Sunday, 27 May 2018

Raleigh’s Relish hits the right notes in Gala Week

The Salterton Club’s ‘Great Millais Mystery Murder’ is just one of several events in Budleigh’s 2018 Gala Week which have as their theme the ‘Life and Times of Sir Walter Raleigh’, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of East Devon’s best-known historical figure.   

Raleigh’s Relish is the title of a jazz piece written by local musician Pat Brandon specially for Budleigh Salterton’s Sir Walter Raleigh-themed 2018 Gala Week, to be performed in the town’s Public Hall on Sunday 27 May at 7.30 pm.  

Meeting Sir Walter himself was one of the last things that Pat expected when he bumped into the great Elizabethan adventurer and local hero on The Green at the start of Gala Week.  

‘It was an honour and a pleasure to make Sir Walter’s acquaintance,’ he told me.  

Pat was thrilled to receive the above digital portraiture of himself meeting Queen Elizabeth I’s  favourite, and I feel sure that his encounter will inspire him to give a truly great performance of his tribute to Sir Walter this evening.  

Pat will be playing on piano alongside Val Sinclair, the Cambridge-based jazz/blues vocalist, who makes a welcome return to the town. They will be joined by other local jazz musicians Peter Canter (bass), Marius Rudnick (saxophone) and Jim Newton (drums).

Val puts her own unique style onto ‘cool’ popular jazz standards, loves singing ‘the blues’ and has enjoyed a career that has seen her perform in many festivals, proms and venues including the glorious setting of Hereford Cathedral. BBC’s Sue Marchant speaks of Val’s ‘glorious voice’, ‘like a delicious box of chocolates’. ‘Deep velvet and plummy tones’ describe it well.

The bar opens at 7.00pm, concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets from Tourist Information Centre in Budleigh or on the door - £10.00.


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