Newbury Spring Festival 2017

The Newbury Spring Festival returns for its 39th year between the 6-20 May 2017. Two weeks of world-class classical music, folk, jazz and cabaret, featuring artists from around the world.   Embracing some of West Berkshire’s most stunning locations, the Festival has become one of the most popular and successful in the South of England.

45 concerts including: –

  •  Moscow Philharmonic
  • Royal Philharmonic
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras with Alice Coote, Tasmin Little and Noriko Ogawa

And performances featuring: –

  •  Stephen Hough
  • Mark Simpson
  • Susan Bullock
  • Alison Balsom
  • Jonathan Dove
  • Voces8
  • Brodsky Quartet
  • Sacconi Quartet
  • Dutch Swing College Band
  • Morriston Orpheus Choir
  • The Sixteen with Harry Christopher

As always St Nicolas Church in the centre of Newbury is the Festival’s concert hall and will host the orchestral concerts.  The opening night heralds a performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. Performed by the Festival’s own chorus with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and major soloists Alice Coote, Gwyn Hughes Jones and Morgan Pearse conducted by David Parry.

Other highlights include trumpeter Alison Balsom and soprano Lucy Crowe appearing at St Lawrence’s Church in Hungerford. The Armonico Consort performing Monteverdi’s Vespers at Holy Cross Church in Ramsbury, while Harry Christophers and The Sixteen will make a welcome return to Douai Abbey.

New this year is a cabaret evening at picturesque Combe Manor where star soprano Susan Bullock will sing songs from the Great American Songbook.  ‘A Taste of Spain’ at The Vineyard Hotel where the audience can sample tapas and wine before listening to a concert of Spanish music played by guitarist Morgan Szymanksi.

Newbury’s resident theatre The Corn Exchange will again this year present a daily programme of diverse events and concerts from classical and ballet through jazz to Bollywood. Including a fully staged new musical theatre production of Betty Blue Eyes.  Long established groups such as the Dutch Swing College Band, Black Dyke Band and Morriston Orpheus Choir will all be appearing along with folk musicians such as Kathryn Tickell and the Ghanaian Kakatsitsi drummers. Britain’s leading international concert pianist Stephen Hough gives an afternoon recital and there are two morning shows specifically for children and families.

The Festival continues its strong policy of supporting young and talented artists with its Young Artists’ Lunchtime concert series, this year featuring prize winning solo instrumentalists. The John Lewis Young Stars scheme presents some of Britain’s finest talent throughout the main evening programme. The Festival’s own Sheepdrove Piano Competition continues to showcase the highest international musical talent drawn from all the major UK conservatoires.

Full programme details on the website  with tickets available from 28th February 2017.

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