Daytime Programme 2019

  • Brian Herring "Puppeteering in a Far Away Galaxy" - 12th October 2:30pm

  • Orchestral Afternoon "Beethoven's 5th" - 13 October 3:30pm

  • Clive Wilmer "Ruskin and William Morris in Worcestershire" - 14 October 2:30pm

  • Brett Westwood "Into The Woods" - 15 October 10:30am

  • Mark Richards: "Making of the John Bonham Statue" - 15 October 2:30pm

  • Pat Murphy: "A Life In Sport" - 16 October 2:30pm

  • David Parker "Laurie Lee - The Lost Recordings" - 17 October 10:30am

  • Max Keen "Gordon of Khartoum" - 17 October 2:30pm

  • Lois Pryce "Revolutionary Ride" - 18 October 2:30pm

  • Lesley Smith "Sex and the Tudors" - 19 October 2:30pm

Daytime Details and Tickets

Puppeteering In A Far Away Galaxy

Brian Herring is a puppeteer and performer well-known for his role as BB-8 in Star Wars episodes VII, VIII and forthcoming episode IX.

Brian will be talking about his experiences in the film and TV industry, including TV’s Spitting Image, working with Jim Henson, Star Wars spin-offs Rogue One and Solo, the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony - and his journey through the Galaxy Far, Far Away…

He will be signing books and photographs with proceeds going to the Haven House Children’s Hospice.

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Saturday 12th October - 2:30 pm St. George's Hall

Tickets £10 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Orchestral Afternoon - Beethoven's 5th

This year’s Bewdley Festival annual Sunday afternoon event features an orchestra drawn together from local professional musicians augmented by talented amateurs. The concert will feature 3 classical masterpieces by Mozart, Saint-Saens and Beethoven.

This is the first orchestral concert the Festival has staged on this scale for many years and the acoustics in St. Anne’s Church will guarantee that an afternoon of thrilling music will sound magnificent.

Full Programme

Mozart – Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Saint-Saens – Piano Concerto No2 in G Minor - Soloist Angie Allard
Beethoven – Symphony No 5 in C Minor

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Sunday 13th October - 3:30 pm St. Anne's Church

Tickets £12.00 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Clive Wilmer: Ruskin and William Morris in Worcestershire

Between them, John Ruskin and his follower William Morris revolutionised taste and worked tirelessly for social justice. In the 1870s Morris designed a window for Ribbesford Church and Ruskin’s Guild of St George established an ideal community in an area of the Wyre Forest, known to this day as Ruskinland.

Clive Wilmer, Master of the Guild of St George, explores what these two icons were up to and how these events were connected.

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Monday 14th October - 2:30pm Bewdley Baptist Church

Tickets £10.00 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Brett Westwood: Into The Woods

We all enjoy a woodland walk, but how many of us see the wood for the trees? In this new talk for Bewdley Festival 2019 well-known BBC Natural History producer Brett Westwood shows us how to become woodland detectives and explains why no two woods are the same.

In a journey through the woodscapes of the Severn Valley and north Worcestershire, he reveals the natural history of these very special places and assesses the challenges and opportunities of managing our woods for wildlife and for ourselves.

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Tuesday 15th October - 10:30 am - St. George's Hall

Tickets £10.00 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Mark Richards: Making of the John Bonham Sculpture

Sculptor Mark Richards FRSS talks about the John Bonham memorial sculpture, a triumph of design and execution which is situated in Redditch Town Centre.

Mark explains how he conceived the work, how it evolved in a fast-moving and changing scene and why he thinks it is a fitting tribute to, arguably, the most influential drummer of his generation.

Mark presents a fascinating insight into the creation of what is widely considered to be one of the most original memorials in the world.

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Tuesday 15th October 2:30 pm - Bewdley Baptist Church

Tickets £10.00 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Pat Murphy: A Life In Sport

Pat Murphy has been a journalist for nearly fifty years, a BBC reporter since 1974 and for the last forty years one of the most recognisable voices of the BBC Radio Sport output.
When not on a cricket tour, or reporting on the national side in an English summer, Pat covers the Midlands football scene for Radio Five Live, always with a trenchant opinion on what he is watching.

Pat has produced more than forty books, including acclaimed biographies of Ian Botham and Brian Clough, and his latest book is The Incredible Season chronicling the 25th anniversary of Warwickshire CCC winning three trophies in one season.

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Wednesday 16th October - 2:30 pm Bewdley Baptist Church

Tickets £10 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

David Parker: Laurie Lee - The Lost Recordings

An illustrated talk by television programme maker David Parker with reflections on love, landscape, childhood, poetry and music and much more from the voice of one of the great writers of the last century.

David Parker was fortunate to record the voice of Laurie Lee shortly before the writer’s death in 1997. Laurie did not ‘do’ television and these recordings are unique. David will use extracts from the interviews to reveal what they tell us about one of England’s finest chroniclers of our times.

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Thursday 17th October - 10:30 am - St. George's Hall

Tickets £10 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Max Keen Lecture: Gordon of Khartoum - Hero of the Imperial Age

Charles George Gordon - AKA Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, Gordon of Khartoum. A Victorian hero prised from the true Victorian heroic mould!

Why was it that a Royal Engineer General, who decided to take over a town in the middle of a desert, became a national hero and brought down a government!

Join Max in his annual romp through history in a brand new lecture that uncovers the truth about Gordon of Khartoum and why this crude, insubordinate and untrustworthy junior general would appeal to both the British people and Queen Victoria, in true stiff upper lip style!

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Thursday 17th October - 2:30 pm - Bewdley Baptist Church

Tickets £10.00 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Lois Pryce: Revolutionary Ride

Lois Pryce is a British travel writer, broadcaster and author of three books about her motorcycle travels. Her writing has appeared in many publications including the Guardian, New York Times and the Telegraph, which named her one of the 10 Great Female Travellers.

For her latest book Revolutionary Ride, Lois ignored all warnings and embarked on a 3,000 mile journey across Iran. She explores Iran's past and its present, and how the West's relations with Iran have created an image of the country that is wildly out of step with its reality.

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Friday 18th October - 2:30 pm - St. George's Hall

Tickets £10 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Tickets may be bought from the Festival Office in St. Georges' Hall

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

We present a special show for the younger members of our community and their parents. Mark Thompson presents science like you have never seen it before. Designed for children and adults alike, this show explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies!

Mark Thompson has been enthralling audiences for over 20 years with his fascinating journeys around the Universe and will be exploring the strange and magical properties of matter with fireballs, fire tornadoes and explosive chemical reactions.

Tickets are not available to this event

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Lesley Smith: Sex and the Tudors

Bewdley Festival favourite, the Curator of Tutbury Castle, Lesley Smith, returns to deliver a lecture that is a rip-roaring tumble through the sexual exploits of the Tudors.

It was not just Henry VIII who had a good time, so did a lot of other people according to records. Contraception, conception, prostitution and gay sex feature in this engaging and highly entertaining lecture delivered by Lesley in her inimitable style. Not suitable for under sixteens and those who shock easily or have a nervous disposition!

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Saturday 19th October- 2:30 pm - Festival Theatre

Tickets £10 - BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

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