2023 Prescot Festival

The 19th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts has now ended. The 20th Annual Prescot Festival takes place from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 June 2024.

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Friday 16—Sunday 25 June 2023

10 days of arts, music, culture, heritage & entertainment in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside

Friday 16 June

7.00pm Prescot Parish Church

Opening Night: Leyland Brass Band

The North West’s number three-ranking brass band—with an international reputation—makes a much-anticipated return visit. Celebrate the opening night—and the spirit of Lancashire—by revelling in nostalgic tunes and brass band classics. Enjoy a decadent cupcake in the interval, courtesy of Prescot’s Albion Bakehouse (included in ticket price). TICKETS £8

Saturday 17 June

7.00pm Prescot Parish Church

Gloria! A Choral Spectacular

The massed voices of Prescot Festival Chorus perform Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, a true masterpiece from one of the Baroque period’s most cherished composers. Ian Wells of Liverpool Cathedral conducts, with Peter Kwater at the organ. The second half of the concert sees the internationally renowned Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir make its festival debut with a joyous Coronation programme of choral classics. Choral singers: Click here if you’d like to ‘Come & Sing’ Vivaldi’s Gloria. TICKETS £5 (u16s free with a paying adult)

Sunday 18 June

3.00pm Prescot Parish Church

James Luxton: Piano & Organ Recital

The multi-talented James Luxton, of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and St Edward’s College, entertains us with a delightfully varied programme of solo piano and organ music. Wine and nibbles are included in the ticket price. TICKETS £4 (u16s free with a paying adult)

Monday 19 June

6.00pm Prescot Parish Church

Primary Schools’ Choir Festival

Join us in celebrating an array of choral talent from local primary schools with this third annual choir festival. FREE

Tuesday 20 June

7.00pm St Paul’s Church

Film: Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

Alexandra Pigg, Margi Clarke, Peter Firth and Alfred Molina star in the internationally successful Scouse romantic-comedy, shot in and around Liverpool, Birkenhead and Kirkby. Cert. 15 for strong language and sex references. Admission includes an interval choc-ice. TICKETS £5

Wednesday 21 June

9.30am Evelyn Community Primary School

Young Instrumentalists of Prescot

Specially selected local children of all ages showcase their musical skills. Featuring the Reverend David Rose Trophy. FREE

Thursday 22 June

7.00pm St Paul’s Church

Barn Dance

Whether you love to dance or prefer to sit, listen and watch, you’re invited to join four-piece band Two Left Feet for a traditional family barn dance, with caller. Feel free to bring your own food and drink. TICKETS £5

Friday 23 June

7.00pm Prescot Parish Church

The Phil Shotton Big Band

The ever-versatile Phil is a frequent visitor to the festival and returns with his newest professional jazz ensemble and a guest vocalist to bring Prescot alive once more with the smooth sound of swing. TICKETS £8 (u16s FREE with a paying adult)

Saturday 24 June

11.30am Shakespeare North Playhouse

In Conversation: Shakespeare North

The festival’s first-ever event at Shakespeare North Playhouse features a fascinating conversation between their Creative Director, Laura Collier, and their Chief Executive, Melanie Lewis. This illuminating discussion of Prescot’s own theatre comes ahead of its first birthday this July. This talk takes place in the Ken Dodd Performance Garden, so please dress appropriately. TICKETS from £3 only from Shakespeare North Playhouse

7.00pm Prescot Methodist Centre

A Night at the Musicals with BOST

The award-winning musical theatre company are back on the festival stage for more classic Hollywood, Broadway and West End tunes. TICKETS £6

Sunday 25 June

12.00 noon—4.00pm Brown’s Field

Prescot Carnival

Prescot Town Council present their annual afternoon of stalls, games, food, fairground rides, live entertainment and more for all ages. FREE

6.00pm Prescot Parish Church

Festival Finale with South Liverpool Orchestra

The festival draws to a close with familiar favourites South Liverpool Orchestra, under the baton of our own artistic director, Dr Robert Howard. This Proms-style concert celebrates the recent Coronation of King Charles III, with a series of well-known orchestral melodies. The evening ends with such patriotic classics as Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. TICKETS £6 (u16s free with a paying adult)