Festival Performers



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Chris Jaeger our fabulous Family Concert narrator.
Chris Jaeger is Chief Executive of Worcester Live which runs Hu
ntingdon Concert Hall, the Swan Theatre, the Worcester Festival, the Historic Ghost Walk of Worcester, The Rep. at the Commandery, Shakespeare at the Cathedral, the Worcester Repertory Company and the Swan Theatre School. He is Artistic Director of both the Worcester Repertory Company and the Swan Theatre.

He is a highly-experienced writer, musician, actor and director. He writes and 
produces the Swan Theatre professional pantomime and directs one of the two yearly Shakespeare's produced by Worcester Live. He has written a one-woman show about the music hall star Vesta Tilley, the lyrics of a ‘Worcestershire Song Cycle’ which was premiered at the Three Choirs Festival and a play about Charles Stuart. Also, he has written an ‘energy play’ commissioned by Worcester Bosch and a 50 year history of the Swan Theatre for the 2015 Golden Anniversary - also, a play about King John and Magna Carta commissioned by Worcester Cathedral and two new plays which both premiered at the Swan Theatre in 2016.

He is a senior member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, and adjudicates drama festivals all over Britain. He is the drama advisor to the Royal Navy. He is Chairman of the English Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Fellow of the University of Worcester and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2013, he was awarded the MBE for services to the Arts.

Chris lives in Worcester and is married with one cat.


Simon Smith Double Bass

Simon began his musical life as a chorister in the choir at St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, but has also enjoyed the lighter side of playing in the pit for musicals and light opera.

He has been a long-standing double bass player with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, many of those years as section principal. 

Simon has also played regularly in other ensembles including the Orchestra of St John and Birmingham Sinfonia as well as as a guest in numerous ensembles, such as the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, Chandos Orchestra, London Shostakovich Orchestra and Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra.

 In 2019 Simon played in two performances as part of the Three Choirs Festival. 


Big Sing Logo

The BIG SING is one of many ideas to come out of the “Calling Young Disciples” initiative, supported by Worcester Diocese. Although the aim is to encourage families to have fun together and widen their circle of friends, people of all ages are welcome to join in.

Singing gives a feel-good factor, especially when it’s done with others. We hope that the BIG SING will become a regular event. No experience is needed, (neither is a tuneful voice), just lots of enthusiasm and a sense of fun!

Our first BIG SING will feature songs from The Greatest Showman.


Worcester Ukelele Club

The Worcester Ukulele Club was founded in 2010 by a small group that met in the Lamb and Flag. 

The group rapidly grew, requiring larger premises and now meets at Worcester University (St John's), every Monday. 

We regularly get 50 to 70 members attending. We sing and play popular music from many genres, largely from the beginning of the 20th century up to the present day. 

The club does about 100 gigs a year (with different bands), in venues ranging from homes for the elderly to public festivals and the proceeds go to a charity nominated annually (this year Parkinsons, Worcester Branch). To date this year, we have collected over £7,000. We also do sessions collecting for the Children in Need Week. 

Anyone can join our club and there is a free first session. Thereafter it's £2 per night. We also run beginners' sessions from time to time.