Haslemere Festival 2017 brings arts, classic cars and bumpy triathlon to town

A small taste of what's to come at Haslemere Festival 2017

A small taste of what's to come at Haslemere Festival 2017 - Credit: Archant

The seventh Haslemere Festival, running from Friday May 12 to Sunday July 4, promises action packed weeks of art, culture, children’s entertainment, classical music, acoustic, folk, jazz and opera, talks, walks and more.

That’s before popular annual events, such as the Classic Car Show, Little Lumpy Cycle Sportive and, now in its third year, The Haslemere Bumpy Triathlon.

The festival begins with Haslemere Fringe Festival’s Jazz Morley performing acoustic, supported by singer/songwriters, Mack Hofberg and Bess Atwell. Then there’s the Phil Beer Band, with their instrumental wizardry and unique blend of folk ‘n’ roll.

Headlining the festival’s superb musical artistes is the Russian-British composer, pianist and conductor, Alissa Firsova and the celebrated string ensemble The Tippett Quartet. Alissa will be including her new string quartet, inspired by the poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Haslemere’s beautiful countryside.

There’s also the world famous duo of Alina Ibragimova (violin) and Cédric Tiberghien (piano) who have appeared with many leading, international orchestras on the classical music festival circuit.

Haslemere Town Band will be breaking the brass band mould; Harlequin Chamber Choir is performing their eclectic repertoire; jazz pianist Gareth Williams will interpret the music of Bill Evans; and Haslemere’s Opera South present Fresh & Intimate Baroque.

Festival favourites, Tony Jacobs & The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra will be recreating a heady cocktail of 1920s and 1930s tunes and Clive Osgood’s one act opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, specially commissioned by Imagine That Productions, will be performed by The Haslemere Singing Studio and Waverley Ensemble.

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Guy Farley, the award-winning composer, has written and recorded music for over 60 films and will be taking his audience through the whole process to the final soundtrack.

The Haslemere Festival also plays host for the ninth time to the stamina-testing four tiered Little Lumpy Cycle Sportive, which takes riders through the prettiest parts of the Weald.

The May Bank Holiday weekend sees the return of the Classic Car Tour & Show on Lion Green, complete with stalls selling local produce, crafts, art, vintage and classic car related goods.

Children’s entertainment has not been forgotten with the welcome return of Julia Donaldson, who will be reading The Giant Jumperee and other stories – including a guest appearance from The Gruffalo!

The 2017 festival finishes with Haslemere’s Bumpy Triathlon – a 400m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run – on Sunday June 4 starting from Herons Leisure Centre.

• For times, venues and the full programme, visit www.haslemerefestival.org.uk


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