Choir tunes up for market musical
11th October 2012
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Preparations for the free, open air musical, film and apple event taking place on Oswestry’s Bailey Head in October are gathering pace.

This unique day aims to rally support for Oswestry’s markets and town traders. It concludes with what promises to be an atmospheric night-time performance in front of the market hall of the song cycle, ‘Supermarket’, by composer, Neil Phillips, and a choir specially assembled for the occasion.

The nine-voice ensemble has been rehearsing since July under the tuition of Barry Edwards who has created vocal arrangements of the 12 songs for the event. The ‘musical’ examines the impact on lifestyle, shopping and food culture of supermarket development in a mix of wryly observed songs dealing with themes such as alcohol, apples, milk and self-service tills.

Choir member, Marj Joscelyn, said: “The messages of the Supermarket songs are very relevant to Oswestry. They highlight the importance of shopping locally and taking advantage of the great choice of shops and quality produce the town has to offer.”

Supermarket starts at 6.30pm on Saturday 20 October and will be accompanied by projection on the market hall of original and local interest films curated by Kinokulture.

During the day, an apple celebration will be running as part of the market with stalls and activities dedicated to all things apple, including a display on the work of CROP (Cambrian Railways Orchard Project). There will be apple pressing, apple produce, a children’s corner, as well as an apple surgery with expert orchardist, Tom Adams, giving advice on apple grafting, growing and tending.

Town businesses are also getting on board with apple related displays and products, including Radio Café which will have apple specials on the menu, breakfast through to evening.

At a time when people power is growing in the town, the organisers believe it is an event that will help fuel community spirit and one not to be missed.

For more information, contact Eclectic on 07751 160576.

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