Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Wed 23 May 2012

    Arts Council England has announced a nationwide network of 122 music education hubs that will play a key role in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience a high quality music education. Thirteen of the hubs are in the West Midlands.

    The new music education hubs will see a significant shift in the way music education has been delivered to date, both in and out of school.

    Organisations, including schools, professional music organisations, higher and further education institutions and other Arts Council funded organisations working in a local area will be coming together to create joined up music education provision for children and young people.

    The aim of this work is to ensure that every child aged five to 18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, to progress to the next level, and play with other children as part of an ensemble or choir.

    The successful applicants in the West Midlands are:

    Forest Arts, Walsall

    Sandwell Music Service

    Staffordshire Performing Arts

    Birmingham Music Services

    Performing Arts Service, Coventry

    Shropshire Music Service

    Telford and Wrekin Music

    Solihull Music Service

    Warwickshire Arts and Cultural Education

    Dudley Performing Arts

    Herefordshire Council

    Worcestershire County Council

    Wolverhampton Music Service

    For more information and levels of investment visit

    The 122 new hubs will provide significantly improved opportunities for all young people to benefit from high quality musical experiences regardless of where they live.

  • Mon 14 May 2012
    Storm damage: Avoncroft Museum director Simon Carter was horrified to find the storm damaged windmill in January. Ref:s Storm damage: Avoncroft Museum director Simon Carter was horrified to find the storm damaged windmill in January. Ref:s

    A BROMSGROVE 19th century windmill, damaged in winter storms in January, is on the road to restoration.

    The storms on the first weekend of the year were so fierce one of the sails of the windmill at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, snapped off, then pierced the roof on the windmill’s lower section.

    Money for the cost of repairs, around £5,000, has now been raised and the first stage of restoration, taking off the broken sails, has been completed.

    The broken sails are being placed beneath the windmill so visitors can see the damage close up.

    The windmill dates back to between 1790 and 1810, having been rescued from Danzey Green, near Tamworth-in-Arden, in the late 1960s.

    It was re-erected at the Stoke Heath-based museum and has gone on to become one of Avoncroft’s major attractions.

    The windmill was the focus of the Museum’s Open Mills Weekend, which took place last weekend. Visitors saw the windmill sailing on two sails, viewed the damaged sails, and explored the building.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Fri 11 May 2012

    AS part of Adult Learners’ Week people are being encouraged to think about learning new skills.

    Taking place all next week, the aim is to help people discover how learning can change their lives.

    One woman who experienced first hand the benefits of returning to education is 46-year-old Anita Bennett from Bromsgrove.Anita Bennett

    Mrs Bennett is a student at NEW College studying the Access to Higher Education in nursing, at Osprey House in Redditch.

    Having worked in sales since leaving school, the opportunity to have a career change arose when her company moved premises.

    Mrs Bennett, who previously volunteered with the Stroke Association, said: “I contacted various universities and was advised to undertake an access course as it was nearly 30 years since I had been in education.

    “I contacted various colleges that did the course and after my interview at New College I decided that was the place to go.

    “I liked the environment of Osprey House as it is part of the college but smaller and more homely and less intimidating than the main campus.”

    The change of direction is one that Mrs Bennett recommends to anyone.

    She added: “The decision to study the access course has changed my life and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

    “I have achieved things I never thought possible such as passing a maths exam for the first time and learning IT skills, which were alien to me.”

    Mrs Bennett will start an occupational therapy course at Coventry University in September.

    For more information about Adult Learners’ Week, visit

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Thu 10 May 2012
     A HIGH energy music and dance spectacular from Artrix and Bromsgrove Folk Club is set to wow audiences.

    The Demon Barber Roadshow, winners of the 2009 Radio 2 Folk Awards’ best live act award, features some of England’s most exciting young traditional dancers.

    Support at the 7.30pm show on Sunday, May 20, comes from Bromsgrove Folk Club’s own band Fairfield.

    Visit or call 01527 577330 for tickets costing £16 (£14).

    Read more: Dance energy | Bromsgrove Standard


  • Thu 10 May 2012

    A PRODUCTION of Annie Get Your Gun is being performed by Bromsgrove Operatic Society (BOS) at Artrix next week

    The show is based on the true story of Annie Oakley, a country girl and sharpshooter who becomes the star of a Wild West show, where she falls in love with fellow performer and marksman Frank Butler.

    The popular piece features well-known numbers, including There’s No Business Like Show Business, Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly and You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun.

    BOS chairman Ian Cox said: “This magnificent Broadway musical is one for the whole family and, with rehearsals in full swing, we look forward to a successful week at Artrix.”

    The show takes place from May 14 to 19. Tickets cost £12 on the Monday, £13 Tuesday and Wednesday and £14 Thursday, Friday and Saturday. To book visit or call 01527 577330.

    Read more: Sights set on classic show | Bromsgrove Standard

  • Tue 1 May 2012

    BROMSGROVE Festival continues with a special performance from town youngsters this Friday, (May 4).

    Pupils from Bromsgrove Middle Schools will be rehearsing with vocal tutors from the Ex-Cathedra Education Programme, one of the most prominent singing education programmes in the UK, on the Big Spring Singing Day.

    The youngsters will be preparing throughout the day for a evening one-hour concert at the Artrix Theatre, in School Drive, from 6.30pm.

    The day has been organised in association with the David Morgan Music Trust. David, a former councillor, left money to help further the musical education of Bromsgrove youngsters.

    Tickets cost £5 adults, £2 concessions.

    This Saturday, May 5, from 7.45 pm, the Artrix will host the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra - one of the UK’s top big bands which has performed around the world.

    The orchestra’s members, all under 25, have tasted success in the BBC’s National Big Band competition and received awards from the International Association for Jazz Education in Miami, Florida and Toronto.

    The Chilingirian Quartet will be performing at Grafton Manor, at the chapel, on May 9, from 7.45pm.

    The quartet will be joined by saxophonist Amy Dickson, who has forged an impressive international career, winning many prizes, and is a Prince’s Trust and Australian Children’s Music Foundation ambassador.

    Tickets are priced at £20.

    To book tickets call 01527 876504 or visit the new festival office, at Bromsgrove Library in Stratford Road.

    The office is open Monday to Friday between 10.30am-3.30pm, and on Saturdays between 10.30am-1pm.

    For more details on the festival including information on the last weekend of the festival, May 11-12, see


    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Tue 1 May 2012

    BROMSGROVE’S multi purpose arts centre, the Artrix, will be playing host to Paul Brady for the first time.

    The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and successful artists.

    He crosses musical boundaries incorporating folk, rock, blues, traditional Irish and classic pop into his songwriting and his shows include material from his extensive catalogue of 40 years.

    Often classified as a “musician’s musician“, his songs have been performed by Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner, Art Garfunkel, Maura O’Connell and more recently Ronan Keating.

    The show will feature songs such as The Island, Crazy Dreams, The Homes of Donegal, The Long Goodbye, Paradise is Here and others which have given joy and emotional substance over the years to generations of Irish at home and abroad.

    An evening with Paul Brady is a captivating experience and at this show, on May 6, he will be singing songs from his new anthology album Dancer In The Fire.


    Paul’s special guest for the evening is Eleanor McAvoy.

    Tickets for the show, costing £22.50, are available from the artrix box office on 01527 577330 or online at

    For more information, visit

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Sat 28 Apr 2012

    A BROMSGROVE open air museum is providing a range of entertainment for the family to enjoy this May Day bank holiday.

    Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, in Redditch Road, Stoke Heath, will be alive with a host of traditional craftsmen including weavers, rope makers, spinners and bee keepers during the holiday, on May 7.

    There will be a display of crafts including patch-working, music and traditional dancing, and a blacksmith working in the museum’s forge.

    One of the highlights will be the traditional May Pole Dance, which visitors can join in with if they wish.

    Families can participate in some willow weaving, and face painting, while there will be a special floral trail to follow around the museum, and guided tours for visitors.

    There is a small charge for the children’s workshops.

    To pre-book on one of the tours call the museum on 01527 831363.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser


  • Thu 26 Apr 2012

    THE BROMSGROVE branch of a town supermarket has opened a new space for organisations to use as a meeting place.

    The town’s ASDA supermarket, in Market Street, is opening up its training room as a free community centre to not-for-profit organisations requiring a meeting space.

    There is no cost to the organisation, and no requirement for anyone using the space to shop at the store.

    Among the organisation that are eligible are schools, skills trainers, homework clubs, health clubs, neighbourhood watch schemes, teaching courses and community police events.

    Store manager, Nigel Palmer, said: "We are opening up our training room because we realise having a space to sit down and meet is becoming increasingly harder for organisations.

    “We'll be keeping an events calendar on our community life noticeboard so people are aware of the bigger events and those which are open to all."

    ASDA require four weeks notice of a booking and evidence of public liability insurance, which most groups should have.

    For more details, or to make a request to book the space, call Dawn on 01527 839500 extension 222, or email Community_Bromsgrove [at] asda [dot] co [dot] uk.


  • Thu 26 Apr 2012
    The cast from Oh What A Lovely WarSTUDENTS from NEW College will be putting on a performance at Bromsgrove's Artrix theatre.

    Performing arts students from the college will be staging Oh What A Lovely War, first performed in 1963.

    Both funny and deeply moving, the play combines live music, dance, songs and sketches to create a picture of life for those on the front line and those behind it.

    Told through the songs, headlines and facts of the period, it’s a chilling reminder of man’s inhumanity to man.

    The play is on May 2 and 3 with a matinee each day starting at 1pm and an evening performance at 7.30pm.

    Tickets cost £5 from the Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or online at

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser