A PROGRAMME of concerts is taking place at St John’s Church this weekend as part of the Bromsgrove Festival.
The Orchestra of St John 2016 MusicFest kicks off with a short concert hosted by BBC Midlands Today presenter Michael Collie which is aimed at introducing people of all ages to classical music.
Bite Sized Classics will see the Orchestra of St John take the audience on a journey of some great classical pieces, from Vivaldi’s Summer to the Star Wars theme tune. The event – at 3pm tomorrow (Saturday) – will conclude with a delicious cream tea.
Also tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm there will be Kodaly’s Sonata for Solo Cello performed at St John’s Church by Richard Jenkinson, the orchestra’s conductor and cellist. He will also give a brief talk about his PhD based on that work, together with Bach’s First Suite for Solo Cello written 200 years earlier. Previous performances in Shrewsbury, Cambridge and Bristol were all sell-outs.
On Sunday morning at 10.45am there is the St John’s Church Sunday Morning Service set to Hadyn’s Little Organ Mass. That will be performed by the Orchestra of St John and led by Rev Ray Khan and there will also be Communion available.
And on the Sunday evening at 7.30pm there will be a Beethoven Bonanza as the Orchestra finishes its 2016 MusicFest with not one but two Beethoven symphonies as well as his ground-breaking Fourth Piano Concerto featuring local-born international pianist Mark Bebbington.
Tickets are available on the door and cost £12 for the Saturday and Sunday evening concerts and just £10 for the Bite Sized Classics Concert.
Refreshments are included and accompanied children go free.
Tickets are available by calling the St John’s Church parish office on 01527 878801, by visiting www.artrix.co.uk or on the door.
For more information, visit www.osjbromsgrove.org or call Alastair Moseley on 01527 870048.