Launch of a new international festival of stringed music in Rugby

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WHAT IS IT? Rugby String Festival.

WHERE AND WHEN IS IT? Temple Speech Room and other venues for three days from tomorrow (Friday).

WHAT DO THEY SAY ABOUT IT?

Renowned violinist and former Young Musician of the Year Nicola Loud, Stringfever and a host of acts including guitars, sitars, lutes and harps will help launch a new international festival of stringed music.

Stringfest is a unique new festival of stringed music, with a range of events over three days for musicians of all abilities plus lovers of stringed music. The Gala Night is set to be Last Night of the Proms meets the Royal Variety Show – with a lot of laughs and musical thrills for all tastes.

The Friday Gala opening night is followed by a performance on Saturday night of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, as well as pieces by Mozart, Grieg and Barber, with the London Festival Orchestra.

The event is aiming to put Rugby on the international music map, as well as acting as a cornerstone of Rugby’s own Festival of Culture, now in its second year.

Co-organiser Matthew Pike said: “Stringfest is a unique celebration of all kinds of stringed music in a fun way.

Great music and great musicians, without the stuffiness often associated with classical music concerts.”

Stringfest is the brainchild of Alan Broadbent who has taught generations of violinists in Rugby over the past 40 years, as well organising courses on barges in Norfolk and by the Grand Canal in Venice.

Alan’s three sons Giles, Ralph and Neal, who have shot to fame as String Fever will also be performing at the Gala night.

HOW TO SEE IT

Tickets available from Sounds on Church Street and wegottickets.com.