Bromsgrove Arts News

  • 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


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    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.

  • Wed 12 Dec 2012


    ART lovers are invited to the next meeting of a town art society.

    Bromsgrove Art Society is holding the meeting this Tuesday, December 18, at the St John Ambulance Centre, in Barnsley Hall Drive, Birmingham Road, from 7.30pm.

    Graham Wilson will be appearing and showing his funny cartoons and there will be a competition to design a humorous Christmas card which Graham will judge.

    There is an entry fee of £2, 50p for members, which includes festive drinks and snacks.

  • Thu 29 Nov 2012


    BROMSGROVE residents are being invited to try flower arranging at a demonstration being held next week.

    Tricia Penney, from Peppermint Bespoke Floristry and Venue Dressing, will be demonstrating how to arrange flowers for Christmas at the demonstration being held at 11am at Bromsgrove Library, in Stratford Road, this Tuesday, December 4.

    Tricia will be creating, and showing how to make, eye-catching wreaths and unusual table decorations.

    She will also be offering advice on choosing and using fresh and silk flowers.

    Tickets cost £1, which includes entry in a raffle to win flowers arranged by Tricia on the day.

    Jas Payne, Bromsgrove Library manager, said: "Tricia came to Hagley Library earlier in the year and not only created stunning arrangements, but also filled us with the know-how and enthusiasm to go home and have-a-go ourselves.

    “We're now thrilled to welcome her to Bromsgrove Library, and can't wait to see what ideas she has for Christmas arrangements."

    As places are limited, it is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment.

    To book, or for more details, call the library on 01905 822722.

  • Tue 27 Nov 2012


    BROMSGROVE Choral Society is set to hold its annual Christmas concert.

    The group will perform at All Saints’ Church, Burcot Lane, on Saturday, December 8.

    The programme, which will begin at 7.30pm, will include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and other festive music.

    Tickets cost £10 for adults and are free for children and students. They can be bought by calling Wendy Stevens on 01527 873826.

    For more information about this concert go to our Events Section or visit 

  • Wed 14 Nov 2012

    Arts Council England have announced 22 projects, including two areas in Worcestershire that will share approximately £55,000 to test automatic library membership for children and young people. It is hoped these projects will lead to an increase in children, young people and families using their local libraries and stimulate more reading for pleasure. £10,000 of this funding will be used for evaluation of all the projects.

    The Worcestershire project will provide Instant membership for children over eight years by visiting schools and joining all children in years 4, 5 and 6. 

    Initially starting in two areas of Worcestershire, this will be rolled out to all areas with children being offered a newly designed exciting library card and encouraged to upgrade to full membership, bringing along their whole families to join up and become active library members.These projects are
    supported by the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Mediaand Sport.

    The projects include libraries working with birth registration services to offer library cards at birth, work with nurseries and school library services to promote library memberships to local children and families, and work with leisure services to offer combined library and leisure cards for children and young people.

    The automatic library membership projects will work towards achieving the Arts Council's goals of ensuring that every child and young person has the opportunity to engage with their library service, and of ensuring that libraries are sustainable and resilient.

    Arts Council England is working with the library sector to help create libraries which are at the heart of local communities, helping to inspire and empower people to lead active lives enriched by culture. More details of the Arts Council's work with libraries, including the Libraries development initiative and a programme of research and debate entitled Envisioning the library of the future, can be found in our Supporting libraries pages.