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As we continue to stay at home, we can still enjoy the talents of the artists, designers, musicians and performers behind the events that were due to take place across The Malverns.

Back in April, Malvern Theatres was due to welcome the English Touring Opera, which has generously made a recent performance of Bach’s St John Passion available to watch on Youtube here. Staying with the musical theme, if you are missing the Priory Early Music Series concerts at Great Malvern Priory with gifted students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, head over to this playlist on Youtube for fascinating discussion and beautiful music. For your folk music fix, visit Upton Folk Festival’s Facebook page for videos from a range of charismatic musicians as part of a ‘virtual festival’.

Although Malvern’s wells, springs and spouts have not been dressed this year, the organisers of Malvern Well Dressing and Water Festival are encouraging residents to dress their own spaces on their own property (where it is safe and legal to do so) and share photos of their creations on the Facebook page for others to enjoy from home. While in the creative mood, check out the virtual tour of Blue Ginger gallery on its Facebook page, which showcases the work of talented artists.

With NGS garden openings suspended, visit the website for virtual visits to many participating gardens, including Woodview near Ross-on-Wye. Plus, Pear Tree Cottage, in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, has a website with a frequently updated blog and lots of photos to give you an insight into the fascinating life of this ever-evolving garden. For a change of pace, visit the Shelsley Walsh Facebook page to relive some of the dramatic motorsport action that has taken place at this iconic venue. Another one for petrolheads, or indeed lovers of British craft, is all-new ‘How To Build British: Morgan’, showing on 4 May at 9pm on More4. This is sure to fire your imagination whilst factory tours are suspended.

As we look forward to the return of the Malvern Walking Festival in 2021, get a taste of the landscape and stories of the Malverns with these Radio 4 programmes. Despite the cancellation of this year’s International Dawn Chorus day walk with the Malvern Hills Trust, many of you will have enjoyed the musical treat offered by our local feathered residents from your own gardens. To get you started with identifying birdsong, try this video from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust or listen to these recordings from the RSPB.

Finally, keep an eye on the RHS Malvern website for the launch of the Virtual RHS Malvern Spring Festival on 7 May, which will treat you to the show garden experience from the comfort of your own home.

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