2016 Prescot Festival Audience Tops 1,600
The Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts has attracted a combined audience of over 1,600 for the first time since it was founded, in 2005.
The 10-day event opened with a swing band and ended with a full orchestra paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in her 90th year, and William Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago this year.
Among other highlights was a moving performance of Mozart’s Requiem, held to remember Prescot’s War dead in the 100th year since the town erected its War Memorial—among the first of its kind in the country.
The programme also included a screening of the 1977 BBC film Our Day Out, by special permission of Whiston-born writer Willy Russell, in honour of local character actor Bill Moores, who passed away in 2015. The event was the first to sell out when tickets went on sale in May.
“We’ve consistently seen more than 1,400 annually for the last few years,” said Artistic Director Dr Robert Howard, “and it gives us great delight knowing that the number of people we’re attracting to our historic Lancashire town continues to grow.”
The committee have already pencilled in Friday 16 to Sunday 25 June 2017 for the 13th annual festival.
For more information about the Prescot Festival and Arts in Prescot’s year-round programme of arts, music, culture, heritage and entertainment events, visit wwww.prescotfestival.co.uk.
Photos (top to bottom): Trumpeter Hannah Mackenzie & conductor Robert Howard (Christopher Lyon Photography); Wigan Youth Brass Band (Alan Humphreys); organist Nigel Ogden of BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains (Tom Gainer of TLG Photography); singer-songwriter Stuart Todd (Alan Humphreys)