Everything you need to know about the Oundle International Festival in July
From July 8 to 16, there are new delights as well as welcome returns to the Festival.
From jazz and folk to classical music, family theater, beautiful gardens and community activities, there is something for all ages and preferences. With heavenly jazz sounds, the festival sees the welcome return of Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. For more classical tastes, Creative Oundle continues to support and showcase young musicians just starting out in their professional careers through the Young Artists’ Lunchtime Recital program.
Following the enthusiastic reception they received from the public in 2021, two of the young musicians of this program return with a third rising wonder to play at the Stahl Theater as The Paddington Trio, followed later in the week by Classico Latino to transport the public to the warm evenings and passionate serenades of Latin America.
The Oundle on Show weekend (July 9/10) showcases some of the delights Oundle has to offer with free music concerts with the Rusty Players of Oundle and the Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Hidden Gardens and the Big Tea traditional.
Take part in Come and Sing day, or come on one (or both) days with the family to build an eco-Oundle with artist Tim Neath of Cardboard Creatives: build a cardboard version of Oundle using recycled cardboard . Dance the night away with local ceilidh group Five String Thing at Ceilidh co-hosted by Creative Oundle and their friends Oundle Fringe Festival; and if you like folk music, don’t miss the stars of the current folk scene Merry Hell.
The eco-friendly Handlebards return to the Festival performing Twelfth Night outside Lyveden’s new visitor center, while for the younger at heart Barnwell Country Park sees the return of a David bestseller Walliams, the theatrical adaptation of Awful Auntie.
Oundle’s party of the year is not to be missed, the Party at the Wharf are delighted this year to feature Queen tribute band Flash!. Dance, sing and relax with plenty of offerings for all to enjoy.
All Stars by Ronnie Scott
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club returns to Oundle with an all new collection of music, storytelling and projected archival imagery and footage, celebrating Ronnie Scott’s ‘Soho Songbook’.
Boughton House, Kettering, 7pm
Jonathan Dove’s period-perfect Waterperry Opera Festival production from Mansfield Park brings Jane Austen’s world to life with delightful wit and beautiful music.
Oundle School Chapel, 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm; 4:30 p.m. sing through
Tickets: £15 (or £18 to include a ticket for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
7:30 p.m. Queen Victoria Hall
Tickets: £8 in advance / £10 at the door
Oundle Cardboard Workshop
Queen Victoria Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. (also on Sunday)
Oundle Art Summer Exhibition
Yarrow Gallery, Glapthorn Road, Oundle 10am-4pm daily (until July 16). FREE ENTRANCE.
Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan Players: Judging by Jury
Saint-Pierre Church, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. FREE ENTRANCE.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Oundle School Chapel. FREE ENTRANCE.
An opportunity to appreciate the musical creation of the legendary orchestra of Oundle with their conductor, David Milsted, at the helm.
5.15pm Common room at Oundle School. FREE ENTRANCE.
11am – 3pm Tickets: £5 in advance / £7 at the door / free for under 16s accompanied by an adult.
An opportunity to visit some of the city’s beautiful private gardens, including the beautiful two-acre Cobthorne Garden in the heart of the city.
Young Artists Program Recital: Bethany Peck (trombone); Quentin Thomas (piano)
1pm St. Peter’s Church, Oundle. Tickets: £7.50 (access to live stream £5)
Tea Time Organ Recital – David Pipe (Organ)
4.30pm St Mary’s Church, Titchmarsh
David Pipe is the Keyboard Studies Program Director for the Diocese of Leeds and Cathedral Organist, and tutor for this year’s Creative e Oundle for Organists Summer School.
Paddingt on Trio – Tuulia Hero (violin), Patrick Moriarty (cello), Stephanie Tang (piano)
7:30 p.m. Stahl Theater. Tickets: £18 adult / £7 u18.
Young Artists Program Rectial – Charlotte Clapperton (mezzo soprano), Mark Rogers (piano)
St. Peter’s Church, 1 p.m. Tickets: £7.50 (live stream access: £5)
For the first lunchtime recital with students from the Royal Academy of Music, Charlotte and Mark have chosen to program their recital around the theme ‘Poets of the British Isles’.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (PG) (In French with subtitles)
7:30 p.m. Stahl Theater. Tickets: £6.50 for adults / £3 for under 18s.
A romantic musical film from 1964. Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo play the role of two young lovers based in the French city of Cherbourg.
Young Artists Program Recital – Timothy Rumsey (piano)
1 p.m. St. Peter’s Church. Tickets: £7.50 (access to live stream £5)
The second lunchtime recital given by the students of the Royal Academy of Music features pianist Timothy Rumsey, a dynamic young artist with a passion for a wide variety of music.
Late Night Organ Recital – Katherine Dienes-Williams (Organ)
10pm Oundle School Chapel. Free admission (outgoing collection).
Katherine Dienes-Williams is organist and master of choristers at Guildford Cathedral.
Classico Latino – Barbara Dziewięcka (violin), Ivan Guevara (piano), Graham Walker (cello), Andria Antoniou (voice), Rey Crespo (bass)
7:30 p.m. Stahl Theater. Tickets: £19.50 / £18 adults / £7 under 18s
Noon Recital – Robert Quinney (organ)
1pm Oundle School Chapel. Tickets: £7.50
The Handlebars: Twelfth Night
7:00 p.m. Lyveden Manor. Tickets: £45 for families (two adults and two children) / £18 for adults / £7 for under 18s.
Young Artists Program Recital – Hannah Condliffe (oboe), Dominic Doutney (piano).
1pm St. Peter’s Church, Oundle. Tickets: £7.50 (live stream £5).
5:00 p.m. Barnwell Country Park. Tickets: £45 for families (two adults and two children) / £18 for adults / £7 for under 18s.
8 p.m. Stahl Theater. Tickets: £19.50 and £18 for adults / £7 for under 18s
Morning Coffee Concert – Katharine Pardee (Organ)
11:00 am St Mary and All Saints Church, Fotheringhay
Party at the wharf with Flash! A tribute to the queen
Oundle Quay – 5:00 p.m.-10:45 p.m.
Further information and tickets can be purchased online at www.creativeoundle.co.uk, by calling 01832 279086 or by visiting the box office at Queen Victoria Hall, West Street, Oundle.