2015 Deal Festival of Music and the Arts – June 26th to July 12th
One of the highlights of the cultural calendar in Kent, 2015 marks the thirty-third anniversary of the Deal Festival of Music & The Arts. It has become one of the landmarks of the English music festival scene and a treasured institution, bringing music and arts lovers from far and wide to enjoy concerts, exhibitions and other events from world-class artists in an eclectic selection of venues and settings. The Deal Festival really punches above its weight given the relatively small town in which it is hosted, but Deal’s cultural heritage is a strong one, both from a contemporary and a historical perspective, with many outstanding talents of the past, present and future residing in or around the town. Performers often fall for Deal’s charms and its knowledgeable audiences, and snap up the chance to come back to perform here.
This year sees the full return of artistic director Paul Max Edlin, who did so much to reinvigorate and expand the Festival when he took over the reins back in 2004. In keeping with the Festival’s core values, this year’s programme mixes experience with the promotion of young talent, with a host of rising stars rubbing shoulders with internationally renowned ensembles, and for the icing on the cake, Edlin’s extensive book of contacts has resulted in a tremendous endorsement for the Festival through the appointment of a new President, the outstanding trumpeter of her generation, Alison Balsom.
The Festival runs from 26th June through to July 12th, and offers something for everyone, and Deal is blessed with a variety of charming and beautiful buildings in which to host such a feast of performances.
Performance highlights include:
27th June 7.30pm St George’s Church, Deal.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Needing little introduction, this innovative and crowd-pleasing ensemble return by popular demand. Likely to sell out very fast!
28th June 3pm St Andrew’s Church, Deal.
Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge – One of the UK’s leading collegiate choirs with an international reputation founded on its tours and broadcasts. A vibrant programme is promised.
28th June 7.30pm St George’s Church, Deal.
Trinity Laban Music and Dance – the culmination of a weekend of dance and visual art, the remarkable dancers from Trinity Laban interpret music performed by Indonesian pianist Imma Setiadi, who will play Messiaen and Debussy.
1st July 8pm Astor Theatre, Deal
The Rite of Spring/Romeo and Juliet – A collision of mesmerising physical theatre and stirring music in a fusion of two masterpieces of theatre and music
2nd July 7.45pm St Mary’s Church, Walmer
The Spirit of Venice. Academy of Ancient Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Choir of Canterbury Cathedral – A unique performance celebrating Venice at the height of its powers in the 16th and 17th centuries.
3rd July 1pm St George’s Church, Deal.
Lunchtime Recital – Maksim Stsura (piano) and Michael Foyle (violin) – The Festival’s first ever musician in residence is joined by BBC young musician of the year finalist Michael Foyle in an exotic programme from around the world
3rd July 8pm Astor Theatre, Deal.
Ronnie Scott’s All Stars – a visual and musical celebration of the most famous jazz club in the world
4th July 7.30pm St George’s Church, Deal.
Grimethorpe Colliery Band – Return by popular demand of one of the UK’s finest brass bands
5th July 3pm St George’s Church, Deal.
Nicholas McCarthy piano recital and talk – born without his right hand, Nicholas gained a place at the Royal College of Music and played at the closing ceremony at the London paralympics. here, he talks about his life and music and performs some of the best loved works for left hand only.
9th July 1pm St George’s Church, Deal
Matilda Lloyd trumpet recital – finalist in the BBC young musician of the year competition, 2014.
10th July 1pm St George’s Church, Deal.
John Shipton Memorial Concert – piano trio concert in memory of one of the Festival’s principal patrons of the last 15 years
12th July 2pm
Deal Memorial Bandstand – the annual Royal Marines Day Memorial Concert for those who lost their lives in the Deal bombings of 1989