Past Events

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

  • Thu 29 May 2014 8:15 PM - 11:00 PM

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

    Featuring clever word play, satire, comic verse, song parodies and some audience participation, Rob Barratt dropped into the club last year and asked if he could do a "spot" .....we gave him 10 minutes and, in that time he convinced the audience that they wanted to see more. Soooo, here he is in two full length spots ably assisted and supported by the Club's resident band, Fairfield.

    Members £6.00, under 21st £3.00 including free membership, Non members (always more than welcome) £ tickets necessary.

    For more information log on to and to get on our mailing list email bobcynfolk [at] aol [dot] com

  • Tue 20 May 2014 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

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

    Ann-Monique is a local artist and teacher with a talent for portraying everyday objects in a creative way

    Members £1.00 - Visitors £4.00

    Visit for more information

  • Thu 8 May 2014 8:15 PM - 11:00 PM

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

    One of our regular nights when we display the wealth of talent both in the club and in the wider community as we entertain each other.

    Members and performers £2.00 : visitors £4.00 : under 21s £1.00 plus free membership

    Go to for more details, directions, etc.

  • Sat 3 May 2014 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
    The Enigma String Quartet

    Charlotte Beresford, lead and violin
    Caroline Bodimead, violin
    Ellen Brookes, viola
    Elizabeth Garside, cello
    and guest singers

    Dvorak ~ String Quartet No.12 op.96 ‘The American’
    Borodin ~ Nocturne from String Quartet No.2

    –      plus excerpts from Threepenny Opera, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables,
    Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Evita, Annie Get Your Gun, An American in Paris, Westside Story and The Sound of Music.

    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.


  • Wed 30 Apr 2014 7:30 PM - Sat 3 May 2014 10:00 PM

    The Beacon Church Centre, Whetty Lane, Rubery, B45 9DL

    Rubery Drama Group is performing this memorable play to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.

    In August 1914, during the early days of the first world war, the British Government was hurriedly seeking volunteers to join the armed forces to fight in the fields of Europe. it was suggested by the Government that men would enlist in this volunteer way more willingly if they could fight alongside their friends and colleagues from their home towns and so the concept of the 'Pals' battalion was born.

    Whelan's title refers to the 700 strong Accrington battalion that marched jauntily off to war. But the play, which spans the period up to the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, is less about the men than the women left behind and their growing sense of solidarity.

    Tickets: £6.00 with £5.50 concessions

    Contact: 0121 453 8733 or 0121 445 2323

  • Sat 26 Apr 2014 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Avoncroft Arts Centre, Redditch Rd, Bromsgrove, B60 4JR.
    Tickets £5 from Val Rees 01527 873190 or email liz [at] stanton [dot] eclipse [dot] co [dot] uk

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  • Thu 24 Apr 2014 8:15 PM - 11:00 PM

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

    Four more acts who are anxious to prove to our audience that they are worthy of a full booking at the Club or Festival.........these guys are by no means amateurs, this is not a singer's night! Artists who perform here are serious about heir music and are looking to use this as a stepping stone to continued success. These nights are amongst our most entertaining as the artists are hungry for success.

    Admission: members £3.00; non-members £5.00; under 21s £2.50 plus free membership

  • 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

    Visit for more information

  • 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

    Tickets available from

    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