Busy summer of music for festival town

The Aurora Orchestra performing at the 2012 Oundle International Festival
The Aurora Orchestra performing at the 2012 Oundle International Festival

Oundle Music Trust has announced a packed programme of events for the coming months.

They include a series entitled Music in Quiet Places as well as the internationally acclaimed Oundle International Festival.

The next event in the programme is The Ministry of Angels, which takes place on Friday, April 5, in St Peter’s Church, followed Voces8 on Wednesday, April 24, and the Sacconi String Quartet on Thursday, June 6.

The first Music in Quiet Places concert will be performed on Friday, May 17, with the series running until October. Concerts will be performed in Apethorpe, Titchmarsh, Pilton, Benefield, Thurning, Polebrook and Geddington, with tickets going on sale at the beginning of April.

Artists include flamenco guitarist Eduardo Niebla, folk fiddler Harald Haugaard, the Villiers String Quartet and locally based ensemble, Horns Aloud. The Harborough Collective will put in two appearances.

The main festival will also be launched in April and will see the choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, and their Director of Music, Mark Williams, in Oundle as resident musicians for most of the festival.

They will be taking part in a variety of shows, including leading the Festival Chorus in a live Radio 4 broadcast.

Yamaha UK has donated a grand piano for the event, allowing the trust to host solo performances by Young-Choon Park, Chen Meng and Virginia Black.

Oundle Cinema are due to put on a series of films including Les Miserables, Quartet and a singalong production of Grease, allowing cinemagoers the chance to get into the festival spirit.

For more information, visit www.oundlefestival.org.uk.