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Prescot Festival Celebrates Record Turnout

by Lisa Bennett

A Prescot arts festival saw the biggest turnout in its 14-year history.

Over 1,700 people attended concerts and cultural events during the 15th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts in June 2019, with a final-night audience of 325, an increase of 100 on last year.

The finale saw festival favourites Maghull Wind Orchestra return to Prescot with a guest star in tow—Danielle Louise Thomas, the soprano known affectionately as the ‘Voice of Liverpool.’ Danielle, who first shot to fame as a teenager on BBC1’s Songs of Praise, was invited after audiences requested a singer to round off the 2019 celebrations.

Queues around the block

‘We had queues round the block for a spectacular evening,’ said artistic director Dr Robert Howard, ‘and as always, the crowds were jubilant and enthusiastic, singing along and waving their flags to a medley of rousing patriotic songs, in the traditional “Proms” style.’

The stirring occasion concluded a 10-day programme that featured something for everyone, including an opening night with the Band & Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary, a first-time festival appearance from the world-renowned Liverpool Cathedral Choir and a return visit from big band Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cats.

A celebration of community music-making, the week also included the first ever Primary Schools’ Choir Festival and the already-established Young Instrumentalists of Prescot, a showcase for musical talent held in memory of the late local priest and businessman the Reverend David Rose.

Robert continued: ‘Every year it’s quite a challenge to top the formidable quality of the previous year, but thanks to our excellent performers, generous sponsors, hard-working volunteers and appreciative audiences, the festival has gone on from strength to strength.’

Prescot Festival Music and Arts
Prescot Festival Music and Arts
Prescot Festival Music and Arts
Prescot Festival Music and Arts
Prescot Festival Music and Arts
Prescot Festival Music and Arts

2020 Festival – save the date

The 16th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts is already penned in for Friday 19 to Sunday 28 June 2020. Keep up-to-date with it and other, year-round concerts and events at www.prescotfestival.co.uk.

Photos: James Luxton conducts Prescot Festival Chorus (credit: Alan Humphreys), Band & Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary (credit: Alan Humphreys), Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cats (credit: Stephen Birch)