THE Rainhill Music Festival is gearing up for what organisers say will be the biggest and best yet.
The event, now in its sixth year, brings a fortnight of high-quality acts from a range of musical genres to the village.
The festival was created by Rainhill opera singer Andrew Dickinson, who maintains his passion for bringing the very best in the arts to his home village despite now living outside the area.
This year’s event kicks off with Canvasfest on Sunday November 15, with brass bands, trios, acoustic acts and the Liverpool Ukulele Club performing in the indoor heated marquee at Rainhill Cricket Club from 2.30pm.
The concert, jointly organised with Rainhill Rotary Club, will raise money for charity Aim: Amputation, Inspiration, Motivation, led by injured former serviceman Andy Reid and amputee Stephen Cruse.
Other highlights include the Rainhill Young Musician of the Year, with up-and-coming performers from across the North West battling it out for a first prize of £250.
The final is on Friday November 13 from 6.30pm at St Ann’s Church.
The festival closes with a Stars and Stripes concert at St Helens Town Hall, with more than 100 young people performing excerpts from West Side Story, Carousel and Annie as well as works by US composers Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber.
The event has been put together with three months of work in schools by St Helens Music Service, and is on Friday November 20.
To view the full festival programme and book tickets, visit www.rainhillmusicfestival.com
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