Young musicians and martial artists to entertain crowds at Spring Fair - The Rugby Observer

Young musicians and martial artists to entertain crowds at Spring Fair

Rugby Editorial 2nd May, 2018   0

A TEENAGE piano prodigy and a fledgling girl group are among a wealth of young musicians who will provide the soundtrack to this year’s Rotary Spring Fair.

Pianist Simon Svihura, 13, will perform alongside singers from Rugby Area Talent Trust (RATT) in the RATT Space – one of a number of new attractions at the fair, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday (May 7) at Whitehall Recreation Ground.

Simon’s natural talent on the piano is being nurtured by Warwickshire Music Hub with the help of a bursary from the three Rotary Clubs in Rugby.

Jeremy Dibb of Warwickshire Music said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with the ladies and gentlemen from the three Rugby Rotary groups. Their support is invaluable in supporting talented young musicians such as Simon. Please come along to the Rotary Spring Fair to add your support to their hard work.”

Teen piano prodigy Simon Svihura with his teacher Sam Day (left) and Rotarian Rex Pogson.

Rex Pogson, a member of the team organising the Spring Fair, said: “Rotary works with Warwickshire Music and other music providers to support young people in the town to have musical opportunities which otherwise they may not have.”

As well as other performances from Rotary-supported musicians, 18 rising stars from RATT will also take to the stage – including Oliwia Dragon, who has recently progressed to the area finals of Teenstar, girl group The Millenniums, and a performance of songs from Les Miserables.

Guest performers include blues band Trafficker and Last Lesson, who will bring the event to a close.

David Head, a trustee at RATT and one of the RATT Space organisers, said: “This will be the third year running that RATT has worked with the Rotary Clubs to make sure that local up and coming musicians get a chance to perform and entertain at a key community event.

“We know that there is plenty of musical talent in the town and we can’t wait to showcase some of it on Bank Holiday Monday.”

Willy Goldschmidt, marketing lead for the fair, said: “The range of talent we have on show will make this a really hot ticket and we are looking forward to greeting a great crowd on this terrific community event.

“The RATT Space is just one of several new attractions for this year’s Spring Fair, which include an Animal Petting Farm, K9 Quackers – dogs herding ducks! – and new craft stalls as well as lots of returning favourites.”

Visit for more information and to book tickets, which are available at a 40 per cent discount if booked in advance before Saturday (May 5). Advance discount tickets are also available at Vision Express in Rugby Central. Money raised goes to Rotary charities.

A MARTIAL arts club will kick into action at the Spring Fair.

G-Force will return to the arena for demonstrations of martial arts and ladies’ kick boxing.

Club founder Gordon Burcham said: “We are really looking forward to taking part in the fair and will be inviting members of all ages, from three years old and up, to take part in our displays in the arena.”

G-Force founder Gordon Burcham with his junior pupils, who will perform demonstrations at the Spring Fair.

Sarah Thompson, attractions lead for the fair, said: “It was great to see the fun the children were having during the training sessions and we are delighted to offer G-Force and other youth groups the opportunity to showcase the work they do in the community.

“There will be many other community groups represented in among the 50 or so stalls which will also include craft stalls and local charities.”

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