Plans are well in hand for the forthcoming Romsey Festival, which will be held in Romsey and the surrounding area between 1st and 16th July. This will be the 11th such Festival, which is held every three years to showcase the arts and culture of the historic market town
The final events are being finalised, and details of all the events will shortly be published on the Festival website.
Romsey Festival Chairman Dick Hewett says: “We are delighted by the range of events which so many local organisations have chosen to mount during the Festival fortnight. There will be plenty of art on display in numerous exhibitions, and as always the enormous breadth of musical talent from the area will be available for everyone to hear in an extensive programme of concerts and recitals.”
Over 30 different venues will host the many events, which will also include drama, poetry, gardens, history, and even gastronomy. Romsey Abbey will be particularly busy, including a major exhibition by the Romsey Quilters, regular recitals and concerts, and a series of talks and tours about the Abbey.
New venues include the refurbished Methodist Church, several local art galleries and art houses, and locations further afield, including Braishfield Church Hall and Michelmersh Church. The Festival Committee have been keen to take the Festival to local villages and a number have risen to the challenge of organising concerts.
Regular dramatic participants in the Festival will include RAODS, with an outdoor production of “Cider With Rosie” at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Island Garden House. Chester House Productions will return to Romsey Library, this time with their unique dramatic presentation of the story of Florence Nightingale.
Amongst many well-know local organisations, Romsey Choral Society, the Romsey Singers, and the Romsey Male Voice Choir will be prominent in the schedule. The Michelmersh Silver Band will be returning for an outdoor concert in the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
The Festival this year will also have an international representation, with the Romsey Quilters hosting American Quilter/Pianist Ricky Tims, and the Romsey Twinning Association hosting TAE Teatro from Italian twin town Treviglio.
The Festival fortnight will once again straddle the annual Beggars Fair on Saturday 8th July, where many of the pubs in the town host musical entertainment, and outdoor stages bring a vibrant and lively atmosphere to the town centre.
There will be a number of opportunities for local residents to get actively involved in the preparations, from entering a major photography competition to knitting. A number of interim events during the coming months will also promote the Festival, giving a taste of what is to come.
Tickets for many of the events will be on sale from late February, when full details will be available on the website. Brochures summarising all the events will be distributed to every household in Romsey and the surrounding area later in the Spring.
The Romsey Advertiser will be highlighting different aspects of the Festival over the coming months. So there will be no excuse for not being aware of the Romsey Festival and the many opportunities to enjoy the town’s arts and culture.
This article was first published in The Romsey Advertiser.