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Yoxford Festival

August 2nd, 2012 by
Categories: Featured · Special Events

This summer sees the ninth Yoxford Arts Festival described by BBC Radio 3 as ‘A unique and truly community event’.

The opening night of an exciting 2012 Yoxford Festival, Thursday 16th August, features a new young band, Ranagri — “Echoes of Pentangle, Jethro Tull and new Celtic folk sounds – cemented by strong contemporary song writing” RTÉ lyric fm together with festival favourites INCA who will take us on an exhilarating musical journey through Native South American Folk Music, pan pipes galore!

Friday 17th features the legendary percussionist Gary Kettel and his prize winning students from Trinity Laban Conservatiore of Music. The popular repertoire includes Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture & Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the animals. The new arrangement of the 1812 by Gary Kettel also includes the magnificent Bells of St Peter’s Church.

On Saturday 18th an amazing concert by “Serpentine-Fire”, 12 of film and TV’s crème de la crème of session musicians who share a passion for the music of the 70/80’s supergroup Earth Wind And Fire. “An amazing spectacle

Sunday the 19th Lunch is time to enjoy Bubbles and Canapés with ‘Braziliero’ – vibrant Dance Music from Brazil featuring Anna Noakes flute, Grant McFarlane-Dowse Guitar and Simon Whittaker Brazilian percussion.

Serpentine FireThe brilliant line up for the final concert on Sunday 19th has the internationally renowned mezzo soprano, Yvonnne Howard singing Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” a festival premiere arrangement by Hinnigan, preceded by Ravel’s sublime septet ‘Introduction and Allegro’ and in finale Brahms’ ‘D major Serenade’ played by an augmented Locrian Ensemble, the concert also features a World Premiere of a new work by Suffolk’s best kept secret composer from Walberswick, Ian Balfour, The Rt Hon Lord Balfour of Inchrye is perhaps better known as a gem historian and for his marvellous book “Famous Diamonds”. His compositions include nine operas, six symphonies, and numerous orchestral, vocal, chamber and instrumental pieces.

The festival also includes exhibitions, talks and workshops. Maija McDougal is holding an Exhibition of Bromoil Photography and an Illustrated Talk on Bromoil Photography. In St Peter’s Church there are Yoxford Landscapes by John Williams and Etchings by Joan Hodgkiss. Other events include a Children’s Samba Percussion Workshop followed by their performance during Friday’s concert also Children’s Arts Work-shop with Joan Hodgkiss and a Cream Tea and Talk by Ian Terry “Satis House and the Mystery of Clarissa Ricketts” – A tale of greed, gambling and death. The ever-popular Literary Lunch is already sold out.

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