Music on the moors
NEXT month, the wild places of the West Country will ring with the sound of music as the annual Two Moors Festival takes place across the churches of Exmoor and Dartmoor. It was started in 2001 by John and Penny Adie to cheer a farming area devastated by footand-mouth disease and is now a much-loved event—described as ‘like going to the Wigmore Hall, with better views. And cows’—attracting musicians of the calibre of soprano Felicity Lott and violinist Tasmin Little.
Mr Adie died during last year’s festival and a memorial appeal has been set up in his name to support new commissions a well as the education and professional development of young musicians (Music, page 196) and to attract more community involvement and new audiences. The festival takes place from October 13 to 21; to donate or to order tickets, telephone 01392 665885 or visit www.thetwomoorsfestival. co.uk
The world’s tallest yew hedge, on the Bathurst estate in the Cotswolds, has just received its annual trim. Tidying the 300-year-old, 40ft-tall, 150ft-wide hedge takes 12 days and the clippings, this year amounting to nearly a ton, are used to produce a life-saving cancer drug