Past Events

These are our past events. See also our Forthcoming Events.

  • Thu 5 Dec 2019 8:00 PM - 10:45 PM

    Catshill Social Club, Meadow Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ

    With a double bass made out of scrap metal, heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a
    musical saw, and foot-stomping fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms, The Churchfitters are a folk group like no other!

    Packed with a mouth-watering selection of favourites from their regular repertoire, interlaced with traditional and original festive songs and Christmas carols, see in Christmas with a bang and a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties and jokes in this festive feast of a Christmas Cracker!

    Go to http://www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/ChurchfittersTickets2019.pdf for tickets

  • Sun 1 Dec 2019 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

    St John's Church, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove 

    Darkness To Light

     

    An atmospheric Advent service starting with plainsong in darkness, and featuring music from St John's Church Choir

     

  • Thu 28 Nov 2019 8:00 PM - 10:45 PM

    Catshill Social Club, Meadow Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ

    We bring artists from all over the world to Bromsgrove but there is so much talent right here on our doorstep....these two amazing performers are based in Shrewsbury from where they travel the world

    James Hickman is a singer-songwriter who has supported the likes of Jools Holland, Katie Melua and Seth Lakeman. He is an encapsulating performer with a beautiful voice and incredible guitar skills.

    Chris Quinn is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who has been a popular presence on the live music scene in the Midlands and the Welsh Borders for a number of years

    These two once traded under the name The Badgers before adopting the more prosaic Hickman & Quinn with the release of their highly accomplished début album “Times” in 2009, a collection of excellent original songs with both musicians contributing to the writing process.

    For more information go to www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk

  • Fri 22 Nov 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1GN

    Mark Bebbington has played for us on five previous occasions, most recently in 2017, and it is always a pleasure to welcome him back to Bromsgrove. He is a prolific recording artist with a particular, but by no means exclusive, emphasis on 20th century British composers. This time the focus is more on France and he will be joined by two of the wind players from the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra for the Poulenc Trio

    Featuring.....

    • Mark Bebbington Piano
    • Jenny Wood oboe
    • Richard Tattum bassoon

    Programme....

    • Faure: Nocturne No 6 in D flat Op 63
    • Poulenc: Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon
    • Franck: Prélude, Chorale et Fugue
    • Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3in B minor Op 58

     

    Tickets.....http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk/docs/BookingForm2019-20-v2.pdf

  • Sat 16 Nov 2019 10:30 AM

    St John's Church, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove

     

    Joseph Duque Lopez, Dharmaraja Muthalagappan and Sebastian Whyte (piano)

     

    Piano Favourites

     

    Music by Beethoven, Chopin, Scott Joplin, Weber and others played by talented students from the West Midlands area

    A short informal concert lasting about 50 minutes followed by cake and tea or coffee

    Admission free

  • Thu 14 Nov 2019 8:00 PM - 10:45 PM

    Catshill Social Club, Meadow Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ

    The John Ward Trio majors on powerful 3-part harmonies, accompanied by acoustic guitar, bodhran, harmonica, double bass, mandolin, accordion and whistles. All self-taught musicians who are no strangers to busking, the Trio’s performances are authentic and from the heart. Their choice of material, variety of instruments, versatility and engaging humour, not to mention John’s blistering bodhran solos, blend to delight and entertain folk audiences in intimate venues and bigger stages alike.

    For more information got to www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk

  • Fri 8 Nov 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1GN

    Hyungi Lee was born in South Korea and came to the UK at the age of 12. She has studied at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music and she won the percussion category final in the 2012 BBC Young Musicians Competition. Hyungi will be playing a range of percussion instruments during her recital for us. Full details will be announced later.

    Tickets : http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk/docs/BookingForm2019-20-v2.pdf

  • Tue 5 Nov 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    St John's Church, 14 Kidderminster Road, B61 7JW

    A Talk by Philip Brown

    "Remember Remember the fifth of November; Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder and treason should ever be forgot..."

    'The Gunpowder Plot - A Midlands Rising' will remind us that most of the conspirators were from our region and that several local houses played an important role. Philip will look at what caused the Plot, how close it came to success and will consider its harmful long-term legacy. You will also learn about links with Macbeth, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Galapagos Islands.

    Friends of St John's invite you to join Philip Bowen for this wonderful presentation.

    The talk is followed by refreshments and a chance to socialise.

    Tickets are £5 for adults, accompanied under 18s are free.

    The talk is held to support the Friends of St John's Heritage Future Appeal. There's an option to add an optional donation of £5 to your ticket price which will go directly to the Appeal. If you are a UK taxpayer we can claim gift aid on your donation. If you have added a donation we will contact you for gift aid details.

    More details on Friends can be found www.facebook.com/FriendsStJohnsBromsgrove

  • Sat 2 Nov 2019 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    St Laurence Church and The Ark, Alvechurch, B48 7SB

    Programme...

    • Dvořák – Serenade for Strings
    • Mozart – Divertimento in F K.138
    • Britten – Simple Symphony
    • Hindemith – Five Pieces for Strings
    • Fauré – Nocturne

    Nic Fallowfield, conductor

    for tickets go to https://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk/bookings/

    Enjoy a £1 discount on every concert ticket by paying in advance & collecting on the door. Plus, an additional £15 off when booking a six-concert ticket!
    You can also book our Quiz and Supper tickets at £10 each

    For more details and information about The Midland Sinfonia visit https://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk

  • Thu 31 Oct 2019 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Bromsgrove Folk Club are delighted to be part of the While and Matthews 25th Anniversary Tour

    Chris While (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer and percussion) & Julie Matthews (vocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki) are breath-taking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless. They have been hailed as one of the best and most respected duos on the world folk roots scene.

    In case they’ve so far passed you by, they are the longest-lasting female duo in Britain and have played more than 2,500 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. Now, 25 years after their debut, they sound as fresh and vital as ever

    "The undisputed queens of British duos continue to come up with the goods.1st class songs delivered with to die for harmonies, immaculate musicianship & melodies that lodge themselves in your brain" The Guardian

    For tickets visit ............http://www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/ChrisandJulie.pdf

  • Tue 29 Oct 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1GN

    Nick Sharratt has illustrated nearly 260 books.  He's worked with authors including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Kes Gray, and his books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants. He's also the illustrator of Dame Jacqueline Wilson's phenomenally popular children's novels. He was the official illustrator for World Book Day in 2006.  He's been awarded a gold Blue Peter badge too!

    Tickets £15 each
    NB due to limited seating, tickets will only be available from the WORDS Ticket Secretary.  Contact Polly McDonald on 0121 453 2670 or email info [at] bromsgrovewords [dot] com

    for more details about forthcoming events and contact details go to http://www.bromsgrovewords.com

  • Sun 27 Oct 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    St John's Church, 14 Kidderminster Rd, Bromsgrove B61 7JW

    Programme

    ​Smetana Vltava
    Kodaly Peacock Variations
    Dvorak Symphony No.9

    ​Conductor Richard Jenkinson
    Orchestra of St. John

    Tickets

    £10.00 in advance from Decanter Spirit, High Street, Bromsgrove or www.osjbromsgrove.org or £12.00 on the door. Under 18s FREE. Optional £5.00 donation for Heritage Future Project

  • Sat 19 Oct 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    St John's Church, Kidderminster Road Bromsgrove

    The Syska Quartet

    A Flurry of Flutes

    The Syska quartet showcase all the instruments of the flute family

    A short informal concert lasting about 50 minutes, followed by cake and tea or coffee

    Admission free

  • Thu 17 Oct 2019 7:30 PM - Sat 19 Oct 2019 10:00 PM

    The Beacon Church Centre, Whetty Lane, Rubery B45 9DL

    Stepping Out

    The play follows a group of women and one man who meet weekly for tap lessons from a former professional chorus girl. It follows their attempts from having two left feet to the opportunity to perform in a public charity gala. The production is directed jointly by Jayne Jones and Nicky Smith, with special thanks to Matt Lucas of Richardz Dance Studio in Rubery.

    An amateur production presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LIMITED

    Tickets : £7.00 (£6.00) from 0121 453 8733 or 0121 445 2323

  • Fri 11 Oct 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1GN

    The Navarra Quartet previously played for us in March 2013 and January 2017. On their first visit they introduced us to Peteris Vasks 3rd Quartet, which received a very positive reception from our audience. So we are delighted that they are now bringing his 4th Quartet. The Janacek and Schubert Quartets need no such introduction, having both featured in our programmes several times.

    The Navarra Quartet

    Magnus Johnston violin

    Marije Johnston violin

    Brian O’Kane cello

    Sascha Bota viola

    Programme

    Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No 4
    Janacek: String Quartet No 1 'The Kreutzer Sonata'
    Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D 810 'Death and the Maiden'

    Tickets - visit http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk/index.php/site/ticket_prices

  • Thu 10 Oct 2019 8:00 PM - 10:45 PM

    Catshill Social Club, Meadow Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ

    Having worked individually with such luminaries as The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein, Mary Hopkin, Strawbs and Nanci Griffith, international songwriters and perfromers, Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby bring their own brand of acoustic guitar-based material to Bromsgrove Folk Club on Thursday 10th October when an evening of funny stories, serious songs, great vocals and inventive guitar playing is guaranteed.
     
    The duo, whose recently album, The Cooley and Mourne, has received critical acclaim, will have you tapping your feet, joining in with choruses and enjoying their stories whilst, at the same time, you will be in awe of Cathryn's great singing and Brian's inventive guitar playing.

    For more information visit www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk or call Bob on 07828 716842.
     
    Many of you will know that, due to an on-going dispute (not with us I might add!!) the Social Club's car park area has been reduced. We have not experienced too much difficulty to date and hope that the whole things gets sorted soon.....especially before the While and Matthews Concert on 31st October (for which tickets are available)
      
     

  • Fri 27 Sep 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School

    Since Luke Jones won the Bromsgrove Competition in April 2018, his career has continued to blossom. He has won the Kerr Memorial Prize from the Royal Overseas League and a scholarship which enables him to continue his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music on to the Master's programme. He has featured twice in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire concert programme in the 2018-19 season, in both recital and concerto performances

    Programme

    • Debussy: Images Book 1
    • Ravel: Miroirs
    • Schumann: Waldsenen Op 82
    • Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No 8 Op 84

    Tickets...go to http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk/index.php/site/ticket_prices

     

     

  • Thu 26 Sep 2019 8:00 PM - 10:45 PM

    Catshill Social Club, Meadow Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove B61 0JJ

    A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

    Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.

    Amazingly, it wasn't until Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2019 that we finally managed to catch this tremendous performer and immediately fell in love

    www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk for more details

  • Sat 21 Sep 2019 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    St John's Church, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove

    Cake & Coffee Concert New Season starts on Saturday 21st September at 10.30am and is followed by Heritage Open Day at St John's until 4.30pm.

    Organ! Organ! will be a triumphant start to the season with well loved local organists Keith Hearnshaw and Steve Cowperthwaite pull out all the stops for solo and duet pieces

    Following the concert the church will be open for our Heritage Open Day until 4.30pm. There will be tower tours from 2 til 4 plus history tours, cream teas, have a go on the organ, prayer activities and a bring and buy stall! Do come along and support Bromsgrove's oldest building and community gathering space. 

    Follow Friends of St John's at www.facebook.com/FriendsStJohnsBromsgrove

  • Thu 12 Sep 2019 8:00 PM - 10:40 PM

    Catshill Social Club,

    Meadow Road, Catshill B61 0JJ

    Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected and lauded music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons.

    As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent and intensity, and curiosity.

    Fusing his insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline Keelaghan also forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and a monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of not only the Canadian scene, but as a member of the international singer-songwriter community.

    Armed with a songbook that has enlightened and enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey on so many levels.

    Most importantly it’s a journey that has invited fans of literate and layered songwriting to be a part of his artistic expeditions, some that weave their way through marvelously etched stories of a historical nature with underlying universal themes, and others that mine the depths of the soul and the emotional trails of human relations.¨His masterful story telling, over the course of nine recordings, has been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan his share of nominations and awards, and acclaim from  Australia to Scandinavia.The necessity to write has always been a double-edged sword."

    Go to www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk for details