Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Tue 13 Mar 2012

    ART lovers are being invited to the next meeting of a town art society where a talented artist will be appearing.

    On Tuesday, March 20, Bromsgrove Art Society will be hosting a demonstration of still life painting in oils, which will be given by celebrated artist Terence Clarke.

    The artist has a degree in painting, writes for various art publications, and is widely known for his strong drawing style and use of bold colour.

    His work has been shown widely in the UK and some of his paintings are in important private collections across Europe and the USA.

    The meeting will be taking place at the St John Ambulance Centre, in Barnsley Hall Drive, Birmingham Road, from 7.30pm. Society web site

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Mon 12 Mar 2012

    TALENTED young musicians will be taking centre stage at a special concert at North Bromsgrove High School.

    The concert is the idea of Bromsgrove Concerts, which wanted to give young musicians an opportunity to perform in public.

    Those taking part include pianists Jeremy Ho, Bethan Winter, and Jessica Douglas who also will be playing viola, Jisun Youn on violin, flautist Emily Moseley, her brother Ben Moseley who plays the cello and singer Freya Morgan.

    The varied programme includes pieces by Chopin, Dvorak, Debussy and Leroy Anderson.

    The concert, part of Bromsgrove Concert’s 49th series of chamber music, is on Friday, March 16 starting at 8pm with tickets costing £6 (those under 25 are free).

    For more information, visit

  • Mon 12 Mar 2012

    A SINGER songwriter will be launching his new CD in Bromsgrove on Thursday, (March 15).

    International artist Anthony John Clarke will be launching the CD, Laughing at Clowns, at Bromsgrove Folk Club’s next event being held at Catshill Social Club, in Meadow Road.

    Known as AJ he will be accompanied by talented musicians including his wife Julia on accordion, Elizabeth von Waal on keyboards, and Dave Pegg on Mandolin.

    The CD is a mix of mainly self penned songs but also some by Midlands songwriters including Maybe We'll Dance, which was written by the club's own John Connor.

    Doors open at 7.45pm, with the music getting under way at 8.15pm.

    For more details call Bob on 0121 476 5938, or see the club's website .........

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Fri 2 Mar 2012

    A FILM made by students from a Bromsgrove and Redditch college, helping healthcare staff communicate with people with dementia, has been nominated for a national award.

    Stand By Me was created in collaboration with University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies and Herefordshire and Worcestershire NHS to develop a training resource for healthcare staff.

    The resource comprises a 140-page teaching book, written to accompany a six-part DVD, produced entirely by NEW College’s HND media students last year.

    The Learning on Screen Awards celebrate and reward excellence in the use of moving image and are run by the British Universities and UK Film Council.

    The film has been nominated for a Learning on Screen Award, and could named a winner at a ceremony taking place at the British Film Institute Southbank, in London, this April.

    The DVD includes a series of interviews with professionals and six mini-films reflecting a range of realistic situations aimed at raising awareness and improving the quality of communication by health care staff with people living with dementia and their families.

    The DVD’s theme song was written and performed by director Ben Hyett, and arranged and recorded by Sean Macreavy.

    The scripts were developed from a series of focus groups, and were written by NEW College’s media student David Troth. Fellow media student Ben Hyett was director and media lecturer Sean Macreavy was producer.

    Shooting took place over six months and the final product launched at Bromsgrove’s Artrix Theatre, where ITN newsreader John Suchet was master of ceremonies and guest speaker.

    Sean Macreavy, nominated for the second year running, said: “I’m so proud of what the students have achieved.

    “It’s wonderful this fantastic resource is already being used in dozens of healthcare institutions.”

    Reproduced by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser


  • Thu 1 Mar 2012

    A joint three-year programme between the British Council and Arts Council England which will support individual artists based in England to work internationally opens for applications today.

    The Artists' international development fund will provide grants of between £1,000 to £5,000 for artists to travel, explore and collaborate internationally while carrying out professional projects.  

    The £750,000 fund aims to support artists who have carried out little or no work internationally, and is designed to help artists build on their domestic success and develop markets and audiences overseas for their work.

    Arts Council England and the British Council are each providing half of the total funding available.

    Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:

    'The Artists' international development fund is practical, flexible support for artists who wish to expand their practice by working internationally. It will help develop the careers of individual artists and create new links between the art community in England and their international colleagues. 

    'It has been created in response to the strong message we've received from artists that working internationally and exchanging ideas is of great importance to them.

    'The opportunities, aspirations and ambitions the fund will support will also drive the creation of new and exciting work which will benefit audiences in this country.'

    Graham Sheffield, Director Arts, British Council said:

    'Our relationship with Arts Council England has in the past months moved into a new phase and we are delighted to be announcing this fund together. Helping young and emerging artists is an important part of the British Council’s arts work. It is vital that the UK’s creative sector has the chance to develop an international perspective and a global network at a young age and this scheme will facilitate that.'

    Author Neel Mukherjee added:

    'An international exchange is one of the greatest gifts that can be given to a writer. It does two seemingly contradictory things: while optimising the essential solitude that is vital for any writing by freeing her into pure, undistracted work for the period, it also positions her in a bigger map of the networks and global community of writers. Magic!'

    All projects must include one or two periods spent working abroad by the artist.

    There are three funding rounds in each financial year the programme will run. The deadline for applications to be received for the first funding round this year is 31 May 2012.

    The fund will be managed by the Arts Council. Successful applicants will be chosen jointly by Arts Council England and the British Council.

    The grants are to be used towards covering travel costs, daily needs, some material costs, and accommodation. 

    For more information, and to apply, visit

  • Thu 1 Mar 2012

    Turning Point West Midlands (TPWM), the network that works to strengthen the visual arts in the West Midlands, has been awarded a grant from Arts Council England to deliver TPWM Projects over the next two years.

    The network has been awarded £220,000 National Lottery funding by Arts Council England through its Grants for the arts scheme.

    This major award, the first of its scale for the TP network in England, will be channelled to deliver TPWM projects including a number of artist residences and writing bursaries to promote new thinking and ideas, and engage with new audiences. 

    TPWM will work with partner organisations, groups and individuals to deliver a new model of professional development for artists, and run a series of events to initiate new conversations and critical debate about the visual arts.

    Professor John Butler, Head of the School of Art at Birmingham City University and Chair of TPWM, said: "We are delighted to have received this investment which will be used to strengthen infrastructure in the visual arts, create more opportunities for artists, address gaps and campaign for growth and change." 

    Kate Pryor-Williams, Relationship Manager (Visual Arts) for Arts Council England in the West Midlands, comments: "This award will allow Turning Point West Midlands to continue the great work it has been doing uniting and working to strengthen the visual arts sector in the region. We look forward to seeing the future opportunities for artists and exciting projects that will result from this grant. The West Midlands contains a wealth of artistic talent and this needs to be profiled and celebrated more widely"

    In addition to delivering new projects, TPWM will continue its work in nurturing new talent and supporting artists across the region, their placement and promotion on a national and international scale, and its role as an advocate for the visual arts in the West Midlands.

    To mark the investment announcement, TPWM has launched a campaign to encourage people to Love the Visual Arts.

    For further details about TPWM visit or find TPWM on Twitter @TPWestMidlands and Facebook - Turning Point West Midlands.

  • Thu 1 Mar 2012

    Arts Council England and the Local Government Association have awarded £230,000 to fund 13 library projects through the Libraries Development Initiative (LDI).

    Writing West Midlands (WWM) is a successful applicant.
    WWM is a literature development agency for the region that exists to develop engagement with literature across the region.

    They will partner with the West Midlands Readers' Network and the Independent Publishers' Network to pilot a programme of integration between libraries and publishers in the region.

    By providing the partner libraries in seven local authorities with a range of free resources, including book stock, marketing materials and access to authors, the project will develop strong links between libraries and library users and create lasting relationships from which both groups can benefit.

    Jonathan Davison, Chief Executive of WWM, said: 'We are delighted to be in partnership with the West Midlands Readers' Network and the Independent Publishers' Network (West Midlands) to pilot a programme of integration between libraries and publishers in the region.

    'We hope that this will encourage readers to get involved in the programming of creative events for their local libraries involving high quality literary writers from the region and that there will be stronger links between the public library sector and writing industry professionals.'

  • Tue 28 Feb 2012

    Worcestershire County Council has announced the winner of this year's coveted Word Up! competition – the search to find the county's Young Poet Laureate.

    Entrants were asked to write one poem on the subject of Games and another on any other topic. Well over 50 entries were received by the judges. The short listing process was described as being 'even tougher than last year.'

    The winner, Rowan Standish–Hayes, aged 17The winner, Rowan Standish–Hayes, aged 17,  attends The Chase School in Malvern. His performance of poems  'The Best Kind of Game' and  ' A Street Called Worry' impressed the judges in style and content. They also felt that Rowan would be a superb role model for other young people in the county.   

    The runner up is Heather Still, aged 18, a student at the University of Worcester with poems, 'I'm Bloody Wilson Pickett!', and 'The Lie of Youth'. 

    Coming third, Georgia Chambers, aged 14 who attends South Bromsgrove School with  poems, 'Benchball' and 'Apathetic Attitudes'.

    Highly Commended is Beth Edwards, aged 17 who attends Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, Worcester with 'The Haunted House' and '4:37 a.m'.

    The prestigious grand final event took place at Number 8 Theatre in Pershore on the evening of Friday 27 January, where the fourteen finalists performed their poetry in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.

    The judging panel, made up of Ruth Foster, Steve Wilson and Julie Andrews from the County Council and professional poet Matt Windle had the unenviable task of deciding who had the unique talent for poetry which embraces the role of Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate.

    Natalie McVey, Libraries and Learning's Service Development Co-ordinator for Young People 13-19  said: "Once again we received an enormous range of entries which explored all sorts of styles, themes and topics.  The judging process has been very tough but reading them all has been a joy.

    "The success of this competition has once again proved that this is a great way to encourage young people to explore their local library, get creative, improve their writing and hopefully, inspire others."

    As well as taking the prestigious title of Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate 2012, the winner will have their own poetry mentor for the year to support them through their role. Duties throughout the year will include acting as a poetry champion to encourage and inspire others to enjoy poems, writing poems to celebrate special events in Worcestershire and performing at literary events.

  • Thu 15 Dec 2011

    THE CLASSIC tale of Beauty and the Beast was brought to life at Bromsgrove's Artrix in another superb pantomime put on by All and Sundry and directed by Alison Berrisford.

    In truth, there were too many highlights in this show to mention them all - from the charismatic cast and colourful costumes to the magnificent music and delightful dance routines.

    No panto would be complete without good old-fashioned audience participation and plenty of double entendres and this production also had those elements in abundance.

    The pick of the comedic performances came from Kat Cashmore as Polly Potts and the two panto dames, Nigel Buckley and Mick Randle, aka Lambrini and Chardonnay - the rapport and on-stage chemistry between those two was wonderful to watch.

    The best bits of audience interaction were provided by the performances of Andrew Hill as Crouton and Emma Hobday, who rightfully earned plenty of boos and hisses with her portrayal of the evil Victor Vandare and his ever increasing sword.

    But, although this show had the audience in hysterics throughout, it wasn't just about the humour - there were some very touching moments too. The most notable of these were the scenes in the grand ballroom where the prince / beast (Jamie Grant) and Belle (Arali McGrath) performed their slow dances. Another highlight from Arali was her amazing voice which never failed to reach a note.

    The reputation of All and Sundry, since its formation in 2003, has grown and grown in Bromsgrove, Redditch, Birmingham and beyond and this year's panto is yet another peak for the group's performers.

    Beauty and the Beast is on at Artrix at 7pm tomorrow (Thursday), tonight (Friday) and at 2pm and 7pm tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday (December 18). Tickets are £13.50 (£12 concessions) or £41 for a family ticket. They are available by calling 01527 577330 or visiting:

    Reprinted courtesy of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 18 Nov 2011

    A NEW music project in Bromsgrove is set to entertain townsfolk for the first time next month.

    The Orchestra of St John’s Church invites local players and members of youth music projects to participate, and is designed to prepare them for the church’s main orchestra.

    The new venture is the brainchild of Bromsgrove residents Alastair and Cathy Moseley, Sue Peters and Colin Butterworth and is designed to extend the church’s already significant musical activity.

    The first performance of the project is to be conducted by Richard Jenkinson, principal cellist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, (CBSO), and will be taking place at the Kidderminster Road-based church on Saturday, December 3.

    The vicar of St John's Church, Chris Wingfield, and musical director, Jonathan Kingston, are giving their full support to the project, and are hoping as many people as possible can attend the event, taking place from 7.30pm.

    The concert will include favourites such as the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings and Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for strings.

    Charlotte Moseley, daughter of Alastair and Cathy, is a member of the quartet performing at the event, together with three other players from the CBSO Youth Orchestra.

    There will be a festive slant with Corelli's Christmas Concerto, in addition to a well-known Handel Organ Concerto performed by Paul Charman, the former organist at the church.

    Tickets cost £10, which includes a programme and refreshments. Tickets are available from the Parish Office on 01527 878801, or on the door.

    Under 16s go free, but should be accompanied by an adult.

    For more details on the orchestra see

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser