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Free ‘taster’ events at Stroud Arts Festival


Stroud Arts Festival is holding two free concerts in St Laurence Church in Stroud on Saturday writes Louise Brice.

Audiences are invited to enjoy beautiful music in a wonderful setting, meet professional musicians and let children unleash their creative skills, making new music and songs.  

Led by the Festival’s Guest Artistic Director, Dave Ayre, the concerts are at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm, each lasting less than an hour.  Dave Ayre will be joined by musicians Matt Dunn (clarinet) and Tim Gunnell (percussion and vibraphone) from Sinfonia Viva, who will both be playing in the Flutter & Fly events on 23 October at the Subscription Rooms, Stroud. 

The free ‘taster’ events will include arrangements of music from the Stroud Arts Festival 75 Year Anniversary concert programme, as well as inviting young people of all ages to join in with fun music-making.

Jennifer Greenshields, one of the Stroud Arts Festival Trustees, said: “The taster concerts perfectly meet our goal of promoting the Arts in Stroud,  making them accessible, affordable and particularly engaging for children and young people”.

The Autumn line-up is now on sale via the Stroud Subscription Rooms and includes sublime classical music from Sinfonia Viva with violinist Sophie RosaFlutter & Fly with Jack Ross, Stroud Symphony Orchestra with John Pearce, and the Hewletts Opera directed by Louis Mander, for two performances of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.  

ABOUT STROUD ARTS FESTIVAL: Founded in 1946, known as the ‘grandparent’ of all the Stroud Festivals, each year the charity distributes funds on behalf of the Margaret and Netlam Bigg Trust in order to support and promote the Arts in Stroud and the Five Valleys. 

In the last 20 years, this local couple’s generous legacy has seen over £300,000 poured into delivering world-class events, funding local talent and facilitating programmes in collaboration with other local arts organisations. Stroud Arts Festival has played a pivotal role in establishing some of the key Festivals in Stroud, including Stroud Book Festival, and sponsoring the creation of Hidden Notes, Stroud’s Contemporary Music Festival.

See the full line-up of forthcoming events here: https://stroudartsfestival.org/events  

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