High art?

The Church Stretton Arts Festival is back for another year of beautiful art, breathtaking music, and thought-provoking talks and workshops in the Shropshire Hills. With an emphasis on fine art and classical music, this festival for the connoisseur runs from Saturday 28 July until Sunday 12 August at venues in and around the town. The Festival begins at Concord College with a performance by the London Mozart Players, members of the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra, who will present a programme of music for string sextet by Mozart, Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky.

One of the highlights is the Art Exhibition, which features work from over 100 artists. Exhibition 2018 will be a stunning showcase for both amateur and professional local artists, craft workers and photographers, and will feature paintings, collage, photography and various forms of craftwork… most of it for sale. The Opening Reception is on Monday 30 July at 7.30pm at Church Stretton School with admission £2.50 including refreshments, and visitors will be able to meet this year’s guest artists Roy and Jacqueline Abbott, who are based in the heart of the Shropshire Hills. There are also classical and contemporary music concerts, free coffee concerts, and free organ recitals – visit
strettonfestival.org.uk for full details.

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