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Full houses at the Ridgefest (in and around Tattenhall)

18th June 2019 @ 6:06am – by Sandstone Ridge Festival
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Last month saw the Sandstone Ridge Festival return for a third year; the Festival based principally on the villages at the southern end of Cheshire's Sandstone Ridge saw several events take place in and around Tattenhall.

There was a very successful Art Exhibition at the Cheshire Art Hub at Burwardsley with over 100 original paintings, ceramics and sculptures on display from eighteen artists with Cheshire connections; it was well attended and 30 items were sold.

On the Friday evening- at the Barbour Institute- a full house was entertained by the Wigan-based (with Bunbury connections) folk group, Merry Hell. The following day the folk group put the following post on Facebook: 'What a fantastic night at The Sandstone Ridge Festival in Tattenhall. A fabulous atmosphere, great participation and some strange local customs!'

And then on the Sunday evening – at St Alban's Church- another full house witnessed 'A Beginner's Guide to Opera', when four London-based opera singers, led by Jonathan Cooke, introduced the audience to well known and some less well known arias, ranging from Purcell to Puccini; and in the second half the singers presented a shortened version of Bizet's well known opera 'Carmen'. In their programme they were enthusiastically assisted by a choir drawn from the Park School who had been rehearsing two choruses over the preceding weeks and who had benefitted from two of the professional singers attending the school on the previous Friday with a series of workshops.

The whole event was very generously supported by the Earl of Chester's Charity and Tattenhall Parish Council.

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