Music

Lower Broadheath Craft Fayre

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I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get back into organizing events. I gave it up when we moved house and my son was born. But two years later I am back. 

elgar craftLower Broadheath is the birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar (the composer guy) and is a wonderfully peaceful and pleasant village. It boasts two pubs, a handful of farms and, rather interesting, not one, not two, but absolutely zero local shops. Wild huh!?!

We decided to do something fun for the village and have organised a craft fayre at the village hall that we hope you will fancy coming along to. There will be over a dozen stalls selling all manner of crafty and homemade items, tea, coffee, cake, childrens play area outside AND live music from Glam Sparrow, Paul Jeffery and Sarah B. There will also be opportunities to try some of the crafts for yourself.

We are really looking forward to hosting this event and hope you can join us.

Facebook event here https://www.facebook.com/events/1626542087386858 

Worcester Music Festival – A Brief History of Stress and Gratitude.

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When ‘The Big Book of Worcester Who’s Who’ is written (you never know, it might one day) I hope the authors will find it in their hearts to include the following as a lasting reminder of a small town boy who dared to dream. 

“In 2007 I had a dream. A dream that would bring musicians, venues, music lovers and the general public together in a festival of love, appreciation and enjoyment of live music whilst helping those less fortunate than ourselves. This dream was a dream I dreamt and foolishly tried to make it reality. And a reality it became, born with the co-operation of like-minded people my dream was fulfilled and I could live my life knowing that I had achieved something, and I saw that it was good.”

That is what I hope they’ll print.

In reality I probably won’t get a mention or possibly, if I’m lucky, they’ll write
“Chris Bennion, nice guy, put on a few gigs, called it Worcester Music Festival and then gave up.”

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Free Gigs and Reasons Why I Quit. 

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I was asked recently, by a nice old lady  if I could book some live music for a local event. “What’s the budget?” I asked. The woman looked at me like I’d molested her pet parrot. Confused, worried and a little shocked she said “It’s a community event.”

Still looking at me like that had answered my question she continued “It’s to raise money for the local parish. There’ll be hundreds of people there.”

“So there’s no fee?”

“I’m sure we can offer them a cream cake and as much tea and coffee they want.”

I have put on gigs in a variety of venues in Worcester. The Marrs Bar, Drummonds, Keystones, Coach and Horses, St Swithuns Church, Cap n Gown, Boston Tea Party, The Pheasant, Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester Arts Workshop, Eagle Vaults, Tudor House Museum …. (jeez, that’s a lot of venues. I’d forgotten about a lot of these until writing this list.) Read the rest of this entry »

A Singer Songwriter Salsa Dancing Hip Hop Event … with Ukuleles. 

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Where else will you find such a diverse array of musical acts on the same bill.
A ukulele duo, a couple of singer songwriters, a salsa dancing act and a hip hop soul band.
Only at Lazy Sunday at Cafe Bliss, the heart of the Worcester Arts Workshop.

The second lazy Sunday of the year was blessed with an unseasonaly hot sun. It was a beautiful day and beautiful people were in the courtyard of cafe bliss for some fine live music and some of Eloinas famous Belize Cuisine. Read the rest of this entry »

Saving the Children with A Drop Of Acoustic Music

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Jack Monopoli

So, I heard there was some sort a gig going on at the Worcester Arts Workshop. We had a bit of trouble with the lighting desk the previous week and me being their occasionally resident sound and lighting guy, I thought I’d better get down there and make sure they had some stage lighting. And I’m so glad I did as I was able to enjoy a wonderful evening of live acoustic music courtesy of ‘A Drop In The Ocean’.

 

Jack Monopoli kicked off the gig with a rather stunning acoustic solo spot. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Job Jobbed

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That’s another job out the way.  Poster designed, printed and delivered to the customer. And I have to be honest, I am really pleased with them.

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This is just one of the packages I can offer.
Design of event poster (full colour)
2 x A2 Posters
15 x A3 Posters
50 x A6 Flyers
ALL FOR JUST £35.00

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It’s Almost That Time Again (oh no it’s not)

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Its nearly time to start thinking about the next Pantomime from Norton Theatre Group. I have been writing the script for the past four months. Give it a couple more months and I might be happy with it. … but I doubt it.

I was browsing the internet (procrastinating again) and came across this video (below) which I had forgot all about from 2014/2015. It’s a video by Ruth Wakefield showing the work that goes into putting a show on.It was the second script I had written for the group and contained some great  lines and some bad jokes. .. really bad jokes, really really really ….

If you want to join Norton Theatre Group, either on stage, back stage, or anywhere else, get in touch. visit http://www.nortontheatregroup.org.uk/