One week to go until Bromsgrove Festival begins

By Tristan Harris Friday 06 June 2014 Updated: 09/06 00:49

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THERE is now just a week to go to this year’s long-awaited and new-look Bromsgrove Festival which, for the first time, will last more than a month.

It kicks off with a production of Macbeth at St John’s Church next Friday (June 13) which is being staged by The Festival Players Theatre Company, as detailed on this week’s front page.

Also next Friday (June 13), Boys Make Noise will be at Artrix from 7.30pm. The Catshill Middle School Boys Singing Group, now in its eighth year, will take part in a medley of 1939 songs with other groups to celebrate the school’s 75th anniversary. The event is promoted by the David Morgan Music Trust and Shining Stars Choir will also be performing on the night. Tickets at £5 (£2 concessions) are available from www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.

Blackwell Concert Band will now be making a surprise appearance among the market stalls near Bromsgrove's Asda next Saturday (June 14) between 11am and 11.15am. The group was due to perform on the High Street but, having assessed the situation with regard to the roadworks, members have opted to play near the Asda entrance instead.

And, next Saturday night, there will be the official festival launch, reception and gala at Artrix - that features drinks and canapes and presentations from a number of local performers, followed by dancing to a live band.

Also on Saturday (June 14), Barnt Green Choral Society will take an audience on a Tour of the West End at St Andrew’s Church, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green. Songs in the show will include favourites from Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King. There will also be a buffet.

Tickets, which include refreshments, are £10 for adults and £5 for children. They are available by calling Wendy Tricklebank on 0121 445 2344.

Sunday (June 15) sees the latest installment of the Sanders Park Bandstand programme, presented by Bromsgrove District Council.

The free event - featuring Shipston Town Band - runs from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

An exhibition of paintings by Richard McIlwraith begins a week on Tuesday (June 17) at Artrix and will run until July 13. That will be available to view during the art centre’s opening times.

Bromsgrove Operatic Society takes its production of Crazy For You to Artrix from next Tuesday (June 17) to the Saturday (June 21).

The award-winning show by George and Ira Gershwin features a host of memorable classics, including ‘I got Rhythm’, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ and ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’.

Tickets for the Tuesday evening and Saturday matinee are £12, Wednesday to Saturday evenings are £14 and there are group discounts available.

For more and tickets, visit www.artrix.co.uk or call 01527 577330.

For more on Bromsgrove Operatic Society, visit www.bromsgroveoperaticsociety.org.uk or call Ian Cox on 01527 543808.

There will be a performance of festive classics by the Beorma Vocal Quartet at Avoncroft Museum’s Guesten Hall next Wednesday (June 18).

That starts at 12midday, with lunch at 1pm.

Tickets, which include a light lunch and a glass of wine, are £10.50. They are available online at www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.

For more information, call 01527 878586 or 01527 872422.

There is also an acoustic cafe at Plaza Coffee in Bromsgrove from 3pm to 5pm on Wednesday (June 18). That is being hosted by Bob Bignell of Bromsgrove Folk Club and will showcase young and old musicians, singers and poets.

More information on future events will be available in The Standard in the coming weeks.

A booklet, detailing more than 80 performing acts, dates, times and ticket information, is available at libraries, Artrix, the Council House, Burcot Lane, other public buildings and numerous shops and cafes.

Visit www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk for more information.

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