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2022 Festival: 23rd July – 13th August

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Lucy Stevens – Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

Silvester Horne Institute

7.30pm

Adult £14, Student* £7

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Lucy Stevens – Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel
We welcome the return of Lucy Stevens following her much acclaimed production of Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife. Her new production is a one-woman play using Virginia’s own words, woven together with contemporary music and song. It portrays the complex life of Virginia Woolf and her struggle to write freely and openly in a society that expected a woman to be the ‘Angel in the House’.
“Dramatic and informative telling of this compelling story” Stamford Arts
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Double Bass recital by Patrick Phillip: a rare chance to hear the double bass played as a solo instrument by one of Shropshire’s leading players.
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Art Exhibition Opening Reception

St Lawrence Primary School

7.30pm

£3

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Art Exhibition Opening Reception
The Opening Reception of our Art Exhibition gives you your first chance to see hundreds of works from local artists, with most items available to purchase. Entry price includes refreshments. No need to book – just turn up!
The Exhibition is then open daily 10.30am-5pm until 6th August, with £1 entry fee.
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Viola recital by Rosa Bonnin: a return visit for Oxford University music student Rosa following her wonderful 2019 concert.
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Roger McGough

Silvester Horne Institute

3pm

Adult £17, Student* £8.50

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Roger McGough
One of the original Liverpool poets, author of over one hundred books of poetry and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, Roger McGough is one of the UK’s best-loved poets. Roger’s poetry is humorous and inspirational, encompassing all human life and emotions.
“The Patron Saint of Poetry” Carol Ann Duffy
Ticket price includes tea/coffee and cake
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Workshop – Willow Craft (am)

St Lawrence Primary School

10am

£35

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Workshop – Willow Craft (am)
Make a beautiful and useful bird feeder to hold fat balls for small garden birds. At least two willow basketry techniques will be learnt whilst creating this item on a frame, providing the basic knowledge to try more experimentation in the future. A choice of willow will be available which will offer different colours in the weave. We also offer a different afternoon session – please ensure you book correctly.
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Guitar recital by Frederick Lawton, a performer whose career has taken off since his previous appearance in 2017.
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Workshop – Willow Craft (pm)

St Lawrence Primary School

2pm

£35

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Workshop – Willow Craft (pm)
Make a stunning flower for the home or garden. The same technique as a traditional English basket base will be used, providing an excellent introduction to basketry. A range of willow colours will be available for the flower and a willow stick provided for use as a stem. We also offer a different morning session – please ensure you book correctly.
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Heartbreak Productions – Jane Eyre

Silvester Horne Institute

7.30pm

Adult £16, Student* £8

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Heartbreak Productions – Jane Eyre
Heartbreak Productions return with a new adaptation of the much-loved Charlotte Brontë classic Jane Eyre. Heartbreak will entertain us in their uniquely fun, inventive and interactive way as Jane battles with life’s struggles and gradually uncovers the mystery at Thornfield Hall whilst falling in love with the brooding Mr Rochester.
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

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Gill Styles & Richard Walker play a programme of piano duets.
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Passamezzo

St Laurence's Church

7.30pm

Adult £16, Student* £8

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Passamezzo
Following the success of their 2017 Arts Festival performance of In Peascod Time the renowned early-music ensemble return to recreate the music familiar to the Pilgrim Fathers and those who accompanied them on their Mayflower voyage. Psalms, lutesongs, ballads and sailors’ songs are all brought to life in a theatrical performance enhanced with costumes and readings from the era. An evening rich in 17th century entertainment awaits!
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Music for Wind Ensemble: 13 Shropshire players perform music for large-scale wind ensemble by Richard Strauss and Joachim Raff.
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Louise Thomson and Corvus Consort

St Laurence's Church

7.30pm

Adult £20, Student* £10

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Louise Thomson and Corvus Consort
Eisteddfod-winning harpist Louise Thomson joins the exciting new vocal ensemble the Corvus Consort in a rich and varied programme of music for upper voices and harp.
“Louise Thomson is a consummate performer ... a personality that audiences love.” Craig Ogden
“The Corvus Consort is a marvel: glorious voices, expressive singing, highly creative and imaginative programming, inspired direction!” Simon Carrington
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

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Branded Rogues: Edward Drury and Brian Stone present music for violin, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar and voice – a genre-bending event from the 16th century to the present.
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The Rozzers

Silvester Horne Institute

7.30pm

Adult £17, Student* £8.50

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The Rozzers
We are thrilled to present The Rozzers, the No 1 Sting and The Police tribute band. Fronted by Owen James, this talented rock band will perform hits such as Message in a Bottle, Every Breath You Take, Fields of Gold and Roxanne.
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Workshop – Botanical Macro Photography (am)

St Lawrence Primary School

10am

£35

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Workshop – Botanical Macro Photography (am)
This workshop is designed to enable careful indoor photography, exploring the wonder and beauty of plants through techniques which can then be applied to any subject. Participants will be encouraged to slow down and take time to make a well-crafted photograph built from beautiful forms. We offer identical morning and afternoon sessions – please ensure you book correctly.
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Workshop – Botanical Macro Photography (pm)

St Lawrence Primary School

2pm

£35

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Workshop – Botanical Macro Photography (pm)
This workshop is designed to enable careful indoor photography, exploring the wonder and beauty of plants through techniques which can then be applied to any subject. Participants will be encouraged to slow down and take time to make a well-crafted photograph built from beautiful forms. We offer identical morning and afternoon sessions – please ensure you book correctly.
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All Saints’ Church, Little Stretton

12noon

FREE

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Regular recitalist at our Festivals, Allan Walker returns to play a range of pieces from J S Bach to Walton’s Coronation March Crown Imperial.
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Linos Piano Trio

St Laurence's Church

7.30pm

Adult £18, Student* £9

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Linos Piano Trio
We welcome back to the Arts Festival this much-acclaimed piano trio. Three performers with rich cultural backgrounds rooted in seven languages and five nationalities, their breadth of specialisms ranges from historical performance to new music. Brought together in the Linos Piano Trio, they are equally at home with the genre’s masterpieces, with little-known gems and with new trio transcriptions.
“virtuosity, presence of mind, and wit” Süddeutsche Zeitung
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Workshop – Glass Bunting (am)

St Lawrence Primary School

9.30am

£35

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Workshop – Glass Bunting (am)
Participants will be taught how to safely handle and cut their chosen pieces of coloured glass, grind down the edges, foil them using copper tape and solder them to form 5 triangles. When joined with co-ordinating ribbon or twine a personalised and beautiful piece of artwork will be created. We offer identical morning and afternoon sessions – please ensure you book correctly.
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Workshop – Glass Bunting (pm)

St Lawrence Primary School

2pm

£35

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Workshop – Glass Bunting (pm)
Participants will be taught how to safely handle and cut their chosen pieces of coloured glass, grind down the edges, foil them using copper tape and solder them to form 5 triangles. When joined with co-ordinating ribbon or twine a personalised and beautiful piece of artwork will be created. We offer identical morning and afternoon sessions – please ensure you book correctly.
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A4 Brass Quartet

St Laurence's Church

7.30pm

Adult £16, Student* £8

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A4 Brass Quartet
The A4 Brass Quartet features principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands, including Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick and Foden’s. Their unique blend of instruments – cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium – creates a sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet. These four astonishing musicians perform both lyrical and high-octane works, presenting a distinctive new take on brass chamber music.
“technical virtuosity in abundance” Brass Band World
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Holy Trinity Church, Wistanstow

12noon

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Richard Walker, our Free Concert organiser, plays again this year with another selection of organ works.
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Dr John Chu

Parish Centre

3pm

Adult £10, Student* £5

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Dr John Chu
We are delighted that Dr John Chu, Senior National Curator for Pictures and Sculpture for the National Trust, will be talking to us about his new book 100 Paintings from the Collections of the National Trust. Dr Chu will talk about the way that the pictures in the book were selected from the thousands of artworks held by the Trust. This illustrated talk will give us a personal insight into an important collection of historic artwork.
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St Laurence’s Church

12noon

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Another popular local organist, Anthony Pinel, from St Chad’s Shrewsbury, visits us with his musical selection.
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Karolos

St Laurence's Church

7.30pm

Adult £21, Student* £10.50

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Karolos
Every member of this ensemble of classical guitar, violin, viola and cello is an internationally-acclaimed artist. Renowned for the energy and vitality of their concerts as well as their extraordinary musicianship, they perform a broad repertoire ranging from Mozart classics to recent commissions.
“a dynamic, virtuoso chamber collective of first-rate players.” Gramophone Magazine
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Gamal Khamis

St Laurence's Church

7.30pm

Adult £14, Student* £7

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Gamal Khamis
This prize-winning pianist captures many different sound worlds using a huge range of colour. Interpretative insight and dazzling technique characterise his playing, whether it be of more familiar pieces by Schumann and Debussy or ground-breaking works by contemporary composers.
“The highlight of the evening was pianist Gamal Khamis, whose sensitivity and imagination shone out of his three performances.” Financial Times
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Alison Neil – The Fossil Lady of Lyme

Silvester Horne Institute

7.30pm

Adult £14, Student* £7

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Alison Neil – The Fossil Lady of Lyme
We welcome Alison Neil’s return (Truly Yours, Charlotte Brontë) with her new drama The Fossil lady of Lyme which recreates the life of Mary Anning, an extraordinary fossil collector. Her finds contributed to changes in scientific thinking about prehistory, yet the “fine, clever men of science” largely took the credit and treated her as an outsider. Alison’s remarkable play tells the story of Mary’s life and work in an entertaining and moving way.
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Embraceable Ella

Concord College

7.30pm

Adult £24, Student* £12

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Embraceable Ella
To bring the 2022 festival to a memorable close, we are delighted to return to the spacious auditorium at Concord College for a celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, with Joanna Eden and the Chris Ingham Trio.
Following the sell-out success of their show Jazz at the Movies in the 2019 Festival, this well-established team returns to present an enchanting evening of anecdote, insight and classic material associated with the legendary ‘First Lady of Song’. Those who heard them perform three years ago will know to book early for this performance.
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Photo credits:
Nick Wright Photography (Roger McGough)
Sara Porter (Louise Thomson)
Alessandro Tear (Corvus Consort)
Kaupo Kikkas (Linos)
Robert Piwko (Sarah-Jane/Karolos)
Ivan Gonzalez (Craig/Karolos)
Meghan Krauss (Gamal Khamis)
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