Forget Woodstock - here's GroveSTOCK 2006

New Chiswick musical extravaganza features X-factor star and The Lightyears

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groveSTOCK is a new weekend-long musical extravaganza for Chiswick families and will take place on 17th and 18th June 2006 in the grounds of St Paul’s church and vicarage in Grove Park.

Local up-and-coming band The Lightyears are to open the show at Grovestock 2006 at 3.00pm. Playing high-energy, harmony-led songs the band have been compared to The Beach Boys crossed with a meat-starved velociraptor. Previous live performances include Glastonbury Festival 2005, London's Marquee Club, Liverpool's Cavern Club and a recent live appearance on ITV.

Other events at groveSTOCK will span a children’s talent showcase on the Saturday afternoon, professional Abba tribute band in an evening concert and a production of songs from the Oscars performed by a West End musical stars on the Sunday night.

Created by local music professionals and impresarios Michael Reed and Robert Emery, groveSTOCK will bring together the Chiswick community with talented musicians in a fun atmosphere.

As well as participating in the groveFactor talent showcase in front of X-Factor vocal coach Annie Skates, children can also test drive musical instruments, while all get a chance to sing the Hallelujah chorus in a professionally led choir. And at the end of a busy Saturday, the parents get to relax with a glass of wine and listen or dance to fantastic Abba tribute band Björn Belief, while children can be looked after in the CIne-crèche.

The Sunday night concert of Music from the Oscars will see professional singers and musicians drawn from West-End musicals perform in St. Paul’s church. This event follows the sell-out concert of songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein last December.

Run as a charitable fund-raiser, all proceeds from groveSTOCK 2006 will go to the St. Paul’s Church Fund.

The programme comprises a series of parallel musical activities for the whole family:

On Saturday 17th June

  • Event opens 3.00pm
  • Grove Factor - a talent showcase for young musicians; judges include Annie Skates of X-Factor
  • Test drive a new musical instrument with the advice of an expert
  • Learn to sing the Hallelujah chorus
  • The Grande Finale concert with performances from the talent showcase, professional musicians and the Hallelujah Chorus
  • A pop-trivia quiz
  • Evening entertainment on stage Abba tribute band Björn Belief
  • Supervised Cine-crèche to entertain children during the evening
  • Refreshments provided with a bar and BBQ in the gardens.

On Sunday 18th

Music from the Oscars – a concert in the church, starting at 6.30pm with stars of the West End shows who will sing your favourite songs from much loved musicals, accompanied by two pianos and two of the most experienced West End musical directors Michael Reed and Paul Bateman.

Tickets for Saturday will cost £10 for adults and will be free for under 16s. Tickets for Sunday will be £15 and £10.00 for under 16, with a weekend adult pass available for £20. Tickets are on sale from 15th May.


June 13, 2006