The Penkhull Festival of Music and Art returns with a full programme this Autumn after a two-year break due to the pandemic.
The festival will run from the 15 to the 18 of September with performances and workshops taking place in St Thomas’s church and the nearby village hall.
In an overview of the programme artistic director Dr Chris Brammeld writes that the theme of this year’s festival will be a “celebration of landscapes nearby and far away”.
The festival will feature, he writes “some stupendously talented performers”, including guitarist Peter Black, pianist Jocelyn Freeman and baritone Julien van Mellerts.
Works by Brahms, Ravel and Heitor Villa-Lobos will be part of the programme, there will an a cappella performance Sun, Sea, Sky, Stars, by the National Youth Chamber Choir.
Renowned singer Simon Berridge will be delivering a masterclass in singing for groups and individuals on the Saturday.
Penkhull Festival was founded in 1966 and takes place in one of the oldest communities in Stoke-on-Trent.
Penkhull was mentioned in the Doomsday Book, it was also the site of a royal hunting lodge from 1086 to the time of Edward II, and retains a distinct village atmosphere to this day,
Previous festivals have seen the Tippet Quartet, Swansea Bach Choir, and the Equinox Saxophone Ensemble perform in the village.