Past Events

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

  • Tue 15 Apr 2014 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    St John Ambulance Centre, Barnsley Hall Drive, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0EX

    Terence is a local artist with a passion for capturing the essence of British landscapes in acrylics

    Members £1.00 - Visitors £4.00

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  • Sat 12 Apr 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    All Saints' church, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove. 

    he programme will include Schubert's Mass in G and Ave Maria, as well as Haydn's "Spring" from his "Seasons", and "The Heavens are telling", from "The Creation". The soloists will be Sheila Davies (sop), Russell Painter (tenor), Simon Gray (bass) and Joe Waggott (organ), and the conductor is John Brierley. 

    Tickets £10, (children/students free),  including refreshments available from Wendy on 01527 873826.

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  • Sat 12 Apr 2014 11:00 AM - Sun 13 Apr 2014 4:00 PM

    FORGE MILL Museum Redditch 

    'Engineering the Past' - a project exploring the industrial heritage of Redditch 1939-1964  by Jestaminute Community Theatre and funded by the Heritage Lottery.

    A living exhibition featuring a series of linked readings created by Andy Higgitt and delivered by community members, including the U3A. The readings  tell stories of working lives in Redditch 1939-1964 and are based on the oral testimonies collected as part of the Heritage Lottery funded 'Engineering the Past ' project run by Jestaminute Community Theatre c.i.c.Performance times: 11.30 am  & 2 pm each day   plus a drop in ‘Preserving Living History’ Family Workshop  session all day and an exhibition showing  how we collected & used the stories of people who worked at the HDA , Royal Enfield,  Terry’s, BSA and  more . ALL  FREE!!! ( normal optional museum entry rates apply) 


  • Fri 11 Apr 2014 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Arytrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    Ben Cooper spent the first 18 years of his life living in Bromsgrove.

    He is now the Controller of one of the most famous radio stations in the world and one of the most powerful people in the broadcasting industry.

    In the last two years, he has undertaken some of the biggest schedule changes in the past ten years, had to decide whether or not to play 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' after Margaret Thatcher's death, put on the biggest event in the station's history for 100,000 people and introduce Her Majesty The Queen to some of his famous DJs.

    So, how did the boy from Aston Fields end up running BBC Radio 1? Ben reveals all on *date at time at venue*. In what promises to be a fascinating evening, Ben will also share his opinions on the future of radio and the challenges facing him when young people are spending more and more time on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    • 8pm until 9:30
    • Talk lasting 40 minutes, followed by wine or coffee. Question and answer session, book signing.
    • Books available to buy. Convivial atmosphere
    • A chance to meet writers and make contact
    • To hear first hand what writers explore in their work
    • The nature and process of writing
    • Issues and ideas they pursue

    Tickets £12.00 (Concessions £6.00) via booking form here or Artrix Box Office here

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  • Thu 10 Apr 2014 8:15 PM - 11:00 PM

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

    Kieran Halpin is equally at home playing to a small folk club audience and a large festival crowd. He is also one of the hardest touring musicians on the scene today with upwards of 160 shows per year all over the world.

    If the mark of a great songwriter is the number of artists singing their songs – then Kieran Halpin must be considered a great modern writer of songs. There can be few writers on the acoustic/folk  scene in Europe today who have had more songs covered. Names like Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, The Battlefield Band, Ilse De Lange, John Wright, Flossie, Niamh Parsons, Chris Jones and countless more have recorded his songs. In fact his songs can be heard in folk clubs, pubs and festivals all over the world sung by the famous and not so famous. Often the songs are better known than the writer himself! Some have been translated into German, Finnish and Spanish! He has recorded albums in his native Ireland, Scotland, London, Nashville, Oxford and Sydney.

    Whilst his albums are always something to look forward to it is live on stage where Halpin makes his mark. Powerful and passionate, intimate and intense, he is impossible to ignore. He has managed to marry his intelligent and thought provoking lyrics with great melodies and has developed over the years into a writer with a unique style. All this is underscored by an incisive wit in his introductions which helps an audience understand where the song comes from and hint at where it might be going. 

    Admission: members £6.00; non-members £8.00

    under 21s £3.00 plus free membership!!


  • Sat 5 Apr 2014 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, Worcs
    Serenata Winds
    Neil Aston, lead and clarinet
    Clare-Louise Appleby, flute
    Simon Dewhurst, oboe
    Cath Butler, horn
    Jo Mayne, bassoon

    Arnold ~ Divertimento
    Jacob ~ A simple Serenade
    Warlock ~ Capriol Suite
    Grainger ~ Lisbon
    Grainger ~ Walking Tune
    Holst ~ Quintet
    Hallam ~ Dance Suite
    Central Composers Alliance ~ Variations on ‘Sosban Fach’

    ‘Sosban Fach’, written to celebrate the birth of Prince George, is premiered this evening during a programme of wide-ranging English music. A new and exciting ensemble to TMS.

    Tickets on the door £13, or £12 in advance from The Village Green Grocer or contact marian [at] midlandsinfonia [dot] co [dot] uk  0121 447 7040. F/T students and reg. unemployed £5, children free when accompanied by an adult.


  • Thu 27 Mar 2014 8:15 PM - 11:00 PM

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

    Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world. He has performed in over thirty countries around the world, confirming the universal appeal for the songs and stories with which he observes the minute and often humorous details of life. 

    A member of the internationally renowned Sands Family from County Down, Colum established his reputation as a songwriter with the release of his first solo album, Unapproved Road in 1981. Songs like Whatever you say, say nothing, and Almost every Circumstance were soon in the repertoire of artists from Billy Connolly to Maddy Prior and June Tabor.

    His second album The March Ditch inspired a special BBC television documentary and songs like The Man with the Cap and Looking the loan of a Spade confirmed his unique ability to observe locally and appeal universally.

    On his travels around the world he soon discovered that many of his songs had arrived before him, carried by other singers and in recordings by fellow performers like Andy Irvine, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, Roy Bailey, Mick Hanley, Gerard van Maasakkers, Rosemary Woods, Iain Mc Intosh and Enda Kenny.

    Between touring and recording, countless other performers have been introduced to the air waves through Colum's work as a presenter of BBC Radio Ulster's Folk club programme, he has also broadcast a series of programmes for BBC Radio 2 and has compiled and presented a series RTE Radio called "Rootin About'.

    In May 2012 he presented the highly acclaimed BBC Radio 4 documentary, The First LP in Ireland, tracing the work of early folk collectors in Ireland.

    His work in radio and studio production earned him the Living Tradition Award for services to Folk and Traditional Music. Colum has also produced countless albums for traditional singers and songwriters, he also produced four tracks on the Sound Neighbours CD released by the Smithsonian Institute in Washingtom, an album which was short listed for a Grammy Nomination. 

    Admission...Members £6.00 : non-members £8.00 : under 21s £3.00 plus free membership

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  • Wed 26 Mar 2014 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    John Adams Memorial, The Cemetery, Church Road

    The annual ceremony will be held this year by the recently restored John Adams Memorial in the Bromsgrove Cemetery. It will be followed by a buffet lunch in Bromsgrove School’s Old Chapel, by kind invitation of the Headmaster of Bromsgrove School.   Julian Hunt, whose research into John Adams’ relationship with Bromsgrove has revealed much new information, will be Guest of the Day.

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  • Fri 21 Mar 2014 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ


    Anna Harpham violin

    Ciaran McCabe violin

    Ann Beilby viola

    Rowena Calvert cello



    Timothy Orpen

    Janacek: String Quartet No 2 'Intimate Letters'
    Ian Venables: Canzonetta for clarinet and string quartet (1st performance - Joint Bromsgrove Concerts/Droitwich Concert Club Commission)
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K581

    The centrepiece for this concert is the new short piece commissioned from Ian Venables jointly by Bromsgrove Concerts and Droitwich Concert Club using money donated to each of us by the Kay Trust. The second performance will be at Droitwich on March 22nd. Timothy Orpen played for us, as part of a clarinet trio, in October 2010, and the Cavaleri Quartet played at Droitwich last season.


  • Thu 20 Mar 2014 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1AX

    Competing pupils from Bromsgrove’s schools will speak a poem by A.E. Housman and another of their own choice.   There are categories for Sixth Formers, Seniors and for the Middle School age group.  The winner of the Housman Cup will read at the Bromsgrove Commemoration on 26 March. Free Entry.

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  • Wed 19 Mar 2014 7:30 PM - Sat 22 Mar 2014 10:30 PM

    Redditch Palace Theatre, Alcester Street, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 8AE

    7:30 PM Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Saturday, March 22, 2014 and Sat Mat at 2.30 PM

    All and Sundry present........


    by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer

    Dibley, a small Oxfordshire village, is assigned a female vicar following the changes in the Church of VICAR OF DIBLEYEngland that permitted the ordination of women. In ratings terms, the programme is among the most successful in the digital era and has also received multiple British Comedy Awards. With a wealth of hilarious characters including David Horton, pompous chairman of the Parish Council; Alice Tinker, dippy church verger; Hugo Horton, David’s sweet-natured yet dim-witted son; Frank Pickle, the likable but boring and pedantic secretary of the parish council; Jim Trott, openly promiscuous with a penchant for young blondes and Eastern beauties; and Owen Newitt, the flatulent farmer with questionable attitudes towards his animals.

    This production will comprise the episodes ‘The Arrival’, ‘Election’, and ‘The Easter Bunny’

    Tickets Eves    £12.75* & £11.75*
    Mat      £11.75* & £10.75*
    *inclusive of booking fee 75p  per ticket up to a maximum of £3.00

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    Age: Suitable for all

  • Tue 18 Mar 2014 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    St John Ambulance Centre, Barnsley Hall Drive, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0EX

    DJ's inspirations are taken from the awesome beauty found in nature. He captivates his viewers by using alternative perspectives and luminescent painting techniques to dramatise and bring everyday outdoor scenes to vivid life.

    Members £1.00 - Visitors £4.00

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  • Sun 16 Mar 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

    Tickets: no charge ~ donations appreciated

    TMS wishes to encourage young musicians by offering a platform to perform, to gain valuable experience and confidence.

    Calling all teachers and parents – give children aged up to 18 years the chance to play to an appreciative audience.

    For more details contact Marian Barwell on 0121 447 7040 or by email: marian [at] midlandsinfonia [dot] co [dot] uk


  • Sat 15 Mar 2014 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    Artrix, School Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1AX


    • Karl Jenkins - The Armed man
    • Samuel Barber - Agnus Dei

    .....with soloists from  The Birmingham Conservatoire

    Tickets £10.00. Under 16s £5.00

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  • Fri 14 Mar 2014 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    Natalie Haynes, writer and broadcaster, will talk about being a judge for the Man Booker Prize 2013 and her new novel

    Natalie Haynes is a writer, classicist and broadcaster. She has written for The Independent, The Times, The Observer and The Guardian, and she is a frequent voice on Radio 4. Her latest radio series, Natalie Haynes Stands Up For The Classics, will be broadcast in 2014. Her first novel, The Amber Fury, is published in March 2014. Previous books include The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.

    She has spoken about classics everywhere from the Voltaire Lecture in Bloomsbury to Chicago Ideas Week. She was judge of the Orange Prize in 2012, the Man Booker Prize in 2013, and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2014. So please don't ask her to read anything because her eyes hurt.

    • 8pm until 9:30
    • Talk lasting 40 minutes, followed by wine or coffee. Question and answer session, book signing.
    • Books available to buy. Convivial atmosphere
    • A chance to meet writers and make contact
    • To hear first hand what writers explore in their work
    • The nature and process of writing
    • Issues and ideas they pursue

    Tickets....£12.00 or £6.00 students....can be obtained by downloading and submitting an application form here or from Artrix Box Office here

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  • Thu 13 Mar 2014 8:15 PM - 11:00 PM

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

    Master singer/songwriter brings his brilliantly beautiful music to Catshill..........and, as an added bonus he will be bringing superb guitarist, Mick Dolan to play with him. Support from Fairfield who just get better and better.

    No tickets on the door. Members £6.00...non-members £8.00.....under 21s £3.00 and one year's free membership.

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  • Tue 11 Mar 2014 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    80 New Road, Bromsgrove, B60 2LA

    The meeting will be followed by wine and refreshments. The evening concludes with a talk from Andrew Maund on A.E. Housman’s life at Bromsgrove School, in which he will relate the relevance of his school experiences to his poetry.

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  • Wed 5 Mar 2014 10:00 AM - Sun 30 Mar 2014 10:00 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    Bromsgrove Framed - Malcolm Brookes

    An exhibition of pictures by Malcolm Brookes produced during the last forty five years which take Bromsgrove and its district as the starting point.

    Though some are topographical, it is their formal compositional possibilities which first attracted the artist. A recent series developed into abstracts. The main media are oils, gouache and pastels.

    Wednesday 5th - 30th March

    10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday
    and on performance evenings

    FREE admission


  • Sat 1 Mar 2014 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    St John's Church, Bromsgrove, B61 7JWSimon Smith - double bass - The Orchestra of St John, Bromsgrove

    Conductor   Richard Jenkinson
    Soloists   Gwilym Bowen (tenor)
    Tim Stidwill (French horn)
    Claire Prewer (soprano)
    Lara Bienkowska (contralto)
    Ian Bell (bass)

    Vaughan Williams   Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Britten   Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
    Haydn   Nelson Mass

    Tickets   £10 including a programme and interval refreshments accompanied school-age children free

    Box Office   Parish Office - telephone 01527-878801 Mon-Fri 11.00am - 3.00pm
    and also available on the door

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  • Fri 28 Feb 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove,

    A repeat offering of the concert that was cancelled last year because of snow. The Tippett Quartet will be playing Mozart's quartet in G major K387, Robert Simpson's String Quartet No. 11 and Beethoven's 3rd. Rasumovsky quartet. 

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