Lively launch for 2018 Music and Drama Festival

Release Date: 06 March 2018

An action-packed event at the Twickenham Exchange marked the start of the 2018 Music and Drama Festival yesterday.

The event aimed to give a preview of the wealth of musical and dramatic talent in the borough – many of whom will also perform as part of the wider festival.

Attendees were treated to a performance from local choir, The Twickenham Choral Society, followed by a moving performance from Joey Barton from the Rambert School of Dance. Local wind band -  The St Margaret’s Elastic Band, then played a mixture of show tunes, light classical and popular music.

After the interval talented stars of the future from Richmond Youth Jazz Band gave a lively performance including The Lady is a Tramp and Honeysuckle Rose.  Elizabeth Heery from the Orange Tree Theatre gave a short retelling of ‘Histories and reflections on The River Thames’, leading up to a lively finish from Bros Theatre Company.

The compere for the event was Juliet Kelly – one of UK jazz’s hidden treasures, performing across the globe. In addition, she regularly hosts radio shows on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Kent.

The curtain is up for the festival which now runs for three weeks across various venues within the borough. Major festival programme highlights include performances from the Barnes Community Players performing Say Something Happened; Twickenham Jazz Club hosting Kelvin Christiane All Star Big Band; Kew Dance Arts, Boundless Dance and, Richmond Orchestra with a spring concert of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Brahms.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr David Linnette, said:

“What a fantastic event. Whilst the weather outside was gloomy, inside The Exchange we were treated to a real showcase of local talent.

“Over three weeks we will be hosting concerts and performances covering a broad spectrum of music, dance and drama from choral performances, folk, rock and roll to musical theatre, classical orchestra to jazz.

“I’d like to encourage as many residents as possible to take full advantage of the wonderful acts and performances being showcased this year and to say a special thanks to our performers and venues for helping make this what I know will be a wonderful event.”

To view the Richmond Music and Dance Festival 2018 programme visit the Music and Drama Festival page.

To stay up-to-date with all the latest news follow the festival via twitter @LBRUTmusicdrama

For more information contact the Richmond upon Thames Arts Service on 020 8831 6000 or email

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Reference: P130/18

Updated: 16 March 2018