Appearances as we know can be deceptive: to the outside world, all may seem quiet on the Oundle International Festival front but behind the scenes a great deal has been going on!
Firstly, I am delighted to welcome Camilla Sherwin to the new role of Administrative Director. Camilla will be in charge of all aspects of the Oundle Music Trust’s administration. The Trust is the umbrella body for the Festival, Music in Quiet Places, Oundle for Organists and from 2015 also includes the Oundle Food Festival. Another new development this year is that we are now selling tickets for the Stahl Theatre's visiting productions as well as other events. The Music in Quiet Places Spring 2015 series is already on sale. You can view the programme HERE. The wide range of music to be performed in the three concerts takes us in time from the Tudor world of Mary, Queen of Scots - appropriately in Fotheringhay Church - right up to the present day with the UK premier of the Danish composer John Frandsen’s Snapshots played by the Randers Chamber Orchestra.
Looking further ahead to the 2015 Festival, the programme will be published in the early spring but, by way of a sneak preview, we can look forward to a truly international flavour from the tango of Argentina performed by The Deco Ensemble, to the music of renaissance Venice played by La Serenissima. Rising young professionals will also feature in the lunchtime concert series which begins with a concert by Ellen Porter who was Oundle’s 2014 Young Musician of the Year. There will also be a return visit by Illyria bringing The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and you will be able to dress up in appropriate style to singalonga The Sound of Music. All of the team at OIF look forward to welcoming you to events throughout 2015.
Kenneth Richardson Artistic Director