Deal Festival of Music and the Arts
26th June – 12th July
This year’s festival, whose president is one time ingénue and now celebrated musician Alison Balsom, takes you on a journey from the splendours of 16th and 17th century Venice with the combined forces of the Academy of Ancient Music, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral, to London’s jazz imbued Soho with the brilliant Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and through witty tales about the Duke of Wellington and the uproarious humour of Worbey & Farrell.
The journey continues with the evocative music of Debussy and Messiaen seen through the eyes of artists and dancers, and we discover Shakespeare’s tales of love either in the romantic setting of Walmer Castle or through the visceral music of Stravinsky and the exhilarating passion of physical theatre.
By popular demand the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain return, and also welcomed for the first time are special ensembles such as Wiener Kammer-Symphonie and Cambridge’s Choir of Gonville and Caius. Ingénues such as Radio 2’s Young Brass Award winner 2014 Matilda Lloyd and outstanding pianists Maksim Štšura, Imma Setiadi and Nicholas McCarthy are also appearing at the festival, which is very proud to be associated once again with the Band of the Royal Marines who are such an integral part of the fabric of Deal and its illustrious history.
Visit www.dealfestival.co.uk for full information.
On The Trail with SEAS in Deal, Kent
27th-28th June, 4th-5th July and 11th-12th July
There are numerous reasons to head East this Summer to explore South East Artists’ (SEAS) Summer Open Studio & Art Trail.
With 34 artists in 21 venues, across 3 weekends, this popular annual event is part of the renowned Deal Festival of Music and the Arts. Deal’s unspoilt coastline and cosmopolitan ambiance have long attracted those involved in the Arts. During the last weekend in June and the first two weekends in July, the homes, gardens and studios of painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, jewellery makers, photographers and textile artists will be open to visitors.
The Art Trail takes you through the town and its surrounding villages, into the heart of the private creative spaces of the participating artists. The SEAS 2015 Open Studio & Art Trail reveals a rich and diverse seam of creative talent. The makers will be on hand to introduce you to their work, encourage you to linger and discover for yourself the pleasure of living with original fine and applied art. It’s what makes this art trail especially memorable.
www.searts.co.uk for SEAS’ Open Studio & Art Trail brochure.