Shipston Proms tunes up for eclectic music festival - The Leamington Observer

Shipston Proms tunes up for eclectic music festival

Leamington Editorial 9th May, 2023   0

SKA, opera, acapella, rock n roll and blues are just some of the musical treats in store at Shipston Proms.

The two-week live music festival runs from June 17 to July 1 and has something to suit all musical tastes this year.

Chair Charlotte Haines said: “After such an amazing year back after the lockdowns last year, the Proms are raring to go again with even more music styles than normal.”

Boogie band King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys is this year’s headliner with support from the young upcoming jazz blues combo The Weekend Warriors. They won the ‘Shipston Introducing’ competition last year.

Launch night kicks off with music from two ska influenced bands – Oxford based Papa Nui and West Midlands Hope and Glory. Each pay tribute to the 1980’s ska and two tone scenes with both original music and musical tributes to Madness, the Beat and The Specials.

A tribute Tina Turner and dancers will perform an energetic and explosive show.

And for those who prefer something classical there will be opera sung by locally based professional opera singers Anna Patalong and Benedict Nelson.

There will be a performance by Shipston’s popular acapella choir Cantamus. Their music ranges from English and European madrigals to music from the 21st century.

For something completely different, there will be an opportunity to learn Taiko drumming. Expert drummer Teresa Brooks is holding a morning workshop and all participants will take part in an afternoon concert in front of a paying audience.

For those budding performers ‘Shipston Introducing’ is a competition for a chance to play on the final night. In 2018 the winners were Stratford High School students The Fortune.

There will also be an Ibizan Dance Night with three DJ sets including one from UK trance DJ and producer Nick the Kid.

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