THERE will be plenty of entertainment for all tastes when the annual Bromsgrove Festival kicks off next weekend with more than five weeks of concerts, shows and screenings.
And the organisers hit the ground running with a packed weekend with ten events in the first three days.
- The first event is a Summer Evening Soiree at Hanbury Hall which will begin at 7pm, next Friday (June 12) with a Pimms reception before an hour-long music concert. That will be performed by The Midlands Sinfonia, led by Nic Fallowfield, and feature Elgar’s Serenade, Pachelbel’s Canon, the Capirol Suite and music by Mozart, Purcell and Schumann. That will be followed by a light supper with wine in the hall’s elegant rooms. Tickets, which include the reception and supper, are £20. For more or tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sue Peters on 0121 453 2898.
- Fans of Shakespeare will be in for a treat when the energetic Festival Players bring the Bard’s As You Like It to Bromsgrove. The all-male professional touring company perform the playwright’s pieces in the traditional way, playing multiple roles, taking on quick costume changes and performing as musicians. Their production of As You Like It, which features one of Shakespeare’s most famous quotes ‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players’, will be staged at Bromsgrove’s historic St John’s Church at 7.30pm next Friday (June 12). Tickets, which are £15 each, are available from Artrix at www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.
- Also on the Friday will be a Royal Opera House encore screening of La Boheme at Bromsgrove’s Artrix. It has been the Royal Opera House’s most popular production and, after being regularly revived since its opening in 1974, this will be its last run. Tickets – at £15 (£12 concessions) – are available online at www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330
- Next Saturday (June 13), there will be ‘Fun on the High Street’ to celebrate the start of the festival. The music, fun and entertainment will take place on Bromsgrove High Street from 10am to 1pm.
- Local talent will be showcased in abundance with the performance of ‘Captive’ – a project organised by the Bromsgrove Festival in partnership with the district council, Artrix and the Heart of Worcestershire College. That will see a dazzling blend of dance and aerial work in Bromsgrove High Street between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on the Saturday and later that day on Artrix’s terrace – between 4pm and 6.30pm. Four dancers will be in a large cage, performing a powerfully physical, emotionally charged and extraordinary routine inspired by Rainer Maria Rike’s Poem The Panther.
- Also on Saturday, there will be ‘Fancy a Tinkle?’ That will be an open invitation to residents to play the piano in Bromsgrove High Street. The public piano will be free to have a go on and be available every Saturday throughout the festival.
- Another event on Saturday sees a Come and Sing Day take place at North Bromsgrove High School. Organised by Bromsgrove Choral Society, the singing workshop will be led by David Lawrence – the associate conductor of the CBSO chorus – and take place between 10am and 4pm. After rehearsals, Chilcott’s Requiem will be performed in the last session of the day. Pre-booking is essential and tickets (which include the hire of music score) are £20 or free for students. E-mail email@example.com or call 01527 832467 for more information. Alternattively, visit www.bromsgrovechoralsociety.org.uk .
- There will be a variety of pieces on show at Avoncroft Arts Society’s exhibition which is being held next Saturday and Sunday (June 13 and 14) on the opening weekend of the Bromsgrove Festival.
The creations, which include paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, textiles, sugarcraft, photographs and calligraphy, will be available to view between 10am and 4pm on both days at Avoncroft Arts Centre. As well as showcasing works done by local artists, some pieces will be for sale and members of the society will be on hand to answer any questions and to talk about the range of exciting classes starting at the centre in September. Also, in keeping with the theme of creativity, there will be home-made cakes and other refreshments on sale. Admission is free and all visitors will be guaranteed a warm welcome.
- On Sunday (June 14), Blackwell Wind Band will take to the Jubilee Bandstand in Sanders Park from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. That will be the latest performance in Bromsgrove District Council’s Bands in the Park series.
For more on the Bromsgrove Festival, visit www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk or pick up the festival programme from Artrix, Bromsgrove Library and The Customer Contact Centre, School Drive.
Alternatively, follow @BromsgroveFest on Twitter or search for Bromsgrove Festival on Facebook.