A Merseyside arts festival has beaten the odds and will celebrate its tenth year this June.
When the Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts was founded, in 2005, the average festival lasted just a few years before folding. But solid leadership and community support has ensured the historic Lancashire town’s 10-day annual concert series is still thriving.
Organist Professor Dr Ian Tracey, of Liverpool Cathedral, Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cats, and the award-winning Foden’s Brass Band are all on the programme for the 2014 celebrations.
Songs from the Shows, the Young Instrumentalist of Prescot competition and the traditional Proms-style finale are a few regular features returning this year.
Several events, including exhibitions, will have a wartime theme to honour the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1.
“The festival has only ever grown, with audiences coming from ever further afield to experience an unrivalled mix of arts, music and culture,” said Artistic Director Dr Robert Howard, a music teacher at St Edward’s College, Liverpool.
“Our aim has always been to make quality music-making available to everyone,” he added, “and both the programme and the pricing reflect that.”
Tickets go on sale on 1 May, and the festival runs from Friday 20 to Sunday 29 June 2014.
Full details of this year’s lineup are available at www.prescotfestival.co.uk.