Brass, big band & Broadway tunes draw crowds at Festival

The Prescot Festival is celebrating another successful year, with 1,600 through the doors for 10 days of arts and music.

To mark 100 years since the end of World War One, the festival aimed to secure 100 singers for a performance of Fauré’s celebrated Requiem—but over 120 performers from across the North West turned out for the occasion, making it the biggest ‘Come & Sing’ choir in the festival’s 13-year history.

Audiences were treated to an array of different genres and art forms, from poetry to painting, and from brass bands to big bands.

As well as Prescot debut acts such as Wingates Band, the programme saw the return of several festival favourites, including Swingshift Big Band, Haydock Male Voice Choir and Wirral-based musical theatre company BOST.

A blisteringly hot Sunday 24 June saw thousands in the town for the Prescot Carnival before the festival closed in the evening with a Proms-style finale featuring the Maghull Wind Orchestra, who turned 40 this year.

“Thank-you to everyone whose efforts made our fourteenth annual festival such a success,” said founder and artistic director Dr Robert Howard. “It’s only made possible because of the joyous and generous community spirit shown by our volunteers, performers, sponsors and audiences.”

The team are already busily preparing for next year’s festival, as well as events later this year, including a WWI remembrance concert on Friday 9 November, with special guests Parr Band


  • Charity vets showcased in national TV series
    The amazing, lifesaving work of vet charity PDSA is being highlighted in a Merseyside based Tv series... Read more »
  • £11m investment for school playing fields in Knowsley
    Knowsley Councillors have agreed an extensive programme of improvements, which will see schools right across the borough enjoy investment in their outdoor spaces.... Read more »
  • LFC confirm Kirkby redevelopment
    Liverpool FC has confirmed that it will proceed with the redevelopment of its Academy site in Kirkby and the neighbouring Eddie McArdle community playing fields. ... Read more »
- Share this page


Pupils shine at STEM challenge

A group of Year 8 pupils from Kirkby High School recently took part in the Merseyside STEM challenge day at Liverpool John Moores University.

The STEM project work on lots of different projects to bring exciting Science, Technology, Engineering... Read more »



... Read more »


Keeping the little ones entertained

With the school holidays now in full swing, you may be looking for ideas to keep your little ones entertained.

It’s a perfect time to join Change4Life’s 10 minute shake up, with the theme over the summer being ‘Train like... Read more »

Posted by
HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton
on August 7th, 2018

More features

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office