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Brassed off at the Prescot Festival of Music and Arts.

Hannah MacKenzie a musician of exceptional talent will end the Festival next weekend but check-out the variety of musical events this week in and around nearby Prescot.
Be enthralled with 10 days of arts, music, culture and entertainment in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside where musicians will pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen at 90 and homage to Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.

A full programme of events from 17th-26th June can be found on http://www.prescotfestival.co.uk

Last year, this up and coming festival welcomed more than 1,500 people, providing an unrivalled programme of diverse artistic and musical talent.

Over the past year, I have noticed that the many events in Knowsley such as the summer Flower Show at the National Wildflower Centre and the Huyton Cultural Park, are now beginning to be seen as an important addition to the Merseyside cultural development and a valuable part of Liverpool’s cultural offer.

The weekly programme in Prescot, is offering the Swingshift Big Band, the acclaimed organist Nigel Ogden, Mozart’s Requiem, Wigan Youth Brass Band, Folk Night, a Barn Dance, the celebrated musical theatre company Bost with songs from the shows, Prescot Carnival and the Regal Festival Finale, which is a Proms-style concert with Hope University’s South Liverpool Orchestra conducted by Rob Howard, with solo trumpeter Hannah MacKenzie (pictured).

The evening here ends with such patriotic favourites as Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.
Take a short trip and support this up and comimg event on the outskirts of Liverpool.
Tickets on sale at Poco Coffee, 30 Eccleston St,Prescot with under 16’s free if with an adult at certain events.

Love, just as you like it! by Shakespeare North

This flier goes out now as tickets for the masterly production at the venues Calderstones Mansion, Prescot Church and Sudley Hall gardens, will not last long at the box office!

With Liverpool set to have its own Northern Globe, audiences here are a magnet for all things Shakespeare.

A proposed new Shakespeare North Playhouse and education centre in Prescot, has recently been given the go ahead by Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee, with councillors voting unanimously in support of this major development.
The whole venture is set to attract thousands of national and international visitors and students to the town and the City Region.

It also means that Prescot will once again have a playhouse at its heart-an echo of Elizabethan times when it was the only English town outside London to have a purpose-built indoor playhouse.

The new playhouse will stand just a few metres from the original site of the Elizabethan theatre and as well as being an exciting space to perform plays, the centre will also be a magnet for students from all over the world, hoping to study Shakespeare and his work.

It is estimated that this theatres education centre will deliver more than £10m worth of value to the local economy, as well as 210 construction jobs and 57 full-time jobs once the facility opens.

I am seriously hoping that this venture will provide enormous educational and cultural opportunities for the local people; something which in the light of recent educational comments about knowsleys attainments, will provide a valuable dimension for the youth to aspire to through the lucrative job opportunities.

On June 25th 11.30am at Prescot Church, a colleague from LJMU, the learned Scholar Elisapeth Graham will shed light on Prescot’s theatrical past, its connection to William Shakespeare and why an independent charity wants to build an authentic Elizabethan theatre and college in the town.

‘Friends’ in the Cultural world often cry for funding….. but place North or better still Northern Powerhouse infront of any bid and you will be surprised. George Osborne has pledged up to £5million to turn a council-owned carpark into a 350 seat Jacobean-style theatre and university college focusing on Shakespeare drama.

This site was once a well-known Elizabethan cock fighting pit and indoor theatre. The new designs I have seen are based on The Cockpit in Whitehall drawn up in 1629 by Indigo Jones and look fantastic.

Already Dame Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Kim Cattrall and Vanessa Redgrave, along with Sir Paul McCartney and the Prime Minister David Cameron have supported the new project calling it an ‘excellent proposal’.

So, on Saturday 4th and 11th June, journey deep into the forest of Arden with the award winning MATE Productions team for a sample of the bard’s offerings in the play ‘As You Like It’.

For, in this hilarious and magical outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s most glorious comedy, you will see the cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes learn how to embrace their imaginations, let go of their fears-and surrender to romance.

With original live music, country dancing, stunning design and hilarious performances this promises to be a real summer treat for all the family.

Tickets £12 adults, £8 children
More information on 0151 426 4979 or online http://www.mateproductions.co.uk

Lennon Through A Glass Onion-Epstein Theatre

You know the songs, NOW discover their story in this international hit show with all the music and lyrics of Lennon and McCartney performed to perfection by the talented Daniel Taylor and Stewart D’Arrietta.

Both artists give an emotional racey rollercoaster of a performance at the Liverpool Epstein Theatre, Stewart on piano and Daniel vocals.
This is truly a performance not to be missed, performed until Friday 29th April with evening and matinee bookings available.

In this performance, you are quickly drawn into the world of Lennon; regurgitated through his turbulent musical interpretations, in a sense and sensibility re-enactment of the trials and tribulations of his life.

Sit back and enjoy this pacey musical with a cavalcade of memorable hits that touches all the right senses and gives you the deepest insight into the inner workings of this legends mind.

Following its ‘Off Broadway’ New York success, ‘Lennon Through a Glass Onion’ arrived in its spiritual home of Liverpool giving the city a celebration of the genius, the music and phenomenon of a hero, through an amazing stage production written and directed by John Waters.

This part concert, part biography, gave the audience the true essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the world’s most treasured icon. Featuring 31 hits of Lennon and Lennon/McCartney including: ‘Imagine’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’,’Revolution’,’Woman’,’Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Working Class hero’, and ‘Jealous Guy’, you can feel content in the presence of a master at work as Daniel Taylor shoots songs with grit and attitude and you believe.

You will love this performance that lets Lennon’s true spirit shine through, giving you a deeply felt reflection of the man, his life and his music.

You will listen and be compelled to join in with each lyric……. and let the night allow you to savor every minute and not for one moment hide your love away from this performance.
So, don’t let me down, come together, ferry across the Mersey, and enjoy an evening of musical treats at the Liverpool Epstein Theatre (08448884411)

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