Tickets for Budleigh Salterton's sixth Festival of Music and the Arts are on sale to the public from Monday 17 May at the Tourist Information Centre.
Supported by Michelmores Solicitors http://www.michelmores.com/ the Festival begins on 17 July before the full programme of 23 - 31 July 2010 offering a wide variety of performers and events.
Its many highlights include the famous King's Singers, Verdi's opera La Traviata, two orchestral concerts and the London Adventist Chorale.
There are the combined 120 voices of the Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir and the Caldicot Choir from Wales who will give the opening concert on 17 July. They are followed a few days later by guitarist Craig Ogden with flautist Judith Hall.
The French pianist Pascale Rogé gives a recital and plays duets with Ami Rogé, and the Chilingirian Quartet will perform a varied programme which includes Beethoven's Opus 130. Also performing in the Festival is internationally-celebrated British pianist Mark Bebbington who is making a welcome return to Budleigh.
Of the two orchestral concerts the first, including two Mozart Concertos is followed at the end of the week by Orchestra, Chorus, the Devon County Junior Choir and James Gilchrist in a performance of Britten's St Nicolas Mass.
More information about the Festival is at http://www.budleigh-festival.org.uk/ The Box Office can be contacted on 01395 445275
And callers at the Tourist Information Centre http://www.visitbudleigh.com/ will be pleased with its spring makeover, which I think with the widened counter has given the place a definitely more user-friendly look.
Above: From behind their newly refurbished counter at Budleigh's TIC in Fore Street staff Diane Nicholls, left, and Chris Hagger, help a local music-lover
To listen to some of the Festival performers playing superb music, click on the links below: