Wednesday July 06 2022



Village Music & Drama

The Village magazine will occasionally carry articles about Music and Theatre events, achievements and personalities in the area. Choose from the selection below . . .

Recital by virtuoso guitarist
Posted on February 27 2020 at 2:26:24

Unmissable! A word which well sums up any recital by world-famous guitarist Craig Ogden, who will be paying a visit to Alvechurch in March.

Wartime journey
Posted on October 29 2019 at 8:34:58

On the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, it is fitting that the latest production by Alvechurch Dramatic Society, An Unsentimental Journey, should be a new play set in the 1940s.

10 years of live music
Posted on August 30 2019 at 9:37:47

The Alvechurch Acoustic Roots team celebrate the start of their tenth season.

Town festival brings culture to everyone
Posted on May 30 2019 at 12:47:39

Now in its 59th year, the Bromsgrove Festival offers its usual wide-ranging programme of events for all.

Christmas concert for charity
Posted on October 30 2018 at 1:51:54

Blackwell Concert Band hold their eighth annual Christmas concert at St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green on Sat Dec 1 at 7.30pm, with all proceeds once again going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tale of skulduggery on the high seas
Posted on October 30 2018 at 1:49:54

For their latest pantomime Alvechurch Dramatic Society are heading to the high seas for a tale of piratical skulduggery: The Lost Treasure of Numbskull Island.

Sinfonia returns to village
Posted on May 29 2018 at 2:03:10

2018 marks the tenth anniversary visit of the Sinfonia of Birmingham to St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green.

Festival is bigger than ever
Posted on May 29 2018 at 2:00:10

The 58th Bromsgrove Festival will once again bring a wide-ranging programme of arts and cultural activity to the area, with extra emphasis this year on free community events.

Sounds of sunshine
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:35:10

Album Review: No Stompy on Sunshine by The Stompies

Did Shakespeare visit Alvechurch?
Posted on September 29 2017 at 3:43:15

Alvechurch Dramatic Society’s next production will, for the first time in its nearly 70-year history, have a distinct Shakespearean flavour. Writer and director Alan Clarke explains:

Music can improve IQ
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:21:58

Your children’s schedule may be overloaded with enjoyable activities. But if you’re unsure about adding music lessons to the list, let Vale Pianos show you the many great benefits to playing the piano.

Learning through play
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:54:42

A Bromsgrove resident is using her expertise to offer fun and interactive educational classes for babies, toddlers and preschools in Bromsgrove, Redditch and beyond.

Jazz concert is a fizzy delight
Posted on June 30 2017 at 1:27:36

Not what you’d expect. No, not at all.

The power of singing!
Posted on May 30 2017 at 10:50:51

If you fancy joining a choir but don’t think you can sing, there are a number of local groups that might suit you!

One girl, three men and a bump
Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:56:13

Although missing the intro and opening song (a Good Samaritan’s trip to Kidderminster Hospital), I was nevertheless fully sated when the metaphorical curtain came down on this third offering by the Lickey Community Group, a joint venture between two Parish Councils.

Musical resolution
Posted on December 28 2016 at 1:41:56

Of all the New Year’s resolutions you may be making, what could be better than taking up the piano?

Songs for the season
Posted on November 28 2016 at 12:15:07

A Lickey End composer of Christian music has produced a seasonal CD with the help of local schoolchildren.

Old dog, new tricks
Posted on October 29 2016 at 9:01:56

Sally Oldaker chats to an Alvechurch musician who’s putting his own talents in the spotlight.

Secrets of our success
Posted on October 03 2016 at 3:30:05

Keith Woolford chats to Marian Barwell, chair of Alvechurch’s very own orchestra.

Music on the menu
Posted on October 03 2016 at 2:44:05

Having achieved popularity as an attractive cafe during the daytime, The Potting Shed at Singletons Nurseries in Lydiate Ash has branched out into evening fare with a series of after-dark events.

All about the music
Posted on October 03 2016 at 10:07:05

“I’m not a star – I’ve never wanted to be,” says Barnt Green musician, singer and songwriter Paul Edwards, and he means it.

Jazz gig makes for a hot night
Posted on June 27 2016 at 1:19:26

A night of jazz music in The Ark at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, saw George Huxley’s Hot Five Jazz Band playing to a packed house, writes Keith Woolford

Success for star students
Posted on June 27 2016 at 11:29:26

Students from a local stage school are celebrating excellent results for solo exams in Musical Theatre and Individual Acting Skills.

A summer of English song
Posted on May 30 2016 at 11:18:51

St Bartholomew’s Church at Tardebigge (B60 3AH) hosts the popular Celebrating English Song series at 3pm on three Sunday afternoons this summer, featuring a starry collection of performers.

Sinfonia visits Barnt Green
Posted on May 30 2016 at 11:21:51

St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green (B45 8NR) will once again host The Sinfonia of Birmingham for an evening of orchestral music under the baton of Mike Seal, Assistant Conductor of the CBSO.

Village Music Review: Young Musicians’ Showcase 2016
Posted on April 30 2016 at 10:02:32

Now in its ninth year, local orchestra The Midland Sinfonia continues to encourage young musicians by offering a platform to perform.

Musical mystery solved
Posted on April 30 2016 at 10:29:43

The history of a fondly-remembered village band from the swinging sixties.

Memorabilia mystery
Posted on March 31 2016 at 3:19:11

A Marlbrook resident is asking “readers with long memories” to think back to the 1960s and help him solve a mystery.

Village Theatre Review: Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Posted on March 31 2016 at 1:35:36

Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Trinity Centre, Lickey

Jazz Night in Alvechurch
Posted on March 31 2016 at 1:23:36

Come “Down the Mississippi down to New Orleans”, as the song goes. . . .

Evening of discovery with Darwin
Posted on March 31 2016 at 1:22:36

A night of high-quality musical comedy theatre is on offer at St Andrews Parish Centre, Barnt Green.

‘Perfekt’ crime comedy
Posted on March 31 2016 at 11:50:36

Alvechurch Dramatic Society welcomes the legendary Inspector Drake back to the village stage for the first time since he solved his ‘Last Case’ back in 2002.

Pulling out all the stops
Posted on March 31 2016 at 11:38:36

The critically-acclaimed Orchestra of St John in Bromsgrove, which gives one choral concert each season, is pulling out all the stops to perform one of the greatest and best-loved choral works of all time – Verdi’s Requiem.

Village Review: Remi Harris Gypsy Jazz Project
Posted on November 30 2015 at 1:43:37

An up-and-coming jazz guitarist made a welcome return visit to the area following a successful September concert at the Artrix.

More than a piano shop
Posted on August 24 2015 at 2:53:41

Have you ever wanted to play the piano or give your children the opportunity to learn? It is a wonderful hobby and a skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Bob’s book rocks back in time
Posted on April 29 2015 at 12:05:34

Village cartoonist Bob Lawton has turned his hand to novel-writing.

Panto pulls out all the stops
Posted on February 01 2015 at 2:30:24

Village Review: Orphan Belle & the Last Circus

in her own write
Posted on February 01 2015 at 1:34:24

Indica Campbell, daughter of UB40’s Ali, is launching her own musical career.

Meet All & Sundry’s panto dame
Posted on November 27 2014 at 11:33:25

Bromsgrove amateur dramatic group All & Sundry is preparing to delight audiences with its annual pantomime, orchestrated by its inspirational director for the eighth year in a row.

My rock ‘n’ roll life
Posted on October 25 2014 at 12:56:46

Tim Parsons shares tales from the music business with Sally Oldaker.

Benefits of learning piano
Posted on September 03 2014 at 11:47:43

Your children’s schedule may be busy with enjoyable activities, making you unsure about adding piano lessons to the list.

Odd Boy memories
Posted on May 27 2014 at 11:31:17

After our appeal for photos from the 1998 Alvechurch community play The Odd Boy, Alvechurch Historical Society were able to provide these pictures, showing various members of the huge cast getting ready before the performances.

Dance the night away
Posted on April 21 2014 at 2:39:15

Live music fans can enjoy an evening in the company of local band Max Lyrical at Alvechurch Village Hall on June 14, with all proceeds going to The Lounge youth and community project.

Creative energy
Posted on April 21 2014 at 12:10:16

Richard Peach remembers The Odd Boy community play.

Share the One Direction dream!
Posted on March 20 2014 at 2:30:04

Fans of One Direction will have the opportunity to live the life of the famous boy band this Easter, by taking part in One Direction: the Musical.

Underdogs unleashed
Posted on February 21 2014 at 1:07:12

If you like your music live and loud, you’ll want to book your ticket for a special charity night at Kings Norton Golf Club, when local band The Underdogs will perform.

Avoiding an expensive bargain this Christmas
Posted on November 28 2013 at 1:03:20

Having a piano in your home can create a wonderful atmosphere at Christmas time, but choosing a piano can be a daunting prospect.

Pop in for free piano lessons
Posted on August 20 2013 at 12:27:59

Vale Pianos are hosting a day of free piano lessons and family activities on Saturday September 28.

Your perfect wedding
Posted on August 20 2013 at 12:08:59

Our handy guide to the wide selection of wedding services in the Village area.

A musical treat for Barnt Green
Posted on May 20 2013 at 2:06:19

On July 6, St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green hosts the Sinfonia of Birmingham for another evening of orchestral music.

Cucumbers and quality
Posted on May 19 2013 at 1:13:27

Ian G Cox reviews Alvechurch Dramatic Society’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest at Alvechurch Village Hall, directed by Leah Yendell and Martin Salter.

Musical feast for all
Posted on March 20 2013 at 3:54:33

Mary White gives a preview of the diverse attractions at this year’s Bromsgrove Festival.

Music for all ages
Posted on November 22 2012 at 2:05:07

Whether you’re seven or 70, playing the piano is good for you! Playing the piano can be the key to a brighter future for many people.

Learn to play
Posted on August 16 2012 at 11:36:31

Vale Pianos recently hosted a “Learn to Play” Day and it was so successful that another one takes place on Saturday September 29.

Orchestra marks end of successful first season
Posted on July 01 2012 at 12:10:19

A Bromsgrove orchestra is marking the end of its very successful first season with a three-day music festival in July.

Musical treat in Barnt Green
Posted on May 25 2012 at 3:12:26

St Andrew’s Church will host the renowned Sinfonia of Birmingham on Saturday July 7, for an evening of orchestral delights.

Made in Barnt Green
Posted on May 18 2012 at 2:39:56

The independent film conceived, written and produced (and starred in) by a village actress . . .

60 years of drama
Posted on May 17 2012 at 1:17:36

Bob Sawyer relates the history of Rubery Drama Group, marking its diamond anniversary.

Musicians wanted!
Posted on April 23 2012 at 1:42:00

March saw the launch of a brand new orchestra in the Midlands – The People’s Orchestra – and one of the driving forces behind the project was Alvechurch resident Andy Sinclair.

Bromsgrove Festival 2012
Posted on March 16 2012 at 10:16:13

The 52nd Bromsgrove Festival takes place from April 18 to May 12, incorporating the 32nd International Young Musicians’ Platform (April 12–15) and offering a diverse selection of musical entertainment.

Orchestra joins forces with local choirs
Posted on February 19 2012 at 1:20:17

A town orchestra is getting ready for its second performance.

Cycle group to dance troupe!
Posted on January 15 2012 at 2:10:17

Hopwood Ladies’ Cycling Club founder Deb Weston tells the story of the group’s latest adventure.

Busy time for local choir
Posted on January 14 2012 at 9:02:17

Alvechurch Community Choir had a busy end to 2011.

New Year news cast!
Posted on January 12 2012 at 12:29:17

The 2012 New Year mummers play brought the latest news to the villagers of Alvechurch and beyond, courtesy of the cast of the Alvechurch Morris.

Songs for all the old dudes
Posted on November 30 2011 at 9:36:17

‘Intimate’ gig promises a treat for all you pretty things . . .

Helping you choose your perfect piano
Posted on November 25 2011 at 2:10:47

Buying a piano can be very difficult, as there are so many choices: casework, colours, sizes, tone, touch, age and suitability for the pianist.

Rejoice and be merry!
Posted on November 24 2011 at 10:30:41

As we go to press, it would seem that rumours of another white Christmas have been greatly exaggerated… but let’s ignore that for now, because the weather could yet change and snow lovers could still get their Christmas wish!

New orchestra aims for highest standards
Posted on October 23 2011 at 2:09:37

Three Bromsgrove musicians have got together to form a new orchestra, “The Orchestra of St John”, based at St John’s Church in Bromsgrove.

Erin brings top musicians to village venue
Posted on September 25 2011 at 12:33:17

Avid readers of our What’s On section will have noticed that we’ve been advertising a series of live music events at Rowney Green Village Hall – with some surprisingly big names from the acoustic roots scene appearing at the intimate venue.

Making music for Macmillan
Posted on September 20 2011 at 3:00:06

A local musician is turning her experience of cancer into something more positive by raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Stage set for Sarah
Posted on September 02 2011 at 4:29:45

Sally Oldaker catches up with Barnt Green actress Sarah Manners as she prepares to join the cast of fundraising show Survive! at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre.

All together now…!
Posted on August 21 2011 at 10:12:21

Choirs combine voices for a special performance.

Hamlet enjoys its own festival
Posted on August 19 2011 at 10:08:21

The sun shone yet again on Withybed Green for their now-established annual Withyfest.

Invest in your child’s future with a piano
Posted on August 18 2011 at 1:12:36

Whether you’re seven or 70, playing the piano is good for you! Playing the piano can be the key to a brighter future for many people.

Musical mayhem!
Posted on June 20 2011 at 11:51:51

Professional and not-so-professional singers raise cash.

Highlights of Bromsgrove Festival 2011
Posted on March 19 2011 at 9:47:51

Bromsgrove Festival presents its 51st programme, wishing to offer concerts to appeal to varied musical interests. You may wish to come to something familiar, but it is also an opportunity to experience the unknown, writes Mary White.

Young at heart
Posted on February 24 2011 at 3:37:07

They may be in their early 60s, but local band The Old Farts are more than capable of pulling in a crowd – and they have raised around £15,000 for various charities over the past 10 years.

Everybody, let’s sing!
Posted on November 17 2010 at 3:16:17

Alvechurch Community Choir enjoyed a weekend full of music last month.

Make the right choice
Posted on November 17 2010 at 2:14:56

A buying guide from Vale Pianos

The Rockin’ Berries: Back to the music!
Posted on April 14 2010 at 5:47:27

Sally Oldaker finds out how clarinets, a court-martial and Charlie from Casualty fit into the life story of the long-running local band…

10 years singing for Primrose
Posted on April 11 2010 at 2:33:05

The Primrose Choir celebrated its tenth anniversary in April.

Community Choir celebrates its first birthday
Posted on March 23 2010 at 7:20:20

Alvechurch Community Choir celebrated their first birthday by singing with the New Orleans singing legend, Lillian Boutté, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Webheath.

Festival’s feast of music
Posted on March 18 2010 at 5:28:58

Mary White previews an exciting 50th year for the ever-popular Bromsgrove Festival.

Village Theatre Review
Posted on April 22 2009 at 2:33:01

And Then There Were None
Palace Theatre, Redditch

It’s Festival time!
Posted on March 17 2009 at 8:29:42

Mary White looks forward to another packed musical programme as Bromsgrove Festival marks its 49th year.

Join the band
Posted on March 17 2009 at 12:47:00

Blackwell Concert Band are on the lookout for more players to join their friendly group. A village band-style set up, the players vary in ages and skills, and instruments cover most of the brass and wind range,  also including a drummer. 

World of drama
Posted on February 21 2009 at 3:02:10

Village Show Preview: Nicholas Bailey’s World of Drama

Budding thespians in the Bromsgrove area have the chance to learn more about a career in drama from actor Nicholas Bailey, who presents a special workshop on the subject at Artrix on March 28.

In praise of song
Posted on February 18 2009 at 1:00:41

Andrea Wilkie, chairwoman of Barnt Green Choral Society, extols the benefits of singing together.

All-round entertainment
Posted on February 17 2009 at 3:23:10

Village Show Review: Malcolm Stent: 30 Odd Years
Artrix, Bromsgrove

Considering the following that this all-round entertainer enjoys, there was a certain restrained – verging on subdued – atmosphere as we entered the theatre. Perhaps those in the know knew what to expect from their court jester

Village Show Review
Posted on January 16 2009 at 3:34:56

Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular
Artrix, Bromsgrove

Village Drama Review: The Ghost Train
Posted on November 22 2008 at 1:09:28

The Alvechurch Dramatic Society’s performance of The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley at Alvechurch Village Hall in November was magnificent.

Fanfare for a new beginning
Posted on November 20 2008 at 12:09:46

What better way to celebrate the opening of a new school than by performing a fanfare in its honour?

Jack’s flying high in panto
Posted on November 20 2008 at 12:33:33

Readers of The Village will have noticed every now and then mention of the latest role for young actor Jack Montgomery.

Village Theatre Review: Charlotte Badger
Posted on November 19 2008 at 8:58:43

Keith Woolford reviews a true-life pirate tale at Artrix, Bromsgrove

Fashion, food and fun!
Posted on November 17 2008 at 12:42:39

When The Village magazine, together with Neil and Nicci Gow of Burcot Garden Centre, decided to put together a charity fashion evening in aid of the County Air Ambulance, none of us realised just how successful it would be – a success that’s down to the sheer number of local people who wanted to support us.

Keep our music alive
Posted on November 17 2008 at 12:04:43

The Midland Sinfonia urges music-lovers to support the orchestra.

Hometown gig for star singer
Posted on September 21 2008 at 3:10:46

The Brass, Opera and Song concert at Artrix in November promises to provide something for everyone – and it’s also a great chance to hear the superb voice of award-winning soprano Jennifer Walker, who is in high demand as a soloist.

Posted on September 18 2008 at 3:06:14

Budding performers now have a place to hone their talent, thanks to a new local project…

Musical links
Posted on April 20 2008 at 11:25:30

Barnt Green concert will be a treat for classical music lovers.

Musical distinction
Posted on March 18 2008 at 3:07:19

Bromsgrove Festival celebrates the past and gives a platform to the next generation of musicians, writes Mary White.