Worcester’s leading new centre for art and culture has announced it will be launching a series of Friday night live music concerts.

The Royal Porcelain Works – which has been developed to showcase the county’s artistry and craftsmanship – will host the events on the first Friday of every month beginning on Friday 6 September.

As part of this latest initiative, Royal Porcelain Works has appointed its own Director of Music, Keith Slade, to oversee the events.

Keith – who was born in the West Midlands – began his musical journey learning the clarinet from the age of ten.  After reaching the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Woodwind Category, Keith graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where he was awarded the Hilda Collens’ Prize.

He furthered his studies under the guidance of Angela Malsbury and Nicholas Rodwell studying for a post graduate degree at the Royal College of Music supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.

At the Royal Academy of Music, Keith was awarded the Dorothy Grindstead Memorial Prize for the most outstanding postgraduate, the John Solomon Woodwind and Brass Prize and the Morgensterns’ Award.

“Welcome to the very first season of Friday Night Live at Royal Porcelain Works. We will introduce soloists and groups of local, national and international repute, with concerts available for all musical tastes. We welcome all ages to our concerts, particularly young people and those who haven’t come along to concerts before. We hope you will be rewarded by a musical experience that will stay with you forever.”

Keith Slade, Music Director for Royal Porcelain Works

The first event will welcome The Beethoven Experience; for further events please visit https://www.royalporcelainworks.co.uk/friday-night-live/.

Sara Matthews, General Manager of the Royal Porcelain Works said: “We kick off the season of Friday Night Live with a concert with a difference. We will invite you, the audience, to be part of the performance. Come and be immersed within the Royal Porcelain Sinfonia to experience the power of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, as you are seated amongst the playing orchestra in this never-been-seen-before set-up. This is such a seminal work in the Classical repertoire, and promises to be a concert that the orchestra and audience will never forget.”

For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk.