Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Sun 24 Dec 2017

    BROMSGROVE’S Artrix is celebrating after raising nearly £9,000 in one week as part of a festive fund-raising campaign.

    The popular arts centre announced The Big Give Christmas Challenge fund-raising target was achieved, with £8,983.50 raised in one week.

    High profile performers took to the stage last week, including comedian Sarah Millican, to lend their support by recording messages of encouragement and asking audiences to give generously.

    This amount includes £4,273 of online donations, matched by £2,753 of pledge funds, £1,500 of champion funds (The Reed Foundation) and £458 of gift aid.

    With the help of this funding, Artrix plans to create a two-year youth mental health programme, to enable young people and the wider community to understand the importance of looking after mental health.

    Artrix can forge ahead with developing the production of ‘Hyped’, outreach work with local young people and delivering a youth arts mental health festival as part of World Mental Health week in March, 2018.

    This two year project has the potential to positively impact on thousands of local young people engaged in the process, through audience and workshop experiences, and online through mental health campaign engagement.

    Director of Artrix Hannah Phillips said: “We hope this will be the beginning of an annual youth festival programme and will support us in our aim of becoming a centre of excellence for youth engagement and programming.

    “We hope to make a genuine difference in the lives and experiences of young people and believe that Artrix and our strategic partners can work together to achieve this.

    “I would like to say an enormous thank you to all of those who donated and worked so hard towards achieving this target including our wonderful partners, North Worcestershire Business Leaders, Biz Smart, Open Door Counselling Service and Heart of Worcestershire College.”

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Mon 18 Dec 2017

    BROMSGROVE town centre was illuminated on Sunday as a sea of lanterns journeyed down the High Street for the Festival of Light.

    It followed previous lantern parades, including last year’s organised by The Friends of St John’s and the one organised for Artrix’s tenth birthday but this one was bigger and better. And it is hoped the Festival of Light will become an annual event.

    The show was directed by Kristoffer Huball who specialises in outdoor theatrics on a grand scale and is an Artrix Associate Artist.

    The procession was led by town Samba band Someone at the Door and featured a 20ft Bunraku puppet which was created by the 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and puppeteered by Beautiful Creatures.

    Hundreds of people turned out to see the spectacular show which was made possible after Huball worked alongside Artrix staff to organise lantern making workshops in schools, community centres and numerous other public spots.

    Their aim was to get as many people creating lights as possible and more than 250 were in the festival parade.

    There was also a performance by Birmingham-based Balkan Gypsy band The Destroyers.

    BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Tammy Gooding also made an appearance to introduce the proceedings.

    Bromsgrove centres Mmanager Cheryl Welsh said; “It’s wonderful to have such a community led, accessible and inclusive event taking place at this time of year and I think this Christmas we’ve proven what a fantastic venue our town centre can be.

    “It’s been fabulous end to a jam packed calendar of events and I cant wait to see what next year holds.”

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  • Sat 16 Dec 2017

    THE WINNERS of this year’s Christmas card competition organised by Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid have been announced.

    Hundreds of pupils from schools and nurseries across the district took part in the contest to provide a picture for the front of the card Mr Javid will send out.

    The winner was eight-year-old Holly Moult from Beaconside Primary School.

    The runners-up, whose designs will feature on the back of the card, include Aaron Brittain, three, from Coppice Nursery, Isabella Pettet, four, from Coppice Primary School and Amelia Cook, seven, from Beoley First School.

    The judges from this year’s competition included Richard Nokes from Bromsgrove Printing Company, Lorita Cornish from Decanter Spirit, and Lesley Macpherson from Allan Morris Estate Agents.

    Sajid said: “Each year, I look forward to seeing the brilliant creative work of my constituents.

    “Congratulations to Holly, Aaron, Isabella and Amelia.

    “Well done to all the children across Bromsgrove who entered the competition, and thank you to the judges who had a difficult job deciding the winner.”

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  • Sat 16 Dec 2017

    THE BRAND new Performing Arts Centre at Bromsgrove School has opened its doors after years of planning and construction.

    The centre, which includes the new Cobham Theatre and Routh Concert Hall, seats an audience of 300 and includes a large drama studio, a suite of new music classrooms, recording studios and practice rooms.

    The theatre has flexible seating options to accommodate a variety of performance styles and a hydraulic thrust stage allowing for a wide range of drama and dance performances.

    At the grand opening last week, guest of honour Prof Julian Lloyd Webber, the Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Honorary Christopher Lyttleton, 12th Viscount Cobham, officially opened Routh Concert Hall and Cobham Theatre.

    Prof Lloyd Webber and the Conservatoire are closely involved with The Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Competition, hosted annually at Bromsgrove School.

    A variety of drama performances were also held in the new Cobham Theatre, including the opening scenes and finale from The Pierglass, written by Bromsgrove’s Director of Performing Arts, Tim Norton, an extract from The Tales of The Thousand and One Nights and an extract from Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’.

    The Routh Hall Opening Concert featured performances by senior school percussionists Drum Line, senior choir, string orchestra, jazz band and concert choirs.

    Tim Norton, director of performing arts at Bromsgrove, said it was a huge honour and a privilege to be temporary custodian of such a beautiful and exciting new centre.

    “I’m delighted we were able to show off so many of the magical things the theatre can offer, but the opening showcase – highlighting flying, complex sound and lighting design and pyrotechnics was just a taste of what we can do.

    “Similarly, we have shown just the slightest morsel of what our extraordinary performers, from the youngest to the oldest, can achieve.

    “We now look forward to finding ways of unlocking the full potential of both our students and our facilities over the coming years and exploring the many ways we can share what we have created with our local community.”

    The performances were all live-streamed to the school’s Facebook page.

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  • Wed 29 Nov 2017

    BROMSGROVE Samba band Someone at the Door, which will be leading the Festival of Light parade on December 17 has just celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special party.

    The community band, which has about 30 musicians of all ages and abilities, play music based on Brazilian Samba with influences from Reggae, Hip Hop, Bhangra and more.

    The anniversary event was held at Bromsgrove Tennis and Cricket Club and saw members past and present enjoy live music and a hog roast.

    Overhead projections and static displays showed the band’s 20-year history and a Samba Band jam of about 40 percussionists ended the night.

    Formerly the Bromsgrove Community Band, Someone At The Door became independent in 1999 and performed at various carnivals, village fetes and parades.

    Band member, Maurice Preece said: “Recently we have performed at The LG Arena-NEC and The Ricoh Stadium Coventry with the highlight of our career to date being invited to perform at the Anniversary Olympics in 2013.

    “Together with more than 600 others we also hold a Guinness World Record for the most drummers performing in one place at one time.

    “A huge thanks to Rory Shannon for his organisation and coordination.

    “It was a fantastic and memorable evening with our Samba Band family, the beat goes on.”

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  • Tue 3 Oct 2017

    PEOPLE wanting to get in touch with their creative sides can go along to a craft group at Hollymoor Church, Manor Park Grove.

    The Hollymoor Craft Group meets on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm.

    Participants can take their latest projects to the sessions, pass on their knowledge and pick up tips about various activities.

    Tea, coffee and biscuits are available at the group.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard


  • Mon 2 Oct 2017

    A TASTER session in playing the ukulele will be held at Avoncroft Arts Centre, Redditch Road, Stoke Heath, from 2pm to 4pm next Friday, October 6.

    It has been organised by the Friends of Avoncroft Arts Society and is open to members and non-members.

    Ukuleles will be available to play and participants will find out if the instrument is for them.

    There are 15 places available which will be given on a first come basis.

    Admission is £2 and following that, the society hopes to offer a ten-week ukulele course.

    Email avoncroftarts [at] btconnect [dot] com or call 01527 833829 to reserve a place.

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  • Sun 1 Oct 2017

    THIS YEAR’S annual exhibition by the Lickey Hills Arts Society takes place next Saturday, October 7, at Longbridge Methodist Church, Bristol Road South.

    The collection, which is available to view between 10am and 4pm, boasts more than 100 original paintings in a variety of mediums.

    All of the works are for sale and, as part of the exhibition, members of the society will be demonstrating their skills in watercolour, acrylic, pastel and oils throughout the day. They will also be on hand to talk to those who go along about their work and the group itself.

    As well as group members showcasing their work, this is the fourth year non-members have been able to submit paintings.

    A spokesperson for the exhibition said the pictures illustrated what a wealth of artistic talent there was locally.

    Admission is 50p for adults and free for accompanied children.

    There will also be coffee and cake on sale.

    Visit or call Graham Wilson on 0121 453 7097 for more information.

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  • Mon 25 Sep 2017

    A BROMSGROVE animal charity is calling on local artists to design and exhibit a collection of dog kennels as part of an international charity project.

    The Blue Cross is inviting creative artists, designers and builders to take part and raise funds for homeless, abandoned, sick and injured pets cared for by the charity.

    The scheme began in March 2017 when the charity joined US based Outdoor Arts Foundation to launch ‘BowWow Haus London’, a public exhibition of bespoke dog kennels which will be displayed at sites across London.

    Each kennel will be auctioned to the highest bidder in May 2018. So far there are 80 participants from across the globe, including architects Russian for Fish and Design Haus Liberty and designers Shiro Studio.

    All have come up with contemporary and unusual takes on the traditional ‘mutt hut’.

    Visit or email bowwowhaus [at] bluecross [dot] org [dot] uk to find out more or to take part.

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  • Mon 25 Sep 2017

    A NEW theatricals, drama and activities club will be launched in Bromsgrove this weekend.

    The sessions, which run every Saturday between 11am and 12.30pm, begin at All Saints Church Hall, Burcot Lane, starting on September 30.

    They are run by Ashleigh Lowe who has run similar sessions in Rubery for the last six-and-a-half years and has decided to expand into Bromsgrove.

    She said: “Using drama as our key tool, our weekly workshops are crammed with lots of fun games and activities all devised to help children develop news skills.

    “Some of which include social skills, confidence development, speech, memory, creativity and team work but most of all they are extremely fun.”

    Anyone wanting more information can visit or call Ashleigh on 07527 700625.

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