Leominster Festival 2012

John Craig Innes

John Innes, known also as "The Peoples Tenor", is a Scottish Operatic Tenor.

John was a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with. He came equipped with a superb self-contained sound system and filled the Priory Church with his resounding voice.

Although the audience weren't as numerous as he deserved, those who were there were incredibly appreciative and enjoyed the performance immensely - and especially enjoyed that he took time to talk to people both during the interval and after the show.

The Priory Church

The Temperance Seven

A welcome return visit to Leominster for The Temperance Seven who, with their regular personnel and music from the 20s and 30s on, entertained so well on their last visit.

Temperance Seven were founded in 1955 and achieved national fame in 1961 with their Number 1 hit "You're Driving Me Crazy".

They performed this, along with many other humourous compositions and interludes for a good audience at The Earl Mortimer college.

A thoroughly entertaining evening, which required good strong cheerful lighting from Blue State in an auditorium which lent itself well to the evening.

The Earl Mortimer College

Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra

Another rousing performance from the BPO - regular's at Leominster Festival since it's inception.

As ever, a sell-out audience packed every part of the Priory Church and technical requirements were at a minimum - which was a welcome relief at the end of the Festival. Just the usual setting up of staging and running cables.

No pictures as the evening was spent directing audience, finding space for a few more chairs, easing wheelchairs onto raised platforms, serving wine (and then recovering abandoned glasses) and, finally, helping to strike the 'set' and put the Church back into the state we found it.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening all round - one of the perks of working with Leominster Festival is being able to enjoy this rousing finale event each year.

The Priory Church