On 14, 15 & 16 July 2017, the Dankworth family and friends get together for a weekend of world class performances in a magical setting. Dame Cleo Laine plays host to a stellar line-up of artists as she once again opens to the public her enchanting private gardens at the Old Rectory for the 2017 Dankworth Family Festival. All profits after expenses from this year’s event will go to the Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre. This year’s line-up includes renowned vocalist Lesley Garrett with clarinet virtuoso Emma Johnson; the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet; poet, playwright and novelist Ben Okri; jazz & soul vocalist/songwriter Natalie Williams; classical guitarist Craig Ogden; some very special guests – plus a full complement of Dankworths! On Sunday afternoon, get set for Dame Cleo Laine and Friends (in anticipation of her upcoming 90th birthday!) hosted by jazz vocalist and radio presenter Todd Gordon and featuring guest performances by classical guitar great John Williams, musician/comedian Earl Okin, violinists Chris Garrick & Peter Fisher, American vocalist Lorna Dallas, and many more.