Opera, dance and jazz to play part in village music festival

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A music festival featuring four days of concerts, gigs and musical events takes place in Gretton over the bank holiday weekend.

The third annual Gretton Music Festival features the widest array of musical acts yet, and hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the popular event.

The village’s three pubs are taking part, as well as the village hall, the sports and social club and two churches.

Organiser Terry Forsey said: “I was lucky enough to be at the Isle of Wight festival to see Jimmy Hendrix and that has inspired me all my life.

“I love all genres of music and we have something for everyone at this year’s event.”

Opera features heavily in this year’s festival, sponsored by Eggbox Graphics, and the most popular concert is likely to be the Best of British which takes place on Sunday evening at 7.30pm at St James’s Church.

The event, featuring soprano Naomi Harvey, international baritone Eddie Wade, tenor Geraint Dodd and mezzo soprano Louise Crane, celebrates the finest British musical theatre, opera and operetta. Tickets cost £14 and are available in advance from Gretton Post Office.

Other events include cabaret singer Barb Jungr, a ukulele band, the Lazy Alligator Jazz Band, the Rutland Morris Men and vocalist Elle Roberts.

To find out more about any of the concerts, visit www.grettonmusicfestival.com