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The Festival on the Hill returns

St Edmund’s School Canterbury is delighted to present its second arts festival this summer. The St Edmund’s Festival 2018 will run from Wednesday 27 June to Tuesday 3 July and is set to be another vibrant week of entertainment for all the family with a sensational line-up of acts from world-renowned musicians as well as drama shows, art workshops and much more.

The Opening Night Concert brings to Canterbury one of the world’s most celebrated violinists and regular performer at the BBC Proms, Tasmin Little, accompanied by eminent pianist Martin Roscoe.   Saturday offers Drama Fest in the Theatre and ‘An Evening of Sondheim’ in the Festival Marquee.

Jess Gillam 20 © Kaupo Kikkas

Sunday 1st July begins with a Swing Dance Class with the KD Dance Orchestra, followed by David Watkins’ harp recital. The Festival presents saxophonists John Harle and Jess Gillam who perform together in concert with The Tippett Quartet and pianist Steve Lodder. Then there is an evening of irresistible jazz on Monday 2nd July from The Skelton Skinner All Stars in the Big Band Spectacular.

For art lovers, there is the exhibition, a talk by celebrated ceramicist Keith Brymer Jones and art master classes with Keith and also local artist, Paul Gadenne.

The weekend offers delights for a younger audience too who can enjoy all the splendour and fun of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or Tippett’s Tuneful Tales, an interactive musical retelling of Julia Donaldson’s ‘Tiddler’ on Sunday 1st July.

At the heart of the St Edmund’s Festival, once again, will be the opportunity for young people to showcase their own talents and watch, listen and play alongside world-class performers.

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