Art, music, drama and more at Romsey Festival

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The 2023 Romsey Festival is fast approaching, running from Saturday July 1 until the 16th.

Romsey Festival in 2021, committee members Liz Wagner and Mark Edgerley

Held every three years, the festival is a celebration of Romsey’s rich history, culture and talents.

Events ranging from art, music, drama and more will be set up across the town centre and surrounding area.

The opening day of the festival holds an Ed Sheeran tribute from performer Christy Bullen at the Plaza Theatre from 7.30pm, as well as a performance from Romsey choral society with City of Southampton Orchestra at the Abbey also at 7.30pm.

The opening service isn’t until the following day on Sunday July 2 at 6.30pm at the Abbey United Reformed Church. At 12 noon the same day Mayor’s Picnic, a new addition to the festival, will be held at War Memorial Park. Individuals and families can enjoy an afternoon’s entertainment with groups playing on the bandstand, stalls, and activities organised by the Rotary Club of Romsey Test.

Guided walks around the historic centre of Romsey will be held on Monday July 3 at 7pm, Wednesday July 5 at 10am and Thursday July 13, 2pm. The walks are guided by members of the Romsey local history club and last about one hour.

A recital of piano music by Ivan Hovorun will be performed on Tuesday July 4 at 1pm at the Abbey. The following evening at 7.30pm a solo classical guitar recital by Nina Rideout will be performed at Abbey United Reformed Church. She has previously performed at The National Gallery and in County Hall London.

The festival Gala concert takes place on Saturday July 8 at 7.30pm, the Southampton Concert Orchestra will perform at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Conducted by Paul Ingram and featuring music from Elgar, Parry, Coates, Tchaikovsky, John Williams and many more it’s promised to be a fantastic evening of music.

The Mayflower Ensemble summer concert, taking place on Monday July 10 at 7.30pm, is located at Abbey United Reformed Church. The Mayflower Ensemble is establishing itself as one of the South’s most pioneering ensembles.

The closing service will be on the final day of the Festival on Sunday July 16 at 6.30pm in the Abbey with a special Choral Evensong with the Abbey choirs. 

Aritcle originally published in Romsey Advertiser