Top award for music fest

A beacon for culture in the region has been recognised with a top national award.

Rhythms of the World, the annual festival of music and art in Hitchin, was given the Arts, Culture and Heritage prize at The UK Charity Awards at a glitzy ceremony in London’s Grosvenor Hotel last night (Thursday).

The festival, run solely by volunteers on a charitable footing, has grown from a small music event in Market Place in the 1980s to a two-day multi-stage festival welcoming 25,000 visitors.

Organiser of the awards, Daniel Phelan, said: “I’m delighted Rhythms of the World has the award. It is a fantastic organisation and the award is thoroughly deserved. I congratulate everyone involved.”

Rhythms takes place this year on July 24 and 25 in the grounds of Hitchin Priory. Go to for more details.