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The 34th international Newbury Spring Festival kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) with two opening concerts: at St Nicolas' Church the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays Walton's Crown Imperial in honour of the Queen's diamond jubilee, while Scotland's award winning fiddle band Blazing Fiddles will set the Corn Exchange alight. The two-week festival features many outstanding musicians from around the world. Among them are important young artists who are already building careers in Britain: this year's John Lewis Young Stars and festival featured artist Johan Andersson, one of the world's finest young painters, who is also based in this country.
As the concerts take place in quintessentially English surroundings, lovely churches and historic houses, these twin themes of British tradition and international youthful excellence sum up what Newbury Spring Festival is all about. Celebrating both the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee, the 2012 Festival promises to be a vintage one. Visit

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