Clarendon Park is alive…
…with the sound of music. Or it will be over the coming days. The range and quality of music that will be echoing around the streets, bars, cafes, churches and other venues in the neighbourhood are breathtaking. Wendy Manning, who is co-ordinating this year’s events, says there will be “something for everyone”.
Some of last year’s favourites are back. Chris Conway, a most versatile and talented musician, whose ambient music at Fingerprints is remembered as being of the highest quality will be back at the same venue on Friday evening. He and local Celtic harpist Mo Coulson will be performing The Alien and the Mermaid. For those who like singing or listening to choirs, there will be adult choirs and children’s choirs singing separately and together at St John’s Church also on Friday evening.
Classicists are likely to be drawn to the concert given by Mariko, who again performed last year. She and her musical friends will be giving a lunchtime concert on Saturday at Christchurch; a lovely setting with good acoustics. This will be followed by an Open Mic session when different musicians play different instruments. The Saturday also offers children a drumming workshop and their own Open Mic opportunity at Friends Meeting House.
And if you want to get a feeling of what the last night of the proms is like, pop along to Christchurch again on Sunday afternoon for a concert by the Knighton Chamber Orchestra and Tudor Choir. For jazz enthusiasts there will be a good night on offer at The Donkey also on Sunday.
There is a wide range of musical offerings on Monday, including Chinese music at their church and community centre, folk under the tree in North Avenue, a lunchtime concert at Christchurch, a band night at The Cradock and another Open Mic night at Dos Hermanos where karaoke king Brian will repeat his triumph of last year and others will gig as and when. This evening will be a tribute to local musician Liane Ashbery who is sadly missed.
And on Tuesday evening Steve Cartwright will be performing songs of love and hope at the Lancaster School while the N’Ukes will round the festival off playing favourite songs at the Knighton & Clarendon Club.
And that’s not all. The programme will give you the full run-down of what is happening where and when, including the busking. The musical streets are here again. Can’t wait.