Festival is end of an era for Emma’s Trust

The scene at a previous Emma's Trust festival
The scene at a previous Emma's Trust festival

A Chipping Norton-based memorial trust dedicated to the memory of Emma Curtis-Smith is busy putting the final touches to their tenth and final festival in the town .

Emma’s Trust was formed in 2005 in memory of 18-year-old Emma, who died suddenly following complications triggered by her asthma.

It was set up by her family after they received an overwhelming flood of support from their local community.

Since its inception, the trust has awarded over £100,000 to 9000 young people and organisations with a connection to Emma’s two passions – sport and the performing arts.

The trust is due to be brought to an end later this year and they expect this final festival to be bigger and better than ever before.

The weekend is a family friendly affair and will be jam-packed with activities that people of all ages can enjoy.

In addition to the live music, dance, fairground rides and community market, Chipping Norton Theatre are also getting involved by offering Drama Tots sessions for the little ones.

Meanwhile, aspiring Lewis Hamiltons can whizz around the track at the Go Kart party and Countryfile’s Adam Henson will be on site with his Cotswold Farm Park, filled with cute furry animals.

Sunday will be somewhat different, as the highly anticipated Gala concert gets underway.

Twelve performers from top London shows such as Billy Elliot, Wicked and Miss Saigon will make a welcome return and give spectacular performances from musical classics.

The star-studded ensemble will also be joined on stage by 40 young people from two local schools, giving them the chance to perform alongside the professionals.

The final Summer Festival for Emma’s Trust will take place on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 at Chipping Norton Cricket Club.

Entry to the Saturday festival is free and tickets for the Sunday Gala concert start from £10. To book, go to: www.chippingnortontheatre.com or call 01608 642 350.

More information about Emma’s story can be found at: www.emmastrust.com