The 2015 Festival Programme of Events is now complete. Please use the Events menus above to view our listings and find out about the individual performances. You can also purchase tickets on-line here, by mail using our printable booking form or from John Thomas, Florist, of Church Stretton.
Our gala opening is on Saturday, the 25th of July and stars Guy Johnston – cello: (BBC Young Musician of the Year, opening night of the Proms with the Elgar Concerto).
Our closing night is Saturday the 8th of August, with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra. We’ve had a variety of jazz in recent years, also brass bands, but nothing quite like this.
In between we have something to please everyone. Return engagements from the Aurora Ensemble as well as Huw Wiggin and James Sherlock are bound to please, while Rock and Roll fans will be delighted by a concert by Ultimate Elton. The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet promise a very exciting evening and we can expect fireworks from violin duo Retorica. Piano duets are on the programme from Susie Allan and Rosalind Jones, while Michael Bochmann is bringing some of his young students to play along with him at the tea-time concert.
But we have more than music. Dramatic performances include the poems of Dylan Thomas, presented by Guy Masterson; Heartbreak Theatre’s production of Jane Austen’s “Emma” and “My Dearest Girls” – created and performed by Francesca Millican-Slater – exploring the lives of rural women during World War I.
And there’s even more! school’s out @ the arts festival is a 4 day workshop for children which culminates in a public performance. Free coffee concerts or organ recitals are on tap during the day and, of course, the Art, Craft and Photography exhibition runs from the 28th of July to the 8th of August.