The Prescot Festival will go ahead with 10 days of arts, music, culture and entertainment this June.
The Shakespeare North Playhouse, Prescot’s period Jacobean theatre named for the Bard of Avon and currently under construction, will feature prominently. In an exclusive online appearance on Tuesday 22 June, creative director Laura Collier will join interim CEO Ian Tabbron to give a tantalising flavour of what audiences can expect once the highly anticipated performance venue opens in 2022.
Liverpool Cathedral will also play its part, with a broadcast of its 2021 Festival of Music on Friday 25 June, celebrating the skills of young musicians from across Merseyside. Ordinarily, the Prescot Festival hosts its own Young Instrumentalists of Prescot, an event that has featured dozens of gifted local performers since 2013. Among past participants is pianist and tenor Sonny Fielding, whose talents secured him a scholarship to study singing at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland—and now he’s on his way to London, having been awarded a postgraduate scholarship at the equally prestigious Royal Academy of Music.
In-person events include a Prescot Cultural Trail from Saturday 19 June, when potential explorers can download a free map and follow the clues to discover some of the town’s most iconic landmarks.
People are also encouraged to attend the Choral Eucharist on Sundays 20 and 27 June at Prescot Parish Church, either online or in person.
Entries are already coming in for the annual Short Story Competition and the festival’s first ever Community Art Display, and information on how to participate in those is online at prescotfestival.co.uk.
‘We’re on the precipice of a nationwide return to full-scale concerts and big events,’ said artistic director Dr Robert Howard, ‘and in anticipation we’re excited to be keeping the spirit of the Prescot Festival alive with a mixture of online and offline arts and music this year.’
The 17th annual Prescot Festival takes place from Friday 18 to Sunday 27 June. The full schedule of free events is now online at prescotfestival.co.uk.