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PUBLISHED: 01:01 10 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:53 09 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton is already gearing up for this year's summer music and arts festival. Chairman Roger Bowen promises this year's event, from July 26 to August 2, will be even bigger and better than last year's sell-out festival. A host of old favourites

BUDLEIGH Salterton is already gearing up for this year's summer music and arts festival.Chairman Roger Bowen promises this year's event, from July 26 to August 2, will be even bigger and better than last year's sell-out festival.A host of old favourites - including free lunchtime concerts - are set to make a return, while a new line-up of entertainment means the 2008 event promises to be the most memorable yet.New to the festival is a plan to attract a younger audience by giving them their own fringe festival."It's very exciting," said Mr Bowen. "It will be bigger and better than ever before. We will provide an even more diverse programme of music for the visitors and residents of the town."The festival was such a success last year that many of the performances were sell-outs."Not surprisingly, the financial result was reasonably good and bodes well for the investment required for Festival 08."This year, famed clarinet player Emma Johnson, the New Devon Opera's production of Verdi's Rigoletto, and the Festival Orchestra and Chorus combining in the Nelson Mass with soloist Marie Langrishe, playing Vivaldi, are just a taste of the many highlights booked to entertain the crowds.Although the varied programme is still being planned, the organisers are already able to confirm the week will start with the Mevagissey Men's Choir, followed by a piano recital by Mark Bebbington - who is also booked to give three late-night concerts.Opera fans can enjoy a performance of Rigoletto, while the world-class Henschel String Quartet has been planned for mid-week.Performances of Haydn's Nelson Mass and Walton's Facade have also been arranged.For lovers of jazz, there is a performance by Ellingtonia - and further events in the pipeline.Guided town walks, talks, Taiko and steel drums and the Balalaika Band offer varied entertainment throughout the week.For more information about the festival, or to become a Friend of the festival, visit www.budleigh-festival.org.uk

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