MADhurst Festival to welcome whole host of musical talent

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FROM singer/songwriters and classical musicians in cafes and pubs to the ever-popular Market Square stage on the final weekend, it’s music, music, music all the way.

The festival launches on Sunday, August 19 with two very special band events at Capron House.

In the afternoon a 60-piece brass band made up of some of the best young musical talent from across the UK will play everything from classic brass band numbers to Last Night of the Proms favourites.

It also features two brand new pieces, Fanfare for the Future, a music commission especially for the MADhurst festival by Fodens Cornet player Andy Stevenson and a new euphonium solo written for Royal National College of Music student Matthew Watling by composer Iain Mundy.

Musicians will then transform themselves into a ‘Big Band’ for an evening of classics from Buble to Sinatra.

The music carried on through the week with the ever popular Caffé Verde lunchtime sessions, classical musicians at Cowdray Café in Easebourne and various concerts and musicians at pubs and clubs throughout the town.

On the final weekend of the festival the Market Square stage becomes the focal point on Friday, August 24 with Boomslang in their favourite slot supported by local group The Elm.

On Saturday, August 25 there will be a ten-hour music marathon in a fast-moving line-up of both local and national bands.

And on Sunday Good Gracious Music and Heard and Seen will be presenting some of the best young local talent on stage on the Market Square stage.

MADhurst ends on bank holiday Monday with one big party in the park.

It features 17-year-old veteran of the local festival scene Aimée, and from slightly wider afield, The Visitors and Wolfhound.

The evening party builds to a climax with Paula Groves’ reformed band Live After Midnight, Mike Fry and the FT Band and the ever-popular Malfunction closing the MADhurst festival programme.

MADhurst chairman Simon Goodale said: “We have significantly broadened other areas of the MADhurst festival programme for 2012 and have carried this through to present the boldest, most comprehensive musical programme we have yet put together.

“Particular highlights for me are the band events that launch the festival music programme – relaxing with wonderful music in our towns café’s and bars and the party atmosphere that the line-up will generate on finale evening.

“I’m also really looking forward to putting on ten hours of music in our beautiful market square where there really will be something for everyone.”