Curtain falls on 2017 Music and Drama Festival

Release Date: 06/04/2017

The curtain has now fallen on the 2017 Music and Drama Festival, a celebration that saw over 50 events and more than 10,000 attendees enjoying the best artistic performers in the borough.

Throughout March, a memorable programme of music, dance and drama events entertained audiences. They ranged from concerts and plays, to choral workshops, folk and rock and roll, to jazz collectives, musical theatre, opera and even a lost Shakespeare play. Venues included traditional theatres, a Rugby Stadium, a local library, youth and art centres.

Highlights specifically included:

  • RichDance - the borough's annual dance showcase, including performances from Rambert School
  • The Festival Opening event featuring performances from Samantha Bond and Sara Stewart, the London Conchord Ensemble and the borough’s Chamber Choir Cantanti Camerati
  • The UK Premiere of Philip Glass and Robert Moran’s opera The Juniper Tree

On Friday night, the curtain finally came down on the concert with a movies and musicals extravaganza at Duke Street Church with some wonderful songs celebrating the music of popular Broadway and Hollywood shows and films. The show starred two West End principal singers and raised money for Macmillian Cancer Support.

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

“This has been another memorable festival in which everyone involved has had a tremendous amount of fun. The programme has been an ambitious one and it’s been a great privilege to put on such a great festival. I have no doubt the festival will continue to grow from strength-to-strength and is already a real highlight of the borough’s social calendar.

“I would like to say to special thanks to our performers, venues, patrons and sponsors for helping make this what I know will be a wonderful event.”

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: 22 June 2017