Oundle International Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Oundle, Northamptonshire, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Oundle International Festival
4 New Street
Oundle, Northamptonshire
England UK
Phone: +44 01832 274919
Email: information@oundlefestival.org.uk

Festival Description

Oundle International Festival opens on 16th July, with almost 30 events featuring high calibre artists from the worlds of classical music, folk and world music, alongside children’s events, open-air theatre, exhibitions and organ recitals.

Highlights include Aurora Orchestra, one of the most dynamic and innovative emerging forces on the British classical music scene; the Orlando Consort with Kuljit Bahamra, tabla, Jonathan Mayer, sitar and Shahid Khan, voice, in a fusion of English renaissance church music with that of 16th-century India; Stile Antico, the ground-breaking and award-winning early music vocal ensemble; and Salsa Celtica, a sensational blend of Scottish and Irish music with Latin American elements of Salsa. Also featuring will be acclaimed concert pianist Sam Haywood with a programme of Chopin and Schumann; Fauré’s Requiem sung by the Festival Chorus and conducted by David Hill; the dynamic and virtuosic Finzi String Quartet; and a series of recitals by eminent organists including Thierry Mechler. Newly appointed Director of Oundle for Organists and sub-organist of Westminister Abbey, Robert Quinney, gives the world premier of a piece commissioned by the Festival from the brilliant young British composer, Tarik O’Regan.

The Exhibition, entitled Harmony, Ratio and the Cosmos‚ explores two ideals that have since the Renaissance influenced form in art, The Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence.

Children’s events include a performance of James and the Giant Peach‚ by specialist children’s theatre company, Illyria; the Classic Buskers with We’re all going to the Zoo‚ and WOOFYT Workshops by animateur and musician, Jeremy Sampson.

The festival is preceded by a concert series called “Music in Quiet Places” that takes place from May to October. For more information about this festival visit

Festival Dates July 12 - 21, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming 2010:
  • Friday, July 16
    • 6:00pm - 8:00pm — Exhibition
      Private View of work by artist Peter H Begley, & Festival Launch
      Venue — The Dolby Gallery, West Street
    • 7:30pm — Aurora Orchestra
      A dynamic and innovative chamber orchestra, programme including Mahler’s 1st Symphony
      Venue — St Peter’s Church
  • Saturday, July 17
    • 8:30am - 2:30pm — Oundle Food Market
      Quality food market, chef demos, tastings, street music and more
      Venue — Oundle Market Place
    • 5:00pm gates open — Picnic in the Park
      Showaddywaddy and The Counterfeit Stones headline this open-air Fireworks Concert
      Venue — Heron Rogers Field
  • Sunday, July 18
    • 5:30 - 7:30pm — Harmony, Ratio and the Cosmos.
      Exhibition Preview of work by artists inspired by the Cosmos, Order, Chaos & Divine Ratio
      Venue — Yarrow Gallery
    • 7.30pm — Festival Chorus conducted by David Hill
      Faure’s Requiem
      Venue — Oundle School Chapel
    • 7:45pm — Film: Nowhere Boy (15)
      Venue — Stahl Theatre
  • Monday, July 19
    • 1:30am — WOOFYT Workshop
      Animateur, Jeremy Sampson, leads a hands on music workshop for all ages from 7 years and up
      Venue — Oundle School Chapel
    • 1:15pm — Mark Williams, organ recital
      Featured music includes pieces by Bach, Vierne and Sweelinck
      Venue — Oundle School Chapel
    • 7:30pm — Anne Page, organ recital
      Featured music by Byrd, Purcell, Handel and Bach
      Venue — Jesus Church
    • 7:45pm — Film: Vier Minuten (15)
      Venue — Stahl Theatre
    • 9:00pm — Twilight Recital: two harps
      Eleanor Turner and Elizabeth Bass play a programme of sublime harp music
      Venue — Arthur Marshall Rm, Great Hall
  • Tuesday, July 20
    • 6:00pm — The Bach Walk
      A walk with violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk, supper and concert with organist Margaret Phillips
      Venue — Castle Mound, Fotheringhay
    • 6:30pm — “James & the Giant Peach”
      Illyria brings the world’s most popular children’s author, Roald Dahl, to the open-air stage
      Venue — Garden at Festival Marquee
  • Wednesday, July 21
    • 1:00pm — Finzi String Quartet
      Music by Adès and Beethoven
      Venue — Laxton School Cloisters
    • 1:30pm — From Gascoigne Car Park
      Tour of the Orpheus Project
      Venue — Newly landscaped garden at Boughton House
    • 4:30pm — The Classic Buskers
      Children’s Event ‘We’re All Going to the Zoo’
      Venue — Festival Marquee
    • 7.30pm — Sam Haywood, piano recital
      Featured music by Chopin and Schumann
      Venue — Great Hall, Oundle School
    • 9:40pm — Vespers by Candlelight
      A magical experience combining plainchant and extempore organ music
      Venue — Oundle School Chapel
  • Thursday, July 22
    • 8:00pm — Stile Antico
      Exploring Tudor and Jacobean sacred music written for private performance
      Venue — Fotheringhay Church
  • Friday, July 23
    • 11:30am — WOOFYT Workshop
      Animateur, Jeremy Sampson, leads a hands on music workshop for all ages from 7 years and up
      Venue — Oundle School Chapel
    • 1:00pm — Thierry Mechler, organ recital
      A dazzling programme from an awesome improviser at the console
      Venue — Peterborough Cathedral
    • 8:00pm — The Orlando Consort
      A fusion of renaissance church music with that of 16th-century India
      Venue — Fotheringhay Church
  • Saturday, July 24
    • 11:00am — Robert Quinney, organ recital
      Including World Premiere of an organ work commissioned by the Festival from Tarik O’Regan
      Venue — Oundle School Chapel
    • 7:30pm — Youth wind orchestra
      Youth wind orchestra is part of Cambridgeshire Music County Academy structure
      Venue — St Peter’s Church Oundle
    • 7:30 — pmJohn Scott, organ recital
      Celebrated American organist plays the mighty organ at King’s
      Venue — King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
    • 8:30pm — Salsa Celtica
      A vibrant combination of Scottish and Irish music with Latin American elements of salsa
      Venue — Festival Marquee
  • Sunday, July 25
    • 10:30am — Festival Eucharist
      Venue — Fotheringhay Church
    • 2:30pm — Young Organists Recital
      Performances by students who have attended the Oundle for Organists courses
      Venue — Oundle School Chapel
Fireworks Concert 2010:
  • Picnic in the Park’s — It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll headliners
    • Showaddywadady
    • The Counterfeit Stones
  • Saturday, July 17th
  • Gates open 5:00pm
  • Venue — Heron Rogers Field, Oundle, Northamptonshire. There is easy access to free car parks adjacent to the concert site.
  • Tickets
    • £18 to £23 in advance
    • £25 on the day
    • Children 5 years and under — free
  • Booking Opens Saturday, March 13, 2010
    Call +44 01832 274734
    Visit the NEW Oundle Festival Box Office
    4 New Street
  • Online at http://www.oundlefestival.org.uk
Featured events 2010:
    Saturday, July 17th, 8:30am – 2:30pm, at Oundle Market Place
    • This year for the first time Oundle International Festival is hosting a Food Festival — a celebration of REAL food from producers around the country. This event is a must for food-lovers, featuring not only lots of delicious, quality food, but tastings, bread-making demonstrations by celebrated baker, Dan Lepard, and a chance to meet Bunny Guinness and Ursula Buchan who will be on hand to answer questions on growing vegetables. Street music, buskers and children’s activities will add to the general buzz of the event, which takes place in Oundle Market Place on the morning of Saturday, July 17 (a great opportunity to get picnic items for the Fireworks Concert in the evening!).
    Saturday, July 17th, 10:30am and 2:00pm, at Victoria Hall
    • As part of the Food Festival, Dan Lepard will be giving two masterclasses on bread-making in the Victoria Hall at 10:30am and 2:00pm. Dan is one of the most respected and widely-read bakers in the world, he writes a weekly column in The Guardian and is the Mumsnet baking guru. The easiest, fastest breadmaking class in the world is the 10:30am workshop, demonstrating how to use a tried and tested method made with affordable ingredients. Or at 2:00pm with Sourdough: how to bake a better loaf, you can learn the three-stage sourdough method which will transform your bread and make it light and full of aeration no matter what recipe you use.
  • Tickets £12.50 each or £20 for both workshops, children under 12 free. Available from Oundle International Festival Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle PE8 4ED, 01832 274734 or online at http://www.oundlefestival.org.uk


Practical Info:

Slideshow photo credits:
  • Photos ©Oundle International Festival — credited in order of appearance
    • Aurora Orchestra
    • Dab Lepard
    • Finzi String Quartet
    • The Orlando Consort
    • Stile Antico
    • Tomatoes (Oundle Food Festival)
  • By phone: +44 01832 275109
  • Online at http://www.oundlefestival.org.uk
  • Information and free brochure +44 01832 274919


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