Arts groups come together for first big This Is Tamworth rehearsal

Monday, 23rd June 2014

With just over a week to go until the spectacular This Is Tamworth showcase takes to the stage at Birmingham Symphony Hall, arts groups from across Tamworth have come together for their first big combined rehearsal.

For the past few weeks, 17 groups – including dancers, singers, actors and musicians – have been working hard on their pieces which make up the This Is Tamworth performance.

And last week, the groups came together for the first time for a big rehearsal at Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

This Is Tamworth is an exciting collaboration between arts groups of all kinds from across the borough, brought together by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team working in partnership with musical director Gladstone Wilson.

It takes to the stage at the world-class Birmingham Symphony Hall on Thursday July 3, delighting the audience with a powerful, moving and funny night of theatre, music, song and dance, telling the story of Tamworth and its people.

This Is Tamworth is made up of six themes – Buildings, People, Stories & Places, Coal Mining, Powerful Women, Remembrance, Positive Tamworth and Celebration – and each group has created their own unique interpretation of the themes.

The pieces will be held together by a narrative written by Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mal Dewhirst and narrated by well-known Tamworth performer Glen Chevannes.

The exciting project aims to showcase the borough’s talent on a wider stage and generate pride in the work being created here in the town.

Groups taking part are:

  • St Gabriel’s Primary School
  • Tamworth Academy of Musical Youth (TAMY)
  • Tamworth Young Voices (TYV)
  • Tamworth Dance Company (TDC)
  • Tamworth Repertory Company
  • De Ja Vu
  • Tamworth Voices
  • Two Rivers Primary School
  • Just Perform
  • TACT
  • Backdrop Drama
  • Tamworth Male Voice Choir

Individuals taking part are:

  • Dance chart star Rebekah Ryan
  • Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mal Dewhirst
  • Compere and narrator Glen Chavannes
  • Staffordshire Young Singer of the Year Alice Dix
  • Singer Abbi Pretty

Tamworth Voices choir member Susan Powell said: “I am so proud to be part of This Is Tamworth. For so many of us, Tamworth is our much-loved home town and this is our chance to show everyone just what a marvellous town Tamworth is to live in.”

Eddie Dix from Backdrop Drama said: “We are looking forward to taking part in This Is Tamworth to enable the children to perform on a world-class stage, providing different performance experiences.”

Charlotte Batey from Tamworth Dance Company said: “It’s such a good opportunity to perform at a prestigious venue, telling the stories of our town with the people I love.”

10-year-old Daisie Macbeth from TAMY said: “I’m excited to go to the Symphony Hall because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a massive celebration with loads of different people.”

Tickets for This Is Tamworth – which starts at 7.30pm – are available from the Birmingham Symphony Hall box office, priced at £12 plus a £2.50 transaction fee. They can be booked online at or by calling 0121 345 0603.

More information is available on the Tamworth Assembly Rooms website at or by calling 01827 709618.