Curtain comes up on 2017 Music and Drama Festival

Release Date: 13/03/2017

A star-studded event at the Stoop marked the start of the 2017 Music and Drama Festival yesterday.

The free 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 – Cantanti Camerati who sang Now is the Month of Maying by Thomas Morley and songs from Les Miserables. This was followed by an extract from the UK Premier of the modern opera The Juniper Tree – starring children from local schools.

Local actors of stage and screen, Sara Stewart, Samantha Bond and Alexander Hanson also performed a selection of readings from local writers, including Coward, Frayn, Tennyson, Fielding and Pope. The event concluded with a performance from the London Conchord Ensemble.

The curtain is now up for festival which now runs for three weeks across various venues within the borough. Major festival programme highlights include performances from the Richmond Orchestra and Thames Philharmonia, a showcase from students at the Rambert School of Ballet and contemporary dance and productions at borough theatres including the Orange Tree, Richmond Theatre and Hampton Hill Playhouse.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts and Culture, Cllr Meena Bond, said:

“What a fantastic event. Whilst the weather outside was gloomy – inside The Stoop 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 workshops, folk and rock and roll to jazz collectives, musical theatre, opera and even a lost Shakespeare play.

“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, venues, patrons and sponsors for helping make this what I know will be a wonderful event.”

You can view the Richmond Music and Dance Festival 2017 programme.

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

Updated: 13 March 2017