‘A sweet programme of timeless gems’

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The 2014 Music in the Garden season draws to a close this weekend, when Dame Cleo Laine invites you to engage with musical finery in her idyllic garden one more time.

Cleo’s daughter Jacqui Dankworth and Jacqui’s husband Charlie Wood are tasked with wrapping up the event on Sunday at 5pm, and have a terrific programme ready for you, In A Sentimental Mood.

“We were asked by The Gateshead International Festival to do a performance of Duke Ellington’s music as a duo,” Jacqui told GO!

“We both sing the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn harmonising together on some of the classic tunes like Don’t Get Around Much Anymore and Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, for instance.

“We also sing some solo tunes of theirs like In A Sentimental Mood, Lush Life and In My Solitude.”

Jacqui promises a wonderful set for those in attendence: “It’s a sweet programme full of timless gems written by two genius composers.”

The hourlong session will be all the more special, as it was Jacqui’s father, legendary composer and musician, the late Sir John Dankworth who started the Music in the Garden events.

As a show, we imagine Sunday’s date is all the more special, given that it’s an event your father founded and built up?

“Yes,” Jacqui concurs, “His memory is still very much alive.

“How he and mum found time to do all the things they have done, I will never know...

“Every gig is special in its own way, but this one is particularly poignant.

“It has been a very successful festival this year and th weather has been sumptuous.

“I feel very proud to be wrapping up the festival and we hope for lovely weather too...”

Tickets for Eddi Reader’s performance on Saturday lunchtime are almost sold out at the time of writing, but you can still book for Jacqui’s set and Fracture Theatre, which presents Cafe Ruse from 2.30pm on Sunday: ‘Cafe Ruse is a grisly tale of lies, deceit, guns, crime, tea, cake and unplanned murders...’

Does Dame Cleo know what she is letting herself in for?

Book on MK 280800.