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The Dankworth family and friends get together for a weekend of world class performances in a magical setting.  Dame Cleo Laine plays host to a stellar lineup of artists as she once again opens to the public her enchanting private gardens at the Old Rectory for the 2017 “Music In the Garden: a Dankworth Family Festival”.


The Old Rectory in Wavendon, a romantic Gothic Revival greensand and limestone vicarage built in 1848 by architect William Butterfield, has been home to the Dankworth family since the late 1960s.  Alec and Jacqui Dankworth grew up there and Dame Cleo lives there still.  The late Sir John Dankworth thought the idyllic, Victorian garden would be the perfect setting for hosting his own music festival, which he started in the 1990s.  Over the years John and Cleo played host to such diverse performers as Eddi Reader, Maureen Lipman, Fenella Fielding, Darius Brubeck, Alexander Armstrong, and numerous others from the worlds of music, theatre and the arts.


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