Ramsey Arts Festival

Ramsey Arts Festival was founded by Raphael Terroni and Norman Beedie. It came into being in 1990 with the aim of highlighting the importance of music and the arts in the cultural life of the area. The objectives of the group are the promotion of concerts, performances and other activities of a cultural nature, so as to provide opportunities for school groups, students and amateurs to work together under the guidance of locally based professional performers and artists and invited guests, for the enjoyment of people of the area.

(extract from the Constitution, January 1991)

A Word from the Chairman

“I was very honoured to be voted in as the new Chair of Ramsey Arts Festival at the last AGM and firstly I would like to thank the out-going Chair, Bill Thompson, for all his sterling work in this position over the past few years.

We feel that we have put together an interesting and varied programme of events for 2016 with hopefully something to suit all tastes. The Quiz Night this year falls on the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (as well as St George’s Day!) and I am told there might be the odd question about these events. Shakespeare is also celebrated in our final night of the season with acclaimed actor, producer, writer & director Nicholas Collett presenting his new one-man show, ‘Your Bard’, in the atmospheric setting of the barn at Ramsey Rural Museum. In between, we have the award winning folk singer Mischa Macpherson appearing in the grounds of Carlton House in Upwood – a concert we are co-presenting with Upwood Village Hall Performing Arts Events. We are very excited to have booked the UK’s top tribute band to The Who – ‘Who’s Who’ - for our ‘Gaiety

Remembered’ concert, celebrating the Gaiety Ballroom which hosted concerts throughout the 60s and early 70s by the likes of The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Freddie & The Dreamers & The Moody Blues (amongst many others). We are presenting this event in conjunction with ‘Ramsey, Open for Discovery’.

More details of these, and other events that we are supporting, can be found in our brochure, which also includes details of how to buy tickets. If you have any suggestions for the sort of acts you would like to see appearing as part of the Ramsey Arts Festival then please do not hesitate to contact us. We exist to bring quality entertainment to local people at reasonable cost rather than having to travel great distances at great cost. We hope to see you at one or more of our events in 2016.”

Jon Novice

Chair, Ramsey Arts Festival