Branscombe Festival 2016 line-up revealed

PUBLISHED: 11:27 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:33 10 February 2016

Ian Rosenblatt is the founder of the Branscombe Festival.

Ian Rosenblatt is the founder of the Branscombe Festival.

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Event returns to village from July 29 - 31

Top musicians have been named in the line-up for the fourth Branscombe Festival, which takes place from Friday, July 29, to Sunday, July 31.

The event combines world-class musicians with an idyllic countryside setting. Over three summer days, leading classical and opera artists perform in the village’s most picturesque venues, with cream tea served on Saturday afternoon and a hog roast that evening. The festival culminates in a free concert on Branscombe beach by the Camborne Town Band.

The Festival is curated by Ian Rosenblatt, BBC presenter Petroc Trelawny, and renowned pianist Iain Burnside. Petroc presents all the concerts.

Located within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Branscombe Festival was launched in July 2013 by local resident Ian. His aim was to mirror the ethos of the Rosenblatt Recitals by enabling audiences to experience leading international musicians in an intimate setting.

At this year’s festival:

· Internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble Marian Consort presents new concert and one-actor play, Breaking the Rules, about the life and music of composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo. The young singers are joined by actor Finbar Lynch (July 29);

· Miss Hope Springs brings cabaret to Branscombe Festival for the first time, with a repertoire of witty, catchy tunes, all delivered at the piano, in her trademark Dusty Springfield beehive (July 29);

· Baroque music ensemble Florilegium performs intimate chamber works on period instruments (July 30);

· Harry the Piano, the performer likened to a human jukebox, takes the stage with his thousands of tunes, including most of the classical repertoire, jazz standards and pop chart hits since the 1950s (July 30);

· Dance band The Leo Green Experience teams up with singer Danny Toeman for a late-night gig (July 30);

· Soprano Serena Gamberoni and baritone Luca Salsi join forces for an opera recital, accompanied by pianist Michele Gamba (July 30);

· Cornwall’s famous brass ensemble, the Camborne Town Band, perform a free concert on Branscombe beach (July 31).

Ian said: “I’m thrilled to announce that Branscombe Festival is back for its fourth year, with a packed weekend of opera, classical music and, for the first time, cabaret, all in this beautiful beachside setting. We’re welcoming the return of The Leo Green Experience with Danny Toeman and introducing newcomers: cabaret sensation Miss Hope Springs, soprano Serena Gamberoni and baritone Luca Salsi, and the famous brass ensemble Camborne Town Band, among others. We hope that people from near and far will enjoy everything that the festival and the surrounding area have to offer.”

See the full programme information at: www.branscombefestival.co.uk

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