Inspirational start to variety-packed proms

Toby Coffey will perform at Shipston Proms this year.NNL-150622-151152001
Toby Coffey will perform at Shipston Proms this year.NNL-150622-151152001

It’s a favourite on the town’s calendar of events and Shipston Proms 2015 got off to a storming start to its 16-day festival.

The first night launch party in the Townsend Hall saw three of the area’s best bands – The Copycats, the Average Wyatt Band, and Kinky Farnham – put on a memorable show.

The standard of musicianship was also something to behold when The Fame Contest took place on Saturday.

Proms chairman Tim Porter said: “The five judges had their work cut out to pick the winners. The solos/duos section was won by 12-year-old Toby Coffey, and the band winner was Brixton Alley. They will both appear on the last night of the Proms at the free concert in the square on Saturday, July 4.

Elsewhere, the Picnic On The Pitch at Shipston Sports Club was well attended despite the showers, while Battered Soul, Shipston High School’s soul music band, played to a packed garden at the Gate Inn, Brailes, on Sunday. Highlights to come include the Orchestra Of The Swan tomorrow, Friday and the The Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra this Saturday, June 27.

On Saturday there’s also a musical pub crawl. Sunday sees Stratford Musical Theatre Choir with their ‘Songs That Made Britain Great’ show.

Full details at: www.shipstonproms.org