21st Oct, 2019

Musical magic at heart of the city

Rob George 7th Sep, 2018

A CELEBRATION of music will be held in the heart of Worcester with a packed programme of free activities for all ages, from guitar workshops to poetry writing.

The Worcester Music Festival returns from September 14-16 and this year organisers have developed a varied programme of workshops to nurture musical passions and interests and reach new audiences for live music and music-themed experiences. The workshops cater to a wide range of interests for all ages and abilities.

Well-known names such as Dodgy lead singer Nigel Clark and Giovanni ‘Spoz’ Esposito, the former Birmingham poet laureate, have offered support for the festival by delivering workshops for attendees.

Nigel Clark will lead an introduction to songwriting on Saturday, September 15. This is a look at the basics of writing or finishing a song. Nigel will lead a session looking at lyric writing, melody and rhythm. It is open to all ages and all songwriting abilities.

Spoz will deliver an interactive Poetry Out Loud workshop which aims to get young people reading, writing and appreciating any form of poetry. Spoz is an award winning performance poet, singer/songwriter, filmmaker, playwright and was the poet-in-residence at Birmingham City FC. This workshop will take place on September 16.

Based in the Hopmarket for the weekend, Spare Room Arts will bring music-themed arts and crafts activities such as music festival flags masks, music themed puppets, musical instruments and badges.

Helen Mole, festival director, said: “We’ve worked hard to put together a programme of free activities for this this year’s festival.

“We are keen to encourage the next generation of musicians but also want to make sure that the festival is very much an event for the whole family. The activities will help festival attendees to develop their existing musical skills and discover new ones.”

Due to the limited spaces, visitors are asked to book their places in advance.

Visit www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk/workshops for more information.

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