The Fabulous Four play their last gig!

No – not the Beatles – but our amazing poets (Timi, Merzia, Halema and Ftoun) returned to the stage at the Tandem Festival, near Witney, on Sunday to read their work against the backing music of the Cotswold Ensemble, conducted by Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey.

The four are consummate professionals by now as they have already performed three times this year (at the King’s Place arts centre in London, Dorchester Abbey and Somerville College, Oxford), reading to the music of local composer, Toby Young, and previously with the full Orchestra of St John. So this week’s performance was a breeze – outside in a barn, with audience sitting on hay bales!

The four began with a planning meeting over lunch on the Friday, followed by some TV interviews for publicity, and finally rehearsals with the musicians in a local church on the Saturday morning.