Building on the success of our first Strawberry Hill Jazz festival in 2011, we are proud to present a two day festival in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June and Monday 4th June 2012 in the newly restored grounds of Strawberry Hill House. An outstanding programme of varied Jazz music will culminate on Monday evening when The Echoes of Ellington Big Band will present "The Queens Suite".
Entertaining was at the heart of Horace Walpole's philosophy for his gothic house, and it is widely believed by the volunteers and staff who work there that his ghost still inhabits the glorious rooms and gardens. Hence we have it on good authority that our ghost thoroughly enjoyed The Strawberry Jazz Festival in 2011 and is looking forward to an even bigger and better event in 2012!
Monday 4th June - the second day
Gates open 12noon
2pm Alan Barnes Quartet : one off genius, musicality and charm from this true Mancunian gent who needs no introduction to jazz aficionados and whose discography, awards and performances delight, entertain and educate all.
4pm Mingus Moves featuring Toni Fofi on alto saxophone, Chris Biscoe on tenor saxophone and Henry Lowther on trumpet. An extraordinary, intense and creative outpouring based upon the work of the great Theolonias Monk.
6pm Lianne Caroll and Ian Shaw. Stunning duet from these consummate musicians and entertainers around the grand piano.
8.30pm Echoes of Ellington Big Band - all star musicians playing (amongst other great Ellington tunes) "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.
At Strawberry Hill House we are committed to again providing facilities that make the day a happy and comfortable experience for all generations. Last year our guests were so impressed: nobody had to sit upon the ground (unless they wanted to) because our substantial chandelier lit marquee and plentiful seating comfortably accommodated all and coped with the temperamental complexities of the infamous British weeather. Also we were delighted to receive so many compliments about our luxurious and plentiful loos! These standards are part of our festival ethos and will be continued into 2012.
In 2011 the weather did indeed turn to rain but we still had a full marquee to the very end of the concert as entranced people enjoyed the wonderful music, atmosphere, local real ale, chilled strawberry cider and a great BBQ from the Strawberry Hill café. The Jubilee Jazz festival at Strawberry Hill House will be bigger and better than our first festival