Plenty to do in Prescot

Soprano Laura Hudson will be appearing at the Prescot Festival
Soprano Laura Hudson will be appearing at the Prescot Festival

THE Prescot Festival is here!

Now a much-vaunted annual event, the 10-day music and arts festival started last night.

This year’s festival will commemorate the Queen Jubilee, with the opening event a screening of the 2006 film, The Queen.

Other events include a traditional Proms-style finale on Sunday, June 24, which this year features Aughton Male Voice Choir and Prescot soprano Laura Hudson.

In a free talk on Saturday, June 23, Liverpool John Moores University scholar Rosemary Tyler will revisit the royal history of Prescot, the historic Lancashire town that boasts ties to Shakespeare, Henry VIII and Lord Nelson.

Dr Robert Howard, the festival’s artistic director, said: “We’ve always strived to reflect our heritage and history in the festival and we’re proud to be joining the rest of the nation in celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year.

“As usual, there’s a bit of everything on the programme, from classical choirs and orchestras to film and contemporary acoustic music.

“We’ve made a real effort to keep ticket prices low, so everyone can come along and enjoy the festival.”

The Eighth Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts runs until Saturday (June 24).

The full programme is available online at the official website, www.prescotfestival.co.uk