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dOCs+ An Evening of Guardian Documentary Shorts

dOCs+ An Evening of Guardian Documentary Shorts

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Wednesday 19 Feb 20207:30pm Book Now (Get 5 dOCs+ at £30 from 19/2)

Oundle Cinema dOCs+ presents


Wednesday 19th February (7.30pm)


AN EVENING OF GUARDIAN DOCUMENTARY SHORTS                                                                                


Fletton House, Oundle

Glapthorn Road, PE8 4JA

               

Guardian Documentaries commission top international filmmakers to make films of 15-30 minutes, which take us in-depth into untold stories about real people.

These are very much standalone short, contemporary films designed to remain relevant in a year’s time or more, and so not necessarily tied to a current news story.


This evening, we are screening three films:


       'Gun Nation’. In the 18 years since Zed Nelson's seminal photography book ‘Gun Nation’ was published, 500,000 Americans have been killed by firearms in the USA. Half a million people dead - and many more injured. Nelson returns to the people he met, photographs them, and asks “Why?”


       'The Valley Rebels'. Spencer Wolff’s film is about Cédric Herrou, a French olive farmer and immigration activist. He became known in France and internationally following his arrests for helping more than 250 migrants cross into France from Italy. Herrou's efforts have been described in the media as the "French Underground railroad". After numerous convictions for assisting migrants to cross the border, Herrou's actions were found to be legal by the French Constitutional Council, which found Herrou's actions to be covered under the constitutional exercise of fraternity to others.


       'Fighting Shame'. This film, by Sally Ogden, follows women in Leeds who have launched community initiatives to combat the stigma that surrounds poverty. They tell their stories through eight everyday objects which demonstrate daily struggles, and want their voices to be heard by the UK’s policymakers. It is the first documentary commissioned as part of a collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which is supporting the Guardian’s documentary films that seek to reframe the issue of poverty in the UK and engage a wide, mainstream audience.

Simon Brett: Tickled to Death

Simon Brett: Tickled to Death

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Friday 21 Feb 20207:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 14th Feb)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Simon Brett: Tickled to Death


Friday, 21st February, at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets:  £8 general / £6 concessions

Early bird £1 off discount till 14th February 2020


Simon Brett has published over a hundred books, many of them crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series. Two new Fethering novels have been published this year: The Liar in the Library and The Killer in the Choir.


His stand-alone thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a feature film, starring Michael Caine.


Simon’s writing for radio and television includes After Henry, No Commitments and Smelling of Roses. Bill Nighy plays Charles Paris in the Radio 4 adaptations of his books.


In 2014 Simon was presented with the Crime Writers’ Association’s top award, the Diamond Dagger, and he was made an O.B.E. in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to literature’.


‘A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans’ P. D. James


We are thrilled to be hosting another visit to Oundle by Simon, who will be talking about his life and work.



Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance

Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance

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Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan Players present


Pirates of Penzance


Every night for one week

24th February till 29th February 2020


Start 7:30pm


Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle

7 West Street, PE8 4EJ


Tickets:

Monday 24th Feb - general £10 - This show is a preview.

The rest of the week - general £14


There is wheelchair access.



Pirates galore on a Cornish shore

Young maidens, each one a true beauty

A troubled young man, with a dangerous plan,

will he be a Slave of Duty?


A Major General, modern but troubled

Bumbling police with timidity doubled

Love and happiness is put in doubt

How will this story all work out?


Come and enjoy this ever-popular and highly comical musical entertainment, brought to you by our very talented team - both on-stage and behind the scenes!


For more information visit our website, www.oundlegands.org


Sponsored by Woodford & Co., property consultants & auctioneers, Oundle.


David Starkey: Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco ...

David Starkey: Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco ...

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Saturday 29 Feb 20207:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


David Starkey

Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco the Clown?


Saturday, 29th February


7:00pm - 8:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets:

£16 general / £14 concession


Join us for an intriguing and entertaining talk with David Starkey a brilliant, engaging, and often controversial speaker and arguably one of the country’s most respected and colourful historians.


Who is our most unexpected prime minister? Is Boris Johnson Churchill reborn, as he seems to believe? Is he another Charles II, caught between the irreconcilable factions of Remainers and Brexiteers, and destined to betray both? Or is he just plain old Coco the Clown, as his previous buffoonish behaviour led almost everyone to think?


In this lecture David Starkey blends his knowledge of history and current politics into a sparkling, (and very strong), cocktail.


David Starkey is a Cambridge educated grammar schoolboy who became a respected LSE lecturer. He was a uniquely abrasive debater on Radio 4’s Moral Maze, a controversial contributor to Question Time, and the creator and presenter of many very popular historical TV series.


In 1984 David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 1994 a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He was also given an Honorary Fellowship at his Cambridge College, Fitzwilliam College. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2007 Birthday Honours for services to history.




OWL Talks: De-cluttering, a modern cure for a modern "illness"

OWL Talks: De-cluttering, a modern cure for a modern "illness"

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Thursday 5 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now

OWL Talks present


De-cluttering, a modern cure for a modern "illness"


Thursday, 5th March


Doors & bar open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30pm


Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


The event is free to attend, doors & bar open at 7pm but please reserve your seat in advance. There are no physical tickets but your name will added to the reservation list.


Do have too much stuff in your life?  Do you hang onto items for those ‘just in case’ situations? Clutter is a modern ‘illness’ which cannot be cured until we accept how it is affecting our well-being, our home life and the environment. Professional declutter and home organiser, Conchetta Laquintana, will prove the truth in the saying ‘less is more’.                                  


This event is one of a series called the OWL talks - part of the Oundle Waste Less project organised by Transition Oundle - which aim to promote discussions about current thinking around the shift towards lower carbon and more 'eco' lifestyles. Topics covered include carbon offsetting, sustainable fashion, Incredible Edible Todmorden, Closing The Loop (the circular economy) with more events in the pipeline for 2020.  


Supported by Nene Living, Village Connect and Transition Oundle. Funded by National Lottery Fund and East Northamptonshire Resource Management Fund.


Monica M Vaughan: Tips for Young Writers

Monica M Vaughan: Tips for Young Writers

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Saturday 7 Mar 20202:30pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 28th Feb)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Monica M Vaughan, Tips for Young Writers


Satuday, 7th March at 2:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle School

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets: General £6

Early bird £1 off till 28th February


Whether you dream about being a bestselling author one day, or just want some tips to help with your schoolwork, Monica M. Vaughan will be here to help! In a presentation packed with handy tricks, tips and writing secrets, Monica will be sharing everything she wished she'd known when she first started writing.

Monica’s latest book, Slick, is a standalone novel about the friendship between a boy and an android and about what it means to be human.

It has been shortlisted for Shrewsbury Bookfest Big Book Award 2020, longlisted for the 2020 UKLA Book Award, and longlisted for Bookbuzz 2020.


“Funny, smart, and full of positive messages.” School Library Journal


Monica writes science fiction books for children and is passionate about writing and reading, and about fuelling that passion in children. Her love of technology, gaming and coding feature heavily in her books and she is especially keen to encourage reluctant readers to engage with literature. She has fifteen years’ experience in teaching (mostly with children with emotional & behavioural difficulties) and is a confident and engaging speaker.

Suitable for children 7 – 12 years old and their adults!


Easter Parade (U)

Easter Parade

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Sunday 8 Mar 20202:30pm Book Now

Oundle Cinema presents


Sunday 8th March (2.30pm) - mind the different time


EASTER PARADE (U)


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


special £5 adult ticket price


Duration: 1h 43 mins


Guaranteed to put everyone into the perfect mood for Easter, this Irvin Berlin musical is an absolute classic from the golden age of Hollywood.  Starring Fred Astaire as a dancer who, dumped by his partner, vows to turn the next girl he sees into an elegant star.  Judy Garland plays the unfortunate waitress his eye alights upon and thus begins the painful task of turning her into a showbiz sensation. Slowly however Don (Astaire) comes to realise that he is wrong to try to create an exact copy of his old partner Nadine, and instead allows Garland’s musical talent and their natural stage chemistry to lead them to their rightful place, headlining the prestigious “Zeigfeld Follies” and staking their place in the world famous “Easter Parade” along New York’s Fifth Avenue.


“The standout musical numbers include the excellent Couple of Swells and Steppin’ out with my Baby.  Wonderful”  Empire Magazine


Adrian Lukis, Being Mr Wickham

Adrian Lukis, Being Mr Wickham

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Saturday 14 Mar 20207:00pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Adrian Lukis


Being Mr Wickham


Saturday, 14th March at 7pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, Oundle, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £13/£11




Written off as a rake and reviled as a rogue, join George Wickham on the eve of his sixtieth birthday to discover his version of some very famous literary events. From childhood games at Pemberley to a run-in with Lord Byron via marriage, Lydia, and just a little bit of matchmaking for Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, Mr Wickham is ready to set the record straight. This brand-new production by Catherine Curzon sees Adrian Lukis return to his celebrated role as George Wickham, Jane Austen’s most quintessential trouble-maker.


Adrian trained at Hull University and Drama Studio, London. He has appeared in numerous productions, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and most recently in The Price at London’s Wyndhams Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier award. He was also nominated for best actor by the Off West End awards for his role in ‘I’m gonna pray for you so hard’. Among many television and film appearances, he has recently appeared in Collateral, Judy, Toast of London, Us and will shortly be seen in Spy City, by William Boyd. He still perhaps best known for his long-standing roles in Peak Practice and as Wickham in Pride and Prejudice.



Saturday Night at the Movies

Saturday Night at the Movies

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Saturday 14 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now (Unreserved seating) (Low (Call Box Office))

Rutland Sinfonia presents


Saturday Night at the Movies


Saturday 14th March 2020 at 7:30 p.m.


Oakham School Chapel, Oakham

Chapel Close, Market Place LE15 6DT


Tickets:

£12 Adult advance (£14 on door)

£10 Concession advance (£12 on door)

£3 Children and students under 18

£3 Students in full time education


Conductor                David Calow

Violin                        Katherine Collison


Programme


Star Wars

The Lord of the Rings

Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission

Theme from Schindler's List

Disney at the Movies

Star Trek Suite

Out of Africa

Theme from the Godfather

James Bond 007 Suite

Ladies in Lavender

The Big Country

Moon River

Cinema Paradiso

The Pink Panther

Dances with Wolves

Pirates of the Caribbean


Going to the cinema is probably the closest many children and adults get to experiencing an orchestra but you have the chance to see and hear some amazing Oscar-winning film scores played live at Saturday Night at the Movies!  The Sinfonia’s own leader, Katherine Collison will be the soloist in two film favourites, Schindler’s List and Ladies in Lavender. Book early as David's concerts are always really popular and this programme looks a winner!


Reasonable access to the chapel and separate WC facilities nearby.  Please note that whilst the attendance of wheelchair users at the concert is welcomed, it would be helpful to have advance notice of their coming so suitable places can be prepared in advance to better cater for them.


dOCs+ Five Seasons (U)

dOCs+ Five Seasons

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Wednesday 18 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now (Get five dOCs+ for £30 from 19/2)

Oundle Cinema dOCs+ presents


Wednesday 18th March (7.30pm)


FIVE SEASONS (U)        


Fletton House, Oundle

Glapthorn Road, PE8 4JA


Director: Thomas Piper                                        1h 15m


A modern garden designer – Piet Oudolf -  changing the look and feel of gardens and giving them a new and sensory idiom. ‘Five Seasons’ immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.


As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts centre in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet.


Through poetic cinematography and unique access, ‘Five Seasons’ will reveal all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.


“Piper's film is unrushed and chock-full of spark and life, much like the gardens Piper spotlights” Village Voice


Downton Abbey (PG)

Downton Abbey

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Sunday 22 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle Cinema presents


Sunday 22nd March (7.30pm)


DOWNTON ABBEY (PG)


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Director: Michael Engler                                                                2h 2m

Starring: Matthew Goode, Elizabeth McGovern, Dame Maggie Smith



It’s 1927 and the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives.  The Royals are coming to visit and will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.


Johann Sebastian Bach, St John Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach, St John Passion

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Monday 23 Mar 20207:45pm Book Now

Oundle School Music Department presents


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)


St John Passion


Monday 23 March


Venue: Oundle School Chapel


Performance: 7.45pm


Tickets: £8, free for all children under 18


From 1723 until his death, Bach was employed as Kantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig. It was a prestigious but demanding post, requiring him to teach at the school, play the organ, train the choir and compose for the city’s two principal Lutheran churches, Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche, as well as supervising and training the musicians at two others. Despite this heavy workload and frequent disputes with his employers, Bach composed some of his greatest music during this period. His choral compositions alone include such enduring masterpieces as the Mass in B Minor, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio and the St John and St Matthew Passions. The St John Passion was first performed in Leipzig on Bach’s first Good Friday there, 7 April 1724, and was performed four times in the composer’s lifetime, each time with substantial alterations as Bach, as ever, strove for perfection.


For the first time in many years, the choral and instrumental forces of our entire community unite for what will surely be a magnificent performance. Conducted by Director of Music Quentin Thomas, and featuring an incredible Evangelist and our new Head of Singing, Nicholas Warden in the role of Jesus, the production offers our pupils the chance to be part of something incredible.

Helen Taylor, Women Who Read Fiction

Helen Taylor, Women Who Read Fiction

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Wednesday 25 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 18/03)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Helen Taylor


Why Women Read Fiction


Wednesday, 25th March at 7:30pm


The Oundle Suite, Fletton House

Glapthorn Road, Oundle, PE8 4JA


Tickets: £8/£6




In a fascinating new book, Helen Taylor, teacher, scholar of women’s writing, and literary festival director, examines just how precious fiction is to contemporary British women readers and offers candid insights into the challenges female writers often face, including publishers’ expectations and critics’ assumptions.


Ian McEwan once said, 'When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.' Female readers are key to the future of fiction and―as parents, teachers, and librarians―the glue for a literate society.

This book draws on over 500 interviews with and questionnaires from women readers and writers. It describes how, where, and when British women read fiction, and examines why stories and writers influence the way female readers understand and shape their own life stories.Taylor offers a cornucopia of witty and wise women's voices, of both readers themselves and also writers such as Hilary Mantel, Helen Dunmore, Katie Fforde, and Sarah Dunant.


Helen Taylor is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter, Honorary Fellow of the British Association of American Studies, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow 2016-18. She is author of several books.


Please consider your own favourite book from childhood, or a book that means a great deal to you for whatever reason and come with a williness to share your thoughts.



The OWL Talks: Lucy Siegle: The Era of the Generous Wardrobe

The OWL Talks: Lucy Siegle: The Era of the Generous Wardrobe

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Wednesday 25 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now

Transition Oundle presents


The OWL Talks


Lucy Siegle: The Era of the Generous Wardrobe


Wednesday, 25th March


Doors & bar open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30pm


Oundle School Great Hall

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets: Adults £10 / U19 £5


Guardian journalist & BBC presenter Lucy Siegle has constantly pushed for a green, clean fashion culture. Following on from her book To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world?, documentary The True Cost and her #30wears rule, she now invites you to experience The Generous Wardrobe, a system of dressing and self expression based on earth logic, innovation, regenerative fibres and above all, generosity of spirit.


It is time, she says, to put fast fashion in the bin and rescue our fashion souls. Are you ready?  *** audience members are invited to wear (or bring) a piece of clothing they love and share the story of its longevity.   


This event is one of a series called the OWL talks - part of the Oundle Waste Less project organised by Transition Oundle - which aim to promote discussions about current thinking around the shift towards lower carbon and more 'eco' lifestyles. Topics covered include decluttering, carbon offsetting, Incredible Edible Todmorden, Closing The Loop (the circular economy) with more events in the pipeline.  


Supported by Nene Living, Village Connect and Transition Oundle. Funded by National Lottery Fund and East Northamptonshire Resource Management Fund.


Barnwell Entertainers, Sand Castles

Barnwell Entertainers, Sand Castles

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Thursday 26 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now
Friday 27 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now
Saturday 28 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now

Barnwell Entertainers present


Sand Castles


Thu 26th March, Fri 27th March and Sat 28th March


Doors open at 7pm with a 7:30pm start


Barnwell Village Hall, Barnwell

Hemington Rd, PE8 5QD


All tickets at £6.


An Englishman's home is his sand castle. William and Margaret Patterson and Stan and Bernice Billet have holidayed in their respective beach huts for years. They don't exactly rule the waves but they have turned the area around their beach huts into a cozy little fiefdom. Then along comes Doug, the ‘renter’ of the middle hut, and his two nubile ‘nieces’ who just want to have fun in the sun.  


The regulars try to teach Doug and the girls their unwritten ‘Laws of the Hutters’ but they don't seem to give a hoot for beach hut protocol. Meanwhile, ordinary holidaymakers encroach on the ‘Hutter’s’ beach space. Confrontation is inevitable…… will there ever be calm again?


The OWL Talks: Closing the Loop - Towards the Circular Economy

The OWL Talks: Closing the Loop - Towards the Circular Economy

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Thursday 2 Apr 20207:30pm Book Now

The OWL Talks present


Closing the Loop - Towards the Circular Economy


Thursday, 2nd April


Doors & bar open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30pm


Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


The event is free to attend, doors & bar open at 7pm but please reserve your seat in advance. There are no physical tickets but your name will added to the reservation list.


Unless we go to circular, it’s game over for the planet; it’s game over for Society’ - the opening words of this fascinating documentary. We must change from the business of take-make-waste to a borrow-use-repair-return economy. Includes a Q & A session via video link up with Professor Wayne Visser, presenter of the film, Professor of Integrated Value & Chair of Sustainable Transformation, Antwerp Management School and Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.    


This event is one of a series called the OWL talks - part of the Oundle Waste Less project organised by Transition Oundle - which aim to promote discussions about current thinking around the shift towards lower carbon and more 'eco' lifestyles. Topics covered include carbon offsetting, sustainable fashion, Incredible Edible Todmorden, Closing The Loop (the circular economy) with more events in the pipeline for 2020.                      


Supported by Nene Living, Village Connect and Transition Oundle. Funded by National Lottery Fund and East Northamptonshire Resource Management Fund.


dOCs+ Midnight Family (15)

dOCs+ Midnight Family

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Wednesday 15 Apr 20207:30pm Book Now (Get five dOCs+ at £30)

Oundle Cinema dOCs+ presents


Wednesday 15th April (7.30pm)


MIDNIGHT FAMILY (15)        


Fletton House, Oundle

Glapthorn Road, PE8 4JA

                                       

Director: Luke Lorentzen         1hr 21min


A fast-paced documentary that has the feel of a crime thriller. A look at the results of creating a minimal and unfettered state. In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of nine million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification. An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing moral dilemmas even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services.


"Gripping.. The film achieves a powerful measure of suspense that’s intricately tied up in its despairing sociological depiction of a system that’s come apart at the seams."  Nick Schager, Variety.


Sundance: Best Cinematography Award; Sheffield Doc Festival: Grand Jury Award


Official Secrets (15)

Official Secrets

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Sunday 19 Apr 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle Cinema presents


Sunday 19th April (7.30pm)


OFFICIAL SECRETS (15)


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Director: Gavin Hood                                                                1h 52m


Starring: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes


Keira Knightley, who just gets better and better, is the focal point in this thoughtful and gripping drama. Look out too for Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode and Tamsin Greig, playing assorted politicians.   It’s based on the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun (Knightley) who, in 2003, leaked a top secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation targeted at members of the United Nations.  Journalist Martin Bright (Matt Smith) published the leak in The Observer and the story made headlines around the world.   Then the backlash, as both were charged under the Official Secrets Act.


“A morality tale for the 21st century.”  IMDB


Francis Pryor - The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths.

Francis Pryor - The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths.

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Friday 24 Apr 20207:45pm Book Now (Early bird till 17th April)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Francis Pryor - The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths.


Friday, 24th April at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £10/£8


Early bird £1 off by 17th April 2020



Francis Pryor has lived in, excavated, farmed, walked – and loved – the Fen Country for more than forty years: its levels and drains, its soaring churches, its magnificent medieval buildings. The Fens is personal story of the authors’ discovery, as both an archaeologist and farmer, of this distinctive, complex, enduring, man-made and little understood landscape.


Francis also looks to the future of the Fens. Combing beautiful prose with nature writing, history and memoir, he investigates how rising seas might affect this flat expanse, whose land often falls below sea-level.


Francis Pryor is one of Britain’s most distinguished living archaeologists, and the excavator of Flag Fen.  He was awarded an MBE 'for services to tourism' in 1999. His popular account of this remarkable site, Flag Fen: life and death of a prehistoric landscape, was revised for a second edition in 2005.


He was President of the Council for British Archaeology from 1998-2005 and has written and presented series for Channel 4 on Britain BC, Britain AD and The Real Dad's Army, a review of archaeological remains surviving from 1940 and has regularly appeared on Channel 4’s Time Team. He is a keen farmer, and lives on a smallholding in the Fenland with his wife.


Francis Pryor brings the magic of the Fens to life in a deeply personal and utterly enthralling way.’ Tony Robinson


Peterborough Opera, Paul Bunyan (Britten and W H Auden)

Peterborough Opera, Paul Bunyan (Britten and W H Auden)

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Saturday 25 Apr 20207:30pm Book Now
Sunday 26 Apr 20206:00pm Book Now

Peterborough Opera presents


Paul Bunyan

(Britten and W H Auden)


Saturday, 25th April at 7:30pm

at St Peter's Church, Oundle

North St, PE8 4AL


Sunday, 26th April at 6pm

at St John's Church, Peterborough

Church St, Cathedral Square, PE1 1XB


TICKETS: £10 Adult / £5 Under 19


Wheelchair access available at both churches.




Paul Bunyan is the giant at the centre of an old American legend who is believed to have been the first logger. The operetta, which was written in America for students at Columbia University, received its first performance in 1941.  It didn’t have its UK premier until 1974 - at Snape Maltings with Britten present.


Paul Bunyan is huge and usually accompanied by a blue cow called Babe. In the operetta he recruits lumberjacks from all over the place, sets up a camp and tries to find a bookkeeper. The cooks want pets, so there are a dog and two cats, and at the start of the work, the scene is set by a forest of singing trees. News of Paul Bunyan is brought by three geese, and the action is triggered by a blue moon.


There is love (Hot Biscuit Slim and Paul’s daughter. Tiny), a fight, a row about the food and a Christmas party.  In Peterborough Opera’s production, everyone who wants one gets a solo to sing and we all have lots of fun.



Friday Night with the Jazz Bands 2020

Friday Night with the Jazz Bands 2020

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Friday 1 May 20207:45pm Book Now

Oundle School Music Department presents


Friday Night with the Jazz Bands

Directed by Adele Hudson


Friday 1 May


Venue: The Great Hall, Oundle School, Oundle


Performance: 7.45pm


Tickets: £10

Bar available, do bring your own nibbles.


Assuming the other two venues get sold out and you wish to support our Jazz Bands, please do come to our own fundraiser ahead of our Summer Tour – we are opening the great Montreux Jazz Festival! The tickets are cheaper, the space is bigger, the programme highly similar,

and being on home turf, the Bands will be positively sparkling. There will also be games and raffles on offer: a fun way to support our ventures and effectively to sponsor an ice-cream, tour hoodie or excursion for our committed pupils.



Judy (12A)

Judy

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Sunday 3 May 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle Cinema presents


Sunday 3rd May (7.30pm)


JUDY (12A)


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Director: Rupert Gould                                                                1h 58m


Starring:  Renée Zellweger, Rufus Sewell, Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley


Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.


"Renée Zellweger is phenomenally good in this captivating account of Judy Garland’s final London concert run”    Wendy Ide, The Guardian

The OWL Talks: Carbon Offsetting: Solution or Sticking plaster?

The OWL Talks: Carbon Offsetting: Solution or Sticking plaster?

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Thursday 7 May 20207:30pm Book Now

Transition Oundle presents


Carbon Offsetting: Solution or Sticking Plaster?


Thursday, 7th May


Doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30pm


Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Fee event, limited availability.


Founders of carbon reduction company, Terra Neutra, John Bamford and Luke Gaydon, will discuss the pros and cons of offsetting, the science behind the subject and the projects supported through their platform.    


The event is free to attend, doors & bar open at 7pm but please reserve your seat in advance.   It is one of a series called the OWL talks - part of the Oundle Waste Less project organised by Transition Oundle - which aim to promote discussions about current thinking around the shift towards lower carbon and more 'eco' lifestyles. Topics covered include decluttering, sustainable fashion, Incredible Edible Todmorden, Closing The Loop (the circular economy) with more events in the pipeline.  


       

Supported by Nene Living, Village Connect and Transition Oundle. Funded by National Lottery Fund and East Northamptonshire Resource Management Fund.


American Adventures!

American Adventures!

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Saturday 9 May 20207:30pm Book Now (Unreserved seating)

Rutland Sinfonia presents


American Adventures!


Saturday 9th May 2020 at 7:30 p.m.


St Peter's Church, Oundle

Church Street, PE8 4EE


Tickets:

£12 Adult advance (£14 on door)

£10 Concession advance (£12 on door)

£3 Children and students under 18

£3 Students in full time education



Conductor                Paul Hilliam

Piano                        Anne Bolt


Programme


Bernstein                Overture Candide

Barber                        Adagio

Gershwin                Rhapsody in Blue

Copland                Rodeo

Piazzolla                Libertango

Moncayo                Huapango

Márquez                Danzón No 2                


We hope Oundle is ready for our American bonanza! In our season finale, popular and well-known ‘classics’ including the overture to Candide, Barber’s Adagio and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue are followed by a riot of colour and drama as we travel north to south! Piazzolla’s Libertango and Márquez’s Danzón No 2 are sure to get your feet tapping.


Good access to the church. Also disabled access toilet facilities availble in the church. Please note that whilst the attendance of wheelchair users at the concert is welcomed, it would be helpful to have advance notice of their coming so suitable places can be prepared in advance to better cater for them.

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music, Rushden Town Band

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music, Rushden Town Band

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Saturday 9 May 20207:30pm Book Now (Non-allocated seating)

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music presents


RUSHDEN TOWN BAND


Saturday, 9th May 2020 at 7:30pm


St Botolph's Church

Barton Seagrave

NN15 6SR


Tickets: £10 general / £8 Under 16 (non-allocated seating)


In 1120-22, Geoffrey de Clinton is recorded as having built on the current site of St Botolph’s in Barton Seagrave, a church with Norman architecture.  There may well have been an earlier building on the site, but we can be sure that by 2020, there will have been a Christian presence in Barton Seagrave for at least 900 years.  So, to celebrate 900 plus years of association between church and community, there will be a series of special activities and events throughout 2020.  We are calling this series Festival 900+.  


These Festival of Music concerts constitute one part of Festival 900+.  There will be six concerts during the course of two weeks in May 2020 (8th – 20th), each showcasing a different genre of music – Fiori Musicali performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons plus vocal interludes (not sold through Oundle Box Office), Rushden Town Band playing music we know and love with their own special style, Reflections Strings playing popular light classics, The Frenchman Street Jazz Band playing Traditional Jazz at its best, The Rutland Wind Ensemble performing a varied programme including the beautiful Petit Symphonie by Gounod, and finally Chris Bannister whose tribute act to John Denver is one of the best there is.


Come and Sing Choral Day

Come and Sing Choral Day

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Sunday 10 May 20205:30pm Book Now (Rehearsals from 2pm)

Oundle School Music Department presents


Come and Sing Choral Day –

Celebrating Thirty Years of Co-Education


Sunday 10 May


Venue: Oundle School Chapel


Performance: 5.30pm (rehearsals from 2pm)


Further details please contact: music@oundlefestival.org.uk


Tickets: £5


Our Come and Sing Choral Days have grown since they were first started three years ago.


This promises to be a unique and special occasion indeed as we invite Old Oundelians to join our considerable ranks and celebrate the wonderful service of Evensong in the heart of the School as we focus on the thirtieth anniversary of Oundle School becoming co-educational.


With an accompanying orchestra and large choral forces expected, we will focus on the beefy choral numbers for this occasion. Expect to be moved, make music with friends, and aim to linger on the Chapel lawns following the service with a social glass or two.


With your booking please make it clear whether you would like to be participating or not. Queries regarding participation from music@oundlefestival.org.uk

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music, Reflection Strings

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music, Reflection Strings

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Wednesday 13 May 20207:30pm Book Now (Non-allocated seating)

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music presents


REFLECTION STRINGS

Wednesday, 13th May 2020 at 7:30pm


St Botolph's Church

Barton Seagrave

NN15 6SR


Tickets: £10 general / £8 Under 16 (non-allocated seating)


In 1120-22, Geoffrey de Clinton is recorded as having built on the current site of St Botolph’s in Barton Seagrave, a church with Norman architecture.  There may well have been an earlier building on the site, but we can be sure that by 2020, there will have been a Christian presence in Barton Seagrave for at least 900 years.  So, to celebrate 900 plus years of association between church and community, there will be a series of special activities and events throughout 2020.  We are calling this series Festival 900+.  


These Festival of Music concerts constitute one part of Festival 900+.  There will be six concerts during the course of two weeks in May 2020 (8th – 20th), each showcasing a different genre of music – Fiori Musicali performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons plus vocal interludes (not sold through Oundle Box Office), Rushden Town Band playing music we know and love with their own special style, Reflections Strings playing popular light classics, The Frenchman Street Jazz Band playing Traditional Jazz at its best, The Rutland Wind Ensemble performing a varied programme including the beautiful Petit Symphonie by Gounod, and finally Chris Bannister whose tribute act to John Denver is one of the best there is.


Barton Seagrave Festival of Music, Chris Pearce's Frenchmen

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music,  Chris Pearce's Frenchmen

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Friday 15 May 20207:30pm Book Now (Non-allocated seating)

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music presents


CHRIS PEARCE'S FRENCHMEN STREET JAZZ BAND

Friday, 15th May 2020 at 7:30pm


St Botolph's Church

Barton Seagrave

NN15 6SR


Tickets: £10 general / £8 Under 16 (non-allocated seating)


In 1120-22, Geoffrey de Clinton is recorded as having built on the current site of St Botolph’s in Barton Seagrave, a church with Norman architecture.  There may well have been an earlier building on the site, but we can be sure that by 2020, there will have been a Christian presence in Barton Seagrave for at least 900 years.  So, to celebrate 900 plus years of association between church and community, there will be a series of special activities and events throughout 2020.  We are calling this series Festival 900+.  


These Festival of Music concerts constitute one part of Festival 900+.  There will be six concerts during the course of two weeks in May 2020 (8th – 20th), each showcasing a different genre of music – Fiori Musicali performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons plus vocal interludes (sold through www.fiori-musicali.com), Rushden Town Band playing music we know and love with their own special style, Reflections Strings playing popular light classics, The Frenchman Street Jazz Band playing Traditional Jazz at its best, The Rutland Wind Ensemble performing a varied programme including the beautiful Petit Symphonie by Gounod, and finally Chris Bannister whose tribute act to John Denver is one of the best there is.

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music, Rutland Wind Ensemble

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music, Rutland Wind Ensemble

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Saturday 16 May 20207:30pm Book Now (Non-allocated seating)

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music presents


RUTLAND WIND ENSEMBLE

Saturday, 16th May 2020 at 7:30pm


St Botolph's Church

Barton Seagrave

NN15 6SR


Tickets: £10 general / £8 Under 16 (non-allocated seating)


In 1120-22, Geoffrey de Clinton is recorded as having built on the current site of St Botolph’s in Barton Seagrave, a church with Norman architecture.  There may well have been an earlier building on the site, but we can be sure that by 2020, there will have been a Christian presence in Barton Seagrave for at least 900 years.  So, to celebrate 900 plus years of association between church and community, there will be a series of special activities and events throughout 2020.  We are calling this series Festival 900+.  


These Festival of Music concerts constitute one part of Festival 900+.  There will be six concerts during the course of two weeks in May 2020 (8th – 20th), each showcasing a different genre of music – Fiori Musicali performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons plus vocal interludes (sold through www.fiori-musicali.com), Rushden Town Band playing music we know and love with their own special style, Reflections Strings playing popular light classics, The Frenchman Street Jazz Band playing Traditional Jazz at its best, The Rutland Wind Ensemble performing a varied programme including the beautiful Petit Symphonie by Gounod, and finally Chris Bannister whose tribute act to John Denver is one of the best there is.

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music, Chris Bannister

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music, Chris Bannister

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Wednesday 20 May 20207:30pm Book Now (Non-allocated seating)

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music presents


CHRIS BANNISTER

Wednesday, 20th May 2020 at 7:30pm


St Botolph's Church

Barton Seagrave

NN15 6SR


Tickets: £10 general / £8 Under 16 (non-allocated seating)


In 1120-22, Geoffrey de Clinton is recorded as having built on the current site of St Botolph’s in Barton Seagrave, a church with Norman architecture.  There may well have been an earlier building on the site, but we can be sure that by 2020, there will have been a Christian presence in Barton Seagrave for at least 900 years.  So, to celebrate 900 plus years of association between church and community, there will be a series of special activities and events throughout 2020.  We are calling this series Festival 900+.  


These Festival of Music concerts constitute one part of Festival 900+.  There will be six concerts during the course of two weeks in May 2020 (8th – 20th), each showcasing a different genre of music – Fiori Musicali performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons plus vocal interludes (sold through www.fiori-musicali.com), Rushden Town Band playing music we know and love with their own special style, Reflections Strings playing popular light classics, The Frenchman Street Jazz Band playing Traditional Jazz at its best, The Rutland Wind Ensemble performing a varied programme including the beautiful Petit Symphonie by Gounod, and finally Chris Bannister whose tribute act to John Denver is one of the best there is.

dOCs+ Honeyland

dOCs+ Honeyland

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Wednesday 20 May 20207:30pm Book Now (Get five dOCs+ at £30 )

Oundle Cinema dOCs+ presents


Wednesday 20th May (7.30pm)


HONEYLAND                


Fletton House, Oundle

Glapthorn Road, PE8 4JA


Directors: Ljubo Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska


More than a film about bees. A stunning documentary about our relationship with nature. A seismic film about the lure and the disruption that can be brought to a traditional way of life. Amazing photography and an intimate search of the lives of others. Set in Macedonia, it follows the life of a beekeeper as she tends her mountain hives until new neighbours arrive, and new mores come to dominate. A parable? A metaphor? Both and more.


“… quiet, intimate and intense, but touched with a breath of epic grandeur. It’s a poem including history.” New York Times


Sundance: Grand Jury Prize winner & Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Barcelona: Best Documentary & more…


The Good Liar (15)

The Good Liar

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Sunday 24 May 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle Cinema presents


Sunday 24th May (7.30pm)


THE GOOD LIAR (15)


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Director: Bill Condon                                                                        1h 49m


Starring: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen


Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen engage in online dating in a contemporary thriller that twists and turns delightfully as these two tremendous performers set out to deceive each other.  Russell Tovey is the anxious son worrying about his widowed mother, although you may suspect apparently innocent Betty (Mirren) is going to be able to handle con man Roy (McKellen).  Make sure you get there in time for the opening scene as they set up their profiles.  


“A sparky drama steeped in deception.”  The Guardian


The OWL Talks: Incredible Edible Todmorden

The OWL Talks: Incredible Edible Todmorden

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Thursday 4 Jun 20207:30pm Book Now

Transition Oundle presents

The OWL Talks


Incredible Edible Todmorden: the power of small actions


Thursday, 4th June


Doors & bar open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30pm


Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Free event, limited availability.


Mary Clear MBE, chairperson of Incredible Edible Todmorden and co founder of an idea that has rooted across the world, will describe how a group of volunteers used food and growing as a lever to make a kinder world, achieving more than ever thought possible and having oodles of fun in the process.                            


The event is free to attend, doors & bar open at 7pm but please reserve your seat in advance. It is one of a series called the OWL talks - part of the Oundle Waste Less project organised by Transition Oundle - which aim to promote discussions about current thinking around the shift towards lower carbon and more 'eco' lifestyles. Topics covered include decluttering, sustainable fashion, carbon offsetting, Closing The Loop (the circular economy) with more events in the pipeline.                      


Supported by Nene Living, Village Connect and Transition Oundle. Funded by National Lottery Fund and East Northamptonshire Resource Management Fund.


Passport to Freedom (Opera)

Passport to Freedom (Opera)

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Friday 5 Jun 20207:00pm Book Now
Saturday 6 Jun 20207:00pm Book Now
Sunday 7 Jun 20204:00pm Book Now

The Freedom Opera Company presents the World Premiere of the Opera


Passport to Freedom


Fri 5th June at 7pm


Sat 6th June at 7pm


Sun 7th June at 4pm


The opera lasts 1hr and 15min


Tickets to include opera and meal  at £25 (please click on special or regular option when buying tickets).

Allocated seating.



We welcome audiences to attend the premiere of this contemporary opera with music by Jonathan Graham and libretto by Nigel Gibbons. The opera is set in current times, sung in English and classical in style. It will be performed with an orchestra under the experienced direction of Kate Wishart who regularly directs The Peterborough Opera and Oundle Gilbert and Sullivan locally.


The story follows the fortunes of a gang of East European migrant vegetable pickers on a remote farmland in the Fens, Lincolnshire. One of the pickers falls in love with a local English farm worker that leads to the death of the gang master revealing long hidden secrets from the past.


The opera is an hour and a quarter long. The evening shows (5th & 6th June) ticket price includes a sit down Ploughman’s supper at 7pm followed by a short talk prior to performance at 8.30. The Sunday matinee (7th June) includes a glass of prosecco, cake and sandwiches at 4pm followed by a short talk and performance at 5.30. The venue has a licensed bar and access for the disabled. Anyone with special dietary requirements please order the special meal option that is suitable for vegans and gluten free. Otherwise select a regular meal.


For more information about the opera please visit: www.freedomopera.co.uk

Rocketman (15)

Rocketman

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Sunday 7 Jun 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle Cinema presents


Sunday 7th June (7.30pm)


ROCKETMAN (15)


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Director: Dexter Fletcher                                                                                      2hr 1min


Rocketman presents a frank portrayal of Elton John's colourful life so far. From his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. Rocketman is a musical film, using a jukebox approach which allows Elton's diverse catalogue of songs to tell his life story in a fantastic and often fantastical way. Taron Egerton delivers a compelling performance as Elton and with director Dexter Fletcher has produced one of the best biopics ever made, as well as a great film in its own right.


"Elton John movie a heart-racing, toe-tapping, deliriously entertaining triumph"  

Robbie Collin, The Telegraph


dOCs+ Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (12)

dOCs+ Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

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Wednesday 17 Jun 20207:30pm Book Now (Get five dOCs+ at £30)

Oundle Cinema dOCs+ presents


Wednesday 17th June (7.30pm)


MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND (12)        


Fletton House, Oundle

Glapthorn Rd, PE8 4JA


Directors: Midge Costin                                                                1h 34m


We tend to assume that a film’s sound is no more than a recording of what’s going on in front of the camera. Far from it. The sound is as much written and directed as the action and in this enlightening film we appreciate the power of sound in creating the cinematic experience.


Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, George Lucas, David Lynch and Sofia Coppola, a veteran Hollywood sound editor reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema and introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it.




Music for a Summer's Evening 2020

Music for a Summer's Evening 2020

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Thursday 25 Jun 20207:30pm Book Now (at 6:30pm drinks included)

Oundle School Music Department presents


Music for a Summer’s Evening


Thursday 25 June


Venue: St Peter’s Church, Oundle


Performance: 6.30pm for 7.30pm


Tickets: £10 including drinks. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment as there are limited seats.


With a large cohort of quite outstanding musicians departing this year, our final larger ensemble concert is going to be spectacular with forces uniting for the final time. Having traipsed the county many times in search of perfect and fitting venues, we came to the conclusion that home turf will be ideal for this occasion — unusual though it is for us to perform evening concerts in our own town’s Parish Church.


Much will go into this concert, from solos to concertos, orchestras, choirs and ensembles through to the Jazz Band performing before and during the interval. The time to say farewell to these talented pupils is sadly upon us, and you are cordially invited to be a part of this wonderful

occasion. We hope to feature Bosco Wong, Zachary Boser, Henry Cripps, Ed Burgess, Alex Hill, Evan Ball, Rufus Sumner and Beatrice and Cecily Wells, although, at the time of print, we are yet to confirm definite repertoire choices and reserve the right to place some of these concertos into earlier concerts in the year! To whet your appetite, the programme will include:


Marie Lee: Bruch Violin Concerto, second movement

Ryan Law: Haydn Cello Concerto, first movement

Arianna Chan: Fauré Elegy

Ralph Phillips & Samuel Townend: Bach Double Violin Concerto

Ken Zhao: His Own Piano Concerto

Jungho Lee: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, third movement

Ed Pelham: Mozart Clarinet Concerto, third movement

Festival's Ceilidh.

Festival's Ceilidh.

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Thursday 9 Jul 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival in assoiciation with Oundle Fringe Festival present


Festivals’ Ceilidh


Thursday, 9th July


7.30pm Queen Victoria Hall

West Street, Oundle, PE8 4EJ


Tickets:  £8 in adv / £9 on the door / £6 u18


We again join forces with Oundle Fringe Festival to get the 2020 festivals off to a rousing start. If you are not sure of the moves, don’t worry, an expert caller will make sure your arms and feet go in the right direction! So don your kilts, take your partners and get ready to Strip the Willow and join the reel!


Event ends at approximately 10.30pm


Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Ayana Shah, violin

Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Ayana Shah, violin

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Friday 10 Jul 20201:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital


Ayana Shah, violin

Emily Smith, piano


Friday, 10th July


1pm Stahl Theatre (please note venue)

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Tickets: £7 (Buy tickets to 3 or more Lunchtime Recitals for only £6 each - in advance through the Oundle Box Office only)


Opening our lunchtime recital series is Ayana Shah, winner of the coveted title of Oundle Young Musician of teh Year 2019. Her programme will include Beethoven's Spring Sonata and Dvořák’s Sonatina.


Performance ends at approximately 1.45pm


Supported by Francis and Rachel Terry


Swingin' at the Cotton Club

Swingin' at the Cotton Club

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Friday 10 Jul 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Swingin’ at the Cotton Club


featuring

The Lindy Hop Dance Company & The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra


Friday, 10th July


7.30pm Stahl Theatre - Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Tickets:  £23 & £19.50 adult / £6 u18


Take a step back into 1920s & ’30s New York City and head through the doors of Harlem's hottest nightclub, The Cotton Club!


Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines. The exhilarating dance and music of the world-famous Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous Lindy Hop Dance Company alongside The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, featuring American vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.  


Performance ends at approximately 9.30pm


Supported by Penelope Escombe


An Evening at Boughton

An Evening at Boughton

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Saturday 11 Jul 20205:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival in association with Boughton House present


An Evening at Boughton House


Saturday, 11th July


5pm-9.00pm Tours, reception and concert


Boughton House, NN14 1BJ


Tickets: £75 (includes house and exhibition tour, champagne reception and concert)


Following last festival’s outstanding event, we are delighted to return to Boughton House for a second. glittering black tie event, hosted by the Duke of Buccleuch. Guided visits to the house and a pre-opening preview of the summer exhibition are followed by a champagne and canapés before a concert by the internationally renowned pianiust, Menvyn Tan. The performance is programmed around the magnificent Blüthner piano in Boughton’s Great Hall and will feasture some of the solo piano’s most challenging repertoire including two Chopin Scherzos and two Opus 22 sonatas: Beethoven’s B flat major and Schumann’s wild and Romantic G minor sonata. You will feel like a treasured guest in the magnificent surroundings of Boughton House with an unique opportunity to hear one of the world’s truly great pianists.


Presented in association with Boughton House www.boughtonhouse.co.uk


Budapest Café Orchestra

Budapest Café Orchestra

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Saturday 11 Jul 20208:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Budapest Café Orchestra


Saturday, 11th July at 8pm


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Tickets: £23 & £19.50 adult / £6 U18


A welcome return to this vibrant and thrilling band, led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick. They play a blistering

barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-fl avoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest pieces ever written by the greats.


The Budapest Café Orchestra has won legions of fans through their magical and infectious performances. Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few surprises along the way - the hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship of the BCO will make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!


“The music is magic in their hands” Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3


Performance ends at approximately 9.45pm


Sponsored by Waterland Associates Architects

Open Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

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Sunday 12 Jul 202011:00am Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Open Gardens


Sunday, 12th July


11.00am - 3.00pm


£5 IN ADV / £6 ON THE DAY / U16S FREE

WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY A PAYING ADULT


Customers who choose to purchase tickets and "collect them from the venue" - the ticket collection venue is the Oundle Library, Glapthorn Rd, Fletton  Way, PE8 4AJ.


All customers will exchange their tickets for entrance wrist bands at the Oundle Library. Oundle Library is, thus, the starting point for all.


An opportunity to visit some of the town’s exquisite private gardens. There will be some pop up music as you stroll and you can pick up tips for your own garden!


Sponsored by The Barn, Garden Centre & Nene Living

Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Elizabeth Bass, harp

Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Elizabeth Bass, harp

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Monday 13 Jul 20201:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital


ELIZABETH BASS harp


Monday, 13th July at 1.00pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

Church Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £7 (Buy tickets to 3 or more Lunchtime Recitals for only £6 each – in advance through the Oundle Box Office only)


Northamptonshire born and bred, a previous Oundle Young Musician if the Year (2009), Elizabeth Bass is one of the leading British harpists of her generation. She has performed with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and performed as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square. Her programme will include music by Scarlatti, Britten, Glinka and Andy Scott.


Performance ends at approximately 1.45pm


Supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Some Like it Hot (12)

Some Like it Hot

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Monday 13 Jul 20202:30pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Some Like It Hot (12)


Monday, 13th July at 2.30pm


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Tickets: £5 adult / £3 U18



A screening of the classic 1959 romantic comedy film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.


When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the St

Valentine’s Day massacre, they want to get out of town and

away from Spats Colombo, the gangster responsible as fast as

possible. Desperate, they show up at the train station disguised

as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players for an all-girl band leaving on tour to Florida.


Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords.


Screening ends at approximately 4.30pm

Images, Quentin Thomas & Alec Hone, pianos

Images, Quentin Thomas & Alec Hone, pianos

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Monday 13 Jul 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


IMAGES


QUENTIN THOMAS & ALEC HONE pianos


Monday, 13th July


7.30pm OUNDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL

Milton Road, PE8 4AB


Tickets: £17 ADULT / £6 U18


Quentin Thomas and Alec Hone formed a now legendary duet

partnership a few years ago and we are delighted to welcome them back to the 2020 Festival after an astonish, virtuosic programme in 2019. Their programme centres on images. Whether this be the literal image, as in picture, or a more poetic French pronunciation of the word, the duo performs music that offers insight into the textures and sonorities of two piano music. Central to the programme is Modeste Mussorgsky’s endearing classic, Pictures at an Exhibition, but around this will feature music by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Debussy that all offer a glimpse of music pointing towards Romanticism.


The Kawai concert grand for this evening’s performance

has kindly been sponsored by Coach House Pianos


Supported by the Ding family in memory of Peter



Performance ends at approximately 9.30pm

Lunchtime Recital, Iain Quinn, organ

Lunchtime Recital, Iain Quinn, organ

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Tuesday 14 Jul 20201:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Lunchtime Recital


IAIN QUINN organ


Tuesday, 14th July at 1.00pm


Oundle School Chapel, Oundle

Milton Road, PE8 4AL


£7 (Buy tickets to 3 or more Lunchtime Recitals for only £6

each – in advance through the Oundle Box Office only)


Born in Cardiff, Iain Quinn is an award-winning organist,

musicologist, and composer with over ninety publications across multiple disciplines to his name. He is Associate Professor of Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music at Florida State University.


His diverse programme will include American works by William

Grant Still and a rare performance of Vincent Persichetti’s Auden Variations inspired by the writings of W H Auden.


Performance ends at approximately 1.45pm


Ladykillers (U)

Ladykillers

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Tuesday 14 Jul 20202:30pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


The Ladykillers


Tuesday, 14th July at 2.30pm


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Tickets: £5 adult / £3 U18


Our second matinee is one of the classic “Ealing comedies”. Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) likes to report suspicious

behaviour to the police.


Unaware of her reputation, the dapper thief, Professor

Marcus (Alec Guinness),rents rooms in the elderly widow’s home for himself and his band of cohorts. Posing as a string quintet, the thieves pull off a bank robbery but slip up in front

of the old woman as they try to escape. Agreed that they need to murder her, the bumbling crooks wind up double-crossing each other and slowly killing themselves off.


Screening ends at approximately 4.00pm

Music of the Vine

Music of the Vine

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Tuesday 14 Jul 20208:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Music of the Vine


Caprice Duo - Helen & Ben Smith


Tuesday, 14th July at 8pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

Church Street, PE8 4EE


Tickets: £35


Music, wine and food are ideal bedfellows and cast their magic spell of conviviality: think of the number of great dishes named after composers or performers such as Peach Melba or Tournedos

Rossini. We are delighted to welcome Amps Fine Wines to lead this tasting of Spanish wines paired with delicious canapés by local Spanish food expert and cook, Justin Capp, all accompanied by the wonderful café music team of Duo Caprice. You can place an order for the wines you particularly like or even buy a bottle to finish off the evening as you are serenaded by Helen and Ben Smith.


Event ends at approximately 10.00pm


Sponsored by Just Lets, property management


Supported by Amps, wine merchants

Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Xiaowen Shang, piano

Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Xiaowen Shang, piano

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Wednesday 15 Jul 20201:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital


XIAOWEN SHANG piano

Wednesday, 15th July at 1.00pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

Church Street, PE8 4EE


Tickets: £7 (Buy tickets to 3 or more Lunchtime Recitals for only £6 each – in advance through the Oundle Box Office only)


The first of two recitals featuring students from the Royal Academy of Music is given by young Chinese pianist, Xiaowen

Shang, who is already making a name for herself on the

international stage.


Xiaowen’s programme will include Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata as well as Schubert Impromptus and Schumann’s

Papillons.


Performance ends at approximately 1.45pm


Supported by Ewan and Jenny Harper

The Handlebards, Macbeth

The Handlebards, Macbeth

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Wednesday 15 Jul 20206:30pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


The Handlebards

Macbeth


Wednesday, 15th July at 6:30pm


Lyveden New Bield

Lyveden, PE8 5AT


Tickets: £42 family ticket (two adults & two children)/£17 adult /£6 U18


Pedalling from venue to venue with all of their set, props and

costumes on the back of their bikes, the HandleBards are a fourstrong troupe of actors who are spending the summer bringing environmentally sustainable Shakespeare to venues across the UK.


Following last year’s rip-roaring, high energy performance from the Boys’ Troupe, this year we are delighted to welcome The Handlebards’ Girls’ Troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s classic. Forget the tears and tragedy - this is a frantic, delirious, full-ofbeans show like you’ve never seen before. This year, the performance will be in the natural amphitheatre next to the Lyveden’s Jacobean Manor House which has been transformed into a new visitor centre.


This is an outdoor production, so please bring a chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather! We perform whatever the weather: a performance will only be cancelled on Health & Safety grounds, judgement of which lies with the event management team on the day.


“Explodes with energy and is a genuine treat from start to finish” The Stage, on the HandleBards’ Twelfth Night


Performance ends at approximately 8.30pm


In association with National Trust


Supported by Transition Oundle

Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Walker & Standing

Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Walker & Standing

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Thursday 16 Jul 20201:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital


The Schumann/Brahms Love Triangle


Magnus Walker, tenor


Alexandra Standing, piano


Thursday, 16th July at 1.00pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

Church Street, PE8 4EE


£7 (Buy tickets to 3 or more Lunchtime Recitals for only £6 each – in advance through the Oundle Box Office only)


The second of our two Royal Academy of Music recitals is given

by the young British tenor, Magnus Walker accompanied by Alexandra Standing. They explore music born of the complicated relationship between the Schumanns and Brahms. Brahms was hopelessly in love with Clara Schumann and supported her through Robert’s illness and death. Brahms and Clara were life-long friends, maybe more but we know not. Their programme includes songs by Brahms and Clara Schumann as well as Robert Schumann’s song cycle, Liederkreis.


Performance ends at approximately 1.45pm


Supported by Ewan and Jenny Harper

Faust Chamber Orchestra Ensemble

Faust Chamber Orchestra Ensemble

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Thursday 16 Jul 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle Internationa Festival presents


Faust Chamber Orchestra Ensemble


Thursday, 16th July at 7.30pm


Oundlle School Chapel, Oundle

Milton Road, PE8 4AB


Tickets: £17 adult / £6 U18


Under the inspiring artistic leadership of Mark Austin, Faust Chamber Orchestra has emerged as a leading force in making classical music fresh, comprehensible and inspirational in the concert hall.


This evening we present one of their core chamber groups playing a string quartet by Haydn and Schumann’s gloriously virtuosic Piano Quintet. The programme will be introduced by Mark Austin along with musical illustrations by the players.


Performance ends at approximately 9.30pm


The Kawai concert grand for this evening’s performance

has kindly been sponsored by Coach House Pianos


Supported by The Countess Howe and The Arts Society, Oundle

Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Kenley Quartet

Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital, Kenley Quartet

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Friday 17 Jul 20201:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Young Artists' Programme Lunchtime Recital


Kenley Quartet


Joana Praca, violin

James Flannery, viola

Benedict Swindells, cello

Ivelina Krasteva, piano


Friday, 17th July at 1.00pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

Church Street, PE8 4EE


Tickets:£7 (Buy tickets to 3 or more Lunchtime Recitals for only £6 each – in advance through the Oundle Box Office only)


The members of the Kenley Quartet all study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where they created their ensemble. It is made up of two players who began their musical journey locally and the others from Portugal and Bulgaria. Last year the Quartet were fortunate enough to collaborate with Carnegie Halls affi liate ensemble, the Decoda Ensemble from New York. Their programme includes two G minor piano quartets, one by Mozart and the other by Brahms.


Performance ends at approximately 1.45pm


Supported by Kate Wishart

Mr Stink, David Walliams

Mr Stink, David Walliams

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Friday 17 Jul 20205:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Mr Stink

David Walliams, adapted by David Kerby-Kendall


Heartbreak Productions


Friday, 17th July at 5pm


Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell Road, PE8 5PB


Tickets: £42 Family ticket (two adults & two children / £17 / £6 U18



You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by

everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink. One perfectly normal afternoon in an average English town two restless souls unite on a park bench, one of them the lonely 12 year old Chloe Crumb and the other an incredibly smelly homeless man. Oh, and let’s not forget his loyal dog, the Duchess.


Chloe’s curiosity and kindness pave the way for this extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed. Join Heartbreak Productions for David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink on the outdoor stage. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment.


This family-friendly open-air theatre performance will appeal to

children of all ages. Bring your picnic and low-backed chairs or

rugs - no seating provided. There will be a selection of food and

drink available in the Kingfisher Cafe.


Recommended age 7+ | Pay & Display car parking available


Performance ends at approximately 7.00pm


In association with Barnwell Country Park.


We perform whatever the weather: a performance will only be cancelled on Health & Safety grounds, judgement of which lies with the event management team on the day.


Pay and Display carparking available



Ferris & Milnes

Ferris & Milnes

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Friday 17 Jul 20208:00pm Book Now

Oundle International Festival presents


Ferris & Milnes


Friday, 17th July at 8pm


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Tickets: £23 / £19.50 adult / £6 U18


Dubbed “the most exciting musical theatre double act to be

discovered in years” (West End Frame), Dominic Ferris and Martin Milnes are a unique combination. Comedy, music and vocals combine in a dynamic cocktail of explosive Broadway glamour and fun! Expect the unexpected - as well as the songs you know and love in an action-packed extravaganza of banterrific entertainment!


Performance ends at approximately 9.45pm


Supported by Virginia Graham

Party at the Wharf, Starring Saturday Night Bee Gees

Party at the Wharf, Starring Saturday Night Bee Gees

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Saturday 18 Jul 20205:00pm Book Now (Tickets Available on the Door)

Oundle International Festial presents


Party at the Wharf


Starring Saturday Night Bee Gees


Saturday, 18th July


Oundle Wharf

Station Road, PE8 4DE



2.00pm Set up your gazebo pitch (if applicable)

4.00pm Gates open

5.00pm Let the fun begin!

10.45pm The party’s over... Till next year!


In advance if booked by 20 June 2020:

£19.50 ADULT / £10 U18 / U12S FREE*


In advance from 21 June 2020:

£23 ADULT / £13 U18 / U12S FREE*


On the day (if available):

£26 ADULT / £16 U18 / U12S FREE*


Gazebo sites (3m x 3m) limited availability: £79 for site and includes 2 Adult tickets


*ID may be requested. All under 18s must be booked

and accompanied by a paying adult.


No dogs or live fires permitted!


Join us for Oundle’s “party of the year” - a fantastic evening of

music and fun under the stars. Whether you just want to relax with friends, enjoy your own picnic, visit one of the food stalls or let the kids enjoy some of the extra entertainments, the Wharf is the place to be. A bar stocked with drinks, including beers from Nene Valley Brewery will also be ready to serve.


This year we celebrate the music of the Bee Gees, whose music includes not only their own hits but the many hit songs they wrote for other artists and we are proud to give star billing to the Saturday Night Bee Gees. They are supported by The Atlantics, a fantastic young guitar band based in Leicestershire, who play a wide and diverse range of songs from pop classics by The Beatles, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones through to music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s! The popular local band, Disarray get the party going!


Sponsored by Central England Cooperative


Supported by Tap & Kitchen and Neen Valley Brewery


Last Night of the Proms.

Last Night of the Proms.

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Saturday 12 Sep 20207:30pm Book Now (Tickets Available on the Door)

Oundle International Festival in association with Oundle School Music Department presents


Last Night of the Proms


RUSHDEN TOWN BAND


ADELE HUDSON conductor


Saturday, 12th September at 7:30pm


Oundle School Great Hall

12 New Street, Oundle, PE8 4EA


Tickets: £10 Adult / £4 U18


Following the success of our previous two Proms, this year

Rushden Town Band will play 75 minute set including Rule

Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. After a break, you are

invited to stay and watch live the relay direct from the Royal

Albert Hall and join in with all the singing and high jinks! The

bar will be open throughout the evening.