Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Mon 11 Mar 2013


    Councillor Campion with one of Worcestershire's mobile libraries.Councillor Campion with one of Worcestershire's mobile libraries.

    Councillor Campion with one of Worcestershire's mobile libraries.A BRAND new mobile library bus is set to take to the streets of Worcestershire by the end of the year, adding to the five buses already in circulation.

    As well as the usual library services, the new mobile library will also allow library members to access and engage in some of Worcester County Council’s other services while they are browsing the shelves.

    Currently the mobile library service covers hundreds of miles around the county, making 300 stops, and reaching more than 3,000 customers.


    The library buses work as a smaller version of local libraries, and members can browse the collections, pick up reserved books, or return books they’ve already borrowed.

    Councillor John Campion, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member with responsibility for the libraries and earning service, said: "This is an exciting time for development of the mobile library service. The bus is great for the local community and gives more residents across Worcestershire access to the libraries services. Working in partnership with county council colleagues will get more council services on the road and available in your local area."

    For more information on the mobile library service and where it stops, visit

  • Tue 5 Mar 2013


    Award winning: Bromsgrove School student Paige Corcoran received a special certificate for her portrayal of Granmama in The Witches. Ref:sAward winning: Bromsgrove School student Paige Corcoran received a special certificate for her portrayal of Granmama in The Witches.

    TALENTED students from a Bromsgrove school have been recognised for their performance of a Roald Dahl classic.

    Year nine and 10 pupils from Bromsgrove School, in Worcester Road, performed five shows of The Witches in four days.

    Birmingham Festival of Acting and Musical Entertainment awarded the school the title of Best Youth Play, following a performance at Solihull’s Dovehouse Theatre.

    The school also received a best script award, pupil James Prince received a best actor award for his performance of Chef Carbonelli, while Paige Corcoran was awarded a special certificate for her impressive portrayal of Granmama.

    Bromsgrove School’s deputy headteacher Philip Bowen commended the cast and said everyone played their part in the production’s success.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Fri 1 Mar 2013


    Michaela Strachan in her touring show ‘Really Wild Adventures’POPULAR children’s television presenter Michaela Strachan is coming to the Artrix as part of a national tour.

    The show, Really Wild Adventures, is suitable for children from three upwards and has been adapted from her own book of animal verse, taking families on a journey through an alphabet jungle of animal rhymes from antelopes to zebras.

    Members of the audience will get the chance to join in with the performance in different ways, from finding out more about a snake’s horrible habits, to playing a polar bear, or even taking part in Animal Pop Idol

    Ms Strachan has been a feature of children’s television from 25 years, as presenter of the Really Wild show, and more recently the BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes.

    The show is coming to the Artrix during the Easter holidays on Tuesday, April 2. For more information, or to book tickets visit

  • Thu 28 Feb 2013


    AN international prize-winning pianist will be joining Birmingham Chamber Orchestra for a concert at the Artrix on Sunday, March 24.

    David Quigley has given solo recitals in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, in the Vienna Musikverein, for the Salzburg Mozarteum, as well as in Carnegie Hall.

    He brings to the orchestra Haydn's G-major piano concerto, with its well-known Hungarian finale.

    Conductor Martin Leigh said: “David follows Martin Roscoe and Simon Callaghan — great pianists performing with Birmingham Chamber Orchestra.

    “He is a wonderful player, with whom I have aspired to work for many years, and the Haydn promises an unmissable treat.”

    Birmingham Chamber Orchestra will also perform Beethoven's first symphony and works by Michael Haydn and Albert Schnelzer.

    This afternoon performance starts at 3pm.

    Tickets are priced at £10 (£5 under 16) and are available online by visiting or by calling 01527 577 330

  • Wed 27 Feb 2013


    Talented: Bromsgrove resident Charlotte Moseley will be giving her first concerto performance with the Orchestra of St John’s at its March concert. Ref:sTalented: Bromsgrove resident Charlotte Moseley will be giving her first concerto performance with the Orchestra of St John’s at its March concert. Ref:s

    A POPULAR Bromsgrove orchestra, encouraging young talent, is holding its next concert this March.

    The Orchestra of St John’s Church formed in 2011, and has gone on to perform a series of concerts that have been enjoyed by townsfolk.

    On Sunday, March 10, the orchestra will be performing at St John’s Church off Kidderminster Road.

    The concert, being directed by the principal cellist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) Richard Jenkinson, opens with Vivaldi's Four Seasons - in which the orchestra will be joined by Charlotte Moseley as the violin soloist.

    The Bromsgrove resident, who is currently studying violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, has given many recitals in St John’s in recent years and is looking forward to giving her first concerto performance with the orchestra.

    The concert will feature a performance of Faure’s Requiem given by the choir, which features talented local singers including members of the CBSO.

    Lucy Sapwell, a chorister at St John’s and a member of the Ex Cathedra Vocal Academy, will also be singing Pie Jesu.

    Tickets for the concert, which begins at 7.30pm, cost £10. Accompanied children go free.The admission price includes a glass of wine or a soft drink, and a programme. Tickets can be obtained from the Parish Office 01527 878801 or on the door

  • Sun 24 Feb 2013


    Worcestershire County CouncilWorcestershire County Council

    CHILDREN aged up to 12 will soon be able to get their hands on a new children's library card from libraries across the county thanks to Worcestershire County Councils Libraries and Learning Service.

    The new card has been designed by Liz Pichon, one of the UK's rising stars in children's literature and recently awarded winner at 2012 National Book Award. Author of the popular Tom Gates book series, Liz has included characters from the books in her design for Worcestershire's children's library card.


    This exciting launch will take place early next month at libraries and schools across the county as part of a day of celebrations on World Book Day, on Thursday, March 7.

    As libraries and school across the county prepare to celebrate their favourite authors and characters, they will also be some of the lucky first to receive their children's library card designed by Liz.

    Liz has produced a video clip which will be screened during the day of celebrations, so the children can learn about her ideas and design behind the illustrations for the new card. The video will also be available on the Libraries and Learning website

  • Fri 8 Feb 2013


    THE local history group of The Bromsgrove Society is holding its next talk on February 19.

    The talk, starting at 7.45pm, will be from Ian Bott on Black Country Burials.

    On March 19, Max Keen will be giving a talk on English Civil War Events in Worcestershire.

    The society’s talks are held at the Methodist Centre, in Stratford Road.

    For more details see the society’s website,

  • Thu 7 Feb 2013


    THERE is set to be a lot of clowning around at a Bromsgrove venue this half term holiday.

    Clowning around: The National Clown Theatre is bringing its Circus Funshow to Bromsgrove this half term holiday. Ref:s


    The National Clown Theatre is bringing its Circus Funshow 

    to Bromsgrove’s Spadesbourne Suite, in the Council House, Burcot Lane, from 1.30pm on Monday, February 18.

    The show is set to feature various circus fun including traditional slapstick, magic and illusions, a human slinky, acrobat and other prizes and surprises.

    The company is one of the country’s last surviving travelling clown troupes with origins back to The Comedie Del Arte and traditional slap stick humour.

    To book tickets, or for more details, call 01384 423496.

  • Thu 10 Jan 2013


    THE Tippett Quartet, comprising John Mills and Jeremy Isaac, Julia O’Riordan and Bozidar Vukotic, will be making a welcome return to Bromsgrove’s Artrix.

    Presented by Bromsgrove Concerts the programme will include Mozart’s String Quartet in G, Beethoven’s String Quartet in C and a less familiar work – Robert Simpson’s String Quartet No 11.

    The concert, on Friday, January 18, starts at 8pm with tickets costing £16 from the venue box office on 01527 577330.

    The cost for disabled, unemployed and full time students over the age of 25 is £6 and people between the ages of eight and 25 can see it for free (thanks to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust).

  • Thu 13 Dec 2012


    A NEW edition of a book celebrating the work of three poets who haCelebration: The work of Geoffrey Hill, Molly Holden and Bromsgrove’s most popular son AE Housman is celebrated in a new edition of the successful Three Bromsgrove Poets book. Ref:sve all lived in Bromsgrove and been inspired by the town’s rural setting, has been published.

    Three Bromsgrove Poets is seen as an ideal introduction to the work of Bromsgrove’s most popular son AE Housman, and also to the work of less well-known poets Sir Geoffrey Hill and Molly Holden.

    The success of the first edition, published by the Housman Society in 2003, has led to another edition being published with more poems from Geoffrey Hill added.

    Mr Hill is considered by many to be the best living English poet, and received a knighthood for services to literature in last year’s honours list.

    The book has been compiled and illustrated by the society’s vice chairman Robin Shaw who is the author of the highly successful book Housman’s Places.

    Robin said: “Geoffrey Hill is a professor of poetry at Oxford University and is recognised as one of the leading poets of our times.

    “His grandmother was a nailer - one of the (new) poems is a tribute to the hard life she led.”


    Although born in London, Molly Holden spent her best writing years - between 1956-1981 - within a few hundred yards of St John’s Church.

    Molly, who died in 1981, produced five books during this time, which went on to be published in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Molly’s husband Alan, who died in 2007, selected which of his wife’s poetry would feature in the book, and wrote the introduction to all three poets.

    The book is available to purchase, priced at £7.50, from The Housman Society, 18 College Road, Bromsgrove, B20 2NE. Include £1.50 for postage and packaging.