Festival Diary: Day 6

With last night’s screening of The Queen, we reached the halfway point of the Eighth Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts. Audiences at the Salvation Army enjoyed Dame Helen Mirren’s Oscar- and BAFTA-winning performance as Elizabeth II, in a moving film based on the aftermath of Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997. The…

Festival Diary: Day 5

We’ve always strived to get local schools involved in the annual Prescot Festival, and one of the highlights of their involvement has been the Schools Verse-Speaking Festival at St Mary and St Paul’s Primary School. In verse-speaking, also known as choral-speaking, groups of children recite poetry and prose, often with props and costumes. The panel…

Festival Diary: Day 4

Richard Lea, of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. performed a most intriguing programme of organ music in the Parish Church for Day 3 of the Festival, yesterday. Well-known classics such as Bach’s Toccata in Fugue in D Minor sat happily alongside quirkier modern pieces, such as Andreas Willscher’s Toccata alla Rumba, which you…

Festival Diary: Day 3

Another great night last night, as the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra filled the Prescot Methodist Centre with the sounds of Wagner, Beethoven and others, under the skilled baton of conductor Jon Malaxetxebarria (pictured). Mendelssohn’s well-known Hebrides Overture, or Fingal’s Cave, was particularly stirring, and the Vanhal Concerto for Two Bassoons was a delightful opportunity to something from a lesser-known…

Festival Diary: Day 2

A huge thank-you to our first-night audience, who risked predictions of rain and thunderstorms for our opening Brass & BBQ yesterday. Everything except the cooking itself took place indoors, but still the elements did us a favour and gave us a dry evening. Congratulations also to Parr Band on a sterling performance of a full…