The Wirral Festival of Firsts, Oxton Village – 15 – 17 July 2011

15 – 17 July 2011, The Wirral Festival of Firsts, Oxton Village

This year, the Wirral Festival of Firsts takes place in Hoylake and Oxton. And year-on-year, other wards in the Wirral will be invited to be part of the Festival until the whole of the Peninsula is involved; by then, the Festival would be a major national … if not international … event.

It all started innocently enough… with a suggestion by poet and former Scaffold member John Gorman to use Hoylake’s mile-long promenade to stage a lively summer arts festival.

Now, THE WIRRAL FESTIVAL OF FIRSTS has gathered serious momentum. With a £5,000 kick-start from Wirral Council’s Coastal Regeneration Fund as well as a £9,000 National Lottery Grant, and the enthusiastic backing of various local personalities including Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler, the Festival of Firsts is all set for a prime weekend that will bring in thousands of visitors and really show off our town’s talents.

What IS the Festival of Firsts?
Essentially, three days of music, art, poetry and theatre over the weekend 8th-10th July in Hoylake and in Oxton, on the 15th-17th July. An army of volunteers is working to make this the biggest cultural event the Wirral peninsula has seen.

Detailed below are the Wirral Festival of Firsts’ events taking place in Oxton from Friday 15th July to Sunday 17th July. Come and experience the Festival’s showcase of musical, poetical, artistic and theatrical local talent. Most of the events are free of charge so the Wirral Festival of Firsts and Claire House Hospice would greatly appreciate any donations you can make for this wonderful children’s charity if you take advantage of any of these fabulous cultural events taking place in your community.

Friday 15th July Events in Oxton:

All Day

The Oxton Gallery
Works of art by a range of local artists will be displayed in the windows of shops and business around Oxton.

8pm – 11pm
Folk Night at Christ Church
Variety night of popular, funny and folk music led by Brain Lupton with guest artist Irish singer-songwriter and entertainer Anthony John Clarke (Anthony’s Website).
Please bring your own drinks, glasses and butties. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available for a donation.
Tickets for this event are £7 available from Brian Lupton (Tel: 0151 653 3794) or on the door.

Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton, Prenton, CH43 5RW.  Tel: 0151 652 3990

Saturday 16th July Events in Oxton:

All Day

The Oxton Gallery
Works of art by a range of local artists will be displayed in the windows of shops and business around Oxton.

12pm – 4pm
Summer Arts Market at Christ Church
A variety of arts and crafts by local artists featuring stalls and demonstrations. Also, a range of art activities for all ages. Tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and other refreshments will be on sale.
Admission is free of charge but please donate all you can to Claire House Hospice on the day.
Summer Art Market website.
Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton, Prenton, CH43 5RW. Tel: 0151 652 3990

2pm
Baroque Organ Recital at Christ Church
A half-hour recital of rock music played on the church’s magnificent 1888 ‘Father Willis’ organ by Paul Broadhurst. Paul will play the following pieces:
-Fantasia in C by J. S. Bach, arr. Stockmeier
-Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel
-Wachet Auf by J. S. Bach
-Largo from the Guitar Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi
-Fantasia in G by J. S. Bach
This is a free event and takes place in the main church.
Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton, Prenton, CH43 5RW. Tel: 0151 652 3990

3pm
Rock Organ Recital at Christ Church
A half-hour recital of rock music played on the church’s magnificent 1888 ‘Father Willis’ organ by Paul Broadhurst. Paul will play the following pieces:
-Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury & Queen
-You Raise Me Up by Rolf Løvland
-Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
-Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini
-Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J. S. Bach
This is a free event and takes place in the main church.
Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton, Prenton, CH43 5RW. Tel: 0151 652 3990

Sunday 17th July Events in Oxton

All Day
The Oxton Gallery
Works of art by a range of local artists will be displayed in the windows of shops and business around Oxton.

1.30pm – 4pm
Poetry and Song Café at Christ Church
Poets will be reading their own works as well as readings from Shakespeare. Featured poets include, Eleanor Rees, Morag Reid, Michelle Wright, Theresa Codd, Jennifer Smith , Ian Nenna and Martin Nelson with others to be announced.
This event also features a performance by a local singer-songwriter and a bookstall of poetry.
Doors open at 1.30pm and admission is free. Refreshments will be on sale at the event. and please donate all you can to Claire House Hospice on the day.
Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton, Prenton, CH43 5RW. Tel: 0151 652 3990

1.30pm – 4pm
A Showing of Short Films at Christ Church
Running parallel to Poetry and Song Café there will be a showcase of short films made by Animation Graduates.
Tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and other refreshments will be on sale.
Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton, Prenton, CH43 5RW. Tel: 0151 652 3990

7.30pm
‘Bullets and Daffodils at Midsummer’ at Christ Church
A musical drama in appreciation of Wilfred Owen’s life and poetry. This production was imagined and written by David Charters with music and lyrics by Dean Johnson.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be available and all donations will go to Claire House Hospice.
The Wilfred Owen Story website.
Bullets and Daffodils website.
Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton, Prenton, CH43 5RW. Tel: 0151 652 3990

It goes without saying, we’d love as many people as possible to be part of this captivating new event. So bring your family and friends (and please do contact us if you’re interested in taking part).

“The idea of FIRSTS is to do something for the first time in Wirral, for the North West and for the world”
– John Gorman, Festival Director

Please visit www.festivaloffirsts.co.uk for current details of performers and events.
Patrons: Mike McCartney and Billy Butler

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