Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Fri 20 Jul 2018

    THE ORCHESTRA of St John’s annual MusicFest brings the curtain down on this year’s Bromsgrove Festival this weekend, writes Olivia Warburton.

    Tomorrow (Saturday), music lovers of all ages are in for a treat as Bigger Bite Sized Classics introduces young and old to the joys of classical music during a one-hour journey of amazing music with plenty of opportunities for children to join in along the way.

    It starts at 1pm at St John’s Church and will be followed by a free ice-cream and cream tea.

    Later in the evening at 7.30pm, the orchestra’s woodwind players along with pianist Ben Firth will play a selection of pieces, including the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Poulenc, for piano and wind.

    And on Sunday, July 23, at 7.30pm, the curtain falls on the festival with the Gala concert to showcase the incredible talent this year’s festival had to offer.

    The concert will be directed by the renowned conductor Richard Jenkinson.

    Tickets are available from £8 to £12 on the orchestra’s website at but can also be purchased on the door for £10 to £14.

    Other events happening during this final festival weekend are:

     Stitch Day with Avoncroft Young Embroiderers from 10am to 12.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) at Artrix. There is a great chance for both children and adults to have a go at some simple decorative hand-stitching.

     Fusion – a street performance with a fusion of street theatre, dance and music takes place from 10am to 1pm tomorrow (Saturday) on Bromsgrove High Street. It will feature professional artists, local choirs and dance companies and will be hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Tammy Gooding.

     An organ recital at All Saint’s church, Bromsgrove by Hannah Gibson, featuring works by Mozart, Pachelbel and Buxheude, will take place at 6pm tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased for £8 on the door.

  • Sat 14 Jul 2018

    A SPECIAL event inspired by the Royal British Legion will take place at Bromsgrove’s Sanders Park from midday tomorrow (Sunday).

    The Poppy Picnic in the Park will be held to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

    It will feature a performance by the Band of the Mercian Regiment, a dog show, a funfair, military vehicles, the emergency services with their vehicles and much more.

    Vintage Classic will also be performing songs from around the time of the Second World War.

    Patrick Smith, the chairman of the Bromsgrove Royal British Legion, said: “The last Poppy Picnic in the Park was held to mark the RBL’s 90th anniversary.

    “It was a great success and we are hoping this will be equally supported by the good people of Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas.”

  • Fri 13 Jul 2018

    AVONCROFT Museum will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Britain’s ‘last red phonebox’ on Sunday, July 15, writes Sophie Hind.

    The first K8 telephone kiosk was installed in Westminster in 1968, and Avoncroft is marking the occasion by presenting a public talk by telecommunications specialist Nigel Linge at 11am and 2pm in The Long Room.

    Nigel Linge, of the University of Salford, said: “The K8 is often thought of as the forgotten or least-loved phonebox.

    “If any local people have got photos we would love to see them and we’re looking forward to showing this 1960s icon some love.”

    Local people who remember K8 from the 70s and 80s heyday are invited to indulge in some phonebox nostalgia. Visitors can browse the collection and have a go on working exchanges.

    There will also be a chance to meet and have a book signed by authors of ‘The British Phonebox’ by Nigel Linge and Andy Sutton.

    Normal museum charges apply and further information is available at or call 01527 831363

  • Sat 7 Jul 2018

    BROMSGROVE Folk Festival takes place next weekend at the Bowling Green, Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior.

    On the Thursday evening, July 12, there is the Pre-Folk Festival Singin’, Suppin’ and Session.

    There is an eclectic music session in the pub and/or an acoustic night in the mini marquee.

    That event starts at 8pm and is free.

    Next Friday afternoon, July 13, will feature sets by Robin Laing, Barlow Cree and others and the night concert features resident band Fairfield, Anthony John Clarke, Barlow Cree and Cosmotheka.

    The pub opens at midday.

    Mini marquee concerts start at 2pm and main marquee at 7pm.

    Next Saturday, July 14, from 7.30pm, there will be sets by MumboJumbo, Robin Laing, Ursula Holden Gill and Demon Baber XL.

    And next Sunday everything is free, including the walk in the morning, the brunchtime fun in the mini marquee and singin’ and suppin’ with Stitherum in the main marquee, the World Foam Flinging Championships, Step on Board and the Festival Finale.

    Full weekend tickets (excluding camping) are £48 and individual concert tickets are £28 for all-day Friday, £22 after 7pm and £34 for all-day Saturday, £15 up to 7pm or £22 after 7pm.

    Camping is £22 per unit.

    Visit or call 0121 476 5938 for more information or for tickets.

  • Sat 30 Jun 2018

    A CASH boost of £49,000 has been handed to arts groups across Bromsgrove district to get more people engaged in creative activities.

    The funding, from Arts Council England, is aimed at helping shape the future of the town’s arts scene.

    Two meetings will be held so arts groups and organisations can make suggestions and requests for future events.

    The first will be at Avoncroft Museum from 6pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, July 5, and the second between 1pm and 3.30pm on July 21 will take place at Catshill Social Club.

    A spokesperson for the Bromsgrove Arts and Culture Consortium said the sessions were designed to be fun and engaging.

    “We’re especially keen to hear from groups that might be smaller or informal, people we many not already be in regular contact with.”

    The organisers want groups to say who they are engaging with, what was working well and who they would like to engage with.

    Visit or call 0121 794 0207 for more details.

  • Tue 24 Apr 2018

    BROMSGROVE’S Jigsaw Theatre Company tasted success at the annual National Operatic and Dramatic Association Awards (NODA) in Stourbridge last week.

    The group took home the Best Pantomime title for its production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

    Maggie Bishton, Director of Jigsaw, said she was ecstatic about her company’s achievements.

    “We are extremely proud of both casts who worked hard to produce two fantastic shows.”

    Reprinted courtesy of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Mon 23 Apr 2018

    A DOMESTIC drama set in Newscastle-Upon-Tyne during the Second World War will be the latest offering from Rubery Drama Group.

    And a Nightingale Sang by CP Taylor follows the Stott faily and how they deal with wartime situations over the five years of the conflict.

    The show runs from Thursday, April 26, to Saturday, April 28, at Beacon Church Centre.

    Performances start at 7.30pm, tickets are £7 (£6 concessions).

    • They are available by calling 0121 453 8733 or 0121 445 2323.

  • Thu 11 Jan 2018

    BROMSGROVE’S Stage Door Dance Academy has celebrated its 13th anniversary with its members taking part in the successful All and Sundry pantomime Cinderella.

    The sell-out show took place at Artrix in the run-up to Christmas.

    Martina Ponsonby is the Principal of the Stage Door Dance Academy which has been based at Stoke Prior Village Hall since 1994.

    She said: “A pantomime is not the same without children appearing in it and we were delighted to have a great group of students performing in this production.

    “We are tremendously proud of our students who worked so hard throughout rehearsals and the extended run of the panto.

    “They were deserving of the wonderful applause after each show and shone like stars.”

    She said events such as the pantomime created wonderful lifelong memories, gave participants dance and performance experience and saw great friendships forged.

    This year’s pantomime was particularly special for the dance academy’s senior student and assistant Laury Wiggins, who took centre stage as ‘Cinderella’.

    “Laury first made her debut appearance with All and Sundry in the January 2007 production of Cinderella when she played a Sprite at the tender age of seven and has been in the panto every year since.

    “From there to appear as the Principal was a wonderful journey for her,” added Martina.

    She also praised the school’s strong support network, along with the parents, former students, friends and colleagues who were involved in the production.

    “There is nothing more rewarding from a teaching perspective, than to see your students thrive and grow into all round performers.”

    Call Martina on 01527 577594 for more information on the academy.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Thu 11 Jan 2018

    A TRADITIONAL Wassail will be held at 4.15pm on Saturday in the Lickey Hills Country Park community orchard.

    Participants should meet at the Visitor Centre in Warren Lane.

    Wassailing is a medieval rural English ritual which is aimed at an area getting a good fruit harvest.

    This event, organised by the country park’s ranger team, is open to everyone.

    Local Appalachian dance group ‘Step on Board’ will provide live music in the Visitor Centre prior to the Wassail.

    Participants should wear warm clothing and wellies and take anything they have to make a noise and frighten off evil spirits.

    They can also take a torch and an ‘apple-based beverage’ to drink to the health of the community orchard’s fruit trees.

    Items commonly used at the lighthearted event include pots and pans.

    The wassail bowl funded by the Lickey Hills Society will again be used this year.

    Call the rangers on 0121 445 6036 for more information.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sat 6 Jan 2018

    JIGSAW Players theatre company will be staging a production of hit musical Guys and Dolls in May.

    And the group wants people to audition for parts at an informal session on Sunday (January 7).

    The try-outs will be held at the Trinity Centre in Lickey, with the show taking place at Droitwich Spa High School from May 18 to 20.

    Maggie Bishton, from the Jigsaw Players, said: “This is a fabulous stage show, with a wonderful score including memorable songs Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat, If I Were A Bell plus fabulous choreographed routines. ”

    The musical fable of Broadway, based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon, will be performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).

    Anyone interested in taking part can book places at Sunday’s session by calling 07919 505764 or 07772 645722. Alternatively, would-be performers can email jigsawplayers15 [at] gmail [dot] com to find out more.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard