Looking ahead to festival: plans are well underway

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PLANS are well in hand for the Eastbourne Festival 2011 with many events already lined up.

These include a Feast of Fiddles at Eastbourne College, John Renbourn and Robin Williamson at the Under Ground Theatre, Songs of Edith Piaf with Eve Loiseau, violinist Fiona Barrow, accordion player Eddy Jay and a concert by guitarist John Williams and Richard Harvey on woodwind as part of their world tour. 

Eastbourne Parish Church will be putting on its usual series of festival concerts including performances by Eastbourne’s new Early Music Chamber Choir, Mezzo Soprano with Mark Wardell, the former assistant organist at Chichester Cathedral, songs from the well known soprano Shirlene Billenness, contralto Susan Winge-Bicknell and contralto Fiona Hosford with her harp and a programme of Celtic music with Anita and Nick Haigh. The Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra and Eastbourne College Choral Society will be giving their annual concert at St Saviour’s Church.

Once again Eastbourne artists will be opening up their houses and studios showcasing a variety of visual artwork, including not only fine art but also jewellery, ceramics and textiles. Local schools are working hard on the annual youth arts section of the festival and there will be workshops, exhibitions and theatre.

Helen Warren, one of the organisers, said, “Eastbourne Festival is an open access arts festival and everyone is able to take part. Arranging an event in the festival not only gives everyone a chance to participate but enables all strands of the arts from whatever part of the town to be drawn together, sharing their work with others including local, regional, national and international professionals, to network with other associations in the town and to further expertise by participating in workshops including those run by Catalyst Arts, ECCN and others.”