EVENTS in this year’s Bromsgrove Festival have certainly drawn in the crowds since the extravaganza’s launch last month.
Now we are approaching the final week of the programme which has provided more than a month’s worth of entertainment.
With the annual Bromsgrove Carnival, Folk Festival, Timberhonger 10K, concerts and theatre, this weekend has plenty to keep residents busy – and there will be loads more before the curtain comes down on the 2015 schedule.
- ON WEDNESDAY (July 15), Artrix’s Open Summer Exhibition kicks off and runs until August 16.
It is now in its second year and, in 2014, it attracted more than 140 submissions from over 60 artists.
Admission to view the 2015 collection is free and available to see during the centre’s usual opening times.
- LIGHT Opera Favourites will be on offer on Wednesday when the last Music at Lunchtime concert of this year’s festival takes place at Avoncroft Museum’s New Guesten Hall. The Poor Wand’ring Ones – a young quartet of fine singers – will perform songs from Gilbert and Sullivan and the shows. Bella Harris (soprano), Joanna Goldspink (mezzo), Tom Dalton-Cheetham (tenor) and Ben Cuffin-Munday (baritone) will take to the stage to delight the audience from midday. There will also be lunch at 1pm. Visit www.festivalclassics.co.uk for more information and how to get tickets, which are just £15 with lunch or £8 without.
- THERE will be a screening of Carmen – Eno Live at Bromsgrove’s Artrix at 7pm on Wednesday (July 15). It tells a passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, using a dazzling score and fantastic melodies. Tickers, at £14 (£12 students) are available online at www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.
- ALSO on Wednesday, there will be another acoustic cafe at Plaza Coffee in Chapel Street. It will be hosted by Bob Bignell from local folk band Fairfield. Musicians, singers and poets, young and old are welcome to go along and perform. It is free to enter or to listen to. For more information, call 0121 476 5938 or 07828 716842.
- BLACKWELL Concert Band and Blackwell Jazz Band join forces at 7pm on Friday (July 17) to provide a wonderful night of entertainment at Catshill Methodist Church, Golden Cross Lane. Among the pieces performed will be music from films and popular tunes. The jazz band was formed in 2014 and this is their first ever concert. The event is suitable for all ages. Tickets are £7 and under tens go free. For more, or tickets, e-mail Vicky Stock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 244 1662. Visit www.blackwellconcertband.co.uk for more on the band.
- THERE will be percussion on Bromsgrove High Street from 10am to 4pm next Saturday (July 18). Those who go along will be sure to tap their toes and clap their hands to the sound of Aftican, Indian and Brazilian beats. This is a family-friendly free event.
- OUTDOOR theatre at Hanbury Hall at 6.30pm next Saturday (July 18) will see a stage version of Jane Austen’s Emma performed. ‘Emma’ by Heartbreak Productions will tell the story of the main character who is a misguided matchmaker trying to find love. Tickets, at £15.75 (£10 for children and £41.50 for a family of two adults and two children), are available by visiting www.nationaltrust.co.uk/hanburyhall or by calling 0844 249 1895.
- GREN BARTLEY will be in the Studio at Bromsgrove’s Artrix at 8pm next Saturday (July 18). The gifted musician and lyricist has released his third album Magnificent Creatures and has embarked on a national tour. He is a widely acclaimed and accomplished musician. Tickets are £10 and they are available from www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.
- THE CELEBRATION Reed Brass Band will perform from 2.30pm to 4.30pm next Sunday (July 19) in the Jubilee Bandstand in Sanders Park. It is a free event which is part of Bromsgrove District Council’s Bands in the Park series.
- AND FINALLY, Michael Pennington’s solo show about Shakespeare takes place at Artrix at 7.30pm next Sunday. He has proved popular all over Europe and in the US and he is bound to be equally well-received in Bromsgrove. Tickets for the event, which has been organised by WORDS, are £12 and half-price for students. Go to www.artrix.co.uk or call 01527 577330 for more information or tickets.
Visit www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk for more on the events taking place in the final week.