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Deal Music & Arts Festival set to launch with full programme of events

Performance photography, youth jazz, a film about child migrants and another about the miners' strike can be expected during the opening week of the Deal Festival.

The 16 day festival, at 13 different locations across Deal and Dover, opens at Linden Hall Studio on Friday with a celebratory exhibition of photographer Tony Nandi, who has supported the festival in previous years capturing performances with his camera.

Mr Nandi will introduce his work, collectively called Transience, from 6.30pm.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain is performing at the Deal Music & Arts Festival
National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain is performing at the Deal Music & Arts Festival

World acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis performs on Friday with the Purcell School Chamber Orchestra in a programme of music to include works by Boccherini, Tchaikovsky, Copland and Mozart. The show, conducted by Paul Hoskins (currently also director of The Rambert), is at St George’s Church at 7.30.

Mr Isserlis will give a Masterclass at The Astor Theatre on Saturday 29.6 at 11am with outstanding young musicians from The Purcell School.

Also on Saturday at St George's Church, Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7pm prior to National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain directed by Mark Armstrong with a programme which acknowledges female jazz icons. These are some of the best young jazz artists in the world and alumni include Guy Barker, Alan Wakeman and Amy Winehouse.

Stephen Isserlis
Stephen Isserlis

Sunday sees the legendary saxophonist Tim Garland, whose career has seen him working with some of the most influential of jazz musicians, Chick Corea, Ronnie Scott and Ralph Towner.

A prolific composer who has been commissioned by many including BBC Concert Orchestra and Westminster Abbey Choir, he will perform with the Weather Walker trio of Yuri Goboulev, bass and Jason Rebello piano. This performance at St George's from 7pm is enhanced by innovative use of sound design and recorded spoken word inspired by landscapes.

Film Makers Eithne Nightingale and Mitchelle Harris will be at Linden Hall Studio at 6pm on Monday lst July with their award-winning Child Migrant Stories exploring the experiences of young migrants both today and in the past, showing their latest film about young Syrian refugees who have made the Isle of Bute their home.

Tim Garland
Tim Garland

This will be followed at 8pm by the Young Film Programmers choice of film Pride which tells the true story of how a London-based gay and lesbian group helped a village in Wales who were involved in the National Union of Mine Workers strike.

Young Musicians, all nominated for Canterbury Festival Young Musician of the Year will be at St George’s Church on Tuesday, July 2at 1pm. Aurora Trio, flute, viola and harp, will perform at the Pines Calyx in the evening at 7.30pm which will include works by Bax, Debussy, Dubois and Ravel.

On Wednesday, July 3, the Academy of Ancient Music with Guildhall School of Music Historical Performance Department will be at St Mary’s Church, Walmer with a sparkling orchestral programme that focusses on J.S Bach’s years in the city of Weimar. With music by baroque masters Telemann, Fasch and Graupner the concert ends with Bach’s Suite No 3 made famous by Jacques Loussier and Hamlet cigars. The Cambini Ensemble give a performances at St Andrew’s Church at 11am.

The Academy of Ancient Music performs with Guildhall School of Music Historical Performance department
The Academy of Ancient Music performs with Guildhall School of Music Historical Performance department

Bands will play at the Front of St George’s Church on many days and Music in the Park with Mark Upton, White Cliffs Symphonic Winds and Rock Choir is on June 29 and during the day at Betteshanger Country Park on June 30.

For a full list of events click here

Tickets available from The Astor Theatre, Deal on 01304 370220 or see theastor.org

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