BROMSGROVE Festival organisers are inviting townsfolk to a night catering to different musical tastes.

Upstairs, Downstairs has been devised by social historian and flute player Gabrielle Byam-Grounds, and is being performed at the Artrix Theatre, in School Drive, from 7.45pm on Friday, April 27.

The show features performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air 'On the G String', I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady, and favourites from Telemann, Mozart and Beethoven.

Celebrity actor Jeffrey Dench, brother of Judi, will be wearing drag to portray Jane Austin’s Lady Catherine de Bourgh, while up-coming Royal Shakespeare Company actress Katy Stephens will also be appearing.

Tickets cost £20.

A film on the life of composer Gustav Holst, made by Tony Palmer, is being shown at the Artrix on Saturday, April 28, from 7.15pm.

Tony will be appearing and giving a short talk to introduce the film. Tickets cost £8, which includes a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Festival events continue on May 4 with the Big Spring Sing.

Youngsters from Bromsgrove middle schools will be singing after a workshop day with Ex Cathedra's award-winning education team.

Tickets will be available on the door and are priced at £5 adults, £2 concessions.

For more details on the festival, see

To book tickets call 01527 876504 or visit the new festival office, at Bromsgrove Library in Stratford Road. The office is open Monday to Friday between 10.30am-3.30pm, and on Saturdays between 10.30am-1pm.