Mark Padmore Photo: Marco Borggreve

Regional music and arts festivals continue to proliferate, so I ask Padmore
what it is that makes the four-day festival at Tetbury distinctive, and
rewarding for a performer. He explains that he welcomes the opportunity to
perform in a beautiful venue, the Georgian Gothic Paris Church of St Mary
the Virgin whose magnificent spire dominates the town’s skyline: a venue
which, being outside the mainstream of music-making, does not bring with it
any particular expectations or conventions, and which will be filled with
those who are perhaps not regular concert-goers but are eager for new
musical experiences.

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