Isfield music festival 22to combat eye disease

A MUSIC festival will be held next weekend (July 2) to help raise money for a little-known eye disease.

The RP Barn Festival takes place at Old Mill Barn, Isfield and features live musical performances including opera, jazz, musical theatre and funk. It has previously been a private event but this year tickets are available for all.

Organiser Harriet Kininmonth, 27 said: “It will be a colourful family evening set in a peaceful water meadow on the banks of the River Ouse with involvement and support from many local businesses and talented young musicians.”

Harriet, whose close friend William suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), chose to launch the festival last year in support of the charity The British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society. RP is a group of heredity diseases that affect the retina which slowly becomes unable to transmit pictures to the brain resulting in progressive blindness. There is currently no cure.

Performers at the festival include Barnaby Rae, a student at The Guildhall School of Music; saxophonist Joel Garthwaite; fiona Green from Lewes who will perform a mix of musical theatre repertoire and funk-inspired pop band The Grand Majestic.

As well as music visitors can buy local foods, jewellery, books and paintings as well as take part in a raffle and auction with prizes including a holiday in Barcelona and dinner for two at The Griffin, Fletching.

Tickets cost £25 per adult and £5 per child (three to 14) with all proceeds to the charity.

Information from: www.rpsussexbarnfestival.co.uk