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Event: 03/06/2012 - 04/06/2012
Not everybody wants to join the crowds in Central London to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, so why not head out to Twickenham for two days of Jubilee Jazz at Strawberry Hill, once the home of Horace Walpole? The only tents at this music festival will be the marquees for the performers, and the jazz arts and crafts.
Jubilee Jazz - Picture Courtesy of the Strawberry Hill website
There will be a packed programme of events and entertainment on Sunday, 3 and Monday, 4 June between 2 and 10pm, with the gates opening at midday.
Sunday's performers will be Gilad Atzmon (with Sarah Gillespie on vocals), the Kelvin Christiane Quintet, The Three Tenors (saxophonists, not the opera singers),
The Three Tenors - Picture Courtesy of the Strawberry Hill website
and Back to Basie Big Band with Jacqui Hicks on vocals.
Jacqui Hicks - Picture Courtesy of the Strawberry Hill website
If you are left hankering for more, Monday's musicians will be the Alan Barnes Quartet, Mingus Moves, Lianne Carroll and Ian Shaw. The event will be rounded off by the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra, who will include 'The Queens Suite' among their performances.
Echoes of Ellington - Picture Courtesy of the Strawberry Hill website
For those who don't trust our English summers, everything will be under cover and local food and Twickenham ales will be available. You can even take in a tour of Walpole's Gothic Castle if you wish. If you really want to get yourself 'In The Mood' you can adopt the optional dress code of Strawberry pinks and reds.