Why not spend Jubilee Weekend, Sunday 3rd June and Monday 4th in the beautiful grounds of Strawberry Hill House?
Building on the success of the first Strawberry Hill Jazz festival in 2011, there will be a two day celebratory Festival in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June and Monday 4th June 2012. Guests will have access to the newly restored grounds of Strawberry Hill House and an extra marquee will host the first ever Jazz Arts Festival. There are concessions for 2 day tickets booked before 29th February.Proceeds are to support the continued renovation and maintenance of this Gothic masterpiece.
An outstanding programme of varied Jazz music includes award winning Artists and Jazz Legends such as Alan Barnes , Liane Caroll, Gilad Atzmon, Kelvin Christiane ,Ian Shaw, Don Weller, Chris Biscoe, Toni Kofi, The Three Tenors and many more. Each evening will climax with a recital from an all star and celebrated Big Band. ON Sunday 3rd June this will be the Back To Basie Orchestra, featuring Jacqui Hicks and on Monday 4th June evening The Echo’s of Duke Ellington’s Big Band will present amongst other great Ellington Music excerpts from " The Queens Suite"
The Queens Suite
This exquisite piece of music was written by Duke Ellington after he met the young Queen Elizabeth in 1958 at a private reception to mark the Bicentenary of Leeds festival. So inspired and moved was he by the meeting that he locked himself away to compose a piece of music for her, working also with the iconic lyricist and composer Billy Strayhorn. Only one LP pressing was made and sent directly to Buckingham Palace. The music is widely regarded as one of Ellington’s most beautiful and sensitive works.
Sadly it was never released during his lifetime.