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British Weather Can’t Keep a Good Festival Down

(Press Release) Neither the football nor the threat of rain kept music lovers from the Prescot Festival on Sunday night. Concertgoers packed into the Parish Church for the Diamond Jubilee-themed finale to 10 days of arts and music in the historic Lancashiretown. The 17th-century building reverberated to the sound of such patriotic hymns as Jerusalem…

Festival Diary: Day 10

Oh Happy Day, Amazing Grace and Down by the Riverside were among the gospel favourites resounding through the Parish Church last night. Tyndale Thomas (pictured) and the Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir sang with such exuberance that the audience could barely help but join in, whether by swaying, clapping or, at times, singing along. This energetic performance…

Festival Diary: Day 9

The catering team at St Paul’s Church outdid themselves last night with a delicious hot pot supper. Liverpool folk band The Travelling People provided the music for the barn dance, and the crowds loved it — despite their exhaustion by the end of the night. Today, JMU historian Rosemary Tyler takes us back in time…

A Note on the British Summer

Please note that all Prescot Festival events this weekend will be going ahead as planned, whatever the weather. All events are indoors — we’d like to stress that coming to the Prescot Festival is probably your best chance of cosy shelter from the wind and rain!

Festival Diary: Day 8

We were proud to welcome the Bentley Operatic Society to the festival last night, in the year they celebrate an entire century of performing the works of those two giants of Victorian musical theatre, WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Selections from such light opera classics as Patience, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado were on the programme, and there was…