Bromsgrove Arts News

  • 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

  • Sun 22 Apr 2012

    FOLK fans are being invited to events which form part of Bromsgrove Festival’s fringe.

    Each year Bromsgrove Folk Club brings international artists to the town as part of the festival’s commitment to bringing music of all tastes to the town.

    On April 26, Cloudstreet will be making a welcome return to the town as they begin their 2012 summer tour.

    The Australian duo play traditional music and have been a firm favourite following previous performances in Bromsgrove.

    The show will be taking place at Catshill Social Club, in Meadow Road. Doors open at 7.40pm, with the show starting at 8.15pm.

    On Thursday, May 10, Al Parrish will be performing at the venue, also from 8.15pm.

    The Canadian used to be a bass player for the popular group Tanglefoot, but he has now branched out on his own.

    Al is planning a night of his original material, as well as some carefully chosen covers including a couple of traditional songs and some Tanglefoot favourites.

    Al plays all these songs on acoustic guitar, on his trademark double bass, or simply sings them a cappella.

    Both events are priced at £6 for members, £8 for non-members.

    They also come under the club's new policy of free membership and half price admission for anyone under 21-years-old.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Tue 10 Apr 2012
    Jinney Ring potter Nancy Frost prepares for her charity pot throw in aid of the Dig Deep charity.A POTTER based at Hanbury’s Jinney Ring Craft Centre is aiming to raise £500 for charity by making 100 pots in a day.

    As part of a weekend of clay-related activities to mark St George’s Day on April 21, Nancy Frost is inviting Jinney Ring visitors to sponsor her pot throwing efforts in a bid to raise funds for Dig Deep, a charity which works to provide clean water and renewable energy in east Africa.

    The challenge is in support of Nancy’s daughter’s work with the charity and she hopes to raise at least £500 by finding 100 people who will each sponsor her 5p a pot.

    “This challenge is going to be tough as I’m not a production potter and the most pots I’ve ever thrown in a day before is 25,” she said. “However, I’m determined to do my best and I hope lots of people will drop in to watch my shelves fill as I endeavour to reach my goal of 100 pots in a day.”

    But it’s not just Nancy that will be getting to grips with clay on the weekend of April 21 – 22. To celebrate St George’s Day, Nancy and her fellow Jinney Ring potters will be running a free castle-themed ‘Play in the Clay Tray’ activity for children from 11.30am – 4pm on April 22.

    Children will also be able to attend a drop-in workshop on the same day where they can have a go at making crowns and other items relating to England’s patron saint. All items can be taken home on the day and the workshop costs £3 per child.

    For more information on the St George’s Day workshop call 01527 821272 or visit

    Anyone interested in sponsoring Nancy should call in to The Pottery at the Jinney Ring.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Tue 10 Apr 2012

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

    On Tuesday, April 17, artist David Birtwistle will be giving a demonstration of a townscape in watercolour.

    David has his own gallery, Birties of Worcester, and exhibits widely in other galleries and with societies, including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Society of Architect-Artists, of which he is a fellow.

    David also has an international following after reproducing his watercolours as cards, calendars and prints.


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

    There is an entry fee of £2, 50p for members, which includes coffee and biscuits.

  • Mon 9 Apr 2012

    THE local history group of the Bromsgrove Society is inviting residents to the final talk of its current winter series.

    On April 17, Dave Wood and James Swann will be speaking on the East Worcestershire Waterworks Company.

    The talk begins at 7.45pm, and will be held at Bromsgrove Methodist Centre, in Stratford Road.

    For more details see

  • Fri 6 Apr 2012
     Winners ceremony: Youngsters who took part in the Go Create! competition receive their winner’s prizes from county councillors Sheila Blagg, June Griffiths, Kit Taylor and Anthony Blagg. Ref:s
    CREATIVE youngsters from Bromsgrove have been rewarded after taking part in a major arts competition.

    Organised by Artrix Outreach, the 2011 Go Create! competition was open to youngsters aged between four and 25-years-old.

    The theme was Here I Am, and the young competitors were challenged to interpret this in their own creative ways in film, animation, photography, and the visual arts.

    Among the youngsters creations were a Lego animation, featuring a number of Bromsgrove landmarks, and photos of the local environment.

    A prizewinner’s ceremony was held at the Artrix, in School Drive, with the friends and families of the category winners invited along to celebrate.

    Prizes, including vouchers, art materials and digital cameras, were given to the winners by county councilors Sheila Blagg, June Griffiths, Kit Taylor and Anthony Blagg.

    A spokesman for Artrix Outreach said: “The judges were overwhelmed by the quality of the work submitted and delighted by the looks on the winners’ faces as they came to get their prizes.

    “All were very well deserved.”

    Organisers of Go Create! are now hoping to run the competition again this year, setting up new after-school workshops and courses for the participants.