Bretfest hoping to strike chord with audiences - The Evesham Observer

Bretfest hoping to strike chord with audiences

Evesham Editorial 14th Jul, 2018   0

A CELEBRATION of music in a picturesque Vale village will kick off this weekend as the ever-popular Bretfest bids to hit all the right notes.

The week-long festival in Bretforton starts with the festival concert in St Leonards Church today (Saturday) from 7.30pm when the Avon Singers join with internationally renowned concert pianist Marcel Zidani and Bretforton’s own Paul Wood on trumpet.

Songs from the shows will be on the bill alongside classic piano features before a rousing finale featuring a special duet version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for piano and trumpet.

Tickets for this event are £10 and are available from Bretforton Community Shop or on the door.

The village fete will then take centre stage at the Fleece Inn from midday on Sunday as all the village groups and societies will be running a stall to raise funds for their organisation and the band will be there to entertain the public.

On the day of the fete it will be 41 years since Miss Lola Taplin died and left the pub to the National Trust. Lola was the last in the line of the family that built and lived in the Fleece for centuries.

To celebrate this legacy there will be the ‘Clypping’ of the Fleece, a tradition which sees local residents hold hands while encircling the historic pub.

Other events include, a quarter peel of the church bells, a children’s talent show, Grease sing along and much more.

The week of events will finish with Bretforton Silver Band’s ever popular ‘Last Night of the Proms’ which starts at 5pm next Saturday in the Butty, Bretforton.

This year’s entertainment includes Bret Set Go, PODs, Betsy Harmony, Beth Harris as well as Bretforton Silver Band.

The finale of the evening features the traditional music associated with the proms such as Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory before a spectacular firework display from G Force fireworks brings the curtain down on the event.

The event is free and music lovers can gather at the Butty from 1pm.

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