New leadership for Church Stretton Arts Festival8:00, 28th March 2018
Alan Stockbridge has been newly elected as chairman of Shropshire Hills-based Church Stretton Arts Festival.
This year’s instalment takes place from 28 July to 12 August and features a range of music, including a performance by the London Mozart Players.
‘On first arriving in Church Stretton I was awestruck by the variety, quality and depth of the Church Stretton Arts Festival,’ said Stockbridge (pictured). ‘The ability of the Festival to appeal to, as well as extend the interests of those attracted by music, drama, artistic exhibits and other aspects was very evident.’
Stockbridge initially volunteered to support the festival’s public relations, which he helped with over a number of years. He says that as chairman, his main aim is to broaden the festival’s audience base, while maintaining the existing high levels of quality.
‘I am conscious that we must be wary of complacency,’ Stockbridge concluded. ‘While we have loyal audiences, dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors and supporters, we must earn the continuance of their presence.’