Merseysiders are invited to dip their quills and warm up their vocal cords in preparation for the 2012 Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts.
For the eighth year in a row, singers are invited from across the region to join forces for a choral concert, on Saturday 23 June. The Prescot Festival Chorus, whose past performances have included Handel’s Messiah and Fauré’s Requiem, will sing a selection of anthems by the celebrated sacred composer John Rutter.
Renowned gospel singer Tyndale Thomas will be on the programme the same night, joined by the Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir.
The Prescot Festival is hosting a short story competition for the first time this year, and a £100 prize is up for grabs for the winner. Organisers were inspired by Bloomsbury Publishing’s decision to make 2012 the year of the short story. The winning entry will be announced at the festival’s traditional Proms-style finale.
Other highlights of the 10-day festival include a symphonic concert by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, an evening of songs from the shows with the Bentley Operatic Society, and a special screening of the 2006 film The Queen, starring Dame Helen Mirren, in honour of Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Prescot Festival runs from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 June. More information on the packed schedule of arts, music, culture and entertainment events is available at prescotfestival.co.uk, which also has details of the “Come & Sing” concert and the short story competition.