The Full Festival Programme:
The 9th Music Festival to be held at St Benedict Biscop Church is now fully planned and tickets will shortly be on Sale at our usual outlets.
The week of concerts has been well supported in the past and we hope you can consider this year’s varied programme and find a concert which you would like to attend.
Some concerts are more popular than others and it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance.
In addition if you cannot make your mind up as to which concert you would like to see, as they are all very good, then why not purchase a Festival Pass costing £25, saving £20, which means you can attend ALL concerts including the Festival Reception on the first Saturday where you have the opportunity to meet our Festival’s Artistic Director and the committee for a glass of wine and a chat.
For further information see the 2017 Festival poster and keep your eye on the Website & Church Blog, where further details of the Concerts, Artists appearing and their programmes will be updated over the next few weeks.
Tickets for all our concerts are on SALE NOW and are available from
Taylor’s Greengrocer, Church Road, Wombourne (Adjacent to the Library/Community Centre Carpark)
By phone: Pat Roberts 01902 896211 or Nigel Welch 01902 324111
……Scroll Down for Details of each Concert…..
Music Festival – Opening Concert
This opening concert of the 2017 festival programme is preceded by a Festival Reception held at St Benedict Biscop Church.
Concert Ticket Holders are welcome to join this reception at 6:30pm for a glass of wine and an opportunity to meet the Festival Committee and the Festival Artistic Director, Josh Xerri.
The Concert will follow at 7:30pm when we are pleased to welcome back the Kenfig Hill & District Male Voice Choir.
The choir has in the region of 80 members and over 50 of them will entertain you at this concert with a varied programme of choral music.
A full history of the choir and an opportunity to see the range of its repertoire as well as listen to some of the choir sound bites is available from the Kenfig Hill website. (www.kenfigwelshmalechoir.org.uk)
We are please to announce that Madeline Robinson from the Birmingham Conservatoire will be the Soprano Solist with the KENFIG HILL & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR
The programme for the evening is an eclectic collection of choral music including:
Music from Anderson & Ulvaeus’ “Chess”, Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel”, Herb Brown & Arthur Freed’s “Singin’ in the Rain”, Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence me in”, Schubert’s “Gretchen & Spinnrade”, The Choir Conductor Philip Juliff’s arrangements of “Spanish Ladies”, “Kiwi Trilogy”, “Hakuna Mungu” and, as we would expect, traditional Welsh tunes “Yma Hyd”(Still Here), “Tydi a Roddaist”(O Thou who gave the dawn) and “Gwahoddiad”(Invitation) plus many more.
It promises to be a wonderful evening which will lift our spirits as well as the church roof. Tickets are selling out fast, so get yours from Taylor’s Greengrocer, adjacent to the Community Centre/Library car park.
Sunday 24th September – Festival Songs of Praise
This is our traditional “Festival Songs of Praise”. A free concert which celebrates the popular church music heard in our daily as well as special church festival services
This is not a “normal” church service but an opportunity to take part in the singing of popular hymns, old and new, some chosen by members of the congregation. To listening to special choral music sung by the St Benedict Biscop Church Choir under the direction of Josh Xerri, our very talented church director of music (organist and choir master) who will also entertain us with solo pieces, both traditional and popular,played on the church organ.
This continues to a well supported concert which we hope you will come along and have spirits lifted on Sunday 24th at 6:30pm.
There will be a retiring collection in support of the church.
Music Festival – Monday Afternoon “Tea & Cakes” Concert
Afternoon Tea has all but disappeared from our busy lives. The chance to enjoy an afternoon cup of tea and homemade cakes whilst being entertained by a pianist or string quartet has been taken over by a quick cup of coffee and perhaps, if you are lucky a biscuit!
Well why not turn the clock back… come to the Festival “Afternoon Tea & Cakes” concert and enjoy a relaxing 90 minutes in pleasant company whilst listening to a concert given by the professional tutors from the local “Wombourne School of Music”
Previous Concerts have been given by the Local group “Nostalgia” and “The Stableford Guitar Trio” and have proved both relaxing and enjoyable, why not join us on 25th September 2:00pm.
Wombourne School of Music offers professional music tuition for a variety of instruments including Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Drums, Ukulele,Brass, Woodwind, Cello, Violin & Vocal and Drama to all ages.
We are very pleased that a selection of their professional tutors are going to provide a variety of musical entertainment at our “Tea & Cakes Concert”
Log on to the “Wombourne School of Music” Facebook for further information on what the school offers.
Music Festival – Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons.
With one week to go to the Music Festival, tickets are selling well, and you are advised to buy your tickets early, as some of the concerts are selling out and seating is limited.
The weekday afternoon concerts have proved very popular and the School Choir Concerts performed on 26th, 27th & 28th September have in the past been well attended. Each afternoon, starting at 1:30pm, Two different primary schools bring along their choir and/or their band to perform for us.
The standard of performance has, in the past, been very high with the children performing some well known tunes with energy and enthusiasm. This year for the first time, on Thursday afternoon, we are pleased to welcome the Highfield High School Band to close the afternoon performance.
If you have a spare afternoon or two, please support these concerts; which will not only give you a pleasurable experience but raise funds for the schools, as 50% of the proceeds from the day are returned to the performing schools.
Tickets (£3) are on sale now from the usual outlets, including Taylor’s Greengrocer adjacent to the Library/Community Centre carpark.
Music Festival – Closing Concert
Did you miss out on the ballot for tickets to the “Last Night of the Proms” at the Albert Hall on 9th September?
Do not despair….
Tickets are still available for Saturday 30th September for “The Last Night of the Wombourne Proms” at St Benedict Biscop Church.
This year’s concert will be given by The Jackfield Brass Band with a varied programme from Soldiers In the Park & Love in the 50’s to Do Ri Me & Climb Every Mountain… Not forgetting the Prom favourites, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem, Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance and Auld Lang Syne etc.
Bring your flags and voices to raise the roof in this very popular concert which brings to a close the 2017 Wombourne Music Festival.