First week of Festival has great promise!

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“The Romsey Festival is here!” This will be the pronouncement from Chairman Dick Hewett at the Festival’s launch event in the Town Hall this evening, as the 2014 fortnight of events to celebrate Romsey’s culture and talent begins.


The first week of the Festival features exhibitions, history, music, dance, and even cookery.


On three evenings next week local restaurants are offering a “Gourmet Experience”, with Naz’s demonstrating the preparation of an Indian dish on Monday 7th, Silks providing supper after a cookery display on Wednesday 9th, and Bertie’s joining forces with Heatons Wines on Thursday 10th for a new look at salads, seasonal bites and wines.  All these can be booked direct with the restaurants themselves.


Then on Wednesday 9th the Festival committee have arranged for a Barn Dance at the Crosfield Hall, with professional caller and musicians.  The event is being sponsored by the Mayor of Test Valley and Basepoint Centres Ltd.  A fun evening for all the family is on offer!


Evening concerts feature heavily during the week, with Romsey Choral Society on Saturday evening, followed swiftly by the Michelmersh Silver Band’s outdoor concert on Sunday 6th in the grounds of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, and Romsey Singers with an evening of sacred music on Tuesday 8th in the Abbey URC.


Meanwhile lunchtime recitals featuring talented local young musicians are being held through the week, with Jenna Gover and Anna Ter Haar, flautists, on Monday 7th at 1pm in the Abbey URC, followed by three lunchtime recitals in the Abbey: Con Musica on Tuesday 8th, the Demelge Quartet on Wednesday 9th, and Rachel Maxey on Thursday 10th.


Cuckoo Pint will be providing an evening of folk music on Thursday 10th, whilst the Romsey Decorative & Fine Arts Society host an evening of music and stories in the Abbey URC.


With all these relatively lively and noisy events, the chance for quieter reflection is offered with the Art of Prayer, each weekday morning from Monday in the Abbey URC at 9.30am, whilst from Saturday 5th a series of talks will be provided by experienced guides giving “Insights Into The Abbey” at 3pm each day.


These are just a selection of the many events being held during the first week of the Festival.


Many of these events have free entry, with donations welcomed, whilst tickets for those with an entrance fee are available through the festival website,, or from the Romsey Tourist Information Centre, 01794 512987.