Out & About: Ashwell In May

Ashwell In May

Ashwell Music Festival
The 65th Ashwell Music Festival held at St. Mary’s Church in Ashwell promises to be as entertaining as ever, with a range of musical genres to suit all ages and tastes!
The festival begins on Friday, 11th May with a FREE event suitable for children aged 3+. Widdershins Puppet Theatre will entertain us with ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails’ – a show packed with fun, laughter, some gorgeous puppets and a soundtrack that will stick in your head long after you have left St. Mary’s Church!

On Saturday 12th May, by popular request, the tribute act is back. Mission Blue have established themselves as one of the UK’s top Motown tribute bands. A superb vocal group with stunning dance routines featuring classic soul songs of Motown, the 70s, 80s, 90s, through to the present day. This is a highly professional show guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles.

The Young Musicians’ Concert follows on Thursday 17th May, showcasing the talents of young people from Ashwell, Baldock and the surrounding area.
Jazz followers will be flocking to see The Darius Brubeck Quartet on Friday 18th May. Playing to sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs, the quartet’s acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging. Darius, whilst known for representing his famous father’s legacy, is an imaginative jazz composer and performing his compositions is an important reason for the group’s popularity.

Ashwell Music Festival are pleased to welcome Ben Goldscheider back to perform on Saturday 19th May. Originally from Ashwell, Ben was the winner of the Brass Category Final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition. As the only student of Radek Baborak at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, An Evening with Ben Goldscheider: Horn and Piano Recital, promises to be a truly entertaining evening.
As ever, the Festival concludes with the Festal Evensong on Sunday, 20th May.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit www.ashwellmusicfestival.org or contact the booking office 01462 743289

Ashwell at Home
In addition to the traditional programme with open gardens, musical performances, craft stalls and activities for children, this year Ashwell at Home will be commemorating the centenary of two highly significant moments. Women’s Suffrage finally became law in February 1918 and on 11th November in the same year came the Armistice which ended the fighting on the Western Front in the First World War.

Both events will be marked with a series of performances, events, activities and workshops during the day, many of them making particular reference to the part played by the people of Ashwell at the time.

A wide range of refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Tickets are £7 per person, under 18’s free. Available on the day or in advance from the website www.ashwellathome.org.uk (earlybird tickets £6 when purchased online before the day)