London based concert pianist Reiko Fujisawa is among the line up of top musical talent at Church Stretton Arts Festival this July 29 - August 12.
The Church Stretton Arts Festival starts in less than a month, and organisers say tickets are selling fast for most events - with prices set cheaper than last year, in recognition of tightening wallets.
This year the festival is presenting some interesting combinations of instruments and genres, including internationally famous guitar duo, the Katona Twins. They have a varied programme "From Handel to Hollywood" which includes selections from West Side Story in addition to Spanish favourites and the twins' own arrangements of popular classical pieces.
Another duo - Meraki (pictured above) - present new interpretations of work from Schubert and Dvorák classics through Piazzolla to Pascoal and Gismonti folk rock, all performed on flute and guitar.
Piano lovers are in for a treat, too, when talented pianist Reiko Fujisawa brings three of her friends along to narrate and perform on flute and French horn. They will be exploring the theme of "Flowers and Forests".
Festival Vice Chair, Joan Arnfield, says "We urge customers to book quickly while there is still some choice. These are just a few of the performances. There's a massive Art Exhibition, nine free morning concerts, drama and poetry and a family friendly show for 5 to 12 year-olds."
Visit strettonfestival.org.uk for more information on all events. Tickets can be booked directly from the webpage, or in person at the Church Stretton Library from 10-12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 27th July. After that, tickets will be available at all Festival events, including the Free Concerts, or you can take your chances and purchase tickets at the door. The Arts Festival info line is 07436 958499.
Ring and Ride Transport is available free for all events, including the Coffee Concerts and the Organ Recitals; please telephone: ‘Ring and Ride’ (01694) 720025.