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Making history with musical festivities

Author: Eleanor Roberts Published: 16th June 2017 09:22
Making history with musical festivitiesMaking history with musical festivities - Rambling Boys at the Council Chamber.

This weekend sees music bring the history of Towcester and the town itself to life with two events supported by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Saturday, 17 June 2017 sees the start of Towcester 917, beginning with a Walking Carnival made up of children and local groups of all ages, starting at 3pm from the recreation ground by Islington Road.

The Walking Carnival also forms a part of Towcester’s annual Midsummer Music Festival, running from Friday, 16 June to Sunday, 18 June.

Towcester 917 is a series of events taking place in the town to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of Towcester becoming a modern town in the year 917, including a Saxon Fair on Sunday, 23 July. The fair will include arts and crafts demonstrations such as weaving, coinage and leather as well as battles, birds of prey, music, archery and lots more.

As part of the celebrations, Towcester Studio band will be playing an integral part having been asked to commission a composer to write a brass band piece to reflect the first Battle of Towcester. The composition will form a musical legacy for the Towcester 917 project and has been part funded by a £750 community grant from SNC.

Cllr Peter Rawlinson, SNC’s portfolio holder for finance and procurement, said: “It is great to see such passion for history and music bringing people together, both through Towcester 917 and Midsummer Music.

“This coming weekend looks set to be a fantastic opportunity to see some great entertainment whilst supporting your local community, so I would urge everyone to go along, have some fun and enjoy the entertainment on offer.”

Midsummer Music brings musical entertainment to the heart of Towcester with over 12 venues across the town playing host to a wide variety of genres and artists, both local and from further afield. SNC is supporting the event through a community grant of £300.

The event will feature an eclectic mix of over 100 performers including choral, folk, opera, brass, rock, pop and jazz culminating in a fireworks display over Bury Mount.

Admission is by programme, giving access to all venues throughout Towcester costing £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and £18 for a family.

A wide range of projects and activities may be eligible for SNC grants, including capital projects (buildings and infrastructure), as well as smaller projects such as supporting the purchase of much needed equipment or the delivery of local schemes.

For more information on grants available from SNC and how to apply, visit the community grants page www.southnorthants.gov.uk/grantscommunity.htm contact the Grants Officer, Katie Arnold on 01327 322216 or email katie.arnold@southnorthants.gov.uk

The next deadline for grant applications is Thursday, 31 August 2017.
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