth Music in the Park, featuring brass bands. The Oundle Peace Games on Sunday will recreate the celebrations of 1919 on the Cricket Grounds.

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The Party at the Wharf rounds off the festival supported by local bands Likuid Lemon and Acoustic Supper Club. Funk Soul Brother promise iconic songs from James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, followed by the headline act ABBAMANIA. Food and drink stalls will make it a merry occasion.

Tickets are on sale at the Oundle Box Office, on New Street.

Johnny Capstick-Dale
May 2019