Last week was another great musical week at KAF 2016. On Thursday evening, ‘The Robinson Stone Brothers’ presented a fantastic set, celebrating ‘The Life and Music of Clifford T Ward’. The concert took place in the recently redecorated Corn Exchange, at Kidderminster Town Hall. They delighted audiences with stories and clips of Clifford talking about his life and performed their beautifully arranged covers.
Kidderminster Male Voice Choir presented ‘Rollin’ n Tumblin’ at St. Michael’s Church in Rushock on Friday evening (12 Aug). The sell out night culminated in a special encore from the choir and a candlelit tribute to John Bonham at his graveside. A moving a cappella version of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ echoed around the church grounds. The choir will be performing their programme of beats from the 60s and 70s at the Rose Theatre on Saturday 20 August, 7.30pm.
Zennor’s Dance and Musical Theatre Academy filled the Music Room at The Town Hall with dancers young and old on Sunday 7 August. They delighted the audience with a variety of dancing styles to tunes that got the toes tapping. Fantastic choreography from the classes across the Wyre Forest came together seamlessly to showcase their incredible dancing talent.
Saturday (13 August) saw the town filled with free and subsidised entertainment. Many people fashioned great new hairstyles thanks to ‘Total Eclipse of the Head’ and their radical hairdressing from their mobile caravan! ‘The World’s First Human Jukebox’ filled the street with songs selected by passers-by and ‘The Crafterie’ spent all day creating a fantastic cardboard sculpture of a guitar.
There is still plenty of entertainment to catch over the next week. On Saturday (20 August) music lovers of all ages are invited to watch and join in with performances of ‘Acceptable in the ‘70s’ with the Being Frank Physical Dance Company. Starting at 12 noon, performances move around Kidderminster town centre from the Town Hall.
The fun filled performances will include dancing in the street to sounds of ELO, Kool and the Gang, The Doors, Willie Mitchell and Jefferson Airplane. The performance will also showcase local dancers performing to Led Zeppelin.
On Saturday (20 August) families are invited to head off to the Town Hall for a beautiful rendition of The Owl and the Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense based on one of Lear’s most loved poems, The Soap Soup Theatre presents an unpredictable storytelling style with clowning, puppetry and magical music. Tickets are £5 per head with a family ticket available for £18. Book online at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/bookings.
These performances are just a taste of the rich and varied programme from KAF 16.
Cllr Sally Chambers, Wyre Forest District Council Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said:
“This year’s KAF is focused on the language of music which has provided huge scope for creativity and engagement for residents and visitors of all ages. There has been a wonderful line-up of live music, theatre and film over the month of the festival. There is another two weeks of KAF to go so take a moment to look at the line-up and book something different to entertain your friends and family– most of the events are free.”
You can also buy tickets at the Town Hall in Kidderminster and the Tourist Information Centre in Bewdley.