THE THIRD week of this year’s Bromsgrove Festival brings Shakespeare, music, dancing, and many other enjoyable events to the district, writes Alice Green.
- UK clog meets US Appalachian in a free dancing display by Step on Board and Nancy Butterfly at The Bowling Green Inn, Shaw Lane, at 7.30pm on Monday, July 1. The event is free and will be followed by a singing and supping session in the pub led by folk band Fairfield.
- The Orchestra of St John chamber ensemble will perform an afternoon of classical music on Wednesday, July 3, at Avoncroft’s New Guesten Hall. The music starts at midday and features Mozart’s Serenade No 12 and Dvořák’s Serenade for Wind. For more information or tickets visit www.festiveclassics.co.uk or call Colin Butterworth on 07926 202307.
- The Blues Band, formed in 1979 and having made 16 albums, perform at Artrix at 8pm next Friday, July 5. They are widely acknowledged as one of the very finest purveyors of rhythm and blues. Tickets are £26 and can be purchased from www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.
- A day of dance takes place on Bromsgrove High Street from 10am to 12pm and between 1pm and 2.30pm on Saturday, July 6. People should take their dancing shoes to join in with a mixture of dancing styles.
- At 1.15pm on Saturday, July 6, the Bromsgrove Society will host a historic walk around Catshill, looking at places where nail making, market gardening and chapel life were important influences. Tickets are £3 and must be booked by calling 01527 877227. Visit www.bsoc.co.uk for more.
- The Orchestra of St John’s clarinets and saxophones will be providing the music at the next free ‘bite sized classics’ concert at 3pm next Saturday, July 6, at Christ Church in Catshill. Visit the Orchestra’s website or call 01527 869495 for further information.
- Adult choirs and children from local schools will join forces to present Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe, an arrangement of traditional songs from Africa, accompanied by a Jazz quintet at St John’s Church at 6pm next Saturday, July 6. Tickets, at £5, are available from the Parish Office, Kidderminster Road, or by calling 01527 878801. Email Bromsgrove.firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
- The Midland Sinfonia, conducted by Nic Fallowfield, presents ‘Bach to the Future’ next Saturday, July 6 at 7.30pm at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch. More than three centuries of music will be covered, including works by Bach, Handel, Elgar and Berkeley. Tickets are £15 on the door, with accompanying children and full time students free. Visit www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk for more information.
- #HelloBromsgrove, a brand new music festival, takes place from 1pm to 7pm next Sunday, July 7 at Bromsgrove Cricket, Hockey and Tennis Club. There will be performances from seven live bands from a variety of genres as well as food stalls, bars and other attractions. Visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hellobromsgrove for tickets which are £7.50 for adults, £4 for children and £20 for a family ticket. Visit www.bromsgrovecc.co.uk for more.
- St Bartholomew’s Church, Tardebigge will host an organ recital by accomplished musician Hannah Gibson at 4.30pm next Sunday, July 7. Music ranges from Richard Wagner to John Ireland. Tickets are £5 and should be bought on the door or from Chris Milton on 07825 749767.
- Avoncroft Museum’s ever-popular open-air Shakespeare returns with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Join Oddsocks Productions on their 30th anniversary tour. Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm start on Sunday, July 7. Tickets are £16, concessions £13 and children £10 when bought in advance. Visit https://avoncroft.org.uk/whats-on/ and click through to Oddsocks’ ticket site. Admission on the door is £18, £15, £12.
Visit www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk for more information.