GUILDFORD ARTS CONSORTIUM
Guildford Arts, Jellytree Video Arts, Guildford College, Guildford Borough Council, University of Surrey
Michael Heyland, Festival Director, Disraeli Mews, 137B Putney High Street, London SW15 1SU
PRESS RELEASE 21 8 00
Imagine a finale which unites the world-class talent of Procol Harum, re-grouping after many years, and the classical virtuosity of Covent Garden stars, Ann Murray & Jeremy Ovenden, a high-flying young orchestra, The New London Sinfonia, and two renowned choirs, Guildford Choral Society and the Occam Singers. Procol will be playing with the orchestra the repertoire which raised the Barbican roof when they performed there with the London Symphony Orchestra in the mid-90s – as well as some of their most famous songs. The eclecticism of the programme symbolises the nature of Guildford’s first major arts festival which showcases a broad and beautiful swathe of the arts.
If entertainment is what you want on Sunday 17 September, there will be something for everyone from 11am 'til late on the grassy slopes of Stoke Park, Guildford. Exciting young bands including Family Fandango, Fish Belly White, Grand Western, Crush and Mindwire will play on the Concert stage. They will give way to Sonny Black and the Dukes popular jazz band and Surrey Mozart Players’ second performance of their Jonathan Willcocks commission. The Ambient Lounge and Pineapple Tribe Carnival will share an all-day dance/chill-out zone. On the Electric stage, a feast of drama will alternate with poetry, song & innovative dance productions from University of Surrey’s Campusdance, Stagecoach Theatre Arts and others. For the finale on this stage, Sean McNamara and his professional troupe present a selection from West End musicals.
Eminent painters, Leslie Worth and Jane Taylor will join talented, local painters and sculptors in the Art Live! Tent, to demonstrate their art, talk to admirers and sell their work on display. The (free) Movie Marquee will show excerpts from popular films including Gone with the Wind, Mission Impossible, Spaghetti westerns, sci-fi as well as some short films celebrating Guildford town. In the Digizone, everyone can try their hand with new digital technology, with special emphasis on how it can be harnassed to create new art. The Chromazone area will encourage children to act "live" against "virtual" fun backgrounds.
For general entertaiment, there are craft & food stalls, bars, a funfair and other children’s entertainments. This arts project is supported by a grant from the Millennium Festival Fund and by many local sponsors.
All-day Tickets (come and go) cost £12 (£15 on the day), £25 family tickets, £10 concessions
Available from Guildford Civic Hall tel 01483 444555 or Guildford Tourist Information Centre 01483 444334. Enquiries to tel 01483 569490.
From Carol Leighton 22 August 2000
internet info contacts : www.guildford-arts.org.uk , www.procolharum.com
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