Cen­turies of mu­sic at gar­dens

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A the­atre in a Kent coun­try gar­den will be the set­ting for a jour­ney through 1,000 years of mu­sic this week­end. Septem­ber is the fi­nal month of the sea­son for Great Comp Gar­dens’ mu­sic fes­ti­val, held in the Sta­ble The­atre in the grounds of the 17th cen­tury manor and its pic­turesque gar­den.

Two local mu­si­cians per­form on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2.

Rob Luft, an acous­tic gui­tarist from Bitchet Green near Sevenoaks, will be joined by pi­ano ac­cor­dion­ist, Bar­tosz Glowacki When Worlds Col­lide.

Ex­plor­ing the dis­tinc­tive sound world of their com­bi­na­tion of in­stru­ments, they will per­form gen­res from Gre­go­rian chant, baroque and ro­man­tic mu­sic to jazz, bossa nova and tango.

Still in his mid-20s, Rob is the win­ner of the Kenny Wheeler Mu­sic Prize and was named sec­ond in the 2016 Mon­treux Jazz Gui­tar Com­pe­ti­tion.

Both Rob and So­phie West­brooke, who per­forms at the fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, at­tended Sevenoaks Prep School where their mu­si­cal jour­ney be­gan with El­iz­a­beth Dwinell of Bor­ough Green. So­phie and Char­lotte Bar­bour-con­dini, fi­nal­ists in the BBC Young Mu­si­cian com­pe­ti­tions in 2014 and 2012 re­spec­tively, will be joined by Jamie Ak­ers on lute to per­form recorder mu­sic from me­dieval times to the present day on Septem­ber 23.

Rob with Bar­tosz per­form from 7.30pm on Satur­day. For de­tails visit great­comp­mu­sic.org and for tick­ets go to the­lit­tle­box­of­fice.com/gcfm

Septem­ber is the fi­nal month of the sea­son for Great Comp Gar­dens’ mu­sic fes­ti­val

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