Rugby this weekend: Charity rock gig; multi-faith concert; art exhibition - The Rugby Observer

Rugby this weekend: Charity rock gig; multi-faith concert; art exhibition

AN ANNUAL fund-raising rock gig is moving to the town centre this weekend for its seventh anniversary.

The Ball in Hand event will feature live performances by Colonel Custard and Locked ‘n’ Loaded, and a rock disco with DJ Matt Taylor.

Organised by Rugby Riders Action Group and Rugby Free Riders, the event will raise money for the British Biker Relief Foundation – a charity which supports injured motorcyclists and their families.

It takes place on Saturday (October 6) from 7pm at The Courthouse pub. Entrance costs £5 on the door.

Visit for more information on the British Biker Relief Foundation.

A CELEBRATION of the music and dance of different faiths will take place at St Andrew’s Church this weekend.

Organised by The Rugby Interfaith Forum (RIFF), the Music Unites concert will feature bell ringers from St Andrew’s, Hindu dance and music, Christian songs performed by Sacred Heart Singers, Sikh music performed by Rugby Sikhs, South Indian music, Bahá’í piano music, and a performance by the St Andrew’s Community Singers.

The concert takes place on Saturday (October 6) at 2pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be served. A collection will be taken in aid of Jessie’s Fund, a charity which helps children with additional or complex needs or serious illness to communicate by using music.

A NEW art exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum aims to chase away the post-summer blues and inspire visitors to pick up the autumn rhythm.

The exhibition, called Rhythm & Blues, will include a selection of pieces in various media from Rugby art group Alchemy, giving artists’ individual interpretations of the rhythm and blues theme.

Alchemy members Laurence Tilley, Carol Wheeler, Ann Kenyon, Eric Gaskell, Martin Valentine at The Rugby Hotel, where the group has a permanent exhibition space and holds its monthly art discussion meetings.

Group member Richard Wheeler said: “We’re excited to be putting on this show as we think the theme is one that everybody can relate to.

“Prepare to be inspired and surprised: we’re sure you’ll find plenty of new riffs on the old theme – and perhaps one will strike a chord with you.”

The exhibition runs from Saturday (October 6) to Thursday October 18.

On Saturday October 13, Alchemy artists will invite children to take part in their Drawing Out of the Blue event, to coincide with the national Big Draw event.

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