Friday, 23 March 2018

Naturalist and TV comedian to appear at festival

NATURALIST and broadcaster Iolo Williams has joined the line-up for this year’s Gap Festival in Goring.

NATURALIST and broadcaster Iolo Williams has joined the line-up for this year’s Gap Festival in Goring.

The 53-year-old, who is best known as a guest presenter on the BBC’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, will be giving a talk on the red kites of Oxfordshire.

His appearance on June 18 is among several dozen events that make up the biennial festival, which runs from June 15 to 19.

The opening Wednesday includes audiences with poet Giles Andreae, best known for his alter egos Purple Ronnie and Edward Monkton, and former Times editor Sir Peter Stothard.

Singer Alison Rose will perform two Mozart arias accompanied by pianist Matthew Fletcher while Irish folk singer Cara Dillon will stage a concert in the festival marquee in Gardiner recreation ground.

The following day, comedian and Peep Show star Isy Suttie will be discussing her autobiographical debut The Actual One and there will be performances by female harmony group Songbirds and funk and dance band Love Shovel.

Goring rock band The Lightyears, who played at the inaugural festival in 2014, will return for a gig in the marquee on the Friday evening. That day there will also be a storytelling session with Jan Blake and a concert at St Thomas’s church by the Atea Wind Quartet.

The main event on the Saturday will be a concert on Gardiner rec by R & B and soul singer Ruby Turner.

Other attractions include an evening with performance poet Luke Wright and a swing dance workshop with live music by the Roy Bailey Big Band.

Historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley, whose parents both live in the area, is to give a talk on the history of British home life on the final day. Local bands will perform in the village’s pubs and the Goring and Streatley Concert Band will play in the marquee.

Other highlights of the week include workshops on photography, drumming, oil painting, drawing comics, making chocolates, sculpture, singing and yoga. There will be demonstrations of handbell ringing, relaxation sessions, art exhibitions, origami and more.

Tickets are on sale at the festival website and there will be a mobile ticket booth at various locations on April 9, May 7, June 4 and June 11.

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