19th Oct, 2017

This year's Bromsgrove Festival to offer music, performances, art and more

THE ANNUAL Bromsgrove Festival is now under way and the events are coming thick and fast.

At 1pm on Wednesday, June 21, at Avoncroft Museum’s New Guesten Hall, actor, singer and pianist Michael Lunds will be ‘Tickling the Ivories’ as part of the Festive Classics series. His programme will include music by Noel Coward, Flanders and the Gershwins.

Tickets, which include lunch and a glass of wine, are £16 and must be booked 48 hours in advance, online at www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk or by calling 01527 874136. Concert only tickets are £8.50 on the door. Visit www.festiveclassics.co.uk for more.

l An exhibition entitled ‘Seasons; by local artist Graham Wilson will take place in the Artrix gallery from Wednesday, June 21, to July 9. It is available from 10am to 4pm every day and on evenings when there is a show on. Admission is free.

l The first film adaptation of Raphael, one of the World’s most famous artists, will be screened at Artrix at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 21. Tickets to see Raphael – the Lord of the Arts are £10, available online at www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.

l The annual Tardebigge Informal Concert takes place at St Bartholomew’s Church, Church Lane, Tardebigge, at 6pm next Friday, June 23. It will feature performances by the village’s church and first school and proceeds from the event will go towards the organ fund. Tickets are £5 for adults and free for under 16s. They are available on the door. Visit www.tardebiggechurch.org.uk for more information.

l Bromsgrove’s Court Leet Fair Day and Elizabethan Street Market is being held in the town centre next Saturday, June 24. The colourful procession to commemorate King John’s Royal Charter of 1199 begins at Housman Hall at 10.30am before Court members gather at the Housman Statue at 11am for the assizes and the proclamation of the Royal Charter. The Elizabethan market stalls are operated by local fund-raisers on traditional costume.

l Avoncroft Museum hosts an Art Textile Exhibition by Edwina Mackinnon from 10am to 5pm next Saturday and between 10am and 4pm next Sunday, June 25. The event showcases work created by students of Edwina Mackinnon and Littleheath Barn Studio, detailing all parts of the processes, from sketchbooks through to the completed items. Admission, which includes tea, coffee and cake, is £4. Call 07891 079080 or email edwina.mackinnon@btinternet.com or contact@littleheathbarnstudio.com for more.

l A display by the South Birmingham Guild of Silk Painters takes place at Rubery Library from next Saturday to July 8 (excluding Wednesdays and Sundays. The work has been done during the group’s monthly meetings. Admission is free. Email kaymo@talktalk.net for more.

l There will be a variety of activities, including high octane skateboard demonstrations and competitions, live graffiti, street performers and street food at Summer Jam. It is free and is being held at the skate park in Sanders Park from 1pm next Saturday. Go to www.facebook.com/The_Summer_Jam_Bromsgrove for more details.

l Barnt Green Choral Society’s Summer Concert: A Journey Around Britain is at 7.30pm next Saturday in St Andrew’s Church, Sandhills Road. Tickets, including a buffet supper, are £10 or £5 for children. They are available on the door or from Wendy Tricklebank on 0121 445 2344.

l Cara Dillon will perform at Artrix at 7.30pm next Saturday. She will be supported by Gren Bartley. Tickets, at £22, are available from www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.

l The Jinney Ring Folk Festival takes place next Friday and Saturday.

l Comedy duo Edd Hedges and Alice Marshall are at Artrix at 8pm next Saturday. Tickets are £10 and are available at www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.

l The next Selfie Snap Bromsgrove which enables participants to grab some props and have their photographs taken is in the Market area of Bromsgrove High Street from 10am to 4pm next Saturday. The event is free.

Visit www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk for more on the festival and the events.

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