Soloists per­form to full house dur­ing fes­ti­val

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Stour Mu­sic’s 54th fes­ti­val drew to a thrilling con­clu­sion on Sun­day with a full house for the fi­nal choral con­cert of mu­sic by Pur­cell and Han­del.

The im­pres­sive line-up of soloists at All Saints Church in Boughton Aluph in­cluded counter-tenor Tim Mead who will shortly be start­ing re­hearsals for the role of Oberon in Ben­jamin Brit­ten’s opera Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream at this year’s Glyn­de­bourne Fes­ti­val, in a role orig­i­nally writ­ten for Stour Mu­sic’s founder Al­fred Deller in 1960.

Other in­ter­na­tion­ally known soloists in­cluded so­prano Faye New­ton, bass Peter Har­vey and counter-tenor Jeremy Budd.

Mark Deller, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, con­ducted the Stour Fes­ti­val Orches­tra and Cho­rus in a per­for­mance of Pur­cell’s Ode on St Ce­cilia’s Day and Han­del’s Ode for the Birth­day of Queen Anne.

There were full houses for all con­certs at the fi­nal week­end, in­clud­ing a per­for­mance last Fri­day en­ti­tled The Deer’s Cry by The Six­teen, di­rected by Kent-based Harry Christo­phers CBE as part of their choral pil­grim­age to cathe­drals and churches across Bri­tain.

Mr Christo­phers said: “The in­ti­mate am­bi­ence of the church is so suited to the mu­sic of the Renaissance which al­lows us as per­form­ers to re­ally con­vey what we are about and how for­tu­nate we are to have a mu­sic fes­ti­val of such high stand­ing on our doorstep in this beau­ti­ful part of Kent.” 1 Blonde & Craig David - Noth­ing Like This 2 Calvin Har­ris ft Ri­hanna - This Is What You Came For 3 Meghan Trainor - NO 4 Years & Years - De­sire 5 Fifth Har­mony ft Ty Dolla $ign - Work from Home 6 Justin Tim­ber­lake - Can’t Stop The Feel­ing! 7 R City ft Adam Levine – Locked Away 8 Lit­tle Mix ft Sean Paul - Hair 9 Pink - Just Like Fire 10 Shawn Men­des & Camila Ca­bello - I Know What You Did Last Sum­mer

The soloists from the fi­nal choral con­cert at Stour Mu­sic: Paul Young tenor, Bill Jones bass, Faye New­ton so­prano, Jeremy Budd counter-tenor, Tim Mead counter-tenor and Peter Har­vey bass. Right, The Six­teen

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