Thatcham Arts Festival 2020

Although the OBS are not opening to the general public, there are still plenty of great events going on virtually.

The Old Bluecoat School recently played host to the photographic and art exhibitions.

Below are photo’s of some of the amazing art work that was submitted, many by local amateur artists.

Photo’s by permission of Sue Lloyd

Sunday 6 May – Matt Lowe Cello Recital

Matt Lowe – Cello Recital 
Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham RG18 4JT
Sunday, 6th May, 2018 4 p.m.
Matt Lowe, Cello, is Director of Music at Bradfield College having led a busy and diverse musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.  He has performed with many national orchestras and taught at prestigious international cello courses.  He will be performing works by Martinu, Mendelssohn and Popper.
Matt will be accompanied by John Paul Elkins, who is a multi-award winning piano soloist and who has performed all around Europe.  Education and outreach work is enormously important to Joh Paul, who gives workshops and master classes as well as teaching at St. Paul’s School.
Tickets £10 adult, £5 schoolchild
Available from Picture It, 17 High Street, Thatcham RG19 3JG or on the door
Call Simon on 01635 869 869 or email

Thatcham Festival 2017

Thatcham Festival 2017 in The Old Bluecoat School
Once again, a number of very well supported events were run in the School during the Festival.
Thatcham Photographic Club launched the Festival with a Reception and a striking Exhibition by local photographers.

Thatcham Art Experience hung paintings in a rich diversity of styles and media the following weekend and made several sales to appreciative visitors.

Mark T, a perennial favourite, made a welcome return to entertain fans old and new with an evening of Folk and Blues in his inimitable style.
Renu Mohan, a yoga teacher and regular OBS hirer, introduced newcomers of all ages to the value of health-giving yoga throughout the evening.
Nigel Smith, local funny man, had his audience in stitches with his jokes and rhyming nonsense verses!  An escape from reality for the evening!
Hartbeeps, another regular hirer, held a fun, free of charge morning of musical activities for preschoolers and Jo will continue to run her popular sessions to capacity throughout the year!
The Old Bluecoat School Trust was proud to present an evening of Past, Present and Future glimpses into the the history of the building which included detailed photographs of the 2014 external refurbishment of the building and an insight into what was being planned for the interior refurbishment and running of the building.