More Festivals than you can shake a stick at

on 05 April 2016.

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Arts for Hungerford was launched on Saturday 2nd April with a concert from The Bookshop Band followed a week later by cellist Gerard le Clerc at the Croft Hall playing music by Faure, Debussy and Schumann, accompanied by pianist Anne Cholet.

On 29th April,there will be a Jazz All Stars evening at the Croft Hall featuring some of the talented musicians which made Hungerford Townsite's Jazz Cafe in the Town Hall such a runaway success on at the Victorian Extravagazna.

Arts for Hungerford is a not-for-profit organisation set up to provide a diverse programme of high quality arts events for the already culture-rich town of Hungerford and surrounding areas. It will be working co-operatively with the well-established Hungerford and District, Community Arts Festival. The new venture will be hosting a rolling programme of literary, cinematic, visual and musical treats throughout the year, including The hugely popular Hungerford Literary Festival in October. For tickets and information go to www.artsforhungerford.com

In the meantime, the Hungerford and District Community Arts Festival, celebrating its 25th year has announced a fantastic line-up for its programme of celebrated events this July. Among the highlights are an evening of music, jazz poetry and wit with actress Maureen Lipman and jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth and separately, performances from grizzled country music legend Hank Wangford and a concert from the acclaimed Reading Gospel Choir. Full details of the full line up and tickets go to www.hungerfordartsfestival.com

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