The festival, curated by Surrey Heath Museum, will celebrate the past and champion new talent emerging locally. It follows 2013’s Music Makers exhibition at the museum which delved into the archives and featured items and contributions from: skiffle star Chas McDevitt; Craig Logan from boy band Bros; Ivor Novello award winner Pete Kirtley, promoter and nightclub owner Bob Potter and operatic composer Ethel Smyth.
The weekend launches with celebrated composer and pianist Andy Quin (Friday 1 August, 7.30pm), who has enjoyed a professional career spanning over 30 years. His distinguished career in film, television and advertising has seen him work on shows such as Coronation Street and Holby City and many of the UK’s best loved adverts.
Highlights on Saturday 2 August include the return of the Vintage Scooter Rally which graced the lawn outside the Surrey Heath Borough Council offices last year and will feature The Who and Jam covers from The High-s. Some of the very best up and coming talent will sing in the Over the Moon showcase. These performers have all performed at The Half Moon in Windlesham where Ivan Chandler, music executive, runs a regular music night.
Saturday is headlined by Chuck Chandler and the Go Go Five, an explosive mix of 60s soul, jazz, rock and blues. Band members have previously worked with Madness, Dusty Springfield, Kiki Dee and The Temptations!
Sunday has a different feel and focus with ‘have-a-go’ sessions led by Charles Church Camberley Brass Band, a local piano school and an Open Mic session. The session will be judged by three music industry professionals who will then host a Q&A allowing students and aspiring performers the chance to find out more about the world of artist management, music publishing and performing.
Museum curator Gillian Barnes Riding said: “The Surrey Heath Music Festival is a fantastic chance to celebrate the cultural heritage of the borough and enjoy some great music. Our past is full of talent and our future, as you’ll see at the festival, is just as exciting!”
A festival ticket giving access to all events is just £15 or you can purchase individual event tickets. For more information and to book tickets go to www.camberleytheatre.biz or call 01276 707600.