(Official press release. Please feel free to redistribute.)
Ten days, 15 events, nine venues and over 3,000 people made for one amazing festival.
Audiences at this year’s Prescot Festival were treated to a variety of highly successful events, two of which sold out in advance for the first time in the Festival’s history.
The 7th Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts was the best yet with half the evening events reaching capacity. The Opening Night Barn Dance was a sell out, as was the rare screening of Willy Russell’s ‘Our Day Out’. Prescot Methodist Centre was full for Friday Night is Music Night with L’Orchestra Dell’Arte and bursting at the seams for Bentley Operatic Society in Concert.
At the Parish Church events were no less popular – over 60 singers joined forces to perform excerpts from Haydn’s Creation as part of the Prescot Festival Chorus and the church was once again filled with song when the audience joined in with Liverpool Male Voice Choir for the Last Night of the Proms style Festival Finale. The regular Acoustic & Open Mic. Night and the Schools’ Verse Speaking Festival were popular choices too.
New Music was also part of the Festival with Artistic Director Robert Howard’s new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis being premiered as part of Choral Evensong. Together with many other new pieces, Robert also had his composition, Journey, premiered at the Notes from a New Era concert.
The Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts was founded by composer, musician and teacher Dr Robert Howard in 2005 as a way of celebrating Prescot’s rich historical and cultural heritage. “It’s been an incredible Festival with advanced ticket sales being better than ever” said Robert. “We’re fortunate to be able to offer such an affordable Festival which makes all the difference, especially in today’s economic climate.”
Plans are already underway for next year’s 8th Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts which will take place from Friday 15th to Sunday 24th June 2012. Full details will be available on the official website, prescotfestival.co.uk, nearer to the time.