Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Mon 10 Sep 2018

    A NEW series of Coffee and Cake concerts will soon be under way at Bromsgrove’s St John’s Church.

    Singers, harpists, school students and a guitarist are amongst the performers lined up to entertain.

    The first one next Saturday, September 15, will feature soprano Rebecca Burn singing a selection of classical songs, along with Alastair Mosely on clarinet and piano and Steve Cowperthwaite accompanying.

    The informal concerts last around 50 minutes, and are followed by complimentary coffee or tea and cake.

    Admission is free and there is a collection for the historic church afterwards.

    Reprinted by kind permission of the

    Bromsgrove Standard

  • Wed 29 Aug 2018

    THERE was plenty of tough competition at this year’s Rubery’s Got Talent.

    Charley Thompson took the title in the older section singing Never Enough from the Greatest Showman and Home from Beauty and the Beast.

    Tammy More, 12, won the juniors event by performing Dream a Dream and I Will Always Love You.

    Both will perform at this Sunday’s Rubery Festival in St Chad’s Park.

    The event will get under way at midday with a parade from the Royal British Legion to the park.

    As well as the singers there will be a host of other performers, including other singers, dancers and jugglers, along with charity stalls, a train ride, children’s rides and a bouncy castle.

    The event starts at midday with a parade from Royal British Legion.

    The procession will feature military groups, including the sea cadets, army cadets, Crystals and Elite dance groups.

  • Sat 21 Jul 2018

    ARTISTS who have taken up the BBC’s ‘Great Painting Challenge’ will show their work in Alvechurch.

    TV show contestants are set a weekly task but the judges ask one to leave the series each week.

    Luckily the challenges set for artistsat Pam McGregor’s classes in Droitwich and Alvechurch take longer to complete and no-one is asked to go.

    Businessman Kamal Khan, who owns the Grosvenor House nursing home in Alvechurch and Tutnall Hall near Bromsgrove, was the taskmaster and set three challenges.

    The first was to follow in the footsteps of the impressionists like Monet by painting outdoors.

    The second was to produce work in the style of Leonardo da Vinci. One of the local artists, who shares a birthday with the Italian, has created a large painting of an angel in his style.

    The third was to produce a piece of art representing Mozart.

    Pam said: “When we first heard the three options we were not sure whether anyone would have the courage to attempt to emulate such great artists but, as in previous years, many of them have and we have provided plenty of entrants for the panel to judge.”

    The winners of this year’s challenge will be announced and displayed at Tutnall Hall’s summer fete tomorrow (Saturday).

    The entries, together with 100 other images, will be on display at the exhibition at Alvechurch Village Hall from Thursday to Saturday, July 26 to 28.

    The opening times are 10am to 6pm each day and 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

    Visit for more.

    We are grateful to the Bromsgrove Standard for their permission to use this artice

  • Fri 20 Jul 2018

    THE ORCHESTRA of St John’s annual MusicFest brings the curtain down on this year’s Bromsgrove Festival this weekend, writes Olivia Warburton.

    Tomorrow (Saturday), music lovers of all ages are in for a treat as Bigger Bite Sized Classics introduces young and old to the joys of classical music during a one-hour journey of amazing music with plenty of opportunities for children to join in along the way.

    It starts at 1pm at St John’s Church and will be followed by a free ice-cream and cream tea.

    Later in the evening at 7.30pm, the orchestra’s woodwind players along with pianist Ben Firth will play a selection of pieces, including the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Poulenc, for piano and wind.

    And on Sunday, July 23, at 7.30pm, the curtain falls on the festival with the Gala concert to showcase the incredible talent this year’s festival had to offer.

    The concert will be directed by the renowned conductor Richard Jenkinson.

    Tickets are available from £8 to £12 on the orchestra’s website at but can also be purchased on the door for £10 to £14.

    Other events happening during this final festival weekend are:

     Stitch Day with Avoncroft Young Embroiderers from 10am to 12.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) at Artrix. There is a great chance for both children and adults to have a go at some simple decorative hand-stitching.

     Fusion – a street performance with a fusion of street theatre, dance and music takes place from 10am to 1pm tomorrow (Saturday) on Bromsgrove High Street. It will feature professional artists, local choirs and dance companies and will be hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Tammy Gooding.

     An organ recital at All Saint’s church, Bromsgrove by Hannah Gibson, featuring works by Mozart, Pachelbel and Buxheude, will take place at 6pm tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased for £8 on the door.

  • Sat 14 Jul 2018

    A SPECIAL event inspired by the Royal British Legion will take place at Bromsgrove’s Sanders Park from midday tomorrow (Sunday).

    The Poppy Picnic in the Park will be held to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

    It will feature a performance by the Band of the Mercian Regiment, a dog show, a funfair, military vehicles, the emergency services with their vehicles and much more.

    Vintage Classic will also be performing songs from around the time of the Second World War.

    Patrick Smith, the chairman of the Bromsgrove Royal British Legion, said: “The last Poppy Picnic in the Park was held to mark the RBL’s 90th anniversary.

    “It was a great success and we are hoping this will be equally supported by the good people of Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas.”

  • Fri 13 Jul 2018

    AVONCROFT Museum will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Britain’s ‘last red phonebox’ on Sunday, July 15, writes Sophie Hind.

    The first K8 telephone kiosk was installed in Westminster in 1968, and Avoncroft is marking the occasion by presenting a public talk by telecommunications specialist Nigel Linge at 11am and 2pm in The Long Room.

    Nigel Linge, of the University of Salford, said: “The K8 is often thought of as the forgotten or least-loved phonebox.

    “If any local people have got photos we would love to see them and we’re looking forward to showing this 1960s icon some love.”

    Local people who remember K8 from the 70s and 80s heyday are invited to indulge in some phonebox nostalgia. Visitors can browse the collection and have a go on working exchanges.

    There will also be a chance to meet and have a book signed by authors of ‘The British Phonebox’ by Nigel Linge and Andy Sutton.

    Normal museum charges apply and further information is available at or call 01527 831363

  • Sat 7 Jul 2018

    BROMSGROVE Folk Festival takes place next weekend at the Bowling Green, Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior.

    On the Thursday evening, July 12, there is the Pre-Folk Festival Singin’, Suppin’ and Session.

    There is an eclectic music session in the pub and/or an acoustic night in the mini marquee.

    That event starts at 8pm and is free.

    Next Friday afternoon, July 13, will feature sets by Robin Laing, Barlow Cree and others and the night concert features resident band Fairfield, Anthony John Clarke, Barlow Cree and Cosmotheka.

    The pub opens at midday.

    Mini marquee concerts start at 2pm and main marquee at 7pm.

    Next Saturday, July 14, from 7.30pm, there will be sets by MumboJumbo, Robin Laing, Ursula Holden Gill and Demon Baber XL.

    And next Sunday everything is free, including the walk in the morning, the brunchtime fun in the mini marquee and singin’ and suppin’ with Stitherum in the main marquee, the World Foam Flinging Championships, Step on Board and the Festival Finale.

    Full weekend tickets (excluding camping) are £48 and individual concert tickets are £28 for all-day Friday, £22 after 7pm and £34 for all-day Saturday, £15 up to 7pm or £22 after 7pm.

    Camping is £22 per unit.

    Visit or call 0121 476 5938 for more information or for tickets.

  • Sat 30 Jun 2018

    A CASH boost of £49,000 has been handed to arts groups across Bromsgrove district to get more people engaged in creative activities.

    The funding, from Arts Council England, is aimed at helping shape the future of the town’s arts scene.

    Two meetings will be held so arts groups and organisations can make suggestions and requests for future events.

    The first will be at Avoncroft Museum from 6pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, July 5, and the second between 1pm and 3.30pm on July 21 will take place at Catshill Social Club.

    A spokesperson for the Bromsgrove Arts and Culture Consortium said the sessions were designed to be fun and engaging.

    “We’re especially keen to hear from groups that might be smaller or informal, people we many not already be in regular contact with.”

    The organisers want groups to say who they are engaging with, what was working well and who they would like to engage with.

    Visit or call 0121 794 0207 for more details.

  • Tue 24 Apr 2018

    BROMSGROVE’S Jigsaw Theatre Company tasted success at the annual National Operatic and Dramatic Association Awards (NODA) in Stourbridge last week.

    The group took home the Best Pantomime title for its production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

    Maggie Bishton, Director of Jigsaw, said she was ecstatic about her company’s achievements.

    “We are extremely proud of both casts who worked hard to produce two fantastic shows.”

    Reprinted courtesy of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Mon 23 Apr 2018

    A DOMESTIC drama set in Newscastle-Upon-Tyne during the Second World War will be the latest offering from Rubery Drama Group.

    And a Nightingale Sang by CP Taylor follows the Stott faily and how they deal with wartime situations over the five years of the conflict.

    The show runs from Thursday, April 26, to Saturday, April 28, at Beacon Church Centre.

    Performances start at 7.30pm, tickets are £7 (£6 concessions).

    • They are available by calling 0121 453 8733 or 0121 445 2323.