Prepare for a packed Proms
After eight months of planning the 21st Shipston Proms Music Festival is ready to roll!
Whatever your taste in music, there will be something for you to enjoy during the two-week festival which runs from 14th-29th June. A mix of DJ’s and dance parties, jazz, folk, pop, rock, rhythm and blues, classical and show tunes will be performed in town and village halls, pubs, cafes and churches in and around Shipston on Stour.
Our top picks include international artist David Boakes as Michael Jackson; a three DJ Dance Party with Tim Samara; International guitarist Craig Ogden and mezzo soprano Claire Bradshaw appearing at St. Edmund’s Church; and of course the headliners at our Last Night party in the Square - The Britpop Boys and local band, Oliver Darling and The Living Legends.
For younger members of Shipston there is musical adventure waiting for them at the Scout Hut hosted by Calypso Kids and a chance to join in a family dance party at Townsend Hall (with just one DJ this time).
New venues this year include Alderminster, Halford, and Long Compton Village Halls plus the Ebenezer Chapel at Long Compton, Talton Mill at Newbold and the Three Ewes in Shipston.
Tickets for the Michael Jackson Tribute Launch Night and the Dance Party can be bought in advance via www.shipstonproms.org.
Over 40 advance tickets for the Friday Dance Party had been sold by 8 May so don’t delay!
There is still time for soloists and bands to enter the Fame Contest on June 23rd as the deadline for entries is a week before. At the time of going to press, five entries had already been received – could this year be your year to shine?
Last year’s band category winners, ‘The Fortunes’ from Stratford, will be returning to play for the audience while the judges decide this year’s winners.
Supporting our community
Shipston Proms is supporting the community with both school workshops as well as an event on Thursday 27th June at Low Furlong to bring music to the home’s Senior Living’s FaNs (Friends and Neighbours).
Look out for the programmes that will be coming through your door and available to collect from some of the pubs and participating venues. Further details can be found on the Proms website www.shipstonproms.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.