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Classical music lovers in for a treat at Bromsgrove church event
8:00am Monday 16th July 2012 in News
CLASSICAL music lovers are in for a treat when a town orchestra stages a festival of music in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s Church this weekend, July 20-22.
The Orchestra of St John's, which was formed last year by Bromsgrove residents Alastair and Cathy Moseley and Sue Peters, has already given two concerts at the church off Kidderminster Road.
The orchestra’s next event, St John MusicFest, is set to be its biggest event yet.
The event begins on Friday with a concert that includes a performance form the Holborne Brass Ensemble.
A piano quartet, featuring pianist Benjamin Frith, is being held on Saturday evening.
Benjamin, who regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, will also be performing at a children’s concert, between 3-4pm, where he will be joined by festival co-organiser Alastair Moseley in a performance of Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, and Bizet’s Jeux D’enfants.
The performance will feature children from Millfields First School who have prepared dances to mimic some of the animals and games featured in the two works.
The organisers received financial support for the hiring of a piano for the performance, from the David Morgan Music Trust.
To close the festival, a gala concert given by St John’s orchestra, will take place on Sunday, featuring Beethoven’s Third Symphony The Eroica and his Third Piano Concerto, under the baton of the orchestra’s conductor, Richard Jenkinson.
Richard is also the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist.
Over the weekend, to make the festival as accessible as possible, all of the day time events are free of charge.
The three evening concerts cost £10 each, with accompanied school-age children going free.
There will also be a reception before the gala concert where cheese and wine will be served for a small supplement of £2.
Tickets are available from Waterstones, in High Street.
For more details on MusicFest see the Orchestra’s website o-s-j.org.uk.