Press release: Merseyside Arts Festival Promises Movies & Musicals

Show tunes are on the programme at this year’s Prescot Festival.

Crosby-based Opera Viva will be ‘On Broadway’ at Whiston Town Hall on Saturday 29 June, promising an array of classic songs picked from among the great American musicals.

Festival favourites Maghull Wind Orchestra are back in town on the following night for a rousing, Proms-style finale at Prescot Parish Church. Along with patriotic hymns such as ‘Land of Hope and Glory,’ there’ll be more numbers from such beloved British shows as Oliver! Audiences will even have the chance to sing along themselves to a few fondly remembered hits.

Cinema-lovers will not miss out at this year’s festival, with a rare screening of the 1950 Ealing comedy The Magnet. Starring a young James Fox—then only 11 and billed as William Fox—the film was shot on location in Liverpool and the Wirral seaside town of New Brighton, offering a nostalgic glimpse at the popular resort.

‘We chose The Magnet because our audiences love a trip down memory lane,’ said festival director Dr Robert Howard, ‘and in recent years we’ve made a tradition of showing films with a strong local connection.’

He added: ‘As well as New Brighton, audiences will spot a few familiar landmarks past and present, including the long-gone Liverpool Overhead Railway and ever-present Liverpool Cathedral.’

The 15th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts runs from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 June 2019, in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside.

Other highlights of the 10-day programme include Cheshire Constabulary Brass Band, Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cats, historian Ken Pye, Young Instrumentalists of Prescot and a Come-&-Sing performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Full programme information is online at


Photo: Maghull Wind Orchestra’s Proms-style finale to the 14th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts (credit: Alan Humphreys Photography)

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