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Brassed off at the Prescot Festival of Music and Arts.

Hannah MacKenzie a musician of exceptional talent will end the Festival next weekend but check-out the variety of musical events this week in and around nearby Prescot.
Be enthralled with 10 days of arts, music, culture and entertainment in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside where musicians will pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen at 90 and homage to Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.

A full programme of events from 17th-26th June can be found on http://www.prescotfestival.co.uk

Last year, this up and coming festival welcomed more than 1,500 people, providing an unrivalled programme of diverse artistic and musical talent.

Over the past year, I have noticed that the many events in Knowsley such as the summer Flower Show at the National Wildflower Centre and the Huyton Cultural Park, are now beginning to be seen as an important addition to the Merseyside cultural development and a valuable part of Liverpool’s cultural offer.

The weekly programme in Prescot, is offering the Swingshift Big Band, the acclaimed organist Nigel Ogden, Mozart’s Requiem, Wigan Youth Brass Band, Folk Night, a Barn Dance, the celebrated musical theatre company Bost with songs from the shows, Prescot Carnival and the Regal Festival Finale, which is a Proms-style concert with Hope University’s South Liverpool Orchestra conducted by Rob Howard, with solo trumpeter Hannah MacKenzie (pictured).

The evening here ends with such patriotic favourites as Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.
Take a short trip and support this up and comimg event on the outskirts of Liverpool.
Tickets on sale at Poco Coffee, 30 Eccleston St,Prescot with under 16’s free if with an adult at certain events.

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Love, just as you like it! by Shakespeare North

This flier goes out now as tickets for the masterly production at the venues Calderstones Mansion, Prescot Church and Sudley Hall gardens, will not last long at the box office!

With Liverpool set to have its own Northern Globe, audiences here are a magnet for all things Shakespeare.

A proposed new Shakespeare North Playhouse and education centre in Prescot, has recently been given the go ahead by Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee, with councillors voting unanimously in support of this major development.
The whole venture is set to attract thousands of national and international visitors and students to the town and the City Region.

It also means that Prescot will once again have a playhouse at its heart-an echo of Elizabethan times when it was the only English town outside London to have a purpose-built indoor playhouse.

The new playhouse will stand just a few metres from the original site of the Elizabethan theatre and as well as being an exciting space to perform plays, the centre will also be a magnet for students from all over the world, hoping to study Shakespeare and his work.

It is estimated that this theatres education centre will deliver more than £10m worth of value to the local economy, as well as 210 construction jobs and 57 full-time jobs once the facility opens.

I am seriously hoping that this venture will provide enormous educational and cultural opportunities for the local people; something which in the light of recent educational comments about knowsleys attainments, will provide a valuable dimension for the youth to aspire to through the lucrative job opportunities.

On June 25th 11.30am at Prescot Church, a colleague from LJMU, the learned Scholar Elisapeth Graham will shed light on Prescot’s theatrical past, its connection to William Shakespeare and why an independent charity wants to build an authentic Elizabethan theatre and college in the town.

‘Friends’ in the Cultural world often cry for funding….. but place North or better still Northern Powerhouse infront of any bid and you will be surprised. George Osborne has pledged up to £5million to turn a council-owned carpark into a 350 seat Jacobean-style theatre and university college focusing on Shakespeare drama.

This site was once a well-known Elizabethan cock fighting pit and indoor theatre. The new designs I have seen are based on The Cockpit in Whitehall drawn up in 1629 by Indigo Jones and look fantastic.

Already Dame Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Kim Cattrall and Vanessa Redgrave, along with Sir Paul McCartney and the Prime Minister David Cameron have supported the new project calling it an ‘excellent proposal’.

So, on Saturday 4th and 11th June, journey deep into the forest of Arden with the award winning MATE Productions team for a sample of the bard’s offerings in the play ‘As You Like It’.

For, in this hilarious and magical outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s most glorious comedy, you will see the cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes learn how to embrace their imaginations, let go of their fears-and surrender to romance.

With original live music, country dancing, stunning design and hilarious performances this promises to be a real summer treat for all the family.

Tickets £12 adults, £8 children
More information on 0151 426 4979 or online http://www.mateproductions.co.uk

‘House of Memories’ – the perfect lasting Christmas gift.

This Christmas I would like to share the #AMemoryShared campaign, to raise awareness in the value, the sharing of memories with our friends, families and those loved ones we care for can be.

Please, take some time to spread the message far and wide this Christmas; an ideal time to sit down with someone you love and care for, to have a chat, and create a special moment, sharing some memories to help enrich their lives and the lives of people close to them.

Shared memories are important to us all, especially at Christmas time, a time of coming together, a time of breaking down barriers and opening up our hearts and homes to friends and family.

Using the @house_memories app to help people reminisce and dissolve the feelings of loneliness can certainly be an aid in this journey.

‘House of Memories’ began as a dementia awareness training programme in 2012, and has to date trained 10,000 carers across the country.

The programme now includes the ‘My House of Friends App’, a FREE digital memory resource for iPads and other tablets.

It is the first of its kind in the world and has been co-created by people living with dementia and their carers.

Supported by LJMU, researchers have created a compilation of valuable visual historical images using resource banks at the Liverpool Museum, ranging from the Blitz to the Swinging Sixties.

This magical cocktail of pictures, relays and triggers human interest emotions in the brain cells and activates excitement and empathy with the viewers “times past” experiences.

The more the visual stimulation with these experiences, the more the delayed onset of dementia and mental illness.
This constant recall, plus the added bonus of social interaction with the app, creates an all round winner in combating the illness.

Having used this, easy to use device on a number of occasions with ageing relatives, I can well vouch for todays brilliant use of digital technology in helping stave off loneliness and dementia.

It’s an easy, practical no nonsense gadget that can be handled quite easily both in home and about town.

A magnificent present for anyone!
‘House of Memories’
Contact: Communications Manager at National Museums Liverpool
0151 478 4615

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