Festival will be better but shorter this year

The Blockheads
The Blockheads

Music lovers are set for a ‘better but shorter event’ as the 19th Brackley Music Festival returns to town, say organisers.

Young and old will come together for a long weekend of music from a broad range of genres.

And with just 40 days to go, preparations are well under way and acts are quickly filling the bill.

Over the years, the Brackley Music Festival has expanded to cover two whole weeks. But this year, the festival will return to the original length of five days.

Committee member Theo Hayward, who has been involved with organising the festivals for a decade, said a lot of local groups to perform over the years have gone on to hold their own concerts.

She said: “It has given the local groups a chance to be established so we’re pleased about that. But we decided a long weekend suited everybody better as so much goes on in Brackley as it is, it’s good to give other things a chance.

“But as always we will have a great variety and it’s just about bringing music to people’s doorstep.”

The festival starts on Thursday July 3 with a Tea Concert from CAFE – Creative Activities For the Elderly – before a Ceroc dance at the town’s football club in the evening.

Headliners The Blockheads will then rock Waynflete Hall on Friday night.

The Blockheads will be out in force, with their five original members Micky Gallagher, Chas Jankel, John Turnbull, Norman Watt Roy and Gilad Atzmon.

The set will consist of classics plus numbers from their new album Same Horse, Different Jockey. The Eddie Palmer Memorial Concert will then take place at St Peter’s Church on the Saturday.

The first festival was in July 1996 when founder Norman Teager had the idea of bringing together music for all tastes in one place.

But in 2001, the sixth festival was dedicated to Eddie Palmer, a stalwart at the festival for many years.

Eddie, a former maths teacher and head of music at Magdalen College School, died in 2000 but was fondly remembered as conductor of the Jubilee Choir at the festival.

His family set up a scholarship for talented young organists, one of which – Nicholas Prozillo – went on to perform at the 10th festival in 2005.

For more information, visit www.brackleymusicfestival.co.uk or ‘like’ the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Brackley-Music-Festival.

Tickets can be bought online or in town from RP Lovatt Insurance inMarket Place.