The fortnight of festival arts

Teenage percussionist Elliott Gaston-Ross
Teenage percussionist Elliott Gaston-Ross
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The 2014 Preston Arts Festival is so packed this year it has been doubled from a week-long event to a fortnight.

The official launch will be at the Minster in Church Street on Sunday October 5, and will includes music from former BBC Young Chorister of the Year Louisa Stirland (soprano), Andrew Clelland (organist), and the Red Rose Chorus (barbershop choir).

Preston Art Society’s exhibition is at Barton Grange and runs through the first week.

A highlight of the second week will be the Celebration of Youth on October 15, featuring BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist Elliott Gaston-Ross who was winner of the percussion section of the competition.

He will be joined by folk group Strings Attached, students from Runshaw College (including Louisa Stirland and a saxophone quartet), and singers from the Jopson Music Academy.

This will be at the Playhouse as will the Razzle Dazzle Spectacular, a variety show on October 16. For a full programme of events go to www.prestonarts.com./festival.htm