Family Fun at Newbury Spring Festival


Over the last two years I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to the Newbury Spring Festival launch events and experiencing some of the talented musicians.

This year Rust & Stardust Puppet Theatre with Palisander Recorder Quartet performed Dr Dee’s Daughter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A performance forming part of an outreach scheme encouraging children to experience live music. Great idea. And on this same day they were to visit two primary schools.

Now, as children, playing the recorder was something we as friends always remember. Think there was a video of us.  Never did I realise though there were so many variations to this instrument (best shown in the photo below of The Palisander Recorder Quartet). Being in awe of these recorders and the talent to play them, just added to the enjoyment.

Puppet Performers
Source: Newbury Spring Festival



This family friendly show on the 13th May is a blend of live music, puppetry and storytelling with themes of history, magic and science. Rust & Stardust Puppet Theatre delivered a fun, magical performance enjoyed by the entirely adult audience and I can only imagine how well it went down with the younger audiences on that day.

The festival has a reputation as one of the most important cultural events in the region. International symphony orchestras, ensembles and soloists rub shoulders with jazz legends, world music artists and the stars of tomorrow.

To have this wealth of musical talent hosted in West Berkshire is amazing. Previously, as part of the festival, I saw the Ronnie Scott All Stars at the Corn Exchange, a full house and wonderful evening.

This year, try and get along to one of the many performances throughout the area. Maybe a lunchtime recital that includes two local, upcoming musicians in Leo Popplewell and Michael Buchanan. It will be an excellent experience.

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