This fes­ti­val will be our strong­est so far

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

The di­verse and tal­ented line-up of acts booked to per­form in Ash­ford’s town cen­tre venue this sea­son is the strong­est yet, say or­gan­is­ers.

Reve­la­tion St Mary’s has been the home of art and cul­ture in Ash­ford since it was es­tab­lished by the St Mary’s Arts Trust three years ago.

On Fri­day, Au­gust 29, the au­tumn and win­ter pro­gramme will launch when folk rock pioneer Steel­eye Span per­form. Other sched­uled acts to play this year in­clude Gruff Rhys, Martha Wain­wright, Steve Til­ston and ris­ing stars Can­non Woods and Friends.

Creative direc­tor Anna Moul­son, said: “Our aim at Reve­la­tion St Mary’s is to pro­gramme what you would like to see, some sur­prises and new in­tro­duc­tion of artists.

“This sea­son is no ex­cep­tion with artists from Wales, Canada, Aus­tralia and Ash­ford, from pop to folk to singer-song­writ­ers, some­thing for every­one to en­joy.”

Matthew Sharp, who works along­side Anna as creative direc­tor, co-or­di­nates the clas­si­cal mu­sic per­for­mances.

Up­com­ing events in­clude Four Sea­sons: Vi­valdi & Pi­az­zolla led by the highly ac­claimed David Le Page, Schu­bert’s Quin­tet per­formed by the award-win­ning Sac­coni Quar­tet, and Franken­stein! fea­tur­ing mu­si­cians from the Cham­ber Do­maine en­sem­ble as well as dancers from the English Na­tional Bal­let.

Mr Sharp said: “I look at the new sea­son and I think dis­tinc­tive, distin­guished, di­verse. The as­pi­ra­tion for Reve­la­tion St Mary’s is to make it a ‘go to’ venue of na­tional note. Look­ing at the range, qual­ity and in­no­va­tion on of­fer, I think we’re mak­ing bold steps in the right di­rec­tion.”

Rev­e­la­tions will also be col­lab­o­rat­ing with or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Folk in the Barn, The Vin­tage Cor­po­ra­tion and Can­ter­bury Oast Trust, who have lined up grammy award-win­ning Al­bert Lee And Ho­gan’s He­roes and trib­ute act ABBA Chique.

The Rev Colin Preece, parish priest of St Mary’s, said: “Once again Reve­la­tion St Mary’s new pro­gramme is so ex­cit­ing and will ap­peal to peo­ple of all tastes in mu­sic. In only our third year we are bring­ing pro­fes­sional, high qual­ity and di­verse artists to the peo­ple of Ash­ford.” Full line up, and ticket de­tails at rev­e­la­tion­st­

Steel­eye Span will kick off the new sea­son at Rev­e­la­tions St Mary’s on Fri­day, Au­gust 29

Can­non Woods will play at Rev­e­la­tions St Mary’s on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31

David Le Page will re­turn to Rev­e­la­tions St Mary’s on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 5, and Martha Wain­wright ap­pears there on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 20

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