2016 heralds the 29th consecutive edition of the annual Bewdley Festival with its traditional mix of local talent and national and international stars of stage, screen and concert halls, all packed into ten days in October and with something for everyone.
The first event on the calendar is held before the main festival week on Saturday 1 October. The annual Youth Music Showcase, presented by Bewdley Youth Festival, features some of the very talented young musicians of the area, and this year is hosted by that rising young talent Ellisha Green. Tickets to this event in St George's Hall are just £5 and can be bought online here.
Evening events offer music from The Rutles, Judie Tzuke, and Anne Reid plus comedy from Miles Jupp, and from Radio and TV; history presenter Dr Kate Williams, broadcaster Andy Kershaw and Antiques Roadshow glass expert Andy McConnell.
Classical Sunday features the magnificent pianist Ashley Wass in two varied settings. The first is a family friendly concert, Wonderland, based on Alice's Adventures presented by Ashley with violinist Matthew Trusler. In the evening he delivers a full piano recital celebrating the works of William Shakespeare. Excitingly Ashley and Matthew are joined by celebrated author Louis de Bernières as narrator for Wonderland. Louis wrote the script for the work but has never before performed it - so another first for Bewdley Festival.
The afternoon programme is an eclectic mix of talks and presentations from the history of World War One Fashions to the world of Micro-engraving, including George Egg: Anarchist Cook, news reader and presenter Charlotte Green, Archers' star Sunny Ormonde, Lesley Smith appearing as Margaret Thatcher and the annual Max Keen Lecture examines Hereward the Wake, in Max's inimitable style.
Morning events feature "A Naturalist's Life" recounted by Brett Westwood and in a change to the original programme we present a remarkable film Leonardo: The Genius in Milan on the cinema screen in St George's Hall.
Festival’s Saturday Party Night finale features the 80's sound of Our Friends Electric and the Family Church Service at St Anne’s on the final Sunday sees the premier of Tic Toc, a new song from composer Jim Ineson and features students from local schools with the Festive Voices ensemble.
Throughout October, Shropshire artist David Tedham has an exhibition of his vibrant abstract work and Festival’s very successful Community Arts project returns with another decorated Duck House Trail in Jubilee Gardens.