EARLY HOLT FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
News about the county and upcoming events
HOLT FESTIVAL organisers have revealed some of the highlights for the July 2017 arts extravaganza, giving an intriguing sample of the full programme that will be revealed in May.
Original 70’s leather-clad rocker Suzi Quatro brings her seven-piece band to Holt’s spectacular Theatre in the Woods while evergreen (everorange?) Jasper Carrott is bound to be a big draw at the same venue. His unique new show features a blend of music and comedy, combining a stand-up set with an all-star band featuring Bev Bevan, founding member of ELO and The Move.
At the other end of the musical spectrum there’s a rare UK visit from Spanish opera stars Javier Agulló and Amparo Navarro. The singers will perform a history of opera with arias and duets from Monteverdi and Mozart to Verdi and Puccini with a common theme of jealousy. Brit Award winning local boy (and former Gresham’s schoolboy) Humphrey Berney, on leave from Blake, joins mezzo-soprano Charlotte Tetley and pianist James Sherlock for an evening of song and piano. A night of homegrown Americana,
Roots in the Wood, will see a double bill of Norfolk heroes The Vagaband and The Wangford Bass Combo featuring BJ Cole, the latest project from the grizzled godfather of British alt. country, Hank Wangford.
Speakers include Professor Robert Winston, a pioneer of IVF whose work developed surgical techniques that improved fertility treatments for many people. The doctor, scientist, TV and radio presenter and politician comes to Holt to discuss the possibility of human genetic modification and its ethical considerations. The 2017 Holt Festival runs from July 22 to 30. Tickets for the early shows are on sale; for full details of the programme, updates and how to become a friend, ambassador or sponsor of the festival visit www.holtfestival.org