The Great Bowden Music Fest has announced an exciting programme for the 2018 Festival which will run from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July.


Music Fest Chairman Pat Oakley said: “The Great Bowden Music Fest has grown in popularity since it started in 2014 and we are expecting record attendances for this year’s concerts which will range from classical to jazz via songs from the musicals. We are encouraging people to make a note of the dates in their diaries, so they won’t be disappointed when it comes to booking tickets, which will be available in April.”


The Music Fest will open on Thursday night with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Schubert’s Trout Piano Quintet and Souvenir de Florence by Tchaikovsky. As has become traditional, Friday night’s concert concentrates on music from the musicals – eight solo singers will deliver songs from the 1920s to the present day.


On Saturday and Sunday mornings there will be two free ‘coffee and chamber’ concerts. Saturday evening is ‘Jazz Night’ and this year’s guest performers are the Rutland Big Band.


The climax of the Festival will be the Sunday concert featuring the Great Bowden Camerata and the Harborough Singers and including Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 6.


The Festival will feature an array of international talent including the Alegria Piano Trio, pianist Melanie Reinhard and Musical Director Christopher White.

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