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Romsey Abbey and United Reformed Church are core of wide range of Festival venues

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With 30 different venues for the 100+ events being held during the forthcoming Romsey Festival, organisers have been able to spread the festival across a large part of southern Test Valley. Yet at the heart of the festivities will be Romsey Abbey with events on every day of the two-week celebration.

Romsey Abbey and United Reformed Church are core of wide range of Festival venues

The Abbey will be ably supported by the Abbey United Reformed Church with the next highest number of events. With the Opening Service at 6.30pm on Sunday 6th July being in the Abbey, and the Closing Service at 6.30pm on Sunday 20th being in the Abbey URC, the two venues top and tail the religious recognition of the Festival.

The Abbey will once again host a display by the Romsey Quilters throughout the Festival. Alongside that, every day at 3pm there will be a 45-minute talk under the banner “Insights Into The Abbey”, with a different guide and topic each day exploring all aspects of the history of the church and artefacts.

Music will be a major feature in the Abbey’s contribution, with either a lunchtime recital or evening concert on most days. The opening concert of the Festival is the Romsey Choral Society, a favourite with Festival audiences, with Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” on 5th July . A highlight of the Festival season will be the School Choirs concert on 11th featuring local school choirs raising money for Jane Scarth House.

Meanwhile in the Abbey United Reformed Church there will be an opportunity for prayer and reflection entitled “The Art of Prayer” each weekday from 9.30am. Art will be a prominent feature of the URC’s festival contribution with local artist, with an exhibition of David Thelwell’s paintings and drawing in the church 17-20th July. Meanwhile in the URC church hall Romsey Art Group will be mounting an exhibition of the paintings of local artists with practical demonstrations too.

Music will also feature in the schedule in the Abbey United Reformed Church, with lunchtime and evening concerts and recitals, including the regular appearance by the Romsey Singers on 8th July.

More information about the full programme of events is available on the Festival website, www.romseyfestival.org, and at the Romsey Tourist Information Centre.