Oundle Festival starts tomorrow

The Aurora Orchestra, who will perform at the 2012 Oundle International Festival
The Aurora Orchestra, who will perform at the 2012 Oundle International Festival

Just a Minute’s comedy musician, an award-winning folk duo and a South African-inspired jazz quartet are among the acts performing at the Oundle music festival from tomorrow.

The 27th Oundle International Festival will run until Sunday, July 22, at variuos venues around the town.

Kit Hesketh-Harvey, who performs music on the popular Radio Four panel show Just a Minute, will perform comic songs and cabaret in St Peter’s Church on Monday.

BBC Radio 2’s Folk Duo of the Year Nancy Kerr and James Fagan will sing in the Festival Marquee on Wednesday.

Ronnie Scott’s regulars the Darius Brubeck Quartet will kick the festival off when they take to the stage in St Peter’s Church to perform Darius’ South African-inspired compositions, along with legendary classics by his father, Dave Brubeck, such as Take Five.

This year’s theme is storytelling and Annapurna Indian Dance will have colourful stories to tell in ‘Tales From Mystic India’ on Thursday.

The festival is the first under new Oundle Music Trust director Susan Lansdale.

She said: “Here at the Trust we’re absolutely committed to providing excellence in music and this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

“We’re also passionate about developing community and education work. We’ve recently had the award-winning Aurora Orchestra conducting music workshops in local schools and I know this has had an incredible impact on the children involved.

“But we can’t fund this valuable work without your help, so while I’m happy to say that we have already sold out for a number of events, there are still plenty of seats remaining for others, so please book a ticket and come along to the Festival. We can’t do it without you.”

Picnic in the Park, at which Abba tribute act Bjorn Again were due to perform, has been cancelled after the recent bad weather.

Tickets are on sale via www.oundlefestival.org.uk, in person at 4 New Street, Oundle, or by calling Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734.