Sopranos, Symphonies & Surprise Stars as Record Numbers Attend Festival

By on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

(Press release: Prescot Festival)

A small-town festival saw a record turnout for a concert series that featured choirs, orchestras and an unscheduled appearance from a Britain’s Got Talent singing sensation.

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Over ten days, 1,300 people came through the doors for the Ninth Annual Prescot Festival of Music at the Arts, held in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside.

The festival began on Friday 21 June with a show-stopping concert by musical theatre company BOST – and a surprise appearance by Richard Johnson, who with brother Adam came third in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent last month.

Just days after the impromptu performance, the Johnson Brothers announced a debut album deal with Sony.

The programme continued throughout the week with a gospel choir, a cathedral organist, school instrumental and verse-speaking competitions, and a full symphony orchestra playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic soloist Gethyn Jones.

In another festival record, 100 sopranos, altos, tenors and basses gathered from across the North West to join the Prescot Festival Chorus in singing Fauré’s Requiem.

It was left to Haydock Male Voice Choir to round off the proceedings on Sunday night with the Proms-style Festival Finale in a packed Prescot Parish Church.

“The consistently high quality of the performances this year has been overwhelming,” said Artistic Director Dr Robert Howard. “We’ve enjoyed such a warm, joyful atmosphere, and we’ve seen bigger and more diverse audiences than ever before.”

The wheels are already in motion for a spectacular 2014 programme to mark the festival’s tenth year.

Photo: Conductor Jonathan Small, cellist Gethyn Jones
& the Wirral Symphony Orchestra (James Woodruff)

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