Nostalgic Opening Weekend Approaches

The opening weekend of this year’s Prescot Festival promises an irresistibly nostalgic vibe.

The 10-day programme opens on Friday 19 June with the Bentley Operatic Society singing songs from the shows of Gilbert and Sullivan—a staple of light entertainment on stage, screen and TV for over a century.

The afternoon of Sunday 21 June sees Dave Nicholas make a return visit for a recital packed full of memorable melodies of yesteryear. In his role at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the kilted keyboardist is the UK’s only remaining resident cinema organist, still going strong at the age of 80.

Sandwiched between these two vintage musical treats is a performance of Karl Jenkins’s stunning choral work The Armed Man, a ‘mass for peace’ composed on the occasion of the new millennium.

The festival continues until Sunday 28 June, with highlights including Foden’s Band, the classic film Brassed Off, and the Chilled Lemons Jazz Quartet.

Tickets are available in person from Poco Coffee at 30 Eccleston Street, Prescot, by phone to Ticketweb on 08444 771 000, or online at, along with the full schedule.

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