Music, drum making, and storytelling at Towcester community building

The Rambling Boys - courtesy of
The Rambling Boys - courtesy of

New community building, The Forum, will be hosting music and storytelling, a samba drum making workshop and a folk performance during Towcester’s Midsummer Music Festival.

The musical fun day will be the first event South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) hosts in the new community building in Moat Lane, Towcester, and will take place on Saturday June 20.

SNC will be sponsoring the event with a £300 Community Development Event Grant.

Portfolio holder for community engagement and well-being, Cllr Rosie Herring, said: “This day is a very important milestone. It will be the first of many events taking place in partnership with the community that we can host on our new site.

“We are proud to support local artists and events that bring together families from across the district.”

Events will kick off at 10.30am. Milena and Allan will give a rendition of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with a cello performance in Northamptonshire County Council’s library.

Then from 2pm to 4pm there will be a make your own musical instrument workshop run by participatory community arts organisation, Festive Road. Children and their parents will get together to make samba instruments and then play them in a procession around the historic Bury Mount.

The day time events are free of charge and everybody is welcome to attend. Families can just come along on the day.

Finally from 7.30pm until 10pm four piece acoustic band, The Rambling Boys, will play a wide repertoire of both traditional and contemporary, English, Scottish, Irish and American songs. This will be the first musical performance in the council chamber.

Those who wish to attend the evening performance can do so by purchasing a Towcester Midsummer Music Festival programme which are available from Towcester Tea Rooms, Dolphin Café, Coleman’s Stationers and Towcester Town Hall. Programmes cost £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and £18 for a family programme.

There are dozens of other events taking place over the midsummer weekend. There will be brass, choral, folk, rock, pop, guitar and harp instrumentals and jazz bands. Many of the venues will serve food and drink.

Midsummer Music Festival will then be holding a firework display on Bury Mount at 10.30pm