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Winner’s double bass recital

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Bromsgrove Concerts presents a virtuoso double bass recital by Toby Hughes, winner of the 2016 Bromsgrove International Competition for Young Musicians, at Artrix on Fri June 30.

Accompanied by pianist Ben Powell, Toby will perform music by Dvorak, Schubert and Schumann, among other.

This is an opportunity to hear what the double bass – not often heard as a solo instrument – can do with a very wide range of music. 

Concert starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (£5 conc, free for under-25s) – call 01527 577330 or visit http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk


Delta blues in Barnt Green

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Martin Harley, a supremely talented roots and blues guitarist, brings his own blend of Mississippi Delta blues to the village area on Saturday May 27 when he performs in Barnt Green.

Fans of folk, acoustic, jazz, blues, Americana and roots music are guaranteed an enjoyable evening at this much-anticipated event, which takes place at St Andrews Parish Centre, Sandhills Road, at 7.30pm.

This show will appeal to everyone looking for a night of high-quality, entertaining music with friends and family in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is also suitable for children (10+).

The event is organised by Lickey Hills Community Theatre, a joint project between Cofton Hackett and Lickey & Blackwell Parish Councils in conjunction with the Shindig/Live and Local programme of professional live performances in community venues across Worcestershire.

Tickets priced at £10 (standard), £9 (over-60s) and £8 (under-16s) are available by telephoning 0121 447 7455 or 0121 445 2607 (Cofton Hackett) or 0121 445 2802 (Lickey & Blackwell).

For more information contact Roger Westbury on 0121 447 7455 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Bromsgrove Choral Society

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Bromsgrove Choral Society will perform Gloria by Vivaldi and Sprig of Tyme by John Rutter at St John’s Middle School, Bromsgrove, on Saturday April 8 at 7.30pm.

Tickets available on the door.


International musicians in town

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The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition, now in its 37th year, will see young instrumentalists and singers compete over five days at Bromsgrove School.

This year more than 100 international musicians in their late teens and early twenties have entered for the 54 places available, all seeking to win prizes totalling over £10,000 plus performance opportunities.

The event starts on Tues April 4 in Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School, B61 7DU. 

The first four days are free admission, including the semi-finals on the afternoon of Thurs April 6 and the morning of Fri April 7. Sessions start at 9.30am and continue throughout the day. 

The 37th Annual Finalists’ Concert takes place on Sat April 8 at 7pm in Routh Hall.

Tickets cost £15 each to include free parking, a complimentary souvenir programme and a glass of wine during the interval, and are available from http://www.bromsgrovecompetition.com 


Sinfonia’s jazz night

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The Midland Sinfonia presents Jazz & Fizz on Sat May 6 in St Laurence Church, with guest quartet Fret & Fiddle playing for the first time in Alvechurch.

Their Stephane Grapelli-style programme includes perennial favourites such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Tea for Two, Tiger Rag, Honeysuckle Rose, and Night and Day.

And don’t forget From Boogie to Bach on Sat April 1, also in St Laurence Church, with works demonstrating the versatility and magical qualities of the trumpet – plus flugelhorn, piccolo, cornet, conch shell, rams horn and a didgeridoo!

The concert starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and children accompanying an adult).

For further details, email midland .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call 0121 447 7040, or visit http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk


Acoustic Roots in April

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Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is on Friday April 28 at Alvechurch Social Club. Doors open 7.45pm. Entry only £4.

The team are always on the look out for local music and performance talent. If you have the desire to perform, have a chat with them at the next gig.


Britten Oboe Quartet

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Bromsgrove Concerts continues its season of chamber concerts at Artrix with the Britten Oboe Quartet on Fri April 7, at 8pm.

The programme offers some overlooked, tuneful gems from the 20th century. Tickets £19 (conc £5).

Bookings and info from Artrix at http://www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk


Hopwood Junction gig

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Hopwood Junction band will perform at the Tower of Song, Kings Norton (B30 3EL) on Fri May 19, from 9pm.

More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.


Big band favourites

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Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra holds its next concert on Fri May 5 at Lickey End Social Club, 17 Alcester Road, B60 1JT.

There will be a varied selection of big band favourites old and modern, from Glenn Miller to Maynard Ferguson. This swinging big band contains some of the best amateur and semi pro musicians in the Midlands and has a regular following at all its gigs.

Concert starts 8pm, £6 on the door. More details from Geoff on 07970 662692.


Asklepios Orchestra’s Spring Concert

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The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) present a Spring Concert on Sunday April 9 at 7.30pm, in Holy Trinity Church, Lickey, B45 8RR.

The programme will include: Marche Symphonique by Alnaes, Mascagni’s Intermezzo Sinfonico (from Cavalleria Rusticana); the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto (soloist Lydia Handy) and Beethoven’s Symphony no 7.

Admission free – donations to the retiring collection much appreciated. Please come along and show your support.


Riggers perform in Redditch

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Riggers, the four-piece Hopwood band, will play covers and original music at the Red Lion in Enfield, Redditch (B97 5NF) on Sat May 6.

Free entry, 8.30pm start. More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.


Redditch Orchestra’s Spring Concert

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The Redditch Orchestra holds its Spring Concert on Sat April 1 in Studley Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Programme: Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide Overture, Bernhard Crusell’s Clarinet Concerto No. 3 (soloist Neil Aston) and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

Tickets £12 (£10 conc, accompanied children free), available through Orchestra members or on the door. Please phone 07941 692879 or email redditchorch@gmail.com


Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra

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Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra present their latest concert on March 31.

A special tribute to the great bands of Stan Kenton and Ted Heath, plus resident ‘Rat Pack’ singer Garry Rutter.

Lickey End Social Club, 17 Alcester Road, Bromsgrove B60 1JT. 

8pm start.  Entry £6 on the door. For more details phone Geoff on 07970 662692.


Kel Elliott and Her Three Man Orchestra

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Lickey Hills Community Theatre presents an evening of uplifting bluesy jazz on Sat March 18, at The Trinity Centre, Old Birmingham Road, Lickey.

Singer-songwriter and double bass player Kel Elliott and Her Three Man Orchestra will be performing Truth and Tall Tales, an innovative show which features her trademark vocals as well as instruments from melodica to bass clarinet, and accordion to ukulele.

Kel Elliott has wowed audiences from Ireland to Finland with her infectious, upbeat songs, distinctly rich and powerful voice and her talented band.

Starting at 7.30pm, this show will appeal to everyone looking for a high-quality, entertaining music with friends and family in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is ideal for older children (12+).

Lickey Hills Community Theatre is a joint project between Cofton Hackett and Lickey & Blackwell Parish Councils in conjunction with the Shindig/Live and Local programme of professional live performances in community venues across Worcestershire.

Tickets £10 (standard), £9 (over 60) and £8 (under 16) – call 0121 447 7455 or 0121 445 2607 (Cofton Hackett) or 0121 445 2802 (Lickey & Blackwell).

For more info contact Roger Westbury on 0121 447 7455 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Choral Society’s Spring Concert

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Barnt Green Choral Society performs its Spring concert on March 18 at 7.30pm, at Artrix in Bromsgrove.

The programme has a “contemporary classical” theme comprising John Rutter’s The Gift of Life and Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass

Tickets (£10) available from Artrix on 01527 577330.Please contact Chairman Fiona Brown for further details on 0121 445 5513.


From Boogie to Bach

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The Midland Sinfonia presents From Boogie to Bach on Sat April 1, in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

It features works demonstrating the versatility and magical qualities of the trumpet. Plus, flugelhorn, piccolo, cornet, conch shell, rams horn and a didgeridoo! Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Tickets £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or at www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and children accompanying an adult).

For further details, email midland .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call 0121 447 7040, or visit www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk


Young Musicians’ Showcase

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Bromsgrove Concerts presents its Young Musicians’ Showcase at Artrix on Sun Feb 26, at 3pm.

A selection of some of Worcestershire’s up-and-coming musicians will demonstrate their abilities in solo and chamber music.

Tickets £10 – bookings and info from Artrix at www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk


Music and dance spectacular

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Last year

Tickets are now on sale for A Fusion of Music and Dance, the 2017 DMS Heart of England variety show at Symphony Hall on May 7.

The annual concert, which raises thousands of pounds for charities, will feature more than 300 musicians with dancers, choirs and special guests.

Performers include Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard and Adam and Beau Dermott, the Town Hall gospel choir, and DMS patron and rock legend Bev Bevan who will perform and co-host. 

This year‘s show supports the MS Society Solihull and Birmingham Dogs Home, as well as raising awareness for Delete Blood Cancer. 

Tickets are available from DMS on 01564772831 or http://www.thsh.co.uk


10th Young Musicians’ Showcase

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The Midland Sinfonia presents its 10th Young Musicians’ Showcase, on Sun March 19 at 3pm in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

The Sinfonia issues an annual invitation to all young musicians, up to 18 years old, to perform before an appreciative audience, in a concert environment to assist confidence.

No entry fee – donations appreciated.

For further details, email midland .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call 0121 447 7040,  or visit http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk


A Love Story Through Music

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The Midland Sinfonia presents A Love Story Through Music on Sat March 4 in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, 7pm for 7.30pm.

The Tedesca resident string quartet, and pianist Charles Matthews, will perform music by Schumann and Brahms.

Tickets £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or online at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult).

For more information email midland .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call 0121 447 7040,  or visit the website.


Blackwell Concert Band is always on the lookout for new players (all abilities and instruments welco

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Blackwell Concert Band is always on the lookout for new players (all abilities and instruments welcome).

For further details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or alternatively, visit http://www.blackwellconcert band.co.uk to learn more about the band and find details on upcoming events.

You will also find info on how to book the band.


Acoustic Roots in February

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Alvechurch Acoustic Roots: Friday Feb 24, Alvechurch Social Club. Doors open 7.45pm.

The team are always on the look out for local music and performance talent. If you have the desire to perform, have a chat with the team at the next gig.


Choral Society’s Spring Concert

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Barnt Green Choral Society is now rehearsing for its Spring concert (March 18), with rehearsals taking place at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Barnt Green on Mondays at 7.45pm.

New members welcome. Please contact Fiona Brown on 0121 445 5513 for further details.


Pianist in concert

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Bromsgrove Concerts continues its season of chamber concerts at Artrix with pianist Mark Bebbington on Fri Feb 3, at 8pm.

The programme includes Schubert, Bliss and Beethoven.

Subscription tickets for several or all concerts in the series are available – bookings and info from Artrix at http://www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk


More big band jazz

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Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra performs its first concert of 2017 on Fri Feb 17 at Lickey End Social Club.

A varied programme of Big Band Jazz ranging from the classic swing bands of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Ted Heath to the modern arrangements from Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis and Jim Martin – there’s something for all tastes.

Regular singer Garry Rutter adds a touch of sophistication and the band is proving very popular since moving to Lickey End.

Music starts 8pm. Entry £6 on the door. For more details phone Geoff on 07970 662692. KEEP GOOD MUSIC LIVE!


Cantare Daytime Choir

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Cantare Daytime Choir now meets in Alvechurch each Friday, 9.15–10.15am at the cricket club.

Don’t worry if you think you can’t sing, or don’t read music; everyone is welcome. You can even bring your kids/babies if they let you sing. 

Whether you want to sing for fun or if you want to join the choir on the stage at Symphony Hall in July, you are welcome. Free trial session available. 

Call Rebecca on 07803 900154, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.cantarechoir.com   


Concert for refugees

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A fundraising concert organised by Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees takes place on Weds Feb 22 at Artrix.

The Gimme Shelter concert features samba, folk, blues, jazz, roots, country and more from local musicians, compèred by legendary poet “Spoz”.

Performance starts 7pm; doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £15 from Artrix box office on 01527 577330.

Proceeds to support the local Syrian community who arrived this summer, and refugees displaced across Europe.


Cello recital

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Cellist Thomas McMahon gives a solo recital in Holy Trinity Church, Rose Hill, Lickey, B45 8RR on Sat March 4 at 7.30pm.

JS Bach’s Suite for Cello No. 3 in C;  Britten’s Suite for Cello No. 3; and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, featuring violinist Ruta Labutye.

Admission free – donations to the retiring collection much appreciated. 


Skiffle band in talent show

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The 6-5 Specials, Alvechurch’s fundraising skiffle band, will take part in the annual talent contest at Longbridge Social Club.

Their heat is on Sat Feb 4, with successful acts not only winning £50 but also going through to the grand final on Sat April 8 with the chance to win more than £5,000 worth of prizes.

Support your local band!


New Year Roots

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Alvechurch Acoustic Roots: Friday Jan 27, Alvechurch Social Club. Doors open 7.45pm.

The team are always on the look out for local music and performance talent. If you have the desire to perform, have a chat with the team at the next gig.

Some great folk already lined up for Feb 24 and March 31, so pencil those dates into your calendar. A Happy Live New Year from the Acoustic Roots Team!


Navarra String Quartet

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Bromsgrove Concerts continues its season of chamber concerts at Artrix with the Navarra String Quartet on Fri Jan 13, at 8pm.

The programme includes Britten’s Third String Quartet, plus Haydn, Schubert and Brahms.

Subscription tickets for several or all concerts in the series are available – bookings and information from Artrix at http://www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk


Big Band Jazz

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Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra performs its first concert of 2017 on Fri Feb 17 at Lickey End Social Club.

A varied programme of Big Band Jazz ranging from the classic swing bands of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Ted Heath to the modern arrangements from Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis and Jim Martin – there’s something for all tastes.

Starts 8pm. Entry £6 on the door. For more details phone Geoff on 07970 662692. KEEP GOOD MUSIC LIVE!


Christmas music at library

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Alvechurch Library offers a chance to get into the festive spirit as Revd Fiona Lee and her harp return on Tues Dec 6 for Christmas words, music and mince pies from 11.30am–1pm.

For enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Swing into Christmas

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Start the Christmas season with a swing! A concert by Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra on Fri Dec 16 features two great singers, Lynn Dawes and Garry Rutter, in a varied programme of Big Band favourites from the 1930s to the present day.

Concert starts 8pm at Lickey End Social Club, 17 Alcester Road, B60 1JT. Entry £6 on the door. More details from Geoff on 07970 662692.


Carols from Choral Society

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Barnt Green Choral Society performs its Christmas Carol concert on Dec 10 at 7pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green. 

They will be accompanied by a small recorder orchestra. Mulled wine and mince pies served afterwards in the Parish Centre. 

Rehearsals for the Spring concert (March 18), will resume on Jan 4. New members welcome. Please contact Fiona Brown on 0121 445 5513 for further details.


Mi Luna at Artrix

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Bromsgrove Concerts continues its season of chamber concerts at Artrix with Mi Luna on Fri Dec 2, at 8pm.

The music is described as Spanish early music with a modern twist, featuring recorders, flamenco guitar and percussion.

Subscription tickets for several or all concerts in the series are available – bookings and information from Artrix at http://www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk


Asklepios Orchestra concert

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The Asklepios Orchestra gives its next concert on Sat Dec 3 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR.

Conducted by Lee Armstrong, the attractive programme features the popular tone poem, Finlandia, by Sibelius, L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 by Bizet, and Symphony no. 4 by Glazunov.

Admission is free – donations to the retiring collection much appreciated. 


Live music at Hopwood Village Hall

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Live music at Hopwood Village Hall on Fri Dec 2: Hopwood Junction plus supporting band will be playing from 9pm.

More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.


Acoustic Roots’ Christmas Special

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Acoustic Roots’ Christmas Special takes place on Fri Dec 9 at Alvechurch Social Club. £4 entry.

Live music and performance starts at 8pm (doors open 7.45) to include Tony Price and his band playing songs from his new album, as featured in November’s Village.

The night will end with the customary festive sing-out, led by Alvechurch Radical String Ensemble (A.R.S.E) and the Stompies house band. Get there early if you want a seat!


Concert for Primrose

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The Primrose Choir performs a Christmas Concert at Astwood Bank First School (Church Road) on Fri Dec 9, with a special appearance from the school choir.

The concert begins at 7pm and tickets cost £9 (adults) or £5 (children), in aid of Primrose Hospice. Call 01527 889796 / 67383 / 546158 to buy tickets.


Music from the Films

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Redditch Orchestra presents Music from the Films on Sat Nov 26, at Woodfield Academy (Studley Road, Redditch B98 7HH) at 7.30pm.
 
New conductor Craig Sproston conducts a concert of popular film music,showcasing local talent from Cofton Hackett and Barnt Green.

Soprano Sarah Longfils joins the orchestra as narrator and soloist in The Snowman, while Sarah’s dad, Graham Longfils, plays violin solo in Schindler’s List,.
 
Sarah was brought up in Cofton Hackett and was taught singing by her mother and violin by her father, while her grandmother taught her the piano and Helen Green, Redditch Orchestra’s principal oboist, taught her the oboe. 
 
Sarah studied Music at A level and then continued her music studies and performing at Nottingham University while taking a degree in History.  
 
In her spare time Sarah teaches violin, piano and singing in Gloucestershire. Sarah will also be playing the cor anglais in the orchestra in this concert. 
 
Graham Longfils, who was brought up in Barnt Green and now lives in Cofton Hackett, is violin soloist as well as orchestra leader for this concert.
 
Graham’s father sang in male voice choirs locally and his mother is an excellent pianist, so it was hardly surprising that music would play a large part in his life.

His uncle, Eric Shrimpton, was an exceptionally fine Hawaiian and Spanish guitarist, broadcasting weekly on the BBC in the 1930s and 40s.

Eric’s uncle had also been a musician, and the Shrimpton family lost their interest in the family’s Redditch needle factories not least because their musical activities distracted them from the business!
 
The popular programme for the concert is:
 
Schindler’s List by John Williams (with soloist Graham Longfils)
Three movements from Things to Come Suite by Sir Arthur Bliss                      
Spartacus Suite 2 by Khachaturian                          
The Snowman by Howard Blake (orchestrated by Graham Longfils, with narrator and vocalist Sarah Longfils)
Music from Titanic by James Horner
Háry János Suite by Zoltán Kodály                        

Tickets priced £12 (£10 for under 16s) are available through orchestra members or on the door. Please phone 07941 692879 or email: redditchorch@gmail.com
 


Harp music at the library

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Alvechurch Library welcomes back Revd Fiona Lee and her harp on Tues Dec 6, 11.30am–1pm, for Christmas words, music and mince pies.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722 for more details.


Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra

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The Rotary Club of Redditch hosts a Christmas fundraising concert, featuring the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra with singer Rose Johnson.

The concert, including jazz standards as well as seasonal classics, takes place at Trinity High School, Redditch, on Mon Dec 5 at 7.30pm.

Tickets costing £12 can be purchased from The Music Shop, Kingfisher Centre, Redditch, or via http://www.1060.org/redditch – proceeds to Batchley Support Group.

Details of WYJO can be found at: http://www.wyjo.co.uk and information about Batchley Support Group can be found at: http://www.batchleysgroup.co.uk


Music by candlelight

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The Midland Sinfonia presents its annual Concert by Candlelight on Fri Dec 2 in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch – 7pm for 7.30pm.

Featuring Anthony Thompson on trumpet, the programme includes Handel’s Concerto Grosso in A, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No.10, Neruda’s Trumpet Concerto, Mozart’s Divertimento in B flat, and Tchaikovsky’s Elegy.

As those who have enjoyed this splendid concert before will know, it promises to be a great evening and a wonderful start to the festive season with a glass of punch and a mince pie.

Tickets cost £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or online at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (full-time students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult go free).

For more info, call 0121 447 7040, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk


Pomegranate Piano Trio

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Bromsgrove Concerts continues its season of chamber concerts at Artrix with The Pomegranate Piano Trio on Fri Nov 11, at 8pm.

The programme includes music by Mozart, Schubert and Nicholas Maw.

Subscription tickets for several or all concerts in the series are available – bookings and information from Artrix at www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk


A Christmas Musical

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A Christmas Musical by Roger Jones takes place on Sat Nov 26 in Holy Trinity Church, Rose Hill, Lickey at 6.30pm. 

Come and join the “Inn Crowd” and hear the traditional nativity story through the eyes of the Bethlehem innkeeper and his wife. Free entry with a retiring collection.

More details from Alison on 0121 445 6170.


Sinfonia’s 21st birthday

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The Midland Sinfonia celebrates 21 years with a concert on Sat Oct 22, 7pm for 7.30pm in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

Join the new Music Director, Nic Fallowfield, and resident quartet ‘Tedesca’ for Mozart’s Quartet No.19 ‘Dissonance’, Londonderry Air by Bridge, and Dvořák’s Quartet in E flat.

Tickets £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or http://www.midland sinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and accompanied children).

More info on 0121 447 7040 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Gala Concert

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A Gala Concert takes place at Alvechurch Baptist Church on Fri Oct 21, following last year’s very successful event.

Starting at 7.30pm, it will feature new performances from Alvechurch Community Choir, Fiona Lee on the harp, Withybed Poets, young vocal and musical talent as well as solo and group items from the choir.

Last year’s concert was a virtual sell-out and organisers are hoping for a similar response to boost the church’s Sanctuary Fund.

Tickets £8 to include refreshments – buy from Lloyd (07769 700645) or Fiona (0121 447 7369). Early booking advised so refreshments can be arranged.


Primrose Proms

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The Primrose Choir presents Primrose Proms at Walkwood Middle School on Oct 14. The concert starts at 7.30pm and also features Alcester Victoria Silver Band and Walkwood Middle School.

Tickets £10 for adults and £5 for children, available on 01527 67383 / 546158 or Hospice Fundraising on 01527 889796.

Proceeds to Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove.


Canadian band play Burcot

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Shinning Friends Acoustic Roots brings you a performance by My Sweet Patootie on Sat Oct 1 in Burcot Village Hall.

The Canadian band are described as playing “sassy modern vaudeville, roots and ragtime.

More info at http://www.mysweetpatootie.com


The brilliance of Beethoven

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Dante quartet

The Bromsgrove Beethoven Quartetfest takes place at Bromsgrove’s Artrix from Fri Oct 28 to Sun Oct 30, with The Dante Quartet playing all sixteen of Beethoven’s quartets in seven concerts.

There will also be four talks to introduce Beethoven, his world and his work. Gold and Silver Saver tickets for the whole event are selling fast – see http://www.festiveclassics.co.uk or call 01527 872422.

Single tickets are available from Artrix on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk 

General info from Jennie McGregor-Smith on 01527 872422 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


New season of concerts

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Retorica

Bromsgrove Concerts’ 54th season of chamber concerts at Artrix begins on Oct 7 and ends on April 7.

The opening and closing concerts both feature well-known and highly-rated wind players: clarinettist Robert Plane and oboeist Nicholas Daniel.

In between there are the Pomegranate Piano Trio, the Navarra Quartet and local pianist Mark Bebbington, who has a reputation for playing British piano music. 

Retorica (right) have made a big impact on the classical world by showing that there is a viable repertoire for just two violins, while Mi Luna play Spanish Baroque music with a modern twist.

The February concert will feature some of Worcestershire’s young musicians demonstrating their amazing abilities in the solo and chamber music repertoire.

More info at http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk  or visit or phone Artrix on 01527 577330.


Sauce City Jazzmen

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Basin St Blues; Riverboat Shuffle; South Rampart St Parade – ring any bells? To all you followers of trad jazz, a great night of foot-tapping music, featuring the Sauce City Jazzmen (Birmingham Jazz Festival 2016) awaits at The Ark in Alvechurch on Fri Oct 21 at 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 from The Village Greengrocer, or Margaret on 0121 445 1854. Bar available, all proceeds to the St Laurence Stained Glass Windows Appeal.


Choral Society starts rehearsals

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Barnt Green Choral Society will commence rehearsals for the 2015/16 season on Mon Sep 5. New members (especially sopranos) welcome. 

This year the choir will perform three concerts: a Christmas Carol Concert on Dec 10, the main Spring Concert at Artrix on March 18 (comprising John Rutter’s The Gift of Life and Ole Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass), and a Summer Concert of lighter songs, Journey Around the British Isles, on June 24. 

If you are interested in joining, pop along to rehearsals at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green on Mondays at 7.45pm. More details from Chairman Fiona Brown on 0121 445 5513.


Jazz Orchestra in new home

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Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra holds its first concert in its new home at Lickey End Social Club on Fri Oct 7, featuring American star singer Lynne Dawes and big band jazz from the 1930s to the present day.

Starts 8pm, tickets £6. The club is at 17 Alcester Road, Lickey End, B60 1JT.

For more details phone Geoff on 07970 662692.


Summer Strings Serenade

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Volante Strings present a Summer Strings Serenade at 
St. Mary’s Church, Hanbury B60 4BP on Saturday July 9 at 7.30pm.
 
Under its Musical Director, cellist Corinne Frost, Worcestershire-based Volante Strings is a group of 14 string players who regularly give concerts at home and occasionally overseas.

The Ensemble performs without conductor in true chamber style and enjoys playing music from early Baroque right up to the current day,  particularly relishing first performances of works especially arranged or written for them by players and local composers.
 
Their July concert celebrates St Mary’s, Hanbury’s village church, the crowning glory of one of the most stunning viewpoints in Worcestershire – and is a definite case of once discovered, never forgotten.

It is also famous for being the model for St Stephen’s, Ambridge, enjoying a sixty-year filming and recording relationship with BBC Radio. 
 
The concert programme offers music for all tastes: Vivaldi’s String Concerto in D minor, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, a Beatles Medley, Rutter’s Suite for Strings, and music by Leroy Anderson, Eric Coates, Frank Bridge and Pablo Casals
 
Tickets : £10 to include interval wine and nibbles; children free. Booking: 01527 821307 or 01299 896771,  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Further details: http://www.volantestrings.co.uk


Remembering Battle of the Somme

Theatre

An evening to commemorate the Centenary of the Somme will take place at the Beacon Church Centre on Thurs June 30, hosted by Rubery Drama Group as part of the Bromsgrove Festival.

Part of the nationwide commemorations of the Battle of the Somme, the evening includes:

*  Excerpts from The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan, performed by Rubery Drama Group
*  Music by Rubery Youth Marching Band
*  Songs from WWI by Rubery Community Choir
*  Act of Commemoration

Beacon Church Centre is on Whetty Lane, Rubery, B45 9DL. For more information and to reserve your free ticket, contact Ian Ring on 01562 710231 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Big band swing

Music

The Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra welcomes the return of the great singer Lynne Dawes on Fri July 15 at the Droitwich Legion Inn, Salwarpe Road, Droitwich WR9 9BH.

Fresh from appearing with the band at Severn Valley Railway’s 1940s event at Kidderminster, Lynne is loved by all who see her perform and joins Garry Rutter for an exciting and varied evening of big band swing.

Gig starts 8pm; tickets £6. For more details phone Geoff on 07970 662692.


Free family events in Bromsgrove

General Events

As part of Bromsgrove Festival, the town’s High Street will be filled with FREE activities this summer for all the family to enjoy. Here are three highlights:

On Saturday July 2, the town centre will be “Alive with Music” between 10am and 4pm, with performances from local groups, bands, soloists, school and choirs (including Alvechurch Community Choir at 10.30am!)

Then on Saturday July 16, there’s all manner of family fun between 10am and 4pm, when the High Street will be buzzing with the sights and sounds of walkabout acts, pop-up performance and have-a-go art.

And on Saturday July 23 it’s “Beats on the Street”, featuring a tapestry of colour and sound with rhythms from Africa, India, Brazil and the Caribbean to get your toes tapping. Follow the music between 10am and 4pm.

For a full programme of Festival events, see http://www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk


Oliver! at Artrix

Theatre

Bromsgrove Operatic Society performs Oliver! The Musical at Artrix from Tues June 14 to Sat June 18, featuring local children.

Youth, vigour and experience come together to provide a great musical treat – a chance to see a modern classic musical on your doorstep!

Evening performances take place at 7.30pm, and there’s a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets from £13–£15 (children £10), available from http://www.artrix.co.uk, the box office on 01527 577330, or pop into Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1PQ.

There’s free parking right by door, and a warm welcome. More info at http://www.bromsgroveoperaticsociety.org.uk


Local talent in orchestral concert

Music

Bromsgrove violinist Charlotte Moseley will per-form the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with The Redditch Orchestra on Sat July 2 at 7.30pm, hosted again by Artrix as part of Bromsgrove Festival.

The programme will also include Mozart’s Overture ‘Cosi fan Tutti’ and his Haffner Symphony.

Charlotte is well known in Bromsgrove, having studied at South Bromsgrove High School before moving on to Chethams Music School, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music.

She plays regularly at St John’s Church in Bromsgrove and recently led The Orchestra of St John for the Verdi Requiem. She is also leader of the Virr Quartet.

The Redditch Orchestra will be led by Cofton Hackett violinist Graham Longfils and guest conductor Alex Webb. Alex is a recent graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied percussion and conducting with Edwin Roxburgh and Guy Wolfenden.

He is a busy freelance musician both as a conductor and a percussionist and has recently been awarded a place to study for his Masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Tickets for the concert are £12 (concessions £10, accompanied children free) from http://www.artrix.co.uk, the box office on 01527 577330, or Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1PQ.


Cellist in concert

Music

The Bromsgrove Concerts Prizewinner’s Recital takes place at Artrix on Tuesday June 28 at 7.30pm, starring talented cellist Jamal Aliyev with Maria Tarasewicz on piano.

Jamal, who won last year’s Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Competition, is already making a name for himself in concert halls around the world, exciting listeners with his virtuosity and musicianship.

At this concert he will perform Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata D821, the Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor Op.38, Franck’s Sonata in A major and Chopin’s Polonaise Brillante Op.3.

Tickets £14 (£8 for registered disabled, unemployed and students over 25). Under 25s go free (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).

Purchase from http://www.artrix.co.uk, the box office on 01527 577330, or Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1PQ.


Summer concert for Asklepios

Music

The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Alexander Webb) presents its summer concert on Sun June 19 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green (B45 8NR).

The attractive programme features Nicolai’s Overture ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’; a selection of arias from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni; Puccini’s La Boheme; Handel’s Judas Maccabeus (baritone soloist Edwin Kaye), and Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9 op.95 ‘From the New World’.

Admission is free – donations to the retiring collection are much appreciated. Please give your support.


Roots in June

Music

Acoustic Roots will be live at Alvechurch Social Club on Fri June 24. Starts at 8pm and still only £3 entry.

For more information visit http://www.alvechurchacousticroots.co.uk


American Songbook in concert

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society performs its summer concert, American Songbook, on Sat June 18 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green.

Tickets £10 to include refreshments; available from Fiona Brown (Chairman) on 0121 445 5513.


Sinfonia in Barnt Green

Music

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.

On Saturday July 9 at 7.30pm, the orchestra will play Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony no 8.

Talented young Worcestershire musician Rebecca Eldridge makes her debut with the Sinfonia, playing Weber’s bassoon concerto.

The Barnt Green concert Is part of the Bromsgrove Festival. Tickets cost £10 (seniors £8, concessions £6 and under-12s free) and are available on 0121 447 7671, at http://www.sinfonia.org.uk or, if available, on the door.

Advance booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.


More from Jazz Orchestra

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra presents a concert on Fri May 20 at 8pm in the Droitwich Legion Inn, Salwarpe Road, WR9 9BH.

Seventeen of the Midlands’ finest musicians play big band swing from 1930s to the present day. Featuring Garry Rutter on vocals. 

Plus real ale, food and raffle – entry £6 on the door. More info from Geoff on 07970 662692.                        


Performers of Distinction

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents Performers of Distinction on Sat May 7 in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, 7 for 7.30pm. 

Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Schubert’s Quartetsatz D.103 and D.703, and Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night will be performed by Richard Laing, David Le Page (violins), Adrian Turner, Vanessa Murby (violas), Richard Jenkinson and Rowena Calvert (cellos).

Tickets £13 on the door, £12 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or at http://www.midland sinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult).

More info from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 0121 447 7040.


May Roots

Music

Acoustic Roots will be live at Alvechurch Social Club on Fri May 27. 

Starts at 8pm and still only £3 entry. For more information visit http://www.alvechurchacousticroots.co.uk


Shakespeare-themed Concert

Music

Barnt Green and Cofton Hackett talent will be showcased on Shakespeare’s birthday when soprano Katie Leaver joins The Redditch Orchestra, led by Graham Longfils from Cofton Hackett, for a Shakespeare-themed concert on the 400th anniversary of his death.

The concert takes place on Saturday April 23 at Studley Village Hall (B80 7HJ) at 7.30pm.

Katie Leaver studied music at Manchester University, where she specialised in 19th-century opera as well as studying voice, clarinet and piano.

Katie regularly performs as a soloist with various choral societies, choirs and orchestras, singing arias from opera and operetta as well as choral works such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion, Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Haydn’s Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rutter’s Requiem and Fanshawe’s African Sanctus.

Katie is much in demand for recitals and concerts, and has frequently sung for both the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

She also sings for Birmingham composer Roger Jones, and has been a soloist and backing vocalist on many recordings of his works, as well as training and conducting the South Birmingham and Children’s Choirs for various events and performances by Christian Music Ministries.

Katie works part-time at Malvern College as a singing teacher, and is Music Coordinator at St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green.

​Katie will be joined by another local soprano, Sarah Longfils from Cofton Hackett, in well known incidental music from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer ​Night’s Dream.

The programme ​for the concert is:

Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream
Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture
Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
​Leonard Bernstein’s ​West Side Story Selection for Orchestra
Otto Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor​ Overture

Shakespeare Song Settings:-
Thomas Arne: Where the Bee Sucks and When Daisies Pied
Schubert: Who is Sylvia?
Purcell: Full Fath​o​m Five
Vaughan Williams: Orpheus With His Lute
Sullivan: Orph​e​us With His Lute
​Orchestra ​Leader: Graham Longfils
​Guest ​Conductor: Alex Webb

Tickets priced £12 (£10 for under 16s) are available through Orchestra members or on the door. Please phone 07941 692879 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Arrow Vale Singers Spring Concert

Music

Enjoy an evening of fine music at the Arrow Vale Singers’ Spring Concert on Saturday 16th April!

With songs from Broadway and Hollywood including favourites from Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein, classical treats from Handel and Haydn, and all styles in between, it’s sure to be great entertainment.

Violin and piano solos from guest performer Austin Poll and new AVS accompanist Jack Brookes will complete the evening.

Tickets priced at £8 are available now from the Ticket Secretary on 01527 893525, or from choir members. Hurry - seats are limited!

A percentage of profits from the concert, which includes a raffle and refreshments, will be donated to our Charity of the Year, Marie Curie - West Midlands. Please support this excellent cause.


Band’s charity concert

Music

Blackwell Concert Band will host a charity concert on Friday April 8 at St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green.

The band will be raising money for Medic Malawi, a small charity funding a hospital in Mtunthama, rural Malawi, together with a clinic for feeding the malnourished and an orphanage for 70 children.

Tickets cost £8 to include a glass of wine (or alternative), and the concert starts at 7.30pm. Please contact Vicky on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 0121 244 1662 if you’d like to come along.


George Huxley’s Hot Five

Music

Come “Down the Mississippi down to New Orleans”, as the song goes, to the days of Rent Parties and Storyville Speakeasies – when, on a still night, Buddy Bolden’s fierce cornet blues could be heard clear across the Mississippi.

The marvellous George Huxley’s Hot Five Jazz Band welcomes you to the Ark in Alvechurch on Friday April 29 at 7.30pm. Sadly Mr Bolden will not feature in this fine band’s lineup as
he died in 1931!

Tickets are £10 and include a glass of wine – purchase from The Village Greengrocer, Alvechurch or from Sue Brotherton on 0121 447 7037.


April Roots

Music

Acoustic Roots will be live at Alvechurch Social Club on Fri April 29. Starts at 8pm and still only £3 entry.

For more information go to http://www.alvechurchacousticroots.co.uk


Concert for Primrose

Music

The Primrose Choir presents a concert at Redditch Town Hall on April 15, at 7pm. The school choir from St Mary’s, Studley will feature once more.

Tickets £9, available from Kay Hadley on 01527 546158 or Pamela Powley on 01527 67383. Proceeds to Bromsgrove’s Primrose Hospice.


Orchestra’s attractive programme

Music

The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Alex Webb) performs on Sunday April 17 at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Lickey B45 8RR. 

The attractive programme features Schubert‘s Overture in D in the Italian style; Dvorak’s Romance in F Minor, Op.11 (violin soloist Nia Orpwood ); Haydn’s 2nd Cello Concerto, in D (soloist Thomas McMahon); and Mozart’s Haffner Symphony, KV 385.

Admission is free – donations to the retiring collection much appreciated. Please show your support.


An evening of Spanish music

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents A Spanish Evening with the Enigma String Quartet on Sat April 16, 7pm for 7.30pm in The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

Music includes Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture and Largo al factotum, Bizet’s Suite from Carmen, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, and more Spanish delights – played by Charlotte Beresford and Caroline Bodimead (violins), Ellen Brookes (viola) and Elizabeth Garside (cello).

The usual refreshments will be available during the interval plus sangria and tapas.

Tickets £13 on the door, £12 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult.)

More info from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 0121 447 7040.


Orchestra pulls out all stops

Music

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.

The performance will feature more than 150 instrumentalists and vocalists in what will probably be the largest-scale musical production ever staged in St John’s Church!

The event takes place on Saturday April 30 at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Bromsgrove and tickets can be purchased in advance for £10 from the Artrix box office at http://www.artrix.co.uk or in person at Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ.

Tickets can also be purchased on the door on the night of the concert for £12, and as always it’s free for accompanied children and students to attend.

For more information on the orchestra, visit http://www.osjbromsgrove.org or call 01527 870048.


Protest singer to perform in Rubery

Music

The Community for Reconciliation and Churches Together in B45 are pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Garth Hewitt will perform at the Beacon Church Centre, Whetty Lane, Rubery on Saturday April 16 at 7.30pm, as part of his Strange Weapons Tour.

Touring for 40 years, Garth has visited areas of poverty, conflict, deprivation, and disaster, prioritising friendships with local people and bringing them encouragement.

He always returns to Europe and the US with personal stories – bringing to life media headlines, keeping individuals’ stories at the forefront when newspapers have forgotten, and challenging the privileged to share and to join the protest against injustice.

Drawing on his extensive catalogue of songs old and new, Garth sings of struggle and hope, regrets and homecomings. For more info visit http://www.garthhewitt.org 

Tickets £6 in advance (£2 for under-16s) or £7.50 on the door (£3.50 for u16s). To book, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01562 710231.


Masterpieces of chamber music

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents British Chamber Masterpieces at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch on Sat March 19, 7 for 7.30pm.

Shulah Oliver and Richard Laing (voilins), Ruth Woolley (viola), Rebecca Rose (cello) and Simon Marlow (piano) will play music including Dvorak and Borodin.

Tickets £13 on the door, or £12 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or online at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult go free).

More info from Marian on 0121 447 7040 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Spring Roots

Music

Acoustic Roots will be live at Alvechurch Social Club on Fri March 25. The daffodils may have come and gone, but thankfully live music and performance are still evergreen!

Starts at 8pm and still only £3 entry. For more information go to http://www.alvechurchacousticroots.co.uk


Choral Society’s Spring Concert

Music

Bromsgrove Choral Society’s Spring concert is on Sat March 19 at 7.30pm in All Saints’ Church, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove, B60 1AF.

The programme will be Faure’s Requiem and Chilcott’s Requiem, conducted by John Brierley with soloists Sheila Davies (soprano), Dale Harris (tenor), Simon Gray (bass) and Joe Cooper (organ). 

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


A Baroque Evening in Barnt Green

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society performs its Spring concert, entitled A Baroque Evening, on March 12 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green.

Music includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pergolesi’s Magnificat and the Bach Cantata no. 106. Tickets £10.

Rehearsals for the summer concert (American Songbook) will resume on March 14. New members welcome. 

Please contact Fiona Brown on 0121 445 5513 for further details.


Jazz Evening in Alvechurch

Music

A Jazz Evening is coming to The Ark at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

George Huxley’s Hot Five will be playing on Friday April 29, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 which includes a glass of wine.

Any enquiries to Sue Brotherton on 0121 447 7037.


Duo and quartet at Artrix

Music

Bromsgrove Concerts continues its 53rd season at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on Fri March 4 at 8pm, when the Jenkinson-Frith Duo (cello and piano) perform Saint-Saens, Britten and Beethoven.

Then on Fri March 18 the Benyounes String Quartet present pieces including Ian Venables’ only string quartet.

For the full programme, see http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk and for tickets contact Artrix on 01527 577330, http://www.artrix.co.uk or in person at the box office (10am–4pm, Mon–Sat).  The venue offers ample free parking.


Jazz in Droitwich

Music

The Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra presents a special concert on Fri April 1, highlighting the arrangements of the legendary Sammy Nestico, also featuring regular vocalist Rob Redman.

Starts 8pm at the Droitwich Legion Inn, Salwarpe Road, WR9 9BH. Entry £6 on the door.

Real ale and food available (pre-order food on 01905 775972).

More details from Geoff on 07970 662692 .


Musicians wanted

Music

MUSICIANS & SINGERS WANTED to form a new Act or Band
To perform at the Queen’s Birthday Celebration in Cofton Hackett on Sunday June 12
Rehearsal/Recording space available
If you are interested call 07887 526377.


More from Roots

Music

Acoustic Roots has its next gig on Friday February 26 at Alvechurch Social Club from 8pm – still only £3 to get in.

For more information go to http://www.alvechurchacousticroots.co.uk


Guitarist Ogden returns

Music

Bromsgrove Concerts continues its 53rd season at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on Fri Feb 5 at 8pm, when guitarist Craig Ogden returns to play works including Tippett’s The Blue Guitar and Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata.

For the full programme, see http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk and for tickets contact Artrix on 01527 577330, http://www.artrix.co.uk or in person at the box office (10am–4pm, Mon–Sat).  The venue offers ample free parking.


Ensemble’s brass delights

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents Brass Delights at St Laurence Church in Alvechurch on Saturday February 6,  7 for 7.30pm.

Back again after a wonderful evening last year are the Holborne Brass Ensemble. The talented and entertaining performers of the group are Trevor Jones and Greg McEwan (trumpets), Tim Stidwill (horn), Philip Green (tuba) and Les Whitehouse (trombone).

The evening has a mixed programme of classical and popular with something to suit all tastes and ages, and will include Bach, Dvorak, Ewald, Handel, Gershwin, Lennon and McCartney, Joplin and Previn.

Tickets £13 on the door, or £12 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or online at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk  (FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult go free).

For more information call Marian on 0121 447 7040 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk


Tippett String Quartet

Music

Bromsgrove Concerts continues its 53rd season in the new year, with all concerts taking place at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on Fridays at 8pm.

First up is the Tippett String Quartet, performing on January 15 with music by Haydn, Robert Simpson and Mendelssohn.

For the full programme, see http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk and for tickets contact Artrix on 01527 577330, http://www.artrix.co.uk or in person at the box office (10am–4pm, Mon–Sat). 

The venue offers ample free parking.


Rehearsals resume

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society’s rehearsals for the March concert (Vivaldi’s Gloria) will resume on Jan 4. New members welcome. 

Please contact Fiona Brown 0121 445 5513 for further details.


New year, new Roots

Music

Acoustic Roots has its next gig on Friday January 29 at Alvechurch Social Club from 8pm – still only £3 to get in.

For more information go to http://www.alvechurchacousticroots.co.uk


Skiffle in the new year

Music

The 6-5 specials skiffle band will perform at The Lounge in Alvechurch on Jan 18, from 2-4pm.

Tickets £5 to include coffees, teas, cakes, sandwiches and the raffle, plus the 50s-style music from the band.


Jazz Orchestra plus guest star

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra performs on Friday Feb 5 at 8pm at the Droitwich Legion Inn, Salwarpe Road, Droitwich WR9 9BH.

Special guest star singer Lynne Dawes appears with this great swinging big band.

More details from Geoff Walker on 07970 662692.


Big band brings sound of jazz

Music

Jazz Orchestra

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra, a lively 18-piece big band, will bring the great music of Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Glen Miller to the Droitwich Legion Inn (Salwarpe Road, WR9 9BH) on Friday December 11 from 8pm.

Further details from Geoff on 07970 662692.


Choral Society’s festive concert

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society performs its Christmas concert on Dec 12 at 7pm at St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, accompanied by the Occasional Wind Band.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards in the Parish Centre.

Rehearsals for the March concert (Vivaldi’s Gloria) will resume on Jan 4. New members welcome.  Please contact Fiona Brown 0121 445 5513 for further details.


Acoustic Roots’ Festive Special

Music

Acoustic Roots presents its Festive Special on Fri Dec 11 at Alvechurch Social Club from 8pm – still only £3 to get in. For more info go to http://www.alvechurchacousticroots.co.uk


Sinfonia’s Candlelit Concert

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents a Candlelit Concert in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch on Sat Dec 12, 7 for 7.30pm.

Music includes Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, conducted by Richard Laing with David Le Page on violin.

Tickets £13 on the door or £12 In advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult).

For more information call Marian on 0121 447 7040 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Primrose Choir’s Christmas concert

Music

Primrose Hospice Choir presents its Christmas Concert on Dec 11 in the Spadesbourne Suite in Bromsgrove at 7pm, with “guest artists” Astwood Bank First School.

Tickets £9, available from Pamela Powley on 01527 67383 or Kay Hadley on 01527 546158.


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From Boogie to Bach
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Young Musicians’ Showcase
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10th Young Musicians’ Showcase
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