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Guiting Power Music Festival you must go

I was delighted to interview the Chairman of the Guiting Power Music Festival. This small festival is a community festival run by music enthusiasts and unbelievably it has been running for 47 years with no outside funding. I urge you to visit this fantastic festival in a beautiful Cotswold village.

This year’s Festival in the charming Cotswold village of Guiting Power will be held from the

21st to 30th July 2017. In its 47th year, the exciting programme includes eleven concerts

featuring the best in classical, jazz and contemporary blues. It features a number of

internationally renowned artists to bring a wonderful variety and highest standards to the

heart of the Cotswolds.

The festival opens on Friday, 21st July with a performance by one of his generation’s most

talented pianists, Vitaly Pisarenko. He is a former Royal College of Music student who has

performed in more than 25 countries world-wide. His exciting and adventurous piano style

will be shown to great advantage across a repertoire including Liszt, Saint-Saens,

Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

Saturday 22nd features the world-renowned Carducci Quartet performing with clarinettist

Robert Plane, principal clarinet with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, who will have

recently returned from his US tour. They will bring a link to Gloucestershire with Herbert

Howells’ Rhapsodic Quintet, preceding the Shostakovich Quartet No. 8. The climax of the

evening will be the superb Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major.

Sunday, 23rd July sees the first of the two open air concerts. It starts at noon and


feature jazz by two bands. Local band Hot Fingers with singer Emily Campbell will delight

their audience with vintage acoustic string music from hot jazz to 1930’s swing. Then the

Brighton-based Paul Richards Trio will bring their brilliant fuse of latin, classical, jazz and


Blues vocalist Heidi Vogel, well known to BBC listeners from her work with the Cinematic

Orchestra and her debut solo album “Turn up the Quiet” will bring her extraordinary voice

and range to the Monday 24th concert. Then on Thursday 27th the audience will be treated

to music by the fabulous jazz vocalist, pianist and guitarist Julia Biel, nominated in the

Best Jazz Act category in the MOBO Awards and the Urban Music Awards in 2015.

Hailed as a musical pioneer and the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the

world stage, Xuefei Yang will return to Guilting to perform on Tuesday, 25th July. Classic FM

named her as one of the 100 top classical musicians of our time, so the audience will

undoubtedly be in for a treat.

On Wednesday 26th Belgian violinist Jolente de Maeyer and pianist Nikolaas Kende,

winners of numerous international competitions who have performed as a duo since 2003

will play Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn.

Brothers Jonathan and Tom Scott will return by popular demand to play two concerts. A

two piano recital on the Friday night (28th) will treat the Festival to a delightful and

infrequently heard range of two-piano music. Families will also be able to enjoy their fourhand

piano playing the following morning in a one-hour concert of famous classical pieces

accompanied by big screen animation developed by Tom Scott.

On Saturday (29th) the last indoor concert offers the opportunity to hear contemporary

jazz pianist/composer Neil Cowley, formerly of Fragile State, with his hugely popular Trio

and their quirky mix of jazz-meets-rock. The Trio recently released their superb project

Spacebound Apes and won the Jazz FM’s Artist of the Year Award in 2013.

The Festival finishes with an open air Blues concert on Sunday 30th July from noon to 4pm,

featuring two high profile bands. First up is Black Diamond Express, the immensely

energetic Scottish band with Blues, Celtic and American roots. Then Dublin’s Grainne Duffy

Band will wow the audience with their wonderful mix of blues rock and soul and Grainne’s

fabulous vocals.

Tickets are from £10 to £20 and are going on public sale from the 1st May 2017 and the

concerts will be held at the Village Hall. The two Sunday open-air concerts held on the

playing fields are great events for all the family and small gazebos can be brought along.

The festival prides itself on its great food – this year, back by popular request, South East

Asian food specialist Ting’s Kitchen will be serving before each concert (indoor and

outdoor) and during the interval. For those who prefer more traditional fare, Lovett Pies

will also be available throughout the open air concerts. You are welcome to bring your

own picnic to the outdoor concerts. The Festival bar sells high quality wine, beer and soft

drinks at competitive prices.

Cosy post-concert suppers are also available but book early to avoid disappointment.

For full details see www.guitingfestival.org


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