Past Events

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

  • Sun 5 Jun 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    Tony Garnett was born in Birmingham and read psychology at University College, London where he spent most of his time acting in the Drama Society and on TV.  Describing himself as a Jack of all trades, helping to make dramatic fiction for the screen Tony has had a prestigious and varied career as an actor, script editor, screenwriter, director and producer. 

    He began his television career in his twenties as an actor, appearing in The Boys and a wide selection of TV dramas including Z Cars.  From 1964 to 1969 he worked on The Wednesday Play and produced many films for television including Cathy Come Home. He continued his collaboration with Ken Loach with The big Flame, After a Lifetime, Family Life, Days of Hope and The Price of Coal. He also produced and co-wrote Kes, from Barry Hines’ book A Kestrel for a Knave.

    In addition he introduced Mike Leigh with Hard Labour, GF Newman with Law and Order and Roland Joffe’s first film, The Spongers  

    He produced, wrote and directed Prostitute in 1979 and Handgun in 1981. Working in Hollywood in the Eighties he produced work as varied as Earth Girls are Easy and the Sesame Street film Follow That Bird and The Shadowmakers, starring Paul Newman and directed by Roland Joffe.

    In 1990 he returned to the UK , bringing to the screen many single films and drama series, including Ballykissangel, Between the Lines and This Life.

    He has also had a prestigious academic career and did five years as Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway College,  University of London, with honorary doctorates from Reading and Birmingham universities.

    Since stepping back from producing work for the screen, he has published two novels: The Seductions of Lucy Foster and Marine Ices. His third, Free Love, will be published soon.

    TICKETS

    Single Tickets, £12  subject to availability, can be purchased from the Ticket Secretary, WORDS,

    13 Robins Hill Drive, Alvechurch, B48 7NJ.  Tel: 0121 445 3485

     Or from the BOX OFFICE at ARTRIX., School Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1AX

          Tel:  01527 577330   boxoffice [at] artrix [dot] co [dot] uk   www.artrix.co.uk

    For more information visit www.bromsgrovewords.com

  • Thu 26 May 2016 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

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

    Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011 and were soon signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 they released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene.

    In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award following which Following they toured the country and, after completing school and University Exams, began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

    After recording their second album in the November of 2013, again with Fellside, Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The second album, The Call, was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”.

    The duo come from musical households and both began to develop their musical skills long before joining forces. Algar, originally a member of TRI became All Ireland Champion, and All Britain Champion on numerous occasions before the age of 16 and Russell had begun a career as a solo musician supporting acts such as Karine Polwart and Lau, amongst others.

    Admission...members £7.00 under 25s £3.50 non members £9.00

    For more details contact Bob on 0121 476 5938 and/or go to www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk

  • Sat 21 May 2016 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Avoncroft Arts Centre, Redditch Rd, Bromsgrove, B60 4JR.

    MC Dee Chapman & Musicians Patchwork

    Tickets £9 including light refreshments.
    Liz stanton 01905 353995 or liz [at] stanton [dot] eclipse [dot] co [dot] uk

  • Sat 7 May 2016 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    St Laurence Church, School Lane, Alvechurch, B48 7SB

    Programme.......................

    • Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante
    • Schubert – Quartetsatz D.103
    • Schubert – Quartetsatz D.703
    • Schoenberg – Transfigured Night

    Performed by Richard Laing and friends

    Ticket information – 2015/16 Season:

    The doors open at 7pm for our pre-concert bar serving wine and soft drinks.......interval refreshments include bar, tea, coffee and cake

    Adult   £13 Advance booking discounts   £1 per ticket

    School Children   Free when accompanying adults

    Full time students Free

    Young Musicians’ Showcase   Donations

    Tickets available from  Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or from TMS 0121 447 7040

    or book on line HERE

    Parking & Accessibilty   Free on-site parking + disabled access & facilities

  • Sat 30 Apr 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    St John's Church, Kidderminster Rd, Bromsgrove B61 7JW map

    A blockbuster of a work, Verdi’s Requiem is often described as the best opera he never wrote. Lavish, dramatic and downright scary, this piece will pin you to your seat. It’s the ultimate in dramatic intensity: this extraordinary work speaks of heaven and hell, fire and earth, darkness and light in music that is as much theatrical as it is devotional. 

    Prepare for a whirlwind of a performance from a super line-up of soloists including Claire Prewer, together with the ladies and gentlemen of the Chorus of the Orchestra of St John. 

    “Local music making at its best” The Birmingham Post.

     

    Orchestra of St John.................Richard Jenkinson conductor

    • Claire Prewer soprano
    • TBC  alto
    • TBC  tenor
    • TBC  bass
    • The OSJ Chorus

     

    Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door, u16s free. On sale from March 1st 2016

    Box office  www.artrix.co.uk ...... 01527 577330

    or in person at Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B61 1PQ 

    or call 01527 870048

    For more information visit www.osjbromsgrove.org

  • Thu 28 Apr 2016 7:00 PM - Sat 30 Apr 2016 7:00 PM

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

    Rubery Drama Group present

    Once Bitten

    A farce adapted from Alfred Hennequin and Alfred Delacour’s  The Veauradieux Case by Reggie Oliver

    Doors open 7.00 pm, Curtain up 7.30 pm

    Tickets £7 (£6 concession)

    For more information or to book tickets

    0121 453 8733 or 0121 445 2323 or email kaymo [at] talktalk [dot] net

  • Sun 24 Apr 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    Elaine Feinstein (nee Cooklin) is a prize-winning poet, novelist, playwright, biographer and translator. She has written fifteen novels, many radio plays and television dramas. Her first novel, The Circle (1970) was long listed for the ‘lost’ Man Booker prize in 2010. Her five biographies include A Captive Lion: the Life of Marina Tsvetaeva (1987) and Pushkin (1998). Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet (2001) was shortlisted for the biennial Marsh Biography Prize. Her biography of Anna Akhmatova, Anna of all the Russias (2005) has been translated into twelve languages, including Russian.

    Elaine Feinstein has travelled extensively, not only to read her work at festivals across the world, but to be Writer in Residence for the British Council, first in Singapore, and then in Tromso, Norway. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at Bellagio in 1998. Her work has been translated into most European languages. She has served as a judge for the Gregory Awards, the Independent Foreign Fiction Award, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Rossica Award for Literature translated from Russian, and in 1995 was chairman of the judges for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

    In 2005 she was awarded a Civil List pension in recognition of her services to Literature

    TICKETS

    Single Tickets, £12  subject to availability, can be purchased from the Ticket Secretary, WORDS,

    13 Robins Hill Drive, Alvechurch, B48 7NJ.  Tel: 0121 445 3485

     Or from the BOX OFFICE at ARTRIX., School Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1AX

          Tel:  01527 577330   boxoffice [at] artrix [dot] co [dot] uk   www.artrix.co.uk

    For more information visit www.bromsgrovewords.com

  • Sat 16 Apr 2016 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    The Ark, St Laurence Church, School Lane, Alvechurch, B48 7SB

    Programme..............

    • Rossini – Barber of Saville Overture
    • Bizet – Suite from Carmen
    • Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio
    • ............and many more Spanish delights – olé!

    Performed by The Enigma String Quartet
    Charlotte Beresford and Caroline Bodimead, violins,                  Elly Gosling, viola and Elizabeth Garside, cello

    To compliment this evening’s concert, the usual refreshments are available during the interval plus sangria and tapas.

    Ticket information – 2015/16 Season:               

    The doors open at 7pm for our pre-concert bar serving wine and soft drinks.......interval refreshments include bar, tea, coffee and cake

    Adult   £13 Advance booking discounts   £1 per ticket

    School Children   Free when accompanying adults

    Full time students Free

    Tickets available from  Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or from TMS 0121 447 7040

    or book on line HERE

    Parking & Accessibilty   Free on-site parking + disabled access & facilities

  • Sat 19 Mar 2016 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    St Laurence Church, School Lane, Alvechurch, B48 7SB

    Programme......

    • Dvorak – ‘American’ Quartet
    • Elgar – Violin Sonata
    • Laing – Violin Sonata
    • Borodin – Notturno, 2nd Quartet


    performed by Ricahrd Laing, Shuah Oliver, Simon Marlow and friends

     

     

    Ticket information – 2015/16 Season:

    The doors open at 7pm for our pre-concert bar serving wine and soft drinks.......interval refreshments include bar, tea, coffee and cake

    Adult   £13 Advance booking discounts   £1 per ticket

    School Children   Free when accompanying adults

    Full time students Free

    Young Musicians’ Showcase   Donations

    Tickets available from  Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or from TMS 0121 447 7040

    or book on line HERE

    Parking & Accessibilty   Free on-site parking + disabled access & facilities

  • Sat 19 Mar 2016 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    All Saints’ Church, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove, B60 1AF

    Spring Concert

    Programme...

    • Faure’s Requiem
    • Chilcott’s Requiem

    Conductor....John Brierley

    Soloists....

    • Sheila Davies (soprano)
    • Dale Harris (tenor)
    • Simon Gray (bass)
    • Joe Cooper (organ). 

     

    Tickets priced £10 (children/students free) are available from 01527 873826 or on the door

  • Fri 18 Mar 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    Founded in 2007 and winners of the 2012 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest, we welcome the Benyounes Quartet on their first visit to Bromsgrove. We are also delighted that they will play Ian Venables’ only String Quartet - originally commissioned by Droitwich Concert Club for their 25th anniversary in 1998.

    Benyounes Quartet....

    • Zara Benyounes violin
    • Emily Holland violin
    • Tetsuuma Nagata viola
    • Kim Vaughan cello

    Programme....

    • Mozart: String Quartet in D K575
    • Ian Venables: String Quartet Op 32 (1998)
    • Debussy: String Quartet

    Tickets......

    Available from www.artrix.co.uk or call box office on 01527 577330 (booking fees may apply)

    Single tickets cost £18. Concessionary tickets for registered disabled patrons, unemployed people and all students cost £5. Young people aged 8 to 25 can be admitted free of charge thanks to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    See http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk/index.php/site/ticket_prices for further details of discounts vioa membership subscriptions and other benefits

    For more details of this and other Bromsgrove Concerts events go to

    www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

  • Sat 12 Mar 2016 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    St Andrew’s Church, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green B45 8NR

    • A Baroque evening featuring......
      • Bach: Cantata No. 106 (Actus Tragicus)
      • Pergolesi: Magnificat
      • Vivaldi: Gloria

    with soloists from Birmingham Conservatoire

    Tickets £10.00....accompanied children (up to 16 years of age) FREE

    Phone the Ticket Secretary TEL: 0121 445 2344.or please contact a society member

     

    For more infomation visit www.barntgreenchoralsociety.org.uk

  • Thu 10 Mar 2016 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

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

    The songwriters' songwriter, John Richards began writing and performing in his early teens.  Over the years he has quietly become one of the most covered writers on the UK folk scene and has been a well respected musician and songwriter from those early days.

    Songs such as Did you like the Battle Sir? (written with Bev Pegg), Honour & Praise, The Deserter, Shine On, Roaring Water Bay (written with Dave Jones), The Unknown Soldier, The Moth, Foundryman’s Daughter, The Smuggler’s Song (written with Rudyard Kipling wink), and If You Can Walk You Can Dance have been covered by some of UK Folk music’s finest professional artists as well as a long line of local singers.

    Members £6.00....under 25s £3.00.....non-members (always more than welcome) £8.00

    for more information visit www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk

    or call/email Bob 0121 476 5938 - bobcynfolk [at] aol [dot] com 

     

  • Fri 4 Mar 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    • Richard Jenkinson cello
    • Benjamin Frith piano

    Richard Jenkinson is very well known to local audiences in many capacities - especially as principal cello of the CBSO, as a member of the Dante Quartet and as Music Director of the Orchestra of St John. Benjamin Frith has appeared locally as a concerto soloist and as a member of the Gould Piano Trio. Their duo partnership dates back to 1996 and their first CD as a duo, “The Moon Sails Out”, released in 2015, includes the three Ian Venables pieces they will be playing for us.

    Programme......

    • Saint-Saens: Cello Sonata No 1 in C minor Op 32
    • Britten: Cello Sonata Op 65
    • Ian Venables: It Rains Op 33a
    • Ian Venables: At Malvern Op 24a
    • Ian Venables: Elegy Op 2
    • Beethoven: Cello Sonata in A Op 69

    Tickets......

    Available from www.artrix.co.uk or call box office on 01527 577330 (booking fees may apply)

    Single tickets cost £18. Concessionary tickets for registered disabled patrons, unemployed people and all students cost £5. Young people aged 8 to 25 can be admitted free of charge thanks to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    See http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk/index.php/site/ticket_prices for further details of discounts vioa membership subscriptions and other benefits

    For more details of this and other Bromsgrove Concerts events go to

    www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

  • Sun 28 Feb 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    Rufus Norris grew up in Africa and Malaysia, attended North Bromsgrove High School and Kidderminster College of Further Education, and later trained as an actor at RADA before turning to directing.

    In March 2015, he replaced Nicholas Hytner as Artistic Director of the National Theatre. During his first season he directed a new version of the medieval play Everyman and the premiere production of a new musical, Wonderland, by Damon Albarn. 2015 also saw the release of his film of London Road, starring Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy.

    TICKETS

    Single Tickets, £15  subject to availability, can be purchased from the Ticket Secretary, WORDS,

    13 Robins Hill Drive, Alvechurch, B48 7NJ.  Tel: 0121 445 3485

     Or from the BOX OFFICE at ARTRIX., School Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1AX

          Tel:  01527 577330   boxoffice [at] artrix [dot] co [dot] uk   www.artrix.co.uk

    For more information visit www.bromsgrovewords.com

  • Sun 28 Feb 2016 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    St Laurence Church, School Lane, Alvechurch, B48 7SB

    TMS encourages young musicians, 18 years and under, by offering a platform on which to perform on their chosen instrument in front of an appreciative audience.

    The players and works being performed to be confirmed.

    Our grateful thanks to our showcase sponsors:
    St. Laurence Church, venue
    John Tyrrell mpta mimit, piano tuning
    Keith Woolford, Arch Media

    Admission,,,,donations

    following the performances you are invited to join us for refreshments in The Ark
    Details: Marian Barwell 0121 447 7040 or marian [at] midlandsinfonia [dot] co [dot] uk

    For more information visit www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk

  • Sat 6 Feb 2016 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    St Laurence Church, School Lane, Alvechurch, B48 7SB

    An entertaining evening of works for brass by the  performed by The Holborne Brass Ensemble in a welcome return to Alvechurch. Programme.....

    • Bach – Air from Suite in D
    • Dvorak – Humoresque
    • Eswald – Symphony for Brass
    • Handel – Water Music
    • also to include Gershwin, Lennon & McCartney, Joplin, Previn and more

    Ticket information – 2015/16 Season:

    The doors open at 7pm for our pre-concert bar serving wine and soft drinks.......interval refreshments include bar, tea, coffee and cake

    Adult   £13 Advance booking discounts   £1 per ticket

    School Children   Free when accompanying adults

    Full time students Free

    Young Musicians’ Showcase   Donations

    Tickets available from  Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or from TMS 0121 447 7040

    or book on line HERE

    Parking & Accessibilty   Free on-site parking + disabled access & facilities

  • Fri 5 Feb 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    Craig Ogden is best known to British audiences for the popular repertoire contained on his string of best-selling albums for Classic FM. However,as his very successful concert for us in 2014 showed, he also excels in more serious works. For his return visit his programme is built round two modern classics - Sir Michael Tippett’s ‘The Blue Guitar’, written for Julian Bream, and Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata - both of which are their composer’s only work for solo guitar.

    Programme.....

    • D Scarlatti: 3 Sonatas (K322, K177 and K178)
    • Tippett: The Blue Guitar (1982 - 83)
    • Bach: Lute Suite No 2 in A minor BWV 997
    • David Knotts: Grimm Tales
    • Ginastera: Guitar Sonata Op 47 (1976)

    Tickets......

    Available from www.artrix.co.uk or call box office on 01527 577330 (booking fees may apply)

    Single tickets cost £18. Concessionary tickets for registered disabled patrons, unemployed people and all students cost £5. Young people aged 8 to 25 can be admitted free of charge thanks to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    See http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk/index.php/site/ticket_prices for further details of discounts vioa membership subscriptions and other benefits

    For more details of this and other Bromsgrove Concerts events go to

    www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

  • Thu 28 Jan 2016 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

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

    Four acts, generally new to the acoustic music scene, anxious to prove, in front of a discerning audience, why they are worthy of a full booking for either Bromsgrove Folk Club and/or Bromsgrove Folk Festival.

    For more information visit www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk or call Bob Bignell on 0121 476 5938

  • Fri 15 Jan 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

    After successful performances of two Robert Simpson String Quartets in recent years, the 7th and 11th, we invited the Tippett Quartet back to perform another one. This time it is his penultimate quartet, the 14th, written shortly before a severe stroke stopped him composing for the last six years of his life.

    Before it we have a Haydn quartet from his Op 20 set, with which he first achieved full mastery in the medium, and we end with Mendelssohn’s tragic last quartet, written in grief for the loss of his beloved sister Fanny and, as it turned out, shortly before his own death at only 38.

    Tippett Quartet......

    • John Mills violin
    • Jeremy Isaac violin
    • Bozidar Vukotic cello
    • Lydia Lowndes-Northcott viola

    Programme.......

    • Haydn: String Quartet in C Op 20 No 2
    • Robert Simpson: String Quartet No 14 (1990)
    • Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor Op 80

    Tickets......

    Available from www.artrix.co.uk or call box office on 01527 577330 (booking fees may apply)

    Single tickets cost £18. Concessionary tickets for registered disabled patrons, unemployed people and all students cost £5. Young people aged 8 to 25 can be admitted free of charge thanks to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    See http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk/index.php/site/ticket_prices for further details of discounts vioa membership subscriptions and other benefits

    For more details of this and other Bromsgrove Concerts events go to

    www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk