Penkhull Festival Logo At St. Thomas's Church in the heart of Penkhull
St Thomas’s Church Ray Johnson and Robert thompson Voces8 Swansea Bach Choir Rob Pointon

The Penkhull Festival - 2015

Thursday 17th September

7.30pm The Festival opened with a celebration of the world of art, music, literature and poetry of the Potteries and North Staffordshire.

Local artist David Brammeld exhibited and talked about his paintings of the urban and natural landscape of the area.

Local film maker, scriptwriter and actor Ray Johnson read from the works or Arthur Berry and Arnold Bennett.

This evening featured a first for the Penkhull Festival – a newly commissioned song cycle by Chris Brammeld – setting poems by Arthur Berry which were performed by mezzo – soprano Martha McLorinan and a welcome return to her pianist Petter Foggitt.
Venue: Penkhull Village Hall

The audience joined us on a journey from the past to the present landscape of North Staffordshire through the work of some of its finest creative talents.

Friday 18th September

1pm FREE lunchtime recital performed by musicians from Newcastle-under-Lyme School and presentation of the annual May Walley Award.
Venue: St Thomas's Church
2.15pm FREE schools’ interactive Musical Mystery Tour concert presented by Hilary James and Simon Mayor
Venue: Penkhull Village Hall
7.30pm “Hoagy, Hornpipes, Handel and Hoedown” performed by Hilary James and Simon Mayor on double bass, mandolin, violin and vocals.
Venue: St Thomas's Church

Saturday 19th September

10am Adult Vocal workshop with Hilary James and Simon Mayor
Venue: Penkhull Village Hall
2.30pm Vocal recital by counter tenor Oliver Gerrish and pianist Jocelyn Freeman – with a programme to include jewels from the English Song repertoire. Followed by the famous Penkhull tea and cakes
Venue: St Thomas's Church
7.30pm We welcomed back local pianist Robert Thompson and, new to Penkhull, violinist Benjamin Baker. Their recital included violin sonatas by Strauss and Schubert.
Venue: St Thomas's Church
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