This week the 77th Stroud Arts Festival opens with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The Bristol Ensemble, under the direction of Roger Huckle, will fill the Sub Rooms, Stroud on Wednesday 25 October with the lush sounds of this iconic prog rock album in a specially-commissioned arrangement.
“This music is so strong it works beautifully in an orchestral arrangement,” says Huckle.
“When we performed it in Bristol people were moved to tears. And for the epic number Great Gig in the Sky we’re joined by the most amazing jazz singer, Kathleen Williamson.”
Two shows, at 7pm and 9pm, give everyone the chance to experience this exhilarating music from the 4th best-selling album of all time.
Jazz features again towards the end of the Festival on Saturday 28 October with Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert – another 50th anniversary piece – and Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, a mere 20 years old. These two striking works blend the choral, spiritual tradition with a jazz score in a scintillating double bill. With a tap dancer, a soaring soprano soloist, a community choir, world class musicians, and conducted by our ‘very own adopted Stroudie’ Paul McLaughlin!
The tempo changes on Friday at 7.30pm when we invite lovers of Argentinian tango to listen to the passionate music of Astor Piazzolla – or even get up on their feet to dance. Brought to us by the renowned London Tango Quintet, we’re privileged to have their very first album available prior to its official launch the following day. And if that isn’t enough guitarist Craig Ogden is treating us to a solo guitar recital at 1pm before the evening concert.
With film, an art exhibition and a musical theatre show to complete this varied feast of a programme we’re sure you’ll find something to savour.
For details and ticket information visit https://stroudartsfestival.org/events/