The 18th edition of the Shipston Proms finished with a night in the Shipston market square with a line-up of local bands. This included Jono Wright’s rock band Balboa, Shipston Proms Fame contest winner in the solo/duet category 16 year old Savannah, 9 piece Funk band Kinky Farnham fronted by Tom Threadgill and 6 piece WIRED with their rock/blues sound led by Mark Jervis and Barney Porter.
The last night was MC’ed by Shipston Proms chair Tim Porter and included the Proms Grand Draw raffle with the winning tickets pulled by Shipston Mayor Councillor Ronnie Murphy.
The locals, and not so locals (even one couple from Melbourne, Australia!), packed the square enjoying some especially prepared Proms ales from Hook Norton Brewery and pulled pork and stuffing baps from the Paddock Farm Butchery. The stage lighting and sound was provided by Codex, the stage trailer by Wixey’s transport and ambulance cover from Tolan Events, Coventry.
The whole evening was sponsored by Brailes based Translyft Lifting Technologies (with owner George Scholes appearing twice on the Proms programme with his band 3rd Dimension).
The second week of the Shipston Proms featured great performances from singer songwriter Andrew Duhon, a lunchtime organ recital at St. Edmunds church by Charles Matthews, an Open Mic night at the Black Horse with lots of local musicians queuing up to play (including 17 year old singer/guitarist Ben Bryan) and another excellent Young Musicians concert at St. Martin’s church, Barcheston (with musical direction from Helen Porter).
At the Tredington Fayre on Saturday afternoon, which was part of the Shipston Proms, we had music from Shanade, the Soul Traders (with Proms committee member Charlotte Haines on vocals with her brother) and Jabba Cartel.
On the night before the Goin’ Local Street Party we had an evening of Songs from the Shows featuring Stratford-upon-Avon based Soprano Victoria Wilson (trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire), with songs from My Fair Lady, West Side Story and Oh Kay! There was also a great Moulin Rouge duet from brother and sister act Charlotte Haines and Jamie Wright, with the Elephant Love Melody. This was pulled together and managed (with piano duties on the night) by Helen Porter. This was as well as a lot of local talent of all ages who performed a variety of show songs.
Later that evening we had the excellent 3 piece band 3rd Dimension (George Scholes – vocal & guitar, Laura Furnell – vocals and Jez Walker – percussion and vocals playing at a packed and lively George Inn in Lower Brailes.
We also had the first Folkin’ Friday group performing at the Cherington Arms to give a wide selection of music.
This coming week the award winning, and Shipston resident, blues guitarist Laurence Jones will be running a musical workshop at Shipston High School, with support from Proms committee.
After a well-earned rest the Shipston Proms committee will initially have its post event review before looking at the dates for 2017 event. We as always are looking for additional committee members to run this exciting 16 day event, and interested people should email firstname.lastname@example.org
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