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Thurning Feast 2018 - 40th Anniversary

Thurning Feast 2018 - 40th Anniversary

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Wednesday 25 Jul 20184:30pm Book Now (advance sales closes 23/07) (Tickets Available on the Door)

Our 40th Anniversary


Thurning Feast


Wednesday, 25th July 2018


4:30pm - 12:30am


Thurning Village Hall

Clopton Road, Thurning, PE8 5RE


Tickets:

In advance: Adults £5 / Under 12s free (closes on 23rd July)

On the gate: Adults £6 / Under 12s free


Come and join the fun at Thurning Feast! This is a spectacular festival, which takes place on …whichever day the 25th of July falls on!


This vibrant village feast brings the local community together in aid of raising funds for the upkeep of Thurning Village Hall and the Church of St James.


Thurning receives help from residents of surrounding villages and in turn raises funds to support their villages and chosen charities.


Alongside great live music, a funfair and children’s entertainment, Thurning Feast also offers a variety of multi-national foods and a fabulous selection of locally made cakes and teas for a quintessentially English experience.


Sponsored by Gents Glass, Top Notch Joinery & Digfield Ales

Rushden Town Band, Last Night of the Proms

Rushden Town Band, Last Night of the Proms

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Saturday 8 Sep 20186:00pm Book Now

Music in Special Places present


Last Night of the Proms


Rushden Town Band


Adele Hudson, conductor

Maureen Brathwaite, soloist



Saturday, 8th September


6pm - 8pm


Oundle School Great Hall

12 New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets:

Adult £10 / U18s £4 (unreserved seating, balcony or ground floor)


Oundle International Festival’s Music in Special Places series joins forces with Oundle School Music Department to celebrate one of the great British institutions, the Last Night of the Proms.


Our concert is a warm up for the relay from the Royal Albert Hall and our early start will give you plenty of time to get home to watch it live! Featuring the perennial favourites, soloist Maureen Brathwaite will lead the singing of Jerusalem, I Vow to Thee My Country and, of course, Land of Hope and Glory.


Head of Brass and Percussion, Adele Hudson directs Rushden Town Band who are about to be promoted to the Championship Section which contains the very best brass bands in the UK. A concert which celebrates the great British music tradition and an evening not to be missed!


Martin Stephen: The English Public School

Martin Stephen: The English Public School

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Tuesday 11 Sep 20187:45pm Book Now (Early Bird £1 off till 4th Sept.)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Martin Stephen: The English Public School


Tuesday, 11th September


7:45pm - 8:45pm


The Great Hall

Oundle School, New St., PE8 4GH


Tickets: £8 / £6


The English Public School is a study of the positives and negatives of the private school system, what has gone wrong, and what needs to change.


Until his retirement in 2011, Dr Martin Stephen was High Master of St Paul’s School and before that of Manchester Grammar School, two of the most academically successful independent schools in the world.

Stephen’s experiences mean that he is uniquely placed to write a study of that extraordinary phenomenon, the English public school, institutions that are as admired in some quarters as they are despised and vilified in others.


His book pulls no punches when it comes to the author's views on the failings of private educational establishments, while also showing that their benefits can be, and increasingly are, harnessed for a much wider good. His often scathing and satirical view of public schools make his book a must read for anyone who is thinking of putting little Tarquin down for Eton or, conversely, for anyone who would like to see the places razed and their ruins sown with salt. But, as the author writes, 'If you are English and reading this now, a public school boy or girl is influencing your life.'



Dr Janina Ramirez - The World in a Hazelnut

Dr Janina Ramirez - The World in a Hazelnut

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Friday 21 Sep 20187:30pm Book Now (includes one drink after talk)

Dr Janina Ramirez


The World in a Hazelnut: Medieval Wisdom and Mysticism


Peterborough Cathedral


Friday 21 September 2018


19:30 - 21:30


The broadcaster and writer is coming to the Cathedral to give a special lecture (presented in collaboration with Peterborough Theological Society and the Peterborough Eco-Faith Network).


Mediaevalist and TV presenter Dr Janina Ramirez invites us into the fascinating world of mediaeval ideas and spirituality – not least their ideas about our place in the natural world, and what we can learn from them for our own day and age.


Tickets

£12, £10 concessions (includes a complimentary glass of wine / soft drink after the talk).


NB: Members of the Peterborough Theological Society and Peterborough Eco-Faith Network will be able to get tickets at the concessionary price.

Andrew Bibby: Back Roads Through Middle England

Andrew Bibby: Back Roads Through Middle England

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Friday 21 Sep 20187:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 14th Sept)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Andrew Bibby


Back Roads Through Middle England


Friday, 21st September 2018


7:45pm - 8:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets £8 adult/ £6 concession

Early bird £1 off till 14th September


Author Andrew Bibby sets out to cycle from the English Channel to the Humber, following the great stone belt of ‘cotswold’ limestone which has left its mark so powerfully on the countryside.


This is a journey of discovery into a very special landscape, and the author draws on themes as varied as social history, literature, land usage, agriculture and rural life today to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that shape the land. This wonderful book celebrates the beauty of this area of England, but also does very much more. Thoughtful, well-informed, sometimes provocative, Andrew goes beyond the superficial to reveal a Middle England which is considerably more complex than many might imagine. Includes chapters on Wellingborough, Corby and Oundle, and Stamford.


‘lf you asked your friends what route they'd recommend for an eight-day ride in the UK, pedalling the 430 miles from the Dorset coast to the Humber would probably not feature in their suggestions. That's one of the fascinating aspects of Andrew Bibby's journey to try to discover 'middle England', Duncan Dollimore, Cycle Magazine, (Book of the Month Feb/March 2018)




Claire Colton and Viz Jazz

Claire Colton and Viz Jazz

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Saturday 22 Sep 20187:30pm Book Now

Claire Colton & Viz Jazz


Saturday, 22nd September

19:30 - 21:30


St Peter's Church,

Church Street, Oundle,PE8 4AL


Tickets:

Pre-sale: £10

On the door: £12.50


Clare Colton, vocals

Julian Hunt, piano

Bill coleman, string bass

Alan Boynton, drums



Claire Colton is a versatile performer working with Big Bands, combos and solo instrumentalists in the UK and elsewhere,

notably in Spain.


Accompanied with renowned musicians: Julian Hunt, Bill Coleman, and Alan Boynton.


Claire will be singing jazz standards from Great American Songbook including Gershwin and Cole Porter.

Virtuoso!

Virtuoso!

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Saturday 22 Sep 20187:30pm Book Now (Unreserved seating)

Rutland Sinfonia presents


Virtuoso!


Saturday, 22nd September 2018, 7:30pm


Oakham School Chapel,

Chapel Close, Market Place, LE15 6DT



Tickets


In advance: Adults £12 / Concessions £10

On the door: Adults £14 / Concessions £12

Full time students and U18s £3



Conductor        Paul Hilliam

Violin                Freya Goldmark


Programme


Lutoslawski        Little Suite

Bruch                Violin Concerto

Sibelius        Symphony No.1


The first concert in the Rutland Sinfonia’s 42nd season is a short piece by a composer new to the Orchestra. Lutoslawski’s ‘Little Suite’ is only 11 minutes long, but its rhythmic drive and strong folk-based thematic material will leave you wanting to hear more from Poland’s outstanding 20th century composer.


We then welcome back Freya Goldmark to play Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto, dating from 1866.


The concert ends with Sibelius’ First Symphony, completed in 1900. An 1897 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 ‘Pathetique’ in Helsinki had an influence on Sibelius, but the mature Sibelius is already powerfully evident in this early work. "His symphony, a work full of unrestrained strength, full of passionate vivacity and astonishing audacity is – to state the matter plainly – a remarkable work, one that steps out on new paths, or rather rushes forward like an intoxicated god," wrote Ferdinand Pfol, the famous German music critic, on hearing it.


W. B. Bartlett: Richard the Lionheart - The Crusader King

W. B. Bartlett: Richard the Lionheart - The Crusader King

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Friday 5 Oct 20187:45pm Book Now (Early Bird £1 off till 28th Sept)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


W. B. Bartlett


Richard the Lionheart - The Crusader King of England


Friday, 5th October


19:45 - 20:45


St Peter's Church - Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £8 / £6



This is the first full length biography of Richard I for forty years. He was known to history as 'Richard the Lionheart', after his reputation for bravery exhibited fighting the 'Saracens' whilst crusading in the Holy Land.


Whilst Richard I is one of medieval England’s most famous kings he is also the most controversial. He has variously been considered a great warrior but a poor king, a man driven by the quest for fame and glory but also lacking in self-discipline and prone to throwing away the short-term advantages that his military successes brought him. In this reassessment W B Bartlett looks at his deeds and achievements in a new light. The result is a re-evaluation of ‘The Lionheart’ which finds that the King is every bit as remarkable as his medieval contemporaries found him to be.


W. B. Bartlett has worked across the globe in almost twenty countries and has spent time in over fifty. He is the author of many history books for Amberley Publishing including titles on the Titanic, Medieval History and Dam Busters.


St Peter's Singers, Fauré and Elgar

St Peter's Singers, Fauré and Elgar

Book Tickets

Saturday 27 Oct 20187:00pm Book Now

Music in Special Places presents


Fauré and Elgar


St Peter’s Singers


Jeremy Jepson conductor


Saturday, 27 October, 7.00pm


St Mary’s Church

Church Street, Titchmarsh, NN14 3DB


Tickets:

£15 / £12.50 concessions; £4 u18



With Gabriel Fauré’s much-loved and beautiful Requiem

paired with Sir Edward Elgar’s The Spirit of England, which

is dedicated “to the memory of our glorious men”, the St

Peter’s Singers commemorate the end of the First World

War. Based in Peterborough they are a mixed chamber

choir of 25 voices which regularly sings Choral Evensong

at Peterborough and other neighbouring Cathedrals as well

as the annual Service of Lessons and Carols at St Mary & All

Saints, Fotheringhay.


Benedict Allen: Ultimate Explorer

Benedict Allen: Ultimate Explorer

Book Tickets

Thursday 1 Nov 20187:30pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Benedict Allen: Ultimate Explorer


Thursday, 1st November 2018


19:30 - 21:30


The Great Hall, Oundle School

New Street, Oundle, PE8 4GH


Tickets: Adults £16 / Concessions £13


We are delighted to announce that Benedict Allen, one of the world’s most renowned adventurer-explorers, will be coming to Oundle as part of his brand-new tour of the UK.


Benedict Allen will tell the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure – a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea, during which he filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier – when he hit the headlines after failing to turn up for a flight to Hong Kong, prompting his friends and family, and eventually the world media, to become    concerned for his wellbeing.


Benedict will recall the highs and lows of this awe-inspiring trip, tell exhilarating tales from his life as an explorer and show never-before-seen material from his travels across the globe.


‘Part of history of television’ – Mark Thompson, Former Director General, BBC


‘This is a hugely exciting venture for me. I can’t wait to travel the UK and share my experiences of some of the most testing, but also wonderfully inspiring, corners of the globe’  - Benedict Allen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

This is a two hour event including a twenty minute interval. Suitable for all ages.


The FB Pocket Orchestra, Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz and Dances

The FB Pocket Orchestra, Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz and Dances

Book Tickets

Saturday 24 Nov 20187:00pm Book Now

Music in Special Places presents


The FB Pocket Orchestra


Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Songs and Dances from long ago


Saturday, 24 November, 7.00pm


All Saints and Saint James Church

Hall Yard, Kings Cliffe PE8 6XQ


Tickets:

£15 / £12.50 concessions; £4 u18


Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket

Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of

what is now known as popular music.


The members originally began playing together simply as

an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire, taking on a few

informal performances and recording dates as schedules

allowed. The FBPO became an ‘official’ project in the spring

of 2012 and released its first album in October.


The orchestra presents a contemporary slant on popular

acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.


“Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs

will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago.

The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured

beautifully on the album.” Claire Anderson, Jazz FM

Tchaikovsky in Oundle

Tchaikovsky in Oundle

Book Tickets

Saturday 1 Dec 20187:30pm Book Now (Unreserved seating)

Rutland Sinfonia presents


Tchaikovsky in Oundle


Saturday, 1st December 2018, 7.30 p.m.


St. Peter's Church, Oundle

Church Street, PE8 4EE



Tickets


In advance: Adults £12 / Concessions £10

On the door: Adults £14 / Concessions £12

Full time students and U18s £3


Conductor        Paul Hilliam

Violin                Diego Vassallo


Programme


Borodin        Overture - 'Prince Igor'

Brahms        Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky        Symphony No.2 'Little Russian'


Diego Vassallo is the second soloist we are looking forward to working with again, this time in the Violin Concerto by Brahms, written in 1878 and dedicated to his friend the violinist Joseph Joachim. Born in Birmingham in 1993, Diego Vassallo began to play music aged 7. He frequently plays in many chamber music and orchestral ensembles, and as a soloist he has performed in several cities in both Argentina and the UK.


Folk-inspired music features in Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony known as the ‘Little Russian’, which was well received at its first performance and has been popular ever since.


Our first Oundle concert of the season gets off to a rousing start with Borodin’s Overture ‘Prince Igor’.


Adam Hart-Davis, Very Heath Robinson

Adam Hart-Davis, Very Heath Robinson

Book Tickets

Wednesday 5 Dec 20187:45pm Book Now (Early Bird £1off till 28th Nov.)

Oundle Festival of Literature present


Adam Hart-Davis


Very Heath Robinson


Wednesday, 5th December, at 19:45


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL




This book takes a nostalgic look back to the imaginative world of William Heath Robinson, one of the few artists to have given his name to the English language. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the expression Heath Robinson is used to describe ‘any absurdly ingenious and impracticable device’. Very Heath Robinson is full of quirky contraptions for lighting cigars, making coffee, extinguishing candles and generally making everyday life easy. You can even mow the lawn in comfort thanks to the super deluxe Ransomes’ motor mower, complete with wireless, drinks cabinet and tiffin table.

 

A dozen collections of Heath Robinson’s work have been published over the last 80 years, starting in his lifetime, but most have been compilations of pictures with minimal text. Very Heath Robinson is the first to explain the technical and social background out of which the pictures grew and to weave art and history into a connected story.


Adam Hart-Davis is the perfect person to set the artist’s mechanical fantasies in context, to tell the stories of rapid technological and social change that lay behind Heath Robinson’s idiosyncratic brand of satire and to laugh along with the jokes. He has even built his own Heath Robinson-style machine.


Song and Dance!

Song and Dance!

Book Tickets

Saturday 16 Mar 20197:30pm Book Now (Unreserved seating)

Rutland Sinfonia presents


Song and Dance!


Saturday, 16th March 2019, 7.30 p.m.


Oakham School Chapel, Oakham

Chapel Close, LE15 6DT



Tickets


In advance: Adults £12 / Concessions £10

On the door: Adults £14 / Concessions £12

Full time students and U18s £3



Conductor        David Calow

Soprano        Caroline Trutz


Programme


Song


Dvorák - Song to the Moon, Rachmaninov - Vocalise, Puccini - O Mio Babbino, Over the Rainbow, Memory and many more!


Dance


Shostakovich - March, Waltz and Dance from Jazz Suite No.2

Delibes - Music from Sylvia

Glazunov - 'Autumn' from The Seasons

Bernstein - West Side Story Suite

John/Zimmer - The Lion King Suite

Hardiman - Lord of the Dance


Associate Conductor David Calow gives us “Song and Dance!” in our March Oakham concert.  Dance-inspired music from Ballet, Theatre and Musicals contrasts with songs from the stage and concert hall sung by local soprano Caroline Trutz.


Caroline Trutz studied in Paris and London and has sung many roles in opera and operetta in the UK and France, and given many song recitals.


This will be a very popular concert, so book early!


Mozart and Mahler in Vienna!

Mozart and Mahler in Vienna!

Book Tickets

Saturday 11 May 20197:30pm Book Now (Unreserved seating)

Rutland Sinfonia presents


Mozart and Mahler in Vienna

Saturday, 11th May 2019, 7.30 p.m.


St. Peter's Church, Oundle

Church Street, PE8 4EE


Tickets


In advance: Adults £12 / Concessions £10

On the door: Adults £14 / Concessions £12

Full time students and U18s £3


The concert is sponsored by Bulley Davey


Conductor        Paul Hilliam

Piano                Anne Bolt


Programme


Mozart                Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466

Mahler                Symphony No.5


The Rutland Sinfonia returns to Oundle in May to perform Mahler’s mighty Fifth Symphony - you may well have heard our performance of Mahler’s First Symphony in Oundle two seasons ago. Like a number of other fifth symphonies by well known composers such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, Mahler's Fifth Symphony moves from dark tragedy in minor keys at the start to blazing triumph in major keys in its closing bars. In this symphony Mahler explores emotional extremes starting with a first movement Funeral March, but the most famous movement is the Adagietto for harp and strings.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor starts this concert, with Anne Bolt joining us again as soloist. The concerto was first performed in 1785 with Mozart himself as the soloist.


Anne Bolt was born in Leicestershire and returned to her home area in 2001, having studied at the University of Oxford, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Indiana University in America. She  is now Head of Piano at Oakham School.


A retiring collection will be taken for 'Shine'.