Heavenly harpists at music festival

4 Girls 4 Harps
4 Girls 4 Harps
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A concert from the world’s leading harp quartet, 4 Girls 4 Harps is among the treats in store during Buckingham’s week-long feast of classical music and entertainment.

The Buckingham Summer Festival returns this year from July 6 to 13.

The festival grew out of a series of lunchtime concerts at the Radcliffe Centre, organised by former University of Buckingham professor and keen amateur musician Alan Brook, who died last year.

From small beginnings, the event has grown into an annual week-long festival, now celebrating its 25th year, under the artistic direction of Buckingham musician Robert Secret.

This year’s festival includes a opens with the Buckingham Choral Society performing John Rutter’s Requiem and a selection of folk songs with local soprano Cate McKee.

The concert takes place at 8pm on Saturday, July 6, at Buckingham Parish Church.

On Sunday, July 7, well-known TV and film actor Robert Powell presents A Passionate Life: The Life And Times Of Claude Debussy at 8pm at the Radcliffe Centre.

Each weekday, there’s a choice of three concerts at 11am, 1pm and 8pm, mostly at the Radcliffe Centre.

On Monday, July 8, there’s music by Mendelssohn and others from popular pianist Haruko Seki, elegant flute music from Graham Mayger and members of the Orchestra of Stowe Opera performing Baroque favourites.

On Tuesday, July 9, pianinst Ning Pookhaothong and the Melicus Duo entertain daytime audiences.

But at 8pm, there’s a change of tone when top country folk band Pig Earth take to the Radcliffe Centre stage.

Wednesday, July 10, sees daytime piano music from Mami Shikimori and violin pieces from Charlotte Rowan.

The 8pm concert takes place at Claydon House, with the Maurizi Ensemble.

On Thursday, July 11, Jill Crossland plays Bach and chopin, while Robert Secret and Julian Metzger play forgotten sonatas for viola and cello.

At 8pm, 4 Girls 4 Harps, perform music ranging fromFaure to West Side Story at the Radcliffe Centre.

On Friday, July 12, the daytime concerts are by pianist Craig Greene and clarinettist James Maltby.

At 8pm virtuoso cellist Zoe Martlew performs a one-woman cabaret show, Revue Z, featuring her original music for cello, voice and digital playback combined with zany theatre and comedy.

The festival ends its 25th year with a gala concert at St Peter & St Paul’s Church.

Prize-winning violinist Dina Tkachenko, who took Buckingham by storm at last year’s festival, performs with the Orchestra of Stowe Opera.

The full programme can be found at www.buckinghamsummerfestival.org. Tickets can now be booked on the website. They are also available at the Tourist Information Centre in the Old Gaol and The Duke’s Music on Market Hill.