Our Britain’s Got Talent finalists, The Missing People Choir, are to join Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, Jools Holland and The Pretenders in a stellar line-up for this year’s Cornbury Music Festival. Having seen the Choir perform on the popular TV talent show, Festival Director Hugh Phillimore wanted to help the Choir raise further funds for UK charity Missing People and knew they would be the perfect addition to The Fabulous Finale.
Choir co-founders James and Clare said: ‘Following the incredible rollercoaster of the Missing People Choir’s journey to becoming finalists on Britain’s Got Talent 2017, we are thrilled to be asked to play the final Cornbury Music Festival. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the choir to perform with a spectacular line-up of world-class artists, spread our message to a new audience, and raise funds for the charity Missing People which offers a lifeline when someone disappears.’
Always ready with some surprise guests over the weekend, The Caffè Nero stage will host Leddra Chapman, Belle Roscoe, Gracie Falls and country singer Twinnie Lee Moore amongst others. Whilst The Berk’s Nest Comedy Emporium will be filled with the best of British; the brilliant Nish Kumar, superstar stand-up poet and former Fosters award winner Tim Key, who recently starred in the E4 comedy sitcom Gap Year, and Edinburgh fringe-favourites Austentatious – a full-length improvised Jane Austen comedy play, spun entirely from the audience’s suggestions! Expect bonnets, chivalry and musical accompaniment.
In addition to showcasing international stars, Cornbury Music Festival is committed to nurturing new talent through Chipping Norton School’s Battle of the Bands and the Campfire Sessions competition. The latter is run in partnership with Oxford-based radio station Jack FM, with competition winners grabbing a slot on the Riverside stage. This stage, run by Charlbury’s Riverside Festival, is bringing out the big guns this year with top local bands The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, King B, The Epstein, Brickwork Lizards and Zurich along with new Radio 2 favourites Ten Millennia and 70’s punks Loyd Grossman & the New Forbidden. Dogs for Good will once again be bringing their troupe of undeniably brilliant support dogs to Great Tew. These dogs help adults and children with a range of disabilities to grow in confidence, carry out everyday tasks and form lasting friendships. They’ll be showing their skills with Guide Dog and Agility demonstrations throughout the weekend.
To book tickets, and for more information go to cornburymusicfestival.com. Local festival fans can avoid booking charges by buying their tickets direct from Chipping Norton Theatre box office. There are Festival shuttle busses from Charlbury and Banbury stations