|Full Festival Diary|
Newbury Spring Festival 2017 has arrived and what a show we have for you, with a wonderful variety of musical performances to delight audiences of all ages.
We welcome three of the finest orchestras: Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and Moscow Philharmonic, plus Britain’s finest choral company, The Sixteen. Stephen Hough, Alice Coote, Alison Balsom, Sir Thomas Allen, Tasmin Little, Noriko Ogawa, John Lill and Susan Bullock are some of the greatest classical musicians of our time, and all return to Newbury this year.
But there’s so much more to the Festival than classical music: Dutch Swing College Band with traditional jazz, Black Dyke brass band and Indian-style Bollywood Brass Band; Worbey & Farrell combining sparky comedy with sensational piano playing; and Ghanaian drumming and dancing from Kakatsitsi. Musical comedy arrives with Betty Blue Eyes, and children will adore fun-filled family shows such as Dr Dee’s Daughter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Travelling by Tuba.
This year’s Young Artists Programme focuses on instrumentalists representing many musical genres, with performances on trombone, flute, organ, piano, cello and guitar. What finer way to spend your lunchbreak than with these top-class young musicians, and do also look out for more outstanding young talent with this year’s John Lewis Young Stars.
Jane Austen died 200 years ago and to celebrate this milestone we are including Pride & Prejudice, narrated by Hayley Mills with music by Carl Davis, a special talk by Gill Hornby and a screening of Sense & Sensibility.
Here’s to a fabulous Festival fortnight!
Mark Eynon, Festival Director