AN ANNUAL celebration of the arts returns to Halesworth for the 11th time next month.

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Jazz singers, pianists and a silent movie night will be among the highlights, as the Halesworth Arts Festival returns to the New Cut Arts Centre.

The festival will see 17 nights of concerts and plays, with director Matthew Wetmore delighted with the programme.

Mr Wetmore, who has been festival director for the past eight years, said he thought they had a better balance of programme than in the past.

“It is nice to pick artists that haven’t been to this part of the world, by and large, and then sit at the back with sell-out audiences having a great time,” he said.

The festival begins with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Saturday, October 13, and concludes on Sunday, October 28, with a talk from festival patron Julia Blackburn in the morning, followed by a sold-out evening performance from Feast Of Fiddles.

Among the other entertainment will be jazz singer Clare Teal; Italian pianist Alessandro Taverna; the Fitzrovia Radio Hour; an evening with Rick Wakeman; The Badke string quartet; The Swingle Singers, and drama Miss Havisham’s Expectations.

There will also be art exhibitions throughout the festival.

To buy tickets call 01986 874264, visit the New Cut’s box office or www.halesworthartsfestival.org.uk

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