THE Potton Music Festival is now in its ninth year and brings the world-class musicians of the Marais Ensemble, along with outstanding guest strings players, to Potton, Cockayne Hatley and Sutton.
The schedule is slightly different from previous years, commencing in St Mary's Church, Potton, complete with newly-built stage.
A variety of works will be perfomed including Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, Voice of the Whale by George Crumb - an unusual and evocative work featuring local flautist, Sarah O'Flynn - and ever-popular trios by Mendelssohn and Beethoven will also be performed.
Saturday morning sees the Marais musicians in full sporting gear for the Family Concert at Burgoyne School.
Olympic time arrives in Potton, celebrating the start of the 2012 Games with a musical sporting selection. There will be prizes for the best audience fancy dress and plenty of opportunities to join in On Your Marks!
On Saturday evening, the glorious setting of Cockayne Hatley is perfect for the ensemble, who will be joined by Spanish double bass player, Roberto Garcia Carrillo, to perform Schubert's masterpiece for wind and strings, his Octet in F.
Roberto will also demonstrate his virtuosic playing in a rare chance to hear a solo double bass, with individual pieces for both bassoon and oboe with strings adding to the programme.
The concert on Sunday is going to be held in Sutton Church.
A lovely afternoon concert featuring the Marais wind players will conclude the festival weekend with a lively celebratory programme, including Handel's Music For the Royal Fireworks in a new arrangement by horn player, Tim Jackson.
There's something in every concert to appeal to every musical taste and it promises to be an exciting musical weekend.
More details can be found at www.pottonmusicfestival.org.uk
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