Events Listing

2019 Festival: 3rd August - 18th August

Bookings are now open.

New for 2019: Online bookings are available for existing and new members: you will be asked to confirm membership (or to join as a member) when selecting tickets (use the Buy Tickets buttons); 2018 members can also renew online. For membership information please see the Membership Page.

Bookings are available online (use the Buy Tickets buttons), by post, or at John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton (members can still book directly with Gloria Carter if they wish). Look out for our Festival Brochure, which has a postal booking form on it. You may also phone the Box Office on 01694 724106.

Online bookings are available up until midnight before each event. Where an event indicates "Last few tickets available", you will need to book via the Box Office on 01694 724106.

We will normally post tickets to you. If it is within a week or so of the event, we will instead hold the tickets for you on the door, in which case we will advise you via email. If you have any queries about booking, please contact , or phone the Box Office on 01694 724106.

Fitzwilliam String Quartet

St Laurence's Church

7.30pm

Adult £18, Student* £9

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Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Opening the Festival as part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Fitzwilliam Quartet – with their original viola player still on board – return to Church Stretton to play a programme of quartets by Schubert and Shostakovich. It was their association with Dmitri Shostakovich which first catapulted the Fitzwilliam Quartet into the public eye; after the composer travelled to York to hear the British première of his thirteenth quartet in 1972, this musical friendship led him to present his final two string quartets to them.
"...the Fitzwilliam Quartet, whom I admire very much. Thank you for a superlative performance of my thirteenth quartet." D. Shostakovich
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

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Romanesca – music for recorder trio – a return to Church Stretton of this popular group.
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Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Art Exhibition Opening Reception
This year, we welcome Claire Carter, a landscape photographer, as our Guest Artist. Claire is based in Shropshire but her passion for landscape photography has taken her far and wide including Norway, Iceland and across the UK.
The Opening Reception gives you your first chance to see these lovely photographs, along with the hundreds of other works from local artists, with most items available to purchase.
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

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Gill Styles and Richard Walker play a programme of piano duets.
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Blazin' Fiddles

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £22, Student* £11

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Blazin' Fiddles
Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 21st year in 2019 – now with nine albums and many thousands of miles behind them, yet a passion that burns brighter than ever – no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, sensitivity and raw fire of Scottish music all at once. With a “Blazers” performance comes the unique opportunity to hear the regional expressions and diverse fiddle dialects from Scotland’s highlands and islands. This legendary, multi-award-winning act never fails to set the hearts of their audiences alight.
"Infectious, enlivening and irresistible euphoria." Folk Radio UK
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

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Music for flute and piano, presented by Chris Lacey and Richard Silk.
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A Grimm Night Out with the Very Grimm Brothers

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £10, Student* £5

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A Grimm Night Out with the Very Grimm Brothers
"Gilbert & George, almost Morecambe & Wise." Smoke & Mirrors Cabaret

With skilfully crafted words & music The Very Grimm Brothers (aka Adrian Mealing and John Denton) deftly weave comedy, poetry, fairytale, anecdotes and music to create a brilliant evening of entertainment and a beguiling world for our imagination to swim around in. Think of The Very Grimm Brothers as the love children that Victor Meldrew and Pam Ayres never had and if you only attend one comedy-poetry-music-fairytale-anecdotes-singing event during the 2019 Festival, let this be the one!
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

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Wind Serenades, presented by The Wenlock Ensemble, including Dvořák’s Serenade.
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Workshop: Printmaking using stencils

Church Stretton School

10.30am

£30

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Workshop: Printmaking using stencils
Shrewsbury artist Di Purser is a regular exhibitor and was a very popular guest artist in 2012. Di will show you how to design and create stencils from your own images.
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Wroxeter After the Romans: talk

St Laurence's Parish Centre

11.30am

Adult £8, Student* £4

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Wroxeter After the Romans: talk
Wroxeter After the Romans: A Cultural and Social History explores for the first time how the ruins, visible and buried, of the Roman city at Wroxeter have inspired generations of writers, poets and artists and the relationship between archaeology and art. Come and hear who carried the city away overnight, and who burnt Cynddylan’s Hall.
This lecture is given by Dr Roger White, the leading authority on the site who has worked at Wroxeter for more than 40 years.
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Wroxeter Coach Trip

Coach Trip

2pm

Adult £10, Student* £5

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Wroxeter Coach Trip
This is a stand-alone event and separate from the earlier talk. However, those who hear the morning talk may very well want to spend more time with the Romans! This is a coach trip to the Roman city at Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury. Accompanied by Dr Roger White, the leading authority on the Wroxeter site. Dr White will lead a tour of the site exploring the existing remains, and showing us parts of the city not normally open to the public.
Limited places available - early booking essential.
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Ferio Saxophone Quartet with Timothy End

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £20, Student* £10

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Ferio Saxophone Quartet with Timothy End
The 2015 Arts Festival launched the highly successful collaboration of saxophonist Huw Wiggin with pianist Timothy End. By popular demand they return with Huw’s award-winning Ferio Quartet for an evening of music varying in style from classic formality to blended barber-shop smoothness. Those who heard Huw’s previous Arts Festival performances will know this is an evening not to be missed.
"Playing is of the highest level throughout." Classical Music magazine
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

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Viola recital by Rosa Bonnin, a specialist musician from Wells Cathedral School.
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Zoë Beyers

St Laurence's Church

7.30pm

Adult £12, Student* £6

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Zoë Beyers
Now based in Shrewsbury, South African born Zoë Beyers has established herself as one of the UK’s most versatile violinists and performs as soloist, chamber musician, director and orchestral leader across the world. With her regular duo partner pianist Philip Moore, she will present a recital to include the violin sonatas by Elgar and Debussy, which were both composed towards the end of the First World War.
"...Messiaen’s Theme and Variations for violin and piano from Zoë Beyers and Philip Moore being especially outstanding." The Scotsman
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St Laurence's Church

10.15am

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Jazz, presented by Band on the Edge.
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Jazz at the Movies

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £14, Student* £7

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Jazz at the Movies
Jazz at the Movies is a unique jazz group who put an irresistible spin on classic movie themes and soundtrack songs from silver screen sources both familiar and obscure. A regular sell-out at Ronnie Scott’s and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, the group features evocative vocals by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden, backed by a terrific jazz quartet.
"Sassy vocalist and her swinging quartet deliver the goods..." Jazzwise
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Claire Carter - Presentation

Church Stretton School

2pm

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Claire Carter - Presentation
Claire Carter, guest artist at our Art Exhibition, presents Dancing Lights – a decade of aurora hunting. Using both images and music from her new DVD, followed by a Q & A session this is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about Claire and her award-winning photography skills.
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Linos Piano Trio

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £16, Student* £8

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Linos Piano Trio
First Prize winners of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2015, the Linos Piano Trio is recognised as one of Europe's most creative and dynamic piano trios, with a colourful and distinctive musical voice. With five nationalities represented among its members, the trio draws on their rich and varied cultural musical backgrounds as well as specialisms in historically informed performance and new music.
"...an astounding performance." Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
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Workshop: Felted landscape painting

Church Stretton School

10.15am

£40

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Workshop: Felted landscape painting
Led by Susan Mulcock, who creates "paintings" using a variety of different breeds of wool and a wide range of different fibres and fabrics, then adds machine and hand-stitching to give extra texture and depth.
Using some of your own images the workshop will show you how to produce a felted landscape painting based on the local area of the Shropshire Hills.
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All Saints’ Church, Little Stretton

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Simon Russell – as well as being the Organist of St Mary's, Nantwich, Simon is a full-time freelance musician, and is also accompanist to several choral societies.
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Heatwave Trio

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £12, Student* £6

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Heatwave Trio
A trio of flute, oboe and piano formed by three high profile solo musicians, all winners of the Royal Over-Seas League music competition. They have been performing together for many years and through their close friendship bring a palpable freshness and sense of joy to their collaboration. A concert featuring the Principal Flute of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Principal Oboe of the City of London Sinfonia and the accompanist of the BBC Singer of the World Competition can be relied upon to deliver performances of the highest musicianship.
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Trovatori – Teatime Concert

Methodist Church

3pm

Adult £12, Student* £6

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Trovatori – Teatime Concert
Stretton-based duo Darren and Caroline Clarke are modern-day troubadours who provide their own accompaniment on classical guitars. They share a passion for singing, travelling and discovery, exploring the musical world for some of the best songs from centuries past to the present day, including opera, operetta, art songs, traditional songs, folk and ballads. Trovatori's talents take them all over the world singing “songs from here, there and everywhere”. A musical feast followed by an excellent tea!
"One of the best classical acts I have seen. Highly recommended." Entertainment Director, P&O Oriana
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Private Lives

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £15, Student* £7.50

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Private Lives
Join us for this sparkling production of Noël Coward’s comedy masterpiece, Private Lives. Heartbreak Productions promises to deliver an evening of sparkling entertainment, nostalgic music, and delicious one-liners. We can’t promise canapés, or chilled champagne, but cold expressions and heated arguments are guaranteed!
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St Margaret’s Church, Acton Scott

12noon

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Richard Walker – Richard is a local musician well-known both here and at St Chad's, Shrewsbury, where he is Assistant Director of Music and as well as accompanying most major services there, organises the 55 lunch-hour concerts each year.
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Passacaglia

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £15, Student* £7.50

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Passacaglia
One of the UK’s most long-lived early music ensembles, Passacaglia has been enchanting audiences since the early 1990s at venues ranging from Brighton Pavilion to London’s Wigmore Hall, from Limerick to Chicago. Historically informed performance is their starting point, but the excitement of musical communication is at the heart of every performance. Their performance of Music ‘A la mode’: Entertainments for an English Gentleman will draw back the curtains on music-making in eighteenth century England.
"Clarity, crispness and enthusiasm that perfectly match the spirit of the music." Daily Telegraph
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Bones Apart

St Laurence's Church

7.30pm

Adult £14, Student* £7

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Bones Apart
Since its inception in 1999, this highly acclaimed trombone quartet has gained international recognition as a leading ensemble in brass chamber music. The group performs its unique and diverse repertoire to audiences worldwide and brings together a wealth of performing experience at the highest level, from symphony and chamber orchestra, early and contemporary music, to brass band and jazz. Through commissioning new works and arrangements, Bones Apart has expanded not only the repertoire but also the boundaries of brass chamber music, widening its appeal to an ever-increasing audience.
"Dazzling dexterity." Natalie Wheen, Classic FM
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St Laurence’s Church

12noon

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David Price – during his career so far, David has played the organ at Rochester and Ely Cathedrals and is now Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral.
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Classic Rhythm

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £10, Student* £5

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Classic Rhythm
A unique and exciting chamber group – a trio of flute, piano and percussion. Formed in 1992, Classic Rhythm have appeared at hundreds of festivals and played at venues in every region of the UK including London’s South Bank and the Welsh Proms. Skilful arrangements of well-known classical favourites are set alongside a wide variety of other pieces ranging from original compositions to jazz, all complemented by the warm informality of the group on stage and performed on a vast array of instruments, some familiar, some not!
"Very, very impressive." Classic FM
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Carismático

Concord College

7.30pm

Adult £25, Student* £12.50

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Carismático
Carismático is a Tango ensemble created by virtuoso accordionist Karen Street and featuring the brilliant, emotionally charged compositions of Argentinian composer Saúl Cosentino alongside music by his mentor Astor Piazzolla and Karen’s own creative and nuanced compositions. The ensemble will be joined on stage by Argentinian vocalist and guitarist Guillermo Rozenthuler and Tango dancers Richard Manuel partnered by Emma Lucia Reyes, promising an evening of irresistible Argentinian passion and musical virtuosity to bring the 2019 Festival to a close.
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* Under 25 in full time education