Prescot’s 10th annual arts and music festival promises a host of tested classics among newer offerings.
Twentieth of June’s opening night, with Phoenix Concert Orchestra, features such popular ‘light music’ melodies as A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and Puffin’ Billy, better known as the theme to Radio 4’s Children’s Favourites.
Professor Dr Ian Tracey, of Liverpool Cathedral, returns to the parish where he began his musical career, to give a ‘Top of the Organ Pops’ recital that includes Albinoni’s Adagio and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
The Prescot Festival welcomes Centenary Theatre Company for the first time, with a programme of songs from hit shows including Rent, My Fair Lady and Les Misérables.
Foden’s Band – currently at no. 3 in the world brass rankings – also makes its Prescot debut, with a gala concert in celebration of the festival’s tenth year.
Also in honour of the anniversary, Parish Organist Tim Hall will premiere a new piece by festival founder and director Dr Robert Howard, a teacher at St Edward’s College.
The 10th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts runs from Friday 20 to Sunday 29 June 2014. The full schedule is online at www.prescotfestival.co.uk.