As part of the 2017 Wantage Summer Festival Pandemonium are staging a birthday concert in the Vale and Downland Museum, at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 19th. All proceeds are being donated to the Museum. It promises to be a fun-filled evening. Tickets are limited so early booking is recommended.

Tickets are available from the Vale and Downland Museum. Email:  vale.downland@gmail.com Tel: 01235 771447.

This year local folk band Pandemonium are celebrating 25 years of entertaining in and around Wantage. The band was formed in 1992, when several members of the choir of St John Vianney Church, Wantage, got together for a social evening. They brought along any instruments they could play for a jamming session, discovered they made magical music together and the rest, as they say, is now history.

Pandemonium are in regular demand, playing for charity events, weddings, garden parties and social evenings and have performed all over Oxfordshire, as well as at events in Berkshire and London. They regularly take part in the Wantage Summer Festival, have provided the background music for several local amateur dramatic productions and have raised thousands of pounds, over the years, for local, national and international charities. They can often be heard busking in Wantage Market Place, raising funds for Wantage based charities such as the 14 Club, the Vale and Downland Museum, the Independent Advice Centre and Street Pastors. Carol Warren-Smith, Pandemonium’s musical director, said “We love performing and entertaining and are thrilled when our music not only brightens people’s lives but also supports those most in need in society.”

The band are a versatile group of musicians, playing a range of traditional folk instruments including melodeon, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, flute and recorder. Over the years they have recorded 3 CDs, reflecting their repertoire which is heavily rooted in traditional music, including foot-tapping tunes, well known chorus songs, hilarious recitations and lots of surprises along the way!