Curtain up on the Music and Drama Festival!

Release Date: 01 March 2018

The curtain has now gone up on the 2018 Music and Drama Festival with dozens of events ranging from Beethoven and Jazz to Dance and Big Band.

The wealth of prodigious musical and theatrical talents that exist in Richmond has been packed into an explosive programme of events that are taking place across the borough when the three-week festival comes to town starting today.

Highlights include 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.

Tickets are still available for all events, including the showcase preview at The Exchange in Twickenham on Sunday 4 March. 

From only £5, residents can get a ticket to an afternoon event of specially curated music, dance and dramatic pieces from some of the borough’s finest performers, including Twickenham Choral Society and Richmond Music Trust.

There will be a dramatic excerpt curated by the Orange Tree Theatre and performed by local actor and writer Elizabeth Heery, a duet from students from the prestigious Rambert School and a rousing finale of musical theatre from BROS Theatre Company. 

It will be compared by UK award winning Jazz singer - Juliet Kelly

This preview will give attendees a taste of some of the exciting events and activities happening over the three-week festival. Other highlights in the festival include performances from the Barnes Community Plays, Twickenham Jazz Club, Optik Theatre and Richmond Orchestra.

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

“The 2018 Music and Drama Festival is now here! The festival continues the tradition of presenting a diverse range of talent which exists within the borough, celebrating the performing arts in all forms.

“We are proud to be able to showcase just some of the exceptional talent that exists within our wonderful borough and will bring you work from local arts organisations, young people, schools and the Barnes Music Festival, as well as performances from professional and international artists especially for this year’s festival.

“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 festival.”

View the festival programme

Notes for editors

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Reference: P119/18

Updated: 29 March 2018