Highly sought-after performers, including acclaimed folk duo Spiers & Boden, are to feature in the programme for the 2014 Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts, which takes place from Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 11.
Mayfield is set to host Spiers & Boden as part of their farewell tour.
The founders of the hugely successful big-band folk phenomenon Bellowhead and twice winners of the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo, Jon Boden and John Spiers will be making their mark with their distinctive sound for which they are in high demand with venues and major festivals throughout the world.
“In 2014 there will be some very traditional elements and some distinctly new ones,” said the Festival’s Artistic Director, Jeremy Summerly. “Mayfield 2014 won’t be just a festival where there is something for everybody, but a festival where everything is for everybody.”
The line-up also includes the sparkling all-female Pavão Quartet, who will entertain with their trademark mixture of classical and light repertoire for string quartet.
Onyx Brass, described by BBC Music Magazine as “easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain,” will be delivering a programme ranging from Brahms and Bach to jazz numbers, while the young professional orchestra Southbank Sinfonia will make a welcome return to Mayfield with an appealing programme including Beethoven’s Symphony No 6 (Pastoral) and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major.
Both Saturdays of the 2014 Festival will celebrate an anniversary: the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Cole Porter in 1964; and the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Oxford Camerata, one of the finest choral ensembles of its type in Europe.
The third and fourth days of the 2014 Festival will merge into one.
On Sunday, May 4, a performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations will begin at 6pm and is scheduled to finish at 6pm, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5.
Festival favourites include a lunchtime concert by the girls at St Leonard’s-Mayfield School and the Festival Eucharist, which this year will be celebrated by The Revd Christopher Irvine of Canterbury Cathedral.
Finally, on May 11 another compelling performance featuring Mozart’s Requiem will close this popular festival.
More details can be found on the website at www.mayfieldfestival.co.uk. Call 07749 953932, weekdays, between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.