The Newport Music Coach (Shropshire) is a small, friendly organisation taking local people to concerts, ballets, operas and plays, mostly in the Birmingham area.
Four times each year a programme of events is printed and, with a newsletter and booking form, is posted to everyone on the mailing list. The concerts evolve mainly round the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s programme at Symphony Hall. The concerts they perform can contain traditional symphonies and concertos but the Friday night concerts feature popular classics and offer some easy listening. Concerts given by guest orchestras are also included.
The yearly programme also includes visits to Birmingham Hippodrome to opera productions by Welsh National Opera and ballets with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Some popular musicals performed at the Hippodrome are also included. There are usually two visits to the theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon and occasional visits to the Malvern Festival theatres. These visits also include free time for shopping and eating. Recently a visit to the refurbished REP was made.
Anyone wishing to be included on the mailing list needs to contact the organiser Anita Davies on 01952 813340 or firstname.lastname@example.org giving their address, ‘phone number or email. To join the mailing list they will need to fill in a form they will receive with a current programme and send just six second class stamps towards printing and postage costs. Everyone is expected to make at least three bookings each year.
The coach picks up passengers on its journey from the Red Lion on the A5 in Wellington through Apley, Leegomery, Muxton, Lilleshall, Church Aston, Newport and Cosford before joining the M54 and M6. In Birmingham the coach is able to stop outside the entrance to Symphony Hall. This is a very easy way to travel and experience uplifting performances and to make new friends. The coach has been organising these trips since 1999 and using Elcocks Coaches, making journeys to Birmingham is ‘no problem’. I look forward to hearing from you.