This year’s Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts will be a festival of firsts, with new additions to a programme that also includes tried and tested favourites.
The new Prescot Town Hall—the one-time Fusilier pub, now transformed inside and out—will be a festival venue for the first time, with an appearance by The Chilled Lemons Jazz Quartet.
Classic films have long been part of the 10-day festival, but this year, the experience will include a tasty supper. Fish and chips will be served during a screening of Brassed Off, the hit 1996 comedy-drama starring Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlethwaite.
The traditional Proms-style finale boasts a couple of firsts, with South Liverpool Orchestra making their festival debut, plus a performance of a brand-new orchestral piece, Cortege, by festival director Dr Robert Howard.
“We’re excited to be welcoming back several old friends,” said Dr Howard, “including Foden’s Band, Bentley Operatic Society and Philharmonic cinema organist Dave Nicholas.
“But as a festival we’re also dedicated to welcoming the new, and this year that includes a Schools’ Poetry Showcase, a performance of Karl Jenkins’s impressive choral work The Armed Man, local historian Ken Pye and much more.”
The 11th Annual Prescot Festival runs from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 June in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside.
Tickets are now on sale at www.prescotfestival.co.uk, by phone to Ticketweb on 08444 771 000 or—also a festival first—from Poco Coffee at 30 Eccleston Street, Prescot.