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Midsummer Event at St. John's 

Local Performance Charity's Summer Festival

A Dream of Midsummer

Music, dance, history, tradition, art, theatre: we will have it all!

Coventry based charity Unlock the Music Concert Making (UMCM) is collaborating with St. John the Baptist Church, Fleet Street, Coventry to present a spectacular festival of music, dance and theatre, on Saturday 25th June. A Dream of Midsummer features music, theatre, dance and song. This event continues throughout the afternoon and evening and is to be attended by The Lord Mayor of Coventry and local MP Jim Cunningham. The evening concert will be opened by Coventry's Lady Godiva.

 St. John's Church

Performances commence at 11.00 in the church with a recorder concert performed by The Monday Recorder Group. Then we plunge into wonderful mix of performances in the church and in the cafe, including Coventry Morris Dancers at 13.00 and Forte Gospel Choir 15.00. Keeping them company will be singers from Coventry’s Hereward College, the Medieval Boyz and from the mysteriously titled Wax Myrtle’s Special Structure. Another highlight of the afternoon will be a performance from guitarist Marcellus Taylor at 15.30, who will thrill us all with a dazzling display of Samba music.

At 4.00 there will be a suite of performances from pupils of two of Coventry’s finest piano teachers, Darren Marc Leaper and Cecilia Xi. UMCM are honoured to have these great pianists performing duets in the evening concert, alongside our other guest performer, Katharine Taylor-Jones, an opera singer who has performed with the English National Opera.

The evening concert, which starts at 7.30, will steer you through the long and winding roads of history, from 1066 through to the modern age via baroque, music hall and jazz with more than a nod to Shakespeare on the way and joining with the church to celebrate the Feast of St. John The Baptist and, of course, Midsummer.

Doors open at 10.00 a.m., and our Dream of Midsummer festival continues all day and evening. So come along: there’s lots to see, hear and do. Entry to the day time events is free. Tickets on the door for the evening are £6 with £4 for concessions.

UMCM is a Coventry based charity that supports singers and other performers to develop their skills in showcasing their talents alongside more experienced, and sometimes professional performers.

For more details of this and all UMCM’s activities, and contact please see

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