MUSIC IN THE GARDEN REACHES ITS MARVELLOUS CONCLUSION THIS WEEKEND
The final instalment in this year's Music in the Garden season is revealed this weekend, and as you would expect from these musical meetings, it's quality all the way. Dame Cleo Laine wouldn't settle for anything else in her Wavendon garden! Tickets for Eddi Reader (below) on the penultimate day of the festival (Saturday, July 13 at 2.30pm) have all but sold-out now, though there are a few picnic tickets available if you get your skates on. Boo Hewerdine and Alan Kelly will accompany on guitar and piano accordion. Fracture Theatre arrive on Sunday (July 13, 2.30pm) with Café Ruse: 'In a quaint English café where everything is perfect and extremely dull, an unlikely team of outcasts are preparing for the biggest heist of their lives. Café Ruse is a grisly tale of lies, deceit, guns, crime, tea, cake and unplanned murders.' Sounds intriguing, right? It also takes just a cast of four to play 50 characters, who share one mission - to pilfer the most expensive art in the world. Then wrapping things up at 5pm, singer Jacqui Dankworth and her pianist husband Charlie Wood present In a Sentimental Mood, an hour long-session of music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Speaking about the show, Jacqui said: "It's a sweet program full of timeless gems written by two genius composers." And this date is being held at Jacqui's childhood home, at the festival her father - the late Sir John Dankworth, founded - making it all the more special. "Every gig is special in its own way, but this one is particularly poignant," she added. Tickets are £10. Book by calling MK 280800 and for more information visit the website: www.musicinthegarden.org.uk > Make more of your afternoon in the idyllic gardens by booking a traditional cream tea. Two people can pre-order a delicious handmade cream tea picnic with two cups of tea, two homemade plain scones, two homemade fruit scones, individual clotted cream pots, locally sourced strawberry jam and one and a half rounds of finger sandwiches. It costs £16 per person, and you book by calling MK 280832.