A HISTORY walk, summer school courses and classical music from top performers will be among the highlights of the penultimate week of this year’s Bromsgrove Festival, writes Ben Tolley.
- Bromsgrove Summer School’s courses get under way on Tuesday, July 9, with all of them running from 10am to 5pm. On the first day will be Alvechurch – a market town with Prof Chris Dyer and Stephen Price or ‘The Housmans of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire’ with Julian Hunt. Tickets for the courses (on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, all at Bromsgrove School) range from £37 to £45 and are available from bsoc.co.uk/index.php or by calling 01527 877227.
- Two more Bromsgrove Summer School courses will take place on Wednesday, July 10, at Bromsgrove School. The options include ‘The Morgan Car Company – including a factory visit and afternoon tea’ with Max Hunt or ‘Worcester Street – shops, trades and houses’ with Jenny Townshend and Julian Hunt.
- The Birmingham Horn Sound, a group of eight musicians, will perform at the New Guesten Hall, Avoncroft Museum, at midday on Wednesday July 10. They pleased a large audience back in 2016 and will be showcasing an enjoyable alternative to classical music. For more information and tickets, which are £10, call Colin Butterworth on 07926 202307.
- Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) will be take to the stage at Artrix at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 10. The group, which features some of the country’s finest young musicians, will perform alongside multi-award-winning saxophonist Alan Barnes. Tickets cost £10 and £7.50 for concessions. To call the box office call 01527 577330.
- The final two courses offered as part of the Bromsgrove Society’s Summer School will be on Thursday, July 11. On offer is ‘The Civil War in Warwickshire’ with Professor Ian Beckett or ‘31 High Street Droitwich – the history of the remarkable building’ with Lyn Blewtt and Nick Joyce.
- An insight will be given into Charford’s past when a history walk takes place in the area at 1.30pm next Saturday, July 13. It has been organised by The Bromsgrove Society, tickets are £3 and places are limited so booking is essential from www.bsoc.co.uk
- The Orchestra of St John will perform its latest Bite Sized Classics at St Andrew’s Church in Charford on Saturday July 13 at 3pm. Admission is free. Visit osj.org.uk or call 01527 869495 for more information.
Visit the Bromsgrove Festival website at bromsgrovefestival.co.uk/ for more information on any of the events.