Tickets on sale for Thornbury Arts Festival

April 24-May 2

Times vary

Armstrong Hall, Cossham Hall

For tickets see www.thornburyartsfestival.org.uk

TICKETS are now on sale for this year’s Thornbury Arts Festival, with hundreds already snapped up for events in the nine-day programme.

Headliner Alistair McGowan’s piano show is already close to selling out, with comedian Alfie Moore and Tex-Mex band Los Pacaminos, fronted by singer-songwriter Paul Young, also among the star attractions.

The Degrees of Error improvised theatre company, with a string of sell-out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe in its CV, will also bring comedy to a classic murder mystery that will be created on the night from audience suggestions.

Meanwhile the Vesta Trio, who performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Pembrokeshire, will play the harp, flute and viola in a repertoire that ranges from opera favourites to Welsh folk songs.

The festival opens on April 24, with cop-turned-comedian Alfie Moore bringing his latest tour show, based on a dramatic real-life incident from his 18-years on the beat, to the Armstrong Hall.

It closes on May 2, when Alistair McGowan, who is best known as an impressionist, demonstrates that he is now equally at home as a pianist after rediscovering the instrument at the age of 49. The Piano Show will mix classical music with Alistair’s trademark impressions.

In the days between, audiences can hear an on-stage interview with former Home Secretary and best selling author Alan Johnson, enjoy the jazz singing of Cate Cody and go behind the scenes of Bristol’s Aardman Animations - creators of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep - with senior model maker Will Harding. Two 30-minute films from the studios, The Farmer’s Llamas and A Grand Day Out, will also be screened.

Meanwhile, a series of lunchtime talks will include guests such as David Slater, the photographer at the centre of a legal fight over a macaque monkey selfie picture, and Oscar-winning special effects supervisor and designer John Richardson.

Full details are available on the festival website, where tickets can be bought for all events. They can also be purchased by post and from a box office in Thornbury Town Hall every Thursday in April, from noon to 2pm.

Printed guides are available from shops, business premises and community buildings in Thornbury and the surrounding area.