Preston Arts Festival returns for 15th year

Posted on - 26th September, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Matthew Wilcock is to appear at Preston Arts Festival

Matthew Wilcock is to appear at Preston Arts Festival

As the Lancashire Encounter draws to a close the stalwart of the Preston arts scene returns.


Preston Arts Festival returns each year to the city and is now in its 15th year.

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A BBC Young Musician of the Year, percussion winner Andrew Woolcock, is among those performing at events across the city.

He’s joined by the winner of BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down, Lancastrian Matthew Wilcock.

Chairman of the Preston Arts Association Mike Cracknell said: “The range of music on offer in the festival is quite staggering. You can go and listen to a recital by up and coming pianist Jacob Byrne, or come and see Two Apiece, a guitar and violin duo with repertoire from Bach to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Classical music fans should also look out for chamber music from the Odysseus Chamber Trio at the Minster and, on a bigger scale, the world class Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the Guild Hall with the great Canadian virtuoso James Ehnes as soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.


“There will be much more to entertain, inspire and enlighten and also the opportunity to try a new activity such as painting, circle dancing, ballroom dancing, reading poetry in public, embroidery, singing or decorating pottery. There will be five different plays in a variety of locations, guided walks, talks, workshops, exhibitions, craft fairs, and eighteen different films.”

Opera being performed in Preston

Opera being performed in Preston

Events run from Friday 30 September to Monday 24 October.

Read more: Procession of light stuns Preston

The launch of the Arts Festival takes place on Saturday 1 October at Preston Minster at a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Preston councillor John Collins.

You can see the full line up of events at the festival on the Arts Association website.

Are you attending or performing at the Arts Festival? Let us know in the comments below

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