Line-up announced for music festival

JAZZ, opera, baroque - the line up of the third Fressingfield Music Festival has today been announced. A series of concerts will take place at the church of St Peter and St Paul's, Fressingfield, at 7.

JAZZ, opera, baroque - the line up of the third Fressingfield Music Festival has today been announced.

A series of concerts will take place at the church of St Peter and St Paul's, Fressingfield, at 7.30pm from Wednesday 26 until Saturday, September 29.

Wednesday, September 26, will feature Siphiwo Ntshebe, the sensational new voice of opera, who has been compared to Caruso and Pavarotti.

Siphiwo has recently been appointed cultural ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and the Nelson Mandela Children's Trust - this is an opportunity to hear one of the world's greatest singers in live performance; popular opera arias with piano accompaniment.

On Thursday, September 27, the choir of Christ's College, Cambridge, one of the finest mixed-voice ensembles in Cambridge will be performing.

Friday, September 28, will feature Claire Martin, who has won four Best Vocalist awards at the British Jazz Awards and was acclaimed as the best ever British jazz singer by America's leading jazz publication Jazz Times.

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She will be performing alongside the reputable pianist Gareth Williams and bassist Steve Watts with works from her album 'He Never Mentioned Love - The Songs of Shirley Horn'.

The baroque ensemble Badinage, the world's leading period instrument ensemble, with 10 critically acclaimed CDs will be at the festival on Saturday, September 29.

The ensemble plays throughout the country and Europe and regularly appears at London's South Bank Centre. The programme will contain pyrotechnic concertos for flute, bassoon, oboe, violin, recorder, harpsichord and strings by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach and Telemann including the fifth Brandenburg Concerto.

All concerts will commence at 7.30pm and tickets are available from Fressingfield Stores or on the door - seats at £10 in advance (£12 at the door).

By prior arrangement with the Festival Secretary, school children can attend the performers' afternoon rehearsals. For ticket details call 01379 586 269

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