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Fressingfield announces festival line-up

PUBLISHED: 19:51 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:31 12 July 2010

The church of St Peter and St Paul's, Fressingfield, hosts the 4th Fressingfield Music Festival at the end of September. This year's festival includes performances by the Paul Eshelby Band; The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge; baroque ensemble Badinage; and, for the second year running, a performance from opera tenor Siphiwo Ntshebe.

The church of St Peter and St Paul's, Fressingfield, hosts the 4th Fressingfield Music Festival at the end of September. This year's festival includes performances by the Paul Eshelby Band; The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge; baroque ensemble Badinage; and, for the second year running, a performance from opera tenor Siphiwo Ntshebe.

The programme is - Wednesday, September 24: The Paul Eshelby Band will open the festival with performances of jazz standards and a selection of numbers from The Great American Songbook.

Thursday, September 25: The Choir of Christ's College Cambridge will perform Vivaldi's ever popular Gloria and his Magnificat.

Friday, September 26: Emerging opera super-star Siphiwo Ntshebe, who will give the world premiere of the song cycle Delicate Sparks, settings of poems by the South African poet Lindiwe Mabuza, composed by Paul Carroll. Siphiwo's performance will include Robert Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe and opera arias by Donnizetti and Puccini including Nessun Dorma. South African concert pianist Tessa Uys accompanies.

Saturday, September 27: The final concert is expected to close the festival in spectacular style with a display of virtuosity by the period instrument ensemble Badinage. The concert will include sonatas by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach and Corelli, the highlight being an eighteenth century arrangement of one of Corelli's violin sonatas for the flute, formerly thought to be unplayable. There will also be a performance of one of Bach's organ pieces on the church's historic organ.

School children are encouraged to attend afternoon rehearsals. Prior arrangement must be made with the Festival Secretary. For inquiries and ticket details, telephone 01379 586 269.

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