Weekend of great classics as town tunes up for 12th music festival

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Three days of fabulous music will fill the air next month as the 12th Potton Music Festival gets underway.

This year’s concerts promise a special atmosphere, with the rich sounds of wind octets in the opening concert at Cockayne Hatley on Friday, July 24.

This opening event features a programme with pieces by Mozart and Beethoven as well as Janacek and the British composer Jonathan Dove.

Saturday, July 25 is a marathon music day, starting with a family concert entitled Musical Magic at 11am in Bourgoyne Middle School, an evening concert in St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm, featuring some glorious Bach (flute sonata), the dramatic Brahms Clarinet Trio and Dvorak’s beautiful Dumky trio.

The late night concert at 10.15pm, also in St Mary’s, features an atmospheric programme of tango-­inspired music. The festival rounds off with a relaxed concert at the new time of 11.30am in Sutton, tying up some of the threads from the previous concerts with music by Mozart, Debussy and Argentina’s tango composer par excellence, Astor Piazzolla.

A festival spokeswoman said: “The magic of this festival lies in the friendships we have all made and continue to strengthen each year, and in the joy of music­making on a smaller, intimate scale. It is the audience that makes the experience so special for us and we look forward to greeting old friends and creating new ones. Do please join us if you can.”

The festival has its foundings with the Marais Ensemble, whose flute player Sarah Burnett had moved to Potton and discovered there was not much instrumental music to enjoy locally.

The first mini festival was organised in 2003 and since the ensemble have become an important part of the scene.

The spokeswoman said: “Organising it almost got the better of us, but it was great fun.

“And experiencing the enthusiasm of our first Potton audiences was enough to persuade us to try once more the following year.

“None of us ever imagined then that we’d now be looking forward to our 12th festival in July 2015.”

Visit www.pottonmusicfestival.com which lists all of our programmes, venues and ticket prices. You can buy tickets online, at Cameron’s newsagents in Potton or on the door.

There is the Golden ticket option which represents great value for those who wish to attend 3 or more concerts.