Church surroundings for a festival of classical concerts

Some of the performers at Great Bowden Festival
Some of the performers at Great Bowden Festival

There will be something for everyone with the start of a music festival coming to Great Bowden.

The Great Bowden Music Fest 2016, now in its third year, starts on Thursday July 7 and runs until Sunday, July 10.

Continuing its tradition of top quality music featuring local musicians, international guests, community groups and young talent, the festival takes place in St Peter and St Paul Parish Church, Great Bowden.

It offers something for all music lovers with classical works, choral music, musical theatre and a jazz and big band extravaganza.

The launch concert at 7.30pm tonight features the ever-popular Four Seasons by Vivaldi, performed by four up-and-coming violinists from the Midlands.

In complete contrast, Friday night’s concert, which starts at 7.30pm and is called Music of the Night, will include favourites from many of the greatest musicals performed by Harborough Choral Society and other local soloists.

Saturday will feature two concerts - the first at 11.30am with a free coffee - is a chamber music event comprising The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Piazzolla performed by a piano trio from the Royal Northern College of Music and Strauss’s Violin Sonata in E flat.

In the evening at 7.30pm the Leicester Grammar School Big Band and others will present a Jazz Extravaganza.

On Sunday, the festival winds up with a Gala Finale at 5.30pm featuring the Harborough Singers accompanied by the Festival Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major.

The evening also includes Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with soloists Christopher White on violin and Johannes Gurth on viola and Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings in E major.

Tickets for all the concerts are available at the door or from Welton’s delicatessen on The Green, Great Bowden, or from Moins Chemists, Coventry Road, Market Harborough.

They can also be purchased by calling 01858 469109. They are all £10 for adults, £8 for concessions including school students and OAPs, under-10s get in free. Festival tickets cost £30 for adults or £25 for concessions.