Enjoy Live Classical Music in AG

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum

This week, and at the end of the month, there is a chance to hear professional musicians playing a variety of classical music on your doorstep.

This Wednesday (14th June), you can enjoy the relaxed and beautiful setting of St Mary’s Church with the regular Swansong concert series as they present the Mondelli Wind Quintet. The Conservatoire-trained musicians will be playing a variety of music from Janáček to Mozart. The performance starts at 7.30pm with an interval for refreshments. Donations are requested at the end.

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Also on Wednesday 28th June there is more music to delight locals. Organised by the Friends of Acocks Green Recreation Ground and Kimichi School. All details below:

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Come along and make the most of these cultured evenings in Acocks Green, bring your friends and neighbours.  It makes a change from a night in front of the TV!

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Acocks Green’s First Blue Plaque

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum

The Forum was delighted to hear that Acocks Green has received the honour of it’s first very own blue plaque recently.

Some of our older readers will remember John Curry OBE (1949 – 1994), the local young man who, in 1976, made figure skating history. Millions of people watched in awe of his performance at the Winter Olympics where he won two gold medals for team GB. He very soon became a sporting hero and won BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

wp-1496266296709.jpg Arden Lodge, Warwick Road.  Former home of John Curry

But as time has gone on John Curry has slowly slipped out of the public consciousness and his untimely death in 1994 left a generation completely unaware of his achievements.

Actor and writer Tony Timberlake who had been a young boy when he first saw John Curry skate, embarked on personal journey to highlight the great success of the…

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New Sculpture Arriving in the Village

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum

A sculpture inspired by the work of the Village in Bloom team and the heritage of our area is shortly to be installed on the island in the centre of Acocks Green this week. Conceived by the Bloom team, designed by Bloom volunteer and artist Veronica Treadwell  and locally manufactured by W.R. and J. Collins Ltd in Hall Green, the stylised oak tree design makes reference to the ancient Forest of Arden and Mallard Community Orchard. It also features a horse drawn narrowboat and a steam locomotive referencing the history and development of our area in the 19th Century. On top of the sculpture is a stylised flower in full bloom, topped with the word ‘GOLD’ – the accolade received from RHS Britain in Bloom over the last two years.

Good Quality sculpture2 Concept drawing of Tree Sculpture by Veronica Treadwell

This has been very much a local community project. It has…

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Piano Trio Perform at St Marys

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum

On Wednesday 29th March Swansong presents The Burgundy PianoTrio at St Mary’s Church. The trio studied together at Birmingham Conservatoire and will be performing Schubert’s Trio in B Flat Major and Beethoven’s ‘Archduke’ Trio.  When they played last year in Solihull they were described by the audience as ‘stunning’. 7.30pm start. There will be an interval with refreshments served. Everyone is welcome. Donations at end.

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