The Battle Festival of Arts and Music is back
President David Furness said: “Planning the festival has been a challenge, but we have designed a program that will lift our spirits, make us smile and leave us with wonderful memories.
“The festival kicks off on July 24 with a free community day. Music on the Market Square Bandstand starting at noon precedes the annual Scarecrow Awards on Abbey Green at 3:30 p.m., and at 4:00 p.m. we will be entertained in Battle Abbey Park by Applause Rural Touring (points tickets from festival sale).
“Throughout the day, Sam Peacock, who creates vivid landscapes from all types of metals, will demonstrate his skills in his Tills Courtyard workshop (behind Holland & Barrett).
“To end the day, we once again welcome Neil Brand, often seen or heard on the BBC who will bring the best sequences from old films to Battle, talk about them and accompany them on the piano in his own inimitable style (festival tickets) .
“Battle Proms returns to Battle Abbey on Sunday, with the fabulous Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marcio Silva. An evening not to be missed which starts at 7:30 am. Bring a picnic, but drinks available on site (tickets at festival outlets).
“On Wednesday the 28th, Battle Film Club presents a free double bill of Peter and the Wolf and the Red Balloon at the Battle Memorial Hall, 7:30 p.m.
“Thursday the 29th, Battle Festival welcomes the return of the brilliant young Russian pianist Roman Kosyakov, former winner of the Hastings International Piano Competition. Battle Memorial Hall 7:30 p.m. (tickets at festival points of sale).
“Tickets can be purchased online at battlefestival.co.uk or in Battle by Crafty Norman and Rother Books.
Sunday August 1: Tea Concert at Battle Abbey, with Primrose Piano Quartet and Whatlingon Singers.
Saturday August 7: An evening with Flanders & Swann and Tom Lehrer at the Battle Memorial Hall performed by Steve Scott and John Bruzon.
Sunday August 8: Barefoot Opera presents Orfeo Ed Euridice on Penny Lawn at Battle Abbey.