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Musicians from the South Liverpool Orchestra

 Prescot prepares for 20th Arts Festival

by Emily Maguire

Volunteers and performers are busily preparing for the opening weekend of this year’s Prescot Festival, a 10-day celebration of arts and music which takes place at venues throughout the town from 21 – 30 June

The South Liverpool Orchestra open the festival this year under the baton of Festival Director Dr Robert Howard, on Friday 21 June. The show programme, entitled a ‘music world tour’ showcases classical orchestral music from around the globe.

On Saturday 22 June, the festival hosts what it expects will be its biggest ensemble of singers yet, when Prescot Festival Chorus give a ‘Come & Sing’ performance of Fauré’s Requiem. The internationally renowned choristers of Liverpool Cathedral will go on to give a celebratory-themed programme in the second half of the evening concert, marking 100 years since the consecration of their own cathedral.

Events continue throughout the following week, with schools’ events, a film screening of the Olympic-inspired classic ‘Chariots of Fire’, and a barn dance, before a closing weekend featuring Wingates Brass Band, Broadway and West End tunes from BOST, and a Proms-style finale with Maghull Wind Orchestra directed by Phil Shotton.

Artistic Director Dr Robert Howard said: “The joy of community music-making has sustained us through many challenges over the years, and it’s with both awe and gratitude that we anticipate this year’s anniversary 20th festival. As ever, we’re indebted to the time, skills and talents of an array of artists and volunteers for helping us deliver another festival that is both accessible and affordable to everyone.”

The 20th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts runs from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 June. Find out more, including dates, times, venues and how to buy tickets, at prescotfestival.co.uk.