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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


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.


£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


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.



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

Rutland Sinfonia presents


Saturday, 22nd September 2018, 7:30pm

Oakham School Chapel,

Chapel Close, Market Place, LE15 6DT


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


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.