Budleigh Music Festival announces return line-up

The Colourscape will be part of Budleigh Music Festival

The Colourscape will be part of Budleigh Music Festival - Credit: Budleigh Music Festival

Budleigh Music Festival makes a welcome return this July with a week-long programme of live music to be held in the town. 

 A programme of events is planned for July, with saxophonist Jess Gillam headlining with her own ensemble band.  

Since her previous appearance at Budleigh Festival in 2018, Jess has achieved international recognition, performing at Last Night of the Proms and with global tour plans for 2021. 

For the first time, the Budleigh Music Festival will introduce Colourscape - an interactive walk-through labyrinth of colour, light and music.  

Held on The Green, this family-friendly experience brings a new element to the festival, offering visitors the chance to walk into a new world of radiating colour filled with music and dance. 

Jason Thornton, artistic director for the festival, said: “2021 is a really important and special time for Budleigh and the Festival as we celebrate the return of live music, smiles, laughter and shared experiences.  

“I’m so proud of everybody who is working so hard to produce this year’s Festival, particularly during some very unsure and challenging times.  

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“After all the gloom we are incredibly excited to create a Festival in magical technicolour with a unique selection of events that I hope will make audiences smile, laugh, cry, and reflect on everything we have collectively been through.” 

New performers for 2021 include superstar violinist in the making, Coco Tomita, and international pianist, Peter Donohoe.  

Closing the Festival will be Sir Willard White, one of the world’s greatest living baritones.  

For 2021, careful consideration has been given to Covid secure measures and will be in line with the current advice and guidance as is applicable at the time of the Festival in July.  

Concerts will be limited in capacity this year, meaning audiences will enjoy the live performances in more intimate setting than ever before with sittings at 5pm and 8pm each day.  

 General tickets for the Budleigh Music Festival will be on sale from  June 1 and can be purchased from the website.  

For more information or to become a Friend of Budleigh Music Festival for early ticket access on Wednesday (May 17), visit: https://www.budleighmusicfestival.co.uk/ 

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