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Jacqui Dankworth to headline Stow Festival 2015

PUBLISHED: 09:34 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:34 22 October 2015

Jacqui Dankworth, photograph by John Kentish

Jacqui Dankworth, photograph by John Kentish

John Kentish 2013

JAZZ supremo Jacqui Dankworth will be headlining the music at Stow Festival. She joins musical talent from around the globe at the Festival, from October 29 to 31, in Stow’s beautiful St Edwards Church.

Stow’s very own tenor Laurence Kilsby – a 17-year-old making his mark at national level - opens the event on Oct 29. He will sing works by Schubert, Purcell and Rogers and Hammerstein. He partners exciting soloist Nicolai Ponomarev on piano, flying in from Moscow where he studied at the University and Conservatoire. The gifted young pianist plays Schubert, Chopin and Rachmaninov.

Straight from her USA tour, Spanish-born Sarah McQuaid plays emotive original folk numbers from her fourth solo album Walking Into White, with 1930s Cuban jazz numbers and 16th century lute pieces, on Oct 30. The captivating show is complemented by local folk duo Tinkerscuss – guitarist Erin Holden and singer sister Bryony - who perform haunting Celtic-influenced music about the magic and mystery of Britain.

Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui Dankworth also draws on folk, soul and blues influences with effortless mastery. Her voice has been described as ‘multi-faceted’ and ‘incomparable’ by The Times. She has collaborated and worked with many diverse musicians including The Brodsky Quartet and Courtney Pine, Marvin Hamlisch, Paloma Faith, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Gretchen Parlato, Clare Teale, Georgie Fame, David Gordon, Charlie Wood, Gregory Porter, The BBC Big Band, RTE, LSO and RPO Orchestras and the legendary Chick Corea.

Doors open at 6.30pm for 7.30pm on Thurs and Fri and 7pm for 8pm on Sat. Tickets are £12 for Thurs and Fri and £20 for Sat, available from Borzoi Bookshop, Church Street, Stow (01451 830265); or email For further information visit


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