The Mardler

EARLY HOLT FES­TI­VAL HIGH­LIGHTS

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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

Jasper Car­rott

Suzi Qu­a­tro

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