Glasser leads the Harm-onising

Alan Barnes
Alan Barnes

THE penultimate Music in the Garden session of 2012 will be taking over the Rectory Gardens in Wavendon this weekend, as event host Dame Cleo Laine invites you to enjoy classy sounds in her rather beautiful back yard...

Opening proceedings on Saturday morning, ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’ will be led by Alan Barnes.

“I call him the ubiquitous Alan Barnes,” Dame Cleo tells GO! when we sit down to get the full gist from the organisers.

“He’s very amusing and has good stories to tell...but then John instilled it in us,” she says, talking of her late husband, jazz ace John Dankworth.

“He used to say ‘Make them laugh or you won’t work!’”

Alan has a history more than most with the Garden Season too, and helped to programme the festival in earlier years.

In the afternoon, the Adam Glasser Quartet will take to the outdoors for a lively set.

“Adam Glasser is a band that I recommend...mainly because I’m in it!” says Alec Dankworth, with a smile. “Adam is an incredible harmonica player from South Africa and his music mixes jazz – quite often Thelonious Monk type be-bop jazz, with music from his home country.”

There has been talk that participants in a harmonica workshop happening over at The Stables, may join Glasser for a tune post-lesson.

On Sunday, violinist Peter Fisher and pianist Peter Hewitt present Encore! Encore!

The performance will fuse some of the most well-loved showpieces for the respective instruments, while placing particular emphasis on deliveries by Fritz Kreisler, who passed away 50 years ago.

Mike Hatchard will support at the show, which begins at 2.30pm.

Tickets are on sale as priced: Sat, 11.30am, £12, Sat, 2.30pm, £12 or scoop an all-day ticket at the bargain price of £20.

Sunday’s concert will cost £12.

Call the box office on MK 2808000 or head online at