Top stars come out to shine in Bewdley

Kidderminster Shuttle: Art unveiled: From left, artist Lucy Unwin, chairman of Bewdley Festival Roger Key and Mayor of Bewdley John Latham with the commissioned piece. Photo: COLIN HILL.

7:30am Thursday 18th October 2012

AN eclectic programme of international stars, local celebrities and newcomers made this year’s 25th Bewdley Festival one to remember.

Bewdley Festival Review - Party Night with Mike Sanchez and His Band

10:06am Tuesday 16th October 2012

Under the canopy of the Tree Tops Pavilion at the West Midlands Safari Park, nearly 400 members and friends danced the night away to the retro sounds of the Mike Sanchez’s Band and the happy-memories tracks of a disc jockey.

Bewdley Festival Review - Mediaeval Baebes

Kidderminster Shuttle: Mediaeval Baebes perform at Bewdley Festival. Photo: COLIN HILL.

10:03am Tuesday 16th October 2012

LISTENING to the Medieval Babes one could believe in time travel.

Bewdley Festival Review - Ruby Turner

Kidderminster Shuttle: Ruby Turner performing at the Bewdley Festival. Photo: COLIN HILL.

10:00am Tuesday 16th October 2012

Let those who were abed on this glorious night live long to regret it; she was a blast.

Bewdley Festival Review: The Max Keen Lecture

9:55am Tuesday 16th October 2012

The Max Keen lecture is always a highlight on the Festival calendar.

Bewdley Festival Review - Alistair McGowan

Kidderminster Shuttle: Alistair McGowan at Bewdley Festival. Photo: COLIN HILL.

9:46am Tuesday 16th October 2012

Alistair McGowan certainly made a Big Impression on the capacity audience at the Bewdley festival.

REVIEW: Michael Portillo, Mercure Hotel

12:34pm Friday 12th October 2012

MICHAEL Portillo is a man who has reinvented himself and at a packed Mercure Hotel on Wednesday night he couldn’t have failed to entertain even his most ardent political opponents.

Book Week will be no mystery to author PD James

Kidderminster Shuttle: Words of wisdom: Author PD James, centre, with, left to right, Bewdley Festival Book Week organisers Carol Hinett, Jan Ferguson, Neville Farmer. Photo: COLIN HILL.

7:50am Friday 12th October 2012

Bewdley Festival Book Week received a fantastic endorsement when crimewriter in chief Baroness PD James entertained nearly 100 guests atthe launch event.

Brass Volcanoes ready to erupt for Bewdley Festival finale

Kidderminster Shuttle: Premiere: Andy Williamson will perform the Big Brass New Orleans Mass.

7:40am Friday 12th October 2012

BEWDLEY Festival closes this year with the premiere of the Big Brass New Orleans Mass which has been specially written for the event..

Stars making milestone festival better than ever

Kidderminster Shuttle: Song and dance: Wytchwood Morris dancers perform in Bewdley. Photo: COLIN HILL.

9:03am Thursday 11th October 2012

THIS year’s 25th Bewdley Festival is on course to be one of the best ever, according to delighted organisers.

REVIEW: Empire of the Vikings, Neil Oliver, Mercure Hotel

Kidderminster Shuttle: Master storyteller: Neil Oliver at Bewdley Festival.

3:36pm Tuesday 9th October 2012

REVIEWTHE Empire of the Vikings Neil Oliver Hotel Mercure

Bewdley Festival Review: Guy Masterson - Shylock

Kidderminster Shuttle: Guy Masterson performing at the Bewdley Festival. Photo: COLIN HILL.

3:51pm Monday 8th October 2012

GUY Masterson’s Shylock is a master-class in both stage performance and Jewish history.

Bewdley Festival Review: The Brodsky Quartet

3:47pm Monday 8th October 2012

THIS being the 25th Bewdley Festival, something special was called for and there is no question that The Brodsky is a world class group.

Bewdley Festival Review - Tim Brooke-Taylor

Kidderminster Shuttle: Tim Brooke-Taylor performing at Bewdley Festival. Photos: COLIN HILL.

3:45pm Monday 8th October 2012

THIS was always going to be a fun evening with Tim responding to the prompting of Chris Serle.

Bewdley Festival Review - Barbara Dickson

Kidderminster Shuttle: Barbara Dickson performing at the Bewdley Festival. Photo: COLIN HILL

3:41pm Monday 8th October 2012

Not many shows include a range of songs from Bob Dylan to Ralph Vaughan- Williams, but that was what Festival-goers were treated to by Barbara Dickson on Saturday night at Hotel Mercure.

Robert inspired by a family mystery

Kidderminster Shuttle: Robert Ronsson

7:40am Sunday 7th October 2012

A TALE of politics and romance is on the agenda when author Robert Ronsson launches his new novel at Bewdley Book Week.

Telling the museum's history

Kidderminster Shuttle: Sign of the times: Stephen Price at Bewdley Museum

7:30am Sunday 7th October 2012

AS well as the high-profile national acts, two Bewdley-themed events will be taking place during the festival.

Bewdley Festival begins tomorrow

4:10pm Thursday 4th October 2012

BEWDLEY Festival’s 25th anniversary begins tomorrow, with nine days of talks, drama, music, poetry, comedy and exhibitions bringing the town to life.

Meet the Olympic heroes in Bewdley

7:50am Friday 28th September 2012

WYRE Forest youngsters will get the chance to meet and question the district’s Olympians at the first Bewdley Youth Festival tomorrow.

Baebes’ notes of inspiration

Kidderminster Shuttle: Baebe watch: Keith and Fran Southall created a medieval folly at Whitlenge Gardens.

7:10am Sunday 23rd September 2012

FANS of the female classical group Mediaeval Baebes have been inspired by their ethereal music to make their own medieval landscape in Hartlebury.

Sixties heroes Zombies are still alive and rocking

7:40am Saturday 15th September 2012

THE Zombies are coming back to life in Bewdley when the hugely influential Sixties band opens the 25th anniversary Bewdley Festival.

Bewdley businesses invited to join in festival celebrations

8:00am Sunday 9th September 2012

SHOPS and businesses in Bewdley are being invited to join in the Bewdley Festival celebrations to boost trade.

Former MP will present additional show at Bewdley Festival

8:39am Thursday 9th August 2012

FORMER MP Michael Portillo will be presenting an additional show at the Bewdley Festival following a demand to see him take to the stage. An Audience with Michael Portillo will now also be held at 4.30pm as well as at 8pm on Wednesday, October 10. Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow at Bewdley Tourist Information Centre, in Load Street, in Bewdley or by phone from the Box Office at Worcester Live, on 01905 611427.

Authors head to Bewdley for Book Week

Kidderminster Shuttle: Book week: Crime author PD James will be appearing at the festival.

7:40am Wednesday 1st August 2012

Bewdley Festival Book Week is busy taking shape with authors heading to the town to discuss their latest releases.

Bewdley Festival competition winners

3:39pm Tuesday 31st July 2012

DAVID Dalton, of Bewdley, was the winner of the Shuttle competition to mark the 25th anniversary of Bewdley Festival .

Bewdley Festival fans queue for tickets

Kidderminster Shuttle: Eager fans: The queue for tickets at Bewdley Tourist Information Centre.

12:38pm Monday 30th July 2012

Bewdley Festival organisers have reported record sales for tickets at this stage with three events already sold out.

Bewdley Festival tickets go on sale

7:00am Saturday 28th July 2012

TICKETS for Bewdley Festival go on sale today and at least one event is expected to be sold out.

Stars of TV and music to sparkle on festival stage

Kidderminster Shuttle: In tune: The Mediaeval Baebes.

8:00am Friday 20th July 2012

A GLITTERING array of stars from the world of music, TV, radio, comedy and books will help make the 25th year of Bewdley Festival extra special.

Bewdley Festival: Thanks for all the amazing memories

Kidderminster Shuttle: Memorable moments:Antiques expert Henry Sandon with his wife and dog on stage in 1996.

10:54am Tuesday 17th July 2012

ANYTHING can happen at Bewdley Festival – and usually does.

Recalling the birth of the festival

Kidderminster Shuttle: Brush with success: Margaret Layton in her home studio. Photo: COLIN HILL

10:45am Tuesday 17th July 2012

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any “new product” must be in want of a logo. Bewdley Festival was no exception, and designing a logo was high on the agenda when it started in 1988.

How ‘8 Days in October’ turned into 25 years...

Kidderminster Shuttle: Mr Can Do: Jock Gallagher was the festival director for the first Bewdley Festival in 1988. Photo: COLIN HILL

2:10pm Wednesday 27th June 2012

Looking back, it was “an outrageous venture for a small town”, says Jock Gallagher, the original festival director of the first ever Bewdley Festival.

Celebrating 25 years

Kidderminster Shuttle: Celebrating 25 years

4:16pm Thursday 21st June 2012

October 2012 is Bewdley Festival’s 25th year, and a really special Silver Anniversary programme is being put together.

Robert had festival fun all figured out

Kidderminster Shuttle: Leading man: Robert Barbour. PHOTO: Colin Hill

4:14pm Thursday 21st June 2012

Bewdley Festival attracts ever larger audiences, year on year every October, but few of those rushing for tickets are aware of the debt owed to the committed group of volunteers from such a small town, who help run such a significant and prestigious festival.

Find out more about the festival

Kidderminster Shuttle: Celebrating 25 years

4:18pm Thursday 21st June 2012

If you haven’t been to Bewdley Festival events in the past, why not start now?

Anniversary call for Bewdley Festival yarns

6:00am Sunday 8th April 2012

IN addition to the nationally important events and anniversaries occurring this year, there is an annivers- ary of local interest to be celebrated. October will see the 25th annual Bewdley Festival, an event of which the many volunteer workers over the years can be justly proud.

Bewdley festival nominates cultural champions

Kidderminster Shuttle: Cultural champions: From left, Les Ratcliffe, Jos Swingler, Kathryn Key, Bob Davies, Carole Swingler and Stephen Howard. Photo by Angelfire Photography.

8:00am Tuesday 3rd April 2012

Bewdley Festival organisers attended an awards ceremony to honour those they had nominated as cultural champions.



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