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Ensemble is the final event for Leek Arts Festival 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

  • The Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble will be back at the Foxlowe Arts Centre this week.

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THE last concert for this year's Leek Arts Festival is set to be a lively one.

The Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble will be revisiting the Staffordshire Moorlands to bring their energetic show to the Foxlowe Arts Centre tomorrow (Thursday, June 12)

The young ensemble is led by Joe Broughton.

Joe has been the director of the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble since 1998 and has built the band in to a 50-piece touring entity in it's own right. The power of this ensemble that can have up to 100 members depending on the venue has to be seen to be believed.

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They released a DVD in 2007 and the Album "Sardines" in 2009. The ensemble's annual UK tour takes place at the end of May or start of June each year. Apart from being an incredible show for the audience, the ensemble has become something of a training ground for the young folk generation, many of the stars of the folk scene today having been members.

Having watched these talented musicians in action once before in Leek, I can vouch that they are a very lively act. Not only do they play their individual instruments well and collectively make great sounds as an ensemble; these chaps are also visually pleasing to watch as they adorn bright coloured clothing – some in fancy dress -and also have an energetic stage presence which will leave any audience member feeling exhilarated and with a smile on their face.

The Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble concert at the Foxlowe Arts Centre will start at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £13 and available from the Market Place venue itself.

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