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Feast of classical music through ages

Posted on June 30 2017 at 12:56:46

Richard Jenkinson

The Orchestra of St John in Bromsgrove is staging its sixth annual MusicFest – a feast of classical music through the ages, featuring four performances over two days.

The chamber-sized symphony orchestra, directed by renowned cellist Richard Jenkinson, gives high-quality performances in the wonderful acoustic of Bromsgrove’s St John’s Church to great critical acclaim.

The 2017 MusicFest once again forms part of the Bromsgrove Festival, and the final Gala Concert of the weekend will also bring the Festival to a rousing close! The four performances are as follows:

Saturday July 22 at 3pm: “Bite-Sized Classics 2” hosted by BBC presenter Michael Collie:

The perfect introduction to classical music for young and old – a one-hour journey through some great classical music, featuring opportunities for younger audience members to take part, if they dare!

Free entry by ticket only, available from Artrix box office and at

Saturday July 22 at 7.30pm: ‘Façade’ by William Walton:

In the 1970s, Popular Song from Façade was the theme tune for BBC2’s Face the Music with Joseph Cooper.

Enjoy the complete suite, which sets Edith Sitwell’s nonsense poetry to music to create a wonderful blend of pathos, mirth and full-on fun.

Tickets £10 in advance from Artrix box office or; or £12 on the door. Accompanied children free.

Sunday July 23 at 10.45am: The Sunday morning service set to Mozart’s Mass in D minor K65:

A wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace of the Sunday morning worship in Mozart’s sublime setting of the mass.

Sunday July 23 at 7.30pm: The 2017 MusicFest Gala Concert:

The MusicFest concludes with Beethoven’s mammoth Violin Concerto, his Fourth Symphony and his energetic Overture to his opera, Coreolan.

The violin soloist is David LePage and the conductor is Richard Jenkinson (pictured). Not to be missed!

Tickets: £10 in advance from artrix box office or on line at; or £12 on the door. Accompanied children attend free of charge.

Refreshments at all of the concerts are free, with the opportunity to make a donation if you wish, and Bite-Sized Classics 2 includes a free ice cream or cream tea. 

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