Film world first will be part of festival

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A world premier of a film to mark the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten will be staged in Whitby as part of a music festival.

Cellist Jamie Walton, who divides his time between the North York Moors and London, has made a film of Britten’s Solo Cello Suites.

It will be premiered on at Sneaton Castle as part of the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival on Thursday August 22,

The film, which is due to be aired on SkyArts in the autumn, goes with Jamie’s new CD of the Cello Suites.

It is directed by r Paul Joyce who will also attend the festival with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Paul also directed a documentary on thecomposer which is also being screened at the festival on the August 19.

“The theme for the festival this year is predominantly British music, inspired by the centenary of Benjamin Britten who is a composer close to my heart. As I consider North Yorkshire my true home I wanted the film to have its premier here,” said Jamie.

Jamie is passionate about bringing high quality music to North Yorkshire and launched the festival five years ago and within two years it was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. All the concerts are held in historic churches in the area and concert tickets are £10.

The festival runs from August 11 to 24.