15:48 Thursday 16 May 2013

Part two of town festival round-up

Written byNATALIE WAKEFIELD

FOLLOWING on from last week’s round-up of the first week of Ashbourne festival, we now take a look at what the second part of the event has to offer.

The Rotary Club of Ashbourne sponsors the Young Musician Competition from 11am at Ashbourne Methodist Church on Saturday, June 29 and later that day, the exceptionally talented Endymion perform at St Oswald’s Church at 8pm.

Sunday starts with an afternoon performance from Ashbourne Sinfonia at St John’s Church, Ashbourne at 3pm, and that evening, comedian and best-selling author, Tony Hawks gives a talk at Ashbourne Town Hall from 7.30pm.

On Monday, July 1, Professor Lin Foxall gives an illustrated talk on Finding Richard III at the town hall from 7.30pm.

The following day features Ashbourne-based choir, Chameleon, performing their Love Music! Love Life! concert at Ashbourne Town Hall from 7.30pm.

And the week continues with Barbara Nice, the comic creation of Janice Connolly, coming to the Town Hall on Wednesday, July 3 from 8pm.

Ashbourne historian Danny Wells gives a guided tour In Search of Symbolism at St Oswald’s Church on the Thursday at 11am, followed by a talk on The Art of Derbyshire at All Saints’ Community Centre at 7pm. The day is topped off with the latest production from Peakland Players, the comic farce The Fumblings At Friar’s Bottom.

On Friday, July 5, the festival comedy night boasts double headliners with Justin Moorhouse and Dominic Holland at the Empire Ballroom from 8pm.

And Danny Wells returns on Saturday, July 6 with a tour of Ilam at 11am. On the same day, Mark Grist hosts a poetry workshop at Clifton Smith Village Hall from 10am which precedes Poetry in the Garden at Dove Cottage at 2.30pm. During the evening, Graffiti Classics make a welcome return to the festival at St John’s Church from 7.30pm.

The festival draws to a close on Sunday, July 7 with hot House Jazz performing at Picnic in the Park from 1pm followed by a quiz night at The Bowling Green.

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