Events Listing

From Saturday 28th July to Sunday 12th August, here is the complete list of all main events during the Arts Festival.

We’ll be adding Coffee Concerts and Organ Recitals to the list when we have more details.

London Mozart Players

Concord College

7.30pm

Adult £20, Student* £10

London Mozart Players
Following their much acclaimed appearance at the 2016 Festival, members of the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra will open this year’s Festival with a programme of music for string sextet by Mozart, Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky.
‘…the kind of joyous, intimate music-making for which Harry Blech founded the London Mozart Players.’ The Times
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Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

£2.50

Art Exhibition Opening Reception
We are pleased to welcome our Guest Artists, Roy & Jacqueline Abbott, who are based in the heart of the Shropshire Hills. Roy works as an Artist Blacksmith, hand-forging various metals, whilst Jacqueline is a Glass Artist creating original kiln-fired glass items, and Dichroic glass jewellery. The Opening Reception gives you your first chance to see these lovely art works, along with the hundreds of other works from local artists, with most items available to purchase.
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Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £18, Student* £9

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
We welcome back to Church Stretton one of the world’s leading guitar quartets, a dynamic and innovative ensemble known for its extraordinary ensemble in performance and its expansive repertoire.
‘...that customary blend of high-octane virtuosity, relaxed lyricism, tonal richness and perfection of ensemble.’ Gramophone Magazine
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £10, Student* £5

Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!
One of Britain's phenomenal singers of the 20th Century, Kathleen Ferrier's life story is captured in this one woman play by professional contralto Lucy Stevens in a unique and engaging performance. Initially discovered as a pianist, Kathleen took singing lessons and became a much loved folk singer and contralto during and after the 2nd World War, dying tragically early. Lucy is accompanied by Elizabeth Marcus on piano.
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
Peter Moore

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £14, Student* £7

Peter Moore
Peter Moore became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2008 before being appointed co-principal trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra at the age of just 18. A BBC New Generation artist, this exceptional young musician is fast developing an international reputation as a soloist and we are delighted to welcome him to give a recital at this year’s Festival.
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
Phil Rickman - In Conversation

Parish Centre

3pm

Adult £8, Student* £4

Phil Rickman - In Conversation
The Merrily Watkins novels: the pitfalls of creating a new and unique series.
Phil has just published his fifteenth book in the Merrily Watkins series of novels. They are a genre of their own focusing on Anglican vicar Merrily and her role as diocesan exorcist for Hereford. Midwinter of the Spirit (his second book), was televised in 2015 to worldwide critical acclaim.
‘An excellent writer, terrific on atmosphere.’ The Times
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Milena Simovic

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £12, Student* £6

Milena Simovic
A “unique talent with wonderful musicality”, Serbian-born violist Milena has appeared on concert platforms around the globe with renowned conductors such as Sir Colin Davis and Gustavo Dudamel. A rare opportunity to hear music for viola performed by one of the instrument’s finest players accompanied by Russian pianist Olga Sitkovetsky. Not to be missed.
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
All New Blues and Soul Revue

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £14, Student* £7

All New Blues and Soul Revue
Pay tribute to the fabulous Blues Brothers and boogie on down at the 2018 Church Stretton Arts Festival!
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm

Church Stretton School

11am - 6pm

£1

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 6pm
Robert Plane and the Gould Trio

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £20, Student* £10

Robert Plane and the Gould Trio
Internationally-renowned clarinettist Robert Plane joins one of the world’s finest piano trios to perform a programme of chamber music including a Schubert Piano Trio, a new work specially written for the ensemble by Huw Watkins and Brahms’ magnificent, autumnal Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.
‘Music-making of the highest calibre.’ The Guardian
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
Kosmos

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £18, Student* £9

Kosmos
The Kosmos trio of violin, viola and accordion have crafted a unique programme inspired by music from around the globe. Wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish and Greek music glide into hot-blooded tango and interpretations of Japanese, Polish or Arabic songs as they combine western classical music training with the wider understanding gained from extensive travel.
‘telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship.’ The Times
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
Teatime Concert - Lizzi Tocknell

Methodist Church

3pm

Adult £10, Student* £5

Teatime Concert - Lizzi Tocknell
French Horn player Lizzi brought the scenery of Church Stretton to the nation’s TV screens when she appeared in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 Brass Final. Since then she has played with various London orchestras, including the Royal Opera House and the Philharmonia. Her recital, in which she will be accompanied by Lee Jae Phang, will illustrate the development of the horn and its repertoire. This will be followed by an excellent tea in the church hall.
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Truly Yours, C.B.

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £10, Student* £5

Truly Yours, C.B.
Charlotte Bronte (of Jane Eyre fame) published under the pseudonym Currer Bell (C.B.). Alison Neil's one woman show portrays Charlotte's life using many of her own words, providing an exceptional theatrical treat. Alison has performed here before and returns by popular request.
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
Pelléas Ensemble

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £12, Student* £6

Pelléas Ensemble
Winners of numerous chamber music competitions, this young ensemble of harp, flute and viola has established a reputation for effective communication with audiences, performing complete recitals from memory. By playing instruments of such very different natures they are able to explore new sound worlds and textures in a programme ranging from baroque arrangements to newly commissioned works with a strong jazz influence. Highly recommended.
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
Lee Jae Phang

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £10, Student* £5

Lee Jae Phang
Malaysian-born pianist Lee Jae Phang regularly performs to high critical acclaim and is in great demand as a soloist and accompanist. Following his recent memorable appearance as a concerto soloist in Shrewsbury we are delighted he will be giving a solo recital at this year’s Festival.
‘Lee Jae gave a sparkling and note-perfect performance of the concerto, at times leaving the audience gasping at his mastery of the keyboard. Shrewsbury is indeed fortunate to attract such excellent musicians.’
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
O Duo

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

Adult £15, Student* £7.50

O Duo
O Duo’s repertoire spans more than 300 years and is an invigorating mix of popular classics and accessible contemporary music played on two marimbas, vibraphone and a huge array of percussion. Since their first appearance at Edinburgh in 2002 they have gone from strength to strength, giving recitals all around the world, commissioning many new works and inspiring audiences with their virtuosic performances, their laid-back presentation and their passion.
Their evening performance will be preceded by an afternoon workshop for children.
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Church Stretton School

11am - 7.15pm

£1, free from 6pm

The Art Exhibition is open 11am - 7.15pm: Free entry after 6pm
Note: This is the last day of the Exhibition
The Complete and Utter History of Jazz

Concord College

7.30pm

Adult £25, Student* £12.50

The Complete and Utter History of Jazz
To bring the 2018 Festival to a memorable close, The Complete and Utter History of Jazz will show us how jazz has changed from 1902 to the present day with many fascinating features along the way. This multi-instrumentalist sextet swaps instruments around with indecent haste and the band members take it in turns to fill in the short gaps with tittle tattle about the music and musicians who made the music magnificent. It’s sure to be hugely entertaining and certainly not to be missed!
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* Student rate applies to all those under 25 in full time education.