The 14th annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts is set to return this summer!
The Prescot Festival is 10 days of arts, entertainment and culture, and great live music to suit all tastes. It is organised by Arts in Prescot and runs from Friday 15 June to Sunday 24 June 2018 across Prescot hotspots.
On the opening night, Friday 15 June, Swingshift Big Band will be at Prescot Parish Church kicking the festival off at 7pm charting the history of the big band genre from the 1930s to the present day.
The following evening on Saturday 16 June at 7pm, the Prescot Festival Chorus will reunite with their conductor James Luxton from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral at Prescot Parish Church. The band and conductor will be commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One with a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s poignant Requiem. Over 100 singers of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to come along to the festival for its ‘Come and Sing’ event to learn from an expert choral conductor and experience the thrill of performing live with a large choir. For more information about taking up this brilliant opportunity, visit Prescot Festival’s website.
At Prescot Parish Church on Saturday 17 June at 3pm, you can watch ‘Daniel Bishop in Concert’ -Liverpool Cathedral’s Associate Organist playing classical favourites and enjoy wine and nibbles afterwards!
If you’re a fan of poetry, you will be happy to know Poco Coffee will be hosting a poetry evening with Stephen J Regan and David J Costello on Monday 18 June at 7pm.
Learn about Prescot’s fascinating history at the Open Archives drop in event at Heritage Hub on Tuesday 19 June from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. At the Clock Face Pub at 8pm, you can enjoy some of the best local musical talent from every genre at the festival’s Clockfest.
Evelyn Community Primary School is hosting Young Instrumentalist of Prescot on Wednesday 20 June at 9.30am which is a showcase of the musical talent at our brilliant local primary and secondary schools. From 10am to 12pm and from 1pm to 4pm, there’s another opportunity to delve deep into Prescot’s history at Heritage Hub.
Film fan? Knowsley-born screenwriter Willy Russell’s BAFTA-winning Educating Rita will be screened at St Paul’s Church on Thursday 21 June at 7pm.
For a true Lancashire experience, you can watch award-winning entertainment by Wingates Brass Band in concert and enjoy some wine and pastries. The Lancastrian band will be performing at Prescot Parish Church on Friday 22 June from 7.30pm.
If you’re interested in finding out even more about the history of Prescot, you won’t want to miss Adam Thompson’s and Mandy Burn’s investigation into the past – hear the fascinating talk about recent archaeological excavations and discoveries at the site of the upcoming Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot. The talk takes place at the Prescot Parish Church meeting room on Saturday 23 June at 11.30am. At Whiston Town Hall at 7.30pm that evening, one of North West’s most acclaimed musical theatre companies, BOST, will return to the festival with favourite songs you know from both stage and screen.
On the final evening, Sunday 24 June, the Prescot Parish Church Choir will be at Prescot Parish Church at 6pm. At the Festival Choral Evensong, the choir will be leading the traditional service of evening prayer, with canticle settings by Richard Shephard. For the festival finale, Arts in Prescot is delighted to welcome the Maghull Wind Orchestra who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Don’t miss the festival drawing to a close at 7.30pm at the church.
Throughout the 10 days, you can view art displays by local schools and local artist Rachael Dunn at Prescot Parish Church.
Dr Robert Howard, Artistic Director, said: “With work on the town’s Shakespeare North Playhouse starting this year, 2018 marks the beginning of a new era in Prescot’s history, making it a pivotal time for arts, heritage and culture in our community. We’re determined to mark the occasion with another top-tier festival to remember, featuring the very best of talent from the town, the region and beyond.”
You can buy your tickets for the festival from Tuesday 1 May 2018 on the festival’s website..