Mu­sic on the moors

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

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

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